Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Creating Feather Wreaths With The Ultimate Stencils

I am buried over my head rewriting the Heirloom Feathers and Heirloom Backgrounds handbooks and quilting up all new class samples for next year's workshops.  It's exhausting, exhilarating and exciting...lots of "e" words!

I just finished up some new instructions on how to draft feather wreaths using the Ultimate Stencils and thought this would make a great blog post for anyone who was interested.

A classic round feather wreath can sometimes be hard to draft and have things perfectly centered and round.  The circular Ultimate Stencil makes that easy.

Lay your Ultimate Stencil on your quilt top and decide how big you want your feather wreath to be.  The red dotted lines are showing how far OUT the feathers will go and how far IN they will go.  Mark these lines.  Now mark the spine (blue dotted line)
 This is what the marked lines will look like on your quilt.
Draw/quilt your center feathers.  Notice how wide the bases of the feathers are...this helps the feathers make that tight turn.

Now fill in the outside turn.  Perfect feather wreath! 

If you want to make a squared feather wreath you will need BOTH the square and the circle Ultimate Stencils.  Start with the square stencil first and mark your outside square...where you want your feather to extend to (shown in red).  Now mark the horizontal and vertical center lines (shown in green). 
Take your Circle Ultimate Stencil and line it up with the marked horizontal/vertical center lines.  Mark where you want the feathers to go in (inside of feather wreath).  Mark your center spine.

Mark/quilt your inside feathers.
Mark/quilt your outside feathers.  Be sure to fill your feathers all the way into the corners to square this up!
Wha La!  Two very easy ways to create feather wreaths in ANY size you need.  :)

I wanted to take a moment to thank each and every one of you for being one of my students, one of my retreaters, one of my blog stalkers or a new Facebook friend.  I am ever grateful for all the inspiration each of you provides in my life.  I never take for granted that I have been blessed with the unique opportunity to teach and quilt and touch your lives as well.

Have a blessed Christmas...enjoy your family...and take the time to tell those you love how much you appreciate them.

Love, Cindy :)

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QuiltShopGal said...

What great design ideas. Your Ultimate Stencil and Ultimate Background Stencil Collections are so versatile, creative possibilities are endless.


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All my non-quilty friends think I'm wacko enough they don't need to know more about my favorite side of me! said...

Your samples and descriptions are always so clear. I often wonder, why didn't I think of doing that? I used some of your background stencils on the last runner I quilted. You can check it out here: Loved that your blog inspired me to challenge myself to some feathers in the round quilting!--Terry