Monday, February 29, 2016


Well - maybe not my FIRST Feather -

But at least it's the first one that actually LOOKED like a feather -

And THAT - to me - is worth the WOO HOO!! - ;))

I'll show you in a minute -

But first I want to show you why I'm SO EXCITED!! - ;))

As I may have mentioned before -

I'm what you could call "directionally - challenged" -

Probably from being Left-Handed -

And having to mentally "reverse" stuff all of the time - ;))

Anyway -

When it comes to Feathers -

I can think of FOUR different ways to approach them - ;))

Here's a photo of one of my stencils -
Simply (R) Quilting Stencils by Plaid -
Feather Border #28742 - Design Width: 5-1/2"

Really nice stencil - BUT where do I start? -

Do I -

#1 - Start at the bottom and go to the top and work my way down -
Alternating from one side to the other? -

#2 - Start at the bottom and go to the top and work my way down -
Going down one side and then up the other? -

#3 - Start at the top and go to the bottom and work my way up -
Going up one side and then down the other? -

#4 - Start at the top and go to the bottom and work my way up -
Alternating from one side to the other? -

One book/teacher will show one way -

Another book/teacher will show a different way -

And then I feel like Vinnie Barbarino on "Welcome Back Kotter" -

"I'm SO confused!" - ;))

Yeah - I know - I am REALLY dating myself -
And for those of you who have NO idea what I'm talking about -
You could probably Google it - haha - ;))

Anyway -


TA DAH!! - ;))

And if you want to know where I started -

I'm not telling -

But I WILL tell ya - again -

I'm LOVING this class!! - ;))

EDIT UPDATE - And - just so you know -
I didn't use the stencil to do that feather - I "winged it" - the stencil was just for the "directionally-challenged" demonstration of how confusing feathers have always been for me - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -


Gene Black said...

I can't tell which way you went. The picture is kind of small on my screen.

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

Sorry about that, Gene - you could probably tell if I posted the full-size photo - but I re-size my photos so I don't exceed my available Google storage limit - you'll see for yourself when you take the class - ;))

Sew Surprising said...

Woohooo that looks pretty impressive, well done :)

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

Thanks - YOU can do this - if you can do your gazillion piece foundation-paper-piecing stuff - you can do THIS - ;))

Katie M. said...

looks good! Did you draw a 'spine' first and put your feathers on the spine or did you let your feathers 'create' the spine? Just curious....

Frog Quilter said...

Practice practice and more practice and you will see improvement. A left handed quilter.

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

Thanks, Katie - since you asked so nicely - I stitched the spine from top to bottom - then worked my way back up - putting one feather on one side and then another feather on the other side - squishing them to fit the space - ;))

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

Thanks, lady - I agree - it takes LOTS of practice - but it's also LOTS of fun - ;))


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