Free Motion Quilting a Tiny Feather Filler

It's Wednesday, when it seems like a good time to share a WIP, work-in-progress. I'm working on finishing the piece I used last month for the ruler-based designs from Free Motion Monday.
free motion quilting wholecoth sampler of designs

First I added a few clamshells to the opposite side to balance the composition. First some simple ones with swags, then tiny clams, followed by some longer clamshells and swirls, then finished with more teardrops between the last row to add some continuity to the piece.

Whose idea was it to finish it off with these insanely tiny feathers? Mine. Crazy, I tell you. I blame the excitement of having this month's Free Motion Monday focusing on feathers.

I was inspired by Karen McTavish's scroll McTavishing method, and applied it to making my feather spines.

So first I filled in the whole space with scrolls first. They'll serve as my feather spines and also help manage the fullness of my wool batting. Then I go back in and feather the jimmy-dickens out of them.

We've had some lovely example of feathers shared onto Monday's first feather series, so go check them out if you haven't done so.

Now, I'm going back to my tiny feathers. Have you chosen a tiny, dense, or complicated design before and regretted it for its time requirement? Tell me about it in the comments.


  1. I wanted to learn pebbles. So I did small pebbles over the whole baby quilt. My pebbles got larger toward the end. I regretted pebbles on the whole quilt. I did learn pebbles though. :-) Take care and God bless, Cory

  2. Oh wow...I love to look at your wonderful work every time. Looks absolutely fantastic. It is a long way for me to go ;-)
    Grit from Germany

  3. Pebbles were almost my undoing as well. I thought they'd be perfect for the "sky" of a flying geese border... without really thinking about how many geese there were in that border and how each one had two triangles of sky that would have to be filled with the pebbles. To make it even more challenging, my sewing machine died about half-way through the pebbling and I had to wait 2 weeks for an appointment to have a mechanic look at it. If you're curious, it was this quilt. Coincidentally, I plan to add some pebbling to a quilt I'm about to start quilting ... we'll see how it goes this time :-)