I come from a long line of sign writers and am happiest with a brush and some paint! Add
paint to fabric and I get really excited!!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Feathers and Freehand Quilting

It seems that most times I am told, “ do what you want,” when asked to quilt for people. And that is what I love to hear because it gives me free reign to quilt as I choose.

This lovely quilt is one of those wonderful projects where I had no set parameters and no limitations. Claudia pieced this top at our local guild retreat, using a variety of fabrics including Stonehenge fabrics by Northcott.
She asked me to order a wool batt and for the top thread, I used a Superior Rainbows variegated thread I purchased at Road from Dr. Bob whose sage advice when I asked about it was, “Try it. You’ll like it.” I have to admit, I was hoping for a bit more info, but he was right, I do like it. I used a Glide thread in the bobbin, one of the spools the Gammill folk included in their goody bags for class participants.
I felt this quilt needed feathers as well as places for the eye to relax so I quilted feathers in the outside borders and triangles and did some freehand work in the blocks and inside border. My feathers are a work in progress and I seem to have found my style when I practice and then lose it again when the quilting gets serious..lol I am going to keep working at them because they are actually fun to quilt.


  1. You've done a great job with those feathers. They did tell us we'd get to love quilting them and you seem to have taken it to heart and succeeded very well. The quilt looks fabulous so congrats!!

  2. Marjorie HenwoodMay 17, 2014 at 8:19 AM

    Very nice Jennifer!! I love the look of feathers

  3. Wonderful Jennifer! Love your feathering.

  4. What comes next?May 18, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    your feathers look great - and you're right - they are fun to do!