Classes - Mastering Feathers on the Machine

Mastering Feathers on the Machine

Advanced beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

This workshop will focus on beautiful feathers, from drawing your own feathers to free motion quilting with ease. First, explore the techniques Sue uses to custom design her feathers. It is easier than you think! Next, learn to control your stitching successfully to create your own free motion feathers on the machine. Practice will make perfect as you stitch on practice samples. Also covered in a demo format, Sue will show her approach to marking, basting and quilting the actual quilt.  At the end of the day, feel confident to design and free motion quilt fabulous feathers!


To make the best use of class time, mark/trace on 12" muslin squares page 1 and page 2 of handout (the full handout will be given in class) the remaining squares will be marked in class. Handouts are provided with supply list link below.

Click link to print a PDF of the Supply List.


Supply List

Design Supplies:
10 sheets plain white paper (copy paper is fine)
2 sheets tracing paper (Sue will have some to share)
2 pieces white paper cut 6” x 24” (apprx. Is fine)
Paper scissors
Pencil and pencil sharpener
Ruler for drawing and measuring

Sewing Supplies:
Sewing Machine- bring instruction manual, extension bar or table and all accessories. Don’t forget foot pedal and power cord!
Darning foot- A MUST for free motion quilting
(Sue prefers an open toe darning foot)
Straight stitch throat plate- optional, bring if you have one
Twelve 12” squares muslin
Six 12” squares cotton or cotton blend batting

60 safety pins- size 0 or 1
Sewing machine needles- 80/12 & 70/10 sharp (Schmetz brand called microtex sharp) or 75/11 machine quilting  
Cotton thread- off white and tan, 50/3 ply, 50/2 ply or 40/3
(I use these brands: Mettler, Aurifil, Superior Masterpiece and King Tut)
Marking pencil- I use Quilters Choice, silver and white
Pencil Sharpener
Rubber Gloves- kitchen dishwashing gloves, one size smaller than you wear for dishwashing (I use the fingertips for control in free motion quilting)
Basic sewing supplies- scissors or snips, extra bobbins.
Extension cord/multi-plug strip
Optional, but good idea- extra light and cushion for height

“Machine Quilting: A Primer of Techniques” is a companion book for this
workshop- not required