FMQ Tutorial, by Diane Gaudynski “Echo Feather Plume”
I'm participating in 2012 Free Motion Quilting Challenge hosted by Sew Cal Gal. February's design is feathers by Diane Gaudynski. In free motion quilting, feathers have been my nemesis for a long time. I so admired them on the quilts of others and failed miserably in my attempts to replicate a feather with my sewing machine.
I'm what Diane Gaudynski calls "feather challenged".
I have always admired Diane's feathers and often told myself, "I want to quilt feathers like hers when I grow up". Her tutorial is extremely well written and photographed. It is excellent! I read over the instructions several times and studied the pictures.
Then I practiced drawing feathers.
Drawing feathers and tear drops. I made a whole page of just tear drops in various directions and sizes.
I tried to keep the feathers tear drop-shaped and the lines smooth.
I practiced more.
I added stems and extra plumes.
I drew approximately 80 pages of feathers.
I'm posting these drawings to show my feather shapes got better the more I practiced.
Finally, I was ready to add the sewing machine.
Again I practiced on several scraps before doing my quilt block on my challenge quilt.
This is the front side.
The back side is unbleached 100% cotton muslin, the purple vareigated thread is 100% polyester, the pink is Coats trilobal 100% polyester embroidery thread.
Enough practice time to quilt my block.
I used my Pfaff Creative 2 sewing machine, with a dynamic spring motion quilting foot, dropped feed dogs, set the stitch length to zero, a straight stitch needle plate and 80/12 Schmetz universal needle.
The white side is the back.
While quilting this block, I decided that sewing the feathers was way more fun than echoing so I added more plumes as I echoed.
This is the finished block. I'm delighted with it.
I wish my vintage machines could tell their stories of where they have been, what they sewed and how they were loved.
Introducing Pinky! - Japanese 15 Clone
1910 Bernard Stoewer Treadle
Made in Germany
1940 Singer 15-91 (Pearl)
This machine has a geared driven motor. Sold to Linda in Glenboro April 2015
1960s Imperial - Ruthie
Made in Japan. Ruthie was gifted to an immigrant family in August 2010.
Bernina Nova 900 (Novalee)
Manufactured in Switzerland between 1982-1985. Sold to Marge in Steinbach, Manitoba in February 2012.
1983 Bernina 930 Record
Manufactured in Switzerland
Elna Air Electronic TSP
Manufactured in Switzerland in 1976. This machine was gifted to my niece in September 2010.
1954 Elna Supermatic
Manufactured in Switzerland. This machine was sold to Jeanne In Winnipeg December 2011.
1970s Elna Supermatic (Ella)
Manufactured in Switzerland. Sold to Kristen in Winnipeg in December 2011.
Elna SU 62C
Manufactured in Switzerland. Purchased in July 2013 and sold in August 2013.
1996 Husqvarna 500 (Heidi)
Made in Sweden. I bought it new in 1997 and to this day it is still my favourite machine. Heidi complete with the cabinet she sits on was gifted to Shannon in July 2011.
Husqvarna 530 Lily
Manufactured in Sweden 1997 traded for the 555 in March 2012
Husqvarna Lily 555
Manufactured in Sweden sold to Rosalie in Stonewall May 2015
1979 Husqvarna 6570 (Ruby)
Manufactured in Sweden. Ruby was sold to Sandra in Winnipeg March 2012.
1961 Necchi Lelia 513
Made in Italy - sold to Maria in Winnipeg January 2013
1954 Necchi Mira BU
Manufactured in Italy. Mira was sold to Cindy in Florida in January 2012.
Pfaff 7510 (Phyllis)
Isn't she pretty? Phyllis was sold in June 2011.
I'm just tickled pink with her!
Singer Genie 354
Manufactured in France in 1974. Traded in to upgrade embroidery machine in September 2013.
Singer featherweight - Tinkerbell!
A tiny black beauty. Traded in to upgrade embroidery machine in September 2013.
1956 Domestic Automatic (Wilma)
Manufactured in Japan. This machine has a dozen cams to make fancy zig-zag stitches. Wilma was given to my son Jason in August 2013, she lives in Calgary now.
Fancy sewing machine cabinet
In 1988, I bought this cabinet without a machine for $35. My husband took it apart. It took me four months of evenings and weekends to strip and refinish it. Doug put a shelf in to fit a modern free-arm machine. Since 1997 this cabinet is home to Shannon's Husqvarna 500.
Elna Stella (Stella)
My Wee Sewing Machine made in Switzerland. Stella weighs about 12 pounds. This machine was sold on ebay to a lady in Hawaii.