First, let me apologize for how long it’s taken to get a new lesson posted. The camera battery went dead during the middle of making it. Plugged the camera in but the next day realized it was not plugged in all the way and had not started charging. Got it charged and it has honestly taken me three days to get this video to upload to YouTube. I thought I was doing everything exactly like I had done before. Finally, the video seems to be working. Tomorrow and over the weekend I will get the remainder of the lessons posted so that by the end of the weekend, you will have all my lessons. They will stay online for easy future access.
The feather wreath is probably the most difficult quilting on this top but it isn’t difficult at all if you take your time and draw on paper til you’re confident your stitching will look good.
This is one of the ones I did on the first Carpenter’s Star that I quilted. You will see that it isn’t perfect but when looking at the whole quilt, it doesn’t look half bad. The one thing I’d like for you to learn from these lessons is that when you star, up close and personal, with most any stitching, it isn’t perfect. From a distance, things that look so perfect, just aren’t. Please do the best you can do and don’t fret if your stitching isn’t perfect.
When I wrote my second book, all of the quilts were quilted and ready to send in . . except the quilt shown on the cover. I knew it needed custom quilting. Those black squares begged for feathered wreaths. Several times I came close to doing a panto because of the time crunch. Custom won out and I did those wreaths, on black fabric, using variegated thread. Every imperfection shows when using a colored thread on black fabric. When I saw that this was the cover quilt, I very nervously looked over these wreaths and hoped they were “cover girl” quality. They aren’t perfect but they aren’t bad.
Here’s a video of drawing the wreath. Spend some time practicing this.