The final project for the Feather Quilting Mini Course is here!
A mix of modern bright colours with simple patchwork and free motion feather quilting is definitely something to brighten up any table.
I designed the runner with minimal maths to allow for more details on the quilting.
Slight improv technique involved in piecing the runner, but don’t worry the pattern will take you through it step by step!
Fabrics are mostly Moda Fabrics: Aria by Kate Spain (2016).
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Before we go into the FMQ design for this table runner, here are some of my favorite must-have tools for Free Motion Quilting:
- Superior Threads. I literally changed my minds about threads, when I started using this thread. And they come in big cones. which means they last longer before I have to change thread. I use an embroidery thread stand for it. You can get cheap thread stand like this one here.
3. My trusty sticky Glove. Any brand works for me, but I personally love the one that is breathable cotton like this one.
5. My large throat Janome Horizon machine of course!
However, you won’t need all of these tools to start. Just a reminder, I started with the very basic sewing machine and just a regular free motion quilting foot. And still managed to quilt a queen-size quilt. Just upgrade as you feel more confident and want to ease a couple of things that bothers you.
Free Motion Quilting: Feathers and Fillers
For the quilting, a combination of feathers and dense filler background is the choice I went for. Bear in mind though, this may take longer than you think. Dense fillers are gorgeous, but they do take up a lot of time.
Fillers can be a combination of pebbling, swirls or even just micro-stippling (tiny stipples).
Filler motif in between other free motion quilting motifs can create different density, which allows one design to pop up more than the other. In this case, the feathers are popped out as it is less dense.
Here is a close-up view of the quilting. I purposely left the patchwork bars unquilted to give it a more popped up look.
I chose a bright coloured solid for the backing and I loved it as much as I love the front.
Playing with the feather petals size and occasionally changing adding in swirls adds more character to the feathers.
Tips for those practicing free motion quilting
How scary is it to post this quilting up close? you can see all the edginess of the quilting, those lines that shouldn’t have gone over each other – those backtrackings.
I want to show you, mine is not perfect.
but is it really bad?
Well, nothing is perfect. Here is the truth: up close, you will be picking on yourself looking at all the little tiny mistakes on the quilting you have just made, but in reality, they don’t even show up if you are not putting your nose 5 cm up close.
And believe me, sometimes it is just in your head… so stop looking at those tiny mistakes, and keep going. I promise the whole project will look awesome! Just have fun.
I am not teaching you how to win an award – I want you to be free and learn how to free motion quilt, learn to free motion quilt feathers and be adventerous with your quilting. It is a joy that is to share.
Ready to up your free motion quilting game?
So, are you ready to take the challenge and make your own runner?
As for the time being, the pattern for this runner is only provided within the Free Feather Quilting Mini Course on the second week of the 2-week course. If you are already there, download the pattern from your email and get started!
If you are not ready for it just yet, pin this image and come back to it when you feel like taking the challenge. I will also provide the free pattern for non-course takers in a couple more week time.