Free Hand Feathers Class
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The concept for this class is - piece a very basic quilt top and then quilt it along with me. It is not necessary to piece the quilt top, but I really feel that quilting the quilt top will help you learn all the techniques in this class.
Cindy Roth, Instructor

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This project will focus on the quilting. It is recommended that you choose solid color fabric or fabric with small texture that “reads” like a solid fabric. AVOID highly printed fabric. We WANT the quilting to show!

Approximate finished size of the Basic Free Hand Feathers Class Project - 48 x 63 inches
Block Fabric

1 yard OR - 6 - 12 inch, finished size, quilt blocks

Sashing Fabric

1 yard

Inner Border Fabric

3/4 yard

Outer Border Fabric

1 yard

Batting of Choice

 2 yards x 90 inches


1/2 yard

Backing Fabric

4 yards x 40 inches (Vertical seam) OR  2 yards x 108 inches

Piecing: You will need basic sewing supplies and basic sewing/quilting skills to piece the quilt top.

Thread: Use what ever type of thread you and your machine are comfortable working with. I wanted my feathers to show so I used highly contrasting thread for the feathers.

Other items you may want to have on hand to make your quilting easier

  • 6 x 24 inch quilting ruler to make straight registration lines, or any other straight edge ruler that fits the workspace of your machine

You will need a marker that you are comfortable using on a quilt top. I recommend the Mark B Gone, water soluble (blue) marker on light fabrics and a Chalk O Liner with Miracle Chalk powder in it for dark fabric. I also like using Crayola Fine Line Washable Markers.

Please note that the Crayola markers wash out with detergent and warm water. The Crayola Fine Line Washable markers can be found at nearly every office supply store and many other stores including most grocery stores. A package of 8 markers is usually less than $5.

I use the Crayola markers only on my own quilts, NEVER, EVER on a customer quilt!

If you would like to practice your quilting before stitching, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you get a piece of clear Plexiglas that will fit in the workspace of your quilting machine. (Plexiglas of this size should be about $10 or less.)

For a brief video on using the Plexiglas to mark your quilt designs Click Here

Before using the Plexiglas, take either masking or duct tape (which now comes in many different colors and patterns) and place it over the cut edges of your piece of the Plexiglas. The tape serves two purposes. 1) It protects the edges of the Plexiglas. Sometimes the edges can be a little sharp and could scratch you or tear the quilt. 2) The tape will also make a boundary or edge around the Plexiglas. This will prevent you from drawing off the edge of the Plexiglas.

You will then use markers - I recommend the Vis-a-Vis markers, available at all "big box" office supply stores, for marking on the Plexiglas. (Note: the Vis-a-Vis markers usually have 4 in a package and cost less than $10.) The marker is removed using a damp paper towel. See below left.

For marking on Plexiglas on top of dark fabric, I have found that the Expo Bright Markers work very well. See below right.

Both of these markers can be purchased in major office supply stores such as Staples, Office Depot, Office Max, etc. They can also be purchased online.

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Vis-a-Vis Markers

Expo Bright Stick Markers

REMEMBER this is a LEARNING project! This project does not need to be perfect. World peace does not depend on perfect piecing or quilting!!


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How to Use Plexiglas for Quilt Designs

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