Fabric and Yardage Requirements
Approximate finished size 23 x 62 inches
Light Fabric - Body of Table Runner 3/4 yard
Dark Fabric - Border and Binding 3/4 yard
Backing Fabric - 40 inches 2 yards
Batting of choice to fit project size
IMPORTANT NOTE - When working with templates you MUST have an extended base unit or "table" on your machine. This table MUST be securely attached to your quilting machine. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO USE TEMPLATES WITHOUT A TABLE OR BASE UNIT!!
If you do not have a base unit for your quilting machine, contact your machine manufacturer or dealer.
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. Use as many colors of threads as you want on this quilt.
I wanted my feathers to show so I used highly contrasting thread for the feathers and a thread that matched the background fabric for the fill-in stitching.
Other items you may want to have on hand to make your quilting easier
Quilting: About half of the quilting is going to be template work and the other half of the quilt will be free hand quilting. To effectively use templates, we will be drawing registration lines on our quilt top - a LOT of registration lines! 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.)
Before using the Plexiglas, take either masking or duct tape (which now comes in many different colors) 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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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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12 inches wide, 12 inches long
9 inches wide, 9 inches long
6 inches wide, 6 inches long
3 inches wide, 3 inches long
All of the heart shapes can be quilted with feathers - in many different ways. The number of variations of feathered hearts you can make is nearly limitless!
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This beautiful stencil is designed to fit a 12 inch block.
Registration marks at the corners help to easily place the design.
I like to put a "shot" of spray adhesive between the quilt top and the batting along the border edges of the quilt. This holds the border edges of the quilt in place and I don't have to stitch down the raw edges of the sides of the quilt, eliminating the chance of pleats and puckers in the side borders.
When using templates on the longarm machine, they have a tendency to slip slightly creating an uneven stitching line. I found that by applying a small amount of Quilt Basting Spray on the back (etched side) of the templates prevents this slippage.
Due to postal regulations, this product is shipped separately via Parcel Post (ground delivery). Allow extra time for delivery.
This product can be shipped to US addresses only.
Every quilt has a story and every professional longarm quilter has a story about the frustrations and problems they have completing a quilt. Many times these stories are not about major problems—like taking out the stitching from a half completed quilt (Ask me how I know this!!) but minor frustrations that take up valuable time. From the minor frustrations I have experienced working with templates in general and feathers in particular, I have created the NEW, HEART Feather Guide Template set.
Let's go back in time a little bit - several years ago I created the Circle Feather Guide Templates which make fabulous feathered wreaths. As I was working with these templates I wondered if there were other shapes that could be made into feather guides to make other feather shapes. I worked with this idea for a long time and finally created the HEART Feather Guide Template set.
This template set works with ALL brands of quilting machines with a workspace of about 13 inches.
This TWO TEMPLATE set makes an amazing FOUR different sizes of heart shapes:
All of the heart shapes can be quilted with feathers - in many different ways. The number of variations of feathered hearts you can make is nearly limitless! You can even use the HEART Feather Guide Template Set to create wonderful heart borders!
Along with the template set you will receive a 30 page, photo illustrated, step by step, instruction manual on how to use these templates.
BONUS!! BONUS!! The Heart Feathered Wreath Template Set INCLUDES instructions (both piecing and quilting) for an amazing Heart Feathered Wreath Sampler Quilt!
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