Most of the day wasted

I’ve had an ongoing computer problem that I’ve been unable to solve over the last few weeks so I broke down and paid for technical support from McAfee today. After 4 hours the problem still isn’t solved and will probably take up a good chuck of my day tomorrow as I try again.
I had to be sitting here at the computer but most of the time they were controlling my computer remotely so I pulled out a new quilting book Quilting Possibilities…freehand Filler Patterns (Golden Threads) (Paperback) by Sue Patten and practiced my drawing.
I can’t draw well at all but I find that if I draw things over and over until I’ve mastered them, I can quilt them. It may not look like it from this drawing but I can do fairly decent freehand feathers BUT I have a problem with quilting feathers that need to fill up a space – where they have to get larger and smaller. I really want to use some of these designs – do any of you have any tips to keeping the shape of my feather when stretching them out to fill the space?
I also tried some ferns.
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8 Responses to “Most of the day wasted”

  • May Britt:

    Perhaps this is a way to practice new quilt patterns. I always do the one I feel secure on, but now I have to find paper and start to practice.

  • The Calico Cat:

    I have no idea – all of that still amazes and befuddles me….

  • Helen in the UK:

    Oh, I love feathers, but haven’t had the courage to try machine quilting them yet!! Congrats on utilising the ‘dead’ time whilst trying to get your PC fixed :)

  • joyce:

    Nice drawing. I am so lucky that my two sons are both computer techies, so while my computer is being worked on, I go and make dinner for them. Works for me.

  • Vicki W:

    I’ve noticed that book recently and heard that it was very good. I guess I may jsut have to order it!

  • Patti:

    I think your feathers look fine. I struggle with the same thing and yours are much better than mine. All I can think to do is keep repeating to yourself “half a heart, half a heart”. I also like Sherry Rogers new book on feathers. I love the plastic overlays where you can trace her feathers over and over until they are set in your mind and muscles. I think everyone’s feathers are different – just like meandering, stippling, etc. You know what they say – practice, practice,practice. I find sketching them first on the quilt with a chalk pencil really helps too.

  • Joanne:

    I just got that book, too. I have no suggestions on how to fill in the space with large and small feathers — just keep practicing, I guess. I sure want to learn how to do it though!

  • Anita - aka Granny Patches:

    Try holding the pencil by the eraser end instead of normally. Also, when doing the feathers on your machine, put some drag on the machine to help it move smoother.

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