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.


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

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