FMQ – Floppy Feathers – I Did It!
Thank you, thank you, thank you Beth Sellers of Cooking Up Quilts. She just recently referred to the post she had written back in January of this year. I’m surprised I didn’t take note then, but I guess I wasn’t ready to give floppy feathers a try. For this month’s OMG project, I have to quilt Garden Gate and thought this quilting pattern might look nice.
Beth’s Floppy Feathers
If you check out the link I shared above, you will see that there isn’t a ‘stem’ in this method. Each feather is open-ended, and Beth shares several great pictures on how to stitch them. She also gives suggestions on how to turn a corner or a different direction. This picture is directly from her website and was the impetus to give me the confidence try this technique:
When I saw this drawing I just knew I could do this! Yes, I could!
My Floppy Feathers
My feathers may not be as nicely shaped or uniform at Beth’s. Nope. And they may not have turned the corners as beautifully. Also, the first half of the stitching gave me FITS. Broken thread every two inches at one point, but that wasn’t going to deter me. Well, it may have deterred me for a few days, just for regrouping.
Solving the Floppy Feather Dilemma
I did a little research and found that there were a few adjustments I could make to solve the breaking thread problem. I tried a different color of Aurfil thread, to no avail. Then I pulled all of the solutions I found in my research. I switched: to Gutermann thread; the strike plate to the single hole plate; to a 90/14 thinner needle; and lastly I lowered the FMQ foot closer to the fabric. I was amazed at the difference in size that needle was compared to the one I had been using. While I cannot point to which of these things helped, they did solve the issue. I was able to quilt the second half of the quilt without a single thread break. Of course the bobbin had to run out of thread with only a small section left to go.
I carefully selected areas that don’t look too bad for photos. I will definitely give this method a try again, and put my research tips in place before beginning. Thank you again, Beth. You have helped me move our August OMG project along toward completion!
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