Did you catch our November 2020 Quilted Joy Clubhouse online meeting? This month we looked at how to quilt the outside of a feathered wreath. If you missed the livestream it’s available to watch (or re-watch!) whenever you’d like. Find it on the Quilted Joy Youtube channel or on the Quilted Joy Clubhouse page on our website!
Our main program for this month’s meeting was about how to quilt the outside of a feathered wreath. Watch the video below to see Angela’s guide to quilting feathered wreaths and so much more!
Quilt the Outside of a Feathered Wreath
We’re coming to the end of our year of the feather and what better way to end it than a feathered wreath? Feathered wreaths can be challenging, so take your time and be kind to yourself while you learn this technique! In this meeting we focused on how to prepare the space and quilting the outside of the wreath.
To prepare your wreath, you’ll need to add some registration marks on your quilt. Your markings should look a little like a bullseye. These lines will give you your spine and the boundaries for your feathers. Don’t miss my feathered wreath size chart here. This guide will make it a little easier to determine what size your registration lines should be.
To quilt the wreath, start by drawing a few plumes in the outside boundary. Drawing the plumes helps to get yourself into the feather quilting groove and the nice 45-degree angle for the plumes. After you’ve quilted a few plumes you can erase the feathers you drew on the quilt top. As you work your way around the wreath and come back to where you started, be careful about how much room is left for your last few feathers.
Spend some time practicing the outside edge of feathered wreaths on some play fabric. Don’t forget to join us for the December Quilted Joy Clubhouse meeting when we’ll talk about how to quilt the inside of a feathered wreath.
Tamara’s Quilting Studio
Tamara Bobbitt of Foxtail Quilting let us peek into her sewing studio for our Looky Loo Tour. Tamara is set up in an expanded efficiency area on the first floor of her home. She has an APQS Millie on a 12ft frame that fits perfectly in her space for her to easily walk around both sides of her table. She added a bar under her Millie’s frame to store her batting which is such a clever use of space! Thank you Tamara for letting us peek into your space!
Angela’s Favorite Things – ProCircle Rulers
Keeping with our feathered wreath theme, Angela’s favorite things for this month are the ProCircle and ProPebble rulers!
Angela uses these rulers to mark her registration lines before quilting feathered wreaths. Remember, with the ProCircles the size marked is the size circle you can quilt with the ruler. So a 4″ ProCircle has an actual diameter of 3.5″, but when you add the quarter inch for your hopping foot your circle will be 4″. If you’re using the ProCircle for marking a circle, you’ll want to pair it with a Drawing Wheel, which will mimic your quarter-inch hopping foot.
How Would You Quilt It? Susan’s Striped Masterpiece!
Every month in the Quilted Joy Clubhouse on Facebook Angela looks for photos of unquilted quilt tops asking for design help. This month she found this gorgeous quilt by Susan. We’re not sure yet what the pattern’s called, but we hope Susan let’s us know soon!
Didn’t Susan do an amazing job making this quilt? All of her striped fabrics are lining up so perfectly! For this quilt’s design, Angela didn’t want to distract from Susan’s fabulous piecing so her quilting plan involved lots of straight lines and geometric designs. We can’t wait to see how Susan decides to quilt it!
Show and Tell
We love to wrap up the QJ Clubhouse meetings with a little show and tell. There are so many talented quilters in the Quilted Joy Clubhouse on Facebook and they share lots of amazing quilts. It’s fun to put a spotlight on their hard work!
The Quilted Joy Clubhouse live meetings occur on the first Wednesday of each month at 1pm Eastern. Our next Clubhouse meeting will be December 2, 2020 at 1pm Eastern/Noon Central and we’ll be talking about how to quilt feathers on the inside of a feathered wreath. If you’d like to watch live, you can find us on Facebook in the Quilted Joy Clubhouse or subscribe to the Quilted Joy Youtube channel to be notified about our videos. Don’t worry if you can’t join us live. The video will remain available on both Facebook and Youtube afterwards so you can watch whenever you want!
Hope to “see” you at the next live meeting!