This is the stencil that I finally mastered feathers with …

I had the honor of quilting my mom’s first bed sized quilt this week. She made one of my very early patterns, the 5-Hour Bed Quilt. Full disclaimer that it take five hours if you’ve been quilting for a long time. 

It’s a giant disappearing nine-patch made using layer cakes. So it’s super simple, with big pieces and minimal cutting. 

I chose the Interlocking El Dorado free motion quilting stencil from Full Line Stencil. This is one of my favorite stencils and I have used it several times before. It was the first stencil that allowed me to actually quilt a feather.

And I had tried all kinds of methods to quilt feathers. I took a class from Angela Walters, doodled constantly, practiced on actual fabric, and it just never clicked.

But the very first time I tried to follow the Interlocking El Dorado Stencil, I quilted perfect feathers. The combination of having a line to follow, with a whimsical feather/swirl combo just worked for me. 

Check out the video to see the quilting play-by-play and see if you want to give it a go too!

Products we featured:
Five Hour Bed Quilt PDF Pattern:
Layer Cakes:
Full Line Stencil – Interlocking El Dorado #50003:
Pounce Pads:

Intro to Free Motion Quilting Course:

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