Books on Monday – Fabulous Feathers & Fillers

Today we are continuing the free motion quilting focus from last week with Fabulous Feathers & Fillers: Design & Machine Quilting by Sue Nickels. (Yes, that is an Amazon Associate link that will help support this blog if you click on it.)

One of the most comforting pieces of information from this book is that Sue Nickels marks her feathers. I already knew this because I had taken a class from her at AQS – Grand Rapids last summer and she told this. I found it very comforting and encouraging. Not that I seem to be rushing to try it, but I’ll get there.

Sue Nickels quilts amazing quilts on a domestic machine. She and her sister Pat Holly have won many awards for their quilts, made together and individually. Sue usually does the quilting, and it is awesome. They have also taken over running Gwen Marsten’s Beaver Island retreats.

In this book, Sue is concentrating on (as the title says) feathers and fillers. She shows how she designs feathers and other quilting for her quilts. Sue includes exercises for practice both with pencil and paper and using the machine. She also includes some feather patterns that can be traced onto fabric and used, either for practice or in quilts.

Here’s what’s in the book:

  • Dedication (to Gwen Marsten)
  • Introduction
  • Section One: Supplies
  • Section Two: Designing Feathers (thorough and clear directions to get you started)
  • Section Three: Machine Quilting Feathers
  • Section Four: Machine Quilting Fillers
  • Section Five: Quilting the Quilt, Start to Finish
  • Section Six: Feather Patterns and Projects
  • Bibliography
  • Resources
  • About the Author

Reading this book made me want to practice machine quilting, if not actually quilt a quilt by machine. Stay tuned. Maybe you’ll see some samples of my practice here on the blog.

Quilt on!

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