This weekend was the first time in several weeks that I haven’t had something on my schedule that was a must do. I had two days of nowhere to go, nothing to do, and no one at home. Wow! How did that happen?

So of course, I spent those two days playing, um, working in the sewing room. I’ve been working on a new pattern and have had the flimsy done for some time now. Finding time to quilt it has been challenging, but I finally had this weekend to work on it.

I had already spent a lot of time sketching quilting design ideas and thought I knew what I was going to quilt when I started. While studying the quilt, I knew that feathers would look so good in some of the rows. But me and feathers don’t get along. I used this as an opportunity to practice them, because I’m not going to get better stitching them unless I actually start stitching them, right?

Here was my first block.  Yuck. Just keeping it real for you…

FMQ Feathers Practice

I was all over the place with these. But I kept going.

FMQ Feather Practice BlockEven though there are still issues, after a few blocks they are starting to look more like feathers. And I love the pebbles in the rectangle piece. Originally that piece was left un-quilted, but the pebbles add so much. I’m glad I put them in.

After a couple of rows, I was getting better. These corners look so much better than the first ones did:

FMQ Feathers Corner Practice

This is one of the last feather blocks:

FMQ Feathers Practice

So, my take away from this? PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!

These are nowhere near perfect, but they are so much better than the first ones I did. I still need to conquer the shape of the feather – I don’t know why it is such an issue for me. I have practice sheets to trace, so I’ll be doing a lot of that and hopefully that will create some muscle memory.

I’m excited to get this one quilted and finished so I can share it with you. Even though I worked for the better part of two days on the quilting, I’m only about half finished with it. Mostly because I gave myself permission to quilt the heck out of the top. 🙂

Is there a quilting design you have difficulty conquering? I would love to hear your thoughts.

Finishing this top is my goal for this week and all this free motion quilting is my crush for Main Crush Monday. I love that I have a project to quilt to death. Ha! So, what is your crush for this week? I would love to see what has you excited to be in your sewing space this week. You can link up any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic – here’s how:

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