For the Love of Feathers: Judy Allen on “Quilt It! The Longarm Quilting Show”


Meet Judy “Feathers” Allen whose love of feather designs was inspired by a picture in a magazine.

Judy shows how easy it is to draft our own designs using various sizes of circle templates, including straight lines, curves, mirror images, etc. You can create designs to custom feather your quilts!



In the second segment Judy Allen puts her beautiful feather designs onto the quilt top.

She uses a series of paisley-shaped rulers to guide her stitching along the marked lines insuring accuracy. As the finishing touch, her curved cross hatching stencil makes quick work of filling various shapes with cross hatched curves.

In the third segment of the show… Having created stacks and stacks of feather designs Judy decided she wanted to learn to digitize her patterns for safe keeping.

She discovered the Art and Stitch software program which allows her to draw from scratch or take a photograph and turn that into a design. Jodie joins Judy at the computer to see just how easy it is to draw a pattern, make corrections, and play with the design. 

Short Takes on Longarm Quilting with Vicki Hoth

How do we transfer Judy’s feather patterns onto the fabric? Vicki shows Jodie a couple of ways to easily handle this task using Golden Threads paper. One uses a soluble marker, and the other stitches right through your transfer material.

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