Friday, March 22, 2019

Free Motion Friday - Formal vs. Informal

If you follow me then by now you know that I love to quilt feathers.  However, I learned a long time ago that there is a difference between formal and informal feathers.  Look at my two drawings.  The one on the left is more informal whereas the one on the right is more formal.  WHY?

Well, when you make your feathers approximately all the same size and shape they look way more formal.  That's why!  Neither is right or wrong, just different.

Let's look at a few examples.  These red feathers are fairly even and are definitely formal.

These feathers are more informal as they have lots of different shapes.

This feather is fairly formal, mostly the same size.

This feather is more informal, all sorts of things going on.

These feathers are formal, about the same size and shape, but I think the clouds inside them make them more informal.

These feathers are fairly formal too.

I hope you get to quilt today!


  1. I generally like the informal feathers more as I think they have a more artistic feel.

  2. Oh I love your feathers, enjoyed all of the pictures and I like the formal feathers the most.