Well.....its not going well! I have wasted an afternoon completely. I can do feathers, I can - really! But I have ripped out two lots this afternoon, and that's no easy thing. Maybe I am being too hard on my self, we never do that do we?? I think my problem is not that I can't do feathers, its more the restriction of the throat space. To complete the circle of feathers I have to move the quilt backwards and forwards and that is not conducive to maintaining a flow at all. May have to have rethink about the design. Back to the drawing board. Oh, the thread is great to sew with but not to unpick! Will talk more about it when I am not quite so fed up with my efforts.