I can finally - FINALLY - do feathers that come out acceptably instead of looking like a kindergartner did them. :D
The funny thing is, I can only do them if I put in the little curly-q on every other plume. Try it without, and they all go catty-wumpus.
I figure once I get all the blue of this quilt done, I'll be much more comfortable and proficient with them and ready to try another variation. :)