So, here is the finished corner...
This shape is the "bare bones" or frame of the design, so it is the first to be stitched. For those curious, this quilt is hand-dyed silk Radiance, the thread is 100wt silk, and I have double-batted with Hobbs 80/20 and wool. I do use my curved templates when necessary to stitch nice neat curves. The longer curves can be harder to stitch purely free-hand. Since my machine is NOT computerized, I use whatever tools I have at my disposal to create neat stitching. Templates are like my second skin...I have close to 50 of them!
Next I stitch the feather sprays. The smaller ones on the outside are pretty simple, and all I mark is an external boundary. The larger ones at he center must be somewhat marked so that they end up symmetrical. To begin, I stitch one of them.
What I need to do next is make a pattern from the feathers I just stitched. I took a piece of Press-n-Seal, placed it over the feathers. I then trace them with a sharpie pen, very carefully and gently. To press too hard would be a frustrating disaster!
Next, press the piece of Press-n-Seal onto a piece of cardboard. I cut mine from an empty Cheese-It box. Nothing goes wasted in our house!
Now, cut out the pattern.