The fabric is sub cut as shown, to give two pieces of 18 and a half inches by six and a quarter inchesA piece of fabric 22 inches by 16 and a half inches is enough to make the background for one complete block of two feathers.
Lay an F template piece on one of these 181/2 by 6 1/4 rectangles, pin and cut. This gives you two F pieces. Repeat with the other rectangle (if using printed fabric, turn the template over, to give the reversed F piece for the other side of the feather).
Cutting the F pieces by this method helps to keep the outside edge straight along the grain of the fabric.
The B, D and E pieces are cut from the remaining fabric.
Taking the left side feather and B piece, lay them next to each other to make sure you have the correct piece and that they are the correct size.
Flip the background piece up and align the edges of the fabric. The ends need to overlap slightly, as shown below, in order for the pieces to align correctly once they are sewn together.
When opened out the straight edges of the feather and background fabrics should form a continuous line. (Obviously, this doesn't happen exactly like this every time, which is why I own more than one seam ripper.)
Press the seams open and clip the dog ears. Repeat with the other side.
Sewing the spine of the feather - the C piece.
I found that this piece, probably because it is so long and thin, moved quite a bit relative to the other pieces.
I pinned quite extensively and on both sides I started sewing at the bottom of the block.
There is a little bit of wiggle room, in that you can trim a small amount from the top of the feather if needed without affecting the overall dimensions of the block.
Sewing the top of the feather - the D and E piece
Firstly, trim the feather to remove the excess 'spine, that protrudes past the edge. Then align the D piece next to the feather. I'll admit the first time I did this it looked 'wrong' for some reason. This is what it should look like;
Then flip the piece over and line it up with the edge of the feather.
When you open it out after stitching, it should look like this.