After doing so many for my quilt I found a better way without using paper
First when I get new fabric I cut off the edges and save the salvages, sometimes as much as two inches. I start by picking colors I like to start.
Then I fold them in half wrong sides together with the idea that the longer ones will be at the base of the feather.
Then I cut the open end (not the folded) at a 45 degree angle
Cut the other end to make it into two pieces
This gives you both sides of the feather at the proper angle, this is where I decide on the fabric colors and order
Time to chain piece them one side at a time
Sew together overlapping 1/4" for less waste
After pressing, fresh cut the stem side of the feather
The stem is actually designed to show 1/4" between colors. When I sew my stem I use whatever width scrap I have. It is easier for me to control wider widths than narrow.
After pressing, trim to 1/2" showing
Attach the other side
After trimming the first side to your desired shape, mark the other side to balance your feather. Use the stems straight line for a starting point
If you are doing a feather with a background you would start with your background piece before starting the feather. At this point you would add top and sides of the background.
This is one of the feathers with white backgrounds from my other quilt. I blue dotted where I attached the white if you need your feather to be a block
Here are the two I did for Stephanie ~ yay ta-done!
Off to make arrows for my Do Good Stitches bee