I wasn't quite ready to declare that I was confident doing feathers. Yet. So, what better to cure that fear than to take on a whole cloth project with only feathers!
I took a bed sheet and sandwiched some batting and drew some reference marks. Then made feathers and more feathers until I could truly say "You don't scare me anymore!"
The best part of this exercise was that I also got to practise the fine art of traveling back over the same line of stitching. It took a bit, but I realized that I have better control on travel stitching if I'm pulling the fabric towards me instead of feeding it away from me.
Now I'm ready to do some more the next time I have a quilt on the frame.