I decided to just go for it. I've drawn a lot of feathers. But you get to a point where you just have to actually stitch feathers to get reasonably good at stitching them, so for the last few days, that is what I have been doing. I'm 3/4 around the border of the first, somewhat wonky, log cabin. And here is what that looks like.
I keep reminding myself that this is a practice piece. I don't have to actually make anything out of it. I could just date it on a label and put it on a shelf and look at it in a year or two to recognize how far I've gotten.
And maybe that is what I'll do with both of these log cabin blocks. Just recognize that you have to actually stitch miles of thread to get where I want to get.