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Free Motion Quilting Sample - Swirling Feathers

Have you ever headed down a creative path unsure where it would take you?  Well, this is what happen with Swirling Feathers.

What started as an experiment with applique mushroomed into a free motion quilting technique and pattern sample.

Applique - Feathers cut with AccuQuilt Feather die. The raw edge feathers are free motion stitched with Glide thread.

Trapunto -  Free motion pebbling on a layer of Quilters Dream Poly and Dream Puff on top gives each feather a three dimensional quality.

Relief FMQ - Dense stitches are key to creating relief. In contrast to trapunto, relief is one layer of batting and low in height. The tightly stitched McTavishing on one layer of Quilters Dream Poly batting is just enough to elevate the arches without drawing attention from the feathers

Quilting Patterns - Pebbles, Paisley, & McTavishing

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Marelize’s Anything Goes Monday,

and Lovely Finishes

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My mom’s Stars and Four-Patches quilt has finally moved up the UFO chain. It’s a pattern from Eleanor Burns book, Still Stripping After 25 years.

In four days I attached the Seminole borders, the outer border and basted the 93” x 107” quilt.

I hope to have it quilted, the binding attached and gift wrapped by her 80th birthday. Her birthday is November 16th.

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WIP - Instagram Mini Swap

I am thrilled to be participating in my first mini swap, #IGminiSwap. Over 500  quilters are participating! 

It is a secret swap. You know who will receive the mini quilt you are making. However, you do not know who is making your mini quilt. Once you have a partner, you learn as much as can about them through Instagram, their website or blog, and photo accounts like Flickr.

After learning my partner loves color, I designed a 24” x 24” inch star quilt. I enjoyed designing the quilt with The Electric Quilt Company’s Quilt Design Wizard.   The software, affordable at $30, prints blocks for paper piecing.

The rectangles and stars are paper pieced, a technique I learned in Carol Doak’s Mastering Foundation Paper Piecing Craftsy class.

I adjusted the pattern so I could use AccuQuilt’s Triangle in a Square die  to make the diamonds. Using the fabric cutter saves time and increases piecing accuracy.

I’m linking up with

Esther’s WOW

Lee’s WIP Wednesday

Marelize’s Anything Goes Monday

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Under The Needle

The borders are attached, the quilt is basted, and ready for free motion quilting.

I’ve decided to replicate the feather shape in the quilting. I’ve always wanted to try this technique.

To give the feathers definition I used a double layer of batting. One layer of Quilters Dream Poly and one layer of Dream Puff.

By the way, i used AccuQuilt Go! Feather die to cut the applique shapes

I’m linking up with

Marelize’s Anything Goes Monday

Lee’s WIP Wednesday

Esther’s  WOW

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Around the World Blog Hop

Thanks Esther, at ipatchandquilt, for the invitation to join the fun!  If you haven’t seen Esther’s work, be ready to be amazed!  She is fabulous quilter.

Welcome! If this is your first visit, I hope you explore beyond this post. Visit the special pages section on the right.

1) What am I working on?

I am always working a several things at once. There are at least 5 quilts that need to be quilted. The twisted log cabin, pictured below, is one. 


A week ago I finished testing 5 different Quilters Dream battings. I will have a detailed post on that soon. Here is  a sneak peek at the visual comparison of Dream Puff and Dream Poly. The Dream Puff certainly adds dimension. 


2) How does my work differ from others its genre?

I don’t know if it does. Others may say it is different. I know one of my biggest joys in quilting is free motion quilting. So, if there is a difference, it might be my obsession with free motion quilting.


Here are a few samples of free motion quilting I have completed in the last few years on my domestic machine, Janome 7700 (above). Below is recent work on placemats. 


Then I ventured into free motion quilting “ruler work”. I am really excited about the new creative possibilities with these rulers.



3) Why do I create what I do?

Primarily, I enjoy the creative process. The bonus is that I also LOVE learning new techniques. There is always a new creative adventure ahead!  


4) How does my creative process work?

Currently, the process is learning new textile arts and relearning basic and advanced quilting techniques. I am taking a TON of classes with Craftsy. I love Craftsy classes because you can watch them over and over. I use many of them as an online quilting textbook.


They offer many FREE classes too! If you haven’t enrolled in a Craftsy class, give a free class a try. 


Design It, Quilt It: Free-Form Techniques taught by Cindy Needham has given me confidence in designing and using stencils for whole cloth quilts. Above is a feathered wreath stencil by quilter Patsy Thompson. Gold and silver thread were used to create this 11x17 wall hanging.

Well, I think I covered a lot of territory. 

Thanks so much for joining us in the Around the World Blog Hop!


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