Second UFO Finish

I am pleased another UFO on my list is finished. Here’s a link to My UFO List. This is a wholecloth quilt, @40×40, for my newest grandchild, Juliet. Much of the quilting was an experiment, either in design or thread choice. Some ideas worked and others…well not so much.  But I know her parents and someday, Juliet, will treasure it.

Juliet’s name is quilted with feathers intertwining the letters.

The quilt would have been reversible if it didn’t have letters.

Here’s a picture of my sweetie, Juliet, along with my son, Brian, and wife, Rhonda dressed and ready to go see Star Wars.


This quilt was on my UFO List for the image More information on the Finish A Long is available at A Quilters Table.

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Memories of Provence-Part 6

The quilting is complete. Hurrah!!! This post looks at the final borders and the center.

For the checkerboard border, I just couldn’t make myself quilt each little 3/4″ square. So I treated the border as 2 four patches on the diagonal and quilted line dancing. I also quilted line dancing in each triangle.  The last border has piano keys. Easy and I like how I can slightly adjust the edge of the quilt when trimming.

It makes an interesting diamond pattern on the back.

Other than the background quilting, I left the center quilting until the end. I like to repeat motifs and I wasn’t sure what I would quilt. So the center square is quilted with line dancing, sid, and leaf feather.  

The feather star has feathers and point to point straight line quilting.

  I repeated the leaf feather in the applique and of course, the flower center begged for pebbles. The large leaves needed veins.


Line dancing was repeated in the baskets.

The quilt draped over my Longarm.

Well, it’s done. Always a relief to get to the end but always a pleasure to see it hanging at various venues. Guess I’ll have to buy a bunch of tickets and see if I can win it back. Sure would look good on my bed!

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Beatrix Potter Baby Quilt

This is a great baby quilt especially if you have some fabric that’s been in your stash for far too long. I bought way too much of this Beatrix Potter fabric many years ago and I’m still trying to get rid of it. I added Moda Bella white and pink Kona cotton.


Quilt measurers 36″ x 36″  Finished block size of 9″

center squares are cut 5 1/2″

pink blocks have a cut 1 1/2″ white border and a cut 1 1/2″ pink border

white blocks have a cut 2 1/2″ white border

If you want it bigger, be sure to add one row AND one column so the pink blocks are lined up.

Quilt, bind and you’re done. Easy.

I quilted mine with hooked feathers and little flowers. I use extra fabric strips for the back.
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Classical Beauty

Once again my customer and friend, Mary, has pieced a beauty. You would have to see this quilt in person to appreciate the precision of her piecing. The border print has a small circular motif at the edge and the seam is exactly the same distance from that motif all around the quilt. The miters on the borders match exactly. I can’t begin to even figure out how to piece this accurately.

Here’s the entire quilt.



The embroidered blocks had a bit of rippling from the embroidery. So I put a piece of Quilters Dream wool the exact size behind the embroidery and stitched a very fine McTavishing. Ripples gone.

Center block has continuous curve, curved crosshatching and feathers.



The blue border has a simple zig zag.
Here’s more of the embroidered blocks. Flying geese have line dancing and feathers. Blue and white border print around center block has scallops.



I quilted a freehand feather meander in the quarter square triangle blocks. Really doesn’t show in pictures. I really love the chevron border top and bottom. Straight lines in the centers and curved crosshatching in the triangles.


The last border was a challenge for me. It’s very wide. I divided it by stitching a straight line in a little white line in the print all the way around, on both sides. Whew. That was tough!! Then after trying 4 different freehand designs and ripping them out, I stitched 1/2″ double piano keys. Everything else I tried ended up showing up and then disappearing in the print. The result was muddy and confusing. So I decided straight lines worked best. The two sections on both sides got zig zags.


I’m pleased with the results. Repeated designs tie the quilt together and all are appropriate for a classic.

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Classic Bluework Embroidery Quilt

This lovely bluework quilt top was made by Carolyn. She told me to do what I wanted and I was in a feather mood. So I stitched around most of the embroidery, leaving some of it not stitched to give it dimension. Then I stitch a frame and filled it with my version of McTavishing. I added some leaves and flowers here and there. The area outside of the frame was feathered. The border has swags with feathers and 1/8″ straight lines.

All quilting done with Sew Fine in an off white. That helped me to see where I had stitched.




A few of the blocks.





The border


Thanks Carolyn for giving me the opportunity to be in feather heaven.


Cyclamen and Bordeaux

Cyclamen and Bordeaux sounds like a classy music group or perhaps a fine wine. But in this case, two customer quilts. First Bordeaux.

Barbara’s lovely quilt in French General fabrics was quilted with Frisky Feathers.



Cyclamen was made by Mary and quilted with curls and feathers. I stitched in the ditch of the reverse appliqué and echoed around it.




Both were a pleasure to quilt.

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