Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The Quilt and I Are Making Progress

First of all, I want to thank you all for all the kind comments and emails about my funky blahness!  Your encouragement was so uplifting and made me feel a lot better.  I had no idea when I started this blog that I would be "meeting" such wonderful people!  My mood is getting better and I actually have made some headway on a commissioned quilt. 

All the interior blocks are quilted.  The pinwheel blocks sure used up a lot of thread.  Good thing I bought a huge cone at the Houston Quilt Show!  Just as a reminder, since it's been a while, here's how I quilted the interior blocks.

I am now quilting the border.  First thing I did was baste the border both on the inside and outside edge to hold it in place. You can also see the pin basting.  Those pins, 3 to 4 of them at a time, will be removed as I come to them.

I placed my feather template.

Next, I marked it using a ceramic lead pencil in white.  I love these leads. They come in different colors and remove easily.  In fact, I'm marking only one side at a time so the lines won't brush off with moving the quilt around.

I'm using a variagated thread.  After I get all the feathers in the border, I plan on outlining them about a quarter of an inch.  This will give more curve, plus provide a definite stopping place for the grid lines that I plan on doing through the quilt into the border. 

So, one side down, three more to go! 



  1. thanks so much for all the detail! I never quite knew what to do with the templates....I will have to try that too! Your quilting is beautiful! Love it. Glad you and the quilt are making progress.

  2. Glad to hear you are starting to feel better - better keep an eye on your letterbox - that's all I am saying! love the quilt - and the quilting! Happy Stitching!

  3. I love the template!!! The quilting looks terrific...as usual!!!!


  4. Wow! You're doing a fantastic job with the quilting! Feathers are hard to do even when marked. I've heard about that marking pencil and need to get one.

  5. Que hermosa colcha y que maravilla de acolchado.

  6. This is just lovely and the quilting tips are very useful too.
    I will try to find this kind of maker/pencil.


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