Tuesday, November 15, 2022

A little birdie told me.....

 I finished Jeanne's little quilt. It is super sweet with the rainbow position nine patches and the background to match as it travel around the circle.  The pattern is Rainbow Nest by Editya Sitar.

The quilting...that's the part I love!  Lets start with the batting an the thread.  Two layers of batting, Quilters Dream 80/20 under Wool.  Look at that Applique, it has such definition with the two layer.  Almost looks like trapunto doesn't it?  Thread, well you know I like to use a lot of thread.  So I use Glide 60 wt top and bottom.  

Now for the quilting designs.  My first decision was to treat the 9 patches as a large border rather than individual blocks.  Once I got past that, things fell into place rather quickly.  I knew there had to be a frame for the bird in the nest and of course what goes well with birds?  Why feathers of course!  I got my Rhonda S Ruler and used that for the frame.  I wanted each side to have the feel of a birds wing.  There are mirror images used by simply flipping the ruler to the other side.  

I also wanted to spotlight the nest and the bird.  So I found my Lsheia Kaye from quitingit.com 13 inch circle and we had that covered.  

Lastly, I wanted the finaly borders to have a tree like, bush like something natural along those.  I marked an S curve using Julia Quiltoff's  5 ruler.  I had this going up the side and long the bottom, then in the other corner going across the top and down the side.  I used a feather, leafy, loopy natural thing (yep that's the technical name).  

To finish off I used three different fills. For the center circle I did McTavishing, I just think it gives such movement and really highlights the piecing.   the inside border (between the feather border and the feather frame) I used an dense leaf feel to add to the natural design.   Finally finished with a  little less dense curls design.

Next up is a beautiful tradtional quilt.  I've been craving traditional for some time.    Check out the linky parties in the side bar, lots of inspiration out there!


  1. Jeanne's quilt is exquisite, Sue. She did such a beautiful job piecing it and your quilting is equally as beautiful . What a stunner!!! Thank you for sharing and for the sweet visit to my blog. Happy Tuesday.

  2. It is another beauty! Love those technical terms!

  3. Lovely quilt made even more lovely by your expert quilting choices. You made this quilt rise to the level of a masterpiece! So beautiful. Thanks for sharing on my weekly show and tell linkup, Wednesday Wait Loss.

  4. Just gorgeous Sue! You set off that bird nicely

  5. A wonderful quilt -- piecing and quilting. I'm always in awe when you finish a custom quilt. Congrats to both you and Jeanne on a beautiful job.

  6. Wow, this is a gorgeous quilt, and you did a stunning job quilting it. I love how the central bird pop.
    Thank you for sharing your work, and linking up!


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