Dec 12 10

A Beautiful Quilt and Day #2 of the 8 Days of Patsy’s Birthday Give-Away Marathon!

This is a photo of part of a beautiful quilt that is HAND-PIECED by Betty Field of Peoria, AZ-isn’t it great?!  She used 100% cotton ombre fabrics and when I show you the other photos, you’ll see how much that color variegation adds.  It measures 57 inches x 68 inches and it was machine quilted by her good friend, Terrie Ward of Surprise, AZ.  The batting is 100% wool and Terrie used rayon and trilobal polyester threads for the machine quilting.  Terrie quilted all kinds of different filler designs in the pieced blocks:

Do you recognize the irregular swirl design in that pieced block?  If you look just outside that block, you’ll see some lovely feather quilting that she did in the setting triangles.  Terrie did her feathers freehand, with no marking! If that doesn’t impress you, then I should tell you that Terrie did all this quilting on her Bernina 44o HDSM!   For the solid color squares, Terrie used our 10 inch square wreath stencils with interchangeable spine designs.  Here is the curly cue spine:

Wow, I just love that!  I also  really like how the ombre fabric gently changes color as you move across the block!  And here’s one more beauty…this is Terrie’s bicycle chain spine wreath:

Betty and Terrie really did a fabulous job on this quilt-thanks so much for sending me the photos!  If you’d like to learn how to stitch these feathered wreaths with interchangeable spine designs, here’s a link to a video tutorial that will show you how.

And now for today’s give-away! Since today’s post features a quilt with lots of feather quilting, I thought a copy of our Feather Adventures book would be a great give-away prize:

This book is all about machine quilted feathers and the fun you can have by playing around with them. Warning-feather quilting can be very addictive and cause many a sleepless night! Retail value is $29.98, but if you win this give-away, it will be yours for free! To enter, just post a comment to this blog post telling me why this book would hellp you, and you’re in the drawing! Good luck!


  1. Wendy Says:

    Gorgeous quilt! I’m in love with this style of quilting!

  2. Wendy Says:

    And yes, the book would help me tremendously with ideas for my quilts at home.

  3. Fleurette Says:

    I really want to know how to quilt feathers and this book will help me produce beautiful work.

  4. Jennifer Says:

    I would love to have this book!! I can see where it would give me the tips I need to take my quilting from “okay” to “WOW”!!

  5. Robbi Says:

    Hi Patsy–

    I really love your blog. I also watched all of your videos on The Quit Show. I would love your book. Hopefully, I can take a class from you one of these days then I can bring the book for you to autograph.

  6. Jackie Says:

    Wow! Would love to have a copy.

  7. Lori S Says:

    I would just love to win a copy of your book. I quilt on a DSM and it would be perfect to help my quilting get to the next level!

  8. Micki Turk Says:

    I am just learning to machine quilt. I have the first dvd and think that this would be a great learning tool. I love your videos.

  9. Marti M Says:

    I am just beginning the adventure into machine quilting. I need all the help I can get :)

  10. helen Says:

    HI Patsy

    I have been watching your excellent quilting videos on the Quilt Show. They are great. Feathers are not something I have done in my domestic machine quilting, so this book would be a tremendous help to me to improve the range of designs I can use.

    Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

  11. Cornwoman Says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book! I’ve always loved feather designs, though I’ve never done any. I’m getting ready to buckle down and learn how to take my rudimentary free motion to a gorgeous level with some of your videos, but I would love the opportunity to add the feathers to my repertoire as well through your book!

  12. barbara Says:

    I would love to have this book since feathers are my favorite quilt motif and I have been practicing,but have a ways to go! The book looks creatively wonderful and would inspire me.

  13. Shelley C Says:

    I’ve been eyeing these dvds for a while. I’d like to venture out in free motion quilting a bit more. I’m slightly beyond meandering and would really like the guidance to give me confidence. Thanks for the chance.

  14. Jocelyn Says:

    Oh wow Patsy, what a great book! I have been trying to learn free motion, and I have a couple of your DVD’s. A quilting friend who FM quilts beautifully told me she just watches your DVD’s over and over. The book would be such a wonderful tool to add to learning feathers.

  15. Beth Donaldson Says:

    I’ve been quilting for over 30 years. I’ve mastered (at least to my own satisfaction) every technique on machine; piecing, applique, set in piecing and very basic machine quilting. This year my goal has been to improve my machine quilting. I’ve just finished my first successful, unmarked feather and it felt great. I’ve spent many hours looking at the fabulous quilts made by machine quilters for inspiration. I watched your demo of spray basting on the Quilt Show and am a convert. I’m finally ready to really jump into machine quilting (and finish over 30 UFOs). I admire your work and feel your book would be a great help to me. Thanks for all the inspiration, you’re on my favorite blog list.

  16. Sarajane Says:

    I would love to learn how to make these beautiful feathers! Your work is out of this world!

  17. Carol Cann Says:

    I am currently working on a medaltion style quilt with numberous borders. Most of the borders are pieced, but I am leaving one in the middle area and the one on the outer edge as just strips of fabric. My goal is to learn how to do feathers well enough to do these 2 borders with feather. I am sure the book would help me immensely.

  18. Scott Says:

    Would greatly appreciate winning a copy of your book. It would be one more tool to help improve the quality of my free-motion quilting.

  19. Claudia Says:

    I would love to win a copy.
    This book will help me to learn feather style quilting.

  20. Jeanne Says:

    I would love to win this book. It would be the perfect companion to your DVDs which I watch over and over. I love your style of quilting.

  21. Marilyn W Says:

    I gotta have this book!!!! Please pick my name!!!

    Thanks and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!


  22. MoeWest Says:

    I am attempting to learn to do such beautiful machine quilting. All help is welcome! Thank you for the giveaway and Happy Birthday.

  23. OHSue Says:

    I especially like the way that Terrie quilted her inner circles on the feathers.

  24. rebecca Says:

    My goal for 2011 is to spend tons of time machine quilting. A friend loaned me one of your dvd’s and I can’t wait to sit and see it!!

    Winning the blog drawing would be great!!

  25. michele Says:

    Okay, my quilting is what I have been focusing on lately. Piecing i have a pretty good handle on. This book would help me so much in learning my new focus.

  26. Chris Says:

    I saw you quilt in Shipshewana and cannot believe how easy you make it look. I bought a Bernina 440 as an early retirement gift for myself and have begun trying some of the free-motion quilting. My stippling looks decent but I’ve yet to try most of the other patterns. I have not yet been brave enough to try all the detailed patterns that you do, including feathers. I did purchase the bendable ruler from you so that I could try feathers. I simply need a little boost to do so. Thanks for your great blog. I check almost daily to see what new surprises you have for us!

  27. katie Says:

    I would LOVE to win this book! I learn so much better by reading than I do by listening or watching–it just sinks in better! The book is on my Christmas list but I don’t think Santa is going to read the list, so please pick me!

  28. Amy C Says:

    I am fortunate to have several of your videos. Sometimes I think it would be nice to have something in print to look at as well. Especially when I’m traveling and don’t have access to my dvd player.

  29. leeanne Says:

    Beautiful quilt.Feathers are great to use on so many different styles of quilts.

  30. Peggy Says:

    Hi Patsy,

    You have taught me so much already & this would be icing on the cake. I just purchased a new tablet and bookmarked your site so I can take you on vacation with me over Christmas :). I am also a big fan of Luann’s (love the horse she made recently). She doesn’t live far from me, so I hope to meet her one day. Both of you are very inspiring and willing to share & I keep up with both of your blogs, thank you!!!

  31. Barbara Says:

    I think the book would help me a lot as I seem to learn better be able to look at things closely. I love your dvds but having something to really look at would be great.

  32. Connie Says:

    The book would certainly encourage me to continue my attempts at learning to machine quilt. Visual aides always are important to me and I learn best with quiet time and a book by my side. Thanks for all your efforts to teach others your brautiful techniques.

  33. Sharon Engel Says:

    How do I begin to say how much I love your work, website and would also love the book. I am starting to get confident with machine quilting and this would definitely help that area. I also watch your videos on TQS. Happy Holidays to you.

  34. Linda Erickson Says:

    I would love to have this book because I want to try that style of quilting. I’ve done a fair bit of free motion quilting and a few basic feathers but nothing that fancy. I need your inspiration and confidence that I can do it.

  35. sharmond Says:

    I enjoy your website so much! Love your videos and hope someday to have the time to actually learn and perfect this skill. Would love a copy of your book!

  36. Margaret Says:

    Love your videos and books. Pick me, pick me!!!!

  37. Carol Sc Says:

    I suspect I may be a “day late” to comment on this post, but I surely love looking at the quilt patterns. I’m looking forward to January, when I can get back into practice — after all the holiday hoopla.

  38. Alice Says:

    Oh Patsy!

    What a lovely quilt, those women did an awesome job!


  39. Teresa Harich Says:

    I’m waiting for my book to arrive, but another copy for my quilters guild library would be wonderful!

  40. SewCalGal Says:

    Beautiful quilt. I love it. Inspirational. Makes me realize you need to start selling screensavers with your beautiful quilts & quilting. Yummy.

    And this DVD prize is wonderful. I love your DVDs and I don’t have this one. I know who ever wins it will enjoy it very much, as I certainly would.

    Happy Birthday.


  41. Pam Butler Says:

    Hi Patsy. Well this book would be a god send to me because I LOVE feathers and mine always look horrible! I know I would benefit from this book!

  42. Gen Grundy Says:

    Hey, Pasty
    Long time no see! I miss you.
    Anything you recommend, I usually run out and buy. It would be lovely to WIN something.
    Have a wonderful birthday!

  43. Rebecca Says:

    Thanks for the pictures of the lovely quilt.

  44. Claire Pereira Says:

    I just love to see other peoples quilts. This one is fabulous. A copy of your book would be a great addition to my library of Patsy Thompson Design items.


  45. Becky in Georgia Says:

    My quilting goal for 2011 is to improve my machine quilting. I’ve heard wonderful things about your books and DVD’s. Would love to study your book.

  46. Pat Bandura Says:

    I’m still learning free motion quilting so I can use all the help I can get

  47. Kathy Schmidt Says:

    Your books and videos(especially!) have been a tremendous help to me. I love feather quilting and your instructions have made me able to do it. And the quilt in this post is just beautiful.

  48. Amy Says:

    I could just stare at all these pictures for hours! But I’ll go quilt now instead. Love all this!

  49. Sandy N. Says:

    I would love to have this book! I’ve wanted to try feathers, but they scare me!=)

  50. Sue Dufresne Says:

    The use of the ombre is inspirational. The quilting is awesome. Havng known Terrie and Betty for a few years has been a delight. They love what they do and it truly shows in this quilt. I wanna quilt like they do! They are incredible gals and so helpful. The designs are awesome. Thanks for sharing with all of us.

  51. Tina McHenry Says:

    Happy Birthday Patsy, Hope its a wonderful day. Would love this book to add to my collection of your DVDs. I enjoy you visiting me in my sewing room, as you are absolutely inspirational. It would be nice to be able to reference a book when I need a boost with a design. Thanks for the tip on working with borders. Tina

  52. Marcia W. Says:

    After our vintage machines broke down, we purchased a new sewing machine Friday. We can use it to quilt our tops – even freemotion. So, this book would help me learn/practice the right techniques to get the most out of our machine.

  53. Gill Says:

    Gosh what fabulous quilting!
    I wish I was half as talented!

  54. Phyllis Says:

    I just saw this – am I too late? Oh my gosh I would LOVE this book. I have seen some of your videos and this would be fabulous!

    I hope to take one of your classes some day.

  55. Stephanie Says:

    This wonderful book would help me venture farther into the feather world.

  56. Dianne Giles Says:

    Patsy you are the bomb!! So generous with the give aways. I would love this book to add to my collection. Dianne

  57. robin Says:

    This would help me because I need all the help I can get – I’m a newbie.

  58. Debbie Says:

    To learn about making feathers from your book would be great!

  59. Brita Says:

    See what a good teacher and inspiration you are! That quilt is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

  60. Jen Says:

    Oh man, I would love a copy of this book. I’ve been practicing drawing feathers on paper recently and would love this book to help me out and transition to fabric.

  61. Vicki Says:

    I really could use your feathers instruction, mine always come out looking lopsided.

  62. Norma Says:

    I would love this book! I’m constantly trying to improve my feathers and I’m always looking for more ideas and little tips and tricks to make them better.

  63. Margaret Says:

    I just got a Queen Quilter and have been working on my feathers (not great -yet). I need all the help I can get. Thanks for the chance for the book.

  64. Anya Says:

    This book would help me get over the fear of feathers! Thanks for the chance!

  65. Cory Says:

    This is a beautiful quilt and this book looks so informative. Take care and God bless, Cory

  66. Maeve Says:

    Love the beautiful quilting in the photos here. I could definitely use this book for more ideas and how-to’s, as I usually turn to free motion quilting as my easiest “go-to” method. I need to get out of my rut and learn how to do more! Thanks for the giveaway!

  67. Judy Says:

    I’ve only played around trying to FMQ feathers once or twice. Maybe this book would really help. Thanks for the chance to win.

  68. JoanDeArc Says:

    In the past I’ve struggled with quilting on my old machine –just got a new Pfaff and hope to learn to make gorgeous feathers like you!!

  69. Marcia Z Says:

    I lost my job and have found my true passion in art quilting. I bought an amazing machine and need books to inspire me to reach my potential. Either way–thx for having this great blog and website.

  70. Kathy Stoick Says:

    I have not always been a fan of wreath designs but the triple stitched wreath on the above quilt block is dynamic. I am beginning to rethink my opinion of wreaths and feathers for quilting.

  71. Billie K Says:

    What’s not to want in learning how to do feathers.


  72. Kelly Whitaker Says:

    I just saw this book at a shop in TX and decided to get it when I got home. There are so many designs that I’m interested in learning. I’m bummed that it’s not available on Amazon, but am hoping I can get it on your site if I don’t win it! Thanks!

  73. Mary Says:

    I am just beginning to venture into quilting feathers so I’m sure there are lots of secrets that would improve my quilting and help me enjoy the process more.

    Thanks for the great giveaway.

  74. Kathy S Says:

    I love quilting feathers and would really like to kick them up a notch and learn to quilt them like you do!!

  75. Peach Rainbow Says:

    I am a beginner but would love to win this!
    Thanks for the chance :)

  76. Shady Says:

    I would so love this book!! Free-motion quilting is something I love – but feathers designs with feathers elude me… I need all of the help I can get mastering this one!!

  77. Sharon Griffith Says:

    Hi the quilt above is just beautiful! I have just started to machine quilt and this book would help me to make beautiful feathers. Because if you should see them now Oh my they are not pretty at all….Thanks for the opportunity and have a wonderful holiday!

  78. Carol C Says:

    Love your work and the giveaway. Thanks for the chance.

  79. Ann Barlament Says:

    What fun!! While I’m experimenting with feathers…my abilities will greatly improve after my catarac surgery!

  80. Debbie S. Says:

    Your feather book….I would love that for my quilting “tool box”!!

  81. Sherry Says:

    Patsy, I would love, love, love to own this book! Your designs are always so fresh, orginal, and best of all — actually do-able for us mere mortals.

  82. SewCalGal Says:

    This book looks fantastic. I do so love your quilting. And while I have some of your great DVDs and books, I do not have this one….and, of course, I’d love to win a copy!


  83. Nina Clotfelter Says:

    Your free motion quilting DVDs have helped me grow and advance in my free motion quilting tremendously!! I so thank you for sharing your talent with me and everyone else!! This book would allow me to really study and grow more in my free motion quilting by allowing me to trace over the designs. I’d especially like to do this while I’m in carpool line everyday. :-)

  84. Nancy Sue Phillips Says:

    This book would be of tremendous help. I’m a newbie quilter, so feathers to me, come out looking more like “tarred and feathered”. Maybe it will help me with my patience! hehehehe

  85. Patty Says:

    Beautiful quilting! I have some of your DVDs, but I need lots more practice.

  86. Debra Says:

    I’m just learning to quilt and that one is fabulous. Thanks for the chance!

  87. Robyn Says:

    I think, with a little help (such as the kind this book would provide), that I could become really great at free motion quilting. My mum thinks I’m pretty great at it (must have been all that doodling during college) but I’d love to win a book to help me improve. :) Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  88. sharonj Says:

    Wow! This book is a definite must have. Feathers on the machine are a real challenge, for me! Thank you & Happy birthday wishes too!

  89. Joy P Says:

    I have been trying to gather the courage to quilt feathers, I know your book would be very motivational.

  90. Cindy Says:

    This is the first blog I’ve ever looked and am overwhelmed and greatly impressed. The work is beautiful and breath taking. Thank you for the opportunity for vision expansion in such a grand fashion.


  91. Dana Says:

    I’ve just started to practice feathers, when they’re right they are very addictive, I’m just not there yet.

  92. Karen S. Says:

    I would love to be able to free motion quilt like this. This book could help me learn to do it right with my Bernina 640. Right now I’m so so! Happy, happy Birthday to you! Thank you for the opportunity in your birthday giveaway!

  93. Emma Says:

    I love feathering, but I get bored with them and would love to make mine as interesting as yours!

  94. Kim Says:

    Oh my goodness….I hear its just a matter of practice to make these feathers…..but honestly where do you start?
    Would love to learn all your secrets to be successful at this art form.

    thanks so much for a chance to win……..
    Happy sewing

  95. Sarita Rogers Says:

    This book looks like so much fun!

  96. Mary on Lake Pulaski Says:

    Some day I want to be able to quilt feathers like that!

  97. Kathy J Says:

    I’ve seen your videos on TQS in the past and they are wonderful. Can’t wait to have a chance to watch this one and would really like to give your book a good home, too!