Dec 15 10

Another Blog Worth Reading and Day #5 of the 8 Days of Patsy’s Birthday Give-Away!

I didn’t make much progress on anything “quilty” today, but I did get back to my sewing room to shoot a better photo of those gold feathers inside the heart:

These are raw-edge appliqued using Wonder Under as the fusible web. Truthfully, I feel somewhat torn about the best way to free motion embroider these feathers. A part of me wants to go nuts and stitch all kinds of fun hyperquilting kinds of designs, but that really wouldn’t go with this traditional-looking quilt. So, in the end I just did a basic in-lining stitch just inside the perimeter of the plumes. To me, this stitching here is more functional than decorative, so I went with Bottom Line thread in my top needle and bobbin with the goal being that the stitching really wouldn’t be a focal point:

I’m hoping to get a bit of time to sew again tomorrow, so maybe I’ll have more pics by then. In the meantime, one nice thing that happened this week was that I found a new blog that’s really cool. It Leslie McNeil’s blog and you can find it here. Now I’m not referring you to this blog because she wrote something nice about me today, but I’m referring you to her blog because she’s got some great photos of detailed stitching shots and she’s taking the time to explain how to use these techniques! Don’t you just love blogs like that? I haven’t yet gone back to the very beginning of her blog, but what I’ve seen so far by scrolling backwards has been great, and her work is loaded with all kinds of texture. Way to go Leslie!!

And now for today’s give-away… Tonight we’re offering up one copy of our Hyperquilting book:

If you’re interested in thread work and learning the joys of thread play, then this baby would be loads of fun for you! To enter the give- away, just post a comment to this blog posting by 12:01 on Monday, 12/20/10 and you’ll be in the drawing!


  1. Linda Jacks Says:

    What an interesting book. I just ordered your first DVD so I’m doing baby steps.

  2. Marti M Says:

    I would love to learn to hyperquilt.

  3. Jocelyn Says:

    This really looks like such an interesting book. I am always interested in learning new things about FMQ.

  4. Lori S Says:

    I have always admired your hyper quilting and have never quite been brave enough to try it. maybe this book would push me in the right direction. Thanks for the chance to win.

  5. Michele Hester Says:

    I’m practicing my FMQ – and loving it! Thanks for doing this giveaway.

  6. OHSue Says:

    What a change for you to not have the thread as the focus point. Love all of your stuff!

  7. Debbie S. Says:

    Thank You Patsy!! Love to win your hyperquiting book!! Merry Christmas!

  8. Amy C Says:

    It is always interesting to see your projects and the thought behind the process. Thanks for the heads up on Leslie McNeil’s blog and her post on bobbin play.

  9. Beth-Pretoria, RSA Says:

    Once again… something I could use!!! I would love to win the book…. hummmm lots of competition… here…. Hope everyone, and you have a Happy Christmas.

  10. Claudia Says:

    I would love to learn hyperquilting.
    Thanks for this great giveaway.

  11. MoeWest Says:

    Thanks for the blog link. Wow, look at that quilting! And I would love to win your book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  12. Silvia Says:

    Also if thread is not a focal point on your feathers, I think they are really nice. They have a “clean” and “light” feeling.

    I’d love to be in the draw for the book.
    thank you for the chance

  13. Gill Says:

    Hyperquilting sounds great fun!

  14. Rosalind Pollock Says:

    Love your blog and learn so much. Your book would be the icing on the cake!

  15. Sharon Engel Says:

    Oooh, pick me I have wanted this book for a long time.

  16. Jennifer Says:

    If anyone has the opportunity to take one of your classes, they should. You pack so much info into one day!

  17. Scott Says:

    Your close-up photos are wonderful…I’m sure the book is full of ‘em.

  18. Terri Says:

    Another drawing? Woo hoo, how fun! I’ve been thinking about splurging on one of your books/DVDs. Perhaps I’ll get lucky!

  19. Carol Cann Says:

    My New Year’s resolution is to improve my machine quilting. This book will give me lots of tips to work on.

  20. Gayle Says:

    I would love this book as a compliment to the dvd’s I have!

  21. Pam Butler Says:

    Would love to have a copy of the book!

  22. Marilyn W Says:

    Oh, how FUN!!! Would love to give this book a home!



  23. Claire Pereira Says:

    Your selection of stitching always amazes me. Seems like just the right amount of focus when and where you want it. I have been checking out your recommended blogs, and love each one. Trying to create small quilts to “practice” on. Additional information in this book would be wonderful.


  24. Carol Sc Says:

    I’ve tried some of your quilting techniques and I’m learning — just need more practice! I hope you continue to educate us — I find your instructions clear and easy to follow. Thanks.

  25. Linda Erickson Says:

    I keep seeing more of your hyperquilting on quilts on the Internet. I’d love to learn how to do this!

  26. Cindy Says:

    Thanks for the new Blogs to check out. I can lose lots of hours searching through them.

  27. Leslie McNeil Says:

    Well Patsy, I have to say such a big THANK you for the comment about my blog today! I have been a fan of yours for a couple years now, ever since I purchased my first video (quickly getting the rest!)…and I mention your books and videos to my free motion class students because as far as I am concerned, they are a must-have resource. I bought your two new books right away… and anyone who doesn’t win one – your money would be well spent on a great resource, a fabulous inspiration in itself in color and design and one that will be a book you will want to turn to time and again in your own studio!

  28. Sandy N. Says:

    I would love to win this!=)

  29. Cornwoman Says:

    This gorgeous book is something that I’ve wanted since the first time that I visited your website, so I really hope that I win it!

  30. Marcia W. Says:

    We have a new sewing machine that will work for free motion quilting. So, would be happy to win your book and learn more of what I could do. I’ve been visiting your blog for some time. Happy B’day to-be.

  31. Annick Harris Says:

    I am trying more and more to do my own quilting and have been following your beautiful work in your blog for a while. Since my birthday is the day after yours, it would be nifty to get this book from you.
    Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas,

  32. Stephanie Says:

    I would love to have this book. I tried to post earlier, but it wouldn’t come through.

  33. Pat Bandura Says:

    looks like a must have for a free motion quilter

  34. Dianne Giles Says:

    I have so many of your DVD’s. But, to have a book that I can actually touch and look through (and drool LOL)at my finger tips would be such a delight! You are so generous with all the give aways. Cheers, Dianne

  35. Phyllis Says:

    OK, this is it. This is THE book. Bright, beautiful, creative, fun. On the “gotta have” list!

  36. Chris Says:

    You are one very talented lady! I know it takes a lot of practice and certainly wish I could spend more time doing just that! Retirement cannot come soon enough!!! I am in awe of your work.

  37. Jeanne Says:

    I haven’t tried Hyperquilting yet but I love the results. This book would be a big help to adding hyperquilting to my free motion quilting.

  38. Joan Says:

    Hi Patsy: I came upon your Blog a couple of years ago, and since that time, I start out every morning on my computer with you. I’ve learned so much from you, but still have a long way to go. Sometimes my head just spins with ideas that I’d like to quilt and free motion. You are a true inspiration.

  39. Carol Says:

    I always enjoy seeing what you are doing and would love your hyperquilting book!

  40. Sarajane Says:

    This book likes it has one good idea after another! Hope to win it – thank you for your ideas and techniques.

  41. robin Says:

    Looks like an interesting book. I just found your blog today.

  42. Alice Says:

    Oh Oh Oh!

    Patsy, I didn’t know you had a book on your HyperQuilting!

    If I’m not the winner of this give-away, I think I’ll add it to my wish list!


  43. Debbie Says:

    I NEED this book, LOL! Thanks for counting me in.

  44. Brita Says:

    I totally love your techniques, and I thank you for your generosity in sharing them. I have one DVD, and have given Santa a list of the others. The book would be a really nice reference.

  45. Jen Says:

    Oh, that looks like a great book. I’d love to win. Thanks for the opportunity!

  46. Vicki Says:

    I love the looks of your quilting and would love to have a chance to win your book. Thanks

  47. Jean Says:

    I love your DVDs and classes. I’d love to win the book! thanks

  48. deserae fiedler Says:

    This book looks great!

  49. Margaret Says:

    I would love to learn to hyperquilt. I have enjoyed your DVDs and would like to win this book

  50. Anya Says:

    How wonderful! Thanks for the chance! Love your work!

  51. sharmond Says:

    Hyperquilting looks like a beautiful book! Would love to spend some time reading and looking at all the beautiful pages in it.

  52. Cory Says:

    I have kind of played around with hyperquilting and would love to win this book so I can do it right. Thank you. Take care and God bless, Cory

  53. Michele Says:

    You are right, it is unusual to see you working in such a non-Patsy kind of way. It is still as stunning as ever though.

    Of course, I’d love to win your book. :)

  54. Cynde Wood Says:

    I am so in love with your designs, I love feathers on anything, except maybe my chicken sandwich ; )

  55. Teresa Harich Says:

    I’d really love to win this book. Your website and blog are wonderful and I’m learning so much from your tutorials. Thanks for the links to other blogs. They’re all just chocked full of useful information!

  56. Joan Says:

    Hi Patsy

    Have your beginners DVDs Would love a book
    to guide me whilst at the sewing machine.

  57. Maeve Says:

    Your blog is beautiful and I would love to win this book! I will add you to my bookmarks and visit regularly now that I have found you via QuiltGiveaways. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win this book!

  58. Judy Says:

    Oh my goodness..this is wonderful! Thanks for the chance to win this beautiful book. A gal can never have too many ideas for quilting.

  59. JoanDeArc Says:

    Patsy, you’re such an inspiration, and what a great book for further encouragement!!! Thanks for all you do!!

  60. Betsey Ryan Says:

    I would love to add this book to my “Patsy Thompson” collection. I’ve got my fingers and toes crossed.
    TTFN Betsey

  61. Debbie B Says:

    Looking around for more ‘inspiring’ works. Came across your site. How lovely.

  62. barbara Says:

    Your work is wonderful. I would love to try it! Thanks.

  63. Kathy Stoick Says:

    I am just getting into a lot of machine freemotion quilting and thread painting and I think your book would certainly help me along. It looks like a load of fun.

  64. Billie K Says:

    Thanks for the chance to win!


  65. Kelly Whitaker Says:

    I just came across your work – gorgeous! Would love to win your book! Thanks for the opportunity :)

  66. Suzanne Burke Says:

    Oh my! Patsy, you’ve lost your mind!!!!
    I’ve dropped hints to the hubby that I need
    the Zizzix and your latest DVD set!!!!
    Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas!

  67. Michelle Ford Says:

    oh no, just put my order in from your shop, I ordered one book and missed the other….well I’ll just have to win it instead, please please pretty please….

  68. Kathy S Says:

    I’m off to check out the blog link but thought I better leave a comment first! I would love to win your book since I am a big fan of your quilting!!

  69. Mary Says:

    I’m practicing my quilting as fast as I can. And now you tease me with me with more techniques. Thanks for the inspiration.

  70. Peach Rainbow Says:

    I’d love to win this!
    Thanks for the chance :)

  71. Shady Says:

    I’ve always wanted to learn hyperquilting techniques – please count me in!!!

  72. Carol C Says:

    Another wonderful blog to add to my list of favorites. Thanks for pointing her out.

  73. Connie Says:

    Love reading about the wonderful things you are making! Would love to win that book!

  74. Sherry Says:

    I already own this book. Love it! I’d pass an extra copy to my bff for sure.

  75. Nancy Rehak Says:

    Thanks for talking about your decision to use subtle quilting on these. I keep wanting to try your EKG stitching around the edge of an applique, but it never seems appropriate for what I’m doing. Now I feel like I might be on the right track and need to get around to doing an applique that’s appropriate.

  76. Nancy Sue Phillips Says:

    This books looks sooooo interesting. I would love to take a peek. Thank you also for introducing us to Leslie McNeil’s blog.
    Happy Holidays!

  77. Nina Clotfelter Says:

    Oh Patsy, you’d be so proud! I just tried hyper quilting feathers for the first time!! It was fun, but they need a little work. This book would really help me advance in the hyper quilting area of my free motion quilting. Thank you for sharing your talent with ALL of us!!

  78. Patty Says:

    That book sounds like what I need. I’d love to learn how to do threadwork.

  79. Debra Says:

    This book caught my attention. Thanks for the chance!

  80. Robyn Says:

    Oo that book looks fun! I’ve been trying my hand at a bit of thread painting here or there, but I haven’t really had anything I’d consider a success yet. Maybe this book is just what I need to help :)

  81. Rhonda Phillips Says:

    Thanks for sharing the link to a great blog! Awesome eye candy!

  82. Marcia Kosturock Says:

    Oh my goodness this is so gorgeous!!

  83. sharonj Says:

    I’m new to free motion quilting, so the hperquilting would be of great help. Have a very happy birthday!

  84. Emma Says:

    Just beautiful! I’d love your book; I’m always looking for new ideas.

  85. Sarita Rogers Says:

    I could definitely use this book.

  86. Kim Says:

    Blue and yellow my favorite combo…..
    lovely block.
    Thanks for a chance to win your book…..oh wouldn’t I be happy if I could quilt like that?

    Happy Sewing

  87. Gene Black Says:

    Thanks for the link to Leslie’s blog. I love seeing how it is done. Instructional blogs are a true joy.

  88. Mary on Lake Pulaski Says:

    This looks like such an interesting book.

  89. Deb Says:

    Pls enter me for the book and Happy Birthday!

  90. Colleen Says:

    The book looks so lovely! thanks.

  91. Kathy J Says:

    I’m thrilled for a chance to win your book, your work always looks amazing!

  92. Brenda Says:

    Thank you for giving gifts on your birthday.
    I hope you enjoy your day!