Sep 17 15

Loose Ends and a Give Away

My life got so hectic in the last couple of months that I’m ashamed to say that I left many loose ends dangling in the wake of “hurricane Patsy’s summer.”  Do you remember when I posted a photo of Gary Harvey’s beautiful circle of featherettes that he quickly stitched up during a quickie 3-hour class?  The photo below will hopefully jog your memory-isn’t his work fantastic?!



What he did here was to create temporary markings of triangles that rotated around a circle and then he went in and filled them with a basic featherette.  At my request, he sent me 2 photos of his completed project.  (I think he sent them to me, like the very next day!  This guy not only quilts beautifully, but he quilts really fast!)  Anyway, this next shot is of his 18 inch quilted block before he’s sewn it into a pillow sham.  I lightened it up a little so you could see all the details of his thread work:



Isn’t it stunning?!  What he’s done in this 2nd round of stitching is to create a 2nd temporary circle that surrounds the original circle of featherettes.  He then filled in the “empty spaces” within the 2nd circle with another set of featherettes that are oriented in the opposite direction.  Look even more closely and you’ll see that he’s done 2 hyperquilting designs, one inside each circle of featherettes, and then he’s surrounded the entire design with the “plumify it” background fill design.  Here’s a shot of his final project, after it’s been sewn into a pillow sham:



What a great job he did!  Here’s a little tip for when you’re adding “layers” of featherettes onto a frame but you’re trying to create a cohesive design that “reads” as one design.  Even though the circle itself is never stitched, we “see” these designs as a unified whole because of simple outlining.  Here’s another example of what I’m talking about:


Just like in Gary’s block, the featherettes actually just “float” because there is no stitched structure that actually supports them.  If you look closely, there are 2 lines of echo quilting that surround the entire “snowflake wreath.”  Who would have thought that some narrow lines of stitching could have such power to pull a complex design together?!


I can’t say anything yet, but I’m hoping to have some very exciting news in about a week…what could it be?! I’m happily offering up a free special gift to whoever guesses the right answer but you have to post a comment to this blog post to enter and your comment must be in before I make the announcement next week.  If you want to cover your bases, make multiple guesses of different announcements but make sure you do it as separate comments to be counted!  (I can’t tell you what the gift is or I’d give away the announcement, but know that it’s a nice gift and I’ll pay shipping, wherever you live in the world!)

***Note:  This give-away is officially closed as of 8:00 PM EDST on Sat 9/26/15***


  1. Virginia Says:

    A new Craftsy class would be my guess.

  2. Eileen Keane Says:

    Your own fabric line.

  3. Eileen Keane Says:

    A new embroidery dvd.

  4. Maureen Says:

    1. new craftsy class
    2. something with rulers

  5. Luann Says:

    Patsy’s new book is now available!!

  6. Nancy Says:

    Well I was thinking a new online class , like Craftsy or Quilt University

  7. Nancy Says:

    How about your own line of thread?

  8. Sandy Says:

    I’ll guess that it’s a new Craftsy class!

  9. peggy Says:

    you’re pregnant?

  10. Nancy Says:

    Well my first guess was that you were starting your own podcast but with the clue you give I think it must be a tangible product so I’m guessing you are coming out with a line of quilting/embroidery kits.

  11. Linda E in AZ Says:

    You’re retiring from your Dr job??

  12. Pat in WNY Says:

    Oh, I hope Feather Adventures is being republished!

  13. Kathy Says:

    Your own line of rulers?

  14. Sue Simon Says:

    Gary Harvey made me a beautiful copper design on large quilt and pillow with my name quilted in the middle of it….Of course, I love it and he is my very talented brother! Thank you for posting his work!!!

  15. Gloria Cotten Says:

    I’m guessing you have been filming a new Craftsy class to teach your awesome quilting technique. That’s what has had you so busy this summer and it is about to be released. If I am right I will certainly celebrate!!!

  16. Diane Evans Says:

    I’d have to go along with many others here and guess that it would be a new Craftsy class — of course, that’s also wishful thinking on my part . . .


  17. Cory Says:

    Patsy, I’m guessing a designers set of Aurifil threads. :-) Take care and God bless, Cory

  18. Brenda Estes Says:

    Craftsy class!

  19. Sally Says:

    Your own line of threads.

  20. Marietta Says:

    A new book!

  21. Marietta Says:

    A New DVD!

  22. Marietta Says:

    A new Craftsy Class.

  23. Marietta Says:

    You are opening a store.

  24. LJ Says:

    Gorgeous quilting!! What a great teacher you are! Are you going to be a guest on The Quilt Show?

  25. QuiltShopGal Says:

    You are such a tease. I would be delighted on anything you create and have to share. Yes, a new class on Craftsy, would be wonderful, along with a new design, your own line of rulers, a new DVD, guest on The Quilt Show, a quilt cruise, a line of fabric. Yeap anything you create, share, do would be wonderful.


  26. Donna Says:

    My guesses are either a book…

  27. Donna Says:

    or a new DVD.

  28. Vicki in MN Says:

    I’d say a craftsy class.

  29. barbara woods Says:

    a craftsy class?

  30. Joan Kniffen Says:

    You have a new book that will be available.

  31. Marsha Says:

    I bet you have a new book coming out!! So exciting.

  32. Diane S. Says:

    I guess a new book.

  33. Diane S. Says:

    or a new Craftsy class

  34. DianeS. Says:

    Your own rulers.

  35. Diane S. Says:

    or could it be a new DVD. What ever it is thanks for this exciting give away.

  36. Jan Says:

    This is fun! My guess would be your own line of rulers for quilting. Whatever it is, I’m sure it will be great!

  37. Jan Says:

    Since I’ve had a few more minutes to think about it, maybe a new Craftsy class.

  38. Debbie Wassenaar Says:

    A new craftsy class??!! I hope so !!

  39. Jan Says:

    Thinking a little more … your own line of beautiful thread!

  40. Nancy Says:

    You are getting your own brick and mortar store.

  41. Frances Quigley Says:

    I hope it’s a Crafty class.

  42. Jana Says:

    I’m betting n a craftsy class.

  43. Carolyn Says:

    It simply HAS to be a new Craftsy class. Yay!!!

  44. Diana C Says:

    I’m super hoping for another Craftsy class.

  45. Diana C Says:

    Or a book full of your gorgeous quilting.

  46. Diana C Says:

    Or you’ve been published in a magazine.

  47. patty Says:

    My guess is that you are going to have your own show on PBS showing your quilting techniques! I have a Amish style diamond in a square quilt that I put together years ago but never quilted it. I was not going to do anything fancy and just get it done, but now you have inspired me to rethink my plans. I have not mastered feathers, but I may give it a go!

  48. Carole M Says:

    I’m thinking news of a new book being published

  49. Barb Lounsbury Says:

    Oh I hope hope hope it’s a new craftsy Class!!!!

  50. Pat Converse Says:

    I bet you wrote a book!

  51. Pat Converse Says:

    A new Craftsy class would be fantastic!

  52. Pat Converse Says:

    Maybe you created some new rulers for the ruler work.

  53. Marilyn Says:

    wow i wish icould do fantastic

  54. Patty Says:

    A new Craftsy class is my guess

  55. Marylyn J Says:

    Ooh! Ooh!
    Hoping for collaboration on a new book!!

  56. Barb Lounsbury Says:

    You’re going to be selling rulers for quilters!!

  57. Maureen Says:

    2nd try – Craftsy class with the specific rulers in your 9/22 post

  58. Barbara Says:

    A new set of ruler tempkates

  59. Peggy Says:

    I am guessing a new Craftsy class.

  60. Peggy Says:

    a book?

  61. Peggy Says:

    a new DVD

  62. Wilma Says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge, time and talents with us. I love the use of all the coloured threads. It really shows off the various layers.

  63. Laurie Says:

    I’m guessing a Craftsy class

  64. Nadine Vining Says:

    My guess is a ruler. At least that’s what I want!

  65. Barbara McNayghton Says:

    I’m guessing your own set of rulers. Ernie is so handy!

  66. Barbara McNayghton Says:

    My guess is your own set of rulers

  67. Christy Reysen Says:

    I really hope its another Craftsy class

  68. Jean Says:

    I think you will be coming out with your own set of rulers for machine quilting. Whatever it is, I hope it goes well! Your quilts are gorgeous!

  69. Melissa Says:

    You are teaching at MQX New Hampshire in April 2016?

  70. Niki Vick Says:

    I’m betting you won Best of Show at the Asheville Quilt show

  71. Sue in MN Says:

    I bet your first Craftsy class was so successful they invited you back!!!