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. 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

  2. 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.

  3. Gill Says:

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

  4. 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.

  5. Stephanie Says:

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

  6. 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

  7. robin Says:

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

  8. Debbie Says:

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

  9. Brita Says:

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

  10. 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.

  11. Vicki Says:

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Anya Says:

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

  15. Cory Says:

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

  16. 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!

  17. 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.

  18. 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!!

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. Billie K Says:

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


  22. 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!

  23. 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.

  24. 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!!

  25. Peach Rainbow Says:

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

  26. 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!!

  27. 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!

  28. Carol C Says:

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

  29. Ann Barlament Says:

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

  30. Debbie S. Says:

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

  31. 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.

  32. 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!


  33. 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. 🙂

  34. 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

  35. Patty Says:

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

  36. Debra Says:

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

  37. 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!

  38. 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!

  39. Joy P Says:

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

  40. 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.


  41. Dana Says:

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

  42. 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!

  43. Emma Says:

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

  44. 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

  45. Sarita Rogers Says:

    This book looks like so much fun!

  46. Mary on Lake Pulaski Says:

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

  47. 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!