Mar 13 11

Such a Tease…

I’m going to be a real tease here and just show you some partial pictures of a quilt I just finished. Here’s a shot of that same corner block before it was hyperquilted:

Doesn’t it look much better after adding that gold thread? It’s times like this that I’m reminded of the power of thread! Here’s a shot of a different part of the quilt:

I tried to repeat the color of the appliques by using it to quilt the narrow border and I tried to repeat the color of the outer border by hyperquilting feathers in the center block in that same color. Whew…that was a mouthful! The above shot shows how the feathers take off, in a mirror image kind of pattern, in the center of that block. Here’s a closeup shot of the corner of the center block where the the feathers kiss:

All the drama in designs like these occurs where feathers take off and where feathers kiss. Here’s a shot a bit farther out where you can see some of the border applique:

When I have applique shapes that appear this delicate, I want to minimize thread work on them as it can appear heavy and “junkie.” Because of that, those appliques have inlining just inside their edge lines with Invisifil thread. It’s an ultralight 100 wt thread that’s really great for this application. (Bottom Line-60 wt- also works great here.) You have to really look closely to see that stitching, and that’s the goal! I’ll post full pictures of the quilt down the road. It’s going to be a pattern so I’ll wait until the pattern’s available.


  1. leeanne Says:

    Once again stunning work your quilting is so lovely.

  2. Patricia Nicholls Says:

    Awesome quilting, and I love the colours of this quilt very vibrant!

  3. Brita Says:

    What a huge difference hyperquilting makes, and those first two pictures really show it well. Simply wonderful.

  4. Bette Says:

    I’ve been following your blog recently and love the quilting you do. Who makes the invisi thread that you mentioned? Also what make/name/size is the quilting thread that you use? It always shows up so beautifully.

  5. Sherry Says:

    Omigosh, I want this pattern, even before the final version is done. Your hyperquilting is just so beautiful!

  6. Connie Says:

    Your hyperquilting is just beautiful! We went road tripping the other day and I think I bought a quilt stencil almost like the one you are using, how neat. Is yours freehand, if not what is your favorite way to mark a stencil?

  7. What Comes Next? Says:

    I love the way you design and quilt your pieces – so stunning! I can’t wait to see the whole quilt.

  8. Leslie Says:

    Patsy… as usual, your perfectly illustrated point for hyperquilting! Beautiful, beautiful… all of it!

  9. Claire Pereira Says:

    Bowing, and bowing in homage!!!
    Love, love, love the thread action!!!
    Just beautiful!
    Will you be offering the die that makes the feathers??

  10. Kay Lynne Says:

    Your quilting is beautiful. The additional hyperquilting really makes the pattern come alive. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  11. Pamela Says:

    I bought the thread in the colour that you recommended to use for hyperquilting but unfortunately have not had a chance to do any yet. Can’t wait as it looks magic on your quilts. You are a whiz when it comes to picking colours on your quilts. Cheers

  12. Pamela Says:

    Oops, forgot to add, placed an order with you and it arrived in Oz in less than a week. It was like Christmas opening up parcel, with your luscious fabric bundles.Yeah!!

  13. Dorothy Minett Says:

    Wow Patsy you sure do love colour…as I also do…You make all the hyperquilting look so easy and fun to do. My quilting hopefully will be taken to a new level, thank you.
    I love the blue scrolls on the black tracking it looks terrific. The suggestion to use matching Bottom Line Thread around the applique is so much nicer than invisible thread.
    Can’t wait to see the finished quilt. Congratulations!