May 07 11

The Last Mile

We’re finally entering the home stretch of preparations for Quilt Market and there is a light at the end of the tunnel…in just a couple of weeks, I’ll be able to quilt purely for the fun of it, and I can’t wait!! I have a couple of old, unfinished projects that I’m eager to get back to as well as tons of new ones that have me chomping at the bit!! Here’s a bit of what I’ve been working on this week…

This is a table runner (or door banner) with coordinating place mats called “Feathers A La Carte.” Ernie thought of that name in about 3 seconds and I love it! I wasted a lot of time shooting photos of it and never did get a photo that came anything close to the real colors. Here’s another shot of it on our dining room table:

I rarely make anything but quilts, so it was gratifying to start and finish a project so quickly. The pattern for this should be available in the next week. I also made some headway quilting my die sampler quilt. Here’s a shot of the bottom bird panel as I had just started adding some background quilting:

Do you see that blue print fabric that’s folded over on the far right? That’s the binding. I am rushing to make a deadline, so the machine portion of the binding is already on when only about 20% of the actual quilting is done. I do this a lot when there’s a gun pointed at my head to finish a quilt fast. When I brought it downstairs tonight, about 30% of the quilting was done but I was able to bind 3 of the 4 sides of it tonight. It works ok to do things in this order if you’ve done a really great job of basting the quilt, and that’s another thing I love about spray basting. Here’s a better shot (more realistic colors) of half that panel as it sits folded and waiting for hand-binding:

I finished in-lining the last of the applique shapes on this quilt tonight and my last 2 blocks were wreath blocks. I cheat as I move from one plume to the next. If you look really closely, you can see the tiny Invisifil threads that travel between plumes:

The only downside to this is trying to see all those tiny threads later when you go back to snip them! Excuse me now; I’ve got a lot of threads to snip!


  1. Linda E in AZ Says:

    that’s a lovely table runner design! Have fun at Market

  2. Leslie Says:

    Oh I love it, Patsy, whether the color is photographed correctly or not! (Personally, I think northern light is best for color accuracy). I love the new dies… they’re at the top of my ‘hit list!’ HAVE FUN and good luck at market; I look forward to seeing your posts!

  3. Elsie Montgomery Says:

    This is the most helpful URL on my computer! Thanks for such great pictures and for letting me see how you do it. Your designs resonate with me and I would like to be like you if I ever grow up! Many blessings, Elsie

  4. Pamela Says:

    Dear Patsy, love your quilts as always, are you quilting on a domestic machine or longarm it is hard to tell from the photos. I thought I could see handles in the photo. I just wondered I know you love your pfaff but I am interested to find out what longarm you would use to create your wonderful designs. I have ordered some of your dies I am so excited. Yeah. Cheers Pamela

  5. Claire Pereira Says:

    Great projects as always!!!!
    I just really enjoy your posts. Your fabrics are just wonderful, and I love how your quilting shows up on all of your quilts.
    Your dies are great too…saving my pennies.

  6. SewCalGal Says:

    You are going to dazzle them at Quilt Market. Beautiful table set. Of course, I love those birds and feathers too. Absolutely beautiful.


  7. Kelly Jackson Says:

    Patsy those are beautiful!!! I’m so sad I won’t be seeing your booth in Salt Lake. As if you need one more thing to do….but I hope you take lots of pictures….or get some crazy blogger to do it for ya 🙂 I want to see everything in your booth.


  8. Karin Says:

    Sigh. If only. That’s it, just “if only.” Thank goodness you can, that’s inspiration enough for me. Thanks for sharing & have fun!!

  9. Kay Says:

    Hope you have fun at Quilt Market. Your projects all look great. Thank you so much for your inspiration!

  10. Dorothy Minett Says:

    Patsy…you’re going to shine at the Salt Lakes market and inspire everyone that sees your stall…good luck.

  11. Betty Says:

    This is perfect for my dining room. Can’t wait for the pattern to be available!