Jul 15 07

A Few Pictures

First off, thank you so much to everyone who took the time to post a comment or to send me an email about the trapunto tutorials…it is just so gratifying to get feedback! Rest assured that Ern and I will make more short tutorials for the web; I have several ideas brewing in my head as we speak! But first, we need to stay focused on that next DVD.

Now, for a few pictures of part of what I worked on today…I did not use a tripod and it SHOWS! Many of these are not as clear as I’d like and it must have been due to my hand moving. For me, today was again a lesson in the transformative power of thread:
First up is a basic vine before hyperquilting:


The thread I used for hyperquilting was gold, and in this case quite subtle, (not my usual “in your face” kind of color choice!), but I still think that it adds some punch:


Next up is a finger-like fern that I made up. I don’t think this actually exists in nature, but I really love this shape. This one was actually done with free motion embroidery when this was just a quilt top:


If you compare that last one with the previous vines, you get a sense of the “puffing out” effect of the embroidery. This is because once it was in a quilt sandwich, I stitched around the edge of the blue thread with invisible thread. This close-up might give you a better sense of this:


Next we have an example of what I call the “aggressive vine” before hyperquilting:


And now after hyperquilting:


And now one last aggressive vine before…


And now after…


I actually spent the bulk of the afternoon working on a different quilting project, and if I can get it done soon, I’ll post pictures because it’s a fun and fairly easy weekend project. But for now, I have to wait because it’s not in a state yet that would wet your appetites!!

By the way, this coming weekend is our local quilt show, Kaleidoscope of Quilts, at Lourdes College in Sylvania, Ohio. I’ll be doing some quilting demos in the Quilt Foundry booth for parts of Saturday and Sunday, so stop by and say “hi!”


  1. Sally Bramald Says:

    You’ve been having so much fun! Stop tempting me away on the big quilt I should be working on. (grin)

  2. Sharon Nordhaus Says:

    Ooh, another DVD??? When do you think it will come out? I can not believe that I can honestly say I have learned more from you from your 3 dvd’s than I have any other quilt teacher about free motion quilting! Thank you so much. Your techniques are easy to understand, learn, and apply. Thank you for your inspiration and ongoing teaching.

    Thanks, Sharon! We actually have plans for several more DVD’s but we can only work actively on one at a time. The next one should come out this fall…I would try to be more specific, but I have learned the hard way that sometimes unexpected things can alter the timeline, so I don’t think I should get specific until it has been shipped to the DVD replicator. This next one will be called “Free Motion Fun…With Vines and Leaves!, Volume 1.” This topic is really huge, so there will be at least 2 volumes on Vines and Leaves. We’ll post free downloadable line drawings from this next one once the DVD is about to debut. Thanks for the interest!

  3. RuthP Says:

    Hello Patsy, I am enjoying reading your blog and finding lots of tips. Your feathered fern is actually a filmy fern here in Australia – that ie – it does exist!!