Dec 31 12

Quilted Border Designs

Earlier this month, I had the honor of being the December instructor for SewCalGal’s 2012 Free Motion Quilting Challenge.  My post was about machine quilted border designs, and you can read it here and also watch a free video tutorial about a certain type of feathered border design on the same page.    One part of this process that’s been an unexpected thrill for me is to get to see what different quilters have done as they’ve played with my border challenge.  Holy smokes, I am blown away!  I never dreamed that people would find the time to play with borders much this month since there are so many other distractions vying for attention.  There are so many samples of great mini quilts that have linked up that I can’t post them all, so I’m going to link to just two.  Check out Terry Whyte’s blog post about her mini quilt and you’ll see what I mean.  The textures she’s created with her borders almost form areas of relief and I just want to reach out and touch her quilt!  If you’re not totally blown away by that quilt, then check out Martha Briese’s blog here.  OMG!!  Her diamond border is gorgeous and look how cool her asymmetric border is!  Really, I am blown away by what people are coming up with!  If you haven’t taken advantage of all the wonderful tutorials in the 2012 Free Motion Quilting Challenge, don’t waste anymore time.  You can access all of them on SewCalGal’s blog here.

Don’t know about you, but I’m kind of going through withdrawal because it’s been so long since I’ve sewn anything due to the holidays.  Expect some photos of works in progress in the next couple days as my fingers are itching to get back to some stitching!

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  1. SewCalGal Says:

    What a great post for the end of the year, which is also the end of the 2012 FMQ Challenge. Everyone that participated certainly enjoyed the grand finale with your wonderful FMQ tutorial. And, I’m certainly eager to see you create a FMQ DVD on borders……I am not aware of any such DVD on the market and think many would enjoy it. I know I’d buy it.


  2. Kay Lynne Says:

    Hi Patsy! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year. I really enjoy all your blog posts and sharing your beautiful quilts with us. Thanks for being such an inspiration!

  3. Martha Says:

    I loved your tutorial and learned a lot!! I still need to practice, but I am pleased with the results!!! Thank-you so much for sharing your skills with us, I cannot express in words how grateful I am!!! If you have a moment, I would love for you to take a peek at my little quilt!!! Take care and Happy Quilting!! Martha from

  4. Pat Says:

    Your tutorial was fantastic, and I especially wanted to thank you for including the video showing us how to quilt the spineless feathers toward ourselves. It seemed a bit strange at first when I got to the machine, but in the end I think it really helped to create nice puffy feathers. The video easily demonstrated what it would have taken many still photos to show us. I love that format and look forward to learning so much more from you!
    Pat at

  5. Cindy Richard Says:

    I am new to your site though not new to quilting. I have been watching your tutorials and I wanted to say thanks. They are well made, very informative and fun to watch. I have really enjoyed them. If you make your DVDs available as online downloads, I bet you would do even better with them. I live abroad and I as well as my students enjoy ordering immediately downloadable media. Just a thought. Thanks again. You have a quality product and your work is lovely.

  6. Terry Whyte Says:

    Thank you for your wonderful words regarding my mini quilt. I have been following your blog for a quite a while and have downloaded some of your patterns. I love how you progress from one pattern to another by just adding a little “something” or making a small change. Makes it so easy to go from one design to another. Feathers had eluded me before this year of challenges…no more. Love your work and many thanks.