Jul 25 15

A Wonderful Surprise!

Woo-hoo!  Our local quilt show, Kaleidoscope of Quilts, was held this weekend and I am one lucky quilter!  The quilt I call “My Thistle Garden” won many awards…Best of Show, Best Wall Quilt, and Best Machine Quilting on a Non-Computerized Long Arm!  I feel so proud and so grateful!!
What a great way to begin the weekend!  Well, it only got better from there!  I taught a class on trapunto in the afternoon and for the first time ever, everyone decided to frame their wreath with a circle of featherettes.  Check out this shot of Gary Harvey’s block where he’s stitched his first round of featherettes surrounding the wreath:
Can you believe that this was the first time he’d tried using a chalk triangle to create boundaries to make a freehand featherette?  His work is so symmetric it almost looks like it was created from a digital file!  He’s working on another row of featherettes that will fall between these now and I can’t wait to see what his finished block looks like!  When I asked if anyone else would let me take a picture of their block for my blog, everyone was SILENT!  Sorry I don’t have more pictures but you’ll have to trust me, they did some really beautiful work and it made my day.   Hope everyone else is having a great weekend!


  1. Lynette Says:

    Wow! Congratulations – this quilt is so beautiful, it’s no wonder it won all those ribbons. 🙂 And no – I can’t believe that’s the first time he’s free-handed his feathers in a guide!

  2. Hannele Says:

    Congratulations – no wonder it was a triple winner!

  3. Maria Gardner Says:

    Patsy, you did it again – an absolutely beautiful quilt that has a tremendous wow factor. The colors are just great.

  4. Peggy Says:

    Congratulations Patsy! Awesome quilt. I hope my feathers look like that when I try them. Again, way to go!

  5. Virginia Says:

    Fabulous quilt!!!!! Congratulations on the win.

  6. Diane Evans Says:

    Congratulations!! So well deserved — this is a gorgeous quilt.


  7. Brenda R Says:

    Congratulations, Patsy, and thank you for sharing all of the great news with us!

  8. Gloria Cotten Says:

    So well deserved!! Congratulations, Patsy!! You do such gorgeous work!

  9. Debbie Says:

    Congrats Patsy! you sooo deserve it!!! I always love your beautiful color choice too- just lovely!

    No I can’t believe it’s Gary’s first featherette…..I have taken your Craftsy class (which was great)…..maybe I need you in person 🙂 !

  10. Becki Says:

    congratulations, Patsy. That is a beautiful quilt. I know your students enjoyed the class. You are a great teacher.

  11. Linda E in AZ Says:

    Absolutely beautiful, Patsy! You deserve every one of those ribbons. We all appreciate the inspiration that you give to us too!

  12. Kathy Says:

    Congratulations, Patsy! This was not luck, it was due to your many hours of playing and practicing, and working on that quilt. It is just beautiful, and you deserve all of those ribbons. Many thanks for your DVD’s and blog which have taught me so much!

  13. Karen Says:

    Congratulations. So very well deserved. Such a beautiful piece.