Jun 19 08

New Quilt Finished!

I finished quilting “Peace of Mind;” it measures 52 in long x 40 in wide:

This quilt was a pure joy to quilt! I actually dyed the fabric for it a year ago and have gone through several mind-sets about just how it should be quilted. Originally, my plan was to quilt it with a background pattern of water with little “pools” in it. That just didn’t seem right and it reminded me too much of Monet. Then I thought about quilting it with feathers, but I didn’t want just feathers. I ended up settling on feathers and these seashell-plume units, which are somewhat related to feathers. I felt kind of like they represented coalescing thoughts, kind of how sometimes you can finally piece together an important insight until something significant really “makes sense” and fits into some greater understanding in your head. I like how these units just kind of “flow” into the feathers:

I also am really learning some nice stuff about feathers. I have spent a lot of time playing with ways to change the “personality” of a feather by altering a plume shape, (i.e. a whimsical feather), or by hyperquilting it, but really, you can make a feather much more serious and more angelic by elongating the plumes:

This is one of those times when I feel somewhat sad to finish a project; I have lots more that I can work on, but this one has been a real joy!


  1. MichelleB Says:

    Stunning! Your work is incredible. I’ll be ordering a DVD soon!

  2. Carol Sloan Says:

    Absolutely amazing Patsy! Can you bring it to FAA so we can see up up close and personal?
    I understand that sad feeling…it’s been a part of your life , your thoughts for so long…it is a little like losing something. I think that is why some people delay finishing some things…
    Your work is just awesome!

  3. Suzanne Burke Says:

    Hi Patsy, WOW! This quilt is stunning! I wanted to ask a question about it…What was your process in deciding what went where? Did you mark spine lines? I love all your DVDs and just received the bendable bright light. I can’t believe the differnce it makes. Thanks to you and Ernie and all your “bright ideas”!!!
    I’m sure you hear this alot but I feel like I know you after watching all your dvds and youtube, and I am sure we will be friends forever. Hope to meet you somewhere down the road.

  4. Geta Grama Says:

    Hello Patsy,

    Your quilting took my breath away!
    All of your quilts are gorgeous !

  5. Alice Says:

    Hello Patsy,

    “Peace of Mind” is truly that. Your work is truly inspiring. I am just starting to free-motion quilt and watching the progress of your quilts is helping to be more creative when I do so.

    Thank you,

  6. Alice Says:

    Hi Patsy,

    Not sure if the email I received was an automatic reply, or if you replied, but it was sent to my junk folder, and deleted before I could save it.


  7. Serendipity and the Art of the Quilt Says:

    For Marie…

    Back in the early 80s, when I was in 10th grade, I made my first trip overseas and travelled to New Caledonia on exchange with my French class. I stayed with a wonderful family for three weeks and my billet came to New Zealand to stay with my family f…

  8. Sakky Says:

    I can’t believe I missed this post.
    Wow, just right up my street. I love these formal feathers.
    Meanwhile, I’m playing with yours.
    I wonder if I have to check into an addiction clinic, I can’t stop playing with all sorts of feathers. (grin)

  9. RutViola Says:

    I love it. I love it. Thanyou from rutViola in gothenborg, Sweden.

  10. Sally Bramald Says:

    Love this one so much.
    I thought you’d been very quiet lately and then found my Google reader hadn’t been telling me when you updated.
    Perhaps you changed something? Anyway I deleted you and re-added you to my list so I sincerely hope I don’t go so long ever again.

  11. Sally Bramald Says:

    ps I got a highly commended on my quilt with the Patsy Thompson feathers at the Festival of Quilts in England.