Picture Heavy Quilting and Embroidery Post

September 26th, 2016
I literally finished this quilt just before the deadline to hand it in earlier today.  This is the second time I’ve let things get this close to a deadline and I am so glad it’s behind me now!  My photos aren’t great, but here’s the final “Birds of Paradise Quilt” that measures 68 inches x 68 inches:
Here’s a close up of the center block:
closer-in closeups:
…and here are the corner setting triangles:
I love the way the intricate embroidery on the headdresses came out:
The splayed feather border on yellow background:
 The ruler work in the dark blue outer border does not show well in these photos, but I like it better after it’s been hyperquilted:
and the center-most section of the outermost border:
…and the corners of the outermost border:
 I am happily on to my next quilting adventure.  Hope you are having some fun in your “quilty world” as well!

Quilting as Fast as I Can and a Huge Craftsy Sale

September 24th, 2016



I am not a person to leave things to the last minute.  I am that jerk you went to school with who finished her report 3 days early “just in case” a dog might chew it up at the last minute!  This is the 2nd time in my life where I’ve entered a quilt into a quilt show that wasn’t already completed and now I am paying for it BIG TIME!  I am racing against the clock to get the quilting done by Mon am but I also need to bind it, label it, and get the dang hanging sleeve added!


The outermost border has a lot of ruler work followed by fill in work.  Here’s a section of empty ruler work:



The lowest tier is from the Turrets 2 ruler.  The upper tier is from the Turrets 1 ruler, and then the crescents are from 2 arc rulers (PTD 8 and 12 arcs.)  You can see that I am so pressed for time that I am “settling” for sub-par work on my part, but that’s the price I must pay for being so late in getting this done.  In this next shot, you can see what the turrets 1 section looks like filled in:



…and here’s a bit more fill in inside the Turrets 2 section:



I have to say that filling these in with featherettes is pretty fun.  I am seeing featherettes everywhere lately!  This next shot shows both the Turrets 1 and Turrets 2 sections filled in:



I don’t actually like the look of these but it’s too late to rip out and move to something else.  I am hoping there is time to hyperquilt them as I think that might make them a bit more enticing.


In the meantime, did you know that Craftsy is having a humongous sale?!!  All classes are under $20 this weekend!  How can you miss with a deal like that?!  Follow this link to pick up a class a this great price.  There are tons of great classes at Craftsy on all kinds of topics, so load up on them now and watch them at your leisure.  If you’re interested in learning any of my techniques, be sure to check out my 2 classes, called Ultimate Free Motion Feathers and Ultimate Free Motion Quilting.



Ruler Work Articles in Machine Quilting, Unlimited Magazine

September 15th, 2016
This has been such an oddball past few months that I am just now getting around to posting about a series of articles I wrote for Machine Quilting Unlimited Magazine about ruler work using a home sewing machine. The first article is in the July/August 2016 edition:
Here is the spread of the first part of that article:
The 2nd installment of Ruler Work on a Domestic machine is in the September/October issue which is on the newsstand now. Here is a shot of that cover:
…and here is a shot of the opening spread of that 2nd article:
The 3rd article will be out in the November/December issue. If you have any interest in sit-down ruler work, these articles are a great place to start. If you don’t subscribe to Machine Quilting Unlimited Magazine, or haven’t ever perused an issue, I urge you to check out this magazine.  You can subscribe to it online by clicking here.  This is by far my favorite quilting magazine and each issue comes through with wonderful close-up shots of detailed machine quilting. You will not find another magazine with more inspiration and education about machine quilting. If it’s not on your radar, it should be!
Now let’s get back to playing with rulers!

My Blog Is Back!

September 10th, 2016
Phew!  It looked like we’d lost the blog forever when we moved to our new web site but she’s back!  If you have bookmarked the old blog, the new url for the blog is:  https://blog.patsythompsondesigns.com/
When I was re-organizing my NC sewing room after the paint had dried, I finally finished up this quilt that I started a few years ago:
The flower in the center of each of these blocks was trapuntoed.  I’m not sure that any shots show the texture very well:
The background quilting on this first block is the irregular swirl and it’s quilted in a gently variegated blue polyester thread:
This next flower has a similar swirl design in the largest leaf section:
…and the orange background is quilted with a “stacked swirl” design:
Next up is a flower that has hyperquilted “vein lines” inside the largest set of petals:
…and the background is quilted with another fun design in a dark blue solid rayon thread:
The 4th flower has a hyperquilted feather inside the largest flower petals:
…and the background is another swirl design:
This is for my great niece who just turned one years old.  I’m hoping she will get hooked on bold, saturated colors right from the start!