Jan Z. saw this pattern in Paducah last year and had to have it - she loves handwork and knew she would enjoy all the embroidery.
Not a lot of room for big quilting designs but I managed to fit in some feathers.
Tammy started these feathered star blocks when I asked her to help me with piecing one for myself. I never even finished one block and she ended up with a quilt.
I designed the border for her and love how this quilt turned out! Quilting it was fun.
After receiving several questions about this quilt I decided I had better include a few more details about the quilting. I wanted to use trapunto on this quilt, the cut-away kind of trapunto, not just stacking two batts. Because it is extremely time-consuming it's not a technique I usually do on customer quilts. Tammy agreed to be the oneto do all the trimming away of excess batting - a process that takes many,many hours of careful snipping. To me, it is well worth the effort because you end up with well defined quilting and a quilt that is still soft and drapes well. I do use double batts for show quilts but you end up with a stiff, heavy quilt that works better on a wall than on a bed.
I marked this quilt with a blue washable marker, tracing the stems, curvy things and dots so that they would be exact. To remove the marker and the soluble thread, this quilt had to be washed and blocked.
Typical wacky Kansas weather. It's been dry and very windy so there are fire warnings all around the state. Yesterday afternoon there were major grass fires in south central Kansas, tornado risk in eastern and northeastern Kansas, a blizzard in northwest Kansas and 80 degree temperatures in northeast Kansas. Take your pick.