Custom Quilting

Good Morning! I started quilting the small quilt made with leftovers from the sister quilt this week. 

I got it loaded and then it spent several days just sitting there. I just could not decide how to quilt this one. I wanted to practice custom quilting using some of my rulers and templates. Thursday evening, I finally started.  

 I used a large oval template to create the arcs and free handed the feather. I then added the straight lines a bit less than an inch apart.

 And no, it doesn’t show up much on this fabric! That’s okay, my mistakes won’t show either. My feathers got pretty tiny in the corner. 

I knew I wanted to do continuous curve quilting in the squares but since the border is so precise, I wanted the curves to be as well. So I used a small circle template. 

 And yes, this does take me a long time! But I do like how it is turning out. And it is definitely time to do more of this kind of quilting. The only way to improve is by pushing myself to do the hard things. 

Yesterday, I took Daughter #3 down to the U of M Medical Center in Ann Arbor for an issue with her knee. We saw these lovely quilts hanging there. Sorry for the bad pictures, they were framed under glass. The workmanship was amazing! 


I’m off to work this morning. I hope you all have a lovely day!

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About katyquilts

I am a wife, mom of four amazing kids, and a librarian. I have been making traditional quilts for ages but have ventured into art qulting in the last several years. I also love to knit socks and mittens and dye my own fabric. I am thankful to God my Father and Creator for the gift of creativity!
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6 Responses to Custom Quilting

  1. I love the little “leftovers” quilt. it’s great. thank you so much for the mug rug- we love love love the colors! it’s a thoughtful little gift, and I appreciate it. thanks again!

  2. PattiP says:

    I’m doing the same thing, practicing custom features. I lost some ground with the LA being out of commission for 6 months. I was just getting into denser background feathers b4 the 6 months so didn’t have a foothold yet. I’m using an S shade ruler & I’m definitely directionally challenged when going up the other side of S. Anyway your work here is looking good.

  3. Susan says:

    You’ve got a great start on this quilt – can’t wait to see your finish!

  4. Louise says:

    Your continuous curve quilting is very nice. I really enjoy seeing your quilts especially your machine quilting. I did manage to finish two baby quilts. Took the second one off the Gammill yesterday. Will do the binding today. I too am anxious to see what you quilt in the white area.

  5. Kathy says:

    The time it takes for the custom quilting will be worth it, given what you’ve shared so far. Fabulous!!

  6. Kathy D says:

    Looking forward to seeing where you take this small quilt. Your fans are waiting with baited breath to see what you do with those nice white areas.

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