Thursday, April 8, 2010

The Whispering Results

Several weeks ago I was at Carla Barrett's Quilt Whispering class.  This was one of the tops I took (with my customer's permission) to get some ideas.  I've done several of these Victory Quilts and sort of felt as if I were getting in a rut. Lyn is planning to put this quilt in our local show and since I'm trying to build my business, I was really hoping for a fresh eye and some new ideas. 

This is what Carla "whispered": (click on the picture if you want to make it larger)

And this is what I quilted:

I really stretched the limits of my comfort zone with this quilt, but I'm pleased with how it turned out.  I've done feathers on a couple of quilts in the past, but never feathers that actually showed up--at least not without a magnifying glass!  This time, not only were there feathers, but there were feathers going in all different directions and some in light thread on a dark background. *scary*  Overall, I think they turned out quite nice.  Following are pictures of several of the blocks.

Notice the feathers in the cone??  (I know, they're in matching thead, but they're still feathers!)

And this is what they looked like on the back:

More blocks with feathers...

And this is the outside border.  I used my swag template (I'm still in love with that thing!), but this time, I only did the top two swags, the little flower thing under it and bead board above.  In the corner, I used a template from Kimmy Brunner and did feathers on the outside.  Just something different *shrug*

Another shot of the back for a better view of the borders.

And, in case you aren't screaming, "Enough, already!" --here's one last shot of the whole thing.

Carla, if you're reading this, I just want to say thanks.  I stretched the limits of my own personal box and am quite happy that I did.  Best of all, so is my customer!  (Remember, if you want a closer view, just click on the picture).


  1. Dorothy,
    Way to go!!! Keep up the excellent work. I really like how you took Carla's advice and made it your own by a few subtle changes. Your work just keeps getting better everytime I see it.
    This advertising should definitely bring in some customers.
    PS I am signed up for Carla's class isn't she great.

  2. Your quilting is fabulous and really brings out the beauty of this quilt! Just love feathers on quilts. Well done!

  3. squeal! I luv feathers, they are so fun! and girl your's are terrific, love all the different ways they are placed in this quilt, but then mixing in other designs like the microstippling, gives the eye a break and really enhances the feathers where you've used them and it all works together!!!!! And how you added feathers to the corner of your border---nice.
    thanks for sharing.

  4. Fantastic quilting. I love it. Joyce Lytle

  5. Wonderful job!!! I really love the juxtaposition of the cross hatching and the block quilting!! Great feathers, too! I predict ribbons for this quilt AND a happy customer!

    Kudos!! Carla

  6. Thanks, Carla...wouldn't have even tried it without your support!

  7. Nice job, D. I'm peering carefully at each block. I like it!


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