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The QuiltDad’s Quilt

John Adams (the Quilt Dad) contacted me recently asking if I could quilt a quilt top for him that would be featured in the e-magazine he co-authors: Fat Quarterly. I said: “Sure!” The quilt is called Sanctuary and you can read more about it at his popular website: HERE.

When he gave me the quilt he said to use my judgement as to what design I should stitch. First I debated over whether or not I should make the quilting design imitate the diagonal angle of the blocks. In other words, perhaps sew feathers across the quilt that aim upwards along the diagonal of the blocks – from left to right. Then I considered the overall flow & simplicity of the quilt design. I decided enhancing the diagonal lines of the quilt pattern was not necessary and that an all-over design would add a whole new dimension without taking over. Free Form Feather complimented the simultaneously modern & whimsical feel of John’s quilt.

One of the reasons I love my job is because the quilting is what transforms a quilt top into a quilt. Some quilts more than others look noticeably different after the quilting process is complete. John’s quilt was one of these cases. It was SO exciting to see my free-form feather jive with his quilt pattern like the cherry on a banana split. He was very pleased with how the quilt turned out. *See what he said about it HERE. Thanks QuiltDad! I enjoyed it and look forward to working with you again soon!


Throwing in a little Mermaid Hair here & there is a wonderful variation I like to use on quilts with a modern feel. Weaving the M. Hair in and out around the feathers, curls and teardrops is exciting to sew and makes the quilt dance.  

Throwing in variations on the paisley designs adds interest – some have a teardrop center while other’s have a curly q center.

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  1. Dena Wayne says

    This is amazing. I love everything you did with this quilt. Putting you in my favorites now.

  2. Lynn Koeppen says

    Just fabulous!

  3. Libby says

    SO beautiful!

  4. Kathy says

    Just popped from Quilt Dad’s blog. Your work is absolutely beautiful! Consider yourself bookmarked! :)

  5. Beth says

    Wow, you did such a great job! I hope that someday I can do half that good, I’d be happy.

  6. savvy stitch says


  7. Kellie says

    wow! Your quilting is utterly fabulous! Would use you in a heartbeat if I was in the US!

  8. quirkygranolagirl says

    i came over from quilt dad.
    your work is amazing! and your photographs really do it justice.

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