Wednesday, August 24, 2016


Oak Leaves and Turkey Feathers, designed by Jan Patek is finished!  It was an idea that I blogged about here.    It measures 78" square and only took 5 years to get it completed!  I feel so good having this one finished and I'm quite happy with it.  

All the fabrics, except the outer border backgrounds were in my stash at the time I was picking them out.  Well, I think I did buy some orange pieces as I didn't have much of that.

I quilted it totally free hand as I hate marking quilts.  When I started, the only idea I had was to put veins on the large leaves.

I quilted spirals in the center of the flowers and then just made lines around the other section.  All the appliqués were quilted around.

I had no idea how to quilt the triangles in the inner border so I just did lines in the middle triangle and sides.  Then quilted loops in the green ones.

I used a variety of Sulky threads to quilt on the appliqué pieces which were stitched on with zig zags.

For the border background I quilted a variety of things:  feathers, swirls, stippling, etc.  The backing was found in a thrift store not knowing it would be perfect for this quilt.  While I was quilting this I kept track of my time and figured out it took approximately 16 hours to do the quilting. I also used 11 bobbins of cocoa Essential Pro thread from Connecting Threads.

My next project is quilting the round robin from my quilters guild.  I decided to quilt it with a Baptist fan design and I'm using Barb Vedder's  large baptist fan template.

I'm using Superior Threads Fantastico purple variegated thread for the top and white Essential Pro for the bobbin.  This one is going a lot faster than the Oak Leaves quilt because the fan quilting is large.

Two of my grandsons started school in Virginia yesterday and school for Abby starts Sept. 6 here in Oregon.  My oldest GS will be a junior in college.  I'm looking forward to cooler weather, although we have had a more pleasant summer this year than the 2 previous ones.

Happy stitching!


  1. Nice work! That one will make a nice fall wallhanging. That backing is one of my all time favorite fabrics!! I wish I could find something that good at t thrift store!!

  2. The colors are so nice in your fall quilt. I am trying to remember if I finished the one I was making. I know it is not quilted but I am thinking I still have some work to do on the quilt top itself.

  3. Your wall hanging is perfectly lovely, and finished just in time for the fall season. School here starts right after Labor Day also, though we don't always have cooler weather for those first few days of school. Looking forward to seeing your guild round robin when it's all quilted!

  4. A gorgeous finish in time for Fall! Nice job on the quilting.
    Do you mark a whole row of the fans at a time? I bought the stencil, but haven't quilted anything large enough to use it yet. : )

  5. The Oak Leaves piece turned out really pretty, and your quilting just amazes me. I keep asking myself, will I ever be able to just start in and do beautiful work like that, just working it out as I go? I doubt it! You always have it all under control! You have a right to be very pleased! ---"Love"

  6. Way to go Ruth!!!! Love them all and the quilting too. We get better with every quilt! Hugs.

  7. Beautiful quilt--those Baptist fans are hard to beat

  8. Simply gorgeous, as your work always is.

  9. what a great finish. I love the warm autumn colors! I am so so ready for fall here.
    the fan really covers a quilt fast! looks great on your quilt.

  10. Absolutely fantastic!! I too, hate to mark, so I'm heavy on the "free" in the FMQ! Your quilting is perfect!!gorgeous colors!

    Have a blessed day!

  11. Wonderful fall wall hanging, I am so ready for the cooler weather too!