Settler's Puzzle

January 6, 2014

Is everyone staying warm during the "polar vortex?"  Ugh.  Sounds like an action movie, I care not to be experiencing.

I love show and tell.  I always find it so inspiring.  I hope to be better this year on showing and telling. :-)  Next up...Settler's Puzzle, an original design I quilted for Pam Buda of Heartspun quilts.  Pam will have all the details on the pattern here.  I took a ton of photos for your viewing pleasure, but you may see some duplicates on Pam's blog. :-)
Threads are So Fine by Superior.  Two layers of Dream Orient batting from Quilter's Dream Batting.  I wanted to give the quilting definition.  Many times on the darker, reproduction style fabric, the quilting tends to get lost.  Double batting helps to avoid that.  Dream Orient has a lightweight feel and wonderful drape.
The pattern is a gorgeous design!! A cool take on a Irish Chain style quilt.  Feathers and curved crosshatching make for a wonderful combination.  I wanted to create the illusion of curves repeating surrounding the white squares and pinwheels.  I LOVE how it turned out.
All the quilting is freehand.  I used a my curved rulers from Jamie Wallen available here.
The corner design frames the quilt so well!
Close ups.
Some as I was quilting photos on the frame.  It still amazes me the transformation quilts make from unquilted to quilted. :-)
The back may tie the front as my favorite.  You can really see the secondary circular design created from the back!!
I will do a follow up post to this one discussing how I came up with design and some marking tips for quilts. :-)

On a sad note, please keep my dearest friend Lisa in your thoughts and prayers.

30 comments:

  1. So amazing! Will be starting this quilt in a workshop with Pam this weekend. Very interested in the curved rulers, but the link wouldn't work for me.
    Lisa is definitely in my prayers. What a heartbreak!!

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  2. You're a thread artist! It must be difficult to send the quilts home after your loving touch has turned them into magic. This is a gorgeous quilt design by Pam and she must be over the moon with joy. I can not imagine losing a child. So tragic.

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  3. Beautiful quilting as always Linda!
    So sorry to read about Lisa's loss, that is every parents nightmare.

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  4. That is so beautiful, love the two tones and rich colors, really sets off the beautiful quilting that you did.

    Debbie

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  5. WOW WOW WOW You do amazing work.

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  6. Absolutely beautiful. I love, Love LOVE this quilt and your quilting design! Nothing beats feathers and cross hatching on a traditional (or any) quilt. Spectacular work!
    Have a great day.
    Stay warm.
    Always, Queenie

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  7. Love the quilt and the quilting. Just beautiful work by both the makers. Looking forward to all your hints. happy new year!

    mary

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  8. Beautiful job on a wonderful design...you work is wonderful! Have a great day!!

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  9. As always your quilting is beautiful, I love feathers as much as you do! This quilt is totally gorgeous because of your quilting. Happy New Year to you and your family.

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  10. Wow you definitely turned that into an heirloom! Love everything about it.

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  11. Beautiful - as usual! Lisa and family are in my prayers.

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  12. I always love everything that you do. I would love to hear how you decide on you ideas for quilting and how the scallops are done so evenly. I have never been able to take classes on quilting so everything I have learned is from asking questions and looking at the great quilters work like yours. Thank you for posts.

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  13. Such gorgeous quilting - you have such a special talent. My thoughts have been with Lisa ever since I found out about Lance - Can't imagine what she is going through right now.

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  14. looks like frosting! i just want to run my finger over it! lol
    Beautiful work Linda!

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  15. You've taken a beautiful quilt and made it even more beautiful with your quilting! The accents are simply perfect!
    It was a shock to read of Lance... Lisa's entire family has been in my prayers ever since...

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  16. Breathtakingly beautiful! I just found you through Pam's blog and am eager to follow yours. I am holding Lisa in my prayers. I am blessed to have met her in Hershey last summer. The threads of quilting bind us into one large family. Looking forward to seeing more of your work. Wishing you warmth and healing from Strasburg, PA.

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  17. I saw this on Pam's blog. I knew it was your quilting before I read her post. Another AMAZING job.

    I am also so saddened by the news of Lisa's son. No mother should ever have to go through such a tragedy.

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  18. Linda, your work is wonderful! I can't believe you've only been long-arming since 2011! This is a beautiful quilt; I love all the little extra details you added to make this quilt pop!

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  19. Impressive! I love the back the most. It makes my heart happy to see such beauty!

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  20. Your quilting really makes this quilt!!! Fabulous job!!

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  21. Thought I had commented on this post...but it went on one equally as stunning. I just love love love your quilting... you are so inspiring. I sometimes wish I had a longarm machine is always a delight in seeing what you are up to and hope to spend some time catching up soon

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  22. Oh Linda - there is a pang in my heart when I see something so beautiful! You've made another gorgeous quilt come to life! I'm guessing your foot is much better!
    Cheers!

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  23. Another stunning quilt!! Linda your work is amazing.

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  24. I don't even know where to start....that quilt is AWESOME! The work you did was just over the top wonderful! I checked the owner's blog and just kept shaking me head thinking how great it looked. Cudos to you missy on such beautiful work!
    Peggy

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  25. I really love your quilting. Your feathers have so much personality. This quilt is just beautiful, front and back. I pray God undertake for your friend Lisa, in Jesus name. K

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  26. Beautiful beautiful work. And I am so saddened to hear of Lisa's son's passing.

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  27. The curved crosshatching is inspired. I adore the quilting you've done on this lovely pattern

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