Kristin LOVES her quilt!!!!  She is just thrilled!!!  I gave it to her after graduation at her celebration at a downtown Kalamazoo restaurant.  I blogged a little about it here, if anyone has forgotten.  Kristin was showing everyone her quilt!!!  Practically showing the other guests in the restaurant!! πŸ™‚  I received a lot of email asking the specifics on the quilt, so hopefully I can cover them all. πŸ™‚  Here it is!!

 Lots of feathers, just like the PA ordered. πŸ™‚  Yummy feathers!!!

Since Scooter will be living with this quilt full time in a few weeks, I let him check it out first. πŸ™‚

 I love how it turned out too!!!  I cannot wait to quilt these allover feathers again!!  The back is just as gorgeous!

Now some specifics.  The batting is Hobbs Wool.  It makes the quilting just look awesome!  Thread is So Fine top and bobbin.  A pale yellow.  Normally when I do an allover feather type design, I do NOT stitch out the spine.  Usually they are spineless.  LOL.  I just draw out the spine with white school chalk or a Collins purple air erasable marker.  I buy them at my LQS.  I feel like I have more freedom to change direction or the shape if the spine isn’t stitched out already.  Sometimes I will curve one way more and if I am just following a temporary line, no biggie.  If it’s stitched out, I will have to pick stitches out or follow my original path.  Anyways, with these particular feathers, I found they looked so much better with the spine stitched out.  The shape and flow was superior than when I was following a drawn line. 

I drew out my line and then stitched over it.  I stitch the stem as I advance the quilt.  I do not stitch the stem all the way down the quilt and go back and fill in. I always feel like the first pass is the hardest.  I make sure my path is curvy and filling the space.  It is all freehand.  I do not draw out the feathers first.  I just fill in as I go.  No, they are not all perfect or the same.  I did not pick out any funny looking feathers.  I was tempted and wanted to, but suppressed my urge to do it because when it is all done…it looks wonderful.  I no longer see the “funny” looking feathers. πŸ™‚

 Here is a before quilting pic.

I used one Layer Cake of Charlevoix by Minick and Simpson and yardage.  The inner border is 2″ finished and the outer is 6″ finished.  The quilt finishes at 59″x84″.  I used the tumbler template that I blogged about here.

This is a very simple quilt to make.  And fast!!!  I knew once it was quilted it would go from simple to beautiful!  Doesn’t this look like a happy recipient?? πŸ™‚  Kristin is incredibly grateful.  She also has been sooooo patient waiting for a quilt, since her undergrad graduation 2 yrs ago.  It is the best feeling when someone appreciates the gift of a quilt.  Wouldn’t you all agree?

  Here are some more grad celebratory pics.

Graduation was awesome!!!  It was only Kristin’s class, so it went pretty quickly.  It was great to see all the students rewarded in the White Coat Ceremony.  There was a small reception after with cake at the university.

 The girls made a sign.  We brought plastic clappers!  Kristin said they only thing that was missing was a foam finger.  LOL!!!  She loved having the loudest cheering section!

Scott was there for the graduation too.  He missed the after party because he was on his way to a Bass fishing tourney.

  Aunt Kristin is a great role model.

 Looks like someone wants to be a PA-Physician Assistant when they grow up.
We had a lot of fun with Instagram!!  Why have I been so slow to get on that bandwagon??



Hope everyone has a great weekend!


  • Abby and Stephanie says:

    I love the simplicity of the big tumblers with the sophistication of gorgeous feathers. Lovely combination.

  • Darlene says:

    It's a beautiful quilt, Linda. Congratulations to Kristin – awesome accomplishment.

    The girls are getting soooo big – wow!

  • Lynette says:

    Congratulations for your niece – what a huge accomplishment. πŸ™‚ And that quilt is GORGEOUS with the feathers. You're right – the back is just as delectable with the feathers on that romantic print.

  • Diane says:

    Congratulations to Kristin! All over feathers do just take a quilt over the top!

  • Archie the wonder dog says:

    It's beautiful! Congratulations to Kristin!

  • West Michigan Quilter says:

    Love that quilt and those beautiful feathers. Thanks for the how-to. I always wonder how you do such beautiful quilting. And you are so right, one never notices any "imperfections" once the quilt is finished.

  • Impera Magna says:

    I love your feathers… so amazing! I know Kristin was thrilled b/c I know I would have been!

  • Yvette says:

    Who knew a tumbler quilt could look so great? WOW! You did it again!

  • Kathy Schwartz says:

    The Tumbler looks fabulous with your beautiful feathers. That's exactly how I do those feathers too, I stitch out the spine, just works better πŸ™‚
    Kristin looks so happy with her quilt. Great sister's pictures!

  • Teresa in Music City says:

    Gorgeous quilt! It's easy to see she's thrilled with it! And of course your feathers are to die for :*)

  • Lori says:

    I love it! The all-over feathers are so pretty!!

  • IMAQLTR2 says:

    Love that tumbler quilt with your all-over feathers, it really works magic and makes that quilt really shine! What beautiful girls! Love the Sis photos, so cute!

  • Brandie says:

    Just lovely! Thank for another wonderful tutorial.

  • Sue says:

    That was awesome! I loved how you explained that whole process. Your quilt and quilting is beautiful and I am sure your Sis loves it.

    Great photos of the sisters and little sisters πŸ™‚ Very nice looking family!

  • Lynn says:

    Great fabric, a simple shape and fabulous quilting – perfect combination for a gorgeous quilt!

    Do you just draw or stitch a single spine from edge to edge then stitch the feathers and repeat until the whole thing is quilted? Or do you draw/stitch all the spines first then go back and fill them in, one at a time, with feathers? I haven't had the nerve to try allover feathers yet, but I want to. I even have a quilt already basted (has been basted for 2 weeks) that I'd like to do feathers on.

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  • Teresa Silva says:

    I love this post! You can tell how proud you are of your sister and what a lovely gift of a quilt and to know how much it was appreciated. I absolutely love your quilting on everything you do! Amazing!

  • Donna says:

    First … you are all gorgeous! Kristin's quilt is beautiful and the feathers just make the quilt. You sew the best feathers I have ever seen on a quilt! The back is as lovely as the front. I know you are so proud of Kristen and you are going to miss Scooter!

  • Angie says:

    This quilt is just exquisite—I LOVE it!! Excellent work. You and your family ARE just gorgeous. πŸ™‚

  • Jocelyn says:

    The quilt is so amazing, as is the quilting!!! Love it!

  • Candace says:

    Feathers to die for, Linda! You make them look like child's play, but I know how much work and dedication you put into them! Congratulations to Kristin! Great pictures of the girls, who no longer look like girls, but beautiful young women! I'm glad everyone had a great time!

  • Missie of Traditional Primitives says:

    Aww! Such a great day you all had! We can tell she loves the quilt! Thanks for the lesson…it was great! Makes me miss working on a longarm, but I will make do with my tabletop model! I would say you can not see those wonky feathers because there are none! It looks perfect!

  • Karen says:

    Congrats Kristin, and that is a gorgeous quilt your sister made for you! Linda you have a beautiful family, looks like everyone had a great time, and thank you for sharing your lesson on quilting feathers, yours are just fabulous, I hope to get there soon!

  • Allie says:

    That quilt is stunning, Linda!! And congratulations to your sister – wonderful accomplishment – and your girls are beautiful!

  • Jeanette says:

    Beautiful Linda. Congratulations to Kristin. You are all beautiful. Hugs,

  • Michele says:

    No wonder she was excited about her quilt! It's beautiful πŸ™‚ Words cannot describe the awesome feathers! Congratulations Kristin!

  • Mama Pea says:

    It's so beautiful. I love it. Great photos. Looks like a really happy day! Very happy for all of you!

  • QuiltNut Creations says:

    Love, love, l-o-v-e your feathers! LOVE them!!

  • Anonymous says:

    Your quilting is amazing! I hope I can quilt like you when I grow up :).

  • Sheri says:

    I found you on Free Quilt Patterns and am so happy to see all your lovely work!! I will refer back to the tutorials in the future and have started following you by email. Love your blog.