Thank you everyone for all the very kind comments on my last post!  You are all the best!!  Some of you were no-reply, so I couldn’t send you a thank you…so thank you!!

I received a ton of emails.  I am still trying to read through them all, but many were asking about the quilting specifics, so I am going to try and answer them the best I can. I took a lot of photos as I was quilting to help me remember how I did things.  Hopefully, those will help you visualize my process.

How did I come up with the design?  Did I premark?
     I had some ideas in my head after doing some research, but I didn’t come up with the design until the quilt top was on my machine.  That’s how almost all of my quilting ideas come to fruition.  Usually, I cannot “see” the design until the quilt is on the frame.  It’s kind of like…do you remember those prints where you have to stare at them and then all of the sudden the image pops out like its 3-D?  Well, that’s kind of what it’s like for me when a top gets on my machine.  No, I did not premark.  I rarely premark on any of my quilts.  Only if I have to.  I do draw on my whiteboard quite a bit, though.  I like to get a feel for the design by drawing it first.  That’s a big help to me.  That really helps me weed out designs that don’t work.  Here are some different drafts I tried for the corner motif, none of which I went with, but it’s better than picking out of a quilt!!! πŸ™‚

I usually have two really sweet onlookers watching me work.  You can see Alyssa’s cute little socks in that pic.

This is more of what I went with.  I drew it on paper and laid it on the quilt to see if my configuration was pretty close.  I use school chalk to draw on tops as well.  Again, drawing helps me to see what works.

I made some circle templates out of card stock for spacing and the spine of the feathers.  These are large borders, so creating a very curvy spine helped fill the space without compromising the look of the feathers by making them too big.

What templates did I use?  I made a couple of my own out of card stock.  Some circles, a tear drop and one for the spines of the feather design within the quilt.  This one is for the spine of the feathers within the quilt.

Not high tech, but it works!!  I freehanded the design and then had one of my girls shine a light from under the quilt so I could draw it on paper and there you go.  All my feathers would look consistent.  I used three different curved cross hatch rulers for cch designs.

I plan on doing a template post eventually.  From left to right, Deloa’s Boomerang 15″, Rhonda’s small Curved Crescent Moon and Fine Line Continuous Curve Rulers.  They each brought a little something different to the design.  All trial and error until I came up with what looked like I wanted it too. I LOVE the Fine Line Rulers.

Did I turn the quilt?  That’s when a longarm quilter will quilt down the quilt, remove it, turn it so the borders that were originally going down the sides will now be on the top and bottom, repin and quilt.  There are times when it’s easier to quilt borders and certain designs by doing this.  Sometimes I do this.  Depends on the quilt and circumstances.   I did not on this quilt.  I quilted as much as I could in the space and then I would advance the quilt as I go.  Quilting the borders along the way.  This is a large quilt at 90″ x 90″, so turning it would have been somewhat of a task.  It was just simpler for me to quilt as I go.  This is why it’s really important to practice quilting feathers and designs in every direction.  It does take practice and time to train your brain!!!

Whenever I get to the bottom of quilt, the last border is probably the most challenging…usually because I’ve forgotten how I quilted the top border! LOL!!  Especially with this quilt.  There was a little time lapse between borders. πŸ™‚  The motif in the corner felt a little awkward because I had to quilt it upside down.  I try to take notes to help jog my memory.

It’s a good thing I can understand my notes!! LOL!
Batting and Thread?   Batting- Hobbs Wool.  I wanted the applique to have a trapunto look, so the wool was the perfect choice.  I will be doing a batting post soon too.  Thread- So Fine #490.  I used 1 and 1/2 spools of thread!!  That’s a lot!!!  After I quilted the first border, I used quite a lot, so I ordered another spool to be safe.  It’s a good thing!!

I know this is a long post, but I hope that helps answer the questions I received.  I had photos from before it was quilted and the back of the quilt, but I somehow lost them when I had to get a new phone.  Long story…but I’m on my 3rd iPhone.  The back was amazing!!!  It looked just like a wholecloth quilt.  I believe I sent LB some photos, so I might be able to post one.

I can’t wait until October when the issue of Love of Quilting comes out!!!  This is a gorgeous design that would look amazing in other color ways too.  Lots of possibilities.  I would love it in one of the lighter shades in LB’s fabric collection.  A red and tan or cream quilt would be stunning!!  I, of course would machine applique, though!! πŸ™‚
I will post about Midnight Harvest next!!! πŸ™‚


  • Sue says:

    Awesome! You have such a great deal of talent. I wouldn't know what to do without marking a quilt. But then again, I can't draw stick people πŸ˜›

  • Me and My Stitches says:

    Now I am even more impressed – which I didn't think was possible!

  • Sheila says:

    Thank you for sharing your quilting process not that I will ever be doing this but it does fascinate me as to how you decide how and what to quilt in all the areas of a quilt , a true talent . I will be looking out for that magazine too:-)

  • YankeeQuilter says:

    I love hearing about the "creative process"…and for some reason the "have one of my girls under the quilt with a flashlight" just made me chuckle!

  • JoAnne says:

    I love the long post on the process as well. You never know when something will register in your brain that you can do later. I LOVE the whiteboard idea! And here my husband has been hauling around a large one that I have been complaining about for ages!

  • Allie says:

    Amazing quilt and amazing process! Do you take pictures of the top border so you remember when you get to the bottom? I can't even imagine doing this, Linda, you are such a master!

  • M and M plus 3 says:

    Thank you so very much for sharing your process. It's from you, whom share, help those of us learn to be a smidgin like you (or hope to be someday).

  • Archie the wonder dog says:

    I love these process posts – it feels like I'm in your basement watching you quilt!!

  • Donna says:

    Love your design process! Love the feathers πŸ™‚
    Can't wait to see the next quilt.

  • Raylene Smith says:

    I work in a very similar way..your notes are a lot more legible than mine, tho…lol

  • Mama Pea says:

    Again, it's beautiful! You should take a photo of the top border before you wind it onto the take-up bar. πŸ™‚ Then, you will be able to remember it better.

  • LuAnn says:

    Wow Linda, it's just gorgeous. Your quilting is just wonderful and adds so much to the quilts. And that Oh My Gosh from the other post. WOW!

  • marylouweidman says:

    These are so incredibly beautiful….as a non-quilting quilter, I especially appreciate what I could never achieve…you are a master! Thank you for sharing

  • Sharee Brell says:

    Thank you for the excellent details! I'm thinking of starting to quilt and the stitch patterns seemed so overwhelming until I read this! You are amazingly talented! And your work is beautiful.

  • Minipatch says:


    J'admire votre travail qui est splendide !!!! bravos !!!

  • Whispering Pines says:

    Linda, how do you get the chalk out? Do you wash the quilt? Beautiful! I just love looking at your quilting, such an inspiration!

  • Unknown says:

    You are amazing! I made an adaption of this quilt just because I wanted to try quilting it like yours.Mine is only 4 blocks, 10" instead of 20" because I don't need another giant quilt. I found your site by chance and was just going to start quilting…so I am thrilled with your sharing the process. Thanks

  • SewySu says:

    Very cool! I'm a newby on my HandiQuilter Avante…. Makes me nervous. I really enjoy reading about how you 'plan' your quilting…. It helps me a lot. Keep it up and I look forward to your new blog! cheers su '-}

  • The LadyBugs Garden says:

    You do amazing work! So beautiful..