Sunday, January 29, 2017


I have lots to talk about today but first I want to show you what I have been working on:
I am really proud of this piece!  This is my interpretation of lesson #5 in Christina Cameli's Craftsy class Wild Quilting. The object of this lesson was to demonstrate that wild quilting is a continuous process-that is one stitches from one element to another rather than going back and filling in.  I started with the big curvy feather filling in the empty spaces with the little spirals gradually working outward to the next feather. And so on.  What I like about this piece is how nicely the feathers fill the space and the sense of movement which is echoed by the spirals.

Here is my work for lesson #4:
I personally think this piece is a bit stiff.  Part of the definition of wild quilting is spontaneity.  This piece was planned out.  I had a hard time with this lesson and sketched out the pattern to quilt.  Christina says she does this also especially when she was beginning.  There are several elements to this piece which I like:  I like the undulating lines which create movement (big movement lover) complemented by the rigid up and down lines.  I love the center motifs I created.  All in all, I think it is good for a beginning piece.   Lesson #6 is next where we put together all we have learned.

And finally, I quilted the pattern for the Arabesque which I will be painting:
The paints should arrive in the mail tomorrow so maybe I will be brave enough to get started.  Most of the quilted lines above are continuous lines.  You can see where I have improved my control skills to make more even, smooth lines but still have a ways to go.  The square is about 16x16 inches.

There you have it-free motion quilting-I am proud of myself!!

Update on the dreaded Sweet Surrender

Okay, I have done some work on this-all six triangles have their 10 diamonds and 5 triangles made and in individual bags to keep them separate.  Maybe this week I will do some actual stitching. 

Speaking of Sweet Surrender, Judi Madsen has very kindly given me permission to display her quilting job on a Sweet Surrender she did for a client.  It is stunning!!  She makes the quilt come alive.  Here are a few photos:

Isn't this lovely!!  You can see more on her blog Green fairy Quilts.  Also she has a new class thru Iquilt called Fabulous background for Applique  which looks very good.  I will probably take that class in hopes it helps me quilt SS.


It is that time of the year again.  No matter where you live in the world you can record bird populations for Audubon/Cornell University.  You can spend as much or as little time as you want-they appreciate bird info from all sources.  You can find more at: 
It is fun and you become part of something bigger.

Speaking of wild life, my husband saw an amusing sight on his walk in the woods.  He was walking by a frozen, snow covered creek.  There sat two beavers with their heads together over a hole in the frozen creek.  They looked for all the world like two engineers discussing how best to proceed with this important piece of work-how best to keep it open, maybe deciding work rotas or any improvements as this is their life line from their den to the world outside.


Your moment of Zen:
(Thank you John Stewart-we miss you so much but we are thankful you have bequeathed us Samantha Bee and the madman Steven Colbert)

I intend this new bit to be a look at some whimsical, natural, or other image which might give one a different outlook on life.  Last week it was the beauty of chrysalises. This week it is the unbelievable magic of this castle fairyland of the frozen north which takes us all back to our childhoods and being read fairy tales maybe the one of the Ice Princess!

So long and happy quilting!

I am linking up with:

Slow Stitching Sunday, Bambi's Blog,
Patchwork Times,  Em's Scrapbag,
Esther's Wow, Let's Bee Social,
Free Motion by the River, Whoop Whoop,
and Off the Wall Friday.           


  1. Pam you are amazing every time I catch up with your blog there is always something wonderful to see. Beautiful work,

  2. I think you would have to admit me to the lunatic asylum if I tried to do sweet surrender! The quilting is amazing on the one you show.
    I think you are right that free motion quilting is about letting go. Your feathers are wonderful and I am impressed that the background was done at the same time.
    I would love to take a class with Nichole Wilde on her art bus.

  3. Beautiful FMQ. I especially love the swirls behind the majestic feathers.

  4. Your free motion quilting looks wonderful!

  5. Your free motion quilting is looking quite exquisite!
    All of the detail you are able to fill into the background is amazing!

  6. Beautiful FMQing! Was using the variegated contrasting thread a class requirement or your choice? You did a wonderful job and definitely have it down pat!

  7. Thank you Pam for your inspiration and link to the Show and Tell Monday !! Hugs from Bambi

  8. Those feathers are terrific! I can see why you're proud.

    That Sweet Surrender is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  9. And so you should be proud Pam, your quilting is lovely. I have recently bought Wild Quilting, although I am more at the beginner stage just now, looking at yours inspires me to improve, thank you for sharing.

  10. Beautiful quilting on everything. I love your Sweet Surrender.

  11. Your quilting is stunning. I think you've done a wonderful job. I will be interested to your square when you've painted it :)

  12. Your quilting is lovely. When you get the cataract surgery, you can choose whether you have good close vision or good far vision. My sister got the good far vision and now has to wear glasses to read and do close work. She doesn't need glasses to drive, but since she almost never drives, she wishes she had chosen the reverse of the good near vision. Think about it. Good luck with the triangles.

  13. Lovely quilting on Arabesque! Looking forward to seeing it painted! Thanks for sharing Green Fairy's quilting, it's very inspiring!

  14. Wow, your quilting is amazing. Right now, I haven't been doing any filler quilting, just learning FMQ, but it does add a lot to a piece. That Sweet Surrender quilt is breathtaking. I don't need another quilt to add to my to-do list, but it is mighty tempting.