Longarm quilting: Kathy’s Mother-in-Law Sampler Quilt

I got a chance a while back to custom quilt this sampler for my friend Kathy–who made this for her Mother-in-Law for Christmas (how nice is she?). I learned a TON while I was doing it, including that it is impossible to make good looking straight lines without a ruler. (Good thing Kathy is patient with me.)

I did something different in every block, and had a lot of fun with it. In the borders, I did feathers, wishbones, and stacked ovals. This was actually the first quilt I tried feathers on, too. About a billion pictures follow, including some fun shots of the back.

Hope you’re having a fun week! I’ve been fighting off a nasty head cold/bug. Not so fun.




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    How fun! You did a great job! Don’t you just love how the backs come out? And those are fantastic feathers for a first time — I’m impressed!

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      April says:

      Shelly! You’re sweet! I’m getting better on the feathers–I look at those now and cringe a little. ;) But I figure it’s valuable for people to see the progression, the learning process. It’s intimidating when all you ever see on blogs are picture perfect quilts. Thanks for your comment!

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    Karmen says:

    April, I know you get tired of me saying this but your work is “eye candy” for me! I could look at it all day! I love the stitching (I’m not a quilter so forgive my incorrect terminology) and Kathy chose some great colors! Bucket List #117 – buy a Prairie Grass pattern, consult April on the colors, and make the quilt!

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      April says:

      Karmen–I’d love to help you with your first quilt! Talk to Kathy about coming to craft night at my house :) xoxo (And thanks for the sweet comments, it really makes my day!)

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    Lori Edwards says:

    The quilting is beautiful and the quilt is too. I love the back as well.

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      April says:

      Thanks, Lori! I’m working on quilting one right now that’s really cute, as well. You might have seen it before! ;)

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    Kathy says:

    My MIL loves her quilt! It is on the back of her couch all the time. Unless she is using it! ;)

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    Sherri says:

    Your quilting is gorgeous! Hope you feel better soon, too!

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      April says:

      Thanks Sherri! I’m thinking it was just a crazy bout with allergies. I don’t ever have them, but man, they packed a punch this time. Hopefully it was a one-season thing. ;)

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    Suzanne Lawrence says:

    I do indeed love my quilt! – for many reasons. I appreciate the workmanship in the piecing and the quilting. The variety of the quilting designs is amazing. It is a great quilt and the quilting really enhances it. Thanks Kathy and April.

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    Bev says:

    I saw your quilt you did for Sarah Jane…….CHILDREN AT PLAY collection, Love it !!! My question is do you ever make any for sale ????

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      April says:

      Wasn’t that a fun one? I don’t generally make quilts for sale–there’s just not enough hours in the day! I’ll tell you what, though: I happen to know the pattern is a great beginner applique pattern, and I’d be happy to machine quilt it for you when you get it done. :)

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    Carla says:

    Such a gorgeous blog! Love your quilt for Nyah

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    rosa says:

    OMG,this is absolutely wonderful,love,love !!My mouth is open.

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    Patti says:

    Can I just say OH WOW!!! It’s amazing and you are some friend. Wish you were my friend – or we even lived in the same country so you could long arm for me. Love your designs too and will buy one soon.

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