A Finely Feathered Goose

Can I just open by saying that I have the world’s best job?  Honestly.  I see such amazing quilts come in and this one, pieced by the very accomplished piecer AND quilter, Joyce Hite, had me step back and admire the absolutely perfect paper piecing and precision in construction.  I mean, it sat as flat as a sheet of paper.  It was spotlessly ironed and is just an amazing rendition in solids of Judy Neimeyer’s Feathered Goose.  Usually, a JN quilt is done in batiks, but this was such a treat to see in solids.  It was striking:


My client has shown in national quilt shows and her work, both piecing and quilting, is simply astounding to look at, so receiving this one from her to help her lighten the quilting load was exciting and daunting at the same time.  I mean, how could I possibly present a finished product as nicely as she constantly does?  Well, I championed my enthusiasm and jumped in with an acetate overlay to sketch out my ideas.  Once my client and I had our decisions made, it was loaded onto the longarm with Quilters Dream Blend batting and stitched out on my new 26″ Innova with Glide thread, top and bottom.  251,010 stitches and 15.25 hours later, this 60″x60″ quilt was done!…though it had shrunk to 59″ due to all the quilting 🙂

Here it is:

IMG_2314Quite the amazing result, don’t you think?  While I’m still getting comfortable with this new longarm and how it moves, I think it is going to be one fantastic machine.  Here are some detail shots:


This is my view as the freemotion quilting takes place.  One thing that I love about this Innova is it’s field of vision.  Look at that!  You can see!  Even this open-toe hopping foot is tall enough for ruler work, which is great when you need to see where you are stitching, which, for me, is all the time 🙂


Such fun colors with such depth of hue and perfect saturation.  Here are a few more shots:


You can see the mix of ruler work and freemotion.  The diagonal lines were placed 1/4″ of an inch apart, making for some dense quilting.


I chose to quilt the five medallions a little on the light side to give a break to all the dense areas and allow them to stand up a bit on the quilt.  The curly cues were a new fill for me, but all it took was a few minutes of practice on a fat quarter I loaded before I got how they traveled.  I rather like that fill!


Some of these cream points were rather small, but that didn’t stop me from feathering them!  Like Joyce Hite, I much prefer dense quilting and this quilt certainly had a bit of that.

As if this all wasn’t some pretty cool news, I have even more news to share… The Threadworks Factory and this 26″ Innova with Lightening Stitch will be sporting an Intelliquilter computer on it in the next few weeks.  I will be able to stitch both freemotion AND digitally (and even on the same quilt!) in just a few week’s time.  I’m thrilled to make this addition to my company and I know this partnership of this servo driven computer will create amazing things for you.

Shoot me an email if you’d like to entertain me quilting your next top.

Have a great day and I hope you have a little time with which to be creative!















Author: threadworksfactory

I'm a licensed landscape architect who is married with three wonderful step-kids and a wonderful granddaughter. My husband and I share our passion of racing and have very hectic summers. I made my first quilt over a decade ago and waited another 8 years to tackle my second. Doing so fostered a passion to completely "build" a quilt and my third quilt saw me realize my dream to design, construct and longarm a quilt. This was made for a very special person....my mom!

10 thoughts on “A Finely Feathered Goose”

  1. I LOVE IT!!! I am so enjoying how you quilted my quilt! You do beautiful work, & I appreciate your skill & enthusiasm! Joyce

    1. Joyce, it was truly an honor to quilt this piece. Your work is, quite honestly, impeccable and to have this on my frame was very, very special. Thank you for having the faith in me and I’m terribly excited to take those Paducah classes and jump right into your gorgeous wool appliqué! Thank you again. You do absolutely amazing work!

  2. Really spectacular! The piecing is amazing and of course your quilting just took this amazing quilt to the next level. Love it!

  3. Your quilting is truly AHHHH-mazing! Joyce’s piecing is spectacular. I am so flabbergasted by your proficiency in freemotion quilting—given how long you’ve been doing it. I know it sounds trite, but you really are an inspiration. I’ve only been longarming about a year and am pleased with my progress to date. The biggest hurdle for me is that moment of terror I feel before beginning to stitch on someone else’s quilt top! I’m really not happy with my longarm but feel kind of locked into it as it was a major purchase for me. I purchased the Pro-Stitcher computer system as well and haven’t used it at all…nor pantographs either…because I have such a good time freemotion quilting. I am trying to curb my enthusiasm in comments but it’s hard to do….I’m extremely passionate about my quilting. Thank you for posting…each one is a treat…but visually and inspirationally.

    1. Thank you very much, Kathy! I greatly appreciate your kind comments. Just keep at it and relax as much as you can. If you are rethinking longarms, Check out an Innova. I’ll be adding an Intelliquilter in around 10 days, so I’m looking forward to that. I hope you have a great time longarming. Don’t worry about that apprehension…it’s only natural to show concern for your clients hard work and financial invest. !

  4. Before the quilting was done, all the focus was on the piecing, with the bright colors, I think. Now that the top has been quilted, there is at least an equal focus on the quilting in the neutral background. I love the play between the piecing & the quilting! It’s complex enough & intriguing enough to demand your attention, which is exactly what I wanted! Thanks, again, Patricia!

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