Sunday, February 27, 2011

Finally a Finish!

I have spent quite some time finishing this amazing quilt called "The Best of Friends" by Linda Bear.  Linda's quilt is a reverse applique quilt with 32 different twelve inch blocks and a large centre block resulting in this traditional style quilt.  Linda has designed and pieced this quilt which is going to be available as a pattern. 

In reverse applique applique two layers of fabric are used and the top layer is cut away showing the fabric underneath. The raw edges are turned under and handstitched down.  Linda's quilt is an amazing example of this complex style of applique.

Each of the blocks in this quilt have been quilted with a circle around the applique extending to the sashing.  This circle has then been finely cross-hatched and feathers quilted in the corners.  The sashing and borders have been quilted with the same style of feather.

The large centre square has been quilted in a similar manner.
Here is a close-up of the feathers quilted in the corners of the blocks and sashing.

And finally, a single block, showing the intricacy of Linda's applique and detail of the quilting.

For more photos of this quilt, have a look at my flickr page.
Good luck with this quilt Linda - I am sure there will be many quilters inspired to make this fabulous design.


  1. that is some pretty amazing quilting!!!

  2. An unbelievable quilt ... with such stunning quilting!!

  3. Wow!!!! The quilt and the quilting are absolutely amazing!!

  4. Another beauty in the true sense of the word!

  5. Gorgeous Quilt and Fabulous Quilting, Karen you are amazing!!

  6. Oh my goodness gracious me, this is one of the most amazing quilts I have ever seen - is this going to be entered into quilt shows around the world and win glittering prizes everywhere it goes? The applique is just stunning, as is the design of each circle, as is the quilting - I love the cross hatched circles. Does Linda have a blog - I'd love to see the story of her quilt top coming together. This is really incredible.

  7. Congratulations to both you and Linda on a magnificent quilt! Stunning work!

  8. Oh Karen! This is a gorgeous quilt! Linda is fantastic with is simply amazing! And your quilting is to die for! You have such vision to be able to see how the quilting fits the quilt - just fantastic.

  9. Karen, it is wonderful to see the finished quilt after spying it on your machine a few weeks ago.
    What a fantastic effort by both Linda and yourself.

  10. lovely quilting Karen!!!!!!!


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