Thursday, January 24, 2013

Minnesota Homewarming Quilt


This is John’s second quilt that he sent to me this month and he asked for light custom quilting.  The pattern is called Minnesota Homewarming by Pat Speth and it can be found in the Quiltmaker magazine March/April issue 2012.   This quilt is mostly borders without a true break between them so that made it a bit of a challenge coming up with quilting designs.  I decided to use feathers, swirls and cc’s as the main elements for the quilting motifs and not use a background fill as the background fabrics are very isolated.


Most of the designs are free hand and used my Boomerang ruler for the large CC’s in the center motifs in the quilt.


I used Quilter’s Dream Cotton Deluxe batting and So Fine off white thread.


It’s cloudy out today and the snow should start falling at anytime but I was able to get a few pictures out on the ice.  You can’t see the quilting but the colors really pop with the ice as the background. 

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Here is a picture of the backing, a fun bright batik print.


The ice is nicely polished by the wind right now and crystal clear.  I could actually see the bottom of the ice and it is deeper than I thoughts…must be closer to 4 feet thick now.  The large cracks do not go all the way down so it is hard to see in the photos.  

This picture reminds me of a lightening bolt!


Those fine wispy cracks at the surface at the ones that I have seen/heard form when I’ve walked on the ice when shovelling. 



  1. Wouldn't that last photo of yours be nice in a fabric print like that? A lovely quilt with beautiful quilting. C

  2. both of John's quilts are beautiful! I never tire of seeing your quilting and the ice as a backdrop.

  3. That's a really nice light custom job, Kathy - Very interesting while still being quite open for wonderful drape and comfort in use.

  4. The quilt is so beautiful and you made it perfect with your quilting.
    As always I just love to look at your pictures.

  5. The ice is intriguing! Love your quilt job and love John's quilt.

  6. Beautiful quilting! Love what you did in the little squares. So simple, but it really makes them pop out.

  7. You do such a great job quilting. The quilting on John's Minnesota Homecoming perfectly compliments the beauty of his piecing - perfect combination of builder and quilter. Thanks for sharing! The ice... is very cool to see and gives me chills thinking about standing on it. Four feet thick? Wow!

  8. What a beautiful quilt. I will now have to go back and find the original in the Quiltmaker magazine. I don't remember seeing anything that beautiful in there. Thanks to you for showcasing your work and your clients. I really enjoy seeing them all.

  9. Another fantastic result!

    What I would love to see as well as your quilts is a picture of you. Outside in all this ice and snow. I'm wondering what you wear out there.

    Linda - in hot dry Taupo NZ

  10. hi Kathy as always, beautiful quilting. Roberta,

  11. I love this quilt and your quilting enhances it perfectly! He must be thrilled! The backing is wonderful and fits perfectly! Yum! Yum!!!

  12. Wow beautiful quilt, quilting and backdrop......can't get any better than that for showing people what quilting is all about. You help to beautify the world.

  13. Wow, such a fantastic quilt. I love your work. so much.

    Greetings from Germany, Grit