MCM #32 – Quilty Friends, Feathers, & Fun

Wow. This week there is so much to crush on for Main Crush Monday. But before I start, let me apologize to everyone who linked up last week. I didn’t visit everyone’s blog (something I always try to do) because after Monday, my week ran away with me.

Tuesday I had a, um, not so pleasant visit with an oral surgeon. It’s not his fault the visits aren’t pleasant. He’s a perfectly nice guy (and a real cutie pie too!) But after our visit and for the rest of the week I spent a lot of time in a drugged stupor waiting for the pain and swelling to go away. Every time I tried to read a blog post or email I fell asleep. There are now more than 1600 emails in my inbox. Mostly junk, but hidden amongst them are little gems that I can’t wait to find.

Piano keys and feathers free motion quilting

But all is better now – I was actually able to eat real food on Sunday, so now I’m a happy camper. 🙂

On Saturday I had the pleasure of meeting two of my blogging friends in person. Tish of TishnWonderland and Dave The Quilt Engineer came for a visit to my LQS and I was able to meet up with them.


How cute is her smile?!

We had a great visit, chatting about all things quilting, in the middle of a quilt shop and surrounded by scads of fabric. Tish played on some of the long arm machines in the shop and Dave bought fabric for Yvonne’s Snowflake Shimmer Quilt-Along. They are a wonderful couple and I can’t wait to visit with them again!

Let me just say: It is sooo fun to meet in person that someone behind the emails, comments, text messages, and phone calls. If you have an online quilty friend, I encourage you to try to get together. It is so uplifting. Julie – you are next!! 🙂

Even though I spent much of last week in a fog, I was able to finish the quilting on a charity quilt for the Wanna Bee Quilters Guild. The design is a disappearing four patch, and I love that they kept the colors to red and white.

Red & White Disappearing Four PatchAt first I was a bit stumped on how I was going to quilt it. I usually do an edge to edge design for this group, but those big white spaces were just begging for something custom and I *had* to do it.

You know me and feathers….I have a love/hate relationship with them. I love them, but am a bit scared to do them. After working on a couple of practice pieces, we decided that feathers in a circle would be the design to use. So, I dived right in and started.

FMQ Feathers in a CircleI’m pretty pleased with the way they look. More practice is needed for size consistency, but overall they look okay. This design would have been beautiful stitched with a red thread – it really would have popped in that white space. That will have to wait until I am more comfortable stitching those feathers.

I stitched easy diagonal lines in the red blocks for two reasons – to keep the cost of the quilting down and to keep the quilt soft and cuddly. It worked. I would love to snuggle up with this quilt. It is so soft and has a wonderful drape.

Disappearing four patch red and white quilt

For the border, I stitched a piano key design. I have used this design a few times on other projects and will definitely use it again. I love how it just perfectly finishes a quilt border. If you’re curious, I used my HQ Versa-Tool ruler for the border. It’s the handiest little ruler! I use it more than any other I own.

Piano keys and feathers free motion quiltingThis beauty was mailed back to the guild today so they can start selling tickets. It will be auctioned this fall and I’m excited to buy my ticket for a chance to win! 🙂

I hope you had a chance last week to visit all the bloggers who participated in the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop. You can find a list of them here, and the FREE pattern for the paper-pieced table topper I shared is available in my Craftsy shop. Go grab your copy!

This week I have a purple/white log cabin quilt to quilt for a customer, and lots of tomato juice to can. I would also love to find time to work a little on my twelve year quilt but that’s probably pushing it. It’s going to be a busy week!

Now, on to you and your crushes. I promise to visit each and every one of you who link up this week, so let’s see what you are working on! You can link up any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic – here’s how:

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About Beth

I'm a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get "licking the spoon" mixed up with "licking the fabric"!!
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19 Responses to MCM #32 – Quilty Friends, Feathers, & Fun

  1. Helen says:

    Sorry you haven’t been well and lovely for tish and yourself to meet up ! I’m looking forward too to seeing Yvonne’s quilt . Oh , and I love your red and white quilt

  2. dezertsuz says:

    I’m so sorry your week last week involved an interaction with oral surgery. Ugh! I’m surprised you were able to quilt at all! Your feathers look good to me. That is a lovely quilt, and I know it will sell many tickets. You never need to feel that you must visit when I link. It’s perfectly okay if time runs out on you. I know how that happens!

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  4. Vic in NH says:

    Super quilting job and you even did it when you were not at your best. My sympathies for visits to an oral surgeon, ugh!

  5. Sandra says:

    It is GOING to happen! The stars are aligning along with the quilty friends….Anyhow back to the quilt: YUSSS! as Judy of Quilt Paradigm would write, the feathers in a circle were exactly what the quilt wanted. I’m mad at you though I’ll have you know…you got to meet Tish before me!! 😉

  6. Alycia says:

    Oh I hate it when teeth cause problems – it affects everything! Glad you are feeling better

  7. Paige says:

    Looks like ya’ll had a great visit, that’s wonderful! Beautiful job on the feather wreaths quilting. And thanks for hosting the party!

  8. That red and white quilt is so pretty, and your quilting is a perfect blend of affordability and charm. I happen to like feathers that vary in size and shape. They have personality, and show the hand of the quilter – perfection is for computers!

  9. Susan says:

    That is one pretty quilt! You did a great job quilting it, and I don’t think you should be afraid of feathers – the wreaths look awesome! Hope you sell a lot of tickets.

  10. Tish says:

    Beth, it was so much fun to meet up with you! I hope that we can do it again sometime…soon. I’m glad you were feeling better after your week of dental trouble. I HATE going to the dentist if it involves needles. There isn’t enough “make you silly” medicine in the world. And you ROCKED those circle feathers!

  11. Has anyone mentioned you and Tish look like sisters? Sounds like a fun time! Pretty red and white quilt!

  12. Cindy says:

    Getting to meet Tish and Dave how special. Love the red and white.

  13. Vicki in MN says:

    How wonderful you got to meet Tish and Dave! I agree meeting in person is awesome!! I totally get the oral surgeon stuff and being in a fog…been there done that, HATE!

  14. Preeti says:

    Not sure what I hate more – dentist or the gynecologist. It would have to be the latter since it is both painful and embarrassing. Glad you are back to normal. Love the red/white quilt, but your smiles (both you and Tish) are the highlight of this post. May be next time, I can join you 🙂

  15. Karen Goad says:

    I can relate – I had dental work done last week too and my mouth is still a little sore! not my favorite place to be!

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  17. Kate says:

    Glad you are feeling better, oral surgery is no fun. Though I wish I could claim drugged stupor causes me to fall asleep when I read blogs, some days that just happens naturally! The raffle quilt turned out beautifully, great combination of quilting and piecing. It should sell a lot of tickets.

  18. The quilting looks great. That is a great photo. I’m so glad to hear that you are feeling better now!


  19. I am so sorry to hear that you spent a lot of last week in a fog, Beth. I am so glad to hear that you are back to solid food and feeling better. Getting to visit with Tish and Dave sounds like an absolute delight; I love the smiles on BOTH of your faces! 🙂

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