This quilt was made by the Manitoba Prairie Quilters, a Quilt Guild in Winnipeg. They made a beautiful New York Beauty style quilt with flowing hand appliqued feather leaves. This will be their next raffle quilt at their 2018 Quilt Show. The quilt was inspired by a photo of a quilt made by Kathy Martin called Rob’s Quilt, here is a link to the quilt. Joan Dupuis-Neal, a MPQ member, created a foundation pattern using EQ7 and many members helped in making the blocks. Joan assembled the blocks and then hand appliqued the feather leaves with help from Karen McConkey.
Since this is a raffle quilt I had to think of ways to keep the cost of quilting down but still quilt it in the way that will highlight the piecing and add texture. One way that really saves time is to use only one thread across the top. I picked a 100wt Invisafil #217 which blending in beautifully with all the batik fabrics. I also didn’t do any heavy background fill but instead added ‘ghost’ feather leaves around the applique as well as quilted free hand feather wreaths in the open areas.
I stitched in the ditch around all the New York Beauty circles and spikes and added a curved element to the center. I alternated with two different designs in the background of the spikes for added interest. I used The Quilted Pineapple Curved Templates in 4 different sizes, as well as the small QP Edge Ruler. I used the QP BFF curved ruler to aid in SID around all the appliqued feather leaves.
I made a template of the feather applique shape and used a chalk pencil to mark the ‘ghost’ shapes flowing from the applique.
We had a visitor walk by our place on the lake the other night and he left his footprints in the snow. Looks to be a medium sized black bear from the size of those claw prints! And just the other night I was running around on the ice taking pictures of the northern lights! Think I’ll stay closer to home now!
Good Luck to the MPQ’s on this great fundraiser! I’ll be sure to buy tickets when I go to the Quilt Show next spring, it really looks great on my bed! :)