Quilting Holly and Swirls

Here's a blast from the Christmas past. A custom quilt for a local quilter from 2 years ago.

Here's a video of stitching holly leaves and swirls in the pieced portion of the embroidered blocks.

I wasn't sure if it would be visible via the video, since usually I stick to contrasting thread and fabric for videos. I'm so glad to be able to kill two birds with one stone, so to say!

A still pic of the quilting above and remember this guy, below? He and his friends have been all stitched up.

The puckers around the embroidery disappeared easily as I quilted around these cool cats. I used monopoly to stitch around the embroidery so I could stitch right over the whiskers and little claws.

free motion quilting

I'm stitching a little floor for each kitty, using a few different designs. I do hope this first time customer likes what I've done!

 Are you in need of a little gag gift for your quilt guild's Christmas meeting? I saw this up at my local Janome dealer's shop! Embroidered toilet paper! I wonder if I could quilt some toilet paper with the same method? It involves several layers of TP plus some good tear-away stabilizer.

The count down to Christmas has begun! I hope I can get everything done that really needs to be done on my list without becoming too busy to enjoy the meaning behind Christmas.


  1. Trying to learn WHAT is best to use for marking quilts to quilt. I have just pretty heavily used the Frizion pens and now learn NOT A GOOD THING. What do you use????
    Please help.
    Deacon Dottie

    1. I use the tried and true blue or purple markers. Or chalk for dark colors (mechanical pencils like Bohin too) My favorite are the purple ones, but you've got to work fast with them sometimes!