How many starts and stops make a quilt ?

This is an amazing quilt. Raw edge applique with 20" blocks...truly a work of art.
The pattern is Dear William by Michele Hill.

Lynne Hartman is the talented appliquer. A true treasure Lynne calls "A Day With Dear William". And the William Morris Fabric she chose is simply beautiful. So much work and precision went into her vision, it is really an honor and I am so thankful she chose me to machine quilt it for her. 

You have heard me say many times, sometimes a quilt deserves more! Well Dear William you got it!



Dear William Quilt from Michele Hill Machine Quilting by Sally Terry
Dear William Pattern from Michele Hill Pieced by Lynne Hartman
Machine Quilting Design by Sally Terry


Dear William Quilt Block Closeup from Michele Hill Machine Quilting by Sally Terry
Dear William Pattern Block from Michele Hill Pieced by Lynne Hartman
Machine Quilting Design by Sally Terry


Dear William Quilt Closeup from Michele Hill Machine Quilting by Sally Terry
Dear William Pattern from Michele Hill Pieced by Lynne Hartman
Machine Quilting Design by Sally Terry free motion feathers between the block's applique.

Free Motion Quilting in and around all those small areas was made easier using Free Motion Feathers. In fact there was very little marking. The main design in the blocks alternated with stitched circles and squares around the center circled motif. 

Dear William Quilt Closeup from Michele Hill Machine Quilting by Sally Terry
Dear William Quilt Closeup from Michele Hill Machine Quilting by Sally Terry

Because Lynne wants to enter her quilt in Quilt Shows, there are many many starts and stops to accomplish the proper machine quilting to complete her vision. Couldn't even begin to count how many. Dear William was on the frame for 5 days-- starting and stopping took a lot of time. I used 5-6 tiny stitches in a row to secure the quilt threads, in tighter places I stitched over the original stitching several times. Everything was Fray Checked as well.



To make it easier, chose traditional cotton thread matchine the white background fabric that had a little bit of fuzz to it and a fine cotton bobbin thread that would grab the fabric making starts and stops less noticeable since the threads grabbed thread and fabric at the same time. Imagine how many hours it would take just to bury threads for one block....I can't even think about it.

It is a great quilt Lynne, beautifully appliqued. Watch for it at the upcoming shows, this is stunning. BRAVO!!!

If you are new to machine quilting feathers this may help


New to machine quilting feathers?


A few of us DO suffer from machine quilting feather anxiety.




This applies to all machine quilters, no matter if you sit down at a traditional domestic machine or stand up at a long arm.


While teaching free motion feathers with the Badland's Quilt Guild many said their first concern was their fear of not being able to do it.... 😯😨 oh me - oh my!


I remember making everyone go to the other side of the room as I tried to quilt my first feathers in a long arm class...afraid?... I was petrified to even press the ON button!!!!! Nail Biting Time.


Because of that feeling, all my classes, workshops and online videos are developed from the point of  view that "you never have to copy me to be successful". I am sure that these machine quilting patterns and techniques all result from that pit in your stomach, hold your breath, scared feeling. Even standing in front of you during a demo class, those threadpaths, especially feathers have to be perfect.


So here is my advice to all of you who suffer from machine quilting feather anxiety.




  • Make your feathers small.
  • Work in small areas where your feathers will naturally be small.
  • Separate your feathers with a small space in between so you don't have to worry about being directly on the line when backtracking.
  • Highlight a small area of feathers within a larger pattern.
  • Use a non-backtracking feather like the Hooked on Feathers.
  • Choose asymmetrical patterns so you are not quilting mirrored images.





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The more you machine quilt the Terry Twist Patterns, the more they amaze you!!!

And they are sooo different every time you use them in a block, then a sashing, then a border.

Here is an edge-to-edge. Stitched the TT spines 9 blocks across and 2 blocks deep in one continuous line. Then went back and used the TT spines and feathered about 2" away on each side of the spine.  This left some wonderful open areas and gave this king size quilt some puffy texture :)

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