Last October I made a quilt top that I wasn’t really in love with. It was the first top I pieced when I took up sewing again after a 10 year break.

In an effort to finish up all my unfinished projects and commitments, I basted this one and started quilting it on my new machine.  I thought it would be a good practice piece.

FMQ, Quilting, Pathways Quilt

It is always so exciting for me to see a quilt come to life once I actually start to quilt it.  I’m really proud of the way this one is looking and loving it more and more. I’ve chosen to do three quilting patterns in each block: loopy flower, stippling and loops. It looks like a lot, but there are only two starts and stops in each block.  Good thing, because there are 20 blocks! 🙂

Quilting Detail, Loops, Stippling, Flower

I am contemplating doing some matchstick quilting around each flower so they will ‘pop’ more – what do you think?

I have finished all the blocks (unless I add the matchstick) and am ready to move on to the borders. There’s a small 1″ wide brown border and then a larger 4″ outer border. For the thin border I’m just going to stitch in the ditch on both sides of the border.

For the outer border I’m going to — hold your breath! — quilt a feather design. Whoa! Talk about brave…..I’m taking Angela Walters Craftsy class Free Motion Quilting with Feathers.  So what better time than now to do what I’ve been practicing?

I’ll be sure to share my progress on this one. Hopefully the feathers work out as well as the rest of the quilting has.

Linking up with Needle & Thread Thursday – be sure to check out all the other great projects!