I knew exactly what I wanted to quilt on Tammy’s Courthouse Steps quilt, Back and Forth Feathers! I usually use this design on quilts with an “on point” design, click here for an example.
Even though this quilt is straight set, the courthouse step design creates it’s own on point design.
The back reveals the on point quilting design better than the front!
A little pinwheel is created where the back and forth feathers come together. I love secondary patterns and this quilt has many.
Back and forth feathers adds great quilting detail and texture, yet, it’s still soft and cuddly!
Thanks! Linda 🙂
After seeing this quilt by Marilyn, I developed my quilting design called “back and forth feathers” and quilted it on several other quilts, Marty’s, Drew and Abby’s, and Rainbows‘ first, before Marilyn brought hers to me for quilting.
Update: The pattern for this quilt is “Do The Twist” by This & That.
The quilting uses the blocks as guidelines creating secondary designs. It’s a feather design with a modern twist. The blocks in Marilyn’s quilt are much larger that the other quilts but the designs still works.
The pieced back is awesome! This quilt could be reversible!
How do you know if it’s a longarm quilter? Because they are always showing their backs!
The batting is Quilter’s Dream Poly and the thread is Superior Threads So Fine #50.
When I saw this quilt I knew exactly what to quilt. We opted for echoed feathers in the border and curling c’s in the narrow borders. The body of the quilt is what I call back and forth feathers, creating a secondary pattern around the 1/2 log cabin fabrics. I like to match the top thread and bobbin thread and in this case that’s where you can see the quilting detail best because of the contrasting thread. It becomes a reversible quilt because Marty pieced a really fun backing.
When Drew and Abby set their wedding date a year and half ago, I was very excited because that would give me lots of time to make a very special quilt for them! I did not want to make a king size quilt so opted for a lap size knowing that it was doable. Abby is so artistic and creative which inspired me to start making “wonky” or irregular log cabin blocks with all the batik scraps left over from many other quilts. I sorted the fabrics into color groups to organize for sewing the logs from the same color family. I should have taken a picture while I was sewing, my whole sewing room was covered with little piles of fabric!! I wanted to quilt it with back and forth feathers which works best set on point. And then decided to leave off the corner setting triangles leaving the non traditional shape. Even though I had all this time to sew, I still was finishing the blocks a couple weeks before the wedding and if my sister, Patty, had not encouraged me to keep at it, it would probably still be unfinished!! So, I stopped sewing blocks and the quilt became the size out of necessity. The small blocks that where left ended up in the pieced back. Enjoy the pictures, let me know what you think!
Lots of batiks!
Superior So Fine thread
back and forth feathers detail
great batik colors
No corner setting triangles
Little blocks for back
Barb of Rainbows and Calico Things quilt shop makes great quilts! Her fabric selection is awesome! Check out her quilt shop online or in person. Here’s one of her latest dubbed “Summer Fruits”. The placement of the greens and pinks make a super canvas for fun quilting and variegated thread. I decided to quilt it with “back and forth” feathers using the blocks as guides which creates another pattern with the stitching. The borders are quilted with separate designs and the zig zag inner border is quilted with double back and forth feathers. The batting is Quilter’s Dream 100% cotton.
Green and Pink Batiks
Curly borders and double feathers in zig zag detail
back and forth feathers
back and forth feathers detail
Borders and zig zag detail