Welcome to those of you visiting from the Bloggers’ Quilt Festival! Today I’m sharing one of my all-time favorite quilts. I made this a couple of years ago for my dad. It commemorates his years in Boy Scouts, including shirts from his Cub Scout day camp, Philmont, and Wood Badge. It was also a huge milestone for me. I started out as a hand quilter, and this quilt was my first real attempt at seeing how far I could push my machine quilting skills.
The eagle applique at the top was inspired by Sarah Ann Smith’s book, Threadwork Unraveled. I had never attempted thread painting before, but it was tons of fun.
For the quilting in the sashing and borders, I used an all-over pebbling design. I used over a thousand yards of blue thread. In the sashing, I quilted the words of the scout law in the negative space, quilting the pebbles around stickers I made of each letter. Hopefully this will show up in the following pictures.
In the border around the quilt, I used the same technique to quilt the Scout Oath. Here you can see the first line, “On my honor.” All of the quilting was done on my Janome Memorycraft 6600 machine. Have I mentioned before how much I LOVE that machine?! You can double-click on any of these pictures to see them larger.
If you haven’t already, be sure to check out all the amazing quilts in the festival at Amy’s Creative Side.
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