Susan’s Terrific Trio

Life has had the nastiest habit of getting in my way this past year.  It seems like the older I get, the quicker time passes; it’s scary.  :\  I finished Susan’s first of these three quilts in May and am finally getting pictures of it to you today.

This first quilt was made as an end-of-the-year gift for the teacher of one of her sons.  You can’t see in this picture, but the black and white fabric is full of letters of the alphabet.  Those little white squares are quotes suitable for teachers.


Inside each of those colored arrows are words to describe the impact this very special teacher had on Susan’s son.

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This teacher is a Kansas City Royals fan, so one day she dressed up as a “Royal” Superhero.  Hence, the following block.


You know she must be a very special teacher to receive a gift with so much thought and care put into it.  I used to teach in the public schools, and, let me tell you, the end-of-the-year gifts we received were nothing compared to this.  Those of you who quilt know how much work was put into this quilt.  Are you jealous of this teacher?  Yeh, I am, too.

I am a little apprehensive to show you this next quilt of Susan’s.  For whatever reason, I have been second-guessing myself and my abilities the past few months.  I think I just need a break, which I plan on taking in July.  This is a small quilt, about 66 inch square, with a center medallion.  I guess I figured if I messed up anything around that medallion, it would be a total mess.  We decided to go with a matching color thread for the background of the medallion and simply outline the applique.  However, The big, honkin’ feathers that are quilted around that medallion are stitched with purple variegated thread.  That’s where my insecurities started creeping in.  Without further ado, here are the pictures.

Full shot


Center Medallion

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Big, honkin’ border with big, honkin’ feathers

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Narrow inside and outside borders quilted with leaves


More “fluff”

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It’s a very pretty quilt.  I hope I did it justice.

For this third quilt, the colors are bold, and the blocks are such that we figured an allover design would work best.


Susan wanted flowers that would be similar to the flowers in the fabric, so this is what I came up with.  See the flowers in the blue fabric?  I was trying to get it to look like that, but without layers, my quilting flopped.  So, I added layers of petals to the quilted flowers.

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Of course, the flowers needed some “friends” so I snuck a couple of surprises into the quilting.  You can see them better if you look at the backing fabric.IMG_3446 IMG_3448

What do you think?  Which one of the above quilts is your favorite?  And, why?





Author: cowtownquilts

Professional longarm quilter and thread artist in the Kansas City area.