Patriotic Rail Fence Quilt

Last month I was talking to a fellow guild member and she happened to mention that she was working on a quilt for a lady that goes above and beyond to support our troops.   She also mentioned that she was under a time crunch to get it finished and she was worried about quilting it on her home machine.  The little hamster on my wheel started doing overtime. I had to volunteer to quilt it for her. I knew I could load it and quilt it much faster than pin basting and quilting on a domestic machine. She was super happy with the idea so it was meant to be.
I initially told her I would stipple it.  Here’s the thing….I just couldn’t bring myself to stipple this quilt.  I wanted it to be special since the recipient goes above and beyond to take care of our troops. After all, my hubby is one of those troops.
I pondered a few ideas and finally decided on a plan of action.  I only had 1.5 days to get it finished so I didn’t have a lot of time to ponder. Good thing my hamster was still working overtime because I like to ponder things for much longer.
Here’s a look at the finished quilt.
I quilted feathers in each rail fence block and alternated the direction of the feathers.  The directional feature is much easier to see on the back.
Originally, I planned on using red thread in the red fabric.  Roscoe had other ideas.  He was shredding the red thread faster than I could thread him.  So, I gave up and used white thread in the red and white fabric and blue thread on the blue fabric.
A close up of the feathers.
I love doing swirls in the borders.
I hope you enjoyed the pictures of this very special quilt.  I really enjoyed quilting it and I hope she loves it.  I know my guild friend was extremely happy with the quilting.  And she was pleasantly surprised since she expected stippling.
I’m on a roll…I’ve blogged 3 times in a week.  Woohoo!

12 thoughts on “Patriotic Rail Fence Quilt”

  1. Vicki, you enhanced the quilt with your superb quilting. The result is stunning…a fabulous quilt! Love the picture of the quilt on the fence!

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