Free Motion Friday - Patrice's Quilt

FREE MOTION FRIDAY! Happy Friday! I'm actually on vacation at the moment -- a week snowboarding in Banff!! I'm writing this just hours before leaving, so forgive me if my brain is already on vacation.

Today, Patrice's Quilt

quiltPatrice sent this quilt, and says,

I was reading about your Free Motion Friday and that perhaps I can send you a picture of a quilt and you might push me in a particular direction.

So here is the background.  I am a relatively new quilter but can make my way around the longarm.  I quilted this quilt for my son Michael who is in the US Navy and a huge Ohio State fan as a gift for his most recent return from deployment.  I'm stumped on how to quilt it.  Can you help me get started?

Of course I can help you get started :D

I've been in a feather mood. So in my heart I want to put feathers everywhere...


But it's a sports quilt for a dude, so probably not appropriate. So I'd probably fillt he background and the center of the "O" with my diamonds-- the tutorial for them can be found HERE.  I think they are appropriately sporty. But my brain is on vacation, so I didn't draw it out. Sorry. And I promise, they aren't as hard as they look.


Then, we'll keep it nice and simple on the rest of the quilt, with some dot-to-dot in the (crazy awesome) checkerboard border.

quilt3And in the "O" I echoed it, then filled with whatever fill you like to do... I went with swirls...

I'd stitch in the ditch around the grey areas, but not quilt inside them.

I actually love this quilt. I want to make a big "R" for Rocky  now. And quilt it to death :D

Remember, if you want your quilt to be part of Free Motion Friday (and why wouldn't you? It's so much fun!) email a picture of it to kathleen(at)

Later days! Kathleen.