Margaret Solomon Gunn 2016Our long time columnist Margaret Solomon Gunn wrote yet another wonderful article for our March/April issue of MQU. She explains how to design beautiful feathers to fit wide borders, and as always it’s full of great information for our readers.



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If you’ve been to a quilt show in the last
few years you’ve no doubt seen some of Margaret’s gorgeous work in person, as she’s been winning major awards on a very regular basis. Lucky for us, her expertise and attention to detail are evident not only in her quilting, but also in every article she writes.

I asked Margaret where she finds her design inspiration. She replied “All over, simply. I am mostly a classic-type quilter, appreciating the simple combination of geometric designs, feathers, and unique fillers. I attached a photo of a new quilt I am working on.

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©2016 Margaret Solomon Gunn

These are cable feathers, and the inspiration for this type came from the simple twisted appliqué border on the quilt. Using the piecing, appliqué and sometimes the fabrics of the quilt as a starting point for the design brings cohesion between the quilting and the quilt top. You can also see tiny flowers at the centers, made from 3/8″ hexagons.  These tie the design back to the 21 fussy-cut hexagon plates that are appliqued onto the quilt. I like to think that my quilting is about simple, well-thought out, elegant details.

Until more recently, I always considered myself more of a quilt top maker than a quilter — loving the patterns and piecing, combining fabrics and colors, etc. As my quilting skills grew, I had to find a way to meld this very enjoyable part of the process with the quilting, which was clearly helping my quilts to shine. The trick is to utilize spaces that show off the quilting best — the solids, or my favorite, silk. It took 4 years of longarming before I was ready to put quilting onto a solid fabric to really let it show!”

Thanks Margaret! We’d love to hear from any of our readers who have used techniques they’ve learned from Margaret’s articles. Be sure to share it here or on our facebook page.

5 Responses to Feathered Designs for Wider Borders

  1. Angela, longarming is using a specialized sewing machine called a longarm to accomplish the quilting on a quilt. Instead of moving the quilt under the machine, the machine is on a track and is moved over the quilt, which is on a frame. If you do a search on it you’ll see many examples of what one of the machines looks like. Margaret does do incredible work for sure.

  2. I adore your quilts and envy your talents! You are definitely a master of your art. Do you sell your patterns or have any plans to do so in the future? I sure hope so.

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