Gwen’s Scrappy Delight: Final sneak peeks

Happy Monday, Friends!  We came through Irene alright.  While our thoughts and prayers are still with those who met Irene up close and personal, I am thankful to God for His mercy and protection, and for those of you who prayed for my little family and the communities surrounding us.  My mind is still processing the whole event, and the one thought that keeps churning in my mind is that it could have been a lot worse.  Fearing we would lose power (which we didn’t – another huge thankful item on our list), I raced against time to finish Gwen’s Scrappy Delight.


I experimented free-hand feather quilting for 6″ bands on this quilt.  Verdict is that I didn’t like it because:  #1 Visibility is an issue when there is that much width involved for the feather plumes using a domestic machine, and #2 Control wasn’t ideal compared to when I quilt a smaller area.  I find that my ideal quilting window using my Bernina is about 3″, maybe 4″ max.


I think my favorite part is that shade of brown used for the binding.  It just looks so warm and cozy, like a good cup of coffee!


I end today’s post with a verse from the hymn I had sung to Miss Baby last Friday, and found great comfort in those words – especially as I look back and ponder on the rather eventful week I have had.

Jesus! what a Guide and Keeper!
While the tempest still is high,
Storms about me, night o’ertakes me,
He, my Pilot, hears my cry.
Hallelujah! what a Savior!  Hallelujah! what a Friend!
Saving, helping, keeping, loving, He is with me to the end.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a blessed week!

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31 thoughts on “Gwen’s Scrappy Delight: Final sneak peeks

  1. Amen! We’ve been glued to the tv watching Irene. I can remember when Flossie was headed directly at us. This small town was inundated with news people and their cameras. Our little cafe could not keep up feeding everyone; we waited two hours for breakfast. But Flossie fizzled and the next day the town was back to normal–slow and sleepy.

    But this quilt looks marvelous. Feathers are good–it keeps you warm.

  2. So glad your family is safe and sound with the storm long gone. I love these feathers and they look gorgeous on this quilt. I hear your discomfort quilting this larger space on a DSM but you did right by this quilt. I love that shade of cocoa brown in the binding too.

  3. Your quilting looks fabulous Wendy although trying to do big feathers must be a challenge, you succeeded. I’m so glad you’re all ok and that you haven’t lost power.

  4. I must say your work always looks wonderful. Someday I’ll learn to quilt…grin…maybe.

    Glad you guys are safe. Thanks for sharing the song with us and reminding us we are not alone.

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  5. Glad you faired well through the Irene blast. This new quilt really is looking good! Love that portion of the hymn!
    Have a great week…

  6. I’m confused…I thought you lived in Arkansas (or nearby to there) which is nowhere near where Irene went. It is roaring outside my window as I type (and the lights are now threatening going out…sigh!) Lovely feathers, Wendy.

  7. I’m so glad the storm has passed and you and your family were kept safe from harm. Your freehand feathers are sublime, by the way — the plumes almost look like rolling waves from Irene. There is beauty to be found in everything, if we look hard enough! :-)

  8. I’m so glad you all are safe. My son in RI lost power and Internet this morning and so far it is not back on yet. I don’t know if his workplace has power or not — his job depends on it so I guess he’ll have to see in the morning.

    The quilt is very cute!

    Love that hymn!

  9. Glad you came through the storm okay. Our temps hit 110 yesterday and we have a drought. The weather has been extreme this year. I love your quilting. I am sure you are your own worst critic.

  10. We spent 48 hours without power (in NC) but thankfully no lasting damage. I cut pieces for my next quilt by oil lamp and cleaned out and refolded my stash! Your quilting as always is so beautiful and inspiring. What is your basting method?

  11. The quilting looks lovely ! And the fabrics make me think of chocolate and raspberry, delicious. Hallelujah, what a Savior—great to be passing on the hymns to Miss Baby I hear so rarely these days.

  12. So glad to read that you came through Irene so easily. The verse you read to Miss Baby was so appropriate for the event.

    Your feathers look beautiful on your quilt and the border color is luscious.

  13. What a relief that Irene has passed by. I’m so glad. As for your quilting, this is beautiful. I can imagine the challenge of making six-inch passes for each feather, but you did a marvelous job anyway. You must have added the last bit of quilting after the quilt was bound, right? Love the little every-other-curls along that edge. That’s a very clever idea. Hope your week is a little slower and less stressful.

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  16. So glad to hear all is well! I think the feathers look beautiful but I can see why the 6″ would be an issue. You are right about the contrast of the binding- it’s so pretty!

  17. So good to hear you are alright and came through safe. So sad to see and hear how some others didn’t fair so well. We will just pray things settle quickly and everyone gets home. You may feel feathers weren’t ideal but I’d love to have mine look as good.

  18. I am so thankful you and your family escaped the worst part pf the storm. God be with you. Seeing it on TV just brought tears to my eyes. all of the centuries, old beautiful homes. such devastation to them and to all of the other homes as well., and property.

    Liked the quilting on your quilt, and fabric. Very soft and warm
    colors.

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