Coxcombs and Berries in THE QUILTER (December 2011/January 2012)

The traditional Coxcomb patterns date back to the 1860’s.  I was able to locate online one made in 1853 by Elizabeth E. Stark of Kansas.  You will notice that Mrs. Stark’s quilt is made in the red/green, not uncommon from that period in history.

I used fabrics from Henry Glass‘ Love-Joy-Peace-Noel collection to make  a playful Christmas version of this traditional pattern.  Navy is introduced into the traditional red/green mix.  The quilt is featured in The Quilter‘s December 2011/Jauary 2012 issue.


Some dense quilting (feathers, McTavishing) is thrown into the mix too!  Quilting is done unmarked and free-handed, using Aurifil Mako 50 Cotton threads over Hobbs Tuscany Silk Batt.


This is how the back looks.  The editorial staff at THE QUILTER kindly included a full shot of the quilt back in the magazine spread.


Applique was done using the machine fusible method.  I used Steam-A-Seam2 by Warm Company.


Buttons and a yoyo contributed to the playful elements of this quilt:


I was very happy at how this quilt turned out.  It is one of my all-time favorites.  You will understand why I will be using it only for display and not at the table, won’t you? :)  Thanks so much for stopping by.  Christmas cheer to all of you!

53 thoughts on “Coxcombs and Berries in THE QUILTER (December 2011/January 2012)

  1. Oh, good… it finally worked this time! Hi Wendy!
    As for the quilt? Sigh…
    Another beauty! The quilting is superb, as always.
    And I also noticed in the magazine article “that Wendy has never entered a quilt show.” Really? You should!!!
    Christmas Blessings to you…

  2. OHH…it´s great………..the colours the quilting it´s all so great.Thanks for sharing it with us.It certainly can´t be used in any way…….it seems to MEway too PRECIOUS.
    GREAT JOB DONE.
    Quiltyhugs from Spain

  3. It’s just gorgeous. I saw this in the magazine and it’s beautiful. Your quilting just makes a person’s heart sing!
    I love these fabrics too and I would only use it for display myself:)

    Blessings,
    Sue

  4. I really love what you have done to this piece….and especially to the quilting and the stunning back portion of the quilt…I wish I have that talent and patience to do something like that….

  5. Your quilt is amazing! I love the fabrics and the hand quilting is exceptional! The buttons are a great embellishment and your buttonhole stitch is perfection!
    Thanks so much for sharing this quilt!

    • I’ll be subscribing to your feed for sure. I’m left breathless as a result of the amazing insights on your website. You really cleared this question up for me. I’m going through some of these same problems as well.

  6. Oh my gosh is that cute! I love the buttons ! You made it beautiful and playful.
    Then we can discuss the back. How in the world do you do such beautiful free
    hand work. It is gorgeous! I truly love it!

    • I truly believe your article demands a lot more consideration. I’ve been looking almost everywhere online for this information. I really had no idea any of this was happening before visiting this blog. I’ve never done this for myself but I have been told by friends that it can be really helpful. I am impressed. It is about time that you and I spoke directly. I’d really love to talk to you about some of the points you’ve discussed here.

  7. So beautiful. The quilting is as always inspiring! I think those buttons were a stroke of genius to update this block! One of those things that surprises me when I see it, love how much it makes sense & then wish I was creative like that! Well done.

  8. What a gorgeous work of art. Truly, I just want to sit and stare at it. If I was in the same room with this quilt, I would run my hands over each and every stitch line…and then I’d hang it for display. It’s too pretty to use! :) Beautiful…stunningly beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing. Happy Saturday, sweet friend! :)

  9. The quilt is just “beautiful!” You did a fantastic job…where do you find the time to do all that you do?? Awesome!

  10. words can’t describe this quilt. I don’t know how you get sooo much done….
    and your quilt and quilting is just to die for……

  11. One word…. Breathtaking!

    I found your blog from SewCalGal as she is hosting the 2012 FMQ Challenge and you were listed as one of the wonderful FMQ Experts! I am signed up and so ready for January 2012 to arrive. I can’t wait too see what you have up your sleeve. Thank you for all you do. Kim

  12. A stunning quilt! You have added so many little details that have really enhanced the look of this quilt. So nice that they included a picture of the back. Wow!

  13. Catching up on your posts… eye-popping quilting is what I’m seeing here. Awesome. Simply awesome is all I can say. If it’s possible for you to improve, you are! This is amazing.

    It’s lovely to know you had a good Thanksgiving and that picture of Miss Baby and her cousin is precious. Now don’t stress out about gift-making and giving, sewing/smocking new clothes, and such. Instead, as I know you will do, take in the beauty of this blessed season and enjoy.

  14. Love this quilt. Especially the buttons.

    I love how you took the block and made your own design. Maybe if I would quit looking at blogs and design quilts, I could make my own designs instead of everyone elses. lol

    There are just too many beautiful quilts out there that I want to make.

  15. hi Wendy, just opened my emails of the last 3 days and and saw your AWSOME creation, soooo beautiful, you are an inspiration to us all, warm regards, Petronella

  16. Hi Wendy, I hope all is well with you and family. ;-) It has been a long time since you last posted. I love your quilt. I love all of your beautiful quilting. ;-) Happy Holidays and a happy and healthy 2012. with bee-hugs, Debby

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