American Stars - Custom Machine Quilting by Natalia Bonner

Ilene made this beautiful version of American Stars. The pattern for this quilt is from our book, Modern One-Block Quilts
When Ilene sent me this quilt I immediately knew that it could have some cool custom machine quilting.

Ilene actually pieced the original version for Kathleen and I, the gray and white version in our book. When I machine quilted the original version I chose to machine quilt an edge to edge chevron pattern, you can check out the original version here, I wanted the traditional looking stars on the original quilt to look more modern, and I believe that quilting can totally give a quilt a more modern feel. This version of Ilene's quilt needed to be something special, so I felt that the custom machine quilting would really help make this one extra special.
I chose to mix some ruler work with some free motion quilting and then I machine quilted feathers in the outer border. I really love how it turned out!
Thanks for letting me machine quilt your beautiful quilt Ilene!

When I machine quilted this quilt I used some of my favorite notions;
So Fine! & Bottom Line Thread by Superior Threads.
American Stars pattern can be found in Modern One-Block Quilts.

Click here for more information about having me machine quilt for you. 
For more machine quilting tips and tricks check out my books; Beginner's Guide to Free-Motion Quilting and Next Steps in Machine Quilting.


  1. That gorgeous quilting has really taken the quilt to a different level! Thanks for sharing the link to the other versions you made and quilted, it was very interesting to see the contrasts :)

  2. Wow - that is really beautiful, Natalia and Ilene!

  3. Love two color quilts and the quilting is amazing!


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