Hand Applique - Custom Machine Quilting by Natalia Bonner

Emmy made this beautiful hand applique quilt. Emmy is my grandma, and I remember watching her carry these beautiful blocks around with her as she hand stitched each one of them. They are beautiful and her work is amazing!

Emmy has always loved hand quilting, and the hand quilted look, so when she asked me to machine quilt this gorgeous quilt I knew that it needed to have a hand quilted look.

I decided to machine quilt cross-hatching in the background of each of the blocks, outline all of the applique and then stitch straight lines in all of the sashing and borders. 
I used Quilters Dream Wool batting for the extra loft, and really add to that antique, hand quilted look.
I love machine quilting, but being able to machine quilt a quilt like this, that I know my grandma put so much time and effort into is so special to me.

Thanks for letting me machine quilt your beautiful quilt grandma!!

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. Love, love, love this hand quilted look!!

  2. SucH a beautiful quilt. And your quilting really enhances the amazing appliqué and piecing.

  3. So lucky to share this passion with your grandmother. This quilt is beautiful.

  4. This is the most beautiful quilt I've ever seen. I could look at it all day!

  5. What a wonderful quilt and great treasure for you to be able to quilt. Beautiful !!!


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