Military Patch Quilt - Custom Machine Quilting by Natalia Bonner

Ashley made this beautiful military patch quilt and sent it to me for some custom machine quilting

This beautiful, and very meaningful quilt was made for a military widow.  Her husband was in the Air Force and died when his F-16 crashed on Dec. 1, 2014. I don't know what all of the patches mean, but being able to custom machine quilt this beautiful and very meaningful quilt was an honor for me.

There are a few unquilted spots. Ashley will add a few more patches to those areas.

When Ashley sent me this quilt and told me the meaning behind it, she also told me how the widow is younger and maybe a bit more modern, so she asked me to keep that in mind when machine quilting this quilt.

I decided to keep the machine quilting very crisp and also continue the pattern in the center of the quilt out into the larger borders. There borders are pretty wide and I knew that by bringing the center design out into the border it would really tie the quilt together nicely.

I really love how this quilt turned out. In the background, around all of the patches I alternated designs, quilting swirls and pebbles, they really helped make the patches pop. Then in the border I quilted swirls in the negative areas.

I really love how it turned out! Thanks for letting me machine quilt this beautiful quilt Ashley!

I used Quilters Dream Batting and So Fine! thread by Superior Threads.

Click here for more information about having me machine quilt for you. 

My machine quilting is done on a Gammill 22" Long-Arm Quilting Machine.

For more machine quilting tips and tricks check out my books; Beginner's Guide to Free-Motion Quilting Next Steps in Machine Quilting and Visual Guide to Machine Quilting Feathers.


  1. Hello! Can you tell me how Ashley put the patches on the quilt? You quilted around the patches, correct? Wonderful project - best I've seen. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Beautiful quilting and will be so cherished by the owner. This would be an idea for a police officer or even Boy Scout.

  3. A unique post, ever seen!! Thanks for make us part for it. Keep Sharing more and more!!


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