Machine Quilting An Applique Quilt by Natalia Bonner

Over the summer I custom machine quilted this beautiful applique quilt that was made by Martha. Over the last few years I've machine quilted a few of these beautiful quilts and each time I've quilted one I've been so amazed by all of the gorgeous hand applique. Truly a work of art.

Because the applique is really the focal on this quilt I chose to make my machine quilting secondary, I really wanted Martha's applique and hand work to pop and my machine quilting to become the secondary design.

I chose to quilt a combination of pebbles, swirls, clams and occasionally a feather in the background. I really love how this quilt turned out. (I teach, step-by-step how to quilt each of these motifs in my book; Beginner's Guide to Free-Motion Quilting.)
In each of the four corners I also quilted a fun little feather swag. I really love machine quilting feathers and I love the little bit of extra detail that they added to the border. 

Thanks for letting me machine quilt these beautiful quilts Martha!

I used Quilters Dream Batting and SoFine! 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 Free-Motion Quilting Feathers.

I'm a Craftsy instructor, check out my class; Free-Motion Motifs for Classic Blocks.


  1. Wow!!! Incredible work. I don't appliqué and so this is especially fantastic to me. What an honour, Natalia, that people bring you quilts like this for you to work your magic on!!

  2. I'm in the process of quilting a beautiful hand- appliquéd quilt made by a customer of mine. Her work is SO beautiful. Thanks for sharing pictures of your work!

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  4. The applique is stunning and the quilting enhances so well. I love the corner border feathers!

  5. Beautiful!! The applique shines and then when you look closer you see it is complimented by the beautiful quilting :-)


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