Carolina Lily Quilting

My arm aches, my legs are tired, but the quilt is finished!! It came out very nice, a pretty quilt, if I do say so myself. May I present the finished Carolina Lily quilt:

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and the corner:

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I’m too tired to reposition it for a back view, please use your imagination- LOL! My next step is to trim it, then ship it off to its owner.

In case you are curious, I use 2 batts for the quilting to give it extra loft with the applique and alternating blocks.  The blank blocks I used a stencil pattern by Anita Shackelford. The edge triangle blocks, I simply quilted an undulating freehand feather and the edge border was my Carla freehand fill. No marking, I simply quilt a freehand design as I go. There was a reason I did this- the 4 borders were not even, so I wanted to quilt something that she could trim anywhere and it would still look good.

Onto the next quilt now. Hope you have enjoyed my approach to this quilt. I like doing custom quilts for special people- and this owner is a very sweet, southern lady. I’ll let you know what her reaction is when she receives it.

Enjoy your weekend! Carla

32 thoughts on “Carolina Lily Quilting

  1. Carla, that is absolutely stunning! Your feathers are so graceful, and your border freehand is just perfect, and really compliments the body of the quilt beautifully. your client will be blown away by it’s beauty and elegance. My hat is off to you!

  2. Oh my, Carla! You have created an heirloom for this lady! She is going to be absolutely blown away when she sees it. I’m blown away just looking at the photos. Thank you so much for sharing.

  3. Fabulous, I love this, I know how you feel, yes indeed….. I love your use of stencils and the simplicity in the lily block itself. perfect…….. We missed you at the show today, we spent alot of time with the IQ, I see one in my near future, my Mom thinks I should have one, hmmm a Christmas gift possibly?????? It was awesome, I had no idea how awesome it was…..

    What did you think of the batting combination, it is as i said one of my favorites, it looks great, a nice trapunto look without the cutaway labor is it heavy, sometimes with heavy quilting the thread can weigh it down. Great Job my friend!

  4. Carla, I think you did an incredible job with this quilt. Every design element you chose was perfect. I’ve used the double batting before too, it looks great. You deserve to put your feet up for a little while. Thank you for sharing the process.

  5. Awesome!!! Ditto the others. Thank you for sharing the progress and stunning completion. The owner will be humbled at your talent and generosity in sharing your skill on her top.

  6. I think it needs to get the binding on and then be entered in some shows……………….that is a ribbon winner for sure! Wow! Thanks for all the wonderful eyecandy along the way with this project.

  7. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! What was the other batting choice…you mentioned Hobbs poly but not the other….

    Thanks for sharing your work.


  8. Yummy, yummy, yummy! Carla, my friend, your artistic gifts never cease to amaze me. I always look forward to seeing what you’re up to, and this certainly didn’t disappoint! I am inspired by your creative ability to come up with new ideas!

  9. Wow! This is a bit of a departure from your freehand whimsy, but I can see the absolute stamp of “Carla” on this quilt! It is quite a statement for your artistic vision, and I agree– a show-winner, for sure! Thank you for sharing the journey with us.

  10. Thank you, again for your kind comments. It was a lot of work- LOL!

    Karen , you asked what the second batt was. I believe the customer sent Hobbs 80/20.

    I mailed off the package this morning, so it is on its way home!

    Hugs, Carla

  11. I’m blown away. It’s breathtaking! Thank you for sharing it! I was just cruising blogland and WoW! What a find! I’m not sure that I could send something so beautiful away…I might have to lie and say the dog ate it! LOL xooxm

  12. Stunning!!! You never cease to amaze me! What a lot of work — when she opens this quilt and sees it she’s just going to faint. You are so talented — and sweet too — what a great combination.


  13. I can see why she loved it! I have a Christmas Lily top that my Mom pieced for me that I haven’t quilted (it’s been at least a couple years). I really need to bring it out and quilt it although it won’t look nearly as nice as this one.

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  17. I just googled the internet to find border ideas for my Carolina Lily quilt and came across your photos. Was I surprised and pleased to see the exact pattern that I used! Your quilting is wonderful Now I’m tempted to go with plain borders except for dogtooth pieced borders framing the plain outer border. I am wondering if you used a polyester batt for the 2nd batt? And I think I saw Hobbs 80/20 for the 1st batt? Thanks for your help!

    • Hi Carol, this was a quilt for a dear friend many years ago. I cannot remember the exact batt, but you could certainly use Hobbs Poly or wool. Either would work well. Yes, Nancy provided me with Hobbs 80-20, but my preference would be for Quilter’s Dream Blend.

      This is a very old pattern, I know. This quilt went on the win 2 Best Machine Quiltings, 2 blue ribbons, too. I have a nice picture on the blog showing it hanging in one show with ribbons.

      I hope you will share your quilt when it is done, as I would love to see it, too. Good luck!! Carla

  18. Your quilt is beautiful! It is the exact pattern I have been searching and searching for. Would someone PLEASE share with me where I can purchase the pattern? It is an old pattern and I have been having much difficulty locating the exact pattern. There are several variations, but the one you made is the one I want to make for my 90 year old mother- this particular pattern is very important to her. Thanks for your help.

  19. Carla- I just realized I omitted the name of the quilt pattern I am looking for. I know you have probably made many more quilts by now and am wondering which one I meant. It is the Carolina Lily quilt pattern, one source said it was c.1930s Carolina Lily. Thanks!

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