WanderLust, Quilted

Yesterday morning when I looked at my Instagram feed, I saw something familiar, a photo on Coleen Barnhardt’s Instagram page very similar to this one:

WanderLust, quilting detail 1

Oh, joy! It meant Coleen, an award-winning longarm quilter (the Quilted Thistle), was working on my quilt WanderLust, made from Heather Peterson’s Spinners pattern (from the book On the Run Again).

Later in the day Coleen let me know she was finished, and off I rushed to claim the quilt. It’s actually a king-size bed runner (measuring 20″ x 88″ after quilting) so it was a bit difficult to photograph. Here are a few shots taken on my back lawn yesterday afternoon:


WanderLust front and back-001

I liked the floral fabric so much (it’s from Joel Dewberry’s Wander line, which is how this quilt got its name) that I made the bed runner reversible. Because of that I won’t put a label on it — but I may write some information on the back in very tiny letters.

Coleen’s free motion quilting is spectacular! Here are a few closeups:

Wanderlust quilting detail

WanderLust quilting detail 4

WanderLust, quilting detail 3

WanderLust, quilting detail 2
Coleen and I chose a pale khaki thread with sheen. Because the quilt is reversible, I asked her to use the same thread on the back:

WanderLust, quilting detail, back
The fern-y batik I used on the front of the quilt is all but gone from my stash. Fortunately, I have enough of the dotted batik from the back to use for the binding:

Wanderlust, binding fabric

Getting this bed runner bound is top priority, as I am teaching the Spinners pattern at the Pine Needle retreat this weekend, and I want to show a finished quilt. After that, I am sending WanderLust off to my sister Reigh, as it will look perfect at the foot of her king-size bed.




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11 Responses to WanderLust, Quilted

  1. Reigh Hays says:

    OH my gosh Dawn – it’s beautiful! I just love all the different quilting patterns on the pieces! I’m so lucky to be the recipient of another of your masterpieces. I wouldn’t mind a label at all, because I’m so proud of your work! Can’t wait to put it on the bed! ☺️

  2. Diane says:

    Reigh, you lucky duck!! Your master bedroom is the perfect place for this. I can’t wait to see it!!

    Dawn, the quilting on this is so wonderful. It takes the beauty you created to a new art form – really!

  3. Cathy says:

    WOW WEE!!! The quilting is beyond amazing! I love the colors you chose and those batiks are beautiful!!! Great work!!!

  4. Sherri Crisp says:


  5. Vickie says:

    Don’t you just love it when all the stars align? Once again you have created a masterpiece that will be enjoyed for years and years.

  6. Venita says:

    Dawn, this is breathtakingly beautiful…truly. it is exquisite.

  7. Nancy Stanley says:

    It is beautiful!

  8. Peg says:

    Just love it, Dawn! Great piecing and quilting!

  9. Heather says:

    Dawn – This is gorgeous! I love the fabrics, the machine quilting is amazing and the idea for the reversible back is genius. Great job.

  10. Charles M White says:

    I’ve got a lucky sister-in-law.

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