Blue Plate Special


Blue Plate Special is at her final show! Most major shows require that quilts entered into competition be no more than two years old, and BPS will be aged out in a couple of weeks. But it’s been a good ride! Let me tell you about this quilt…

BPS was really made almost entirely from leftovers! It all started with the narrow blue border stripe. This was left over from a quilt I cut out for my Mom to make a few years ago. I liked the colors, so I saved the strips. You can see the print here.


I had some Cherrywood hand-dyed fabric left over from years ago that just happened to be in the same range of blues and turquoise. The white sateen background fabric was left over from a big custom job I was considering, but fortunately declined. Some of the threads were left over (but of course I ended up having to order more! I always have to order more thread.) Even the free-standing lace border design was left over – it’s a Zundt design that I’ve used many times over the years.

The first competition in which I entered BPS was Houston in 2015. Master Award for Thread Artistry! Not a bad way to start!

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(You can read about my Red Dress here and here!)

Then I entered it into the full line-up of AQS shows for 2016. Here it is at Paducah, with and Honorable Mention

BPS Paducah

and at Daytona Beach, with a category 1st place.

Blue Plate at Daytona Beach

Here is some of the bling she has won!

BPS ribbons

At AQS shows, she got a total of three firsts, one third, and two honorable mentions.

And now, at her final show at Machine Quilters’ Expo in Manchester, NH, there are another three ribbons to add to my bulletin board: 2nd in the Solo Artist Category, the winner of Embroidery At Its Best, and Best Machine Quilting – Sit Down (instead of a cash award, the prize for this is a Janome sewing machine!) That show is still going on, so I don’t yet have the ribbons to show you.

Update: Cricket Lomicka just sent me a photo! Thanks!


Except for that blue print fabric strip, all of the color is machine embroidery. The designs in the interior of the quilt are from the Contour Applique collection by OESD. The large swirls in the outer border are from the Yukata Art Set by Zundt, and the lace border is Lace Set 10, also by Zundt.

I used Hobbs 80/20 bleached, because I needed a white-white batting so as not to get a yellowish cast from my favorite wool batting. The back is white sateen, just like the front. All of the quilting is hand-guided free-motion, without a stitch regulator. Here are a few close-ups:





Blue Plate Special has had a busy couple of years. I hope she enjoys retirement!




12 thoughts on “Blue Plate Special

  1. What a beautiful quilt! I am a newbie to quilting and cannot even imagine the time and talent that went into this amazing project. Congratulations!


  2. Your BPS Quilt is Beautiful Sue, glad she has won so many awards; very well deserved. Thanks for sharing your quilts with us.


  3. My husband and I went to the MQX in Manchester today and found your quilt. Spent quite a lot of time admiring it and looking at the details. I’ve been doing machine embroidery for many years, too, but your skills have advanced light years beyond mine. It is awesome. My husband likes to check out how things are made and he thought it was all amazing. I’ve done free standing lace, but the borders on your quilt are outstanding. We could not see any way that they were attached to the quilt or to one another. They appeared to be all one long piece, and I know that cannot be so. We like that you do your own quilting, too, and very tastefully. All the awards you have won with it are well deserved. We stand in awe. Thank you for sharing with all of us.

    Peter and Verna James


    • Hi Peter and Verna,
      Thank you so much for your very nice comment! I’m glad you enjoyed my quilt. I really enjoy taking machine embroidery into new territory in quilts, and my free-standing lace borders are always attention-getters! My very favorite lace designs are from Zundt; they are made so that the segments join together along elements in the design, not just as a straight line. In addition, I’ve come up with a way to join the segments as I’m embroidering, so the joins are integrated in the embroidery. Actually, the lace was made in four long strips. There are four seams, one near each corner.
      P.S. I think I’m probably a lot like Peter – I love to figure out how things work, and how to make them work for me!


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