Petals & Pennies

May 11, 2012

Happy Friday everyone!!  It's Mother's Day weekend.  Anyone have plans?  I'm wrapping up quilting an absolutely gorgeous quilt and then I hope to just relax for a few days!!  Maybe go out to dinner with the family.  Sounds like a plan!

More cool stuff happening here.  I get to share another beautiful quilt I had the pleasure to quilt for LB!!!!!!!  I know I said I was going to post about Midnight Harvest next, but I decided to share the newest version of Garden of Stitches called  Petals & Pennies instead.  Don't worry I will not forget to post about Midnight HarvestGarden of Stitches is a design from Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings.  She redesigned the pattern and features it on a black flannel with wool pennies.  It is GORGEOUS!!  Stunning.  This is a wool lovers dream quilt!!
 Lisa left the quilt design up to me, but mentioned she would like the quilting to be "simple but cool."  I think that is a good description for the way the quilting turned out.  What do you think? :-) I forgot to take a before pic, but luckily had one that Lisa texted to me.  Actually, when Lisa sent the pic to me, I joked and said "what did you whip that up in your sleep last night??"  Because seriously, Lisa is a designing machine!!!
 After
 I LOVE how it turned out!!  My family was all in agreement that we wanted to see this quilt hanging in our home!!
I quilted Pinwheel blocks into the open square blocks.  You know I had to throw in a few feathers too. :-)  I added some in the open blocks in the border.  I liked the idea of mimicking the curve of the tongue and penny design.
I really wanted the flower applique to pop, so I quilted a simple double frame around the block.  FYI the stitches on the applique...perfection.  Lisa's team did an amazing job!!

Then some cross hatching and straight lines...you can never go wrong with those!!  The back looked really cool too.  Also flannel.

Now, simple and cool quilting doesn't mean easy or fast...I learned.  I had a lot O stitch in the ditch.  All the straight stitching is with a ruler, which again is pretty slow.  Of course it never helps when this happens either.
Long story.  I had it's replacement on order the second it happened...well after a few choice words first. :-)  I had more starts and stops with this quilt than any other quilt I have quilted so far.  If anyone can come close to guessing the number...I'm thinking there could be a prize in your future! :-)

This quilt will be featured in the Primitive Gatherings booth at Spring Quilt Market.  I'll be honest, it is super exciting to think that quilts that I have quilted will be at Quilt Market, but it is also very humbling.  I am thankful every day for the journey I am on.  I literally pinch myself.  And don't worry I still have my "I suck" moments of frustration!!!  :-)

I hope everyone has a super Mother's Day!!

31 comments:

  1. Awesome!!! Your quilting is really amazing - just perfect. I think I like the back more than the front! Wonderful.

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  2. Definitely 'simple but cool' quilting...well maybe not so simple! Sorry about your ruler, yikes! And for a guess on how many stops and starts...how about 366..I'm assuming you did the outside piano keys without stopping :)

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  3. Stunning ! I love wool and this is a dream quilt , is the entire quilt wool? You did an awesome job as usual .Have a Happy Mothers Day :-)

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  4. Never in a million years with practicing every day could I come close to achieving what you do with thread. Your quilting is just amazing.

    I am guessing you had 1200 stops and starts.

    jleibfried@aol.com

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  5. It is amazing to me to see what your mind does with the description. . .'simple and cool' !!! Love it! I really like how the pinwheels look like posts. Machine quilting is supposed to enhance the design and you totally did it, woman!!

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  6. Your quilting is 'drop dead gorgeous'!! Just love this quilt...but it is your quilting that really makes it sing!!
    Well done!
    P

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  7. Well, you did it again. Lisa is so very fortunate to have found you. You two together are an awesome team. I will guess 1000 starts and stops. I would like to think you could be at spring market and listen as passerbys comment on your quilting. Kristy in Ohio

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  8. Your quilting is stunning Linda! My goodness you are good!

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  9. Amazing!! The quilting really makes this quilt shine.

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  10. Another awesome job Linda-the quilting just sets the quilt off and another great design from Lisa-I would love to see that wool yumminess on my wall too!lol!
    have a lovely few days off, you deserve it
    Shazy

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  11. Beautiful! Stunning! I wish I was going to Market so I could see it in person.

    How did the ruler break? Did you accidentally sew through it or drop it or what? Just curious so maybe I can avoid that mistake!

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  12. Awesome job! I'd say you had a fair amount of start/stops--maybe 587.

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  13. I'm guessing 150 starts and stops. Am I way low? It's gorgeous, as usual. You definitely don't suck, my dear! You could never suck, even if you tried.

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  14. Wow. It is amazing how a quilt (unquilted) can look so good but then when you quilt it, it is suddenly a masterpeice! Awesome. By the way, Omigosh is now hanging in our show. It opened last night and I overheard compliments on the quilting! It was funny standing nearby for a few minutes and seeing people approach it saying "Oh my goodness" or "Oh my gosh," and then reading the title and chuckling about it.

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  15. You have quilted another stunner! So exciting that it will be hanging at Quilt Market. It deserves to be seen by many people for sure!

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  16. Another triumph! I love those pinwheels!! I have no idea how many times you would stop and start on an average quilt so my guess may be way out (in either direction!) - 89?

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  17. LOVE the quilt and the quilting is stunning!

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  18. I saw this on Lisa's blog, I love this quilt and I love the quilting, on my to do list.

    Debbie

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  19. Your work is absolutely exquisite! Gorgeous.

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  20. Oh my word....this is just too gorgeous. The quilting is utter perfection. I am so amazed at you, girl! Happy Mother's Day, my son is taking my mum and me to see The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and I can't wait!

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  21. You are so good. You're going to put the rest of us out of business! I love the wool on flannel. The flannel actually looks like wool! I thought it was, so I had to tear my eyes away from the pictures long enough to read the actual post and find out what the base fabric was. EXCELLENT, lady!! You two make a wonderful pair!

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  22. Maybe 50 stops and starts? That's a tricky question! I'm not surprised that your quilting will be displayed at Spring Quilt Market. Your quilting is always so amazing! Happy Mother's Day!

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  23. Your quilting is amazing, always, & just perfect for Lisa's quilt.
    I am guessing about 850 starts & stops???
    Congratulations.

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  24. Amazing...even the back! congrats...

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  25. Another stunning quilt I think. I love everything about it. As for the number of stops, i think 263. Why that number? It's just the first number that popped into my head!

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  26. Oh Linda - Lisa must be over the moon on this one, too! You must have had at least 300 stops and starts - but all so worth it! I sure wish I could be at quilt market to see this stunner!
    Cheers!

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  27. Linda,
    Gorgeous quilt with your quilting! How exciting to have a quilt you quilted at quilt market.
    Happy Mother's Day!
    Hugs,
    Donna

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  28. Amazeballs again. You're my quilting guru. Maybe if I live to be a million I'll be as good as you.
    486 stops?
    Well done.

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  29. Your talent is endless. Your quilting vision works in perfect harmony with the gorgeous quilt.

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