Winter officially arrived last night in the form of a snow storm.  Yuck!  It’s been mild and lovely here and then all of the sudden it was a blizzard!  Heavy, destructive snow.  School was cancelled today for the girls.  While I enjoy having them home, I can’t get much done.  Elaina had been home anyways, which worked out well for her to have a day off of school.  We ended up taking her to the doctor on Monday.  Her fever wouldn’t break and she was just so sick.  I thought we were going to need to go to the ER, but doctor got us in last minute.  Turns out she has a form of strep.  Not the typical one they test for in the office.  They sent her cultures to the hospital.  She’s on antibiotics now and wow have they been miracle drugs for her.  She is getting back to herself and feeling much better.

I recently quilted Alpine Wonder for my client June.  I thought that Alpine Wonder was an appropriate post considering it’s totally winter here now.

 I am very happy with how it turned out!  I have some experience quilting Alpine Wonder as I’ve quilted my own version.  However, that was long before I had my longarm and FMQ it on my sewing machine.  I posted it here.  I’m pleased to say it went much faster on the longarm, but it still took me way longer than I thought it would.  Naturally.

I used a variegated blue thread for the sky which I did not get a good photo of.  It was a actually a cotton King Tut thread.  First time I tried it.  I had a little spool and it was perfect.  Surprisingly no issues.

On the branches I used a light green Bottom Line thread on top and So Fine in the bobbin.  This was the first time I used Bottom Line on the longarm too.  Again, no issues.  It is left over from when I quilted my Alpine.  I had a terrible time FMQ with the Bottom Line on my sewing machine.  Thread was shredding like crazy.  I’m sure it was operator error. πŸ™‚  I was so happy to get the tree done.  It took me nearly an hour per branch level!!!!  Lots of quilting there!!

I used So Fine thread on the trunk.  I love how the trunk came out!! It’s my favorite.

Finally, on the snow,  I used So Fine thread again.  Pebbling and swirly snow.  Makes it look a little like trapunto.

I used Hobbs 80/20 batting.  June was thrilled with her Alpine.  She is going to apply all clear crystals on it.  I think that will look sharp.  I used colored on mine.  June already has a place to hang her Alpine!

So this is what it looks like out my back porch.  As you can see the girls and Sarge have already been playing in the first snow by all the tracks! πŸ™‚

Hope everyone has a great day.  December 1st tomorrow??!!!


  • Sue says:

    Oh that is so beautiful! I just love the quilting you did on this. It's perfect for this quilt!

    I actually love the snow:) And the view from your back porch is quite lovely….now c'mon…you have to admit πŸ˜€

  • Archie the wonder dog says:

    Wow, what a beauty! Glad Elaina is feeling better – enjoy the snow!

  • Quilt n Queen says:

    We were spared the snow in Canton Michigan..but it rained buckets the last 2 days. Good thing it wasn't cold enough to snow or we would have been buried. Luv the quilting on the Alpine Wonder quilt. I have the kit but have not made it yet….after seeing June's I will have to get mine out and maybe next Christmas I'll have it finished….thanks for sharing, Pauline

  • Lisa Sipes says:

    That is amazeballs!!!!!
    Your client would be crazy not to be thrilled with it. I also looked at yours… You're awfully dedicated to do that quilting on a domestic machine, lady. Just sayin'!

  • Jeanette says:

    Just love they way you quilted the quilt. Amazing. Lots of snow for you. Today is the first official day of summer but personally i think it arrived with a bang about 3 weeks ago. Hugs,

  • Abby and Stephanie says:

    No snow here so I'm happy the state up north got it. :o) Gorgeous texture your quilting gave the tree. Fabulous. I think strep is going around…my daughter was tested today…waiting for results. A friend just got over it. Ugh.

  • West Michigan Quilter says:

    Beautiful quilt. Love how you have quilted it. You got snow and we didn't get any. Can you believe that? It's usually the other way around.

  • Lindah says:

    The quilting on Alpine wonder is breathtaking!

  • Judi says:

    Absolutely Gorgeous! Seriously – you are amazing!

  • Donna says:

    So glad Elaina is better! So stressful when your kids are sick I know.
    Alpine is gorgeous! The quilting just makes the quilt come to life.
    Love the snow pics!

  • Kathy Schwartz says:

    Awesome quilting!! I have seen this quilt many times but never quilted as stunning as this!!!

    Oh and I still have more snow than you do πŸ˜›

  • WoolenSails says:

    So glad that Elaina is on the mend. That is a gorgeous quilt and your quilting really makes everything come to life, just beautiful.


  • Candace says:

    Great that Elaina is on the mend! I've seen this quilt around a lot, but never have I seen it quilted to beautifully, Linda! The tree just dances and the snow is so real looking! It will sparkle like a hard frost over snow when June applies the crystals!

  • Yvette says:

    WOW! Look at that quilt come to life. It looks fantastic!! Much easier on the long arm too I'll bet.

    Brrrrrrrrrrr I am cold when it is 70 degrees. I don't think I would make it there.

  • Diane says:

    That is a beauty of a quilt. I've seen it before as well and think your quilting is fantastic. Superior threads are always a joy to quilt with for me.
    I do have trouble with bottom line in my domestic machine (maybe one of those washer genie's would help, but I haven't tried it) so I just use So fine in the bobbin for it (dsm).

  • Unknown says:

    oh my! that is very nice!!!
    your friend, karen

  • Unknown says:

    Awesome!! πŸ™‚

    God bless and keep you,

  • Furball Farm Quilting says:

    Awesome job, you've made it really "pop out". Great work!

  • Kelli Fannin Quilts says:

    That quilt is just AMAZING!!!

  • Kristy says:

    I love it! The branches are amazing! Did you just go back and forth to make that effect? This really does look lovely. Great work between you two. K-

  • Allie says:

    You got a LOT more snow than we did! Ours was gone by the time I woke up. Glad Elaina is feeling better, girl! That quilt came out so beautifully!

  • Mary @ Neat and Tidy says:

    Your work is absolutely amazing – I hope you never get tired of hearing that.

    I can't believe I'm saying this, but I am so ready for the snow. I can't seem to get into decorating for Christmas without it.

  • Sheila says:

    Absolutely beautiful, your quilting makes this project shine , you know exactly what works and I love it !

  • Carrie P. says:

    Glad Elaina is feeling better. It is tough when our kids are sick.
    You did such a great job on that quilt. I enjoyed each and every photo. The snow is beautiful.

  • Lori says:

    The quilting really enhances this quilt. Nice work Linda!!
    I can't wait for our first snow!!

  • Brandie says:

    It's wonderful! I thought your was spectacular, yet you out did your self again. Just gorgeous!

  • Deb says:

    Wow. Wow. Wow. I'm sure June is as over the moon with this quilt as I am with the ones you did for me. Wow. Just wow.

    Deb S.

  • Teresa Silva says:

    I absolutely love how you quilted this quilt. The background of the sky and the tree branches are so neat! I've seen this pattern and thought it would be fun to quilt it. You did an awesome job! Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Jenny says:

    That is absolutely the coolest quilting! Your sky the ground the tree….I love everything about it! You did such a great job on this!!

  • Michele says:

    The quilting you did is spectacular!! Wow!! It really brought the tree to life! Snow, another wow! It looks beautiful πŸ™‚ I hope your little patient is feeling much better.

  • Amy, a redeemed sheep says:

    Stunning, stunning quilt. Just breathtaking….

  • The Quilted Finish says:

    The texture you've given this quilt is fabulous!
    The snow looks beautiful but do you get fed up with living with it? Where I live snow is a rare novelty, I don't know how I'd like it if I had as much as you do. Cheers from Australia where summer is on its way.

  • Melanie says:

    Beautiful quilting— really brings the piece to life. Great job.

  • Kaaren says:

    This is my first visit to your blog, Linda. Geeze, what took me so long???

    Your longarm quilting is beyond stunning. You certainly are an artist with your machine.

    Can't wait to see what you do next!

  • Joanne says:

    It look amazing!! I have been tempted with the kit ever since I saw yours last year.

  • Robin says:

    Oh, my goodness! Truly, the quilting totally makes that quilt! It is gorgeous. Thank you so much for sharing. πŸ™‚

  • Joan says:

    LInda – that quilting is something else!!! Its absolutely fantastic….stunning in fact!!

  • Joan says:

    Linda that quiltinhg is something else!!! It looks absolutly fantastic – stunning in fact!!!

  • Mama Pea says:

    As always, gorgeous. You really are amazing!

  • Ulla's Quilt World says:

    Hi! Greetings from Finland! That is so stunning! Congratulations!
    Yours, Ulla

  • Kate says:

    I bet they loved how this turned out. Wow! My favorite part is the snow… It almost makes you want to cuddle up in it and enjoy the cold. Almost. (i could use some cold right now in arizona, its only 105…)