Geesh, I have officially become an unintentional absentee blogger. I apologize. Just crazy busy around here. Between quilting and family stuff, there’s barely been time for sleep. That’s no joke, either. Twice in a week I nearly pulled an allnighter quilting. Trust me, I’m waaayyy to old to be doing that. That should be reserved for college students. 🙂 Speaking of school, I didn’t realize 5th grade was going to be so much work…for the parents that is. Wow, lots of homework, projects, studying (FYI…5th graders don’t have the first clue on how to study) and reading. This is the first year that the girls will be receiving letter grades. We had conferences last night and we are so proud! The girls received all A’s!!! Gosh, just makes my heart smile writing this. I’m sorry I have to brag a little. Not only did they receive all A’s, they nearly had a 100% in all their classes. I’m very proud.
So I had a couple of anniversaries pass by too. My wedding anniversary was on Oct. 30 and my blogiversary (so not a word) was on Halloween!! I can’t believe it’s been a year. I’m thinking there is going to be some giveaways coming up in honor of such festivities. Stay tuned.
Finally, I’m going to share the rest of Deb’s gorgeous American Primer quilt. I love this quilt!
I did some custom quilting in the borders and around the body of the quilt. The body of the quilt was a new freehand swirl design. There was a ton of piecing in this quilt with TONS of seams to quilt over. I felt a complimentary allover design in the center was perfect.
I quilted feathers in the open white areas. I tried a little curved cross hatching in those pieced triangle blocks. The borders are also new designs for me too. With each quilt, I’m getting braver and braver with trying new designs and techniques. I think my quilting gets better and better with each quilt too. 🙂
Deb did a beautiful job mitering the borders. The flowers came out perfectly.
I wanted to make sure I came up with a border design that didn’t take away from all of Deb’s hard work in the borders. Since the quilt has a patriotic flair, I thought a banner type border would look great. This is how I did it.
I used my curved crosshatching ruler to quilt the first scallop. Then I used my one of my circle templates to quilt the next scallop to create the banner.
I then went and added double piano key lines. I used a purple air erasable marker for guide lines. Worked out great!!
The back is gorgeous too!
Lots of texture.
You can see the quilting really well in this photo. I LOVE the look of curved crosshatching!!!!
The batting is Hobbs Wool. Have I mentioned how much I love the look and feel of wool batting? It’s wonderful!
Hope everyone has a great weekend! Oh, and I made a few changes to my blog. Just a few updates and added some tabs at the top. I can’t believe I figured out to do it!!! LOL! 🙂