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! 🙂


  • Joanne says:

    Stunning! And thanks for all the descriptions. Love the swirl design.
    Happy Anniversaries! (Funny to lump the 2 together – I am sure one is a bit more important!)

  • Sue says:

    So nice to see you again! And this quilt is just gorgeous along with your beautiful quilting of course!!

    I love wool batting too. In fact, I love everything about wool 😀

    Have a great week!

  • Diane says:

    The quilt is wonderful-you're quilting is fantastic. You are definitely growing with every quilt! I love the scallop along with the piano key in the border-i will try to remember that one for the future. I was going to ask what batting you used (I thought it might be wool). It certainly shows off your excellent quilting.
    Congrats on your anniversary's too!
    And that your kids are doing well in school-isn't that a load off the mind.

  • Sheila says:

    What can I say other than Stunning! Your quilting is amazing 🙂

  • Sunnybec says:

    WELL DONE! to your two lovely girls, you go ahead and be proud! Lovely quilt and lovely quilting as usual. Hugs x

  • Kathy Schwartz says:

    You rocked this one! I really like your freehand swirl design and it all looks amazing on the back!

  • LuAnn says:

    Wow! I don't see how the next quilt could be better because I think this one is just perfect. I am in awe of your feathers. The whole quilt is just wonderful, and the owner can't help but be thrilled with it.

  • Mary says:

    Wow! Gorgeous quitting on a fabulous quilt!

  • Impera Magna says:

    What a beautiful quilt… the mitered border is fantastic…. and your quilting makes the quilt shine in all its glory! Congratulations on another great finish!

  • Yvette says:

    Now you turned a nice quilt into a masterpiece! It is just gorgeous. Congrats to the girls on getting all A's.

  • Cathy says:

    Looks fantastic! I like the way the piecing comes out into the first border and how you highlighted that with the quilting. Now, get some sleep!

  • QuiltSue says:

    You've obviously got 2 very clever children, their results were fantastic.

    Your quilting, as ever, brings the quilt to life. I love how you did the feathers in the large white triangles on the corners.

  • Lynn says:

    Another homerun on the quilting! I think I may need to get some more templates. I only have a straight line one so far. My TOWA came and I've used it once so far. It helped a lot!

  • Darlene says:

    There you are!!! Nice to 'see' you. Beautiful quilting – it's stunning.

  • Lori says:

    That looks fantastic!! Just remember when you see my quilt I am a humble quilter!!! LOL No perfection on mine.

  • Mama Bell says:

    Fabulous job, as always! Wow! Love it!

  • West Michigan Quilter says:

    Your quilting is fabulous! Love that quilt and how you quilted it, especially that border. Great Job!

  • Teresa Silva says:

    Wow, this is gorgeous. Your free hand design in the center is really nice. I love the feathers and your new borders are so awesome. I'm sure the owner of this quilt is going to be a very happy lady.

  • WoolenSails says:

    I used to be like that, kids, crafting, working, now if I do one thing, I have done enough, lol. Happy Anniversary! Beautiful quilting, perfect design for that quilt.


  • Heather says:

    Your quilting is amazing, it has so much texture, I love it! Great job 🙂 I know what you mean with 5th graders and homework, let alone teaching them to “study” it’s crazy! I have a 4th and 5th grader, both have plenty of homework to keep me busy. I am so bad at math, I feel bad for them, having me be their helper haha! I feel like I am relearning everything.

  • Linda says:

    Nice to see you back again!! Life gets that way with young ones in the house…I miss those days!! Congrats to the girls on the great grades and to you on both anniversaries!! The quilt is amazing…both of you did a fabulous job!!

  • Jeanette says:

    Congratulations to the girls. Well Done!!. Happy Anniversary to you & Scott. Happy Blogoversary. The quilting is stunning & the quilt is gorgeous. Hugs,

  • Archie the wonder dog says:

    Welcome back! The quilt is stunning, I love all the photos you show of the different parts of the designs and learning how you mark the curves is fascinating! Congratulations to the girls!

  • Nancy E says:

    Wow! Your quilting is amazing! What size Curved Crosshatching Ruler are you using?

  • Abby and Stephanie says:

    Lovely quilt and quilting. Happy belated anniversaries!

  • Ulla's Quilt World says:

    Hi! Greetings from Finland! That quilt is stunning! I am speechless!!! Thank you so much for your lovely blog! It's so nice to find other quilters all around the world!

  • Carrie P. says:

    Stunning Work! both front and back are phenomenal.
    Hope things settle down for you soon.

  • Candace says:

    How I know about life getting in the way, Linda ;>) At least you can say you never have a dull moment – lol! Happy anniversary and blogiversary! How wonderful that the girls are doing so well in school, too! Your quilt is really fantastic! Thanks for all the little template tips, too – they still scare me! Do I see that you used red thread on the back for the small border? What an incredible idea!

  • Terry says:

    Wow! That quilt is stunning! Happy anniversary and happy blogiversary! :0)

  • Connie Kresin Campbell says:

    What a beautiful quilt and your quilting adds so much to it! Love the feather stitching! Happy Blogiversary!

  • Reme says:

    La colcha muy bonita y el acolchado¡¡perfecto!!.Saludos

  • Me and My Stitches says:

    You are so amazing! I really want to have you quilt one of my quilts for me. I love, love, love the curved cross-hatching! It is all just wonderful!

  • Nancy says:

    You did a beautiful job quilting Deb's American Primer quilt. Do you happen to know what pattern she used? Your banner design is perfect and the quilt is as lovely from the back as the front.

  • Nancy says:

    P.S. A belated but sincere Happy Anniversary and happy blog anniversary on Halloween (which was my Dad's birthday).

  • skye says:

    Incredible job!!! Your feathers are just spectacular & the border designs are perfection! Congratulations!

  • Joan says:

    Beautiful quilt – and wonderful quilting – Congrats on havng such clevewr young ladies…Grade 5 will seem a dream – there's more to come!! 🙂 ♥

  • The Quilted Finish says:

    Thanks so much for showing how you achieved the swag border. Beautiful quilting!
    Your girls deserve a little boasting by their proud Mother! Congratulations.

  • Donna says:

    Your quilting is gorgeou! I am so proud that you put your family first 🙂

  • Mama Pea says:

    Another great job! Looking really good. Congrats on your "-versaries!" Very exciting. Hope all is well. Don't work so hard you get yourself sick again. I can totally relate to you on the feeling busy level. Have a wonderful day!