June 5th already?  Gosh, it will be September 1st before I know it!  Summer seems to be shaping up to be a busy one.  I think I will refer to this summer as Camp Hrcka.  Either dance camps or academic camps, the girls will be busy broadening their horizons.  Translation, I will be changing my name from The Quilted Pineapple to Mom’s Transportation Service. πŸ™‚

Thought I would share another flannel quilt from Lisa Bongean’s new book Flannel Gatherings, which will be out next month.  You can preorder it from Primitive Gatherings here.  I am not saying it is my favorite in the book, but I think it is. πŸ™‚  I know I say that all the time.  Fireside Star is a STUNNER.  That pretty much sums it up!

Love.  A star in a star in a star, what’s not to love?? Yes, if I could have kept this one, I would have in a second!!!!!!  I am sure you can tell I had a lot of fun with the quilting!!!!!! 

I love all the feathers, but my favorite has to be the quilted pinwheel blocks.

But feathers are a close second. πŸ™‚

Wool batting really allows the quilting to shine!!  I used Dream Wool Batting and So Fine Threads from Superior.

I may have taken just as many photos of the back of the quilt as I did the front.  The designs created such a bold statement on the back.  LOVE it!!

All the quilting is freehand.  I used my curved Boomerang Ruler by Deloa Jones, Fine Line Curved Ruler and my regular straight ruler that came with my machine.  I did take a few as I was quilting photos.  It never ceases to amaze me how much a quilt takes on new life with the quilting.


I did not premark the quilt before I loaded it.  I did chalk lines when needed as I was quilting.  My favorite chalk pencil is by Bohin.

 On the side of the photo, you can see the Bohin pencil.   I also use the Bohin Mechanical chalk pencil, which has a finer refill than the one in the photo.

Here I just freehand the feather spine.  No templates used.  I think I am getting pretty good at just eyeballing them. πŸ™‚

I love this quilt for so many reasons.  I have had a few discussions with LB about designing some quilts that left space for me to quilt in.  Not ALL antique quilts were heavily pieced or appliqued.  Some antique quilts even look Modern, especially those antique Amish Quilts.  LB really hit my request out of the ballpark with this one! This quilt reminds me so much of a few of my favorite antique quilts I have seen over the years.  One of my favorites is this nearly 100″ square wool quilt that has just a large 8-point black star in the center of a cheddar background wool.  It is pictured in a book I own called American Quilts The Democratic Art, 1780-2007 by Robert Shaw.  I believe the quilt is dated between 1815-1825.  I am an awe of it.  It is simple and striking with amazing hand quilting.  A large quilt, especially for its age with tons of open space to quilt to one’s desire!! πŸ™‚ A quilt like the one in the book or Fireside Star, depending on the taste of the quilter could look modern or like a reproduction.  Timeless.


  • WoolenSails says:

    Your quilting is amazing, love how you incorporated the different designs to give it a whole new look.


  • JoAnne says:

    Oh my! It is always a banner day when I get to drool over your quilting. I start getting "the jealousies" and then I have to go and get my Omigosh out and admire it! Gorgeous work, as always!!!

  • Deb says:

    Oh goodness, the quilting on this quilt is just outstanding. It's like art!! Just wonderful!!

  • Kathy Schwartz says:

    Beautiful quilting Linda! I just want to reach out and touch it!! πŸ™‚

  • Yvette says:

    What a work of art. You turned ordinary to extraordinary!

  • Jacqueline says:

    Mere words can not describe your quilting ability. Absolutely stunning. How long did it take to quilt this one?

  • Sue says:

    Well it's just another beauty, Linda!! Love your quilting in all those spaces!

    I too, love those Bohin pencils!

  • Michele says:

    Spectacular Linda!!!

  • Unknown says:

    Just beautiful quilting. Really amazing, so precise!

  • Jackie's Stitches says:

    Wow! The quilting really takes this quilt to another level! It doesn't, however, compete with the quilt itself – it enhances it! Great job!

  • Donna says:

    Gorgeous quilting as always! Have a wonderful summer.

  • Anne says:

    Wow, Linda, you continue to amaze me with your talent. The quilting is stunning!

  • Susan Lawson says:

    Awesome quilting! I absolutely love it! and would have a hard time handing it over

  • Kindred Quilts says:

    OH MY!!! This is on the top of my list of "Quilts Linda has quilted!!!"

  • Carolyn says:

    I love the texture that your quilting gives the quilt, it's just stunning!

  • Lady Locust says:

    Do you ever get tired of hearing how wonderful your work is:?) It's a little more geometric than some of your others – did you enjoy it?

  • Lynn says:


  • Sue Daurio says:

    that is seriously amazing!!

  • Jocelyn says:

    Wow, the quilting is amazing!!

  • Leeanne says:

    This is just breath taking!!! Yes the quilt is lovely, but your quilting has made this quilt! Have you had any problems with removing the chalk pen marks?

  • moosecraft says:

    Exquisite! I loved the quilt design when Lisa previewed it on her blog… but, your quilting has made it even better! πŸ™‚

  • Abby and Stephanie says:

    Your quilting reminds me of the old tin ceilings, which I love. The designs are intricate and really stand out, almost 3-D. One day I'd love to see a whole cloth quilt done by you. :o)

  • KeyQuilter says:

    Great quilting! What kind of batt? With the extra weight of the flannels, did it turn out stiff? I'm always afraid of that….

  • KeyQuilter says:

    oh my, just read it again, I see Dream Wool Batting! I've got some on order. Can't wait to try it!

  • KeyQuilter says:

    So, do you use WOOL batting a lot? Sorry I didn't get all my thoughts together at the same time.

  • Jan Hutchison says:

    Beautiful! And it is your quilting that makes it extraordinary.

  • Vicki in MN says:

    Your quilting really made this already gorgeous quilt shine like a star!

  • Carrie P. says:

    Wow! Linda, you made that star stunning!

  • sandy says:

    Beautiful quilting.

  • Teresa Silva says:

    Wowsers! This is so amazing. I love your style so much. And those feathers….Stunning!Thanks for all the pictures. Love it!

  • Candace says:

    Just a stunner and a whole new quilt with your designs, Linda! Lisa must be head over heels!!

  • Unknown says:

    I love seeing your work, it is truly beautiful. What weight of So Fine do you use?

  • Diane E W says:

    You use everything I love, So Fine, Bohin marker and feathers. I LOVE this quilt and your quilting is just icing on the cake. Beautiful work. I can't wait for Lisa's book to come out. Thank you for sharing.

  • Miriam says:

    Stunning quilting!! Congratulations!

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  • rose says:

    Love, love, love the quilt, am going to have to get the book. I am huge fans of both you and Lisa's work the two of you together are total awesomeness!!!!! I am relatively new to using a longarm and am so afraid to try feathers, any hints for us newbies?

  • Joan says:

    Linda – such beautiful quilting! WOW!! I can still remember when you first got your machine… and now – look at you go. Great work. Love to the girls.

  • Mama Pea says:

    I love a star with your quilting on it!

  • IMAQLTR2 says:

    I am always amazed at the precision of your quilting. Such awesome work!

  • marylouweidman says:

    YOU must get just giddy as you work on these quilts that become treasures…I just LOVE what you do!

  • karen says:

    The quilting on the Fireside Star is amazing. I love how you quilted in blocks that weren't part of the pieced quilt. So stunning!

  • Sue Daurio says:

    Oh my GOODNESS!! I LOVE the feathers, I LOVE the cross hatching but I ADORE those pinwheel blocks that are quilted. So creative and inspirational!

  • IMAQLTR2 says:

    Wow, wow, wow! Amazing work!

  • Anonymous says:

    I have to say, while i love stars myself your quilting made this quilt come to life. WOW

  • Unknown says:

    Wow! The quilting on this piece is beautiful. You do very nice work.

  • Unknown says:

    Wow! The quilting on this piece is gorgeous. You do beautiful work. Thank you for sharing!