Yikes!! I’ve been an absentee blogger lately.  Trust me I haven’t been lounging on my couch eating chocolates either!  It’s been crazy around here.  Spring is always a crazy time around here.  The girls have so much going on, Spring planting, work…the list goes on.  Our neighbors’ daughter is graduating and her open house is this coming weekend, so I’ve been frantically getting the outside of our house ready too, whenever I’ve had a spare moment.  All my annuals are planted and Scott got the garden in.  I feel like I still need a few flower pots, but oh well.

When I’m not running around like a mad woman, I’ve been quilting.  The thing I love to do most!!  I’ve been staying up way too late quilting.  Scott keeps joking that he is going to put a picture of me on my pillow, so he can remember what I look like!  Ha ha.  Right now I’m trying to find balance with all my many jobs and quilting.  Also please excuse my lack of email returning response time too.  Starting June 1st, I’ll be working at the quilt shop one day a week and quilting for others the other days!!!  Yippee!!  I’ll actually be able to set normal “work” aka quilting on Annie, hours for myself!!  I’m so excited!!  Hopefully, no more quilting into the middle of the night.  I am overcome with emotion that my dream of quilting for others is actually a reality now!  I feel very fortunate.  If you would have told me a year ago I would be doing this and quilting tops for some of quilt blogging idols, I would have said you’re crazy!!  I literally am pinching myself.

I can finally reveal the grad top today.  The client is picking it up this morning.

I love how it turned out!!

I had a lot of fun with different quilting patterns and threads.  Speaking of threads…I used 11 different threads on this quilt!!  Not sure that was too time efficient.  I’m sure I could have gotten by on fewer thread changes, but oh well because I love how it turned out.

The back.  This quilt took me longer than I expected it would because of the amount of stitch in the ditch and ruler work involved going around the photos.  Newbie mistake.

I hope my client loves it as much as I do!


  • Jeanette says:

    The grad quilt is beautiful. The quilting is stunning. Happy Stitching,

  • Desley says:

    Lovely quilting as usual. Great to hear you are achieving your dream!

  • West Michigan Quilter says:

    Love that quilt. You did a beautiful job quilting it. Did you see on my post that Sharon says to do your ditch work last? What is your opinion on that?

  • Joanne says:

    The quilt looks beautiful!
    I am so pleased that your quilting is going so well and things are turning out as you hoped – good for you!♥
    (Don't ever worry about replying – it is my choice to leave a comment, I don't expect anything in return.)

  • Candace says:

    I am SO happy that your dream is coming true, Linda! And it sounds like you're beginning to strike that happy balance between work and play! The graduate is going to adore her quilt – truly an hierloom to come!

  • Impera Magna says:

    Oh how beautiful… and congratulations on having your dream come true!

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  • Donna says:

    You have been very busy! I am so glad your dream has come true. Your quilting is beautiful!

  • Jenny says:

    That looks great! Your quilting is very nice!

  • Brandie says:

    Wow! Looks great! Good luck on your new schedule.

  • Allie says:

    Well congratulations Linda – I'm so happy for you that your quilting dreams are coming true! You're a marvelous quilter and I know you'll go far. That quilt is just gorgeous – excellent work!

  • QuiltSue says:

    So, the dream's coming true! Well done, and can I say I told you so? I just knew it would not be long after you got Annie that you'd be achieving it.

  • Kathy Schwartz says:

    Yes being your own boss is a dream come true and wearing sweats and a T-shirt to work everyday is great too…or is that just me! 🙂
    Great quilting on the grad quilt and sometimes quilts just need a lot of SID and multiple thread changes.

  • Sinta Renee says:

    I guess it's good to be busy… but we've missed you! Lovely work as usual… you make me want to try long arm quilting!

  • vivian says:

    I'm sure you client is delighted! Congrats on living your dream and your beautiful studio space!

  • Mama Pea says:

    Hey, you really worked hard on this one. It turned out great. All that hard work really paid off!