It is so gratifying to hear about quilts once they leave my studio.  I enjoy hearing how they are received or what journeys they may go on.  Well, I received a delightful call and email the other day about a beautiful quilt I quilted for my client, Sue.  Seems her quilt took home a few winning ribbons at the Arizona Quilter’s Guild Show!!!  FYI, she had to explain to me what place a blue ribbon is! LOL!  I don’t get out much. 🙂

Her quilt received 1st Place in its category AND the Mayor’s Award!  To hear the excitement in Sue’s voice was worth more to me than any ribbon out there.  Sue mentioned she would like to put the quilt in some shows.  Deep down there was a little fear of that…her quilt is as traditional as they come.  No bling, fabric painting, embellishments, or big open spaces for quilting, which has become very popular.  Her quilt is a Baltimore with Jo Morton fabric.  A winner in my book of course!!  My goal was to complement the traditional nature of the quilt, but add my own spin on things. 🙂  I took the usual boatload of photos…enjoy!

 Sue’s applique is phenomenal. Exquisite.  Here is the kicker…she has only been doing applique for a couple of years.  She says she never dreamed it was possible to get a 1st place with an applique quilt!!  Right. 

I love how the feathers nest perfectly under the banner applique.

Each block was quilted differently.  I couldn’t believe the detail in the applique!!  There were soooo many pieces!  Lots of ditch quilting around every little piece. 🙂

I did a fair amount of quilting on the appliques.  Not too much, but just some detail quilting where needed like on the pineapple or like on the butterfly wings below.

Only seemed right that I should feather some feathers for the chicken. 🙂

If I had to pick a favorite block…this is it.  I just love it.

This block looked a little like a heart…love birds, so I continued that theme with the quilting.

The bees stripes are each appliqued as well as on the basket!!!

Seriously, the applique was amazing. 

Some specifics…the pattern is called Heartland designed by Pearl Pereira of P3 Designs.  I used a double batting of Dream Blend with a layer of Hobbs 80/20 over the top.  I used So Fine threads by Superior. 
Before quilting pic and the back.
Sue also sent me a photo of her quilt hanging in her home. 🙂  Made my day.


  • Abby and Stephanie says:

    Sue doesn't need a blue ribbon to tell her that is an award winning quilt but it's so nice for it to be recognized. Stunning quilting that only enhances the gorgeous applique and cozy colors and fabric. You know…I wonder about how the "modern" quilting is taking over and some of the more "traditional" are getting snubbed. Modern Quilt Guilds are taking over. Guess I can't belong!

  • WoolenSails says:

    The merging of a beautiful quilt and beautiful quilting, it is amazing!


  • Melia Mae Quilting says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! Just amazing!

  • Kindred Quilts says:

    Oh my!!!! Truly magnificent applique and quilting!

  • Patti says:

    "Feather some feathers for the chicken" that's too funny. Your quilting is amazing. A blue ribbon isn't necessary, I would just be happy owning a quilt like that.

  • Loris says:

    Yep, that quilt deserves some ribbons! I hope she sends it to PIQF in Santa Clara so I can see it in person 🙂 Gorgeous work from both of you!

  • Deb says:

    A stunning quilt – both for the applique and the quilting. Beautiful. It definitely deserves to win some ribbons!!

  • Mary says:

    Its wonderful, all of it: the design, the applique, the piecing, the quilting. Congrats to you both on an awesome job. I am so over the acid colors, the bling, the paint, the chartreuse glow-in-the-dark medallion quilts with crystals all over them, quilted into the consistency of a wooden board. Enough already.

  • Karen says:

    With the combination of good applique designs and the elaborate quilting, I can see why it won a prize.

  • Brandie says:

    Beautiful! You always do such a fabulous job. I love it all!

  • Linda says:

    That is incredible! You did an awesome job as usual…have a great day!!

  • Sue says:

    That is a most gorgeous quilt! You did such lovely work on the quilting….all those details you add. Just amazing!

    Her applique is stellar too! It's hard to believe she's only been at it for a couple of years. I say she is a natural just as you are!

  • Anne says:

    Of course you "quilted the pineapple".. HAHA

    Once again an outstanding job. Her blue ribbon was well deserved by both of you!

  • Michele says:

    Breathtaking work!! Congrats to both you and Sue!! I love how you quilted the chicken 😀

  • Susan Lawson says:

    Oh my! this is beautiful! both the applique and the quilting. No wonder she took a ribbon! Love your quilting details. thanks for all the pictures.

  • Kathy Schwartz says:

    Congratulations to you and Sue on the Blue Ribbon win!! Great team effort!
    Love the texture of your quilting designs, such a beautiful balance to show off the applique!
    Wish I could see this one in person.

  • SewBella’s Quilt Cart says:

    I saw this quilt in person, you both did a wonderful job worthy of the Blue Ribbon!

  • Lynn says:

    I can see why it won. Stunning!

  • Candace says:

    Pretty darned amazing, Linda! I love your little touches, like the wings on the chicken and the leaves – two extraordinary quilters, Sue and yourself – I see a lot of grand prizes coming on this one!

  • Yvette says:

    Another gorgeous work of art. You are just an amazing quilt artist.

  • Anonymous says:

    Amazzzing applique and quilting! Wow! If I can ever create a quilt worthy of that absolutely gorgeous quilting I am going to send it your way!

  • Lady Locust says:

    Simply stunning! I always vote for an applique or hand quilted quilt at quilt shows (unless very poor quality or pet hair) because the work is dear to my heart. I so appreciate it. Lovely quilting~

  • Phyllis says:

    1 + 1 = 3!! I guess this is what you get when two talented people come together. It is really stunning and I am so glad this quilt won ribbons. For you and Sue but also for all traditional quilters. It is great to see all these new things going on, embellishing, modern quilting, and even as a traditional quilter, you learn from it, take away things from it. But it is wonderful that traditional work is still appreciated in this way.

  • moosecraft says:

    Breathtakingly beautiful! Both the applique… and the quilting! The quilting compliments the applique perfectly! I never think to double the batting… great idea as I like a heavier quilt with good drape.

  • Teresa Silva says:

    Stunning! You just do such great work on these traditional quilts. Love them. Congrats on your award too!

  • Lynn says:

    WOW! I'm bookmarking this page as a great example in applique and machine quilting. Excellent job everyone!

  • Deonn @ Quiltscapes says:

    Oh, this is simply stunning – such a work of art! A collaboration of both the maker and the quilter. Your quilting perfectly enhances the applique' and only adds to it's beauty – and as it should, the quilting reflects the same effort and precision as the applique. Well done, both of you! I'd love to see it in person… can you see if she'd send it to some shows? HMQS is coming up in may in Salt Lake City… 🙂

  • Deb says:

    The quilt and quilting are absolutely gorgeous! I can see why it won a couple of ribbons, you should be very proud!

  • marcille says:

    The quilt and the quilting are both jaw dropping! Absolutely beautiful!

  • Donna says:

    Beautiful quilt! The applique and quilting are gorgeous!!

  • Dar says:

    That is one spectacular quilt — both your quilting (which makes the quilt in my book) and her applique. A question, do you mark any of the quilting ideas before you load a quilt? I don't know how you do the borders so perfectly.

  • Mama Pea says:

    You both did spectacular work. Oh, my goodness!

  • motherbuzzard says:

    Wow! You and Sue make a great team. The quilt and quilting are just stunning. Care to share how many hours you spent on it?

    I don't think the blue ribbon was enough. You both deserve a tiara and a sash as well!

  • K says:

    That quilt is exquisite. You 2 make a great team!

  • Mari Carmen Berraquero says:

    Hola, te he conocido a través de Pinterest y haces unas cosas maravillosas. Me quedo aquí como seguidora tuya. Quiero ver todo lo que haces.
    Yo también tengo un blog.
    El taller de Maricú

  • Bonnie says:

    This may be the most beautifully quilted quilt I have ever seen. Really. Truly. Wow. I could sit here all day looking at it. It's lovely. Thanks for sharing all the pictures. With each one I saw, I wanted to see another and another.

  • Litamora's Quilt & Design says:

    WOW! You did such a great job! It's stunning!