It is really beginning to feel a lot like winter in my neck of the woods!!  A few days of this cold weather and I am ready for spring already!!!  Since the Christmas decorations are down, I am looking forward to decorating for the summer months….skipping spring all together!  I think it is just wishful thinking for sunny skies and warm temps to get here faster. πŸ™‚

I know many of you do too, but I like to make projects during the current season.  For example,  I like to make Christmas projects around Christmas time.  Well since I am in the mood for summer, a time when I like to decorate in a patriotic theme, what better time then to share Home Grown.  Home Grown is a beautiful design by Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings.  It is a gorgeous wool applique wall hanging on a flannel background setting.  I had the pleasure of quilting Lisa’s sample last year.  Yup, still playing catch up on posting quilts from last year. πŸ™‚

I have a sweet little helper holding the quilt for the photo shoot.  If I
remember correctly, the weather was not cooperating for nice photos, so I called on my helper to hold the quilt.  I love wool on flannel!!!  These flannels look just like wool.  So pretty!

In my mind, I could see this vase of hydrangeas sitting on a porch with an old lattice behind it.  Sipping some iced tea while rocking in a chair, with this gorgeous vase of fresh cut hydrangeas beside me.  Well, that is where the inspiration came for the quilting. πŸ™‚
 I premarked the design with chalk before I loaded it on the machine.  Yuck-o on that job, but made things so much easier in the long run.

 I worked down the quilt stitching on and around all the wool applique first. Stitching around all the flowers really made the hydrangeas come to life!!

I quilted the flag and then worked my way back up the quilt, quilting the background.

Added: Karen asked in the comments section if I micro stippled in the squares.  I actually quilted tight, straight lines back and forth for the filler.  I DID, however micro stipple at the top of the piece around the “welcome” and top of lattice. 

Once I was back up at the top of the quilt, I added the feather banner.
I noticed when looking at the photos that my lattice didn’t line up in one spot!!  Oh, the things we notice in photos that we don’t notice otherwise!!!!  One of the reasons I usually take tons of photos while I am quilting!!  So I loaded it back on the machine, picked out the area I needed to and quilted it the way it was supposed to be!!!  If I didn’t fix it, it would be ALL I would see every time I looked at it!
This photo was after I fixed it and taken in my car right before I shipped it home!!!  
Hanging in the Primitive Gatherings Booth in Houston. πŸ™‚
Can you believe I forgot to take pics of the back??!!!!  I think I was so wrapped up in my little mishap, that it just slipped my mind.  Here is a before quilting pic, though.
 All the threads are So Fine by Superior.  Black 80/20 batting from Hobbs.  All the quilting is freehand.  Kits are available here.  Lisa recently taught this class in Utah.  Looks like everyone enjoyed themselves!  You can read about it on Lisa’s blog here.
Makes me want to decorate for summer!! πŸ™‚


  • Cindy says:

    Oh my word, your flowers have come to life! They are popping out and look beautful. Your quilting has brought this quilt to another dimension.

  • antique quilter says:

    beautiful love the quilting! really makes the flowers pop!
    ok I would have had to fix it too, there are some things I can live with and some things well your right every-time I looked at it thats all I would see.

  • Sue says:

    I really love how you quilted the lattice. That's pretty.

    So I'm guessing Lisa is selling these flannels in her shop? The hubby and I will make another trip over on the S.S. Badger this summer and maybe I'll pick some up.

  • West Michigan Quilter says:

    Your quilting is stunning. Love the lattice in the background. Perfect!

  • Darlene says:

    Very, very sweet, Linda!

  • Karens Quilts, Crows and Cardinals says:

    Beautiful work ladies! Kathy — did you actually micro stitch inside the lattice squares ? I can't tell from your picture. The quilting is perfect for the piece.

  • WoolenSails says:

    That is a beautiful quilt and i love how you quilted it, really nice idea for a summer piece.


  • Gayle says:

    Your custom quilting really makes the quilt sing – genius to do the lattice design. All in all, a beautiful project!

  • Mary @ Neat and Tidy says:

    I love how you cross hatched the double lines, but I don't see where you crossed over any quilting. Do you know what I'm saying? Did you quilt individual squares I guess is what I should say.

    I'd like to try this with my Bernina; I love how this piece turned out. Thanks for your help.

  • Mama Pea says:

    Very well done. You are so meticulous!

  • Cathy says:

    Another fantastic job. Thank you for sharing part of your process. Hugs

  • Lynn says:

    We haven't been above freezing since Dec. 9th. Thank goodness for warm clothes, a good heater and lots of quilts to snuggle under!

    Gorgeous quilting, as always!

  • Candace says:

    I have a hydrangea just like that outside my sewing room window, Linda! Right now it is a frozen, shriveled mess! I think I'd love to have that quilt hanging in the window to remind me the real plant will come back to life soon! Gorgeous work!

  • Unknown says:

    I too love the lattice…nothing else would do! πŸ™‚
    I'm so ready for spring too! my bones need a thaw!

  • Patti says:

    This is one of my favorites. It's pure genius, all that lattice. And that feather across the top, love, love, love.

  • John'aLee says:

    That is just precious!!

  • Abby and Stephanie says:

    Your quilting is sheer genius and magical.

  • Phyllis says:

    That is so amazing Linda, I have never seen this type of quilting done on those materials! So innovative. I love the way it's come out. I fully agree with Stephanie (above).

  • Karen says:

    The flowers have such a realistic appearance. Nice.

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