I love it when I can finally share some of the fun stuff I am working on in the studio.  Hospitality is a new design from Lisa Bongean pieced out of her brand new line of fabric called Homestead Gatherings from Moda available here.  It is one spectacular quilt!

This quilt definitely has an antique feel to it.  I wanted the quilting to support that theme.

Alternating feather wreaths, feather motifs, micro stipple, curved line and straight line quilting make up the design elements.

The quilting is all freehand, even the feather wreaths are not a stencil.  This way I can customize the size wreath I want and I love the movement the quilting gives the quilt when the wreaths are just slightly different from each other.

Circle templates come in handy to makes sure wreaths have some uniformity.

This design is inspired from an antique quilt I saw in Houston.  I spend a great deal of time studying antique quilts.  Not only are they inspiring but I find them to be fascinating.  Oh and the talent of those hand quilted designs!!!

 The antique quilt from Houston.  I just LOVED the design!!!  I knew if I had the right quilt someday, I would want to recreate the design.  I first drew out my version or interpretation of the design on my white board.

And then I tried it out on the top. πŸ™‚

Not too bad. πŸ™‚  I couldn’t have been happier with how it turned out.  With this quilt, I opted to draw out my ideas before I loaded the quilt.

Before quilting.  The black lines represent the design layout.  I wanted the pieced chain blocks to form a frame around the “plain” blocks.  Making it appear as if the background was one solid piece.  Quilting on the pieced block is minimal as to not distract from the “chain” design.

And here is my sketch.  The center is my favorite.  I created a center medallion of sorts with my version of a feathered weeping willow.  A popular theme in antique quilts and the “primitive” look.

 I love it when my vision actually works out. πŸ™‚

All the threads are So Fine by Superior.  Batting is Dream Green from Quilters’ Dream.  Now I will tell you a little secret/tip…did you notice how the quilting in the “plain/ non-pieced” blocks really stands out…the blocks with the motifs?  Those individual blocks all have a second layer of wool batting in them!!  I cut squares of batting for each of those squares.  As I would work down the quilt, before I would quilt each row, I would strategically place the extra square of batting under the place I wanted it before I would baste down the sides of my quilt.  Yes, does this require more planning and work BUT YES, the look is soooo worth it.  It makes it look like trapunto…like an antique quilt. πŸ™‚

The back, also a favorite!

Yes, I love the back of this quilt!!  I love the whole quilt.  There is nothing like seeing the quilt off the frame. The feeling of seeing all my hard work and ideas in its entirety…it is indescribable.

I wanted to take some outdoor shots, but the there was just too much snow on that day.  Hope everyone has a great week.  Everyone around here is sick! 


  • Seams Sew Together says:

    Absolutely gorgeous, your quilting is stunning!!!

  • Abby and Stephanie says:

    Your quilting gives the quilt movement. I love the surprise of the center medallion and the alternating motifs in the open spaces. Another beauty. Wishing everyone well.

  • Jan Hutchison says:

    Another beauty! I like your sneaky trapunto trick.

  • Nancie Anne Quilts says:

    Glorious! Those center Willows also resemble feathered Angel Wings!

  • Jacqueline says:

    OMG you could make a paper bag sing with your talent.

  • Sharon says:

    Beautiful. Your quilting choices really enhance the pieced top.

  • Teresa Rawson says:

    Nice quilt and your quilting is beautiful…thanks for talking about your design process!

  • Kate C says:

    This is just beautiful, what wonderful quilting!

  • quilting/fitness says:

    I always want to try putting an extra piece not a whole batting I always have extra pieces of batting leftover yours looks so fab!

  • LynnJ in Wis says:

    Wow! You're knocking my socks off!!! I can only dream!

  • says:

    Linda, that is one stunning quilt. At first I only looked at the overall quilt and thought that it was gorgeous but then to see what you did to add to it was STUNNING!
    Thanks too for the insight into your ideas on how you pick a design and execute it! I love the weeping willow design in the center!
    You done good!

  • Always In Stitches says:

    One word…. beautiful. I know what you mean regarding working long and hard on a quilt. Its is always shocking to me when I take the quilt off the frame how great my ideas actually were. Its hard to part with them.

  • Me and My Stitches says:

    Beautiful! I really love these fabrics and also love the design from the antique quilt – awesome!

  • Jackie's Stitches says:

    I can't even begin to imagine the hours of quilting it has taken you to get to the level where you can freehand quilt so consistently and so beautifully! I could look at these photos for hours!

  • Silvana Vituriano Celistre says:

    Congratulations. Your work is a spectacle!

  • moosecraft says:

    Gorgeous! The willows sort of look like angels wings.*love* Thanks for the tip of adding extra batting in only certain sections… it works very well with this quilt design!

  • julieQ says:

    First of all, the quilt is pretty…but your quilting makes it just gorgeous!!

  • Melia Mae Quilting says:

    Gorgeous! Absolutely gorgeous!

  • Mary says:

    Breathtaking. Just beautiful. Outstanding job!

  • Donna says:

    Your quilting is gorgeous! It's been forever since I popped in to visit. I've looked at your previous posts and every quilt is magnificent!
    You've had lots of snow I see and I love the pics with the horses in the background. Your other little helper on the table is so cute πŸ™‚
    You are so inspiring with your lovely quilts.

  • Unknown says:

    Beautiful….how did you get the extra pieces of batting under the quilt top? Do you leave the bottom of your quilt loose…not attached to the leaders or rollers? If so how do you keep it taut and straight while quilting down the quilt. I'm a new longarmer, and would love some tips if you do't mind. Thanks so much. I love looking at your quilts

  • Mary Caldwell says:

    Wow~! Great quilt but the quilting really makes it fabulous. I want to be you when I grow up~!!!

  • Nicole says:

    One of your most beautiful quilting jobs for sure!

  • Manoli says:

    ItΒ΄s a beautiful quilt. Your quilting work is wonderful.

  • Kathy Schwartz says:

    Great idea to study the hand quilting designs. You were able to transfer them to machine quilting beautifully! I have to go find my old hand quilting design book I bought years ago and look at it again with new eyes! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • WoolenSails says:

    I think your vision was wonderful and it quilted out beautifully, love the designs and the layout you used.


  • Patti says:

    Simply beautiful. You are an inspiration!

  • Farm Quilter says:

    Love the quilting!!! Fabulous job πŸ™‚ I still haven't figured out that inner part of the circle wreath of feathers…maybe one day!! You obviously have it totally nailed!!

  • Janet O. says:

    Stunning, Linda! I just came from Lisa's blog where I saw this quilt. I love how you show the process behind the quilting. You always do an incredible job.
    For your free hand feathered wreath, do you at least mark circles to follow?

  • Abby says:

    Beautiful! Thanks for the tip of the extra batting in blocks. Your quilting is so amazing and inspiring. How long does a quilt like this take???/

  • Jana says:

    I am looking on your quilting and wondering how ever it could someone make? It is so beautiful. I am still on straight lines quilting, nothing more… I love these intricate designs, but I couldn't do them…

  • Susan P says:

    Wow! Just beautiful. You are so talented.

  • janice says:

    I honestly don't know how you could give it back! It is incredible!

  • Deb says:

    It is totally stunning, you did an amazing job!

  • Sue says:

    Oh I think I just died and went to heaven! This is just stellar!! I really love that pattern and will have to make a call the PG and I LOVE the quilting as always! This is just so beautiful. Takes my breath away! I really love that antique quilt design and also the way the non-pieced blocks 'pop'! My oh my!

  • Beardie Mom says:

    Absolutely exquisite — everything about this quilt! I can't stop looking at it!

  • Rita says:

    I should have known this was one of Lisa's designs. I love everything she does. Your quilting is spectacular!

  • Margaret says:

    Your quilting on Lisa's quilts is the icing on the cake. Absolutely beautiful. Be proud!

  • Candace says:

    Another award winner, Linda! I wondered how you got those wreaths to pop – great idea! Hope you all feel better soon.

  • Miriam says:

    Stunning Linda!!!

    Hope everyone is better quickly.

  • RandyQuilter says:

    LOVE IT!!! I'm getting ready to start quilting and I've been drawing all day trying to figure out what to put on it. I thought I would look at one of the older posts but this is going to work perfectly. Thanks so much for sharing your talent!!!! And I am so glad that Lisa found you and put you on her blog so I could be so inspired by you. One question do you use a stencil to mark your feather wreaths they are so perfect

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  • Cathy says:

    Wow, your quilting is spectacular! I like Lisa's piecing design too.

  • Anne says:

    It's a wonderful design made even more spectacular by your fabulous quilting! Another WOW!

  • donna.sparling says:

    Gorgeous!!! Thanks so much for sharing your talent.

  • Linda C says:

    Linda. Its simply stunning!!!! Now l am trying to work out how l can get you to quilt one of my quilts!!!

  • Patsy says:

    This is so beautiful; thanks for sharing the photos and your process for developing your quilting designs. I could just stare at your quilts all day!

  • Phyllis says:

    This is just the most beautiful quilt, you and Lisa have done it again. Love the pattern, love the fabric and love your amazing quilting. It is wonderful you take inspiration from antique quilts, not only because there is so much beauty to be found there but this way the old patterns live on and find a new life. This is also a great blogpost because we can see the whole process of making the pattern, the way you work. Once again: will someone organise a show of your quilts and hang them with the backs showing…?

  • Furball Farm Quilting says:

    Simply stunning!! What a great team you and Lisa make!

  • prairie says:

    Very beautiful. I love what you are doing with your quilting. Thanks for sharing.

  • Sinta Renee says:

    That quilt is gorgeous! You really brought it to life!!! I hope everyone at your house is feeling better now!

  • Debbie says:

    Amazing as usual! Love to see your work.

  • Michele says:

    I am speechless. It is just gorgeous. Nicely done.

  • KaHolly says:

    I am in awe.

  • RandyQuilter says:

    Linda on your feathered wreaths do you use a stencil to trace them on or is it you amazing ability to do them free hand

  • Sarah says:

    Beautiful quilting work. When your weeping willow feather was in progress it looks like angels wings!

  • Unknown says:

    I am in awe! From start to finish !