Whew!  I feel like this might be the first time I have really sat in front of the computer since my last post.  It has been a whirlwind summer!  Since my last post…the girls each attended academic camps at Western Michigan University (different weeks naturally).  The girls earned scholarships to attend dance camp in Chicago, so we had an all girls’ week there.  AND the girls had competitive team dance camp week here….so basically a month of running around for me.  Quilting only in my free time.  Baaaahhhhhhaaaaa!!!!!  Like I had any free time!!!!  I could barely type that with a straight face. πŸ™‚  Last week, I was in Grand Rapids all week for the AQS Show.  I was working in the Primitive Gatherings Booth.  I met several readers, most of which playfully scolded me for not posting more often.  I will try to do better. πŸ™‚

It occurred to me the other day that I have only shared 3 of the NINE flannel quilts I quilted in the new book Flannel Gatherings by Lisa Bongean.  I put a little button in my sidebar so I do not have to put a link in each post if you would like to purchase the book.  The book is now available too!  Anyways, I thought I would share the very first quilt I quilted for the book…Pennies in the Cabin.  Since this was the first quilt I quilted for the book, it will always be very special to me.

I did not crop the photo above because if you look closely you can see a sad Sarge in the upper right corner.  LOL!!!  When quilts are photographed he is not allowed on the wood floor.  The floors are vacuumed, washed and Swiffered twice before photos so NO Sarge allowed.

I created a quilt design to play up the diamond shape that appears with fabric layout in the log cabin blocks .  I quilted a feather design in the red blocks and straight line design in the black blocks.  I love the simple nature of the quilt, yet it is so striking!

I love the contrast in the quilting between the feathers and straight lines.

Close up of feather block,

Close up of diamond design block.

I just stitched in the ditch around each penny to give them definition.  I did not quilt around them on the background, as there really wasn’t a need to.

The back.

As I was quilting pics.  I know some of you love to see the transformation.  This photo is right at the start of quilting.

Last but not least, a before quilting photo.

I used Dream Orient batting.  My new FAVORITE batting!!!  So Fine Threads from Superior Threads.  I used my straight ruler and curved ruler.  I was gifted a set of ruler from Jamie Wallen and LOVED them!!!!!  I will have another post on the rulers later, but you can buy them here.  Jamie designed his own rulers and they are wonderful!!!

Now to catch up on emails. πŸ™‚


  • WoolenSails says:

    That quilt is gorgeous and your quilting really came out beautifully and shows off the design so wonderfully, just love it.


  • Diane E W says:

    Another quilt in the book I love. Lisa never disappoints me. Love to look at your quilting.
    I'm like a few others, I wish you posted more but I know how hard that is. I just know when you do post it is going to be a lot of eye candy.

  • Candace says:

    Hey Linda! How nice to see you! I'm so happy to hear you've had some quality family time this summer! You deserve it! I love how you transformed this quilt and can't wait to see more! Great photos although I know they look even more fantastic in person because I've seen them!! As always I can't wait to see what you do next!

  • Kathy Schwartz says:

    Glad to hear your having a wonderfully busy summer. Love how you quilted Pennies in a Cabin, can't go wrong with mixing feathers and straight lines.
    Great new picture of you too! πŸ™‚

  • Susan Lawson says:

    Oh my goodness! this is soooo pretty! beautiful! both quilt and quilting. thanks for sharing. sue

  • Leeanne says:

    Oh wonderful! Love your design, so much yummy texture! Your new look blog looks cute too.

  • Queenie Believe says:

    Oh my this flannel is awesome… Sooo snuggly and visually yummy!
    Have a great day.
    Always, Queenie

  • Sherri says:

    So gorgeous! You have had a busy summer! And yes, I love your blog posts…Instagram is great…but there is just that extra something about a blog post!

    Enjoy the rest of summer!

  • Anonymous says:

    It was great to meet you at the show! I hope you had some time to enjoy yourself. I need to add your blog to my feedly list.


  • Sue says:

    So glad to see the photos here on your blog of your quilting because I couldn't see it too well in the book.
    Beautiful as always !!

  • Sue Daurio says:

    boy I'm tired just reading everything you had going on! The quilting is just amazing. I LOVE feathers with the straight lines and diamonds, stunning.

  • Abby and Stephanie says:

    Well I just never tired of looking at your gorgeous quilting. You always come up with the perfect design to highlight the quilt. I always think of the quilts you quilt as reversible as they are as lovely on the back. :o) Has school started yet???

  • Mary says:

    Just gorgeous quiting, Linda!

  • Unknown says:

    Just beautiful! If I ever finish a quilt worthy of your skills I hope you will be able to quilt it for me.

  • Unknown says:

    Your quilting is phenomenal! I hope someday I can finish a quilt that is worthy of your talent and then that you'll accept it for quilting!