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. 🙂 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. 🙂
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.
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. 🙂