I am happy to report I am back home from the Grand Rapids AQS Show.  I have been home for a week,  but I seem to have caught a horrendous cold.  It has knocked me off my feet, literally.  Yesterday, I couldn’t even get out of bed.  Quilting has been impossible, which is so frustrating with looming deadlines, not to mention a family.  I was able to quilt until the fever started.  Now, I have given in to just riding out the “cold” storm.  I figure if I don’t rest, it will just get worse.  Today, I am feeling much better.

I have lots to share about Grand Rapids!!!!!  Tons!!!!!  Next week, though. 🙂  I will share the quilt that I just gave a peek of last post, “Lisa’s Favorite Things” the Summer Freebie from Primitive Gatherings.  I LOVE it!!  Wool is near and dear to my heart, so of course I love it. 🙂  Lisa loves it too!!!  She was very happy with the quilting!!  It was a big hit in the Primitive Gatherings booth at the show.  I think lots of folks that missed out on it being a freebie plan on ordering it as a kit.  I will let the photos do the all the talking!!

 I have a great little quilt holder. 🙂

 I quilted on all the wool applique, not heavily but enough to secure them and give the motifs definition.   I even quilted over all the stitched words.  You cannot even tell but the effect is awesome.  Makes the words look as if they were stitched after it was quilted!
I created a basket weave pattern with the quilting.  I love it!!!  Very fitting for the quilt. 
 The basket weave really flattens the background fabric allowing the wool appliques to stand out.  I divided the background into 1″ squares to create the design.  Takes time and patience but well worth the effect!!!!

Lots of freehand feathers.  I wanted them to mimic a flowing flowers climbing a trellis and overflowing out of the basket of flowers.

 Lots of micro stippling too.

I love the back too!!!  I love the way light threads look on a dark backing.  Creates a very striking look.  Makes the quilting look super cool.  That is my personal opinion.

  Specifics…all threads are So Fine by Superior.  Batting is Hobbs 80/20 in black.  All quilting is freehand.  The quilt is wool applique on cotton.  Kits will be available from Primitive Gatherings here.

Hope everyone has wonderful weekend!!!


  • Lady Locust says:

    Too sick to quilt! That's bad. Do take care, chicken noodle soup & lots of water, etc. Love the quilt – it looks so cozy.
    Hope you feel better soon & looking forward to your sharings.

  • Angie says:

    This quilt is just GORGEOUS and I'm seriously green with envy!!! You did a fabulous job!

  • Grit says:

    Wow, what a beautiful Quilt. Fantastic!!!!
    Liebe Grüße Grit

  • Karen says:

    The border adds so much to the quilt design. What a great quilt! Good finish.

  • Kindred Quilts says:

    Stunning! The quilting you did on the freebie from PG is absolutely stunning! Each picture became an "awe" moment as I scrolled down. The small stippling, and the basket weave are my favorite!
    Feel better soon!

  • marie says:

    Sorry about your bad cold, seems like it's going around every where. The quilting is awesome, a fabulous job. Any hints to tell my long-armer about quilting on the wool—–as she is fearful that she would break a needle (never quilted on wool). Can't wait to get my finished-after I design my borders with my favorite things.

  • Tina says:

    Wow! This is fantastic!

    • Linda says:

      Thank you , Tina!!!! Can't wait until I finish my own version! 🙂 replying here because you are a no-reply blogger.

  • WoolenSails says:

    I love the quilt, such a nice design and your quilting on it is beautiful. I had a problem quilting around wool and saw that I can remove the foot when I do free motion to get around the large appliqués.


  • Karen says:

    I'm sorry you are not feeling well, that's not fun anytime of the year. The quilt is gorgeous, so many inspirations!! Thanks for sharing your quilting! I think I might just order the kit!

  • Sue says:

    Linda, it is beautiful and I enjoyed seeing it at the show:) You know I LOVE wool too and this is a beauty!

    It was so nice getting to meet you at the show! You are truly a sweetheart and I am so happy for your success!!

  • Mama Pea says:

    It is so outstanding! Way to go. You probably wore yourself out at the booth and then came into soooo many germs. Hope you are feeling better! Hope to see you soon!

  • Yvette says:

    I would love to see that in person. Incredible!!

  • Razzle Dazzle Quilter says:

    Inspiring quilting. Thank you for sharing

  • Teresa Silva says:

    Wow!! This quilt turned out amazing. Love how you quilted it.

  • Donna says:

    Oh my goodness … it is beautiful!! What lovely quilting and of course I love the design.
    I saw your pic on Stephanie's blog at the quilt show. Hope you feel better soon!

  • Damenana says:

    Bravo !!!! C est une merveille…je l adore
    Douce soirée de France

  • Lynn says:

    That's how I know if I've just got a cold or I'm really sick too! If I can't even sew then I really should be in bed. Take care!

    The quilting is gorgeous! Love that basket weave pattern. It looks time consuming but spectacular. I'm gonna keep that one in mind for a special project.

  • Melia Mae Quilting says:

    Absolutely gorgeous. I stopped by the booth to see you but you must have been on break. It was an awesome show!

  • Karen - Quilts...etc. says:

    very pretty – I just recently found Primitive Gatherings on line and will be in Wisconsin soon to visit family – I believe the store is about an hour and a half from my daughters house and I think I will check it out.

  • Sandi says:

    What a spectacular choice of quilting designs! They are awe inspiring. I have to get back on track and finish my blocks and design my own favourite things for the border.

    May mine become half as inspirational.

    Feel better soon, lots of rest and fluids.

  • Abby and Stephanie says:

    Stunning quilt and quilting. I hope you're feeling groovy by now.

  • Archie the wonder dog says:

    Wow, it's fabulous!!!!! I hope you feel better soon xx

  • Kathleen says:

    It's gorgeous!! I just love seeing all your quilting. They are always so beautiful. Are you taking on new customers?

  • Jocelyn says:

    Wow this is a gorgeous quilt. And the quilting is amazing!

  • Sharon says:

    Hope you are feeling better now. I enjoyed the opportunity to meet you at the show.. I too had a couple of quilts hanging in a shopkeeper's booth. Fun to see people's reactions.

  • Darlene D says:

    Absolutely amazing quilting!

  • Prim Gal says:

    Still working on mine. Absolutely beautiful work. So creative. What kind of batting did you use?

  • Unknown says:

    Amazing work and such lovely detail,you are so talented!

  • Sue says:

    beautiful, I can't find the pattern on PG though?

  • GIJane279 says:

    I love love love your work!!!! I love that you have teamed up with Lisa B. since I love love love her projects. I hope you feel better soon!

  • GIJane279 says:

    LOL guess I should of read just a bit closer, I just saw the date of your post was last year! I'm sure you've recovered by now 🙂