Oh gosh, it is been one of those weekends where all I did was run around and nothing went smoothly.  It poured rain all weekend too!  I wanted to start quilting a client quilt, but realized I have no navy thread.  I couldn’t believe it!!  How could I let that one get by me???  So I had to order some and moved on to another client quilt.  I know now to double check that I have the right threads!!!  Newbie mistake.  Sunday, we participated in the Race for the Cure in  downtown Kalamazoo.  My dad’s good friend lost his wife to Breast Cancer 5 yrs ago, so we did the Mile Family Walk in her memory.  It was cold and poured rain the entire time for the 5 hours we were outside!!  I swear my feet were still freezing when I went to bed last night!!  I bought the girls some light pink ponchos for a field trip they went on today, so they were a big hit yesterday.  Everyone kept asking me if I had purchased them at the event.  I bought them the night before at Wal-Mart.  When we got home last night, I had to help Scott and the girls pack for an overnight field trip to Mackinac Island.  They got up at 3:30 this morning!!  They will come home tomorrow night.  I just wish the weather was warmer for them.

Anyways, I did finish another client quilt.  Another favorite, of course.  This quilt belongs to Rita, who was also voted as Quilter of the Year for our guild.  It will hang in a special display booth at the quilt show honoring Rita.  Hmmm, no pressure on me to make sure the quilting is beautiful.  Right.

This is a gorgeous scrappy 9 patch quilt.  Here’s the story behind this quilt…Rita has made a 9 patch at the end of every quilt she has ever made with the leftover fabrics from the project.  Isn’t that just a wonderful idea???  So this quilt has been a work in progress over many years.  Just look at all those 9 patches!!  She requested that I do the same allover that I did on my Tumbler quilt.  She left the borders up to me if I thought they needed a separate treatment.  Of course!! 🙂

Gorgeous!  I took inspiration for the border design from the fabric in the borders.

A closeup of the fabric.

The back is so pretty too.

A gorgeous quilt with a great story.

I’m off to work, hopefully later I’ll have time to catch up a little!!


  • Simone de Klerk says:

    What a great idea a 9-patch quilt from already made quilts!
    Great machine quilting too~!

  • Yvette says:

    I love the look of the all over in the center and the separate border treatment. She is going to love it!

  • Nicole says:

    That is such a wonderful idea to make a nine patch at the completion of every quilt one makes! I may have to start doing that too!
    Your quilting is fabulous Linda! Can't wait to see what you do with my baby quilt!

  • Lynn says:

    Beautiful! You are inspiring me to try some feathers again.

  • Lori says:

    You did a fantastic job quilting it and I'm sure she will be pleased as punch!

  • Sunnybec says:

    Linda, I never get tired of looking at your quilting it's just so beautiful

  • WoolenSails says:

    Beautiful quilting and I am sure she will love it.
    I am going to start one today for my bed, so I will need to think about how to quilt it, when it is done.


  • Candace says:

    What a great idea – think if all of us did that after each quilt – there would be so many gorgeous quilts! Are you floating your quilts now, Linda? This is just gorgeous and I can see how hard they are to send back to the owners!

  • Impera Magna says:

    Beautiful… both the quilt and the quilting!

  • Patti says:

    Wow, that turned out gorgeous. I love it. I forgot today was the trip to the Island. They will have fun, Blake wishes he could go again. We took our winter gear and didn't need it, but it looks like they will, especially for the ferry ride over. It doesn't matter the kids don't notice that kind of stuff, only us "grown ups" do.

  • Diane says:

    Oh Linda, Rita's quilt turned out fantastic–love how you quilted it. I'm drooling over it. Love the layout she used for this 9-patch just lovely work by you both.

  • Jeanette says:

    What a fabulous idea to make 9-patches up. Your quilting is beautiful. Hugs,

  • Mama Pea says:

    What a great quilt! Good one! It will be great in its place of honor. I'm so sorry you got so cold and wet this weekend. What a bummer! I want our hot tub hooked up for this winter, because that's what I need when I get that cold! Hope you've warmed up by now, though the weather is still not helping!

  • Sue says:

    The quilt is lovely, Linda! Hasn't our Michigan weather been strange. We've had to turn the heat back on. Not fun. I want to be in the warm sunshine:/

  • West Michigan Quilter says:

    Beautiful quilting on that quilt. You just keep being awesome! Yeah, this Michigan weather is for the birds!

  • Allie says:

    Brrr – I got cold just reading this! Hasn't the weather been awful? Can't imagine going to Mackinac right now…..I'm going to wait til August, lol.
    That is one gorgeous quilt Linda, you've quilted it beautifully – the border really mimics the fabric. Excellent job and I love the story!

  • susiloci says:

    Que maravilla de edredón!!!!

  • Joan says:

    What a lovely quilt – and a great story too. Your quilting is amazing – still cant believe you havnt had your longarm for long!!

  • Carol says:

    What a wonderful quilt…she's going to just love it. It will be fantastic hanging in the show!

  • Desley says:

    What a great idea to make the nine patch. I cut 2 1/5 inch and 1 1/2 inch squares from the smaller pieces of fabric left from each project, but hadn't thought to make it into blocks. But one day I will make a quilt from all these squares.

  • Linda says:

    That's a great idea on that quilt…it sure turned out gorgeous. I hope you warm up soon…we have had drizzle on and off for several days and it isn't supposed to end until Thursday!

  • Mary @ Neat and Tidy says:

    Good for you for participating in the walk even if the weather was bad!

  • Kristin says:

    I have been wanting to comment on this post, but have been so busy studying (per usual). I wanted to tell you that this turned out beautifully! Once again, your quilting turned a pretty quilt top into a gorgeous quilt!

  • Michele says:

    Lovely quilt as usual 🙂 how wonderful that you did the Mile Walk…..what a great cause.