In some aspects I feel way ahead of the game, in others I am overwhelming behind!! LOL!!!  In regards to this year’s Summer Block of the Week and Freebie for Primitive Gatherings designed by Lisa Bongean, I am waaaaayyyyyy ahead compared to previous years!  Usually I do not get them until fall to quilt, so Lisa is way ahead too!!!  Sunflower Gatherings is the 2014 Summer Block of the Week available here and in my opinion the most beautiful (mine and Lisa’s best work) one yet in the series!!!   I have plenty of photos to share, so I will let them do the talking. πŸ™‚

Gorgeous wool applique on cotton.  I quilted gorgeous feathers throughout the quilt.

Straight lines and curved cross hatching to create a beautiful frame around the quilt.  Each block is uniquely quilted as each block is different and unique.

 I quilted on the wool applique where necessary.  It adds a wonderful touch and dimension.

 A little cross hatching and quilting on the birds is a wonderful addition.

 Adding a little quilting to the watering can is an added detail, but also functional.  It helps keep the applique from puckering or puffing out too much.

Straight lines are quilted in the “chains” around the blocks with a new block created in the quilting between the blocks.

I cannot pick a favorite part of the quilt, however I do LOVE how the borders turned out!!

The top of the quilt, I added above the sunflowers a beautiful curved cross hatched design with feathers.

Lots of swirly pebbles, feathers and straight lines!!

I think it is always cool to see the quilt before quilting.

The back was gorgeous, but the lighting made it difficult to capture the quilting.  Now for specifics on the quilt….I used So Fine and Bottom Line by Superior.  I also tried a thread called Wonderfil for some stitch in the ditch and in the bobbin.  It is a VERY fine thread, 100wt.  It worked well!  I will experiment some more with it.  Batting is a double layer of Dream Orient by Quilters Dream Batting.

And one pretty photo in the sun. πŸ™‚


  • Hannele says:

    It's simply gourgeous!

  • Unknown says:

    You are amazing! The pattern for this is all LB, but you took it to a new level. You have mad skills!

  • Patti says:

    I second what the lady above said!!! Mad skills

  • Colleen says:

    I have seen quilts where the quilting overshadows the beautiful applique but in this case it is the perfect compliment. Absolutely gorgeous!

  • Darlene says:

    I love everything you do and wish I could afford to have something quilted. This quilt is drop dead gorgeous. Lisa is very blessed to have you to quilt her beauties.

  • Nancie Anne Quilts says:

    Breathtaking work on both your parts! I Love It!

  • Jan Hutchison says:

    Another spectacular quilt! I like Invisifil too – nice for SID.

  • Jan Hutchison says:

    Another spectacular quilt! I like Invisifil too – nice for SID.

  • Jacqueline says:

    OMG drop dead gorgeous.

  • Vicki W says:

    It's spectacular!

  • Jean says:

    WOW! Your quilting is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!!!! The quilt is also stunning!

  • Brandie says:

    Awesome! You two make a great team! I agree, this may be the best yet!

  • Sheila says:

    Incredible , a gorgeous quilt and gorgeous quilting , you are both masters at what you do πŸ™‚

  • Janet O. says:

    Absolutely stunning, Linda. Pinning this post, for sure!

  • Yvette says:

    Wow! I will probably be sorry I didn't sign up. It is absolutely gorgeous!!!

  • Sandi says:

    Incredible stitching Linda, I'm anxiously waiting for my first blocks to arrive, it always takes longer to get to Canada. Thanks for the lovely preview of the finished product!

  • Unknown says:

    I agree that this is yours and Lisa's best yet. I don't know how you both do it. This is absolutely gorgeous!!! You make a really Great team.

  • Vivian says:

    No words can adequately praise the obvious beauty of this quilt and the quilting. WOW !!! It's gorgeous !!!

  • Julee says:

    wow!!! Love the pattern and your quilting.

  • Raylene Smith says:

    another beautiful example of how you make a quilt come to life…great job..

  • Kaaren says:

    There are no words to describe your quilting, Linda. Lisa's design is gorgeous but your quilting has made it over-the-moon! Stunning!

  • Carol says:

    WOWSER Linda it is amazing!

  • Me and My Stitches says:

    Beautiful! I'm so glad that I caved and am doing the SBOW! Your quilting is amazing!

  • jomomma says:

    Once again I'm totally awestruck by your incredible quilting talent. I just keep scrolling through this post over and over trying to take it all in. Thank you for sharing and inspiring!

  • Lynn says:

    Amazingly gorgeous! Great job by both of you.

  • Beardie Mom says:

    Above and beyond eye candy. oooo and ahhh worthy and thensome!
    Can you say "ribbons", "awards", "recognition" — your love of quilting shines through! Thank you for sharing!

  • Mary Caldwell says:

    Stunning~! I still want to be you when I grow up. Thank you for sharing the gorgeous pictures with us.

  • GIJane279 says:

    Linda, I don't know how you two manage to out do yourself each time. Lisa's design and your quilting are AMAZING… I love love love it and now I'm even more excited to be a part of the 2014 Summer Block of the week. By the way I sent you an email but I'm not sure if you got it it was before your big win!!! πŸ™‚ Congrats again by the way. My email is when you have a moment I have questions about your long arm work. Thanks Liz

  • Candace says:

    Wow – you and Lisa are a team for sure, Linda! I love how you made this quilt dance!

  • Unknown says:

    IMPECCABLE ^;^ Oh My Goodness Over The Top ! I love, love, love the border too !! I especially love what you have done above the little yellow flower appliques. It looks like the peaks and valleys of an old iron fence surrounding a very stately mansion !! Gogeous ! Wow to you and Lisa !

  • Unknown says:

    Another beautiful job Linda! I love seeing the before and after pics. Appreciate so much that you give details about thread and batting …all of those choices make a difference. How was quilting the 2 layers of Dream Orient? You and Lisa are a wonderful team…thanks for all the eye candy and ideas!

  • Geoff's Mom says:

    Wow! That is so beautiful! I am so glad I caved in and ordered this quilt kit!.. I love it so much. I have too many projects but I couldn't pass on this one. Your quilting makes the quilt that much beautiful! Thanks for taking all the wonderful pictures!

  • Carrie ~ Cricketwood Prims says:

    It is not easy to find the perfect words to describe your quilting, especially on this quilt! Frosting on the cake is one of my favorites I have heard but your quilting is more! Thank you for sharing the close ups, right down to the smallest part, your quilting really finished this quilt and made it a masterpiece!

  • SueJean says:

    This quilt is absolutely stunning. Thank-you for all the photos. You and Lisa both do such beautiful work. So excited to make this quilt.

  • Beardie Mom says:

    I loved your "quilted" block you created in the chains in between the blocks.
    I did the same just with a few 4 patch blocks and some solids — I love the way the quilting turned out! I wanted to say thank you!!!

  • Michele says:

    Simply stunning!

  • skye says:

    Phenomenal!!! I love just absorbing all the wonderful details here &, as always, your quilting enhances the already beautiful piecing!!

  • Beverly C. Stigge says:

    Linda this is a spectacular quilt! Congratulations on your superior quilting strengths too. Primitive Gatherings products are designed so well too.

    NEXT year I will be getting Lisa's blocks done!

  • Anonymous says:

    Amazing! beautiful!