As I stated in an earlier post, I have been a quilting maniac.  I’m playing a little catch up with client quilts from when I was sick.  I’m not totally caught up, but I’m getting there.  Thank goodness!  Thank goodness all my clients have been super understanding as well. πŸ™‚  All the quilts I’ve been working on recently have been custom quilts.  Custom quilting, while I love it and I love doing it, it takes the most out of me.  It’s a mental as well as a physical workout!  I wished it was more of an ab workout! LOL!!  I’ve been noticing that I’ve been quilting on my toes.  I have no idea why, but I’m developing calves of steel! πŸ™‚  The funny thing is I don’t even realize I’m doing it.

In between custom quilts, I recently quilted an allover quilt for my client and friend, Patti. Patti also made the beautiful braid quilt I quilted here.  I love it.

 Of course I love it because it’s a Schnibbles pattern!!  The pattern is McGuffy by Carrie Nelson for Miss Rosie’s Quilt Co.  I believe she used a couple of Charm Packs and yardage from Wee Woodland by Keiki for Moda.  I don’t think I loved this fabric before, but now that I see it in a quilt…I love it!!  Both Patti and I agreed that these fabrics would make a great Fall quilt.  Patti made the quilt a bit larger by making the borders a little bigger.

I went with a freehand allover loose swirl, which I think was nice compliment to the quilt.  It’s the first time I’ve quilted this design.  I was a little nervous, but it was a ton of fun to quilt.  It was nice to change things up from custom quilting briefly.

I will definitely quilt this design again!  I’m very happy with how the swirls came out.

The backing fabric is super cute!  Patti supplied the batting, which was a Hobbs Heirloom 80/20.  She pieced it together using that fusible tape stuff for batting.  It worked quite well.  I didn’t have any issues quilting over it.  I used a light green So Fine Thread from Superior.

I get a lot of emails asking about my freehand quilting.  What do I do?  Practice, time and patience.  I don’t even really have time for doodling anymore, so my practice is just quilting.  The more I quilt, the better my quilting gets.  I saved all my first practice pieces. Once and a while, I like to take them out and glance over them just to see how far I’ve come.  It even amazes me because I don’t realize it day-to-day.  This is my very first practice piece from the day my machine was set up.  My very first swirls…

Yikes. They look like snails. πŸ™‚ We all start somewhere.  It’s easy to get frustrated at first, heck I still do.  It’s fun to look back and see progress, but really it gives me an appreciation.  And a good laugh.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!


  • Sue says:

    Great post, Linda! I do love the swirls in a quilt and yours are lovely. That really is a neat quilt too with those fabrics!!

  • Brandie says:

    I love that green fabric in the border and the backing. Fabulous swirls! It goes well with the quilt.

  • WoolenSails says:

    Wonderful quilt and fabrics and the design makes it fun, beautiful work.


  • Donna says:

    Pretty quilt and the quilting makes it! Love the swirl design. On your tip toes πŸ™‚

  • Sheila says:

    Lovely quilt and lovely swirls , great fabrics!You have come a long way , a huge improvement from that first stitching ,now you are amazing!

  • Carrie P. says:

    Well done,
    I am going to take a class on Long arm quilting at one of our shops. I plan to rent their machine and see if I can do some of my own quilts. I hope I can become as good as you one day.
    I guess instead of sticking your tongue out while you work you stand on tip toes. lol

  • Archie the wonder dog says:

    Great post! I love the swirls on the McGuffy – it looks brilliant!

  • Impera Magna says:

    Fun looking back on your first quilting samples/practice…. you've definitely come a LONG way, baby!


  • Abby and Stephanie says:

    When I saw the photo I thought how much I love the Bento quilt pattern. Oops…guess it's very similar. Anyway…I always love seeing your quilting designs on the always lovely quilts.

  • Darlene says:

    Love, love the swirls on the Schnibbles quilt.

  • Yvette says:

    Oh, I really love those swirls.
    Now I am craving a vanilla swirl ice cream cone. Yum! If I gain weight it is all your fault. LOL!

  • Kathy Schwartz says:

    Your swirls look great!
    I'll have to try quilting on my toes so I have calves of steel too! πŸ™‚

  • Cardygirl says:

    Great quilting…love that backing!

  • Jeanette says:

    Love the swirls. The quilt is lovely. Hugs,

  • West Michigan Quilter says:

    Wow, you've come a long way. Love your swirls. Maybe I need to practice more?

  • Melanie says:

    Great pep talk—there's hope for me out there….

  • Linda says:

    Wonderful!! I love that fabric…I made a custom diaper bag for a client out of that fabric…it was such fun!!

  • LuAnn says:

    I love your swirls pattern. I am going to have to make one of the Schnibbles quilts one of these days. Every one I've seen is just darling. Your quilting makes them look even better.

  • QuiltSue says:

    I really do love your quilting on your friend's quilt. It's amazing to see just how far you have come in such a short time. The before and afters could have been done by different people!

  • Candace says:

    Hee…we've been longarming about the same amount of time and I can't even come close to your first quilt doodles, Linda! I keep hoping that coming to visit you here will rub off on me in a good way, someday ;>) I love Patti's quilt! The allover swirl is perfect for it!

  • Terry says:

    What a pretty quilt! I love the backing fabric! :0)

  • Mama Pea says:

    Beautiful quilt! Patti did a great job on that. And as always, your quilting is just the cat's meow that finishes it off perfectly!

  • Kathy Thomas says:

    I love this quilt! Your longarm quilting is BEEEutiful!!! You inspired me to get back into my sewing room!