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So it’s been one of those weeks.  You know the kind where you just want to draw a big red line through it on the calender, be glad it’s over and move on to the next week.  It all started with jury duty.  Honestly, it really doesn’t bother me to do my duty to serve as a juror, but the whole process could be a little more convenient.  Not being able to call until after 5:00 PM to find out if you need to report and then having to report by 8:15 AM the next morning.  I had to leave my house by 7:30 AM just to barely get there on time, which meant Scott had to leave late for work to make sure the girls got off to school.  Then, to sit there for hours and just wait and wait.  More like stewing.  LOL!  Oh well, it’s over now.  Moving on…Elaina came home sick Wednesday.  Poor thing.  I picked her up just in time for her to get sick as soon as we walked in the door.  Good times.  I know things are looking up because Karen from the shop called me to tell me that my FQ bundle of Ruby is in!!!!!  Yippee!  I’m going to pick it up tonight while the girls are at dance!!  I’ll probably just sit in my car and admire each FQ.  Now that’s therapy!! πŸ™‚

I need to show the pics of Ellen’s finished quilt that I just gave you a peek of.  It’s actually a baby quilt pattern from the book More William Morris Applique by Michelle Hill. Since everyone seems to enjoy a lot of photos, I won’t disappoint. πŸ™‚

It’s amazing how different a quilt can look by your fabric choices.  Ellen did not go with traditional William Morris style fabrics.  I love how it turned out!

I had a hard time choosing quilting for this one.  The quilt has a whimsy look, but yet a little formal at the same time after looking starring at it.  It’s a busy quilt.  The curling feathers really looked the best in the border.  It created a beautiful frame around the quilt.  I chose to freehand the spine instead of pre-drawing with my circle templates.  I wanted a less formal and free flowing feather.

I’m not a huge fan of stippling, but really after trying several other background fills, it really was the best choice.  It needed to be simple.  Scott kept asking me why I didn’t want to quilt the puzzle pieces.  Funny, that’s what he calls stippling.  He’s right, that’s what it looks like!  I tried to explain to him that these feathers were like “Filet Mignon” and stippling was like “hamburger.”  LOL!  I think the stippling was a perfect compliment, so maybe it was more like a nice Bearnaise sauce. πŸ™‚ Nice job, Scott!

The back.

I chose to go with a light creamy thread top and bobbin to give the back all that pretty texture.  Except for one spot. 

Cute little addition to the flowers.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

28 Comments

  • WoolenSails says:

    Beautiful quilting and it is perfect for that quilt.

    Debbie

  • Impera Magna says:

    Beautiful… stippling is often over done but sometimes it's just plain perfect!

    Hope Elaina is feeling better!

  • Lynette says:

    What a wonderful quilt – I love her fabric choices. The quilting adds to the beauty, too – great job!

  • Megan says:

    I love all those feathers! They really make the quilt. Hope you find some time to rest (and sew!) this weekend.

  • Brooke says:

    Oh. Wow.

    What a wonderful piece of art!! The quilting you chose is exactly right for this quilt. You did an amazing job of making this a true heirloom.

  • Sunnybec says:

    What an absolutely beautiful baby quilt. I have just done a baby quilt and wish it looked like that!! Can't show mine yet as the person it is for reads my blog! Lovely lovely quilting….as usual. xx

  • Kathleen says:

    Outstanding design on those corners. Beautiful workmanship by both you and Ellen. I love stippling.

  • happydaysquilting says:

    I'm seriously drooling over your feathers, the corners are divine!!

  • Candace says:

    Ellen must be squealing with joy! Great job, once again, Linda! I hope Elaina feels better soon and you have a better week!
    Cheers!

  • Diane says:

    your quilting is just lovely. I tend to hold back on stippling, it seems too easy, right? But sometimes it's just the thing. I'm especially think so on a baby quilt that is possibly going ot get a lot of use and there by a lot of washing.

  • Sue says:

    Sometimes stippling is what a quilt needs though…especially baby quilts. I love the fabrics in this quilt and the whole look is perfect. Very sweet.

    Hope your Elaina starts feeling better soon too

  • West Michigan Quilter says:

    What a beautiful quilt. I'm glad she chose those fabrics over the traditional ones. I love your quilting. Your feathers are perfect!

  • Lynn says:

    I understand how you feel about stippling. I don't like it much either. But you have to do what is best for the quilt. In this case, I think it's perfect. It doesn't detract from the beautiful feathers in the border or from the wonderful applique.

  • Donna says:

    Bless Elaina and you! I love Ruby too πŸ™‚
    The quilt is gorgeous! I love the stippling with the feathers … perfect for the quilt!

  • Sinta Renee says:

    What a nice treat for yourself… and right before the weekend! Can't wait to see what you do with Ruby!
    You worked magic on that quilt. The back looks as wonderful as the front.

  • Michele says:

    Awesome quilt and awsome quilting!! As usual!! I was called for jury duty in the Spring. I know exactly what you mean. Commenting from the skating rink this time……Michele

  • Sheila says:

    What a cute quilt , lovely fabrics and your quilting really is perfect for this masterpiece and I think the stippling looks great here .

  • Cardygirl says:

    Great quilt…she must be thrilled. Hope next week is a little less challenging!

  • Allie says:

    You are a wizard – everything you touch is magical! I love this, Linda, and I hope you have a better week next week!

  • Archie the wonder dog says:

    Gorgeous quilt – I love the quilting and think the stippling was the perfect choice to work with the applique and the feathers. Hope jury duty is over now?

  • QuiltSue says:

    I love the fabrics used, and the row of ducks is just great. I think you're right with the stippling, anything else would have been too much, but the feathers in the borders are perfect.

  • Desley says:

    Sometimes stippling is right for the quilt when the quilting needs to take the back seat. You made the right call with this one.

  • Yvette says:

    Another gorgeous quilting job!

  • Joanne says:

    Your quilting is amazing! The stippling is perfect and your feathers – unbelievable!
    I wish you a wonderful new week.β™₯

  • Quilts And Pieces says:

    What a wonderful baby quilt. It does look very different in those fabrics.

  • Simone de Klerk says:

    What a happy quilt, with those fabrics. Great quilting too!

  • Abby and Stephanie says:

    Totally gorgeous and wonderful compliment of quilting choices. I love seeing the quilted fronts but always enjoy the back as much.

  • Mama Pea says:

    As always, looks beautiful. I can't believe it's William Morris! I have the first book (didn't know there was a second). I want to do something from that first book, but I don't feel "ready." Intimidated by it, I guess.