Ronda has been working on a beautiful quilt designed by Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings, while at Market in Houston last November the quilt was staged in Moda’s booth. Ronda and I trekked over there and took some photos of the quilting by Linda Hrcka of the Quilted Pineapple. We also were able to visit with Lisa and Linda both, as well as Lisa’s charming husband who was manning the booth! I was so enchanted by Lisa’s quilts and Linda’s quilting that when I attended preview night for the main show I made a beeline for the Primitive Gatherings Booth to make a couple of purchases. Log Jam will be made for my brother-in-law, he has a beautiful home in Island Park, ID and this quilt will fit in perfect. And for Cordeeaiybray I will be making Portland Rose. But we must get back to Ronda’s Words!
Ronda calls this quilt her “Words” quilt, it is actually “Words to Live By” and we should all strive to live up to this quilts expectations! I have been watching Ronda chronicle the making of Words on her blog and I knew I was going to have to step up the the plate and hit this one out of the ball park. When she dropped the quilt off we visited The Quilted Pineapple to see what battings were used, wool and bamboo were the soup du jour, Ronda had brought the wool and all I needed to do was add the Bamboo…. easy you would think right? Well I forgot the bamboo until she called to see if I remembered – I had started quilting and it was a bunch of feathers and I really did not want to perform the frog stitch on all of those feathers, Ronda said it was ok. So I quilted some more feathers and then had a skipped stitch and said OK – the quilt wins! I called Ronda to let her know I would be taking the quilting out and adding the bamboo – obviously this quilt would not be happy with out it!
Those stitches go in a lot faster than they come out! Threads were removed and needle holes were carefully steamed and the quilt was reloaded, but only after a VERY thorough clean of the machine and re-thread from scratch with several adjustments to be sure we had no more skipped stitches!
Now I was ready to quilt, stabilizing the quilt first means quilting the borders and any ditch work as well as outline the appliqués. Then the fun could begin. I referred to my photos from market and visited The Quilted Pineapple a lot! Some of Linda’s quilting was outright copied and sometimes I put my own spin on it! I hope you enjoy!
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And with permission from Linda Hrcka a link to The Quilted Pineapple. Her quilting is PHENOMENAL! I hope you will take the time to visit!