Inspiration & motivation???………..

Quilt groups have many facets. They serve to instruct, critique, “push” our comfort zones, provide camaraderie and build relationships and friendships that wouldn’t otherwise happen due to the fact that life paths would probably not intersect.

Yesterday’s coming-together was just such a time and here are a few glimpses at what has been accomplished in the last month by these talented ladies……………001  ”Lottery Blocks” assembled into a top/’flimsy’.

002003 Awesome embroidery!!!!!!!

005 Carol’s “Rapid Fire Hunter’s Star”

006 “Shadow Box”

008 “Quilt-O” idea from Fons & Porter’s “Love of Quilting” magazine a couple of months ago, to be used at next Monday’s local quilt group gathering.

009 Stash busting….and, yes, that quilt is that bright!!!!!!!

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015  Our resident rug hooker, Kathy, sharing one of her original patterns. The “KLM” are her initials!!!!!!

016019 018   Rosemary with her completed top and runner put together from the “Friendship” blocks we made for her (using the pattern she provided). This will be her bed quilt and was inspired by the framed needlework that hangs above her bed.

022 Framed needlework done by her mom.

026   A QOV donation.

028 029030 Recent ‘new-comers’/mother & daughter……both have caught the “quilting bug”, but Maria (daughter) has really taken off with it, helping with color choices and completing the black/white/red quilt herself. Mom treated her with having a long-armer  quilt it with puppy paws……..so cute!!!!

032 This gal did a quick demo on the clever construction of this one. A specialty ruler was used.

037 Each of us makes one of these blocks to be added to the members’ banner that is displayed at our events.

038  Yes, this is a donation to the QOV program. Lots of beautiful piecing in this one!!! Kudos to Barb!!!!

That’s wraps it up for this month. Til next time………..

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Update….at the river…………

Yes, we finally got a few days/nights in the camper. Gone, for now, is the beautiful green grass that surrounded our site but it’s raked and seeded with new grass seed and awaiting a wee bit of black dirt fill where the current “contoured” it a bit during the flood overflow!! We put down some straw to give us a small clean walkway.001 DH doing what we do best…………………….!!!!

Now, off to quilt group…………………………..

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Ready……Set………

Well, the “Go” part will have to wait a few days. Lawn mowing and finishing the laundry is on the schedule for this afternoon and tomorrow……….yes! We head for the river and the camper!!!! Finally!!!! The green grass on our site has been replaced by mud, unfortunately, but…..the camper is back on its place! Yay!

Anyhow, Leah’s quilt is pin basted and setting by Ms. Sweetie, patiently waiting for the fun to begin.001

The green fabric, on the right, is one of the recent pieces purchased and just didn’t ‘fit’ with the others so it will brighten up the backing a lot!!!!!

Now, off to get some chores done!!!! Stay tuned…………….

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A bit of a peek………….

At Leah’s piecing……..

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Not the whole picture yet!!!!! Plenty of room for some fun quilty stitching. The floral blocks with the triangle corners will have that bias edge rolled back like the “Cathedral Window” frame and hand tacked.

Now, off to piece the backing. The final size will be around 55”x 60”.

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A Stash may reveal…………….

So much. For example…….in 4 years, my taste/choices of fabrics have changed little. (I guess that’s why my stash is so very useful…as much today as it was when it came into being!! LOL!) Evidence of this was truly revealed to me when, a few moments ago, I was reading a comment left by Deb (of “A Simple Life Quilts”) on my post about the squishy package I received yesterday. She mentioned that the petal fabric was like the hydrangea  fabric that she still had in her stash from a while back. That reminded me of why these current buys looked familiar and appealed so much to me. Back in 2010 I made a quilt for my mom from the same line in the blue petal color-way!!!! See this post from last December where I used some of the leftovers for the cuff on a Christmas stocking I made for a gift for Leah…….yup……the same gal who will receive this next quilt!!!!!! So, off I went to dig through my stash totes once again and came up with the fabrics from that quilt gift of years ago (proof that I hang onto everything!)………001  Look familiar??? And here’s yesterday’s photo………..003

My recent purchase included the floral and green (top 2 on the right side) which are definitely the new line.

And, now, on to the cutting………………………………….

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“Squishy” packages…………

Coming in the mail are the best!!! My friend, Annie, at The Bakery Fabrics (Belle Fourche,SD) had teased me (and many others!) with these last week……..so, as I mentioned to a bloggy friend, since going to a ‘brick and mortar’ quilt shop is something I try not to do cuz I’m weak willed, the ‘puter will feed my addiction just fine…sigh! 001  These now reside in my studio patiently awaiting  a metamorphosis into a garden flower themed lap quilt for my dear friend, Leah, who resides in a local long term care facility. The quilt I made for her years ago has definitely seen better days and the in-house laundry, although they were careful, has zapped the color from it.

The fabrics are “Sausalito Cottage” by Holly Holderman for Lake House Dry Goods. There are other prints in the line but I thought I must be able to find something in my stash to round out and add to the 1 yard cuts. And my stash came through for me once again…..yay!!!!! A several yards piece of green from Connecting Threads “Mirage” line called “Sapling” (below, extreme left) is a wonderful green and……and……..pieces left from my Stained Glass quilt (center) fit the bill perfectly!!!!!!!! Awesome!!!!! 003   

I have no idea of a pattern yet (wonder what my dreams will be tonight??!!??) but I’m thinking that I would like to leave the fabric in larger shapes so that Leah can easily see the beautiful petals and flower sprigs.

To be continued………………………………………………

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UFO #1…….a Finish!!!!!!

This is one of two tops that have been pushed to the “back burner” over the past couple of months…….and now, I’m happy to share, there’s one less! I first posted about the fabric here. The photo ‘evidence’ of completion………..001  The stitching motif (which is impossible to get a good shot of) is a flower/leaf with very simple stitching in the green border (just to give weary eyes some rest!). 

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The morning showers has finished and I thought a quick outdoor photo would be possible………well, a lovely breeze came up and…..well…….you kinda get the idea….hmmmmm?

I used Rheingold metallic-like poly, 40 wt, (carried by Madeira) for the top thread and Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70 wt, in the bobbin. For the green border I switched to an Isacord green.

So that’s some of what’s been happenin’ here. Our RV is still not on it’s site in the campground…….we’re hoping that next week will be dry enough. Also, my little notebook/’puter had some pretty major ailments this week and sorta ‘crashed’……insert very unhappy face here!!!……… (hardware stuff!) and is in for a makeover. Thankfully, I/we had just backed everything up on “Carbonite” cuz there’s a really good chance that all will be erased if the fix is possible.

OK…….I think I’ll start on the next UFO. I do hope you’ll stop back for a visit……..I really love having you drop by! Til next time……………………………..

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A fun finish……………….

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Thread use: Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly..70 wt in both the bobbin and top thread. Love this thread! Feathers and McTavishing/echo swirls comprise the stitching motifs in the background. I outline stitched each of the fused pieces after stitching the edges with a machine blanket stitch prior to sandwiching and pin basting. The backing is a very nice quality natural muslin.

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CHROME ALERT!!!!!!

Yes, I know this is a quilter’s blog but this quilter has many facets/interests. You know about a lot of them but one that has probably not come to light just yet is my love of big trucks!!!!! Yup. Several decades(!) ago, DH was a long haul trucker and our lives were on a very fluid schedule….subject to his comings and goings. We owned 3 trucks (with a friend of ours) and diesel fumes seem to permeate everything! Fast forward to last Friday and a truck show that was held at a LaCrosse (WI) dealership which brought together an array of multi-thousand dollar vehicles, many were “created” for show purposes exclusively!!!! So, if you are not enamored of tons of chrome on big rigs, come back tomorrow for a totally/180 degree out post!!!! Hehehehe!!!

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A lot of cleaning/shining/”spit shining” goin’ on before the judges appeared with their clipboards!!!!!

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OK, I do have more pix but………this is enough for this go ‘round, hmmmm? Maybe the next time it’ll be bikes!!!!! Anyhow……..til next time……………………………

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A quick photo recap…………

Of last Tuesday’s meeting of the LaCrosse Area Quilt Guild. The presentation was by a gentleman who will do laser cutting of any fabric for a specific quilt pattern. He advised that several gals do the same pattern as the set-up is the biggest chunk of the $$$ and once he has the folder he is able to cut up to 8 layers of fabric at a time. Interesting!!!!Connecting Threads 3 pc table topper 002

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The above (“T’was the Night Before Christmas”) has 22 different colors in it!!!!! Yikes! It’s available as a kit. Didn’t ask the price.

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Quite the industrious group! There were even more that I didn’t have opportunity to document!!! All gorgeous!!!

Til next time……………………………….

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