Wordless Wednesday…………It’s October!!!!!!!!!

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Pat Sloan and I chatted….

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I just have to “share the love” about my dear friend Wendy. I had the awesome pleasure to do a meet-up last year when DH and I were traveling on the East Coast. She is absolutely the sweetest gal and an uber talented quilter………….and, now she has authored a fab book!!!! Check it out!!!!!! My fmq journey is still in its “infancy” but is, and has been, inspired and nurtured by her through her blog and encouraging notes. I know there are many exciting days ahead for her. Huge “Congrats”, dear Friend!!!!!!!!

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… about my upcoming book Recreating Antique Quilts!  Yeah, the Pat Sloan!!  I still can’t quite believe it, the very very FAMOUS Pat Sloan and I chatted a bit on my book!  Thank you, Pat, for spending a few minutes with me talking about my book!

American Patchwork and Quilting Pocast Wendy Sheppard Sept 2014

Click here to listen to the podcast of the interview.   You will hear a little more about Ivory Baltimore, one of the projects featured in the book.  Could you detect that slight Southern drawl mixed in with the Asian accent in the way I talk?  I get that comment quite often.  So I am just curious if you get that feeling too…

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Meanwhile, you can also read about Landauer’s Meet the Author feature on little ol’ me here.  While you are there, feel free to add to the comment section.  In fact, I would love  for you to do so.

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Movin’ along on a Monday……………

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Thread used: Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70wt, “Turkey Red” (both top and bobbin).

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4 more corners…………….

Completed and I can give you a snippet/idea of what’s goin’ on………………001  This was a hard one to photograph. The tone-on-tone just wouldn’t cooperate!!!!! So……how ‘bout a couple of ‘shots’ of the back??? 002    Still not the best…………..

003  Well, that’s about as good as it gets. The “cathedral window” stitching really does show up nicely on the front, though……….trust me!!!!

Onward…………………………….

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East meets West/Mod continues………….

A bit more accomplished on the Asian inspired quilt. I’ve had stitching ideas for some of the areas but others have come about/gelled as this has progressed. The 4 areas containing this motif are filled in (no, I didn’t do the background cuz it just didn’t tell me that was what would ‘work’)………………………….016  This odd stitching echoes the stitching I did in the spheres that are visible in the upper left corner of the photo. Since this picture is just a snippet, the full effect this section has on the whole cannot really be felt. You are just going to have to trust me……..really! This more ‘mod’ motif has the same ‘feel’ as some of the “Sashiko” quilting motifs I’ve done in the past. I am really in love with how this is turning out!!! It won’t be too long, now, promise……………………………………

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Back to Cresco (IA)………….

And “Quilter’s Garden” quilt shop. Kati had relocated her shop next door to her old spot and today I discovered what had gone in that shop space. It’s a retreat center for crafters!!!!! 013

Yup. It’s the cutest, coziest space that contains all that’s necessary for some really serious “production”!! 004  This front room is a no-nonsense well equipped, and extremely well lit, “work” area.  The flannel/design walls are well located and numerous.003  Joni (one of the owners) was working next store at the quilt shop and so graciously gave Carol and I a quick tour. Cutting mats, iron, all ready to go.008006  But, of course, one would need to keep up their strength with a “goodie” prep/cook area and this was super convenient and well appointed!005   Right down to the specially embroidered towels……012 This inviting eating area will serve well………………….007 But, of course, one does need to take a bit of time for dreaming of that next piecing!010 The dorm style sleeping accommodations were at the ready with their own back entrance. A cute little shower room complete this crafting/quilting oasis. 009 Wouldn’t it be a treat to spend some time in such surroundings, conveniently located next door to a great quilt shop, and sew, sew, sew (or whatever!)! So, if you are reading this in reasonable proximity to N.E. Iowa/Cresco, maybe a gathering of like-minded friends could……….well, you know………………..002

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Now, back to my quilting……………………………………….

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A photo recap………………

Of last Monday’s (local) quilt group meeting. It was at Margaret’s home. She is one of the original gals in this group and the teacher of the quilt class that resulted in our deciding to meet for all these years. We began the time with a “bed turning”……she shared quilts that she will be selling at an upcoming event and she displayed them layered on a bed in her guest room. The quilts are hand pieced and hand quilted by her.001

002 You will notice that some may look familiar as she shared them at last week’s meeting of the quilt guild in Spring Grove that several of us belong to, also!

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Her home displays many of her beautiful piecings:008 009

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017  Carol demo’d her disappearing hourglass quilt block (also shown here). And here are some of the other’s work………..

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019 Aren’t those booties the cutest?? She got the pattern last winter while “snow-birding” in Arizona. 021

022  This is one huge finish by Gwen while her hubby was away on a fishing trip this past summer.

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028    Lynda has outdone herself in the last few months. In her words…she loves to sew!!!!!!! Ya think?????!!!!!!!!

Guess that’s about it for this month’s gatherings. I missed the meeting of the LaCrosse (WI) guild last Tuesday night. Just too much catching up to be done!

Til next time……..Happy, and productive(?), sewing to you all…………………….

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Continuing yesterday’s project………..

Some more SID (stitch in the ditch) with Fil-Tec’s “Essence” nylon thread in ‘Smoke’. It’s really quite nice. A little less shine and I had no problem with any breakage even though it is super fine/thin!! Finished up the center motifs and added a bit to the black areas with the vine.001 A different motif from yesterday’s “yin yang”. There are 4 large blocks with this fabric and I alternated this pattern with the one shown yesterday.

002   The curved leaf/flower applique is outlined and, above it, stitching has been added and ready for background fill.  003  Another view.

And a glimpse of the back………………………………005

It’s beginning to have some “life” now! Tomorrow is a full day away from the machine…….and, then, it’s Friday….again!!!!! These days/weeks fly by way too quickly!!!!

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A peek at what’s on the machine today………

A little something (well, not really ‘little’) with an Asian feel (bonus lint included….LOL!)…………………………….030

031   A little “yin yang” action going on!

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The thread is actually a beautiful variegated metallic gold but it sure didn’t photograph well this time!!

Stay tuned……..and, please, stop back for another visit!!!!

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From a bit of Sunday afternoon fun…………..

To “Design Wall Monday”!!!!!!001

This is the pattern I blogged about here and is available for free download here. Yesterday, after returning from the river in the afternoon and making a couple of apple pies, I wanted to get started on this pattern. (As if I don’t have enough “irons in the fire” now!!!!!)  I’m thinkin’ that the sashings and border will be either a muslin or some type of off-white fabric. I made this with one more row (6 total) than the pattern describes. “Square” quilts are just not ‘my thing’. I’m sure this is far from the final arrangement of these blocks, so, stay tuned…………………….

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