Wordless Wednesday…………..

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Last night………..

My smaller, local, quilt group met. A wonderful supper with an evening of visiting and sharing followed…sigh. During the summer/more weather-agreeable months, we meet in the homes of those members whose home are located in the very rural, hilly areas (read “treacherous” in the winter!!!), so last eve was at Ginny’s lovely country home. She shared the wonderful shopping totes that have come off her machine…………….009   Beautifully stitched and with a very firm/rigid  piece inserted at the bottom for a nice shaping. Marilyn shared a wonderful pillow addition to her bedroom (which is still very new as she and hubby sold their large B&B, late last winter, and moved to more cozy quarters)…………004 

In the post found here, I made reference to a workshop I had done prior to that meeting. One of the attendees was JoAnn and she brought/shared the work sample that each of the 8 gals worked on…….and I mean worked ….…………..006  This was 1 of 2 pieces that she worked on that day, after the hour we spent working with pencil & paper only!!!  All the gals deserved an A++ for all that they accomplished!!!!

Another thing that was shared in that post was the lottery block for this time. “Sunbonnet Sue” and “Overall Sam”. Friend, Carol (also belonging to both groups with me), is very much the bow hunter (turkey and deer!!!) and hubby is along, also. Here is her ‘take’ on these two blocks………..001  Please take note…….all the while “Sunbonnet Sue”, a.k.a. Carol, is stalking her prey (note the turkey feather in her bonnet!) her mind is planning the next quilting project (evidenced by the fabric chosen for the bonnet)……and that is exactly how Carol hunts…….focused on that next “critter” to come her way but planning the next project as soon as she gets home!! She, also, finished a Connecting Threads kit that had been recently purchased (on discount!!!)…….002  She quilted it herself doing a large wavy echo. Way to go, Carol!!!!!! She had come across some hexie flowers (someone else had put together….not paper pieced!) and wanted to do something with them……a small table topper….perfect. She joined them with teeny tiny diamonds which was a bit of a challenge as the hexies varied in size slightly and presented a bit of a challenge when getting all to come together neat and flat……….003

And that concludes this post. Today’s foray to Sparta for the “well-machine” visit for Ms Sweetie was completed and, now, back to my red/white beauty (see here).

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(Almost) Design Wall………..

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(Mini) Road Trip……………….

To Cresco, IA, and Quilter’s Garden, owned by friend Kati Mast. Earlier this summer she had moved her shop down a couple doors into a bright spacious new space. Gorgeous!!!!! I hadn’t been able to “get my act together” and make the 50 mile trek to see her new ‘digs’, so when friend, JoAnn, called and wondered if I would like to take a jaunt with her……well…….could I refuse???? No! Summer is fast ending and JoAnn will be ending her teacher’s summer “vacation” so, off we headed. Kati was not in her shop that day but Michelle greeted us and showed us around. Following is a photo tour of the 2 (yes, 2!) floors of this fab spot!!!!!!019

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Oh….there’s Michelle! Can we all say “Hi! Michelle!!”

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The 2nd floor gave a ‘hint’ of what is to come, season wise, or. if one wanted to get the “Christmas in July” thing going, fabrics, patterns and ideas were everywhere!!!008007018

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The “back room” has many mark-down bolts and longarm machine, for the custom quilting Kati is always busy with.

That concludes the tour. I will have to say, I “escaped” with only a quilting thread purchase (needed, of course!)………this time!!!!!! Missed you, Kati!!!!

Til next time………..may your bobbins always be full………..

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A “Finish”!…………………

Don’tcha just love that word???? Yup, I finished Leah’s quilt (peeked at here). It’s washed, dried and all crinkly cozy! Warning….warning…..tons of photos to follow…….. 036

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The backing needed to be pieced. I had ordered the large floral, bright red/pink, and hydrangea prints from my friend, Annie, whose shop (The Bakery Fabrics) is in Belle Fourche, SD. She had posted them on the Fb page and, of course, I just had to order them!!??!!!! There was an additional piece…..in the line, but didn’t quite “fit” for use on the front piecing, so on the back it went along with my stash finds~~~perfect!!!!!!037

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And, finally, a full shot of the quilt front…………………………….

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The piecing pattern was made-up simple!!! I just figured how wide I wanted the finish (approx. 55”) and the individual strips were to be 3” wide (finished) by 18” long. The difference (37”) would be the length of the green background piece. Note: this could be done with jelly roll strips. The strip width and length is up to you and your desired pattern! So, I sewed the focus fabric strip ends to the green background strip ends to form a “donut”/circle. I did this for each strip of focus fabric. I, then, decided where I wanted to cut the green/background strip to give me either a centered color strip or offset (depending on how off center of the green strip I cut it.). There’s no figuring how long the green strip on the left or right needs to be cuz the total equals the same for all. If this is too confusing, let me know and I will try for a diagram. The floral “windows” I just inserted where I wanted them as I sewing the strips together.

The backing is pieced and straight……easily done with Sharon Schamber’s method of basting the layers together. If you are unfamiliar with this method, wander over to her YouTube tutorial and have a peak….I’ll wait………… It’s the only way I layer and the grain-lines are “spot on” with each other and allow for the pieced backing to be straight, also.

The fabrics purchased from Annie were “Sausalito Cottage” by Holly Holderman for Lakehouse Dry Goods.com. The green background is from Connecting Threads and is “Sapling” from their Mirage line of Quilters’ Basics. The small floral (strips) is “Cho-Cho no Sanpomichi” by Kumiko Sudo for In The Beginning Fabrics (2007). The batting is Hobbs 80/20 (cotton/poly).

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The threads I used are: Sulky Viscose rayon (on right), 40 wt, color #1047. Love the shine!!!!!! For the trapunto effect in the large floral block inserts, I outline stitched the flowers with Wonderfil Invisafil, 100 wt, color #727. In the bobbin, once again, it was Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70 wt.

Next time, a fun trip to another friend’s quilt shop a bit closer to home! Til then, take care, my friends, and may the Lord smile upon you………………………………….

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It’s “That” Monday…again………..

When my larger quilt group meets and shares inspiration. I did a workshop in the morning on fmq (free motion quilting) that had the gals workin’ up a froth, uh, sweat, uh…….we had a great time!!! Couldn’t repeat enough times: “practice….practice…..practice” and “don’t forget to breathe!”. But…….no photos!!!! Sorry!!!

Anyhow, here is the photo recap of the share time………….photo 1 (5)photo 2 (4)photo 1   The gal in the photo, above right, received the embroidered piece as a gift. She is a Master Gardener and the caption below the tree says “Hoe, hoe, hoe”.

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The above piece is a beautiful reverse applique (done by a local Hmong?) that was gotten at the Goodwill for a little more than $3.50!!!!!! Impeccable workmanship!!!!!!

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photo 5  An absolutely darling baby quilt made by Lavora (90+ yrs old!) for her due-any-moment 17th great grandchild!!!!!!! Oh to have her energy NOW, much less than when I am her age(???)!!!!!

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photo 1 (3)   photo 2 (2) “Lottery blocks” for this time around. We are to make one of each and for each block made we get a “chance” to have our name drawn for all the blocks made. Then, the ‘winner’ decides the next block pattern.

photo 2 (3)        An exquisite appliqued quilt with heavily stippled background to make the motifs “pop”. Way to go, Faye!!   photo 5 (3)  photo 1 (4) A quilted little hanging with a beautifully hooked rug to match!!!!!! Some people are such “over-achievers”!!!!! And another hooked rug by Faye……photo 4 (4)

Some thread painting…………………….photo 3photo 4 done by Judy who took a class.

photo 4 (1)  Clever use of border prints……”slice and dice” style!!!!!

I guess that about wraps it up for another great meeting and sharing time. Til next time…….keep on sewing…………..

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Where Creativity Lurks

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In our production valued world, there is a danger of our focus becoming somewhat “jaded” as we scroll through all the photos that are available of the beautiful creations put before us on the many blogs. Take a moment and ask yourself why you started this adventure…….was it the joy to be had in the journey or because the “finish” was needed. For me, the journey/need to express myself is my reason for creating my textile pieces of art. The same holds true for those who create with words or any other form of expression. It is this heart expression that drives the artist/creator.

Originally posted on OccasionalPiece--Quilt!:

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a picture of the connections of the World Wide Web, from here

We scan through page after page of blogs, fingers working the mouse, images flying by until one catches our eye.  Pinned! Now to Instagram, to Flickr, pictures and posts whizzing past —  double tap, double tap, scroll, scroll — everything at breakneck speed with us jotting a word here or there to add the chorus of wonderfuls.

Is this creativity in the universe of 500 followers? (This calls for a giveaway) 100 comments on a post (how can you read all of this?) Where you aren’t a success until you have the traffic to drive 2,000 other quilters’ eyeballs to your site, to buy your patterns, to buy your books.  Where we all strive to keep up with the intense and overwhelming pace of production out there in the world.

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Austin Kleon has…

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Quilter’s Companion Mention

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HEADS UP to all my friends ‘down there’!!!!! If you have opportunity to sigh up for one of Carla’s classes, that would be awesome!!!!!!

Originally posted on Carla Barrett:

I discovered that a mini interview piece was in Quilter’s Companion, a magazine by  Australian Patchwork & Quilting magazine:

416308640_370It was a special feature for the AU Machine Quilting Festival in October, 2014.

As I have mentioned before, I will be teaching a number of classes, including my Quilt Whispering Design class, my Tablet Design for Quilters, Avoiding The Oops class on how to avoid and handle all the various things that can go wrong when you are quilting, and also my Fabric Crochet Purse, and a Freeform Quilting class.    Here is a sneak peek at the top part that features me on page 73:

carlamagarticle The section also features some other teachers, too.  If you are going to be attending this show, I hope you will take one or more of my classes!  Also, please introduce yourself if you see me in Adelaide.

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QOV (Quilt of Valor)……#2……

Is, also, a finish. Since this one was a pinwheel, I took the “no brainer” route and stitched swirls……large swirls….everywhere…..edge to edge.014

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The same threads were used on this quilt as on the one  in the last post: Superior Metallics in “Variegated Gold”, #025, 40 wt, and Connecting Threads Essential Pro, 70 wt, in the bobbin. Finished size (w/o binding) is- 55”x 66”.

Both of these quilts were made by the same gal who belongs to the larger Spring Grove (MN) quilt group I belong to. There are several gals who put together these QOV most using material purchased with donations to this cause. If the maker of the quilt doesn’t do the quilting, it is given to me to do so. To find out more about the Quilt of Valor program see here. The quilts that we finish are given to returning military in our district at special dinner events hosted at Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch.

Now, back to my ‘interrupted’ quilt project………………………have an awesome weekend!!!!!!

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QOV (Quilt of Valor)….#1…………

The first of 2 QOV is completely quilted and I really like it. Deciding how to quilt it was a “thinker”. A photo of the “whole”……………….001   The center is a beautiful eagle panel which I briefly contemplated doing some outline stitching to emphasize that awesome bird………but, I had second thoughts. There’s so much going on in the quilt that doing an all-over/edge to edge motif would be better suited. So then….what?? A swirly feather vine!!!003

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And a quick peek at the backing…………………..011   The threads used were Superior “Metallics” #025 Variegated Gold (40 wt) and Connecting Threads Essential Pro Poly (70 wt) in the bobbin. I have absolutely no problem quilting with any of the metallics on “Ms. Sweetie” (my HQ Sweet 16). A side note: for the most part, I do all my quilting as FMQ without prior marking. Finished size (w/o binding) is-56″x 64″.

Now, on to the 2nd stitching…………………………………….

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