Vintage stitching……..

But, what is the vision????

This, first, appeared here (and had some ‘company’)……IMG_9280     The center motifs were sketched with air-erase marker, immediately(!) stitched and left a bit so that the marker could fade a tad. One never knows how long that will take and the purple lines are a slight distraction while stitching the background.

Now…..let’s have a look-see at that top one (above) after a morning of adding more thread……….IMG_9282IMG_9283    Yup…I’m liking this one a lot!! Please, visit again. The “plans” for these, I think, I quite cute!

Thread:(top & bobbin) Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly,70wt; Hobbs Heirloom cotton/poly (80/20) batting.

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Design Wall….er….Table Monday…………………

Wall…table….what’s in a word? Today was finish a quick “UFO” day (actually, get rid of a little stack of fabric left from 3 previously completed pillowcases). This time I needed to bring it into the quilty world by doing something with the “cuff” portion. I do the “burrito” method of construction with French seams for a nice finish inside and out. IMG_9263

 

Adding a few feathers was sort of a “no brainer”, dontcha think??

 

 

 

 

 

I’m adding the feathering before the side seam/bottom seam are stitched. I completed the cuff and slipped a 4” strip of batting into the cuff tube and began stitching. IMG_9264 IMG_9266 

and done……IMG_9270 

Next up….some more (awesomely fun) client projects……….got my “light table” stuff together. Of course, it’s what I have on hand that gets the job done (I really don’t need any more stuff, so I pulled this together from what’s already here)…………IMG_9276    Yup…an Ott Light and a plexi extension table…. IMG_9277 Perfect!             IMG_9274 IMG_9275 IMG_9278IMG_9279IMG_9280   All marked and ready to stitch… Stay tuned…………………………..

Pillowcase: stitched on my Juki 2010Q, quilted on a Sweet 16. Thread: Coats and Clark all purpose sewing thread (construction); Glide poly 40wt (top thread), Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly,70wt (bobbin thread) ..feather quilting. Hobbs Heirloom cotton/poly (80/20). Vintage: (top & bobbin) thread: Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly,70wt; Hobbs Heirloom cotton/poly (80/20) batting.

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Today is: ONE WORD (almost) WEDNESDAY!!!………………

TEXTURE……………..IMG_9251IMG_9252IMG_9254IMG_9260

 

 

 

 

“Tessellation” piecings are always a fun visual. (a pattern that contains 1 figure shape that fits together without gaps  between the shapes=tessellation)

For a free pattern of this piecing, go to Jeni Baker’s blog “In Color Order” and, for a link to a tutorial for the fmq stitching motif, see my previous post here (“Funky Feather Swirl”).

Thread: (top) Isacord poly, 40wt; (bobbin) Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70wt. Batting: Hobbs Heirloom cotton/poly,80/20.

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Design Wall Monday……….

And this sweet little quilt (42”x54”) was made by an enthusiastic quilter-of-tomorrow…………….she chose the thread color…..IMG_9247IMG_9250

so much fun, hmmmmm??

 

 

And the quilting pattern was decided…..(my fave!) “Funky Feather Swirl”(link includes the tutorial)……IMG_8802    (Click on the photo above to see more)    A peek at the pin-basted version……IMG_9245   Stay tuned for this young client’s finish……….

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Not quilting but…..my today……..

Well, let me show you the “outside crew” at DS/DILs gas station/convenience store……Day 1 of our town’s annual summer event known as “Houston Hoedown”. As I mentioned in a previous post, our little town boasts(?) a population of approximately 995 and, yet, this event is ranked in the top 10 events in the state!!! It has been known to attract upwards of 7,000 people over the course of the 3 days. Today was relatively quiet but….tomorrow, that’s going to be another story! Anyhow, these are the few photos I managed of the area set up for the BBQ that our son is doing all weekend. So far (as of 9:00 tonight), just under 300# of pulled pork and chicken has made its way into the tummies of attendees!!!  IMG_9235IMG_9240    Some of the happy helpers this afternoon. IMG_9238   A small peek at 2 of the 3 smokers filling the air with a wonderful “come hither” aroma. My station was at the sinks, washing pizza pans and miscellaneous other items. Maybe I can get a photo for tomorrow. No promises…………………….

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Play moments……….

Crayola colored pencils+1 muslin “tension testor” scrap sandwich=FUN!IMG_9230                                       plus……..IMG_9234     equals…..IMG_9231             to be continued…………

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Vintage UFOs-Part 2…………..

First up: the sweet little blue & white piece that required the HQ “Glide” foot (previous post). Such embroidery as this……… IMG_9182really can prevent/inhibit close “echo” stitching, I’ve found, and this piece had quite a bit of raised/loopy thread. It was stitched on a very coarsely woven fabric which added to the possibility of snagging a thread, too. On to some photo finishes………..IMG_9185IMG_9186 IMG_9193 A curved grid just seemed to ‘fit’ so well! A photo of the back………IMG_9195

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the “big finish”……..IMG_9207      Thread:(top and bobbin) Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70wt. Batting: Hobbs Heirloom cotton/poly, 80/20.

Next up, the coral backed vintage piece, again, a peek in yesterday’s post.  IMG_9228

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And the final……….IMG_9227     Thread: (top & bobbin) Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70 wt, white; Superior Variegated Gold metallic, #025. Batting: Hobbs Heirloom cotton/poly, 80/20.

This weekend is our town’s huge annual event known as “Hoedown”. By Sunday evening, there will have been several thousand more inhabitants than at this moment (normal pop. is 995!). If you are so inclined, I have included a link (above) that will give you the “flavor” of the event. There will be a more personal account sometime on Monday next. Off to get a nap in before the marathon begins……………

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Finishing up UFOs……………

That have been lurking since….well, let’s just say a while! The first one is a little vintage piece I fmq on my Juki while in Texas (in March). You may check this post for details. I knew that the binding fabric was back in Minnesota and I really wasn’t sure how to finish this one, so yesterday I began to add the finishing touches…………….IMG_9190

It needed something more than just a plain binding, so I had a thought that resulted in this little addition.

 

IMG_9191I wasn’t exactly sure how this was going to work but……..

 

 

IMG_9205       The binding was added but it still lacked something………..IMG_9213   Out came some “bling”! And it started to come to life!!!!! IMG_9220IMG_9222         I think I can call this one a “finish”!

Next, another Juki project begun ???. Sorry, can’t resurrect the beginnings of this one (insert very unhappy face!!)…….IMG_9217IMG_9216                           Stitching the binding this afternoon……full reveal soon!!!!

 

 

 

Another vintage piece that will be gifted shortly……..IMG_9181

Notice the fading. This must have been a much loved/used piece! The raised embroidery/French knots were beautifully done. I used my HQ “Glide” foot to stitch around all the motifs and had absolutely no problem with the foot “grabbing” the embroidery……IMG_9184    Details on this one will have to wait til tomorrow. I have rambled long enough and must get to that binding!!! This is just the perfect quilting day…..dreary & rainy and quiet. Til next time, dear friends……………. 

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I’m not a gardener but……….

Somehow, I’ve managed to keep this gift from my daughter-in-law alive for 4 years! It was beautiful in the pot, I received it in, but I’m amazed at it now! IMG_9177      I haven’t done the “miracid” thing and, yet, it has blessed me with these beautiful blooms (which really are more blue than in the photo!). I know the color is shifting to the pinks ‘cuz of the lack of acid soil, so I have begun the necessary feeding/supplementing……..for next year?? LOL! IMG_9180 

Off to stitch on this beautifully cooler Monday morning…………….

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On a rainy Friday, with…………..

Little to no mojo, we “play”. Bring out the clothesline….IMG_9171  and the Bernina….IMG_9169    and the results are some cute little beverage coasters……….IMG_9172    Not too mind-taxing but oodles of fun with instant gratification—the perfect ingredients for a relaxing afternoon! What are you up to today??? Inquiring minds…….well, you know the rest!

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“Thrifting”………..

Yesterday, a group of the township ladies met for lunch in the neighboring town of Rushford (MN) and, as is our custom, headed down the block to “Grace Place”, the local thrift shop. We meet the 3rd Thursday of the month and that just so happens to be the “Senior Discount Day” at that shop. Everything is 50% off for us of the older persuasion…..yay! Of course, vintage is my focus and, first, this beautiful, perfect/without blemish(!) cloth (52”x 64”)……………IMG_9167   Yup…..marked $4, so…..$2 to me!  And, then, these little cuties just couldn’t be left by themselves……………IMG_9168   Marked a $1 each, the total came to a  whopping $1.50 for that lot! Cheap fun, I would say!!!! Off to stitch, on this rainy/stormy day (as soon as the lightening settles down a bit, though!!!!)………….

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A FMQ “heads up”………..

There are many questions I am asked when I do a FMQ workshop. “Where do I go next?” and “What do I quilt where?” are among them. A couple days ago, Angela Walters began a 6 post series on the considerations she takes into account when making such decisions.deciding what to quilt blog series    She will be discussing many of the factors she processes through to determine her stitching direction. Her first post went up a couple days ago. Check it out here or click on the picture/link above.

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Vintage………

There are so many up-cycling ideas for all those vintage pieces ‘out there’ and most are for the larger table toppers and cloths……but, don’t overlook those sweet little beverage coaster sized pieces! They are the perfect size for gift tags!!!! And they can be whipped up in no time! IMG_9166 IMG_9164     Most have a lace edging which is just begging for some ribbon weaving. So,,,,keep your eyes open……or, just maybe, you have a forgotten linen stash that’s been languishing in a cedar chest!!???

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(Anything but) Wordless Wednesday……..

My week began with a “road trip” with the Spring Grove quilters to, first, Seed Savers Exchange outside Decorah, Iowa. A beautiful sunny day to be out and about.IMG_9140   Above is the visitor center where gardening items and, of course, heirloom seeds (flower & vegi) may be purchased…….IMG_9151     The surrounding gardens are lush with the living specimens………………IMG_9142IMG_9143IMG_9145 IMG_9146     Then it was on to Red-Roxy Quilt Co., in Decorah……..

No automatic alt text available.and lunch at a local Chinese buffet, finishing up with dessert at member Barb’s lovely home. Where are the photos?? Well….ummmm…..moving along (camera remained in the car!!!!!!)……….Meanwhile…..stitching continues…………

Another table topper for the church I attend (the rest of the story is here) and, I think, this is about a wrap for this project…….IMG_9159     I continued the curve/arc stitching on the diamond shapes, different from the previous 2, and it kinda has almost a red “holly” leaf effect. Anyhow, I like it! I used my fave metallic thread (Superior Variegated #025) IMG_9163

I, also, finished up 2 more little(?) projects that go along with my (many) vintage linens that friend/client Beth Ann sent my way. This previous post explains more……I reference an “alteration” in the cute blue/white linen because of some stubborn stains in the center of the cloth, so I cut a strip (18”x45”) out and stitched the remainder together to end up with a nice table runner. The removed strip still had nice blue crochet edgings….IMG_9154 - Copy.    and, today, those “scraps” look like this………….IMG_9155    I fussy-cut and appliqued some cups/teapots from a cute piece of fabric that is the back piece of these old fashioned padded hangers…..IMG_9157     So……… I will close for today. I hope there is a wee nugget of inspiration for you to look at those vintage pieces lurking in shadowed corners of your home and, thinking “outside the box”, give them new life for today! I will say that there is no pattern for the hangers and the shape/size will vary as hangers are all different. My inspiration for these were seen in one of my Fb groups so I really cannot claim complete originality for the idea. I think there are more of these in my future, though!!

What’s going on in your creative life???? Please, share……………….

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Gifts gifted……………

What began my week (Design Wall Monday), with these 2 cuties…..IMG_9110     has finished my week with a sweet birthday gathering…….IMG_9129 and little princesses adorned………….IMG_9130IMG_9131IMG_9132       and, yes, the skirts “twirled”…..a most definite prerequisite!!!!! They are growing way too quickly……..sigh…….

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Continuing the teapot theme….

Next up……………from this……IMG_9113        to this….adding a little “McTavishing” fun……IMG_9114      This is an interesting little project I’ve come up with. Stay tuned…………

Thread: (top & bobbin) Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70wt. Batting: Hobbs Heirloom cotton/poly, 80/20.

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Design wall Monday…..and a diversion…..

That comes in two sizes. Nope…no quilts but they are quilting fabric, or fabric that was (at one time) destined for quilty-ness……….IMG_9112IMG_9111     Actually, that cute print was thought to be going towards a great grand’s quilt but summer birthdays are upon us and the little girls needed something summery…like from this pattern…..

Simplicity Pattern 8102 Child's Easy-to-Sew Sundress and Kitty ToteNow, I would like to state 2 things: 1) I very much dislike general shopping (fabric excluded, of course) and 2) it’s been eons since I’ve done any garment sewing. Patterns have changed…at least this one is different! Where did the 5/8” seam allowance go?? And when did the pattern directions (yes…I was actually reading them!!!!) and tissue pieces not give necessary info?? Well, they are done……fabric all from my stash and I didn’t need to leave the house (except for the mad dash to Jo Ann Fabrics yesterday after church for the pattern!)……IMG_9110   Now, to get on to my marathon week………. back to quilty-ness soon…….

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Another Friday finish……….

I know it’s Saturday, but the day was too spent to share this one when I finished it…….and even got it blocked! As I shared in this post, there were some condition issues that required some ‘surgery’ resulting in a tablecloth that is now a table runner. IMG_9092   As you can see, there is mega texture on this one! The edge finishing was done in the same manner as the previous project (see here). I began with cutting away the batting so that it was even with the lovely crochet edge, making sure that I did not fmq right to that edge so that I would be able to fold the backing under……….IMG_9076   Next, I marked the backing a 1/4” out from the edge….. IMG_9078   I love the Sewline pencil for this type of marking. Its fine point allows for great accuracy. IMG_9080    It’s somewhat difficult to see, but I folded the trimmed backing over the batting so that its edge was at the edge of the linen/back from the blue edging.IMG_9082   Above photo is from the back. I secure the top to this edge with the Sewline glue stick pen……….IMG_9083 and advanced to my Juki to stitch the layers together so that I could finish the fmq.IMG_9085    Back to the Sweet 16 to finish the fmq and the topper…………….IMG_9095IMG_9096IMG_9101   Care for some tea???? IMG_9099 Please, come join me……………………..IMG_9097

Thread: (top & bobbin) Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70wt. Batting: Hobbs Heirloom cotton/poly, 80/20

This has been an awesomely happy (comical) piece to “work’ on. The embroidery is in perfect condition and its humor really did give me the giggles. Hmmmmm……..so much more to come….so, please, come back. More vintage stitching ahead!!!!!!

Note: for further detail, click on photo.

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Vintage + Tea………………

Is the current theme these days. The last piece, finished with this post, featured this sweet handwork…..IMG_9055    and the direction of the this next cloth is equally obvious…………………. IMG_8962 IMG_8963 IMG_8964   This piece began life as a “card table” size cloth but, due to some major time-damage leaving holes in the center section, I reduced its size and we have a very nice table runner…. IMG_9060   I was able to match the blue lace edging and the quilting should diminish the appearance of the added center seam.                                 The ideas were many and sorted to this……………. IMG_9073    I used an air-erase pen to lightly sketch my idea on the cloth…… so, with a bit of “McTavishing” styled FMQ, (if, by some chance, you are unfamiliar with the Duluth,MN, quilt artist, Karen McTavish, check out her site here) it’s definitely coming along…….IMG_9074    This will make more sense when I show the “big picture”…..soon, I think.

Thread: (top and bobbin) Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70 wt. Batting: Hobbs Heirloom cotton/poly (80/20).

Please, stop by again for a progress report…………..

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It’s picnic time!………..

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Celebrate America……………

The land of the free because of the brave…………….     Photo from original post here.

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Freedom……..

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