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!!!!!!

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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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A ‘Finish’ on Saturday is…………

Definitely a “good thing”! To pick up the vintage story see here. This piece has certainly come a long ways. Many of these linen pieces have lace edging that is in very good condition, as this piece has, and I do prefer to have that be the final edge, if at all possible.  That has worked well in this case. Because the top was very thin (allowing so much of the pink backing to show through), I cut back the batting to the top fabric edge, and, allowing for turn under,IMG_9048 I trimmed the backing and folded it back on itself (beneath the batting) and topstitched the 3 layers together.IMG_9046 I had stopped the FMQ before the outer edges so I would be able to accurately/safely stitch all these pieces together and finish the quilting outwards.IMG_9045 Now that this is completed, I know I’ll be doing more vintage pieces in this way (like the next one up, even! But, I digress…..). OK, let’s just move on to some photos……..let me just say one more thing…until I block this piece, there will be only “pieces and parts” pictures………………Starting with backing shots………..IMG_9050IMG_9058IMG_9059and the front…………………..IMG_9042 IMG_9054 IMG_9055       Now, on to the next linen for this client. Ooooooo……this is such fun……… Edit note: Thread (top and bobbin): Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70wt. Batting: Hobbs Heirloom cotton/poly (80/20). Stitched on my HQ Sweet 16. I stitch hand-guided, free-motion (w/o stitch regulator). This is a sit-down mid-arm machine.

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“Teapot Tuesday”……….

To borrow a line from friend, Beth Ann, who has the very sweet blog entitled “It’s Just Life” and has a teapot love/collection that is almost beyond description!!!! Anyhow, take a few and hop over to her place for a look-see (you might need a ‘cuppa’…just sayin’). Back to the subject at hand, the vintage linen I’ve been sharing has this darling corner embroidery …………………. IMG_9039   and, yes, when completed will be winging its way Beth Ann’s direction. You see, as I mentioned way back here, this cloth is one of several that she sent to me to “do whatever” with!!! I’m stitching with Ms Sweetie (Sweet 16) and using the HQ Glide foot. It allows me to stitch close to appliques, embroidery, lace, etc. without problem. To read more about my experience with this foot, hop over here and here.

Have an awesome day and let’s go stitchin’……………………

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Vintage continuation……………

From last week’s post here, I am continuing on this small linen piece. The size is more “card table” cloth size, 45”x45”, with a small lace edging and sweet embroidery in the 4 corners. IMG_8974 As you can see, the center has no embroidery and is wide open to accept tons of fmq!!!!! There has been a little progress for me to share…………..IMG_9036IMG_9038IMG_9037IMG_9035     More to come…………….

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Busy days………………

Are you finding that time is whizzing by way too fast?? Me, too! Last Friday & Saturday, my Spring Grove (MN) quilt group held a quilt show in conjunction with that town’s celebration, dubbed “Homecoming 2017”. The event comes along every 10 years and is an all-school reunion opportunity, with various events during 3 days of the celebration. I helped with the quilt show on Friday afternoon and here are some photo highlights (the school’s library was the location)……..

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IMG_9028IMG_9029IMG_9030IMG_9031IMG_9032IMG_9034    And finishing with a small portion of our member banner/bunting……

IMG_9033   There was very good attendance and many questions/much interest in our group’s activities and projects.

Note: “click” on a photo to enlarge. Thanks so much for stopping by! It’s Monday and stitching awaits…………

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Friendship block…..a little finish……

I really like little projects that can be finished with lots of details in a small amount of time…..how ‘bout you?? This one began here and, with some bits and pieces of fabric and vintage linen,IMG_9016

 

 

that was snipped here and there to become a cute little triangle……

and a few pearls, left from my wedding gown days, we have this sweet little 10” string pieced block that definitely reflects who I am, and where I am, in my stitching journey…….IMG_9012   I slipped a piece of batting under the linen so as to give my feathers(!!!!) a bit of lift and help stabilize the machine embroidered name………IMG_9014    It is readily apparent that I free-handed the embroidery but it was fun. Firing up my trusty Bernina 440 QE, I used the open toe fmq foot, dropped the feed dogs, set the zig-zag at about 2 and stitched. Worked pretty well…….and the name is in thread as was requested by Julie!. A few feathers just had to appear and a few pearls add the needed ‘spark’.

Another weekend is upon us. Tomorrow is a quilt show put on by my Spring Grove group and I’ll be “working” there later in the afternoon. Photos soon! Thanks so much for visiting!!!!IMG_9015

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A “Friendship Block” request………

At last Monday’s guild meeting, one of the items on the ‘agenda’ was the next “Friendship Block” quilt person….and that was Julie. You may (probably not!) remember that I put mine together at the end of last month…….mainly cuz it’s been languishing, in separate blocks, for a long time (see here, which will give a more complete explanation of a “Friendship Quilt”). Julie brought her block………..IMG_8992    handed out directions and a muslin ‘base’ block which we each were to “string” piece (from our stash) and sign/embellish the center (lighter) strip in a way that reflects our own personal creativity/personality. OK, the “gauntlet” is thrown and, after a while in the studio (pulling out totes and miscellaneous containers!!!), I have this………IMG_9009   There’s another photo following that supports my thought that my stash definitely reflects a certain color palette!!!! IMG_9010   I pinned the block to the quilts displayed currently in my livingroom on a quilt ladder. Ummmmm……see one or two similarities between the quilts and the fabrics chosen for the block??? (especially the photo above!) Interesting. Anyhow, I’ve yet to “sign” the block but I just had to get a little vintage in there somehow! Now……on to my name, maybe a feather, or two, or………… Oh yes….did I mention that Julie was quite clear that merely writing our names was not acceptable! It must be done in thread (embroidery—hand or machine)!!!! Tomorrow’s project……stay tuned………….

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Where quilters gather………..

There is the sound of machines whirringIMG_8990,

scissors snipping, needle & thread creating all sorts of wonderfully colorful pieces, ripples of laughter and voices sharing various moments of recent life happenings…….. IMG_8989 IMG_8988 IMG_8991Yup, there was a time when this group came together for a monthly meeting and an infrequent morning workshop; now, doors are open/lights are on at 9:00a.m. on those days and “treats” not-so-mysteriously appear followed by the lovely aroma of coffee brewing!

Onward to a prolific sharing time…….IMG_8994 IMG_8995IMG_8996

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Each of us have made this square “likeness” (ha!) that are strung together as a bunting/banner at our various shows/events. An interesting exercise in creativity!!

 

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And I finish this with a sweet twosome who joined us for the day and had their needlework all ready to share……………………..IMG_9008   Future members?? Someday…..but, for this day, a time of shared appreciation of an art form that we all cherish and now know will be passed on to the next generation. Such a bright ray of sunshine and joy these days when such moments are threatened by all that opposes these treasures!

Til next time…..keep on stitching and sharing and we all will be richer for the effort! Hugs………………

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Friday Finishes……….

Are a continuation of yesterday’s post/purchase and a completed goal. Fabric picked out has become pillowcases…….2 for our bed……IMG_8977IMG_8979   and 1 for a special gift…….IMG_8980 The pattern is a free pillowcase pattern from “All People Quilt”, with a video on how to do French seams.    I am still amazed how this teal green combo exactly matches the greens I used in the above “Wave Quilt”, which was done strictly from my stash quite a while back!!!!!

Now, on to some vintage…………

Have an awesome weekend!!!!

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