A Friday (Vintage) Finish………

If you wish to backtrack a tad, see this post. IMG_0675   Note:Right”click” on any photo to enlarge.   The covered beading strips are applied on opposing sides/edges so that the beading meets at the corners without a break. As you can see, I definitely need further experience in this part of the process! IMG_0679 That corner is the best of the 4!! I can only get better at this…..I really enjoyed doing this. I wasn’t sure that this type of tedious/meticulous hand stitching would appeal to me….but, I think it did! IMG_0672 IMG_0671IMG_0676 

This type of “knife” edging requires that a facing be applied to encase all the raw edges. It’s applied in four 2.5” strips, pressed in half as you would for binding (applied, again, in pairs on opposing sides). The corners may be done with a miter or merely lapped (my choice) but either way there is a ton of bulk to deal with in a very small area…..3 sandwich layers (x2), beading fabric (2 layers) and the 2 strips of facing (stitched and folded over= 4 more layers). Anyhow, there’s bulk and Bethanne warns that this is, possibly, the trickiest to deal with and have it look nice in the finish. IMG_0678 IMG_0677 

I am very pleased with this first attempt and see many possibilities for use in future projects (not sure any will be of substantial size, however!!!). One last photo……..IMG_0674

Now….I think I’ll go cut out some neckties……….a story for another time! Have an awesome weekend. Ours is shaping up to be a steamy one with very hot/humid stormy days. We’ll see what activities draw me out. There’s a quilt show in Peterson (MN) tomorrow (event list) with a vintage baseball game in the afternoon.

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Beautiful summer day collides with………..

My little vintage project and, wellllll…., the gorgeous weather, etc, wins (for the moment). Bed linen is on the lines (yay!)……..IMG_0664   and some yummy baking is cooling on the counter and in the frig……IMG_0663   Clockwise from left: 1 fresh strawberry pie with a wonderful cream cheese layer, 1 loaf white sourdough sandwich bread and 1 frosted cinnamon swirl breakfast loaf. Not bad…and it’s just a little after 10:00 a.m.!! Now……it’s quilting time, or, actually, hand work for that beaded edging. Bye for now……….

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Finish line in sight……kinda………

This story continues and is winding down……..well, sorta. Begun here, the border is stitched………………IMG_0656  and provides a “comfortable” finish for all of that center busy-ness, hmmmm?? IMG_0659 My handy little Kelly Cline palm ruler makes these types of borders so quick and easy! IMG_0660   The edge finish is prepped and in progress………IMG_0661  IMG_0662   Yup, having a go at Bethanne Nemesh’s  beaded detail. This may just take a bit of time…..especially with a slightly busy schedule this week. Summer is here and VBS/Vacation Bible School is in full swing. The time slot is the evenings beginning with a light supper for the kiddos at 5:30pm. Can’t get their attention if their tummies are empty!!! Til next time…………

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Vintage Update #2…………..

But first……my day began in the kitchen with a batch of sourdough craisin pecan bread. Follow the link to the long-ago post that has the recipe.IMG_0654  Then, I was able to get back to my little vintage project and all that micro-stippling needed. The next 2 photos give you a feel for what those tiny stitches add to the “look”…..IMG_0649 without and with…….IMG_0648 The embroidery is beautifully lifted above the background! Texture!!!! Yay!!!IMG_0647 

Just to give you a bit of size perspective.. insert 1 dime!IMG_0646IMG_0653IMG_0652   In the last photo, above, you can see the contrast of the un-stippled areas (upper and left edges) and the rest of the piece. I do have an idea for the border stitching and edge finish. Stay tuned. Have an awesome weekend…………….

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It was a very good afternoon. The center portion is done…..IMG_0639   Micro-stippling heaven!!!! A couple of close-ups………………..IMG_0640IMG_0641

I did play around with a couple of templates from a French curve packet…….IMG_0645IMG_0644 The second photo shows the one I used the most. These were purchased on Amazon some time ago. I used them a bit in my clothing construction days and they do come in handy now. One last photo…..IMG_0643

And, now, it’s “wine time”!!! Tomorrow is another day……………….

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A little stitching makes all the difference……..

This little piece first said “Hello!” last Friday (see here). Owing to its small size and limited open space, the finish may not be as dramatic as some of my larger pieces. To compare: before any outline/stabilizing stitching…….IMG_0627 IMG_0628   and after the beginnings of such stitchings……IMG_0637  The color appears a bit(?) washed out in the photo above. The first picture is pretty accurate. I’m using my fave ‘go-to’ thread, Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly (70 wt) for top and bobbin threads. The needle is a Schmetz #16 ballpoint needle which doesn’t cut through the fabric but, rather, separates the fibers and will close nicely as the process goes forward and the fabric is handled. Kelly Cline first directed many of us who stitch these vintage pieces towards these needles. Handi Quilter, also, handles ballpoint needles and your dealer can order them for you. The batting is Hobbs, cotton/poly, 80/20.

Now…..I really must get back to stitching (Ms Sweetie beckons……)

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It’s Friday, and………

I’ve not finished anything I’m at liberty to share (Sad smile), but I have gotten 2 things ready to stitch….sandwiched and pinned……first, the smaller one is 10”x 15” and will (hopefully) finish in short order—it’s really speaking loudly!!! IMG_0628IMG_0627   Adding texture, mainly. The underlayment is a rich brown satin-finish fabric…yum.

The second vintage piece will take many moments with Ms Sweetie!!!! IMG_0619 IMG_0620  This one has been patiently waiting for a very long while to be brought to a glorious finish. Lots of feathers..everywhere! Needless to say, I’m “chomping at the bit” to get at it!!!! However, before any feathering takes place, every embroidered edge must be stitched down—yes, every one!!! All those dark edges will have a line of anchor stitching added, beginning in the center and working my way outwards. The tablecloth itself measures approx. 62”x 77”. The underlayment/pink/shrimp color has a border extension of 7” all the way around…..simply ‘cuz I have no idea what will be materializing in that area. Exciting moments ahead, I know!! I’ll be “sandwiching” this one next week (need backing!) and I’m planning on a double batt of silk over cotton/poly. Stay tuned for future developments………..

Graduation open house tomorrow will be a wonderful time of visiting. Have an awesome weekend!!!

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My Memorial Day morning………

Was spent in our little town’s (pop. 990) park as the annual observance honoring local veterans was presented. The weather was perfect and the attendance very respectable. The local American Legion organizes this event and the Houston High School band supplies fabulous music. The flag was presented…….IMG_0611   and the band played the various military branch’s anthems as the individual flag was raised to full staff…..IMG_0612  The local quilt club, the “Bent Needle”, presented a Quilt of Service to several of the veterans who were able to be in attendance. The Boy Scouts placed the wreath at our Veterans’ Memorial…………IMG_0614IMG_0616   Sadly, the gal in the above picture with the quilt received it posthumously for her husband who had passed away just days ago.

May God bless all who are serving, or have served, and those at home awaiting their return!

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A time to remember…………

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A simple E2E……………

What is that??? In quilter’s terminology, it’s a quilting pattern that stitches the 3 layers (backing, batting and pieced top) together from “Edge to Edge” using an all-over motif. Ms. Sweetie and I have spent some quality time together over the past few days working on a special quilt for the upcoming wedding of our youngest GS (in July). The top was pieced by the bride-to-be’s grandmother while she wintered in Arizona. My turn came when the final stitching was needed. The pattern is a “Take 5” pattern using very “woodsy”/natural colors. Here are just a very few close-up shots of what I did…….a leafy vine………IMG_0594 IMG_0596 IMG_0595    The backing is a batik that is the perfect color combo…. IMG_0597   It’s a king-sized quilt (106”x 106”). The challenge with a sit-down machine is getting the design evenly stitched across the top, as I can only see a smaller portion at a time. Love how this turned out!

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

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Purple musings………

Does that little ‘tease’ title bring any thoughts to your mind?? The color purple is one of my faves and adds such richness to many of the color combos I pull together……BUT…..what about the many places we find that color?? Getting to the point, there are beautiful Spring blooms coming forth in my garden at this moment…..IMG_0590 IMG_0591



Spring gardens are  the most glorious, don’t you think? Coming after the winter hibernation, it’s just such a breath of new life!



Purple just may find its place in somewhat unexpected locations, too! The poem “When I am an Old Woman, I Shall Wear Purple” by Jenny Joseph zeros in on a somewhat unique perspective. For me, the “red hat” is part of my “Winter Texan” life, but the “purple” part shall be worn by me thusly…………………

purple 3hair color Okay, I’m sure there are a variety of opinions ‘out there’ on this…..ha!!

Til next time……………..

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Happy Mother’s Day………..

To all Mothers, past, present and soon-to-be. May your day be filled with joy, peace and love……………..

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Bloggy Friends are THE BEST!!!!!!……….

Over the past few years we’ve (DH &I) taken several driving treks and been blessed to include many “meet-ups”. Our drive home from Texas was no exception. We were headed to friends’ who live in Tonganoxie, Kansas (Kansas City area), and I discovered that we would be traveling right through Lawrence (KS)!!!! Now, for me that was HUGE! Why?, you may ask. Well, a long admired vintage quilter (dare I say “vintage stitcher extraordinaire”?) just happens to reside in that ‘burg’ and, after a couple of Fb messages, it was determined she would be at home! Really??!!!! Awesome!!!! Our moments together were very limited but definitely intense and non-stop chatter (like minds, you know…..). Anyhow…..follows is the photo evidence…….recognize this sweetie??IMG_0557  How about another pic in front of one of her most gorgeous creations…………IMG_0558   Yup, it’s Ms Kelly Cline! Please, you must pay her a visit at her blog home: Kelly Cline Quilting and/or Fb: Kelly Cline Quilting. Her creations are totally amazing! And……if any of you belong to a quilt guild/group that is looking for a speaker/workshop, this is the gal. Whether it’s stitching on a longarm or domestic machine, her teaching would inspire all. I must add, that, although she (and I) focuses her stitching on vintage pieces, the creative stitching she does fits everywhere!!!!

  The weekend is on the horizon and I do hope you have set aside time to create……….til next we meet…….hugs…..

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Spring on “Morning Glow Farm”…….

Yes, that’s the tag that I gave our little farmlet 44+ years ago. It’s wonderful to be back North (from South Texas) and to have the fresh Spring Midwest breeze blowing through our pines, with the steady hum of farm equipment readying the nearby fields for the upcoming crop season. As I was doing a brief “walk-about” this morning, I snapped a few photos to share the ‘flavor’ of the moment…….. To begin…we have Orioles—in abundance…





rhubarb and asparagus






and strawberries


IMG_0571  a couple of pie/tart cherry trees and a Honey Crisp apple tree (back). Even our “baby ”Fireside” apple tree is flowering…IMG_0572 Yup, our place is coming to life……

IMG_0574IMG_0576IMG_0578 IMG_0580IMG_0581 IMG_0584IMG_0583  Time to get busy…..in the studio! Please, stop back for a bit and I’ll share a wonderful “meet-up” I had on our way home!!!

Your enduring friendship means much and I apologize for my tardiness/absence in the past weeks. The coming summer promises to be a very busy one and I look forward to sharing the details with y’all……….sending hugs..always….

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Our glorious Easter Sunday………….

Began with a wonderful sunrise service held at the adjacent park, Sunshine Country Club Estates, in their beautiful gazebo. Arriving early for the 7:00 a.m. service, the moon was still bright…………………IMG_0501   But it wasn’t long til it truly was a “sunrise service”!!!………….IMG_0502   Golf carts and lawn chairs, filled with residents of both resorts packed the area for an inspirational message and music. IMG_0503 

A couple hours later, we attended the final worship service in our resort (for this “Winter Texan” season). Definitely bittersweet but oh so special to celebrate our Lord’s Resurrection with our Texas church family! IMG_0504   Average attendance was 250 with many active outreach ministries, especially to our Mexican neighbors.IMG_0507  Our choir has dwindled to 8 (yes, that is me in the choir, on the right, next to Pastor Richard). We bid all safe travels and a blessed summer to the tune of “Happy Trails”….so fitting. We head home at the end of April, so some days ahead yet. The rest of our Easter Sunday was spent in the resort’s swimming pool (the day’s high temp was 91F).

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It’s MUG RUG MONDAY!!!!………………

With a vintage twist……of course!!!IMG_0509   Sandwiched and ready to go. IMG_0510         One completed; one to go……..  IMG_0511IMG_0512. Details- Thread (top and bobbin):Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70 wt. Batting: Hobbs Heirloom cotton/poly, 80/20. Machine used: Juki 2010Q (domestic sewing machine). Mug rug dimensions:5″x 11″.

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Resurrection Sunday 2018 May you know the Peace, Joy and Hope that was confirmed in this long ago event, as spoken of through the ages………

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Friday finish, or how I spent my yesterday……….

I haven’t done much (any?) postings on the Killer Bee quilt group that meets every Thursday but they have been amazingly busy (as always). The meeting attendance dwindles as members’ head back home or head North to visit family. I did bring my most recent vintage finish and arrived just in time to share it. Thanks to Billie for the wonderful photo!!! 

IMG_0280  Have a Blessed Easter and remember: It’s Friday but Sunday’s coming!!!!!

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The completion of………………

Any project always brings mixed emotions. Satisfaction in the finishing/rescue of another vintage piece, the anticipation of “what’s waiting on the horizon” and bidding farewell to a “friendship” that grew as I spent all those delightful hours listening/getting to know this textile personality. This post contrasts the blank slate meet-up up to the border decisions. The feather motif option was the choice resulting in a 4” border design. A nice balance and frame for the stark white center. I always pull design elements from the focus piece to tie everything together. IMG_0485  The feather swirls were combined/accented by “flattening” the background/”negative space” with micro-stippling (closest to the vintage piece) and a ‘match-stick scribble’ (the outer edge space).  IMG_0487IMG_0486 IMG_0491  The above photo shows the binding applied. When stitching on a border, it is very necessary to mark where the 1/4” binding line will be so that the feather plumes won’t be cut off when the finish is trimmed and bound. IMG_0494 IMG_0496 The above photo was lightened to better show the final dark green border.IMG_0497

Thread: (top & bobbin) white-Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70 wt & green- Isacord poly, 40 wt. Batting: (single layer) Hobbs Heirloom cotton/poly.

Next up?? Hmmmmmmm………..

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“Quilt as desired………..”

What happens to you when you read those words? A “blank canvas” staring at you can be an intimidating thing! At the end of a set of piecing directions, some magazines have provided wonderful diagrams/suggestions for this next step in the quilting process but, as in the case of a vintage piece, there is no piecing arrangement to use as inspiration so looking to the cut-work, embroidery or edge design may provide the needed direction for the stitching motifs to be used. My current project provided many such ‘sparks’ of inspiration. (The journey may be traced backwards from this post.) I’m in the homestretch of the piece, finishing up the outer accent border. The fabric “blender” I used is a piece of “Shadowplay” by Maywood. IMG_0476   As is glaringly evident, the feather theme continues. I felt there needed to be a more subdued feel so that there would not be a conflict with all that’s going on in the focal piece (and there’s certainly a lot going on there!!). I took my stitching cues from the design created in the vintage piece with their use of soutache braid creating the flowers and swirls. Switching to a dark green Isacord thread, I continued on the outer border. Some backing photos to better illustrate this (and, yes, the bobbin thread is, also, Isacord green)……………IMG_0479 IMG_0480IMG_0481. Although the stitching design itself is important, for me the element that must always be in the front of my mind is the texture contrast that is being created…..either visual or tactile.IMG_0478 And to further make the feather plumes “pop”, I added the ‘toothpick’ straight lines to flatten the background even more.IMG_0482  Here’s a taste of how I will finish this border section. Please, stop back tomorrow for the conclusion/wrap-up.

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Where have I been??????………..

In one sentence (without elaboration!!!): DH and I…yes, both!…. were hit with the influenza AND strep throat infections—-enough already!!!! Ugh! Hubbs still is plagued with the ever-lingering cough but yours truly is back in the land of the living!

On to more pleasant topics. I’ve placed the meager markings (using blackboard chalk…..easily brushed off w/o residue) on the border of this project (please, refresh your memory by hopping to this link, if necessary). IMG_0473   Much more to do……..The weekend looms with many experiencing serious weather related impacts. Be safe. Many prayers…………………..

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Moving to the border……….decisions……..

Last time I finished with the beginning of the end of the center portion/the vintage cloth itself. See here. The micro-stippling is complete. Photos…………….from this:IMG_0384 to this:.  .  IMG_0450. IMG_0456 IMG_0457 The dime helps to see the scale of the stitching…….contrast. I can’t emphasize that enough. It’s the “punch”/drama that we all love!!!! IMG_0452 - Copy    and, again, the contrast……IMG_0384 - Copy (3)    The back view is nice, too……….. IMG_0459   Leaving you with one more “front shot”. IMG_0449 And the question: a ‘feather’ or ‘piano key’ border????? The green border will be 3” (piano key) to 4” (feathers). There’s a lot goin’ on in this, so, maybe a ‘piano key’ stitching??  Either would work, I believe. Hmmmmmmmm…………

Note: click on photo to enlarge.

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