One Word Wednesday………….

ProgressIMG_8515IMG_8510IMG_8513   FYI Note: This piece is a combination of 2 vintage pieces: a smaller scalloped edged eyelet piece (with coral fabric beneath) atop a plain centered Battenberg lace edged piece. 

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Continued vintage progress on 2 ………..

Pretty little pieces. The first is now ready for a border and maybe a little bling…………………. (link to post showing previous status….)….IMG_8477IMG_8478       and little piece number 2 which has a ways to go before I will call it ‘done’……..IMG_8475IMG_8476     This post shows the above a tad earlier in the process.

Both pieces are being stitched (top and bobbin) with Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70 wt, and has Hobbs Heirloom cotton/poly (80/20) batting.

Micro-stippling is a relaxing pasttime for me and one that suits these pieces beautifully. Onward to the rest of the weekend…………….

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Winding down………well, SOME may be……..

But, the Killer Bees are still going strong!!! One of the members arrived for a 3 week stay recently and gifted us with her “trunk show” of quilts completed in the past few months. So, once again, I will urge you to grab a “cuppa” and be inspired……………IMG_8435IMG_8436IMG_8439IMG_8442IMG_8440IMG_8443IMG_8445IMG_8446IMG_8447IMG_8449IMG_8450IMG_8452      Remember, to get a close-up, just ‘click’ on the photo!!! Next up, a couple from Della……………IMG_8432   Yup, another workshop finish (above)….yay!!!!IMG_8433 IMG_8428IMG_8456IMG_8459IMG_8460IMG_8461IMG_8462IMG_8463

Always fun to work with panels!!!!!



IMG_8464IMG_8465IMG_8468IMG_8469IMG_8472IMG_8473   Tne front (above) and the back (below)…..IMG_8474 

And so ends this week’s “show”. Another weekend is upon us…..Have YOU made time for stitching????? Inquiring minds want to know…………….

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It’s “Taco Tuesday”…………………..

And that is exactly what we had from sweet Dora’s Tacos Y LonchesPhoto of Dora's - Harlingen, TX, United States, located on 77 Sunshine Strip in Harlingen, Texas.Photo of Dora's - Harlingen, TX, United States  Oh my!!!!! No sauce drenched meat, tomato, cheese concoction placed in a deep fried tortilla! Uh uh. This is fresh beef, white Mexican onions, cilantro, avocado and shredded crunchy jicama(?). Served with fresh lime…… YUM!!!!!! IMG_8426   I’m sure you recognize the tacos on the left but, what are those sweeties on the right!!?? IMG_8427    I’m here to tell you that those are THE BEST lunch eats ev—aaaa!!!!! The filling is the same as the taco but the “vehicle” that will convey all that goodness into your little salivating mouth is a wee little bolillo (yeast bread) that is lightly deep fried and has a thin crispy fried exterior with a moist, ever so slightly sweet interior. AMAZING!!!! OK, enough with the superlatives, right??? Her menu is simple and straight forward…….. Photo of Dora's - Harlingen, TX, United States     And……..I’ll move on to my afternoon! Ha!

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Not an “ordinary” Monday………………..

(Referring to my yesterday.) Nope!!!! Extraordinary!!!!! Any time I’m gifted with time to spend with others who share my passion for quilting……well…..those moments are special! The place was at nearby Mercedes, Texas, at the Llano Grande Park & Resort The gals were among the most enthusiastic and inquisitive quilters I’ve had the pleasure to meet. The presentation was a (relatively?) brief one, split between moments explaining just what it is that I do…….am addicted to…… passionate about(!) and a FMQ demo on Ms TX Juki (who was in admirable form, I must say!!!!). These segments were at 2 different nearby locations which worked out very well! And, now, to the photo “documentation” (insert a huge shout-out to group member, Elly, for the wonderful photos!!!)……………a few IMG_8424moments of intro….. and on to my sharing time. Yes…….”U R Unique”!!!! 32    My new BFF, Carol, who led me through the resort’s maze of streets to the appropriate locations (my exit from the premises was much easier!!!! LOL!) 33    Continuing the “show”, meet Monica (the sweet leader of this fab group) whose invitation brought me to this day/opportunity. 34    For those of you who have been long-time visitors to my little bloggy corner of the world, these quilty finishes probably look a tad familiar….hmmmmm?????35 36   Above….samples of vintage before/after stitching. Oh, the difference some thread makes!!!!!! Let’s hear it for “texture”!!!!!!37   Leaving this meeting location (and the significant number of gals in attendance!), I hopped into Carol’s golf cart to arrive at the group’s “stitching/workshop” location…..AND to find that most all the gals had made the location change, also!!!!! Approximately 50 of them!!!! 383940414342 Hints and techniques were shared, questions answered. AND, many thanks to Inspired LED for the 3 machine light kits(link to earlier post with my experiences with the lighting strips) (& info they provided), to the delight of 3 lucky winning gals!!!!! (sorry….missed that photo op!)

Now……on to the day………..”see” ya soon. Sending reeeeeeelly toasty South Texas hugs out to y’all!!!!!


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A wee bit of Saturday stitchin’………..

Hmmmm……I think that “wee” part was a leftover from yesterday’s St. Paddy’s Day!!!! A breezy sunny 84F day here in the Rio Grande Valley and I’m INdoors enjoying some vintage stitching…………….IMG_8423       This is the 2nd “in-process” vintage linen I’ll be using as a demo piece……needed very soon!

The afternoon is fast coming to a close. Now to find some of that great Texas brisket………………

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A fantastic quilt/trunk show……..

Came to the Killer Bees last Thursday!!! We were kept oohing & ahhhing for the whole time!!! Susan, and hubby Tim, are the “WAZOO!” team of their longarm quilting service. Susan was a total delight as she talked through the treasure trove of quilts she had brought along. So…..grab a cuppa (you might just need to make a whole pot!!) and get comfy….the photos are set to begin. But first….say hello to our guest….IMG_8358     and we’ll begin. Note… on any photo to enlarge! Photos that are side by side will, hopefully, be the same pattern used in 2 colorways!!!!! IMG_8363 IMG_8360IMG_8362IMG_8364IMG_8365IMG_8366IMG_8370IMG_8368IMG_8369IMG_8371IMG_8372IMG_8377IMG_8378IMG_8373IMG_8364IMG_8383IMG_8390    Please, note her “run away” pineapples with escaped ‘rings’!!!!! Susan embellishment creativity kept us in giggles! The back of the above quilt with 2 “orphan” pineapple blocks.…IMG_8391IMG_8393IMG_8399IMG_8401    The above 2 quilts, once again, show Susan’s creative “add-to-it” artistry. Directly above……she added the Mom & Papa birds, additional squirrel, dimensional leaves that go off the upper right corner of the quilt. The quilt above that one, she add the graceful border applique…..all original.IMG_8396       To finish this mini-show (there actually were more quilts!!!!), I’ll leave you with a close-up of the blue/white quilt (1st photo)……IMG_8349    Want more of Susan’s talents??? Please, hop over to her blog: “WAZOO! NEWSBITS”. Lots of inspiration there!!!

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Keepin’ it “green”……………..

Free Shamrock Clipart                                 Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!! The day when everyone is Irish….for a few moments, anyhow!!  Later, many of us will gather for the obligatory corned beef & cabbage dinner. The large dining area will definitely be a “study in green”! Here’s some photos from last year’s ‘par-tay’……………IMG_5409IMG_5410IMG_5412IMG_5414IMG_5415IMG_5413IMG_5411    If some of these folks look vaguely familiar it’s because this is our “Happy Hour” group here in the park. I’ve shared other, more “private”(?) gatherings here.

Well…..I had better gather my Irish duds together!!!!!! Til next time………..

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A moment of doodling…………

And thread tension testing sometimes results in some pretty neat ideas. I’m always in need of a ‘fill’ for narrow borders/sashings that are asking for just a “little something”. Do you find that to be so?? My last couple of quilts had narrow 1st borders that I left unstitched just for those “eye resting places” that are sometimes necessary. Here’s an example of what I mean…….IMG_6151 - Copy    Other times it’s those narrow spots that are crying out for something a little special. Anyhow, “doodle stitching” on muslin is always a fun pastime and, many times, has some useable inspiration!!! IMG_8342IMG_8343     I drew 2 lines, 1” apart, and came up with these. I think I prefer the center line (without the 2 little added plumes) design. It’s less “muddy” and cleaner. IMG_8343 - Copy    So, the next time you have a few moments to do some random stitchings…….maybe that “perfect ‘something’” will be what emerges!!! BUT……even if it doesn’t…….you will have had time to further “bond” with your machine……and that’s always a “good thing”!!!! Off to the Killer Bees and a trunk show this morning. Have an awesome day and I’ll see y’all later………..

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Each Texas event seems to include………..

FOOD!!!!! LOL! Yup…..and the breakfast yesterday was so excellent! It was omelets with a “camping” twist. Maybe some of you are familiar with the technique…..take 2 eggs and crack them into a Zip-Lock quart bag that has been sprayed with cooking spray/oil. “Moosh” them about a bit to break up and add your fave omelet ingredients: browned sausage, bacon, onions, green peppers, tomatoes, salsa, cheese, etc.IMG_8337 Securely close the bag…**squeezing out all the air you can!!!!!! IMG_8338 Place the bag into boiling water for 13 minutesIMG_8339 and you have a wonderful breakfast. Just add toast, etc. IMG_8340 Sorry for no “after” shots of the plate, as its contents disappeared faster than it took to create!!!!!! 

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Once again, it’s (fun) Stitchin’ Saturday!!!!………..

The morning was time enough to take care of the ‘must-do’ tasks which left the afternoon  fa-reee!!!!!!   Ms Texas Juki and I and a lovely little vintage linen piece. Let the micro-stippling and feathers(!!!!) begin……………..IMG_8334 - Copy (2)      I’m not exactly sure how this piece would have been used (a vanity?? small side table?? buffet/hutch??) but it’s in perfect condition so it’s time to transform it. The dimensions are 10”x 17” with one narrow edge having this sweet detail…IMG_8334 - Copy (3) I placed it directly on the batting and will bind it (very narrow!) with a pale color which will, also, be slipped behind that small lace piece. Once again I must say—-I’m blown away by the “life” that appears with this stitching technique (note the first photo….left vs right side of the embroidery).IMG_8335IMG_8334

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

Now…..back to the fun. What’s up in your world this afternoon???? Warm Texas hugs comin’ at y’all…………..

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Winding down……….

Yup…..that’s what’s happening here. Our Texas park/resort is thinning out. Most all the RVs that have left are French Canadians who have been here for several months and must get back across the Northern border or put their medical insurance enrollment at risk. Even the Killer Bees have a bit less to share as many are prepping for the trek home, or elsewhere. BUT, inspiration is still to be found and UFOs/WIP (Unfinished Objects/Works In Process) are being moved closer to the finished category!

  A couple more Bargello/jelly-roll photos……IMG_8322IMG_8333    AND “Twist & Shout” projects are still making an appearance……..IMG_8324IMG_8330   The 2nd photo is pre-“slicing” as it was to be done/finished once the process was shared.                  Moving on………… IMG_8320IMG_8323IMG_8326IMG_8327IMG_8329


“Block of the Month” blocks









and…………an “oops” ‘Block of the Month’ block ‘whanna be’!!!!!IMG_8332 A bit of ‘frogging’ (‘rip-it; rip-it’) in this one’s future.

IMG_8331  ,          A beautiful raw-edge applique to finish up this post.

Have an awesome weekend with, possibly, some stitchin’ for some??? “See” ya back here on Monday with what’s up in my world. Sending hugs…

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50s Vintage Cloth continued………..

You may remember this from here. Since this is being used in a talk I’m giving on Vintage FMQ, I’ll be leaving part of the cloth unstitched to show how fmq changes, and gives ‘life’, to these pieces. IMG_8299IMG_8301IMG_8302IMG_8303   This is another stitching that is being done on my Juki 2010Q. For details on thread, batting, etc, see the post link here. Now……let’s go quilting…………..

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One Word Wednesday: POUTINE………………

Yup……that’s the word and that is what my lunch consisted of!!! Pronounced…poo-teen… is the national dish of Canada and is not on any Weight Watcher’s diet……guaranteed!!!!!! IMG_8298  A further Merriam-Webster definition:

Whether the gravy came a few years later or was present ab ovo is disputed. Also unclear is the origin of the word by which the dish is known. Some assert that poutine is related to the English word pudding, but a more popular etymology is that it’s from a Quebecois slang word meaning “mess.”

Whatever its origin, it really is yummy! Only 3 ingredients……..crispy French fries, (squeeky Wisconsin) cheese curds and the best brown gravy ever!!! All served screaming HOT!! And, yes, those are Wisconsin cheese curds!!!!! I’m not sure knowing/having the recipe is a good thing, though, so I will leave that pursuit up to you, the reader!!!

Bon appetit!!!!!!

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Another week, Killer Bees and a challenge completed……

I hear it everywhere…..”Where do the days (hours) go???” The Killer Bees (my fab Texas quilt group) met last Thursday for our weekly(!) meeting and annual Spring luncheon. We had “Sharing Time”……IMG_8239IMG_8243 IMG_8242IMG_8244IMG_8245 IMG_8247 And, yes, the same gal made those last 3 and used up the fabric!!! We had a couple more finishes from the zig-zag Bargello workshop………………..IMG_8249 IMG_8250IMG_8252IMG_8253IMG_8256 Always a tote or two! There’s all types of needlework being enjoyed with this group…….IMG_8257 

We moved right into the “Challenge” reveal. The items’ colors used were the result of random crayons(4) drawn at last year’s luncheon, plus 1 color fabric of choice. Other than those criteria, there were no restrictions on size, type of project, etc. The finishes, with the crayons, were to be brought to the meeting in a opaque (paper or plastic) bag….with no indication of owner visible. For the actual reveal, each participant opened and shared a project (NOT their own) and we had 2 opportunities, as a group, to guess the maker. Fun. Here are some of the finishes….not held by their creators………..IMG_8258IMG_8259IMG_8261IMG_8264 IMG_8265IMG_8268IMG_8266 IMG_8272IMG_8273IMG_8275 IMG_8276IMG_8280IMG_8282 IMG_8281IMG_8283 IMG_8284 IMG_8285IMG_8286IMG_8290 IMG_8289IMG_8292IMG_8291  Next…..the item, then the “creator” modeling…………IMG_8278 IMG_8279 

AND THEN…….it was time for lunch!!!! Phew!!!!!!!! IMG_8296 We each brought a dish to pass and our own “Spring-y” placemat.IMG_8294 IMG_8295


                     Of course, here in the Rio Grande Valley/Texas…’s always Spring!!!!!!!! IMG_8297

Til next we meet………I’m off to a “Red Hat” meeting and tour of Harlingen’s Ronald McDonald House.

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50s Cloth….continued……..

This piece was sandwiched a while back in anticipation of stitching on it for my demo last Friday at the Killer Bees’ quilt show. Well, as often happens, my thoughts changed and this clothIMG_8136 has now found its way to the machine and, oh, what a difference a little(?) thread makes!!!! Unstitched…………IMG_8225      and stitched……..IMG_8226    The areas left un-stitched are as critical to the final effect as those stitched!!!!! So, always keep in mind the “puffed” areas as well as the flattened. The other factor, to achieve variety for the ‘eye’, is to change the direction of your fmq patterns. If you are doing “banana bunches”/”headbands” and you find yourself lining them up in only one direction, it equals boring! Variety is “key”!IMG_8234 - Copy IMG_8227IMG_8228IMG_8229IMG_8238   Another photo (above) of the contrast that stitching has on the cloth!

The beautiful dusty rose thread I’m using is a serger thread that I picked because of the color! It’s a 2-ply poly, “Toldi-Lock” is the brand. Purchased at Joann Fabrics. Batting is Hobbs Heirloom cotton/poly (80/20). The bobbin is Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70 wt.

I have a suspicion that this will be a lengthy project, as I’m already thinking of hopping to a vintage linen small piece (for reasons that will be revealed in the future). So…..with that, please, stop back soon……….

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My last Friday……………

Was spent at our Killer Bees Quilt Show and a very good one it was (if I might be so bold as to say that!!!). A photo “round-up” follows of some/many of the entries, plus a ‘shot’ of me doing my ‘thing’. Yup, another opportunity to demo FMQ and share some of my quilted linens (as I do every October in Minnesota). Killer Bees Quilt Show 2017  It definitely was a busy 5 hours!!! The gals (and guys) were most interested in the process and the fact that I was using a straight-stitch-only machine with only hand-guidance.IMG_8187IMG_8188 IMG_8190IMG_8189 IMG_8191 IMG_8192 IMG_8193 IMG_8194IMG_8197 IMG_8198 IMG_8195IMG_8200 IMG_8201 IMG_8202 IMG_8203IMG_8207IMG_8208IMG_8209 - CopyIMG_8209IMG_8215

“Click” on any photo to enlarge. Once again, thank you so very much for taking some moments to enter into my small corner of the world. I treasure these visits and look forward to many more. ‘Til next time…..stitching awaits………….

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Some inquiries (hopefully) answered……….

My last post had a group of quilt tops that featured a zig-zag/somewhat bargello pattern and used 2.5” wide precut rolls of fabric.IMG_8176 I didn’t participate in the workshop but have done a similar pattern using a very easy/quick technique that I saw Tula Pink demonstrate a while back. She called it “Stacks” and was in one of her books which blogger Lindsay Wilkes featured in this post. She includes directions that will give you the general idea of how she, and Tula, construct the pattern using varying widths of strips. I simplified the idea a bit and used a green  for the background and selected yardage pieces (not a “jelly roll”). The quilt I made (with directions), may be found here. Determine how wide you want the strip-pieced center to be. Cut the “background” pieces whatever width you want (I cut 3.5”, to finish 3”) by WOF (width of fabric)….and, yes, I did insert the additional feature blocks for floral interest.Leah's Hydrangea Quilt 003 Cut the “feature”/focus “bargello”/zig-zag pieces 7” to 12”, or a length that will be pleasing. Stitch 1 background and 1 feature piece together to form a tubular/circle piece.  Do this until you have enough to give you the length you desire. Then the fun begins…… will cut the background portion at any spot so that you will have a section on each side of the focus fabric.      The last 4 photos are Lindsay’s and demonstrate how the width and length of the strips you choose is totally of your choosing! Continue in this manner til all have been cut, moving your ‘cut’ back and forth (in the background portion) so that the “stacked”/zig-zag effect is completed. Add borders as you desire.

   Please, be sure to check out all the above links for the details/tutorials.

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The Killer Bees’ quilt show is…………..

Tomorrow BUT we have a meeting today and, of course, “Share Time” with so many pieces of inspiration!!!! Starting with the projects/tops in progress from some preliminary directions handed out last week for today’s workshop. These were just the “prep” directions!!!!! And this group is crazy good and many got this far with even these partial pieces of info…………………….IMG_8172IMG_8173IMG_8177 IMG_8174 IMG_8176 IMG_8178    And another “Twist and Shout” finish…or two…..or………IMG_8163IMG_8180IMG_8168 For more on the “Twist and Shout” quilts and pattern, please, see previous posts starting with this one (pattern found here)….

IMG_8164IMG_8165IMG_8167IMG_8169IMG_8170IMG_8182IMG_8183IMG_8184IMG_8185IMG_8186 One more thought….if any of you are visiting a “thrift” or antique shop (or, if there’s one of these lurking in your cabinet from “Aunt Tilly”{!!??})….here’s a terrific “up-cycle” idea……..IMG_8171    One can never have too many pincushions, can one??????

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tomorrow is our quilt event and, once again, I have the privilege of sharing FMQ with those who will be attending. Hopefully a few photos will come to be by Saturday…….Blessings to all! Til next time………………..

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Days are flying and………

The weeks are filled with…..lots of quilt activity!!!! Last Wednesday was prep day for some hours of doing a demo for the Killer Bees quilt show on February 24th. I found a fab vintage ‘50s tablecloth a while back and this is just going to be perfect for the day’s fun. I usually “sandwich” my quilts on a table, using Sharon Schamber’s method (I use pins!) but I’m in Texas and the floor will have to do.IMG_8136   These cloths usually have white centers but look at this one!! Oh the fun ahead! Stay tuned. I think I even have found a great thread match…..but that photo will have to wait a bit. See ya soon………I’m headed to Austin (Texas) to visit a Minnesota gal friend down here for the month of February, so, just maybe, there will be some quilt shop photos of our excursions…….just maybe!!! LOL!!!

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Yup, it’s a Killer Bee quilt parade……….

Just some inspiration to send you to “dream land”…………..IMG_8138   and the “flip side” of the above……IMG_8139Nice! And another front/back beauty………..IMG_8140IMG_8141   This group of gals definitely “raise the bar”, when it comes to finishing a quilt that’s reversible!!!                   IMG_8144IMG_8145 There are so many different creative skills out there, and this gal ventured into the weaving process………..IMG_8142




She liked it well enough to bring home her own loom after the workshop!






We can never have enough totes, can we???????                         IMG_8143IMG_8154   Placemats are always needed and these (below) are perfect for “his & hers”………………..IMG_8153IMG_8146 IMG_8148IMG_8150    Another “Twist and Shout” finish….yay!!!!!IMG_8152 IMG_8155  Do you spy the “thimble pip” on the right???? Well, that wasn’t enough so the little pouch now has company. All so beautifully detailed!!!! IMG_8157IMG_8156 

And so ends the talent parade for this week. I do hope you enjoyed it and gained some ideas that will ‘spark’ a future creation!!!

Til we meet again, many thanks always for stopping by. I so love your visits and sweet words. Sending hugs your way from the “Lone Star State”……….

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Just popped in to………

Send out my wishes to y’all for a spectacular Valentine’s Day!!!!!

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