Activity….outside and in…………….

Several months ago we altered the “landscape” in our front yard. See here. Trying to move forward on a small(?) project presents its own set of problems. The most major one is: our area has been experiencing a building/construction boom for the last few years while everywhere else there’s mostly been a slow down. Most contractors are doing larger projects and not available. Today, the concrete will be done (I hope!)………IMG_3806IMG_3808IMG_3809

Yay! Maybe there will be a structure there next year!!!

 

Activity inside is much more to my liking and interests! This little linen piece is a finish. See here for previous posts.

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I had stitched the scalloped outline to stabilize and then lifted the tiny crochet edging to tuck the plume beginnings underneath. Worked well. If I hadn’t left the extra gold fabric, I would have trimmed very closely to the edge stitching I had done to the inside edge of the crochet portion. Any raw edges would be hidden and kept from raveling by this stitching.

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I used Glide thread (40 wt) as the top thread in White and Cantalope. The bobbin thread was Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly (70 wt). The batting was Hobbs Heirloom cotton/poly (80/20) with a very thin poly layer on top of it. The machine I used was my Juki TL2010Q (DSM). Machine quilting with this machine is awesome!!!!!!

 

Now, on to a bridesmaid dress alteration and shortening some jeans for DH. Several clients’ quilts are waiting along with a QOV. Busy days ahead and LOTS of FMQ!!!!!!

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A Winner……………………

Yup, the official, and highly trusted, name drawer (a.k.a. DH) has stepped up to the daunting task………………the numbers have been entered……….IMG_3798

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Number 9!!!!! Yes, “duchick”, it’s YOU!!!! I have sent you an e-mail requesting the necessary mailing info.  Congratulations and thank you to all my sweet visitors. Your comments and encouragements are always the bright spot in my day. I so treasure each and every one of you!!!!!!

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Tuesday’s update…………….

My, the days are feeling more Autumn-like than I care for. 62F at 2:30 pm is a bit unusual but so perfect for stitching!!!!!

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As you can see in the photos, I use a blue, water erase, marker. I have found that, once the marked design is stitched, the blue lines may prove to be an unwanted/unnecessary distraction when I get to the background fill, or just to the next process. I found that Clover makes an “eraser pen” that will take away the blue marks without driving them into the batting or wetting the fabric extensively so that stitching comes to a halt while awaiting the drying of the affected area. 027 I have been using it for a while, now, and on different types of fabric, with great success. I first saw this used when I watched a video tutorial of Karen McTavish, who, also, recommends it use.

Now, it’s back to my Juki……………….

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Yup!!! It’s a GIVE-AWAY…………………

As I shared last week, here, I had a small piece published in the current issue of “Machine Quilting Unlimited” magazine and, as a ‘perk’/courtesy, I received a complimentary copy……IMG_3772  which I would be so excited to pass along to one of YOU!!!!!! Yes!!!!! Just leave a comment telling me what is your favorite part of the quiltmaking process……..is it the planning…..finding that “perfect” fabric…..the cutting……..the piecing……… the sandwiching and machine quilting?? Have you been toying with the thought that just maybe you would venture into the FMQ “waters”???? This publication has so much info to offer everyone who uses their sewing/quilting machine to create with fabric/textiles.

I will call upon my “in-house”, impartial, anonymous (to most of you!) name-drawing person….a.k.a. DH to do the selecting. You have until Thursday evening,7:00 (CDT). The winner will be announced on Friday!!!!!

This is open to ALL my wonderful bloggy friends wherever you live!!!!! Be sure that you give me a current/active e-mail so I can connect back with you!!!!!!

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Monday’s happenings (on a Sunday!!!!!)………….

My smaller quilt group meeting took place yesterday (Sunday) afternoon at a member’s lovely home 60 miles distant. A gorgeous sunny, and quite cool, day and the quilty chatter was non-stop. Some photo shares…………. our resident rug-hooking expert (and accomplished quilter, I might add!) was first……so she could get to the lunch prep………010

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Next up a Give-away!!!!!!!!! Stay tuned………………………….

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Throwback Thursday…with a twist……..

A small trek back a few years to the beginning of this current FMQ quilt stitching obsession of mine. It really took off when I was able to retire (4+ years ago) and begin to devote time daily to furthering my skills and building many special friendships through this blog journal. It became apparent that many of the techniques/skills that I had acquired during the time I had my sewing business (designing and creating bridal and formal wear) could translate well to this “new” art form. Piecing a quilt was ok but doing the quilting is what ‘spoke’ to me and my “artsy” side!

   I quickly discovered that there were some similar “hurdles” that a FMQ’er faced as does a painter or other type of artist…………stitching that first stitch on a quilt is very much the same as the first brush stroke on a blank canvas. The question before me: how to get those “creative juices” flowing! Along came an article by Jenny Bowker in the magazine “Machine Quilting Unlimited”. Light Bulb Moment!!!! (see post here) Here’s a couple more samples……….IMG_3770

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IMG_3769  A few months ago I submitted my “take” on Jenny’s process to the magazine and shortly after heard from the mag’s editor, Kit Robinson, stating that this topic was going to be featured in an upcoming issue and would I consider submitting a photo to be included. Of course!!! So, here’s the result of this contact………….

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I want to add that over the years I have had many magazine subscriptions. Most are satisfactory for quilt “piecers” but, for those who want to take a serious look into FMQ, I would like to highly recommend this magazine. The articles and tutorials are filled with information for everyone, regardless of their skill level. After all……we are all “in process”, hmmmm????

   Thank you all for sharing in my journey. Your advice, hints and sweet encouraging words have benefitted not just myself but others who have been my faithful readers cum friends. Blessings to you all……and hugs always…………

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Design now transferred…………….

Using the method shown here, and getting the Juki set up for the fun…….. IMG_3766   A water-erasable marker was used.

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Batting will be Hobbs Heirloom cotton/poly (80/20). Glide thread (40 wt) on top with Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly (70 wt) on the bobbin. I will be using my Juki TL2010Q which is easier when quilting small (rather than my Sweet 16).

   A (needed) rainy day here today and tomorrow. Perfect!!! A bridesmaid fitting will be on my agenda for tomorrow morning so no quilt stitching tomorrow!

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Quilt meeting share……….

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It’s not too early to be thinking of this next season!!!!!!!

 

 

 

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And that’s “a wrap” for this month’s gathering. Considering it’s the summer months and the weather has been awesome, these gals just don’t quit sewing!!!!!!

 

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Til next time…………………………

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Design Phase……..continued……….

For those who have just asked, I will mark my linen (see here) using a devised light table (works much better than a window and I own the pieces!!!!!)……..IMG_3733

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I use a blue water erase marker to transfer the design and have found they work the best. I don’t stitch fast enough for the air erase and the humidity lately causes it to disappear way too quickly!!!!

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Design phase…………

In the midst of “life” (seriously ill quilty friend and Grandson #2 birthday this weekend), I have managed to come up with some thoughts/sketches for the little (19”x14”) piece I posted about here. I am thinking this will give me more opportunity to do the stitching I absolutely adore……..micro-stippling/”scribbling” (Cindy Needham’s term) with Ms Juki. IMG_3731   It’s a small piece so I’ll have to “keep a lid” on the number of motifs (not good at that!!!!).

   The other little(?) item on my agenda…..in the midst of a very miserable heat/humidity wave……..is fulfilling GS #2 request for homemade sandwich buns for his b’day gathering on Sunday. IMG_3729

  Tomorrow morning we pick up friends in Winona who have traveled by train to Seattle. I’m anxious to hear how their trip went. Trains were my transportation of choice years ago (since I did not drive til I was 21 and needed to get from St. Paul to Duluth for a job I had). Both of my grandpas were train conductors and I grew up spending much time at the St. Paul train depot. Wonderful days!!!

  Another weekend awaits and I hope you have some special summery plans. For me, Monday brings a quilt guild meeting and, I hope, this month some photos! Blessings all and “see” you back here next week………………..

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Next up, it’s vintage…………..

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The gold/yellow fabric is a piece of Kona but I might change it out for a similar color “Radiance”, by Kaufman.

Once again, I’ll be using Glide thread as the top thread and Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly in the bobbin. I will be stitching this on my Juki TL2010Q.

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(It’s still) Wordless Wednesday………………….

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Fabulously Fun Feathered Friday Finish……………..

Too much??? Maybe a titch overboard with the alliteration?? Well, it is a finish and here is the photo heavy post …………………….. IMG_1036  The finished size is 45”x 54”….a bit smaller than the 6 block by 6 block pattern (I did 5 blocks across) but I really like it! With the washing/drying, the texture is off the scale and makes for difficult photos!!! But who doesn’t love excessive texture??? You really should see it “in person”…….appears totally “heirloom” and old!!!! IMG_1037

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This quilt piecing began last September, but it was a Monday Design Wall this week and, now, a finish!

Thread: (top) Glide, 40 wt, “Peach”; (bobbin) Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70 wt, “Caramel”          Batting: Hobbs Heirloom Cotton/Poly (80/20)      Stitching design: all-over feather (hand-guided/non stitch regulated). Pattern: FREE download from Lecien Fabrics: “Sweet Broderie Pinwheels”.

The weekend is once again upon us. I hope you have lovely plans and thank you for your visits and kind comments. Til next time, hugs…………………………..

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Wordless Wednesday……………

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The “real” thing…………..

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Moving on to the “real thing”!!!!!!!!

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(Quilt) Top together Tuesday…………

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And the perfect piece of Moda fabric for the binding & backing with the matching “Peach” Glide thread………..004

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I do believe that there’s a (quilt) sandwich with some stitching fun in the near future!!!!!!!

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Design Wall Monday, WIP, UFO…………….

All combined into one project that will be finished soon! “Sweet Broderie Pinwheels” by Lecien Fabrics 002 has been lurking in my sewing space since last fall (see here)! 003   The rows are together, next up…..join the rows/corner stones. Stay tuned………………………………

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Wisteria, blue hydrangeas & other stuff……………

Ever since DH and I made a motorcycle trek to Mystic Seaport (in Mystic, Connecticut) and some lovely spots in the Southeast, I have been in love with Wisteria and blue Hydrangeas. Now, living in S.E. MN, does NOT allow for the growing of Wisteria…….I’ve seriously checked on that one!!!! BUT, hydrangeas are another thing! Before I go any further, I must interject that having a “brown thumb” and little gardening desire results in a lot of brown dead once-living/growing things in my world. Not at all good. 2 years ago, #2 son/DIL gifted me with the most lovely blue Hydrangea for Mother’s Day and I vowed(!?) that it should LIVE!!!! My original post is here. Last summer produced a nicely greened up bush but……where were the flowers????? This year I have been gifted with this……001     In my world this is one huge triumph!!!!!! Maybe there will be 2 blooms next year….I live in hope!

Now, to the other “stuff”……..The last few posts have been about a very talented, creative gal who goes by “Apple Moon Creations”. She challenged herself (last year) to live a life of repurposing, frugality and bartering whenever that was possible. She quit the job she had and successfully closed that challenging chapter of her life. During that year is when I really got to know her and the postal service was the “carrier pigeon”/go-between for a couple of exchanges (prior to the quilt top/batting/backing). One of the first art forms she chose to teach herself was book folding. Check out the wonderful package I received here. One book to keep and one to share……how awesome is that! And it still resides on my Grandma’s treadle machine located in my livngroom……………………….003

Later last year she decided to try a little knitting. Several scarves and cowls resulted from that endeavor. See her post here. I absolutely fell in love with the brown/pink/teal cowl…….and she sent it my way!!!! In return we agreed that if she put together a donation quilt for the military I would quilt it, finish it and send it off for a presentation (which is done through my larger quilt guild). And, thus it is that the story has come to a conclusion. In the coming weeks, this beautiful, filled with love, quilt will find a new home.  020

It will travel together with the accompanying journal that she began but, hopefully, someone will continue the quilt’s story. Time will tell.

 

 

 

 

The “feather swirl” motif is one that I use quite often when the piecing has involved a lot of bias/HST (Half Square Triangle) pieces. It really helps to stabilize and “rein in” any edges that may have been stretched/pulled a tad in the construction process. A tutorial drawing will go up in a couple of days.

Thanks so much for stopping by and spending a few precious moments. Please, come again………the light is always on in the window………………………………

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Another “Friday Finish”…………….

I wasn’t sure it would happen but it did! The “Quilt of Honor” is now complete right down to the appropriate label….yay!!!! This quilt has a story. It’s beginnings was in a small Arkansas town and a gal who has become a dear bloggy friend (someday there WILL BE a meet-up!). In exchange for an incredibly beautiful winter yarn cowl she made me, I said I would quilt the piecing she was working on. She is not a quilter but a fantastically talented “repurpose-er”. Using yardage that she had gotten from deconstructing thrift shop finds, she snipped, cut, sewed and pieced with these results………………Debbies QOV  The photo she posted late last fall was of a quilt top too large to fit on anything but the hood/roof of her pick-up (yes, Debbie, I “pirated” this from your Fb site!!!! hehehe…). She hadn’t gotten the final border on yet. And now it looks like this…………………………004

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The little journal , she covered with some of the quilt fabric, chronicles some of her thoughts and well wishes for the recipient.

 

 

 

Thread: Superior Metallics Variegated Gold, #25 (40 wt) and Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, (70 wt) in the bobbin.

One cannot help but feel the love that has gone into the making of this quilt and God has chosen that special person to receive it. We must just wait to see who it is!

Have an awesome weekend! It is a busy one in our little town cuz it’s “Hoedown”!!!!!!! Til next we meet………….Hugs…..

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It’s alive!!!!!!………

The Quilt of Honor, started yesterday, is lookin’ awesome (if I do say so myself!!!)! The quilting stitches give so much dimension and interest that it’s like a gift that’s slowly being opened to reveal the hidden treasure secreted inside. It’s what gets my adrenalin really pumping!!!!……………………..ok………..I’ll settle down…….HA!………005

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 I wish you could see how this quilt is glistening with my all-time fave thread……Superior’s Variegated Gold #25. It’s available in 3 sizes of spools/cones. These metallics don’t break, shred or any other ugly thing that other threads do. Fantastic! 011    Bobbin thread is…………..yup, Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70 wt, in “Caramel”. (Note: once again, my “go to” color has been discontinued!!! The closest would be “Antique”, I think!! Ugh!!!) The perfect match up!!!!! Stay tuned for the finale…………………………………….

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Wordless Wednesday…………….

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