A bit of catch-up………….

Hello!!!! So glad you’re still around!! To continue a bit of itinerary……we took a tour at Thomas Jefferson’s home in Virginia…”Monticello”. So interesting and brings history to a reality! IMG_6914IMG_6915 IMG_6924IMG_6920

Next, we headed to (Lexington, VA) The Stitchin’ Post and friend Erin.IMG_6932    You can read about how we met here. Her shop has so many facets…..something that would satisfy so many creative bents!!!! The entry……..IMG_6930 IMG_6931     Don’tcha just luv a “yarn bombing”????? Continuing to the sweet quilt shop on the edge of town and “The Quiltery”. IMG_6933IMG_6935IMG_6935And, yes, I did buy a few things……but those photos will have to wait til we return home and I get a bit organized.

Next, we headed to York, Maine, for a quick visit/afternoon with a gal who attended school with DH years ago. She and hubbs had a lobster bake planned for our time with them, so off we went to Foster’s…….. IMG_6950   Starting off with the best chowda ever!!!!! (above) and continuing to the clams, lobster…and much more!!!!! IMG_6952IMG_6953IMG_6954 You definitely need a bucket for this kind of yummy-ness!!!! IMG_6960 And, to finish, a warm Maine blueberry streusel cake!

 

 

 

 

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Continuing our fun-packed day, we headed over to the USS Albacore Park and Museum to tour the submarine. (I was working very hard on putting to rest my tendency toward claustrophobia!!!) IMG_6961 IMG_6964 IMG_6966

Quite the experience and I don’t think there could have been any more packed into the day! We definitely slept well that night!!!!

To be continued………………

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MAINE!!!!

More to follow………

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Yes!!!!! It’s really me!!!………….

Just a quick recap……This morning, we left the Outer Banks (OBX)…..sob……and headed up the coast into Virginia and the Chesapeake Bay. Going from Newport News to So. Hampton Roads we traveled on I664 through the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel. Never done that??? How ‘bout grabbing a cuppa and check out a video (not mine) that will give you a good idea of the crossing. Our goal was an early afternoon meet-up with dear bloggy friend, Wendy (Ivory Spring blog), and a few moments of catching up on news……….IMG_6906      With busy schedules, our time was limited and DH and I hit the road with Culpeper, VA, as our overnight destination.

The motel check-in was fast and we headed out to find the “Minuteman Mini Mall” antique shop. So much fun and so little time. As usual, I was on a hunt for linens to quilt. I managed to ‘score’ this piece………….IMG_6912       It’s 26” in diameter and, again, the ideas are swirling……..but my machines are so far away!!!!!!! More time to dream and plan………

Suppertime came and we headed to the historic downtown area…..IMG_6907IMG_6909 IMG_6910

Seafood was the goal and catfish (DH) and shrimp (me) was found at the Davis Street Pier restaurant…….IMG_6908     Following that great meal, a short jaunt was in order and the downtown area provided the diversion…….including a cute little——-yup!—-quilt shop!IMG_6911 “That Little Quilt Shop”(their Fb is here) was the name and, although my purchase was minimal, the time spent was fruitful. Along with a license plate………IMG_6913 I gathered some info on an embroidery module for my Bernina 440QE. Time will tell where that’s going……….

  To be continued……………………….

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Sad lack of photos and ‘puter time!……….

And I really had the best of intentions of keeping y’all up on what’s been going on our direction. We left home on Labor Day morning and headed for Farmer City,IL, and a quick visit with DH’s (on the right, below) Navy buddy………IMG_6894     Then, off for a visit with bloggy friend, Beth Ann (you may find her delightful blog “It’s Just Life” here), and her hubbs in Brevard,NC…….While there, we went in search of a few of the local water fall sites……….IMG_6898     We headed to Aiken,SC, to visit some more friends and DH found time for his fave activity……relaxing and reading. (Isn’t this veranda lovely???)  I’ve been posting quick photos on      my Facebook page, so……if you are on Fb, hop on over and keep up with my happenings. The posts are “Public”. For those of you who are here because of Fb……well, you know/have seen some of the going’s on! IMG_6903 We did have a few moments on the beach at Hilton Head only to find this familiar sight! We had this on the beach on South Padre (Spring of ‘15) and were told that, if the sand wasn’t dredged from the mainland side of the island, the winds (blowing in from the Gulf/ocean) would fill in the water-way and the island would become part of the mainland! Interesting. The sand piles (photo above,, lower left corner) allow you to access the water by climbing over the pipe……..IMG_6902     Hopefully, I will do better at “journaling” our progress up the coast!! Having way too much “doin’ nothin’ fun”!!!LOL!!! Headed to Virginia tomorrow….leaving the Outer Banks (OBX) behind. Til next time…………….

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Out-the-door……and a tutorial………

That’s where this little beauty went……..IMG_6878  Now, a couple of last pieces of info to finish up. Thread……The blue sky background was my fave Glide, in the color of the wings……..IMG_6882  I wasn’t exactly sure how this would work, but it did! The client will be adding crystals to this whole quilt……most effective! The quilt motif is called (by myself and Karen at Karen’s Quilts, Crows and Cardinals) “Feather Galaxy”…..009     A step by step:

004005006 007 008     And for a video demo, see Karen’s wonderful visual (corrected link)                       Next……. the wings……IMG_6880     Sulky “Holoshimmer”….a glisteny, flat, ribbon-like metallic that picks up/reflects its surrounding colors. Lovely. I radically decreased the upper tension and bypassed 2 of the 3 “pretension” holes on my Sweet 16. My needle is a #16….I use this size pretty much all the time.                                               And, lastly,……..the angel’s dress…. Invisifil, 100 wt, in a pale lilac/violet………….IMG_6881 IMG_6884       One final peek at the backing of this one and it’s on to………..well, let’s see……….much to follow. Stay tuned………

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To answer a question………

“How does a quilter duplicate/stitch a ‘mirror image’ if a computer guided machine is not used or stencil is not available?” My latest “Angel” quilt (client’s) involved my wanting a balanced/duplicated feather design in the two wings so that the finish would be visually pleasing. Quilt in question……..here….and…….below……IMG_6589      I’m not one to do much marking (for a variety of reasons…..one: I really want to get to the stitching!!!!!! Hehehehe……..) but sometimes a few registration markings are necessary. Enter these wonderful tools………..IMG_6892     There are so many shapes to choose from and I always find one that is perfect for the desired feather spine! I ordered them off Amazon here. The photo below shows how I used them in this project (I used an air erase marker to give me the registration markings I needed)……IMG_6891       Noting the relationship to the figure, I merely reversed them for the other wing.IMG_6878       This was the idea I sketched, before starting, (on the Wacom tablet)……..IMG_6768     These French curve shapes are a mainstay of garment stitchers and carpenters alike! So handy! So…head down those carpenter aisles and see if what is needed may be found in those “outside the box” places!!!!! I hope this has given you some ideas on new tools to help jumpstart your FMQ fun. Now…….let’s go stitch!!!!!

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One Word Wednesday……TEXTURE!!!!!………

I know I’ve said it so many times already but, quilts/quilted pieces just come alive with the final stitching “ingredient” ………..from this………IMG_6589         ……..to this………IMG_6878      I never cease to be amazed!!!!! LOL!!! IMG_6879

Threads: (top) {dress}Invisifil,100wt,poly & {wings} Sulky ‘Sliver-Holoshimmer’; (bobbin) Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly,70wt.                                                    See here for this piece’s beginnings. Moving on to the starry night sky…………

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Hooked on lace / Enganchado en encaje / Accroché sur la dentelle / Enganchado na renda

 

(A note from Treadlemusic/Doreen) For those of you who may wonder at this “Reblog”…..my bloggy friend, and his photo-graphical eye has captured a wondrous world of artistry in thread that (I see) easily will enter my/the world of the quilt stitching process. These “thread-flakes”, resembling “snowflakes”, are such a total wonder to view. Please, take a few moments to take it all in…………….

Sartenada's photo blog / Blog de foto de Sartenada

In English:

Hooked on lace – Part 1.

It was in summer 2016, when we visited to old vicarage, called Kulttuuripappila Sylvi (1804), in Pieksämäki. The distance between Helsinki and Pieksämäki is 306km / 190mi. Why we drove to Pieksämäki? Well, there was very interesting, maybe unique exhibition of laces.

Lady Silja Keränen inherited a big amount crocheting yarns from her mother in 2008. After thinking for a while what to do with them, she decided to crochet. Wise decision! Models Silja searched from Internet and she crocheted the majority of them from photos. Until now, she has crocheted more than 450 crochets and in the exhibition, there were about 400 crochets. Think about it.

Enjoy these lace doilies!

En español:

Enganchado en encaje – Parte 1.

Fue en el verano de 2016, cuando visitábamos a la antigua vicaría, llamado Kulttuuri Pappila Sylvi (de 1804), en Pieksämäki. La distancia entre…

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The gift is gifted…….the complete picture……

Last week I gave you little “peeks” at a gift that would find its way to a new home. That happened last Saturday and, now, a better picture………………Front. IMG_6860     Back IMG_6864    And a better close-up………….IMG_6862   The groom & bride’s initials (left & right, respectively) and, center, last name initial. I haven’t done much with quilted monograming and need to do more, for added proficiency.

Several threads were used on the top (see “tags” below), the bobbin was Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly (on both the Juki and Sweet 16). Hobbs Tuscany Silk batting (double layer) added a very nice loft. Dupioni silk, layered with the vintage piece, really gives the additional ‘shine’ factor I desired with this piece.

OK, back to an “in-process” project…… 

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“Angelic” progress……….

Was made on this client’s quilt. It’s approx. 48” in diameter and has many bias edges in those stitchings!!!! IMG_6589

The beginnings of this may be found here.

 

 

 

The wings are the current areas being “feathered”…………..IMG_6866IMG_6867IMG_6868IMG_6869IMG_6870    The pinkish wing fabric has a sort of pearlized metallic touch to it so I went with a Sulky “Sliver” ‘thread’. A bit touchy to stitch with……it’s not a round profile strand but, rather, a flat ribbon-like configuration that reflects light much better. This one will pick out the pink and glisten!!! Lovely!!!!!! IMG_6871     The larger feather’s spine is now filled in with ‘pearls’/circles/pebbles(large) to balance the large plume motifs. IMG_6872IMG_6873 IMG_6874

Thread: (top)Sulky ‘Sliver’; (bobbin)Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly 70wt.

Now, off to do more “winging” it………………….

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The “rest of the story”………

Is this beautiful ‘finish’ (which was gifted last Saturday)…….IMG_6145          The photos, above/below, do not do it justice. The ‘eggplant’ color is so rich I can’t seem to capture it correctly. The very beginnings of this one may be found here and here. My faithful quilt-holder came to the rescue for this nice queen-sized quilt. Feathers, in opposing directions, fill the light spaces and the dark “rails” were left unstitched. The backing provided exactly enough left-over fabric for the binding. Not a scrap left!!!!! Following are some close-ups……….IMG_6148

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

Til next time…..the quilty journey continues….

 

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Sometimes………………….

Playing with high contrast thread is just the “ticket” to take a person’s mind off a dreary overcast (but lovely ‘cool’!!!) Saturday morning………IMG_6865   Don’tcha agree????? Maybe you could try the same???? 15 minutes of play!!! For those who might somehow be interested in how our brain works with this “repetition thing”, see this link……..

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“Two-fer” now …..DONE!…………..

Wow! Were these fun!!! Totally hand-guided, fmq (free motion quilting) feathers!!!! How could they not???? First posted here, they will be on their way to the binding process shortly. IMG_6852

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

Now, back to…………let me see………….

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One Word Wednesday…………….

“Peek”…………………

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(More info after gifting!!!)

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Two-fer Tuesday…………………

Yup…….not one…..IMG_6840     (fabric behind the topper is the backing)……………but two……………IMG_6842   This client is working on #3 yet, so “double the pleasure” will become “triple” shortly. One is a gift, the other will be kept…….not sure of the third! Thread choice is this perfect rayon…….IMG_6839     and the stitching will be along the lines of a previous client’s topper………see here………………

028   The feather stitching will be subtle but definitely enhance the piecing, hmmmmm?????

Now, on to the machine……………………

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Monday’s meeting…..on Sunday…….

Happens when the hostess resides 60 miles from the rest of the group. Not a deterrent, just an adjustment!!! Carpooling and sunshine made for a delightful commute!

  First up, Carol’s military quilt (first shown here) and, now, including the matching pillowcase.IMG_6814     Sheri’s pieced top was appealing to all………….IMG_6815   Anita’s “Broderie Pinwheels” and “Trip Around the World” were ones that I had quilted for her. IMG_6816 IMG_6818    Next up, JoAnn had some “in progress” pieces…… IMG_6819 IMG_6820

 

 

 

 

A Connecting Threads kit that she customized a tad.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A sale panel made into a cute pillowcase for a possible youth class.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_6823   And a (free download) darling pattern that would work equally well in a quilt…..don’tcha think??

Kathy’s rug hooking is always amazing! Another original pattern…………. IMG_6824     And a antique shop find that has the tiniest, most perfect applique stitches we’ve ever seen!!!!!!!!!!!! IMG_6825    We all agreed that the blue fabrics are an odd combo but the workmanship is gorgeous. From a Rochester (MN) estate sale that needs some detective work to find a bit of its history.

Joan continues her fabulous hand-quilting on this original quilt………IMG_6826     Ginny continues to be busy making her oh so cute bags and a “challenge” project for her Arizona group………… IMG_6827IMG_6828

That’s it for this month!!!

Now…….I think it’s time to stitch!!!!!!

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First steps……………….

In this next project (first shown at the end of this post), stabilizing the sandwich so that I can manipulate it under the needle of my Sweet 16 without the sandwich shifting or creating pleats/puckers somewhere in the initial process. I use “Essence” monofilament nylon ‘thread’ by Fil-Tec. I SID (Stitch in the Ditch) to define certain areas which serves to secure the layers, also.IMG_6758IMG_6760     There’s a couple of advantages with this product. First, it’s a fine thread that defines without becoming a visible shiny element and the other is the obvious advantage of being colorless so I can move from one area to another without reference to the piecing. The (slight) disadvantage is that these types of products are not heat tolerant and must be given a bit of care with heat/iron temps. I prefer the nylon over the poly as it seems to have a tad less shine.

To aid me in the straight SID stitching, I always turn to my “Line Tamer”………IMG_6765     This is a Plexiglas slotted ruler that is especially useful for anyone who does fmq quilting on a “sit-down” styled machine (mid-arm or DSM). You must have a ruler foot, however, to have the success desired and prevent possible major damage to the machine.

Now, off to do some “feather fun” on this one……………………………….

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A “SAL”…..me????

The gal who does whole-cloth/vintage pieces so she can “get right to the ‘good stuff’” quilting????!!!!! A “SAL” (Stitch-A-Long)????? ***sigh*** Yup, I succumbed to the temptation put forth on Lisa Bongean’s Primitive Gatherings blog post of a few days ago. Go ahead……hop over there and take a peek……….I’ll warn you, if you have a weakness for red & white anything, be careful or you, too, will be drawn  in to this unfolding, swirling red/white vortex!!!!!   IMG_6753     See that????IMG_6757 Lisa had the awesome forethought to include info needed if I was going to modify the pattern (ummmm……..make it larger??……eek!!!! MIS-CUT!!!!???? NO way maybe or………). IMG_6756  First block pattern downloaded….ready to go…….well, into a bit of a stack of “others first” projects. Stay tuned…….

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Guild Meeting Monday………

Began with a morning workshop that involved card making using handmade (by Doris and her DH) papers. Although I didn’t make it for that, these 2 gals were there and tried their hand at doing it. They were more than happy to share ………IMG_6719 IMG_6720 I would definitely term the activity a success! Now, on to the sharing of the past days creativity………….IMG_6721 IMG_6722  Lots of QOV/Quilts of Service/Honor…..IMG_6723 IMG_6724IMG_6725IMG_6726 IMG_6727 IMG_6745IMG_6746IMG_6747 IMG_6748IMG_6749IMG_6751 IMG_6750IMG_6728        The quilt (above) is made with folded vintage handkerchiefs…….so pretty!!!

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This is the gal (Yvonne) who so wonderfully created the military quilt I just finished quilting here. Photo below…

 

 

 

 

 

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This little topper is made from 1 charm pack!!!!!!       

And our little gals return with the recent projects they have sewn themselves scarves, hats, table runner). Yes……we are mentoring here………… IMG_6738IMG_6740IMG_6739

Sew, have an awesome day…….and stay tuned for more of what’s goin’ on in my little corner of the globe……

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A military quilt finish……………

My larger guild group still does military quilts (not ‘QOV’) and this is the most recent, finished this morning before church. It’s an original piecing by Yvonne, using a shirt that was given her by a member of the family of the intended recipient. “Custom”was the only option for this one. A “full”view…IMG_6710   Really a wonderful pattern! And, no, Yvonne doesn’t write down any of her creations but puts them together as she goes!!!!! “Planning” with a HUGE amount of creativity!!! She deconstructed the shirt and found a spot for most all the important parts.  Now, for some details………………IMG_6712 IMG_6703 IMG_6704 IMG_6705  

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Thread: All– Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70 wt.

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Legacy

I am sharing this because there have been things written lately regarding the threatened (perceived??) future of the art of quilting. With the closing of an established NYC quilt shop and the sudden demise of AQS’s publishing arm (“Quilter’s Newsletter” magazine, among many other book publications), alarms are going off all over ‘quilt-dom’ as to what is its future and what part can we play in preventing its (near) extinction???!!!!! Is this an over-reaction??? Perhaps a ‘correction’ for a creative art that has gone corporate? Please, don’t get me wrong……I have great sympathy for those caught in this ‘adjustment’, whose livelihoods are threatened or have evaporated taking with it hopes, dreams and much $$ investment. But, just maybe, its a wake-up call to take a step back and really take a hard look at what it is that we’re passionate about. Creative artistry, in its various expressions, has been within our souls since the beginning of time and will continue to be expressed in the future. Many of us have a “stash” that will never end in our lifetime!!!! Is mentoring a young one in the sewing/quilting art something that is possible??? Yes! It will help (since such classes have been removed from our schools). It is a topic each of us may need to rethink. Are we on a quilting treadmill to produce or is it an expression of who we are?? Are we creating a beautiful art piece that will be our legacy??? Only you are able to give an answer to that. All I’m asking is that you take a moment to ask yourself the question…….and ponder………………….

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Mom and her quilt

This is my Mom.  Dad is nearby, as always, watching over her.

Mom's Cross-stitch

This is a quilt that took her two years of living life abroad in Lima, Peru to make, putting in one cross-stitch after another.  She sat in an upstairs window seat in our home there, overlooking a quiet suburban street — quiet, except for the time that someone missed a stop sign, careened into our yard, the car turning upside as it landed near our front window.  My dad said he thought the maid had thrown the vacuum cleaner down the stairs again.  Luckily the Clinica was a block away, so it turned out all right.

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My mother didn’t really speak Spanish, although she tried her best to communicate with the household help she was expected to keep: a maid for the household, a maid for the laundry, a man to wash the cars, and a gardener.  She took Spanish…

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A new kitchen toy gets a “maiden voyage”…….

And it was a 5-star success!!!! Let’s give you a bit of a background……..the morning of July 12th I noticed that Amazon was doing a phenomenal sale (for Prime subscribers) on a product I’ve been researching for well over a year. It’s this little wonder………..IMG_6620    Just to give you a bit more background info……when the boys were little, I used a top-of-the-stove pressure cooker a lot. Then……they got busy and so did I and DH went long-haul trucking so major meals were history. The cooker was shelved (and still is!) but memories of great meals persisted. Enter a couple of bloggy friends who started a ‘buzz’ about these “Instant Pot” cookers. Hmmmmm. More info needed. Electric. All types of programmed times…..built in! And many safety features. Ok. The price, last month, was about 1/2 the normal. We aren’t Prime subscribers but we have friends who are and, now, I am the proud owner of this lovely gizmo. Ultimately, this cooker will travel with us to Texas. My kitchen there is very tiny and cooking can be a bit of a challenge. Now I’m thinking I just have to have another one for our MN home!!!!!!

Tonight, I finally had some time to try this cooker out. I had viewed a few YouTube videos and found a recipe  for Mongolian Beef on the “Pressure Cooking Today” site that looked good. Well, I did follow what was indicated and the results were awesome (DH really loved it…..I could have had a bit/lot more ‘heat’, but the flavor was “spot on”) and I can’t begin to tell you how easy and quick the process was. In 45 min, the 2 pound beef roast, broccoli, etc, went from refrigerator to plated!!!! All this with 1 pot clean-up!!!!! Yes!!!! IMG_6622IMG_6623    Perfectly accompanied by some fresh made French bread. Next up……a recipe (don’t know which one, yet, but something Mexican for sure!!!!) using chicken, tomatillos and “heat”!!!!

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