Stitching leafy borders………………..

On my “Stacked 4-Patch” (see here). I decided that both designs (here)

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I did need to mark a few registration lines to keep things going evenly. A couple of appropriately sized items from the kitchen (for the curved lines), a cardboard cut oval and my Frixion pen would do perfectly.

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Now, on to the other 3 sides of this border…………..

Thread:Mettler Poly-sheen, 40 wt.; Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70 wt. Batting: Hobbs Heirloom cotton/poly, 80/20.

 

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Doodling………………

Ideas for the borders on this current piece. There are many different options to draw up your ideas…….some high tech and some….well, more low tech—-and that’s my current choice!

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IMG_5151   Which one?? Both would fill that buttery yellow border section nicely. Hmmmmm…………….

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A beautiful yesterday……and a Mardi Gras parade………..

For all those who are enduring these white winter days, here are some glimpses into my afternoon yesterday…….

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And the last “unit” is always the horse/rider unit, but……..well, let’s just say……….

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……….the end!!!!!!!

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Merrily we stitch along…………………

On a beautiful Tuesday morning! My current quilty ‘nest’ is working out pretty well, with the addition of a small folding table we discovered in our shed (when we bought this Texas ‘cottage’/park model, it was with all the contents, so we’re still discovering little “treasures”!)……….

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This current project has been a good one to “test the waters” to see if doing any stitching on something larger than a small vintage piece is possible. The dimensions of this quilt are small (62”x 65”) and are about the max I would want to tackle with this set-up. Ms Juki Jr is performing stunningly and I’m anxious to try out a homemade brainstorm I had a couple of days ago……a story for a soon upcoming post!!!!!

I decided to keep the stitching simple, just a leafy vine/swirl, to keep the quilt soft and drape-y when it’s finished. Some photos……………..

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Thread: (top) Mettler poly-sheen, 40 wt. (bobbin) Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70 wt.         Batting: Hobbs Heirloom (bleached) cotton/poly, 80/20.

Note: The Mettler thread (color #2596-soft yellow) is a 1st go-round for me and is lovely to work with. Absolutely no problems with breakage/shredding. (needle being used is a Schmetz “topstitch” # 14).

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Design….ummmmm…..table Monday……..

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For the beginnings of this ‘story’ see here.

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Killer Bees….photo recap……..

This group plans ahead!! Next year’s (yes, I said “next year”!) ‘challenge’ is already organized!!! Each participant will receive 3 randomly chosen color crayons in a sandwich baggy. These colors, plus 1 of the recipient’s choosing, may be used to create an item…….ANYTHING!……that will be turned in at next February’s annual luncheon. The committee had done up samples for motivation/inspiration and shared these (I believe I got the “rules” correct!)………………

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Last week a group of the gals traveled to a nearby town to help in the sewing of tops/quilts for veterans. Some examples………………

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Other WIPs and finishes…………

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Below….front/back views……….

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Click on any photo to enlarge!

That’s it for this time……..

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And the choice has been made……………….

From yesterday’s possibilities, the option chosen is……………

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For more info on this pattern, see this post.

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Options….on a Wordless Wednesday

 

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Kaleidoscope 4-patch…decisions….a bit of “frogging”……

Yup, “frogging”….you know, ‘rip-it; rip-it’! The fun part of this technique is seeing all the possible block arrangements one can come up with!

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To this……..

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Yup, lookin’ pretty good. Add a bit more……………

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   And more……………

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Hmmmmmm, I think I need to swap the 2nd blocks from the left in rows 1 and 2. It’s a visual ‘thing’.

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Have an awesome day!

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Design Wall Monday…………………….

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Please note the state of the art design wall!!!!! Take one fuzzy blanket and add conveniently located cabinet doors and….wha-la! = design wall!!! LOL! My Thursday quilt group had a workshop on this technique last week (when #2 son & wife were visiting) and I’m playing catch-up!!! Managed to get the directions on Saturday morning (thanks, Jan) and spent the afternoon cutting away……..such fun!!! I have a lovely yellow solid that will be the background for this. The technique is known by several different names (stacked tiles, stacked 4- patch, kaleidoscope 4-patch block) and one version of the directions may be found here. The individual pieces were 3.5” resulting in a 6.5” (unfinished) block. At this point I do plan to put the blocks “on point”. (maybe……..possibly….???)

The fabric piece is from Connecting Threads and is by Riley Blake Designs, “Halle Rose” by Lila Tueller Designs. More photos to come.

Another week is beginning and I do pray it is a great one!!!! Blessings, dear bloggy friends……………….

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A day on the island………

That’s South Padre Island,Texas. #2 son and wife have been visiting this week and had brought a motorcycle with so we could do some riding. Well, the weather was not good for such activity……til yesterday…..so off we went.

A view of the island from the mainland/Port Isabel…………….

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Fishing wharf with the bridge to the island on the right………

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Sunny, breezy and beautiful………

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A shrimp/seafood meal at “Dirty Al’s” is a must!!!!

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My choice (always!): blackened shrimp tacos!!!!!! Combined with a Mexican soda.

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Our little place has returned to quiet as the ‘kids’ took off for the frozen northern regions/MN this morning.

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Miss them!!!!!! Sigh………………..

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It fits!!!!!!!!! Wordless Wednesday………………….

(With room to spare!)

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From Ken’s Sewing in Alabama.

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A fun finish………………..

Not really a “vintage” piece, but a little (19” square) find at a thrift shop a while back (and first blogged here). I had brought white thread along to Texas but, now, needed blue, red and green plus a little something to bind it with. The shop hop to Corpus Christi (last Wednesday) and a quick Connecting Threads order, yielded what was needed. All the FMQ (Free Motion Quilting) was done on my Juki TL2010Q and it performed flawlessly!!!!!! Love that machine!!!!!

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The perfect binding fabric was part of a neat fat quarter gift pack from the bus trip! Couldn’t have matched up any better!!!! 

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IMG_5028   A little peek at the cute backing…..

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Thread: (white & red) Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly (70 wt)-top and bobbin; (blue & green) DMC cotton (50 wt). Batting: Hobbs Heirloom cotton/poly (80/20)

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Really?????????

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No words!!!!

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“Killer Bees”…another week……..more buzzing……..

Some business and on to sharing. Disclaimer: I forgot my camera so I had to rely on my cell. Photo quality very marginal, but you will get a feel for the creativity, I’m sure!

  First up, a “Mock Mola Applique” technique workshop attended by some of the gals (presented by the Rio Grande Valley Quilt Guild on Jan. 9) resulted in these 2 finishes….

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Next, a couple of donation quilts……

FullSizeRender (6)FullSizeRender (7) Strips were cut from her “stash”, a.k.a. “jelly roll race” style.

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 FullSizeRender (12) This gal’s crochet hook never rests!!!!!!

FullSizeRender (14) Yup, another apron from a man’s dress shirt. The pockets are the sleeve cuffs, opened up and buttoned to a button (center) on the front placket…..genius!!!!

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The above 3 photos give you an idea of the detail of the applique work that was done on that quilt. All done on a DSM!!!! And one more from this gal………….

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  Next up was the weekly workshop/demo on “snippet quilts” done by Diane. These are truly amazing and your stash will yield most everything you need! Here is her design board, samples and a few of the gals participating  ………..

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Note to self……..remember the camera next time!!!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Til next we visit……hugs and blessings to you, my Friends…………….

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday was anything but wordless……….

In my corner of the world!!! 45 of the “Killer Bees”, some a bit bleary-eyed and not nearly caffeinated enough at the early hour of 6:15 a.m., boarded a coach bus ready to head off to Rockport and Corpus Christi (Texas) quilt shops.

  Our first stop: Rockport……….

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So thoughtful!!! A lovely little ‘nosh’ of homemade goodies. The oatmeal/raisin cookies were a perfect “breakfast”! And the results of an “I just have to buy these” impulse………

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Every beach must have its kite-fliers!!!!

  From Rockport we journeyed on to Corpus Christ and……………….

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The Quilt Cottage”………

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I really did need to find some things on my “list”!!!! This shop had one of

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An “orphan” flower garden block picked up at a thrift shop, soon to be getting some attention!

  Next up, “Heirloom Elegance” shop..

IMG_5002 I will have to interject that 45 gals really enliven the interiors of these shops!!!!!!

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  We headed to Jo Ann Fabrics and the photos, well to put it bluntly, there aren’t any! But I finished my

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Note: “Click” on any photo to enlarge.

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Wordless Wednesday…………….

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A Monday non-quilting trek……

Resulted in one more finish (first shared here)…………

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I have never laid claim to the “gardener” designation but I’m quite happy with these results. Now…….if I can just keep them growing for a few months!!!! LOL!!!!!

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“Bee” Thursday recap………..

  Every Thursday is “Killer Bee” day! (see here) Business first. Next week is a shop-hop bus trek and the final details needed to be put in place. With the opening of the meeting, there were a handful of spaces left on the bus and by the end of the meeting no such vacancy!! Set! A few more bits of business and on to sharing………. (note: “thrifting” is one great pastime and, I know for myself, the thrill of the “find” at thrift/antique shops/’tag’ sales/garage sales  canNOT be duplicated!!!!)……..The first gal picked up a pant/jumpsuit. Definitely potential for……

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Or, how ‘bout a shirt becoming a

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surface, sandpaper area and cutting mat. The outer shape was pieces of hardboard that each gal had brought. Very clever and useful, don’t you think???

 

 

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Just a quick word about the above quilt. The gal made it for her hubby’s deer hunting get-away spot……..any “excuse” for making a quilt, right gals??????

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Love of baskets prompted the making of this quilt! Another “Winter Texan” planning for these quite cool days!!!!

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After a brief break, the demos got going. Each took place in a corner of the room and were repeated/on-going. Great organization!!!!! Kudos to all!!!!!

“Secrets of a T-shirt Quilt”………

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“The Perfect Yo-yo”…………..

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“Wiener Sack Pillow Case”………

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“Binding Techniques: Flange & 2-color” (sorry, no photo!)

And, “Mitered Corners”…………..

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    Activity continues at our little place, too. More deliveries/installs………..

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Another little area became Ms Juki

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That window is going to help the lighting situation immensely!!!!!

Oh, and lest I forget, I’ve acquired a mode of transportation that is so much fun!!!! “Retro” definitely!!!!!!

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A walk on the beach & Saturday playtime………

Have been the activities of choice. After my wonderful delivery yesterday (see here), DH and I took off on a drive to South Padre Island. Sun and blue sky is what we left and we were greeted by this……..

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And this……………………

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Yup…..a pipeline laid along the whole length of beach!! You may read more about it here. The Gulf facing beach is constantly being eroded/blown towards the mainland and dredging sands are used to replace, “re-nourish” the beach sand lost to prevailing winds and seas. Interesting! But I wasn’t totally alone on the walk…………………………

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DH and I managed to cover a decent amount of real estate on this jaunt, disturbing not one of the “locals” who blithely continued his snooze!!!! Ha!

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So ended our Friday……..well, after a wonderful fish supper, of course!

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Now, on to Saturday’s playtime with Ms Juki (Jr.?)………….

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This printed piece is a topper about 19” square that I picked up at a LaCrosse,WI, antique shop for about $0.50!!! A bit of batting and print backing and the fun begins. No plan. Just stitch…………see ya later…………..

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No-o-o-o-o-o,,,,

Don’t pass by!!!!!!

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Amidst all the pressure washing of the carport, yesterday I spied my brown delivery person coming with Ms Juki II!!! Yay!!! But, oh no! He kept on going, only to stop at a vacant site down the way. Wha-a-a-at? DH talked with him… nope….nothing for us! Quick! Check the UPS site!!!!

Sent back for next day delivery AND address correction needed!! Hmmmm.  Yup, shipper had inputted a ‘2’ where there should have been a ‘3’. Lesson in patience…….not well received on my end! BUT, today’s another day and, well………….

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She’s home……sigh……………….

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Eek!!!! Killer Bees!!!!!……….

Where??!!!!??? Well, right here in southern Texas, but not to fear ‘cuz these are of the quilting kind. They’re easy to locate….just follow the “buzzing” every Thursday morning in a community hall in the community next door to our Encore “Sunshine” park. A very lovely walk from our little abode (see here). This is one awesome energetic friendly group! (Can you tell I’m excited??) Our (yes, “our”…of course I just had to jump right in!) esteemed coordinator/facilitator/leader is a gal named Jan…..would you like to say hello?? …………….

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Jan (holding mic) makes sure all flows smoothly and everyone is informed of the upcoming fun and, oh yes…..she holds that mic and passes it to all who share!!!! Thank you, Jan!!!! Many great “quilties” to share so let’s begin. I’m not in the habit of always sharing the names of the gals (especially when there are 50+ of them!!!!!), so onward………….(be sure to grab a cuppa and sit back and enjoy…)

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This is one of the most beautiful “One Block Wonders/Stack and Whack” quilts. So subtle and elegant! When choosing the fabrics for this process, the ones chosen for the above are, perhaps, the opposite of what’s recommended but the results are stunning!!!!! She admitted to (mis)cutting some of the strips needed wider than what was called for which resulted in larger ‘blocks’ and here are those beauties……………….  

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An upcoming workshop that will be led by Ms Jane called “4-Patch Posy” (below)…….

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The border fabric is part of the fabric line coordinates and includes the stripe with the floral. The sashing is the stripe ‘fussy cut’! The blocks are this fabric (her backing)…

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Next up, a queen sized finish that, also resulted in a dresser topper (don’t cha just love that top pillow cover portion???)……

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A “Disappearing 9-Patch” pattern takes on 2 very different looks and it’s what happens when the stack of cut up blocks threatens to produce a larger-than-desired quilt! So…..make 2 quilts….and make them different!!!!!!

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Side by side……….

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More “One Block Wonder” piecings…

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The above photo is just a few of the blocks the gal had completed. Cutting through 6 layers may, at times, take a toll on hands/wrists!

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Lots of other handwork going on, too,,

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Above right….a knitting caddy. So clever.

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The neck wrap/”scarf” (above,right) is fabric, not knit or crochet.

And some “up-cycling” going on. A Hawaiian shirt becomes a fabric bin and apron……………….

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A Boy Scout shirt becomes a tote (with some added BS fabric)……

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A photo collage frame tray now has a pieced “orphan block” fabric backdrop………

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And….speaking of aprons, a while back a workshop was held transforming a man’s shirt into a “butcher”-style apron and, so without further ado, I present to you our own “Killer Bee Rockettes”………………..

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Are y’all inspired???? I do hope so! You’ll be seeing lots more in the coming weeks, so…..yup, stay tuned……

Hugs and blessings from (at the moment) South Texas!!!!

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