There’s just something so appealing about…………

Star themed quilts…..what do you think? They can be done with a more traditional look but adapt so well to a more modern setting. “Martha Washington Star” (see here) seems to have the comfy cozy more traditional “feel”. IMG_1372 The fun stitching has begun. The center pinwheels will be left unquilted so they “pop”. I’m thinking I may add a bit of interest to the star, yet. “Swirls” will define the pinwheels nicely. The rest of the background will be a “vine” pattern (inspiration taken from the fabric itself!). IMG_1394 The pinwheels, stars and flower appliques have been outlined….. IMG_1393 More stitching ahead…………

Thread: (top) Glide, 40wt, (bobbin) Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70wt.


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A finish…………….

Binding is on and so is the label…ready to have info added ……….IMG_1386 The border is a feather/vine variation. Here’s a sketchbook doodle of the idea I had……IMG_1383 Some more photos……… IMG_1389IMG_1388The backing seemed to catch the light a wee bit better. The top without binding: IMG_1335 And a corner of the finish…….IMG_1385

Thread: (top & bobbin) Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70wt. Batting: Hobbs Heirloom cotton/poly. Pieced on my Juki 2010Q (DSM) and FMQ on my Sweet 16.

Back to Martha’s star………………

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Stepping back a bit…………..

To this top (story began in this post)                    IMG_1335 (2)IMG_1336. The center portion is quilted. Thought maybe feathers but I didn’t want it so heavily stitched so went with a modified paisley.IMG_1381 That’s my test sample, cuz the busy-ness of the piecing really doesn’t show the stitching (and the colors sure photographed terribly!)……IMG_1380The back. It’s really a rich Americana red. IMG_1379

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Martha Washington Star……………..

Ready to “sandwich” and (the sometimes dreaded) quilt-as-desired! IMG_1372     I am really liking this one! The original pattern did not have the narrow red inner borderIMG_1321……but that was a necessary “add”, don’tcha think? The binding will be the same as that outer/brown border and will use every scrap of that fabric (cutting the strips ridiculously narrow to achieve the finish!).

Tomorrow is sandwich-two-quilts day..yay! See ya later…………

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Next step: assembly…………………

The blanket stitching is completed IMG_1371and the setting triangles have been cut. Stitching commences tomorrow afternoon…………….IMG_1370 

See ya then…………………

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The next step…………

Securing the fusible. This post and this photo IMG_1357gave you an idea of the proposed final setting but the next step is securing all those flower edges with a small (machine) blanket stitch and is the reason that this project was not completed while in our winter Texas home. Enter my trusty Bernina 440QE and her lovely stitch #45/blanket stitch. Width set at 2.2 and stitch length, also, at 2.2. “Needle down” position with open toe foot #20 and, periodically, using the “Mirror image” setting, this securing has begun…………IMG_1362 These blocks will be cut on the diagonal to provide 2 setting triangles. IMG_1364 Thus far, these have been completed and are awaiting that diagonal cutting. On to the 4 central squares……..IMG_1355 Stay tuned………..

I’m using my 70wt Connecting Threads Essential Pro Poly for this top stitching, as I don’t want a super heavy/more prominent thread edging.

Thanks so much for popping by! And Happy Mother’s Day to all!!!!

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Breaking: Lactose Free Cheesecake is possible!!!!……..

Yes!! And it was achieved over the last few days! I hadn’t used the yogurt setting on my Instant Pot (electric pressure cooker) and had finally ordered the necessary strainer. Onward. Using the “Cold Start” method, I proceeded. I had a 1.5L container of Fairlife milk and added 2 cups of whole Lactaid milk to make up the 2L needed. Next time I will use only the lactose free whole milk. The needed 2 Tablespoons of culture was from a container of whole milk Chobani brand yogurt. Following the recipe directions, I mixed the culture with 1 cup of the milk, then added it to the rest of the milk in the inner pot of the cooker. I pressed the “Yogurt” setting, adjusting it for 8 hours incubation and went about my day . (next time I will try just the minimum 6.5 hours as the tartness level was fine but not critical) When the cycle was completed, I poured the beautifully set yogurt into the strainer, put it in the ‘frig for 24 hours and let it lose max whey. Gorgeous!

  The cheesecake recipe may be found here. It is the best!! I made the 24oz., or “tall 7” push pan” size. I substituted the yogurt “cream cheese” for the main ingredient and used that same yogurt for the top (sour cream) layer—-equal substitutions. In place of the cream (in the “cake” part of the recipe), I used a French vanilla non-dairy creamer. Wha-la!!!!!!!!!!! The results are a totally lactose free cheesecake that looks and tastes like the real thing!!!!!!!!!!!IMG_1358 IMG_1360 The “experiment” is a complete success and adds one more yummy dessert to my approved recipes. Note: non-lactose challenged DH gave it a 2-thumbs up!!!!!!!

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Fusible Friday……………..

How’s that for a title? Getting back in the “home groove” has taken me a bit of time! First off, leaving the 90F Texas warmth and dealing with, um, somewhat less than “average” Minnesota temps has been more of a challenge than I remembered…sigh. Anyhow, getting back in my sewing “nest” is always a joy. I have continued on with this top, started some weeks back (found in this post). IMG_1321 Having the star blocks completed and the flower pieces ready to fuse to the background made this continuation a quick one………………..IMG_1355 The setting triangles are next, but this is the progress thus far……. IMG_1357 

Stay tuned for updates!!!! I know I have been absent for quite a while and hope to remedy my ‘neglect’ in the future. Happy Springtime to those about to enjoy that season. Hugs always……………..

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No more “starts”…..for now……..

but I must continue stitching something! This Christmas panel seems to be the answer.IMG_1343 Begun a while back (see here), I’ve managed to get a bit more of the background fill done. Nothing really planned, just random stitching……….IMG_1347.                    A peek at the back………………….. IMG_1345 Ms Juki is loving the Superior Variegated Gold metallic (#025) as always! I used a single layer of Hobbs cotton/poly (80/20) batting and Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly on the bobbin. Total fun!!!!!IMG_1348

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One more……………….

Languishing kit is well on its way to a ‘finish’. The meager pattern, with accompanying fabric, was purchased so many years ago—-not even sure of the year! IMG_1338 Without any type of photo, (and without access to an EQ program…must check into that!) and all pieces being 1 yard, it was a challenge to balance/visualize the possibilities. One pieceIMG_1339 was decidedly too light/bright for my taste and was tossed in favor of a favoriteIMG_1340 which became the block frames and inner border (which was another “option” I thought was needed). The top finished at 54”x70”. A nice lap or dorm size.IMG_1335 (2) I’ll be taking it home to quilt as supplies here in Texas have somewhat dwindled.

On to the next UFO……………….

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Our time as Winter Texans……

Has flown by and we’re down to just a very few weeks left. “Green” winters have truly been a blessing. Time spent doing many of the same things I love to do up North: cooking and stitching. Recently, a batch of “Sour Cream Enchiladas” produced meals to share. It’s a favorite of ours and you may find a similar recipe on the Pioneer Woman’s site. I used plain Greek yogurt in the place of the sour cream (for those who are lactose challenged!). IMG_1318 IMG_1317 IMG_1316 I coupled this with a yummy Oatmeal Cake with broiled topping (found here). Note: I substituted Thai (brand) unsweetened coconut milk where evaporated milk is called for.

I started the next piecing project…..another kit that had been languishing in the shadows for several/many years. IMG_1321 I love star-patterned quilts and thought that this would have some great quilting possibilities when completed. So, from many of these pieces IMG_1319 to a block IMG_1320 to these 9 beauties….IMG_1325 On to the fusible pieces for the raw edge applique..IMG_1326 The next steps will have to wait till our return home as that is where my Bernina (with the fab blanket stitch) resides! I guess the ‘rest of the story’ will have to wait a bit. The kit is a Connecting Threads kit.

I hope you have been successful in your completions, this past season. Spring is on the doorstep with its various forms evident.

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A simple finish…………….

On this (now turned ‘drippy’) Thursday, there is a sweet little quilt ready to be boxed and mailed to Indiana. (more on its previous steps here) IMG_1309 (2) The border stitching combined gentle loops with flowers that took their cue from the center area. It’s a “cuddle quilt” for this newborn young’n and will be washed much. I always do a quick run through the wash/dryer so it will be fresh for the recipient. Some close-ups………

 IMG_1310 IMG_1311 And, of course, a backward glance………….. IMG_1313 I found a cute border for the label, so a simple printing and we have this… IMG_1315 

Thread: (top) Isacord, 40 wt & Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70 wt; (bobbin) Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70 wt. Batting: Hobbs Heirloom, cotton/poly. Stitched (hand-guided/FMQ) on my Juki 2010Q (LUV this machine!!!)

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A simple finish…………….

On this (now turned ‘drippy’) Thursday, there is a sweet little quilt ready to be boxed and mailed to Indiana. (more on its previous steps here) IMG_1309 (2) The border stitching combined gentle loops with flowers that took their cue from the center area. It’s a “cuddle quilt” for this newborn young’n and will be washed much. I always do a quick run through the wash/dryer so it will be fresh for the recipient. Some close-ups………

 IMG_1310 IMG_1311 And, of course, a backward glance………….. IMG_1313 I found a cute border for the label, so a simple printing and we have this… IMG_1315 

Thread: (top) Isacord, 40 wt & Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70 wt; (bobbin) Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70 wt. Batting: Hobbs Heirloom, cotton/poly. Stitched (hand-guided/FMQ) on my Juki 2010Q (LUV this machine!!!)

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Signs of Spring in Deep South Texas……..

We fell in love with the Texas Bluebonnet several years ago while driving through the “Hill Country”, just West of Austin. This year, I chose to bring a touch of this to our Harlingen home with a generous window box planting…….IMG_1305 Even our “rescue” cactus (from last season) is trying to get into the act with a flower of its own! IMG_1308 Unusually warm temps invaded this valley a few days ago with the 90s quite common. One more photo then on to finishing up the sweet baby quilt……………IMG_1307

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Amazing…………..

How just a few loops, wavy lines and flowers stitched so simply can give such ‘life’ to a piecing!!! (Note: my camera really wants to make the colors in this quilt look more blue rather than the aqua blue green that it actually is!)……….. from this “before” shotIMG_1300……………………… to this… IMG_1304and from this…………………………………….IMG_1299  to this……………….IMG_1303  A little back view……………..IMG_1302 very simple stitchings. Now, on to the outer border. The narrower red border will be left un stitched (I did SID to define it, though!). Till next time…..thanks so much for stopping by. I so appreciate our visits!

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A new little quilt begun……….

A dear friend became a grandpa for the second time….a little “sis” for her older brother……..and he asked if there was the possibility of a quilty something that could fly her way. Of course! (His first grandbaby…a boy…received this quilt several years ago) A quick trip to the McAllen (TX) quilt shop (A Block Away) yielded these cute fabrics: IMG_1295 With the addition of the perfect red for “punch”, I have this to work with……IMG_1294 Some simple measuring, cutting and stitching, the result is this……….. IMG_1299 The name is “Raelyn” and I fused all in prep for raw edge applique using ‘Turkey Red’ Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly. The quilt stitching will be done using that same thread……a basic E2E (Edge to Edge) stitching. A close-up of the name………….IMG_1300 The finished size will be 36”x 50”..the perfect baby size. Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 will be the batting and a solid cotton for the backing…since this is going to be more for the Spring/Summer.

Back to the machine. The temps are struggling to move out of the low 40s/upper 30s and, yes, we’re just above the Mexico border!!!!! Setting some records here—-not the pleasant kind! Hope your stitchings are progressing nicely. Till next time…….

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Passing the time with FMQ fun……………..

I picked up a Christmas/winter themed panel quite a while back with thoughts of……….hmmmm……well, really, no thoughts at all! I just liked it! When gathering things together to head out to Texas, this little (24”x 33”) piece hopped right into the bag.IMG_1290 In between projects, I like to have these types of items at the ready to snatch moments of “fmq play” and/or try out a new motif or two.

I began with outlining a section of the design, then, proceeded to make it “pop” by pushing the background down with some thread-play……..(before and after photos)

IMG_1289 IMG_1288 (‘click’ on photos to enlarge)      

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This “negative space” stitching (as with all quilt stitching) really brings life to the piece and never ceases to amaze me!

I’m using a single layer of Hobbs cotton/poly and my fave thread: Superior Variegated Gold metallic, #025 (adding texture and glisten). What are you stitching these days?? Many of you are experiencing many snowy days…….maybe some fmq fun will help to refocus???

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Purple Reign(s)…………

This past weekend was the Rio Grande Valley (Texas) major quilt event on South Padre Island. The many quilt groups of the valley come together, as members of the RGV Quilt Guild, to put on this yearly event. I was unable to attend this year but did enter my fave Aurora Dream Big panel. (see this post for details on its progression). I was very pleased to see that others seemed to like it as much as I!!!IMG_1283 My fascination for these Dream Big panels continues but will have to be put on the “back burner” until I return home in early May, as I left all of them there and only brought smaller projects along. One more picture…………..IMG_1281 Have an awesome Wednesday! Tomorrow I’m off to a neighboring resort to teach a couple of fmq workshops but I shall return. The stitching busy-ness has been ongoing and the days have been flying by. The weather has presented challenges for many. I hope that you are having time for quality quilty moments! Til next time………be safe. Sending hugs…………

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Binding is on, soon to be gifted……..

Although, I really haven’t been working on this quilt all that long it seems like forever (in my world!)..only 3 weeks! Some photos to finish this one…………

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IMG_1270 I was able to share this at the last “Killer Bees” group meeting………………………..Everette's quilt I will definitely be using this pattern again!

Kit from Connecting Threads, purchased years ago. Threads: (Top) Glide & Isacord, (bobbin) Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly. Batting: Hobbs Heirloom, cotton/poly. Machine: Juki 2010Q (domestic).

Perhaps some vintage next……..Enjoy your weekend!!! Hugs………..


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Closing in on a finish……………..

But first, I’ve been asked about the pattern for this piecing. It’s “Grandma’s Stars” pattern. I purchased this as a kit a few years back but the pattern is still available for purchase from Connecting Threads at this link. IMG_1233 

The third, and last, border quilting is completed. I used a fave motif I call “feather swirl”. It combines the swirl pattern used in the center area with the feathers stitched in the first wider border. You may find the complete tutorial, step by step, for this stitching in this post. image                                            A quick front view……IMG_1235Because of the busy-ness of the fabrics used in this quilt, I will share back views with you.IMG_1261IMG_1260 Here’s a better close-up of that last motif……..IMG_1256 And, finally, those outer corner blocks……IMG_1257 Trimming, binding and labeling will complete this fun project. Please, do stop back……………..The weekend is upon us once more. Is there stitching in your future????

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2 out of 3……………….

Borders completed. (To see the center completion, see this post.) IMG_1253 The first/narrow border was ditch stitched and will remain unquilted. The 2nd/green border is now “feathered”. Quilting on a print such as this one will not show off the actual stitching well but it is an excellent occasion to try out a motif that may not have been perfected yet! This feather stitching is one that I’ve used on narrower areas (this one is 3 & 1/2”) so I did a bit of sketchbook doodling to prep myself…..IMG_1254 I wanted this lap sized quilt to remain soft, drape-y and cozy, so my goal is to keep my motifs a bit more open and not as dense (a real challenge for me!!!). Once this piece is laundered/dried, the texture will be awesome, I am sure! A couple more photos to finish…………………….……. IMG_1251 IMG_1255 Closing in on a finish……..shortly…. Please, do stop back! Hugs……

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One Word Wednesday: Progress………….

From this………….IMG_1234 (3)               To this……..IMG_1242

What’s next?? Stayed tuned…….

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Sometimes, you don’t get…………….

What you think or expected. In my last post I shared my current project…… a kit that was purchased several years ago and shelved for way too long. I brought it along to Texas in the hope that it will no longer be a NSO (“not started object”). Headway has been made but the finish, though very nice, is not what had been the desired one. Photo explanation…….. as shown in the catalog……IMG_1239 Nice borders and all one color background. What was received…as shown on the pattern………….IMG_1238 Not awful but really lacking in the “punch”/spark that the original had and what I loved. Okay…..not earth shaking but it so needed “something”! Well…..the top is finished and sandwiched, with some modifications……………..IMG_1235 The outer border fabric is from a local quilt shop and is a Maywood Studio fabric and I increased that border to 6”. The outer corner blocks are a 6” version of the 9” star block in the center. Originally, the ‘finish’ would have been 44”x 62”….a wee bit on the small side…..so I increased it to 50”x68”. Now, just maybe you’ve experienced such kit fabric substitutions but this is my first. I will check more closely from now on, though, to make sure of the contents of the package. Next up….the quilting!! Stay tuned………….

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A different view…………………..

From my little “sewing nest”……..IMG_1231Cactus and palm trees in South Texas! A bit difficult to stay indoors and stitch but……we’re toughing it out! (sorry) I didn’t bring much along this time but I’m determined to finish some of the UFO kits that have populated my stash for these many years. This one is a Connecting Threads star lap quilt I’ve had for ages.IMG_1233 The finished block size is 9” and there are 32 pieces in each star block. Definitely rusty on the piecing! The trusty ripper has been much utilized on the first couple of blocks….sigh……IMG_1227 Stacks of little pieces surround Ms Juki but the directions are super good and each block is coming out “spot on” for size and accuracy!IMG_1228 IMG_1229 Am pleased with how this is moving along. IMG_1230 Anxious to get to the…………quilting! Stay tuned (as always!). Have an awesome Monday…………..hugs……

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Wise Men still seek Him……………….

600x587 Religious Christmas Clipart Black And WhiteMay you know the true Peace Who came to earth as a baby and Who is the greatest gift ever to be given!

Blessings and hugs from my home to yours……….Doreen

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Lest I forget…………

In the activities that are to take place the next couple of days, I will finish this little project with the following photos…………..IMG_1222IMG_1223IMG_1220IMG_1221     A quick back shot……….IMG_1226 And the “big picture”………..IMG_1218 The thread used (top & bobbin): Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70 wt. Batting (single layer): Hobbs Heirloom cotton/poly. All stitching was hand guided, FMQ without any type of marking, stitched on my Juki 2010 Q. I do use a “Supreme Slider” covering the needle area, feed-dogs dropped, stitch length set at ‘0’. Schmetz ‘sharp’ #14 needle. For the past year, I’ve been using gloves by “Dr. Arthritis” purchased on Amazon. I have found these to be cooler and fit better than some others I’ve been using (I take a size small/x-small generally). If you have any questions/thoughts feel free to leave a comment or send me a note.

Have a Blessed Christmas and Joy-filled New Year. We will be traveling to Texas, leaving Wednesday morning (hopefully beating the pending storm!), so there may be a week break in visits here.

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A beginning………

Not complicated………some straight lines and micro-stippling……….and it goes from this……IMG_1203 to this……IMG_1208 Always fascinating to me to see the changes unfold! Definitely fuels the obsession..er, passion. (see this post for a more complete photo of this topper)

Hope your projects are moving along as envisioned!!!

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Another quick gift……………..

At this time of year, it’s so nice to be able to create these special little unexpected “needs”. I used templates from Marti Michell and have had such really good results with all of hers.IMG_1204 The hexie pieces were cut from a vintage runner that had some issues so using the flower sections individually was the only option…..IMG_1202IMG_1203 This looks like the perfect project for Ms Juki and her fmq “talents”! Please, stop back to see what’s coming next………….

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When a quick gift is needed………

There are a couple ideas that I go to. One is the pillowcase pattern that may be found here. It’s called the “Burrito Method” and results in a wonderfully finished case. Since it’s the Christmas season these fabrics worked well….IMG_1195 All were in my stash which is always a good thing. Both the piping and the main fabric have a silver metallic glisten and are so frosty! I slipped a piece of 80/20 batting in the cuff and began a simple vine with holly leaves design. The “thread” is Sulky “Holloshimer” (which I used in this client quilt a while back). IMG_1197 Yup, it’s Ms Juki again. IMG_1198And….done. Just a couple of hours on a Saturday morning! IMG_1199 IMG_1201 How are all your projects coming along?? Are you doing more stitching or buying finished??? Time is slipping away at a frantic pace and I’m looking to relaxing and enjoying the family gatherings ahead.

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Seeing stars and other secret stitchings……….

Yes, it certainly is that time of year when blog posts of current projects become a challenge. We want to see all the wonderful creations that will emerge from others’ studios BUT…how to do this without compromising any future surprise?? Ahhh, the dilemma.

A couple of recent finishes, albeit on the smaller side. The first are the “stars” I’m seeing…………………….IMG_1178 Their future? Well, that’s where I can’t really say, but if you would want to make some of your own, here’s the link to the pattern.

For the “secret stitchings”, I can only give you some “sneeky peeks”….sorry!IMG_1176IMG_1177IMG_1173

What fun things are coming out of your little sewing nests??? Inquiring minds would love to know…..even if it’s just a snippet!!!

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Thanksgiving…………….

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Yup, it’s time……………..

To bring out this little fella…………(tutorial found on this post)….IMG_1165 He’s a great scrap-buster project and so much fun to put together!

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Surrounded by (almost) white “fluffiness”………..

Of the bridal variety! This little number is for a December 1st(!) wedding and to say it has a few layers is classic understatement! From the inner to the outer/top layer, we have: lining, 3 crinoline layers, another lining fabric, 2 chiffon and 1 tulle layer. Whew! It’s a “mermaid” silhouette with the entire bodice hand-beaded lace.IMG_1154 Thankfully, no bodice alterations are needed! The first step is to hem the lining layer that’s beneath the chiffon/tulle. This is the fabric I’m able to actually mark with pins at the fitting. All the other layers will be adjusted to this one. Thus far, I’ve finished the crucial first lining and am moving onward.IMG_1153 Stay tuned……………

The final task will be to mark and make crochet bustle loops and attach buttons to secure them. The number of bustles will be determined when I finish the shortening process—-usually, there are 3 to 5 bustles.

What lovely quiltiness in on your agenda?? Or are Thanksgiving preparations priority???

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“Count Your Blessings”………

“Name them one by one…………” An ‘exercise’ that might be just what’s needed as we approach another Thanksgiving dinner! Both that hymn and the newer chorus, “Give Thanks”, were sung last Sunday during our morning service. Many times, true heartfelt thanksgiving comes when that item/person/activity is removed from our life and that reality forces a retrospective evaluation that, possibly, is followed with regret for the lost opportunities to fully engage in ‘the moment’.

This year, may we all take more than a few moments, or one day, to reflect and treasure all the gifts that surround us every day. We are truly blessed!

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Client quilt—–a finish…………

It was a “frosty” one and perfect for the wintry weather we have been experiencing (especially over last night with the addition of 2”+ of the white stuff!). The top (approx. 53”x70”) was pieced by a friend for her home during these snowy months and I just couldn’t refuse to create some sparkly magic! The “thread” was by Sulky, called “Sliver” and the ‘color’ was Holoshimmer—-tons of sparkle!! It IMG_1141has some drawbacks, as it is actually a narrow ‘ribbon’ of polyester laminated with highly reflective foil, rather than a round thread. Because of this, it seems to be a tad sticky as it goes through/around the tension disks, etc, and has a tendency to break. BUT, it’s so shimmery and reflects all the surrounding colors so it was perfect for this application! Size 14 needle (on my Sweet 16) ballpoint did very well. I, also, used a monofilament nylon to SID (stitch in the ditch) around the trees. IMG_1140 I recently received my new rulers from Bethanne Nemesh…………IMG_1139IMG_1138.  Love the green tint! IMG_0703 Swirls and curls and more swirls and this one is a sweet “finish”……………………IMG_1150IMG_1149 Can you see a bit of the sparkle below?? It really does shimmer…….IMG_1145IMG_1151 A single layer of Hobbs Heirloom cotton/poly batting was used and, as always, I used Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70 wt, on the bobbin.

Moving on to the next item…a bridal gown alteration for a December 1st wedding. “Only” a hem…..many chiffon layers, linings and crinolines….sigh….. Till next we meet……………..

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Take a moment………..

Freedom always comes with a price!THE ORIGINS OF VETERANS DAY In 1921, an unknown World War I American soldier was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. This site, on a hillside overlooking the Potomac River and the city of Washington, became the focal point of reverence for America’s veterans. Similar ceremonies occurred earlier in England and France, where an unknown soldier …

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New “toys”…………..

Are always fun to play with….right??? I got my ruler order from Bethanne Nemesh, yesterday, and today I just had to play. I’m beginning the only client quilt of this year and needed to do some ditch stitching (SID)—-perfect!! IMG_0703 Such a wonderful size for sit-down machine quilters (and, of course, long-arms!). I have the “Sure Foot” on my Sweet 16 and would highly recommend this foot for all ruler work!!! The ruler markings are in 1/8” increments and, I know, these will be very handy to have for future applications! IMG_1139 These are available with a slight tint so they are easier to keep track of when placed aside on the fabric………IMG_1138 Check out the other (very new) additions to Bethanne’s shop using this link. Ditch stitching can be a tad(?) tedious and these rulers made the task much more pleasant! What thoughts do you have on SID (Stitch in the Ditch)?


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QV2018: Day 16: Houston Quilt Festival

For those of us who are not able to trek to the fabulous quilt event in Houston,TX, that has just begun, Rhonda has posted her first photo melange of what has impressed her thus far. Grab a cuppa and follow the Flickr link provided for quilts that defy imagination!!!!

Rhonda Bracey: At Random

Today was my first day of classes at the Houston international Quilt Festival. I had an all-day drawing class (‘Abstracting from nature’ with Jane Sassaman. I don’t think I’ve ever spent 4+ hours drawing in one day, and it was surprising how much better I got with that sort of practice! I’ll do a separate blog post about that class later — it’s late and I have to finish this post and get ready for my two classes tomorrow.

After class, the Festival opened for 2 hours to delegates, before the general public could gain access to both the quilt exhibition and the vendor mall. As in previous years, my strategy is to start from the back, work the whole back section, then move to the front section — by then, the crowds have started to head back. It’s worked well before and so it did again tonight. My…

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When tragedy occurs……..

Quilters respond! Last weekend, in the small rural Wisconsin town of Lake Hallie, a group of Girl Scouts and moms were picking litter as a community service project when a pick-up truck left the road striking 5 in the group….3 girls were killed, the mom of one of the fatalities and 1 gal is hospitalized. The young man is in custody. In nearby Altoona, WI, the Stitch Supply Co. has organized to create quilts of love for the 4 families (although, I suspect, the response will enable them to create more than they anticipated!). You can read the details of this “call to help” here…… So, this morning, among other small tasks, I had the pleasure to create these sweet (unfinished) 5.5” blocks……IMG_1137 The pattern is an easy one and may be made in many sizes. Allison, the gal behind “Cluck Cluck Sew”, provides clearly written patterns/tutorials on her blog and this pattern is so perfect for this need.


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“Aurora”…final chapter………

The binding is on/stitched and this one is a “finish”………………………..IMG_1134The purple was perfect for binding…IMG_1136 (2)IMG_1133 Just a reminder, the stitching was done on my Juki 2010, w/o any stitch regulation.IMG_0675 This “Dream Big” version has become a favorite in this household! I, personally, am really in love with the back view!……IMG_1125 The piece lays beautifully flat, thanks to my “squaring process” using the Bosch laser square (see this post).

Thread: (top) Glide, 60 wt & 40 wt, (bobbin) Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70 wt; Batting: Hobb’s Heirloom, cotton/poly (single layer). Dream Big panel “Aurora”, stitched on my Juki 2010 DSM (domestic sewing machine).

A client quilt awaits…..adding a bit of variety to my stitching days! Happy November!!! Hugs………

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