Digging into my “stash”…………

For this next little quilt. Ahhh…..the challenge of it! The smaller fabric bits were no problem, but 2 yards of the main/focus fabric seemed to have been a bit more difficult. First these 4 possibilities…….IMG_1523 I must really give you an idea of where this is going! Sorry…….IMG_1529 Well, the floral and rose “Grunge” was ok but the other two didn’t do it. How ‘bout these plus that cute yellow floral……..IMG_1524Yup, works for me. Onward………IMG_1526 And the top is ready to sandwich…….IMG_1527 It’s a really cute pattern and looks like a sweet (mod?) teen gal quilt. IMG_1530The quilting will have to wait a while. The top measures 58”x 70”. I think I must really pull some pieces for another…..more boy-ish, maybe…….. til next time………………

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Starting the next project……….

On a weekend doesn’t usually happen around here but I had a few moments so………………….. IMG_1515Making the “sandwich” and ready for the stitching………….IMG_1514 It’s a military quilt that was pieced by a friend who isn’t able to finish it due to a medical event. IMG_1516Please, stop back for updates. Have an awesome rest-of-the-weekend! The NASCAR race is just beginning……..I must go…… See ya next time…………hugs…..

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Where did the summer go???…………….

I really thought I would surely have more to show for all these moments!! Much has been going on…..teaching workshops, enjoying the beautiful sunny weather……not one motorcycle ride, though!!! I have been trying to get some of the kits/projects that I bought years ago done up. Here’s what’s been under the Juki needle these past few days…………………IMG_1508 I had purchased the pattern 3 years ago (you do understand…..I just fell in love with the pattern…..and HAD to get it!!) and picked up the kit 2 years ago (cuz, well, surely I would stitch it up immediately with the needed fabric all chosen and cut and bagged!!!)…..sigh……. Anyhow, these were the fabrics that were used in the sample and so nicely bagged……..IMG_1507 So bright and cute and ones that I might not have chosen individually. The pattern requires three 18” and one 22” zip…….perfectly included! If you would like to see a photo tutorial on this, hop on over to this site and, if you do purchase the pattern, definitely hop over to this site cuz I found that the directions in the pattern somewhat lacking in clarity, due to a shortage of photos at key stages!!!! Finger-pressing was needed a bit and my handy little roller (bought at Home Depot in the wallpaper department) was very nice to have..IMG_1509

Here is my finished bag all ready to hold those needed sewing supplies…IMG_1511IMG_1512 IMG_1513 IMG_1510 

Hmmmmm……I wonder what other little gems are lurking in shadowy corners??!! How’s your summer going?? Projects on track or have the lazy, hazy days dominated?? (I know that for some of my friends winter/cold is a tad more in place!)

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Another stitching “accessory”…………

Free motion quilting (FMQ) ease on a domestic or sit-down machine depends on a slick surface in order to move the fabric/quilt sandwich smoothly. I have a couple of “Supreme Sliders” I purchased years ago but have become slightly less slippery (at least, that’s what I’ve noticed). Recently, I saw a large gridded polyester mat posted on Facebook and decided to go for it………..IMG_1484 I ordered it from AllBrands (lower $$ than Amazon…including the shipping!). I’ve ordered items from them before and have been so impressed with the quick service/response and would highly recommend. The mat size (12”x 20”) is wonderful….especially for the price!!! The markings are most helpful and the surface IS SLICK!! It lifts/repositions easily when the bobbin area needs accessing. It comes in a clear plastic tube that is very handy for storage………………….IMG_1485 The brand, “Sew Steady”, has been a reliable one over the years. So, if you have been thinking of some type of FMQ mat/accessory along these lines, I would recommend this one. I don’t do a whole lot of piecing but the grid markings will come in handy for those diagonals that need to be stitched for all the HST (half square triangles) that are so popular these days.

Now, on to the weekend and our little town’s annual event…..Hoedown!!!!

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Can you really have too many????…………

Totes, that is. I, personally, don’t think so! And they make such great gifts!! This one went together so slick and the results are really professional! IMG_1493IMG_1494

IMG_1497               Both these fabrics are from my stash….yay!

IMG_1498IMG_1501 IMG_1506The Peltex 71F stiffener did a beautiful job of giving the bag nice shaping and, because of the interesting construction, the bag folds up which makes it so convenient to bring shopping! This is the medium sized bag (12”x 6.5”x 12” tall). The focus fabric is a home dec/slipcover weight. I really appreciated the Juki’s ability to stitch through multiple layers of fabrics & stiffener without hesitation!

Another (identical) tote cut out and waiting til morning. That one will be a gift. Have an awesome weekend!!!!!

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Project variety…………….

Always keeps a body’s skills sharp, especially when some of the “ingredients” are unfamiliar! Let’s take a look at the cast of characters for today……………………………. some fusible interfacing (found in stash)… IMG_1483, next, some uber cute zippers (ordered off Amazon)……….IMG_1492, “Heat N Bond” fusible vinyl……………………………………………… IMG_1482 and directions to help with the construction-“Block” magazine from Missouri Star Quilt Co. or this YouTube tutorial……….. IMG_1480. BUT….I mustn’t forget the most important participant IMG_1481BAGS….in this case, plastic candy bags….the “sharing” size from the store (to clarify: these once had M&Ms & Twizzlers in them—now eaten!!!!). These could be any product—-potato/snack chips, for example would be cute. Once I got going, there were 5 completed cuties in short order!!!!  Little lining pieces were easy to find in my stash…..IMG_1487 IMG_1488IMG_1489IMG_1491IMG_1490. IMG_1486 

That was part of my day today. How was your day? Thanks so much for stopping by…………………

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It’s what’s for supper……………….

Sour cream enchiladas, made with my homemade Greek yogurt instead of the sour cream (yogurt recipe found here). For the yogurt recipe, I use my lactose treated milk……any brand—“Lactaid”, store brand, whatever. Once you try it you won’t go back to “store bought” Greek yogurt for sure! Anyhow…..the enchiladas are in the oven………………IMG_1478 If you’re interested in the recipe, take a peek at my post from March 31. More photos and recipe info there.

Maybe some stitching tomorrow. Picked up a bolt of “Peltex” fusible stiffening that I had ordered on-line from JoAnn Fabrics so, maybe, will get going on the next idea in the morning. Almost “wine time”. The weather is absolutely perfect!!! No storms, sun is shining, 78F with 44% humidity…..again, I say perfect!!!!! Have an awesome evening and see y’all next time……..hugs……..

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Simple gifts……………..

Sometimes are the best. Hostess gifts will be needed shortly and stitching & baking provides sweet solutions. Later, in August, DH & I will travel to visit his sis and hubbs in Montana, so a few things are needed. Bowl cozies are always handy for those times soup bowls are heated in the microwave or that evening bowl of ice cream beckons……………………….IMG_1476 Don’t we all have hot pads in dire need of replacing??? Some fresh new ones add so much to the cooking experience,don’tcha think? Click here for the link to the cozy directions & pattern. IMG_1475    

I made some of my sourdough craisin/pecan bread that will find its way to a couple homes this weekend IMG_1473

The weekend is here and birthday parties and quilt gatherings await. See you next week………..hugs……………

                         

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A Friday Finish………

I sure love the sound of those words!!! At the end of my previous post, I made mention of my next little project and that went so quickly that it’s the subject of today’s post! This pillow top was a gift from my mom decades ago and has been one of the decorator pillows on our bed for years. I was so weary of looking at it in its ‘so plain’ state (since embarking on my vintage “quilting it to death” phase!) so, well, I just had to disassemble it and take care of the situation……………………………………… IMG_1449   I did not remove the ruffle but, carefully, pressed the seam allowance flat and pinned it well to the double layer of Hobb’s 80/20 batting. This layering of batting will give the finished pillow a nice smooth surface. Next, I outline stitched each of the embroidered design elements. Using the Handi Quilter ‘Glide’ foot made this quite easy…………….IMG_1450IMG_1456

Next, came the background fill fun. Echoing the appliques provided much of the fill but there was adequate room for a little “McTavishing”!



IMG_1457IMG_1458IMG_1463               The ‘clamshell’ edging was done with this HQ ruler and “Sure Foot” (ruler foot) IMG_1464. IMG_1462        I completed this in a very short afternoon….surprised even me! Stitched the back on and reinserted the pillow form………………………IMG_1466IMG_1468 Now this is who I am today! Vintage stitching everything I see!!

Massive heat today……95F-100F with substantial humidity=great stitching weather! The storm (that just finished an hour ago) gave us only 2” but our area has many roads under water/blocked by mudslides (5.5” of rain in some areas). What’s under your needle these days???

Note: click on any photo to enlarge.

Thread: (top & bobbin) Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70 wt. Batting: Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 (2 layers w/ no backing needed)

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A “Two-fer”……………

For a special client. Two wall quilt tops (one for her and one for a sweet gift) were brought to me and the fun began. The pattern is “Stitch Happens” by Kelli Fannen. Stitch Happens Pattern        I knew I wanted them to be stitched totally differently and here are the results. #1                               IMG_1427IMG_1435IMG_1436IMG_1437 and………..#2………………………………..              IMG_1439IMG_1440

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Notice my trusty “Line Tamer” ruler. Invaluable for doing that diamond grid background!!!!!

 

 

 

 

IMG_1447     I think that #2 is my fave, but………….

Thread: (top) Glide, 60&40 wt, (bobbin) Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70 wt. Batting: Hobbs Heirloom, 80/20.         

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On to a small fun pillow project. Stay tuned……….

It’s a steamy, hot, stormy week and perfect for some stitching. How’s your week progressing??? Hugs………

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Stitchin’ Saturday with a side of baking……

I can only show a wee bit of the stitching (a client project #2)……..IMG_1439Using Glide 40 wt (top thread) and Hobbs cotton/poly batting. Lovin’ the feathers!

And baking. Ordered a couple of bannetons and they are working well. The loaves are my fave sourdough craisin pecan bread……………….IMG_1445 And so ends my Saturday. Attended a 90th birthday gathering for a friend and, now, watching a NASCAR race.

Have an awesome rest of the weekend!!!!

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When not stitching………………

It seems that baking is my 2nd fave pastime……more specifically, breads! This time it’s English muffins, of the sourdough variety. My “starter” is doing very well these days, so, finding recipes to incorporate it is a must. Last week’s Belgian waffles were wonderful (and the leftovers, toasted, made awesome “shortcake” for our very prolific strawberry pickings!) but I was in the mood for trying something different.

Back in 1974(!) I purchased this fab bread book that has been “used to death” over the years…….IMG_1431 The recipes have proven to be dependable and this latest was no exception…………. IMG_1432 Using my very well seasoned electric fry pan (a wedding gift!), the results were more than satisfactory!………………… IMG_1429 IMG_1430 

But…….now……back to stitching………..

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Freedom comes with a cost………

4th of July flying patriotic star

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A Monday’s time of play…………………

Was perfect! Hot and humid outdoors, A/C, music and the hum of Ms. Sweetie indoors. A bit of McTavishing fun………………….IMG_1426 IMG_1427 IMG_1428

Thread: (Top) Glide, 40 wt.; (Bobbin) Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70 wt. Batting: Hobbs Heirloom cotton/poly (80/20).

More storms moving in as I write this. The rumble of thunder seems to dominate.

Please, stop back again………hugs…………

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Focaccia…..yup, another “Food” post……..

The “crunch” factor is out of this world! Yesterday’s pizza (see this post) was just the beginning…..and, also, used only half the prepared dough so I just had to make something with the remainder! Now, I’m aware that focaccia needn’t necessarily have a super crispy crust but Peter Reinhart’s book, Perfect Pan Pizza, intrigues me and so tonight’s project was a crispy crusted caramelized balsamic onion and bacon focaccia. I mean……what part of that is not appealing??

Again…..planning ahead is absolutely mandated with this process—–specifically 5 hours. Yes! Refrigerated dough requires some warming and, once placed in an uber well oiled pan, there’s a step the book calls “dimpling” that is done 3 to 4 times with a 20 minute rest between each. Then the panned dough will remain on the counter to rise for 4 hours.

The recipe for the onions is in the book and I used a raspberry balsamic that perfectly complemented the smoky bacon pairing. IMG_1420

Again, the baking time is brief and the temp is high (425F convection). I’ll let the pictures tell the story….. IMG_1422IMG_1423 

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Ok…..maybe some stitching next……..

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Ahhhhh-mazing pizza!!!!!………..

From Peter Reinhart’s book Perfect Pan Pizza, I had wanted to be able to make a pizza with a wonderful caramelized crispy crust like one of our local pizza places and…….success!! The book: IMG_1418, the pan: (a 14.25” non-stick steel pan). The dough is an extremely wet one and I chose the sourdough version: .IMG_1021 The process was begun last Thursday (a bit different than others I’ve put together), refrigerated and brought out today (6 hours before baking). The recipe is enough for 2 pizzas of this size. The recipe: IMG_1419 was for the Italian sausage version, adding pepperoni and black olives. One of the steps is, once the dough is pan size, to press cubes of cheese into it. I used Fontina. IMG_1022 It was set to rise on the counter for 4 hours, then I added the rest of the ingredients and baked at 450F for a total of 16 minutes. The result is a fabulously crispy, caramelized crust that words just canNOT describe!!!! IMG_1024 Not a very good photo but that is the crunchy beautiful bottom crust! And a top view…………IMG_1023 Now……what other topping ideas will be in my future??? Ha! Have an awesome rest-of-the-weekend……hugs…………

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Saturday report: A Friday finish…………

The binding is on and a small label is attached. Martha Washington Star quilt is officially a UFO no longer! It’s especially nice that my stash didn’t increase much with leftovers from this kit and I used all but 25” of the binding I had prepped (that fabric is totally gone!)………IMG_1397 It was cut 1.25” and, yes, it was not the normal double binding. I did a bit more stitching in the daisy flowers but decided to leave the stars and pinwheels alone…………………… IMG_1393 IMG_1399 The outer border stitching is a ‘take’ on the daisy theme….my sample…….. IMG_1396 and the “real thing” (very difficult to see the actual stitching)…top & backing…….. IMG_1405IMG_1403. And the final ‘finish’………………………….IMG_1401 The final dimensions are 63”x 65”. This was a Connecting Threads kit of years ago.

Thread: (top) Glide, 40wt; (bobbin) Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70wt. Batting: Hobbs Heirloom, cotton/poly (single layer).

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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)

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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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