One word Wednesday……WONDERMENT………..

Paige        (The face of my youngest great-granddaughter when viewing the Hollidazzle fireworks!!)

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Talkin’ “snowballs”………………..

As long as my view is this……IMG_7689       how ‘bout an opinion…………… For you…..is it THIS kind of snowball………IMG_7695     or, is it THIS kind………..IMG_7648   For those unfamiliar with the term (as applied to a piecing process/shape), to “snowball” a block means to apply a small square of contrasting fabric to each of the 4 corners of a square of fabric….in essence, ‘knocking’ off the corners and making it somewhat round…..as in, kind of a rough snowball. Here is a basic tutorial. The starting block size is the determining factor for the size of the corner patches that are applied. Cutting Fabric - Snowball Quilt Block     I think most people who know me would know that it’s THIS type that’s MY fave……….. IMG_7649   Sorry, the “big picture” will have to wait til a bit later………….So, which type of snowball is your preference????

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My Saturday …………….

Was spent in our little town (pop. 995) at the 4th annual “Houston Hollidazzle”IMG_7687. The “hub” of this event was the high school, where the gym IMG_7642 had been transformed into a children’s giant Christmas activity room replete with various “stations” where the kids could do ‘make-and-take’ gifts, ornaments or decorate cookies……….IMG_7630IMG_7631IMG_7632 IMG_7636IMG_7637 IMG_7639                        Yup, even a spot for selfies!! A quiet(?) corner for the adults………IMG_7641   There were horse-drawn wagon rides around town IMG_7627   and, of course……………………..Santa and Mrs. Claus…………………IMG_7634   Holiday music by several soloists….IMG_7645. IMG_7629 IMG_7650 The Veterans’ Memorial and festive house lights………IMG_7651The evening provided a light parade, fireworks and the lighting of the trees in the city park……IMG_7655IMG_7656 IMG_7661   Even the Class of ‘66s “Dooby Bus” made a winter appearance. IMG_7665    Fire trucks and other local vehicles……IMG_7670 IMG_7679 IMG_7680  Of course the true Reason for the Season.                                             IMG_7683IMG_7686   IMG_7684 That was then…..and the next morning is this………..IMG_7688 Amazing what changes just so few hours can bring!!!!!!!

A footnote for those who may(?) be wondering……this took place in Houston, Minnesota, not that “other” Houston!!!!!! (but you probably have guessed that by now!!!!)

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Just HAD to post……….

About some gorgeous rug hooking done by my friend, and uber talented teacher/creator, Kathy Morton of Oak Ridge Cottage Rugs. You may remember the workshop I took from her at The Clearing Folk School in Door County last October. Well, she has a new rug hooking pattern available that is beyond gorgeous……. kathy-morton-rug-pattern  Now really…….doesn’t this just make you want to jump right into rug hooking????? Be sure to check out her site!!!!! See ya soon……………………

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Next up…………….

Another “row quilt” with a beachy theme…….gotta luv it, hmmmmm??? This one is more lap sized. The dimensional creativity is (again) amazing!!!! (see previous quilt project here) IMG_7621      A bit of “ditch stitchin’” will be needed before the real fun begins, however. Some close-up details…….IMG_7622IMG_7623IMG_7624IMG_7626 IMG_7625   This one is approx. 55”x 75” Definitely a story to be continued!!!!! Stay tuned!

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Stop Selling Yourself Short!

These are some thoughts that I’ve tried to put words to for some time, so, rather than re-invent the wheel, I will allow Cathy to express them for me. Please, take some moments of your precious time and ponder, their ramifications affect all who view themselves as “artists” in the fullest sense of the word!!!!

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Let’s stir the pot a bit this morning…If quilters want to be viewed as artists then they need to start acting more like artists. They need to demand respect for themselves and their work. They need to begin viewing themselves as in the same league as, not only fiber artists, but painters, singers, actors, sports stars, etc. They need to own the value they are bringing to the table. Stop selling themselves short!

I know you’re wondering what on earth I’m talking about so let me give you an example. While in Houston I was approached by a company feeding me all kinds of complements about my exhibit, about the booth, about bringing leather to the market and asked if I would do a video for them, at my exhibit, telling everyone how I use their product in my art. They assured me thousands of people would see it and wouldn’t…

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How can you go wrong with…………

Red and white?????? I mean….really!!!!! IMG_7607    This was an orphan block (from this quilt) that cried out for attention!! Stitched from a Missouri Star Pattern (Disappearing Pinwheel pattern, versions 3&4)…..quick, easy!! The pillow “envelope is simply done by cutting & hemming 2 pieces of coordinating fabric that generously overlapped for the back.IMG_7612 IMG_7608    A great opportunity to practice those FMQ designs you’ve been dreaming of!!!! This was quilted on my Juki 2010Q with Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly (70 wt) in both top and bobbin.

Maybe you have an orphan block that’s in need of a little TLC that would be that perfect gift!!!???!!!! Let’s go look……………………………..

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Who says………………

It has to be red & green???????? IMG_7605   Just what I thought……..it’s what is liked!!!! And I LUV blues…..especially when it’s on hydrangea plants!!!!!003IMG_7606      What’s your project for today??????

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“Scandinavian Fabric Stars”…………….

A non-sew, stash-using idea that would be awesome for table favors/holiday place settings, tree ornaments or gift packages….or……….10     Now, rather than do “my take” on the needed steps to achieve these, head on over to “Crafting a Rainbow” and check out her very clear step-by-step directions!!!!!

Off to stitch………………….

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“Elf” projects continue………

With these components…….IMG_7590    and “making” the fabric for the bags these will go into………………  IMG_7603 IMG_7601 In the second photo, you can just kinda catch the glisten of the beautiful variegated gold metallic (#025) thread by Superior……it’s really amazing!!! The first photo is a black/white picture, so not true color! The fabric is a very deep (“Amish”) black and doesn’t photograph at all well!!! Ugh!!!! I did use Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 (cotton/poly) batting in black for this as I have found that the white/unbleached doesn’t really “beard” through but does seem to have a light ‘dusting’ of white fuzz on the top surface after all my stitching. Nothing critical but a black batt does intensify the black fabric. More on this process later when I cut a few bags. NASCAR is done for the season so my Sunday afternoons are free for the machine!!!!

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A Pattern request……….

Has been made for a table runner/topper shown in my blog post here. It was this stunning white, grey and red ‘finish’ that Mary did……..IMG_7556    The directions/PDF is a free download and may be found here. It was designed by “Sew Kind of Wonderful”s Jenny & Helen. You can read more about these gals, visit their on-line store, catch up on their treks via their blog and see other patterns that use the “Quick Curve Ruler” (regular and mini sizes) here. There’s still time before Christmas to get one of these done……a gift, perhaps??? Really, it’s a winter theme so would be appropriate for many days ahead!!!

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And let there be lights…………….

Fireworks and a parade kicked off another La Crosse (WI) Rotary Lights display at Riverside Park. The more than 3 million (yes! that’s right!) lights, a skating rink, live Santa (with his reindeer….also live!), area school and church choirs on site providing the perfect seasonal music, are just a few vignettes available. The northern end of the park boasts hundreds of lights choreographed to the up-tempo music of the Trans Siberian Orchestra.Roatary Lights   This magical setting is best experienced by a slow saunter on the winding pathways but, if that’s not possible, there’s several horse & carriages (replete with incredible blankets!) just waiting for festive passengers or remaining in your vehicle (some year’s have been warm enough for hardy motorcyclists!!!!) is another option and the drive through is amazing!

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The photos are from the La Crosse Tribune photographers. Admission is free but Santa’s elves are at the entrance collecting food donations for the area’s food shelves/pantries.Image result for La Crosse wi rotary light photosImage result for La Crosse wi rotary light photosImage result for La Crosse wi rotary light photosRelated imageImage result for La Crosse wi rotary light photos  The lights will be on nightly (til 10:00pm, with the exception of Christmas Eve/Day) and must be experienced to fully appreciate the wonderland transformation of the park.

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Hush hush projects in progress here………

How ‘bout where you are????? A tad difficult to share just in case there lurks……a recipient!!! hehehe………….. But, here’s a sneaky peek at a couple of my secrets……………IMG_7586IMG_7589      And……..IMG_7585     That’s it for today! Onward to the machine……….

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Giving thanks…………….

Two simple little words filled with so much meaning these days. Each person may attach such different thoughts to them but, I know, that it is possible to find at least one thing to be thankful for. An “attitude of gratitude” can change the complexion of many a circumstance. For me…..I am so thankful for each of my dear “bloggy” friends!!!! I have had opportunity to do meet-ups with a few…….and these are truly blessed moments…..but you ALL are held dear in my heart!!!! It is with great joy that I declare that I am so thankful for YOU!!!!! And look forward to another year of life-sharing moments!       Sent with huge hugs…………………..

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A little quilty inspiration………………

Not much text and a whole lotta pix….. IMG_7534 This is not a paper piecing (side note!). IMG_7535

 

 

 

 

The solid green is the “batting” & will be cut away (with the backing) and bound with a “cranberry” colored binding.IMG_7536IMG_7537

IMG_7540IMG_7538 IMG_7544IMG_7546 IMG_7541IMG_7542 IMG_7543    A quilt (above) that Yvonne finished from a Connecting Threads kit. IMG_7547 And some more blocks……IMG_7549 IMG_7550

 

 

Working with laser-cut fusible pieces from Edyta Sitar  

 

 

 

 

IMG_7551Mary was busy……IMG_7552 IMG_7553 IMG_7554 IMG_7556IMG_7557IMG_7559IMG_7560IMG_7561IMG_7562IMG_7563IMG_7564IMG_7565IMG_7567IMG_7568IMG_7569IMG_7570IMG_7571IMG_7576IMG_7578    The next time we meet it will be for the annual Christmas Gathering…….already??!!!!! sigh…………. Til next time……..sending sincere hugs…..and let’s get stitching!!!!!!

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Unity with diversity…………..

And, no, this post is not going the “political route” (although, at this juncture, “Unity with diversity” is exactly what is needed in this country/world!). The challenge of the current quilting project has been to stitch each section individually but with an eye toward the finished ‘whole’. Keeping enough elements (of each stitching motif) common to each row section thereby unifying the finish. A pic of the entire quilt……IMG_7496     And some photo snippets so you may see these “elements”………………..IMG_7517IMG_7522IMG_7525IMG_7529IMG_7527IMG_7520  As you can see, the “leafy vine” and “grid”/orange peel is found in many spots along with various swirls and echoes (see here). Inspiration for the stitching in the various borders was found in the batik border fabric (another method of unifying the quilting with the piecing).

Thread: (top)Invisifil, monofilament,Isacord, (bobbin)Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly (70 wt). Batting: Hobbs Heirloom cotton/poly, 80/20

“Click” on any photo to enlarge. Til next we meet……………………………….

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Reeeeeeeeeeely close……………..

To finishing this beauty. Photo “proof”…………IMG_7504IMG_7513IMG_7508IMG_7509IMG_7511IMG_7514IMG_7515

Thread: (top)Invisifil, monofilament,Isacord, (bobbin)Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly (70 wt). Batting: Hobbs Heirloom cotton/poly, 80/20

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Turkey tutorial…………………

I did find the directions for our feathered friend. I made this little piece 20+ years ago and am amazed I could come up with the pattern, since I can’t find things that I’ve just put away!!!!! It’s 2 pages and a tad putsy…not hard.  Turkey Pattern 1Turkey Pattern 2 I hope this is a “thumbs up” project for y’all but if there’s questions….I’m here for ya!!!!

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Wordless Wednesday……….

Feathered fowl be warned!!!!!!!IMG_7498

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Me, too!!!!!……….

A while back, I posted about a book cover gift I made (here). Last Saturday I got to looking at the Bible cover I have had for decades and decided that I needed to get busy and make one for “me, too”!!! IMG_7499IMG_7501IMG_7502    Now, this cover needed a few adjustments to accommodate the larger/thicker book I am using……..but not too much larger than the actual dimensions cuz, we all know, the more space we have, the more “stuff” will find its way in….sigh…………….. Well, I did alright till it came time to put it on and sort through all the old bulletins (really???), friends’ notes, photos (yes, photos!!!!), etc, that were previously crammed in. From this point on……if even 1 thing goes in, another will have to come out!!!!

 Thread:(top) Glide, (bobbin) Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70wt. Batting: Hobbs Heirloom 80/20, black. This little project was stitched on Ms Sweetie (Handi Quilter Sweet 16)

Happy Monday!!!!! A whole week ahead…….what’s on your agenda????

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Thread is flying……………….

In my quilty world. I will be posting about this current project for a while yet! Oh…..by the way, have I mentioned that this beauty is approximately 90”x 103”???? Yup. And so many different “ingredients!!! It’s not boring, that’s for sure!!! Anyhow…..there are several more rows completed and I’ll just let the photos tell the story….IMG_7481IMG_7482IMG_7483IMG_7490IMG_7491IMG_7492   And the flip side……………….IMG_7486IMG_7487IMG_7489    I’ve been using Invisifil (clear) monofilament and it’s wonderful to stitch with. I’ll be switching to Glide thread shortly when I stitch on the black borders. Not sure of the color choice just yet….but everything looks incredible on black…hmmmm????? One last ‘shot’……………IMG_7493

Thread: (top)Invisifil, monofilament, (bobbin)Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly (70 wt). Batting: Hobbs Heirloom cotton/poly, 80/20

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Wordless Wednesday and 2 more rows………..

(Previous rows found in link). New rows below……….IMG_7473IMG_7474IMG_7475

Thread: (top)Invisifil, monofilament, (bobbin)Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly (70 wt). Batting: Hobbs Heirloom cotton/poly, 80/20

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