Yup…the days are flying by and family “mile markers” continue to be observed. Namely, those summer birthdays that seem to be a challenge when trying to fit in a party/gathering when so many obligations are already in place. I’ll just share our most recent birthday gathering…eldest GS, whose 20-something birthday, brought the ‘fam’s’ spotlight his direction last Friday eve. His deer stands and trail-cams dot our property ever vigilant/watching the local white-tail comings and goings. Gifts for this age absolutely must have a certain flair or they become just another day, so (along with the obligatory card and $$ insert) there had to be something that has become a valued commodity with him…..and his younger bro——yup….homemade dinner rolls!!!!! This has been quite the deal for many years!!!! First, the card……then….. And, within a short time, this occurred………………………. But, wait! Younger brother’s family birthday observance came about too quickly to bake……..so………. a slightly belated package came his way!
Now…off to pack for tomorrow morning’s exit to the Black Hills. Til next we meet…….please, keep those prayers in force for so many in harm’s way these days…..from hurricanes, earthquakes, huge forest fires and more…………………
Lamb Lead – Intermediate – Class 3
H041013: Sheep – Suffolk, Registered – January Ewe Lamb
Reserve Champion Registered Suffolk Ewe Lamb
and….she took a blue ribbon on her quilt!!!! “Quilting-Grades 6-8” Yay!!! See my post here for previously given quilt details.
Congratulations to all entrants!! You’re all winners, with your dedication and the finish of your project(s)!
Now….on to the weekend. Offering many prayers for so many who are experiencing life altering events…………
Continuing the project from this post, I have finished 2 of the 3 linen pieces that have a ??? finish (coming soon)………. To do a bit of a “recap”….. Thread (top & bobbin): Connecting Threads Essential Pro Poly, 70wt. Batting: Hobbs Heirloom cotton/poly,80/20. Til next we meet, I so thank you for all your visits and sweet comments, suggestions and questions! Blessings and hugs always……
But the reason had nothing to do with quilts/quilting (that was last Friday), it was pulling time!!!!! Yup, both grandsons have been busy pouring their heart and souls into a Dodge pickup, readying it for competition pulling. The first attempt was aborted (Houston Hoedown a few weeks back) cuz of a bent frame (long sad story). So, here we are, in Caledonia(MN), and going at it again. Perfect weather…..a sunny, hot, August day. There were only 3 trucks pulling, so the tractors took priority….waiting….waiting….waiting. The vehicle is hooked to a “sled” that has a sliding weight on it. The further along the track, the further forward the weight slides, putting more downward force on the pulling vehicle, til the truck, or tractor, comes to a complete stop (weight too much!!) and the distance pulled measurement is taken. Now, it’s Aaron’s turn……… The risk of breaking something is ever present, especially if it’s a novice puller, which this was. So proud of both GS and there will be a next time.
But, what is the vision????
This, first, appeared here (and had some ‘company’)…… The center motifs were sketched with air-erase marker, immediately(!) stitched and left a bit so that the marker could fade a tad. One never knows how long that will take and the purple lines are a slight distraction while stitching the background.
Now…..let’s have a look-see at that top one (above) after a morning of adding more thread………. Yup…I’m liking this one a lot!! Please, visit again. The “plans” for these, I think, are quite cute!
Thread:(top & bobbin) Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly,70wt; Hobbs Heirloom cotton/poly (80/20) batting.
Wall…table….what’s in a word? Today was finish a quick “UFO” day (actually, get rid of a little stack of fabric left from 3 previously completed pillowcases). This time I needed to bring it into the quilty world by doing something with the “cuff” portion. I do the “burrito” method of construction with French seams for a nice finish inside and out.
Adding a few feathers was sort of a “no brainer”, dontcha think??
I’m adding the feathering before the side seam/bottom seam are stitched. I completed the cuff and slipped a 4” strip of batting into the cuff tube and began stitching.
Next up….some more (awesomely fun) client projects……….got my “light table” stuff together. Of course, it’s what I have on hand that gets the job done (I really don’t need any more stuff, so I pulled this together from what’s already here)………… Yup…an Ott Light and a plexi extension table…. Perfect! All marked and ready to stitch… Stay tuned…………………………..
Pillowcase: stitched on my Juki 2010Q, quilted on a Sweet 16. Thread: Coats and Clark all purpose sewing thread (construction); Glide poly 40wt (top thread), Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly,70wt (bobbin thread) ..feather quilting. Hobbs Heirloom cotton/poly (80/20). Vintage: (top & bobbin) thread: Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly,70wt; Hobbs Heirloom cotton/poly (80/20) batting.
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“Tessellation” piecings are always a fun visual. (a pattern that contains 1 figure shape that fits together without gaps between the shapes=tessellation)
For a free pattern of this piecing, go to Jeni Baker’s blog “In Color Order” and, for a link to a tutorial for the fmq stitching motif, see my previous post here (“Funky Feather Swirl”).
Thread: (top) Isacord poly, 40wt; (bobbin) Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70wt. Batting: Hobbs Heirloom cotton/poly,80/20.
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And this sweet little quilt (42”x54”) was made by an enthusiastic quilter-of-tomorrow…………….she chose the thread color…..
so much fun, hmmmmm??
And the quilting pattern was decided…..(my fave!) “Funky Feather Swirl”(link includes the tutorial)…… (Click on the photo above to see more) A peek at the pin-basted version…… Stay tuned for this young client’s finish……….
That have been lurking since….well, let’s just say a while! The first one is a little vintage piece I fmq on my Juki while in Texas (in March). You may check this post for details. I knew that the binding fabric was back in Minnesota and I really wasn’t sure how to finish this one, so yesterday I began to add the finishing touches…………….
It needed something more than just a plain binding, so I had a thought that resulted in this little addition.
I wasn’t exactly sure how this was going to work but……..
The binding was added but it still lacked something……….. Out came some “bling”! And it started to come to life!!!!! I think I can call this one a “finish”!
Next, another Juki project begun ???. Sorry, can’t resurrect the beginnings of this one (insert very unhappy face!!)……. Stitching the binding this afternoon……full reveal soon!!!!
Another vintage piece that will be gifted shortly……..
Notice the fading. This must have been a much loved/used piece! The raised embroidery/French knots were beautifully done. I used my HQ “Glide” foot to stitch around all the motifs and had absolutely no problem with the foot “grabbing” the embroidery…… Details on this one will have to wait til tomorrow. I have rambled long enough and must get to that binding!!! This is just the perfect quilting day…..dreary & rainy and quiet. Til next time, dear friends…………….
Somehow, I’ve managed to keep this gift from my daughter-in-law alive for 4 years! It was beautiful in the pot, I received it in, but I’m amazed at it now! I haven’t done the “miracid” thing and, yet, it has blessed me with these beautiful blooms (which really are more blue than in the photo!). I know the color is shifting to the pinks ‘cuz of the lack of acid soil, so I have begun the necessary feeding/supplementing……..for next year?? LOL!
Off to stitch on this beautifully cooler Monday morning…………….
Yesterday, a group of the township ladies met for lunch in the neighboring town of Rushford (MN) and, as is our custom, headed down the block to “Grace Place”, the local thrift shop. We meet the 3rd Thursday of the month and that just so happens to be the “Senior Discount Day” at that shop. Everything is 50% off for us of the older persuasion…..yay! Of course, vintage is my focus and, first, this beautiful, perfect/without blemish(!) cloth (52”x 64”)…………… Yup…..marked $4, so…..$2 to me! And, then, these little cuties just couldn’t be left by themselves…………… Marked a $1 each, the total came to a whopping $1.50 for that lot! Cheap fun, I would say!!!! Off to stitch, on this rainy/stormy day (as soon as the lightening settles down a bit, though!!!!)………….
There are many questions I am asked when I do a FMQ workshop. “Where do I go next?” and “What do I quilt where?” are among them. A couple days ago, Angela Walters began a 6 post series on the considerations she takes into account when making such decisions. She will be discussing many of the factors she processes through to determine her stitching direction. Her first post went up a couple days ago. Check it out here or click on the picture/link above.
There are so many up-cycling ideas for all those vintage pieces ‘out there’ and most are for the larger table toppers and cloths……but, don’t overlook those sweet little beverage coaster sized pieces! They are the perfect size for gift tags!!!! And they can be whipped up in no time! Most have a lace edging which is just begging for some ribbon weaving. So,,,,keep your eyes open……or, just maybe, you have a forgotten linen stash that’s been languishing in a cedar chest!!???