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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Onyx “Dream Big”……..

Has found its home…………..IMG_1106IMG_1102 Have thoughts of Christmas giving entered your planned stitching? Or are you one who works on such projects all year long?? Til next we meet………………

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“Aurora” dreaminess……………

The dimension that’s created, when stitching is added to these “Dream Big” panels, never ceases to amaze me and is even more apparent through the lens of the camera. The current panel is 3/4 complete and this flower is incredible!

 IMG_1094IMG_1096IMG_1100IMG_1095IMG_1099IMG_1098IMG_1093IMG_1101Using just a single layer of Hobbs batting added to the challenge of producing mega texture. Time to finish this one up and move on to those items that will be gifted in the upcoming season!

November is upon us! Clocks will “fall back” to standard time this weekend. The major deer hunting season commences this coming weekend (this impacts us because our little rural home is surrounded by almost 2,000 acres of Minnesota State hardwood forest, with a camping area (“Wet Bark Trail”) 1/4 mile to the West of us. Traffic will be on the rise for sure!

What are you stitching on these days? Secret projects??? See you soon……………

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On a dreary afternoon, we “petal”…………

Closing in on the “finish”(?)…….IMG_1090IMG_1091IMG_1088A few new ideas here but this becomes quite the challenge for variety by the time the outer areas are to be done!!!!IMG_1089That’s it til Monday…..a Harvest/Halloween gathering at the neighbor’s this evening and tomorrow afternoon is NASCAR racing on TV. See ya soon……………………

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A Friday (top) finish and a ‘Back to it’………….

The “Nova Star” is officially a finish (at least as a ‘top’!)………IMG_1081 It measures a nice 80”x 80” (still not fond of the “square” idea) and DH’s “wing-span” had a bit of a difficulty holding it! You can trace this one’s history to here (and previous posts).

Onward, or should I say ‘backward’, to this project begun as my demo at Festival of Quilts. IMG_0675 Another “Dream Big” panel-“Aurora”.IMG_0995 I’m beginning the transition from the blues to the more purple petals and have switched from a gray to a violet Glide 40wt thread.IMG_0999 IMG_1086 The results are really nice……….IMG_1083IMG_1085IMG_1084 Now, to continue my feather journey. I would love to have you come along…………

Have an awesome weekend!!!!

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Decisions, decisions……….

IMG_1077This is where I’m at…..the smaller borders are attached and the floral finish will be a 10” outer border (pinned up at the moment on my design wall). This will give me a 78” square…..yes, square(!)……I really am not a fan of ‘square’ quilts but sometimes it just has to be! I’m hoping that some awesome(?) texture will make me love this one..hmmm, we’ll see.

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“Nova Star” is growing………………

With all of the tricky cutting and piecing……………….IMG_1072 IMG_1073 the drama builds. From this……IMG_1071 to this…IMG_1074 And, now some border decisions………IMG_1076 (4) Maybe, but some other thoughts are surfacing! I hope you will return for the next “installment”………..

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It’s……A……”Nova Star”!!!……………..

With its beginnings found here. The ingredients are……………………IMG_1003 1 Ivory “Dream Big” panel and some yummy coordinates for several borders plus this pattern:IMG_1002 After a day of slicing/dicing the panel, layered with that dark olive green, I have the center “on point” portion completed…………..IMG_1071       The cutting/construction steps are definitely not for the faint of heart and must be followed precisely.

Now, off to continue the star “birth”…………

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When you have “geese”, you MUST have……….

FEATHERS!!!! Yup! And not just ordinary feathers…..glittery, gold, sparkly feathers! (To catch up on this little story, check out this post) So, using my absolute “fave” metallic (Superior Variegated Gold Metallic, #025), Ms. Sweetie and I began the transformation…….IMG_1045IMG_1055IMG_1054     It quickly went from this:IMG_1046to this:IMG_1052    Warning……photo-heavy posting ahead………..IMG_1061IMG_1068The morning light adds a neat warm glow! A back view, with those leftover pieces…………………………………….IMG_1069 LOVE those feathers!!! IMG_1062

Thread: (top) Superior Variegated Gold Metallic,#025, (bobbin) Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70wt. Batting: Hobbs Heirloom, cotton/poly, bleached (single layer).

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Geese are flying……………

And not just outside my window! IMG_1039Yup, another digression. While at a quilt event a week ago (see here),IMG_0675 I picked up another book and kit……just what this quilter needed! My good friend, Kati, was vending right next to me….her shop is “Quilters Garden” and has the most wonderful quilty items…..IMG_0678Right? Well, here’s the book: IMG_1040 The fabric that’s featured in all the patterns is “Once Upon a Memory” by Holly Taylor for Moda and here’s the kit/first project…..IMG_1041 The topper finishes 14.5”x 42” and the directions are very complete! IMG_0674A sampling of the kit fabrics and block #1…..IMG_1042Paisleys always get my attention!!! and the completed piecing/top…….IMG_1043One last close-up….IMG_1044I have a few HST (Half square triangles) leftover…..perfect for an interesting backing!!

On to the really fun………I bet you can guess what that would be…..a “finish” coming soon………………..

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Everyone knows that quilters……………….

Are not able to have just one project in the works at any given time! Right?? To support this fact, I made a quick trek to a sweet quilt shop, “Just Stitch It”, on the edge of the nearby town of Caledonia, MN, to pick up some “needed” fabric for my next Dream Big panel……..well, the “next” one after the one I’m working on at the moment and demo-ing at the upcoming Festival of Quilts event. I was able to pick up just the perfect additions…..IMG_1003 The ivory “Dream Big” panel is lower right, the backing is lower left, the bold floral will be the outer/wide border and the pink & pale green will be narrow inner borders………and, you ask, what about that dark green??!! Well, let me show you how the panel will be cut up (yes! CUT UP)…….IMG_1002That dark green will do nicely for the dark fabric that’s used in the pattern photo.

You see, while we were in Montana, we visited the “Deer Country Quilts” shop in Seeley Lake. They had done a workshop using the ‘Nova Star’ pattern and the Dream Big panel (along with a gradated color panel). Here are some examples of that workshop……Dream Big Nova Star 1Dream Big Nova Star 2Dream Big Nova Star 3        So, I just knew I had to do this!!!IMG_1002 As I stated, previously, one planned project is never enough! Stay tuned………

Have an awesome weekend!! Hugs……..

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Another “Beginning”……….

“Dream Big”….Take #2, but this one will be stitched on my domestic/Juki 2010Q. LUV this machine!! Perfect FMQ (free motion quilting)! I’m using Glide thread, 60wt, for my top thread in gray (“Sterling”)……IMG_0999It appears to be a good blend/accent across all the colors.IMG_0991IMG_0990This panel will have a lot of “thread painting” effects……..progressing…….IMG_0992IMG_0995IMG_0998IMG_0997The backing is bleached (good quality) muslin and, yes, I’m using a gray Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly (70wt) in the bobbin. Using the same color thread in both top and bobbin will intensify the color (when viewed from the top) and take away the necessity to perfectly balance the tension…….although, these stitches are perfect!! Yay!

Batting is Hobbs Heirloom cotton/poly….1 layer. The Dream Big panel is “Aurora” by Hoffman Fabrics.

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I will be stitching “live” on this panel at the yearly event “Festival of Quilts”, held in Spring Grove, Minnesota, Friday, October 12th & Saturday, October 13th. IMG_1000 If you’re in the neighborhood, it’s really a very good event and beautiful venue.

Now, I think I’ll go stitch! Back soon………..

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Okay…….A Friday Finish!!………..

IMG_0989After a trek to LaCrosse Hobby Lobby, I was able to cover the buttons needed to complete this ‘swag’ border/binding treatment. I cut 4 bias fabric pieces (one for each side) that were 10” wide and the length of the side plus a couple inches. I folded each in half (wrong sides together) with a strip of poly batting running the length (maybe about 4”- 5” wide) and stitched the length, forming a tube. I applied this to the wrong side of the quilt sandwich, stitched, and flipped it to the front (covering the raw edges). At the corners, I folded the edges of one piece to the inside of the tube and inserted the other side’s tube inside. I hand gathered the corners and the points at which the buttons would be attached. Really, quite straight forward! I like it! IMG_0987 To back-track on this project, follow the previous links beginning with my last post here. 

Thread: (top) Superior Variegated Gold metallic, #025; (bobbin) Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70wt (I use this on all my bobbin on all my machines!) Batting: Hobbs Heirloom, cotton/poly, 80/20 (single layer). 1 Dream Big panel by Hoffman in the “Onyx” colorway.

The weekend is upon us. Our today is going to be spent helping our GD move. At least there’s an elevator at the second apartment! Keeping the ibuprofen handy….LOL! Have an awesome weekend……hugs……..

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Closing in on the (Dream Big) finish line…………

To back up on this process, check out this link. This project is at this point right now…….the “frame” is attached…..IMG_0977The shadow-box/swag effect was done to pull the panel’s colors to better coordinate with our livingroom decor (where it will find its future home). IMG_0983A quick trip to the fabric store tomorrow will yield the needed buttons that will be covered in a gold/yellow fabric…..here’s a sample….IMG_0974and here….IMG_0985These will finish the ‘look’ quite nicely, I think. Tomorrow, hopefully, you will see the completion!

Thanks for stopping by……I love your visits! Hugs………

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Still catching up……….

We’re home and DH can tick another “Bucket List” item off…..Image may contain: Doreen Auger, smiling, standing and outdoor I know I should have gotten his picture rather than the reverse, but……..”Old Faithful”/Yellowstone Nat’l Park was pretty cool!

Next, was the barn quilt project which is in the “done” category……..IMG_0961Now, I’ve managed to catch up with a couple (very small) quilty projects…….first, a lottery block for my guild …….IMG_0963This is the sample we were shown, these are the directions (simple “Disappearing 9 Patch”)…IMG_0973and here is the block I came up with……IMG_0972Kinda fun to do something simple!

Next, a block for a guild member’s “Friendship” quilt. She asked for any 12.5” (unfinished) block of our choice done in yellow and blue combo. I chose the “Egg Basket” block from Lori Holt’s book……IMG_0971IMG_0970And my version (with a wee bit of vintage ‘flavor’)…..IMG_0967

Tomorrow I’m on to this wonderful project on my Juki……..image 0Stay tuned………and it’s good to be back home (even if the chill is on the pumpkin!)……………

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Barn quilts…….

We’re back home and had a great trip out West to South Dakota and Montana/Yellowstone Park & “Old Faithful”! More on that later. What we arrived home to see was this beautiful barn quilt square all ready to hang on our dairy barn. Measuring 8’ by 8’, it’s weight was definitely intimidating….and threatening!! I had drawn up the basic design (8.5”x11”) just before we left on our trek and DS had taken it from there and created this awesome hanging!!!! A slight digression (for my Brit friends—–you know who you are! Hehe…), follow this link to a further explanation of the origin of this trend. Anyhow, back to what greeted us as we drove in our driveway….IMG_0954 Maybe a close-up……IMG_0955 Seeing the two ladders sent me to wondering how exactly this project would get mounted! DS (who actually owns our farm as of last year…..we’re just “squatters”…..he & wife live up the drive from our home) had gotten the preliminary holes drilled for the many bolts that would secure this to the structure. He just needed to wait for a friend, who is a logger, to come with a critical piece of equipment, making this process possible (safely!!!). IMG_0957 Arrival and an evaluation of the situation…. IMG_0958IMG_0959 IMG_0960 IMG_0961 And success!! This Mom was very grateful with the UNeventful positive outcome! Now, on to the next project…………

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School Days……………


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“Dream Big”…revisited……….

The stitching is completed. This panel was incredibly wonky from the start (off the bolt) and there’s a huge challenge to keep the stitching density reasonably even so the piece will lay flat. The next step is to “square” it up. I trimmed/straightened the irregular edges, using a rotary cutter and 15” square ruler, and set up the foam flooring tiles that serve as the base for this process. If you pop over to this link, you can see that product. Each tile is 24” square, 4 to a package, and they interlock. I cover them with bath towels and laid out the panel. The fabric panel has been thoroughly dampened!! I have a carpenter’s laser square that makes this next step so much easier!!! IMG_0932 IMG_0930 Using flower-head pins, I pin the panel every inch, or so. Stretching and patting the fabric into place and lining the edges up with the laser lines is really not too difficult. Place a couple of small fans blowing across it and wait til it’s totally dry……..IMG_0931 Binding will be done when we return from out jaunt out West for the next 2 weeks.

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Friday (Happy) Finish…………

For the story that began here……


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

Note: For more information on the 14″ Slim Ruler I used when ditch stitching this topper, contact Kelly Cline through info supplied in this post.

   I think it’s time to get back to the “Dream Big” panel!………….stay tuned……….

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Quick follow-up………………

For anyone that is looking for that perfect ditch-stitching ruler, the one I revealed in my last post….IMG_0912, you may get in touch with Kelly on her website/blog or Facebook page. While you’re on her site, check out her other rulers. They are the perfect size and shape for those of us who fmq on a domestic/sit-down machine (and, of course, all those longarmers, too!!!!).

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Playtime—–came to an end……………

Before noon!! How could it go by so quickly??!!! 5 stars-feathered, narrow inner border-plumed, outer border—well, you will have to ‘call’ that one! And the ruler work=pure joy!!! Let’s begin…………with ditch stitching………….IMG_0910Yup, around each star and each side of that dark “cinnamon” fabric. A very small task this time! IMG_0912A task made ever so much easier with my newest acquisition from Kelly Cline—-awesome ruler!!IMG_0913 I canNOT say enough about how easily it handles with Ms. Juki (2010/domestic)! The fact that it’s comfortably narrow (1.5” wide) but a whopping 14” long (awesome!!) allowed for a speedy ditching! This is a very new addition to her stable of quality fmq machine accessories (both longarm and domestic/sit-down machines).  Once that was completed, the “plumes” were put in place…………IMG_0918I simply used the seam as the feather spine and did a one-sided feather. Easy-peasy. On to the outer border. Hmmmm………..it needed “points” to carry through the star theme, so I grabbed another ruler……….IMG_0914The green tape helped me remember which line I was using. Went around one time and, on the second pass, overlapped the points for a “Gothic” look……IMG_0917So neat, I think!IMG_0920These are the 3 rulers that somewhat of a workout this morning. The bottom rulers 2 “nest” and are from Handi Quilter. I am at the point of adding the binding……………..IMG_0924

A “Friday Finish” is on the horizon…………


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One Word Wednesday (on Thursday!)……….


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A productive afternoon………….

And this little table topper (30”x 12”) is ready to quilt….yay!!! IMG_0902 Close-up……..IMG_0903 All the fabrics are from my stash and are without any selvage information. After I got past the idea of working with such small pieces (and I know there are smaller squares others work with!) , I rather enjoyed how it went together. It’s from this cute little pattern I picked up last Sunday………IMG_0907 It’s layered/pin-basted and ready for the fun part. I’m in a “feather mode” so……….IMG_0908 The star block is small (about 4.5”). Of course there will be some more in the border(s)…….Stay tuned. This will be a gift for DHs sis in Montana. We’re off to the South Dakota Black Hills next week for some motorcycle riding (trailering the bike!) and hiking then off to Montana for the next week.

Thread: not sure yet! Batting: Hobbs Heirloom, cotton/poly. This looks like a great candidate for some fmq on Ms. Juki!!!! See ya later……………………….

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To square or not to square………….

When the UNfinished block/HST (half square triangle) needs to be 2”, yes! we need to square!!! New, quick little project in the ‘works’………IMG_0540

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Feathers!……I see feathers!………

And pebbles. Such a great combo but let me add another ingredient: micro-stippling=perfection! First, without that awesome texture-defining addition: IMG_0845 and with that addition: IMG_0847 This was a tad tricky, as metallic thread does not take well to such tiny, tight stitching. I, also, added some itsy bitsy pebbles surrounding the central flower motif: IMG_0853 This addition really better defined that area! I like it! Some more progress………….IMG_0851  To see the beginnings of this project, see this post. Thread: (top) Superior Variegated Gold metallic (#25); (bobbin) Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70wt. Batting: Hobbs Heirloom, cotton/poly (80/20). “Dream Big” panel by Hoffman Fabrics (approx. 45”x 45”).

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And I now know why these panels are (slightly?) addicting! Here’s this afternoon’s bit of fun…….IMG_0835IMG_0836IMG_0833 IMG_0832 IMG_0837 That’s it for today. Quite toasty outdoors today and am very thankful for central A/C!!! Have an awesome rest-of-the-weekend!…………

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Yup… I’ve succumbed to the “what’s out there” fad. Using Superior’s Variegated Gold metallic thread.

Hobb’s cotton/poly batting. Back to it….

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Just a very short fun post…….

Meet-ups are always fun and take “virtual” friendships and bring them into the “real” world. Once again, this was an occasion that occurred last Monday, over lunch in Rochester (MN). IMG_0510 Kathy and I had discovered that we shared a mutual Fb friendship with a quilter whom I had gotten to know while working in Winona. THEN…..it was discovered that we had a mutual friend (residing in California, now) that had belonged to the same VW club (in the St. Paul/Minneapolis area) decades ago…!!! Yup! We were all a bit flabbergasted by the coincidence! BUT, that’s not the end of the story…… in the course of the conversation, it was discovered that Kathy’s mom and my hubby’s cousin own(ed) resorts on the same lake in northern Minnesota (very near one another!). Yes, indeed…..it’s a very small world!

  Are there any such pleasant “coincidences”in your lives??? Thanks so much for stopping by my little corner of the world. Til next time….hugs……..

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Catching up & getting back to it………..

Seems to be somewhat of a challenge these days. Ever since GSs wedding (July 21)IMG_0796 I’ve been in involved with other events. Our little town’s annual celebration was the end of July, requiring some prep help from DH & I for our #2 son/DILs participation in the event (they own a convenience store/gas station in the heart of town). Each year they set up a smoker and sell incredible pulled pork sandwiches. This year, our son built a new HUGE smoker (from the ground up) to accommodate the several hundred pounds of pork.IMG_0760IMG_0756IMG_0753


“The boys of summer”

 DH, on left, DS on right.



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It was a very busy weekend!!! Now, back to stitching!!!!!


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Spent some time trying to set up the new ‘puter…..with Hubb’s major help. I know “social net-working” and blogs but computer language strikes fear in me cuz usually it turns out badly when I click on a (logical to me) button. Anyhow, onward………

To refresh your memory, I will advise popping over to this post to pick up my thoughts on these (now completed) projects. Yup….there was enough fabric for 2 totes—one with my fave paisley (stash) fabric lining (for me), that I am finally running out of(!!) and one with a lovely floral (again, stash) fabric/fat quarter. Photos will finish the process………

IMG_0808IMG_0810Front IMG_0812Back w/ pocket (both bags). And the donation tote w/ floral lining.IMG_0822 Front (both bags) close-up detail…..IMG_0816IMG_0819 Thread:(Top & bobbin) Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70 wt. Batting: Hobbs Heirloom, cotton/poly. And, 1 set of vintage pillowcases.

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Shopping for a new computer. Technical difficulties (‘puter “bit the dust”) will pause my posts for a bit…….not too long, hopefully! Have an awesome Monday….💜😘

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Tote mode with a vintage flair…..

Is what’s on the table at the moment. A donation request was made, from a member of our long term care facility board, for an upcoming fund raising event/auction. Hmmmm…..what to donate…….there’s always a table topper (we always can use something new in that department) but, then, I thought that a shopping tote might be something with more universal appeal. Delving into my stash (vintage and fabric), I came up with some happy bright fabric and a pillow case that mirrored those fabric colors.IMG_0781 The plaid is a denim(!) that will be the body of the tote and the pillowcase is below. I’ve done a bit of the stitching in this section now, on to the part without the embroidery and that lovely lavender band. The crochet edging is so yummy, don’t you think?? And…the best part is…there’s enough fabric, and a pair of these pillowcases, so I might just make 2 of these! Stay tuned. All this, with GS #2 getting married in 2 days but the wedding preparations seem to be well in hand. One more close-up of this project and I will need to begin the day…….IMG_0782

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Beautiful summer days…….

Have a way of beckoning us outdoors so stitching is left in the shadows until those rainy days come. My quilt guild meeting, last Monday,  had a sparse “sharing” time….very unusual for this group! IMG_0770 This gal visits the “give-away” table at each meeting, goes home, creates some type of pattern that fits the fabric she has and returns with gorgeousness!!!! We’ve asked her to write down some of these original piecings (yes! original!) but she says she’s just too busy sewing to do that……….definitely wa-a-a-a-ay “right-brained”…LOL!!!!

 IMG_0775IMG_0776IMG_0777 I think someone’s in apron-mode!!!!

IMG_0772 Some have always dreamed of completing a “Lone Star” at least once (Bucket List item??).

IMG_0773 This is completely hand pieced (not EPP) and will be hand quilted—-she said it absolutely must be, don’t you agree?

There was one more love table topper share but I really must not show a photo of it here. It just might be a Christmas gift exchange item in another group. You never know who’s lurking around this little place!!!

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“Book Nerd”……

Hmmmmm…..that really doesn’t describe anyone I know but this pattern is just the cutest…..IMG_0778 and really makes up (as a single block/mini wall quilt) very sweet. Would I make a whole quilt of this???? Probably not! (See this post) So…..now that the recipients have opened their packages, I will share with you how these turned out……..IMG_0742 IMG_0746 Each very different…..but so are these 2 gals.

Always fun to see a “finish” in a shorter period of time!! And, of course, I just had to incorporate a little ‘vintage’, hmmmmm?????? What interesting little stitchings occupy your moments??? Please, share…….

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Thrifting in Readstown

A very small “bend in the road” in West central Wisconsin. DH and I decided to take a drive through the fantastically beautiful “Driftless Region” in which we reside. Heading down highway 61, through Viroqua, Coon Valley and Westby, we arrived in Readstown and at our destinations. “Crazy Frank’s” was a small shop cram packed with old stuff……yielding nothing that was of interest. Sometimes a place is like that! Next was “Kickapoo Trading Post”. This place had some real possibilities. DH found an old hubcap(!) to add to his collection of “anything cars”. Of course, I was keeping my eyes open for the linens! Hmmm…..nothing!!! BUT…..this little pie basket was calling my name—loudly! And the price—well, only $12-that would do nicely. IMG_0751IMG_0731And, then I opened the lid to find this..IMG_0732The matching pie-stacking table!!! OK!! We’re going home with this ‘find’. Arriving home, I checked it out more closely and discovered this info on the inside of the lid: IMG_0734 

I knew that the basket was a US made one—confirmed! The bonus was this inscription: IMG_0735Excellent! The decorative paintings were definitely hand painted and here was the documentation. Score!IMG_0752

We headed home with our “treasures” on Highway 35 which follows the Mississippi River, taking the bridge across the river into Lansing, Iowa, up County 26 into Minnesota and home. A lovely relaxing day.

Today is further GS wedding alteration prep day and I must get to it!!! Til next time………….hugs………….

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A little diversion………

But one that has to be shown in “sneaky peeks” for now! Why?, you may ask. Well, the cute little projects will be wending their way to distant homes soon (via USPS, hence the word “wending”!!!!!!). IMG_0729IMG_0730  Hmmmmm….yes, they’re paper pieced! And, as you may or may not remember, paper piecing (for some obscure reason) presents assembly challenges for me. Ummmm, guess the challenge is counting (1,2,3) so that the pieces/fabrics are added in the correct order. A project from 2015 presented some issues to me. If you look at that yellow egg (below)…..   there’s a sliver of yellow (top, just left of the ribbon) that was piece #2 in that left-hand section. I was not paying attention, so I pieced in a background fabric and didn’t notice it until the section was DONE!!! Ripping back is not done easily.  Re-doing the section with fresh paper, etc, was the option I went for……..lesson learned, not to be repeated in the near future(?).

So, it’s on to some quilting on the secrets.

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

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