Fabulously Fun Feathered Friday Finish……………..

Too much??? Maybe a titch overboard with the alliteration?? Well, it is a finish and here is the photo heavy post …………………….. IMG_1036  The finished size is 45”x 54”….a bit smaller than the 6 block by 6 block pattern (I did 5 blocks across) but I really like it! With the washing/drying, the texture is off the scale and makes for difficult photos!!! But who doesn’t love excessive texture??? You really should see it “in person”…….appears totally “heirloom” and old!!!! IMG_1037

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This quilt piecing began last September, but it was a Monday Design Wall this week and, now, a finish!

Thread: (top) Glide, 40 wt, “Peach”; (bobbin) Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70 wt, “Caramel”          Batting: Hobbs Heirloom Cotton/Poly (80/20)      Stitching design: all-over feather (hand-guided/non stitch regulated)

The weekend is once again upon us. I hope you have lovely plans and thank you for your visits and kind comments. Til next time, hugs…………………………..

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Wordless Wednesday……………

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The “real” thing…………..

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Now…………it’s “wine time”………..007

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Practice or……ahem,…………..

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Moving on to the “real thing”!!!!!!!!

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(Quilt) Top together Tuesday…………

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And the perfect piece of Moda fabric for the binding & backing with the matching “Peach” Glide thread………..004

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I do believe that there’s a (quilt) sandwich with some stitching fun in the near future!!!!!!!

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Design Wall Monday, WIP, UFO…………….

All combined into one project that will be finished soon! “Sweet Broderie Pinwheels” by Lecien Fabrics 002 has been lurking in my sewing space since last fall (see here)! 003   The rows are together, next up…..join the rows/corner stones. Stay tuned………………………………

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Wisteria, blue hydrangeas & other stuff……………

Ever since DH and I made a motorcycle trek to Mystic Seaport (in Mystic, Connecticut) and some lovely spots in the Southeast, I have been in love with Wisteria and blue Hydrangeas. Now, living in S.E. MN, does NOT allow for the growing of Wisteria…….I’ve seriously checked on that one!!!! BUT, hydrangeas are another thing! Before I go any further, I must interject that having a “brown thumb” and little gardening desire results in a lot of brown dead once-living/growing things in my world. Not at all good. 2 years ago, #2 son/DIL gifted me with the most lovely blue Hydrangea for Mother’s Day and I vowed(!?) that it should LIVE!!!! My original post is here. Last summer produced a nicely greened up bush but……where were the flowers????? This year I have been gifted with this……001     In my world this is one huge triumph!!!!!! Maybe there will be 2 blooms next year….I live in hope!

Now, to the other “stuff”……..The last few posts have been about a very talented, creative gal who goes by “Apple Moon Creations”. She challenged herself (last year) to live a life of repurposing, frugality and bartering whenever that was possible. She quit the job she had and successfully closed that challenging chapter of her life. During that year is when I really got to know her and the postal service was the “carrier pigeon”/go-between for a couple of exchanges (prior to the quilt top/batting/backing). One of the first art forms she chose to teach herself was book folding. Check out the wonderful package I received here. One book to keep and one to share……how awesome is that! And it still resides on my Grandma’s treadle machine located in my livngroom……………………….003

Later last year she decided to try a little knitting. Several scarves and cowls resulted from that endeavor. See her post here. I absolutely fell in love with the brown/pink/teal cowl…….and she sent it my way!!!! In return we agreed that if she put together a donation quilt for the military I would quilt it, finish it and send it off for a presentation (which is done through my larger quilt guild). And, thus it is that the story has come to a conclusion. In the coming weeks, this beautiful, filled with love, quilt will find a new home.  020

It will travel together with the accompanying journal that she began but, hopefully, someone will continue the quilt’s story. Time will tell.

 

 

 

 

The “feather swirl” motif is one that I use quite often when the piecing has involved a lot of bias/HST (Half Square Triangle) pieces. It really helps to stabilize and “rein in” any edges that may have been stretched/pulled a tad in the construction process. A tutorial drawing will go up in a couple of days.

Thanks so much for stopping by and spending a few precious moments. Please, come again………the light is always on in the window………………………………

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Another “Friday Finish”…………….

I wasn’t sure it would happen but it did! The “Quilt of Honor” is now complete right down to the appropriate label….yay!!!! This quilt has a story. It’s beginnings was in a small Arkansas town and a gal who has become a dear bloggy friend (someday there WILL BE a meet-up!). In exchange for an incredibly beautiful winter yarn cowl she made me, I said I would quilt the piecing she was working on. She is not a quilter but a fantastically talented “repurpose-er”. Using yardage that she had gotten from deconstructing thrift shop finds, she snipped, cut, sewed and pieced with these results………………Debbies QOV  The photo she posted late last fall was of a quilt top too large to fit on anything but the hood/roof of her pick-up (yes, Debbie, I “pirated” this from your Fb site!!!! hehehe…). She hadn’t gotten the final border on yet. And now it looks like this…………………………004

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The little journal , she covered with some of the quilt fabric, chronicles some of her thoughts and well wishes for the recipient.

 

 

 

Thread: Superior Metallics Variegated Gold, #25 (40 wt) and Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, (70 wt) in the bobbin.

One cannot help but feel the love that has gone into the making of this quilt and God has chosen that special person to receive it. We must just wait to see who it is!

Have an awesome weekend! It is a busy one in our little town cuz it’s “Hoedown”!!!!!!! Til next we meet………….Hugs…..

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It’s alive!!!!!!………

The Quilt of Honor, started yesterday, is lookin’ awesome (if I do say so myself!!!)! The quilting stitches give so much dimension and interest that it’s like a gift that’s slowly being opened to reveal the hidden treasure secreted inside. It’s what gets my adrenalin really pumping!!!!……………………..ok………..I’ll settle down…….HA!………005

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Once again, the lighting plus my camera has resulted in some odd colors!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 I wish you could see how this quilt is glistening with my all-time fave thread……Superior’s Variegated Gold #25. It’s available in 3 sizes of spools/cones. These metallics don’t break, shred or any other ugly thing that other threads do. Fantastic! 011    Bobbin thread is…………..yup, Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70 wt, in “Caramel”. (Note: once again, my “go to” color has been discontinued!!! The closest would be “Antique”, I think!! Ugh!!!) The perfect match up!!!!! Stay tuned for the finale…………………………………….

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Wordless Wednesday…………….

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Monday’s recap on Tuesday……………

And this is only a small portion of what these gals have accomplished in the weeks just finished!!! They hardly sit still long enough for me to grab a photo (and some don’t, as the number of blurred photos was significant!!!!!)………..

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That last photo is a wristlet/cuff made with heirloom/Grandma’s lace (white) and will be a very special gift.

Until next month………..happy stitching……………………….

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Can I have a drum roll, please…………..

And give you a Friday Finish on Thursday…..and the end of the “Super Hero Saga”!!!!!………………. 013014

These are #5, #6, & #7 of the series that began wa-a-a-a-y back in May with an idea for a cute little gift quilt for a young man by the name of Jaxson (link) and I was “hooked” on these panels!!!! Totally enamored!!!!! Multiples!!!! Not me!!! Oh, but yes!!!! So, numerous treks back to River Road Quilt Shop (La Crosse,WI) and, over time, bought the rest of the panels (even the one on display, which was so generously donated by Betty, one of the wonderful gals there!).

If you would want to follow the journey of these little quilts, merely put the words “Super Hero” in the search box on the right side bar of my blog.

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The backing fabric is awesome, too!!!!

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The top 2 photos show the finished quilts with binding and having been washed and dried……..soft, crinkly and awesome! Note: Click on any of the above photos to enlarge.

Other than the very first of this series (Jaxson’s), these are all destined for the Ronald McDonald House in Rochester, MN.

All of these quilts used Glide (poly), 40wt, thread for the top, and Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70 wt, for the bobbin. The batting is a low loft poly purchased from JoAnn Fabrics. The panels are from Robert Kaufman fabrics and, after some searching, I discovered that the black background version must not be available any longer. There seem to be others that are, however, and the pattern is a free download from the Kaufman site.

I thank you all for enduring(?) this somewhat redundant groupings of blog posts and, unless I’m smitten with another such project, would probably not be repeating such multiples!!!!! LOl!!

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Wonderfully “Webbed” Wednesday…………

Continuing the “Hero” series, quilt #5………….006002

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For those of you who are recently joining me on this fabulous quilting journey, unless stated otherwise, the quilting was done on “Ms Sweetie”/HQ Sweet 16. It is hand guided, FMQ/Free Motion Quilting.

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

The “Super Hero” panel is by Robert Kaufman Fabrics and the pattern is a free download from their site.

Now, back to the machine to work on #6 & #7. Have an awesome afternoon!

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It’s “Two-sday”……………….

Yup, yesterday the machines were “smokin’” and “Super Hero” #6 and #7 are pieced, ‘sandwiched’ and ready for some stitching fun…………….. 015      And the back…………….  017

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My order of Glide thread arrived, so let the stitching begin………………………………………

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A “Hero (#5) sandwich”……………

But the ‘webbing’ will have to wait ‘til my Glide thread order, from Bobbin Central, arrives next week. Ugh!!!

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Well, on to “Super Hero #6”………………………

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Friday Finish……..yay!!!!!

Love those words!!! Yup, “Super Hero #4” is a finish. I quilted swirls, loops and stars…………what can I say!!! It didn’t “speak” to me….it screamed!

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I am totally in love with the top and bottom star fabric pieces!!!

Top thread: Glide (love it!) Bobbin: Connecting Threads Essential Pro (70 wt)

Low loft poly batt (don’t know brand….purchased from JoAnn’s Fabric)

The Hero panel is from Robert Kaufman and was donated by Betty from River Road Quilt Shop, La Crosse,WI.

I have 3 more panels (I really fell in love with the “Super Hero” theme and thought it perfect for the young cancer patients at the Ronald McDonald House in Rochester,MN) and I’m well into #5………001 but the theme will have a Spiderman ‘feel’ this time………….002 

Isn’t that the “coolest” fabric?????? Such fun. How ‘bout some “web” stitching on this one?????? Til next week……….happy weekend to you all and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all your comments this week. Thank you so much for taking time to spend a few moments in my little corner of the world!!!!!! Major hugs to you all………………

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“Tutorial Thursday”……………..

In answer to inquiries as to how the 2 FMQ block designs were achieved in the “Forest and Loon” quilt I just completed (see here).003 Please, follow along as I give you the photo step-by-step process I followed.

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The first step is to mark the needed registration lines (this is for any size block). Note, I used a Frixion marking pen, but any fabric marker of your choice may be used …………….031 030

The oval was cut from template material for these 6” blocks and was a size that gave me some room at the top and bottom of the diagonal (a size that accommodates the the design to be drawn). The oval location may be moved up or down a bit on the diagonal as you wish, again, it’s to your liking/design sensibilities. The oval marks the “spine” of the design.

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Draw/stitch the leaf “plumes”,starting at the bottom of the marked oval. When this side is completed, the spines are inserted as you travel back down to the bottom to begin the 2nd side. These will become easier and a bit more uniform as you practice but even the irregular ones will be fine once the whole design is complete, so relax and enjoy the process.

 

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The green colored lines indicate the spines inserted on the way back down to the bottom of the oval. The red lines are the first pass creating the leaf/plume. When the left side is complete, travel stitch down the diagonal to the bottom left of the line to begin the outer plumes.

 

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Once again, the red lines are the first pass, creating the leaf and the green lines are the return travel stitching (inserting the spines). A bit of practice will give you a ‘feel’ for how many plumes will fit in the square you are working with. Each one may be a bit different and that’s ok!!!

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Repeating step #3 on the left side with one difference……when you get to the top, add the extra plume to fill that area, add some spines and then begin the return to the bottom.

 

 

 

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022  Following the steps in the photo above, create the leaf plumes on the first pass, then travel stitch back to the beginning/bottom, inserting the leaf spines on the way. Repeat steps 1-4 in each quadrant to complete the block design.

The above 2 ideas have many possibilities for modification to accommodate other pieced blocks. In the first (quilt) photo, the 2-color square near the bottom needed to have a modified leaf design.

This leaf plume idea has really “grown” on me through the process and will be used frequently, I’m sure, as a high number of the quilts I work on seem to have a “nature” theme. If you have any questions about the above diagrams, please, leave a comment or contact me and I will be happy to clarify!!!!

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Ready……set………

GO!!! “Super Hero” #4 sandwiched and ………………..003

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A big shout-out and thanks to Betty at River Road Quilt Shop in La Crosse,WI, for her generous donation of this panel!!!!! This one will join the others to be loved at the Rochester,MN, Ronald McDonald House.

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A photo recap………………

The 4th of July holiday was spent at our camper at the river. Each year, those who have (golf) carts decorate them for a parade through the campground. There is some type of VERY informal voting for the best one but I’m not sure exactly who votes or tallies!!!!!! LOL!! Here are the contestants………………………………..005006007009008010011012013014015016017018019021

The kids (of all ages!) really enjoyed it! And, no, we didn’t enter……..although, in hindsight it would have been fun to decorate our bicycles! Maybe next year!!!!!!

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Is it a “saga” yet?????…………

I mean the “Forest and Loons” quilt. I hope not ‘cuz this is one enjoyable quilting (for me!). I finished the leaf motifs on the cream (checked), tone-on-tone blocks and did half of the remaining center blocks (that had fairly “busy” prints on them) with a repeat of the swirly vine stitching. That motif will be done in the outer leaf printed border, also. The narrow brown border is SID (Stitch in the Ditch) and will be left without further stitching to give the quilt a place to “rest the eyes”. Here’s a photo of the whole top, as a reminder to what’s been goin’ on……………004    You may, also, visit yesterday’s post here. The vine was stitched in those outer green(ish) corners and in the blocks between the brown HST (Half Square Triangle) and the solid cream blocks.

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Here are the threads I’ve been using: 003    I’ve laid them on the blocks they were used on and, in the photo below, is the thread used on the very center and the outer vines………………….. The thread below and above (on the green plastic cones is Isacord poly and the red plastic cone is Aurifil cotton. The thread on the blue is Marathon poly # 2276

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The thread used in the bobbin, as always, is Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70 wt.

Remember….”clicking” on any photo will enlarge it.

That’s it for this week. A long weekend is ahead……the camper awaits……….. til Monday, my friends. Have a good one…..

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Wordless Wednesday…………………….

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Brainstorming….er….auditioning………

I am in need of a motif/design that will fit in the cream tone-on-tone blocks in the “Forest and Loon” Quilt…….001 (2)

Those blocks form a very dominant diamond surrounding that center portion. I need something that carries the “leaf” motif along but is different from the HST (half square triangle) blocks I just finished. A bit of thinking, doodling and cruising through my Pinterest boards, some modifications…. and………wha-la!!!! I think I’ve got it!!!!! 002 

This is my thought on a test muslin……the blocks will be marked into quadrants and on the diagonal (using a Frixion pen). The lower left portion shows a pen marked motif, above that a marked motif that I stitched over to get the “feel” of it and the other 2 (right top and bottom) are totally freehand. Yup……….it’s a “go”!!!! See ya later…………………………………

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