Took on a very different look! I had in mind the mantra “keep it simple”, but…………something just happened when this sandwich was slid under Ms Juki’s needle!!! It’s humble beginnings: began to morph………….the center portion (initially, in my head) was going to be a simple diagonal grid (very traditional!) BUT, I focused on the possible texture that could be achieved by a floral motif! Texture….. love it! My next thought was to leave the 2” inner border unstitched to give an “eye-rest” portion, so I stitched in the ditch and went on to the outer border….which went from plain old this: to this: Yup….quilting it to death is my ‘game’!So…..now I’m staring at that very unadorned inner greenish border piece….and it just canNOT stay that way…But what to do? The ‘eye’ still needs a bit of a rest from all that’s going on and whatever is chosen needs to continue in the ‘organic’ mode………… I’m happy with this leafy design. On to the binding and a finish. I machine stitched the binding completely, as I’m not sure of where this quilt will end up. As busy as the backing is (the lower portion of the above photo), the stitching designs show quite well! And, so it’s a ‘finish’. Thanks for tagging along on this latest project. Any questions, please, leave them in the comments below. Till next time……
See the previous post, here, for supply details…..
Posted in Connecting Threads, Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly thread, echo quilting, feather swirls, Feathers, FMQ, Hobbs Heirloom 80/20, Isacord, matchsticks, Ms Juki, piano keys, ruler work, swirls, table topper
Tagged Connecting Threads, Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly thread, echo quilting, Feathers, Hobbs Heirloom 80/20, Isacord, loopy flowers, matchsticks, Ms Juki, ruler work, table topper, tablecloth, Texas
A simple single Irish chain. Another Connecting Threads kit (from eons ago) that has been languishing in a (very much out-of-control) stash! Simple piecing/small project……approximately 46” square…….. Stay tuned…..decisions to be made: What to stitch????
Thread: (top & bobbin) Isacord. Batting: Hobbs Heirloom, cotton/poly. Please, do come back and visit and see my choices for bringing this cutie to life!
Posted in Connecting Threads, Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly thread, echo quilting, Feathers, Hobbs Heirloom 80/20, Isacord, loopy flowers, matchsticks, Ms Juki, ruler work, table topper, tablecloth, Texas
Tagged Connecting Threads kit, Isacord, Juki, leafy feathers, matchsticks, ruler work, single Irish chain, Texas
To all my sweet readers. May 2020 be filled with all of His best!!
Let us not leave it unopened……….. May you all have a Blessed Christmas celebrating the Wonder of this star lit night of long ago…………
Surely, I can figure it out!!! No time to wait for an order/mailing (leaving for Texas very shortly and really should be packing!!!), so let’s give it a go. This is the pattern, by Karla Alexander, called “Crazy Christmas Trees”…..it’s available through many venders, this is just one. So, here’s my version………………at least the top (ready for sandwiching). Fun stitching ahead. Stay tuned……….
Posted in applique, Bernina 440QE, Christmas, Ms Juki
Tagged applique, Bernina, blanket stitch, Christmas, Christmas gifts, floor pillow, Great Grands, Juki
At this moment, it looks more like Christmas….a bit blizzard-y and a whole lot of heavy wet snow on the ground. No power at the moment…..heading to Texas soon!!!
Posted in Antique/thrift shop, applique, Aurifil, Connecting Threads, Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly thread, echo quilting, Feathers, FMQ, micro-stippling, Ms Juki, ruler work, Sewline Glue Pen, Spring Grove, table topper, tablecloth, vintage
Tagged Antique/thrift shop, Aurifil, Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly thread, echo quilting, Feathers, FMQ, Hobbs Heirloom 80/20, Hobbs Tuscany cotton/wool batting, matchsticks/toothpicks, micro-stippling, Ms Juki, ruler work, Sewline Glue Pen, vintage
And I’m progressing on this pretty piece………. If you need to toddle back to it’s beginnings, please, follow this link. It contains the details of this piece (thread used, batting, etc). The outer edge of the border area will be a “matchstick” stitching to further emphasize the swags.As you can see, I’ve begun this above the swags. This is the edge, as sandwiched….. I am wanting to use the delicate scalloped edging that was already there, so, the first step is to trim back the batting to a little less than this scallop…… The next step will be to trim the backing 1/4” more than this beautiful edge…..and here is where I will leave off and spend the next days accomplishing this phase! Yes, it’s putsy but oh so worth it. Again, to find the details/beginning of this, please hop over to my previous post.
Have an awesome weekend!!! Beautiful brisk Autumn weather, here (S.E. MN, south of Winona) but there are some flaky changes coming in a couple of days………sigh………..
Posted in Antique/thrift shop, Aurifil, Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly thread, echo quilting, Feathers, FMQ, Hobbs Heirloom 80/20, micro-stippling, Ms Juki, ruler work, vintage
Tagged Antique/thrift shop, applique, Connecting Threads, Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly thread, echo quilting, Feathers, FMQ, micro-stippling, Ms Juki, Spring Grove, tablecloth, vintage
Posted in Antique/thrift shop, applique, Connecting Threads, Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly thread, echo quilting, Feathers, FMQ, micro-stippling, Ms Juki, Spring Grove, tablecloth, vintage
Tagged Aurifil, Connecting Threads Essential Pro Poly, Festival of Quilts, Hobbs cotton/wool, micro-stippling, stencils, vintage
Posted in Connecting Threads, Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly thread, E2E, feather swirls, Feathers, FMQ, Glide thread, Handi Quilter, Hobbs Heirloom 80/20, lap quilt, Star quilt, stars, Sweet 16, swirls
Tagged Connecting Threads Essential Pro Poly, feather swirl, Glide, Hobbs Batting, military quilt, Sweet 16
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………………… 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…….. 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..
Here is my finished bag all ready to hold those needed sewing supplies…
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!)
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……….. 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…………………. 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!!!!
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!
Both these fabrics are from my stash….yay!
The 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!!!!!
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……………… 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……..
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………………………. 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.
I made some of my sourdough craisin/pecan bread that will find its way to a couple homes this weekend
The weekend is here and birthday parties and quilt gatherings await. See you next week………..hugs……………
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……………………………………… 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…………….
Next, came the background fill fun. Echoing the appliques provided much of the fill but there was adequate room for a little “McTavishing”!
The ‘clamshell’ edging was done with this HQ ruler and “Sure Foot” (ruler foot) . I completed this in a very short afternoon….surprised even me! Stitched the back on and reinserted the pillow form……………………… 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)
Posted in banana bunches, bananas, clamshell, Connecting Threads, Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly thread, E2E, echo quilting, FMQ, Handi Quilter, headbands, Hobbs Heirloom 80/20, McTavishing, ruler work, Sure Foot, Sweet 16, vintage
Tagged Connecting Threads Essential Pro Poly, Glide Foot, Handi Quilter clamshell, Hobbs Heirloom, McTavishing, pillow, Sure Foot, vintage
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. I knew I wanted them to be stitched totally differently and here are the results. #1 and………..#2………………………………..
Notice my trusty “Line Tamer” ruler. Invaluable for doing that diamond grid background!!!!!
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.
Note: Click on any photo to enlarge.
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………
Posted in Connecting Threads, Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly thread, Feathers, FMQ, Glide thread, Grid stitching, Handi Quilter, Hobbs Heirloom 80/20, Isacord, Line Tamer, McTavishing, ruler work, Sweet 16
Tagged client quilt, Connecting Threads Essential Pro Poly, Feathers, FMQ, Glide, Hobbs Heirloom, Line Tamer, Mary, match sticks, ribbon candy, ruler, Stitch Happens
I can only show a wee bit of the stitching (a client project #2)……..Using 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………………. 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!!!!
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……. The recipes have proven to be dependable and this latest was no exception…………. Using my very well seasoned electric fry pan (a wedding gift!), the results were more than satisfactory!…………………
But…….now……back to stitching………..
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.
Again, the baking time is brief and the temp is high (425F convection). I’ll let the pictures tell the story…..
Ok…..maybe some stitching next……..
Posted in applique, Bernina 440QE, Charity, Connecting Threads, Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly thread, echo quilting, FMQ, Glide thread, Handi Quilter, Hobbs Heirloom 80/20, leafy vine, loopy flowers, Ms Juki, Star quilt, stars, Sweet 16, swirls
Tagged applique, Bernina 440QE, Charity, Connecting Threads, Connecting Threads Essential Pro, Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly thread, daisy, FMQ, Glide, Glide thread, Handi Quilter, Hobbs Heirloom 80/20, lap quilt, Line Tamer, Ms Juki, Star quilt, Sweet 16, swirls
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”. 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!). The pinwheels, stars and flower appliques have been outlined….. More stitching ahead…………
Thread: (top) Glide, 40wt, (bobbin) Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70wt.
Posted in applique, Bernina 440QE, Charity, Connecting Threads, Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly thread, FMQ, Glide thread, Handi Quilter, Hobbs Heirloom 80/20, lap quilt, Ms Juki, Star quilt, Sweet 16, swirls
Tagged applique, Bernina 440QE, Connecting Threads, Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly thread, echo quilting, Glide, Hobbs Heirloom 80/20, Ms Juki, Star quilt, stars, Sweet 16, swirls, vine
Posted in Connecting Threads, Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly thread, Feathers, FMQ, Handi Quilter, Hobbs Heirloom 80/20, lap quilt, Ms Juki, paisley, Sweet 16
Tagged 5 Yard Quilt, All in Stitches, Connecting Threads Essential Pro Poly, feather, FMQ, Hobbs Heirloom, Juki, lap quilt, paisley, Sweet 16
Ready to “sandwich” and (the sometimes dreaded) quilt-as-desired! I am really liking this one! The original pattern did not have the narrow red inner border……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…………
Posted in Bernina 440QE, Connecting Threads, Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly thread, echo quilting, Hobbs Heirloom 80/20, Ms Juki, Star quilt, stars
Tagged Connecting Threads Essential Pro Poly, Juki 2010, kit, Martha Washington Star
The blanket stitching is completed and the setting triangles have been cut. Stitching commences tomorrow afternoon…………….
See ya then…………………
Securing the fusible. This post and this photo gave 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………… These blocks will be cut on the diagonal to provide 2 setting triangles. Thus far, these have been completed and are awaiting that diagonal cutting. On to the 4 central squares…….. 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!!!!
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!!!!!!!!!!! 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!!!!!!!
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). Having the star blocks completed and the flower pieces ready to fuse to the background made this continuation a quick one……………….. The setting triangles are next, but this is the progress thus far…….
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……………..