Our glorious Easter Sunday………….

Began with a wonderful sunrise service held at the adjacent park, Sunshine Country Club Estates, in their beautiful gazebo. Arriving early for the 7:00 a.m. service, the moon was still bright…………………IMG_0501   But it wasn’t long til it truly was a “sunrise service”!!!………….IMG_0502   Golf carts and lawn chairs, filled with residents of both resorts packed the area for an inspirational message and music. IMG_0503 

A couple hours later, we attended the final worship service in our resort (for this “Winter Texan” season). Definitely bittersweet but oh so special to celebrate our Lord’s Resurrection with our Texas church family! IMG_0504   Average attendance was 250 with many active outreach ministries, especially to our Mexican neighbors.IMG_0507  Our choir has dwindled to 8 (yes, that is me in the choir, on the right, next to Pastor Richard). We bid all safe travels and a blessed summer to the tune of “Happy Trails”….so fitting. We head home at the end of April, so some days ahead yet. The rest of our Easter Sunday was spent in the resort’s swimming pool (the day’s high temp was 91F).

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It’s MUG RUG MONDAY!!!!………………

With a vintage twist……of course!!!IMG_0509   Sandwiched and ready to go. IMG_0510         One completed; one to go……..  IMG_0511IMG_0512. Details- Thread (top and bobbin):Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70 wt. Batting: Hobbs Heirloom cotton/poly, 80/20. Machine used: Juki 2010Q (domestic sewing machine). Mug rug dimensions:5″x 11″.

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Rejoice!!!!!!………………..

Resurrection Sunday 2018 May you know the Peace, Joy and Hope that was confirmed in this long ago event, as spoken of through the ages………

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Friday finish, or how I spent my yesterday……….

I haven’t done much (any?) postings on the Killer Bee quilt group that meets every Thursday but they have been amazingly busy (as always). The meeting attendance dwindles as members’ head back home or head North to visit family. I did bring my most recent vintage finish and arrived just in time to share it. Thanks to Billie for the wonderful photo!!! 

IMG_0280  Have a Blessed Easter and remember: It’s Friday but Sunday’s coming!!!!!

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The completion of………………

Any project always brings mixed emotions. Satisfaction in the finishing/rescue of another vintage piece, the anticipation of “what’s waiting on the horizon” and bidding farewell to a “friendship” that grew as I spent all those delightful hours listening/getting to know this textile personality. This post contrasts the blank slate meet-up up to the border decisions. The feather motif option was the choice resulting in a 4” border design. A nice balance and frame for the stark white center. I always pull design elements from the focus piece to tie everything together. IMG_0485  The feather swirls were combined/accented by “flattening” the background/”negative space” with micro-stippling (closest to the vintage piece) and a ‘match-stick scribble’ (the outer edge space).  IMG_0487IMG_0486 IMG_0491  The above photo shows the binding applied. When stitching on a border, it is very necessary to mark where the 1/4” binding line will be so that the feather plumes won’t be cut off when the finish is trimmed and bound. IMG_0494 IMG_0496 The above photo was lightened to better show the final dark green border.IMG_0497

Thread: (top & bobbin) white-Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70 wt & green- Isacord poly, 40 wt. Batting: (single layer) Hobbs Heirloom cotton/poly.

Next up?? Hmmmmmmm………..

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“Quilt as desired………..”

What happens to you when you read those words? A “blank canvas” staring at you can be an intimidating thing! At the end of a set of piecing directions, some magazines have provided wonderful diagrams/suggestions for this next step in the quilting process but, as in the case of a vintage piece, there is no piecing arrangement to use as inspiration so looking to the cut-work, embroidery or edge design may provide the needed direction for the stitching motifs to be used. My current project provided many such ‘sparks’ of inspiration. (The journey may be traced backwards from this post.) I’m in the homestretch of the piece, finishing up the outer accent border. The fabric “blender” I used is a piece of “Shadowplay” by Maywood. IMG_0476   As is glaringly evident, the feather theme continues. I felt there needed to be a more subdued feel so that there would not be a conflict with all that’s going on in the focal piece (and there’s certainly a lot going on there!!). I took my stitching cues from the design created in the vintage piece with their use of soutache braid creating the flowers and swirls. Switching to a dark green Isacord thread, I continued on the outer border. Some backing photos to better illustrate this (and, yes, the bobbin thread is, also, Isacord green)……………IMG_0479 IMG_0480IMG_0481. Although the stitching design itself is important, for me the element that must always be in the front of my mind is the texture contrast that is being created…..either visual or tactile.IMG_0478 And to further make the feather plumes “pop”, I added the ‘toothpick’ straight lines to flatten the background even more.IMG_0482  Here’s a taste of how I will finish this border section. Please, stop back tomorrow for the conclusion/wrap-up.

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Where have I been??????………..

In one sentence (without elaboration!!!): DH and I…yes, both!…. were hit with the influenza AND strep throat infections—-enough already!!!! Ugh! Hubbs still is plagued with the ever-lingering cough but yours truly is back in the land of the living!

On to more pleasant topics. I’ve placed the meager markings (using blackboard chalk…..easily brushed off w/o residue) on the border of this project (please, refresh your memory by hopping to this link, if necessary). IMG_0473   Much more to do……..The weekend looms with many experiencing serious weather related impacts. Be safe. Many prayers…………………..

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Moving to the border……….decisions……..

Last time I finished with the beginning of the end of the center portion/the vintage cloth itself. See here. The micro-stippling is complete. Photos…………….from this:IMG_0384 to this:.  .  IMG_0450. IMG_0456 IMG_0457 The dime helps to see the scale of the stitching…….contrast. I can’t emphasize that enough. It’s the “punch”/drama that we all love!!!! IMG_0452 - Copy    and, again, the contrast……IMG_0384 - Copy (3)    The back view is nice, too……….. IMG_0459   Leaving you with one more “front shot”. IMG_0449 And the question: a ‘feather’ or ‘piano key’ border????? The green border will be 3” (piano key) to 4” (feathers). There’s a lot goin’ on in this, so, maybe a ‘piano key’ stitching??  Either would work, I believe. Hmmmmmmmm…………

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The next step……………….

In this vintage process is to emphasize the quilting motifs even more than they are at present. The quilt stitching, especially of a “whole cloth” type (mostly “negative” space) is most effective when the stitched motifs/designs are dramatically different in scale (larger vs smaller/micro) and style (curves vs straight lines/geometric). In this piece, a change of scale is what I have choosen and, in the process, will cause the “background” to recede by flattening it with micro-stippling (LOVE) which will result in the  open, puffier designs to become more eye-catching/light-catching=dramatic!!! This kind of drama I like!!! Check  here for the preceding steps to this project. So, we are at this stage….the purple arrows are towards the areas left to “flatten”…….IMG_0440_LI. Micro-stippling will take care of that!!!! IMG_0444. The purple arrow=”puff”. Pink=awesome! IMG_0448_LI IMG_0446. Moving on to the next section…….til next time………… ‘Click’ on photo to enlarge.

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Monday’s meanderings…………..

Further into “feather land”………….IMG_0438.  I’m thinking I’m really going to love these corner designs—-with the added plumes!!! IMG_0437. For those of you who may have missed my initial information:The machine I’m using is a Juki 2010Q, straight stitch (only) industrial for home use machine. Thread: (top and bobbin) Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70 wt. Batting: (single layer) Hobbs Heirloom cotton/poly, 80/20. I’ve used a dark green batik beneath the vintage piece (which measures approximately 33” square). The backing is bleached muslin…good quality.

Any questions, please, leave them in a comment and I will try to answer/clarify the process.

Note: to catch up on previous process posts, see here.

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A Sunny Sunday……..

And flowers have finally been planted! Better late than……….well, the local nurseries were really slow to get plants in, all because of the unusually cold weather that plagued the area. So…….the shed, now, has a “window”…….IMG_0435. OK….it’s not actually a real window. That would not be too practical. In my head (sometimes a troublesome place!) I visualized a cute little window, with a flower box, on the shed door. DH made a frame, inserted a Plexiglas sheet, I had a lace-look vinyl tablecloth for the curtains and…wha-la……………and, yes, the flowers are of the silk variety! IMG_0434 The Mexican pots do contain living (at the moment) plants and are looking pretty good!!!!IMG_0432. I’m going to try to bring them back to Minnesota at the end of April……hmmmm……..we’ll see what’s alive at that point! The front window box looks pretty good, too……… IMG_0436. A touch of Springtime, don’tcha think??

Now…back to the Vegas NASCAR race………..

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(Far from a) Friday Finish!!…………..

But having such a great time!!!! To catch up, see here. The center portion is reeeeeeelly close to a ‘finish’. I did the 4 sections that complete the center circle. Photo before stitching……IMG_0429   and after some ‘playtime’……IMG_0428   The obligatory back view……..IMG_0431   and from the front……IMG_0430   Coming along nicely! Yup…..I’m a luvin’ this one!!

Have an awesome weekend!!!! See ya next time………………….

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Feathering………………

Yesterday’s start has taken the expected direction……..IMG_0397   Feathers, petals, and…….well, lots more fun ahead…IMG_0396. And the flip side……..IMG_0398   To see the unstitched beginning, see here. Thanks so much for tagging along on my (exciting to me) journeys. These results amaze and tickle me, also!! Yes, really!!!! Sending very warm Texas hugs (88F here w/ gusty 45 mph “breezes”)……..

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One Word Wednesday—-“Beginning”……..

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A new week and a new vintage stitchery…….

The vintage piece that’s next up is a 33” square piece I picked up in Harlingen (TX) at an event known as “Market Day on Jackson”. Several blocks of historic Jackson Street are dedicated to street vendors of various sorts each month on the first Saturday. It’s a street party with live music, food (of course) and sellers of everything from bee & honey products to cute ribbon bows and hair ornaments (a very big thing in Mexico and here in the Rio Grande Valley) to antiques, plants, leather goods, etc. To see a bit more on this event, see here and here. I picked this next piece up from the same gal who had the pieces in the first link, above. IMG_0384    I’ve been doodling some (feather) ideas……IMG_0386. I’m not sure where this will all go, but here’s a couple of detail photos……IMG_0384 - Copy IMG_0384 - Copy (2)   So many possibilities!!!! The teal green fabric just seemed to set off the cut-work well. The final binding will be this same fabric, but I’m getting ahead of myself a tad…lol!

Please, come again and see what’s in store for this beauty…………

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Friday Finish…..……..

My latest endeavor draws to a close. Begun here, it rapidly moved forward. First, quilting the back piece……….IMG_0355 IMG_0356. On to the front……………Of course, it just must have some feathers………. IMG_0349   Using a Frixion marker, I lightly gave myself some guidelines. IMG_0350.                Done. On to the side motifs……….. IMG_0362 A moment, or two, in the doodling sketchbook and on to the ‘real thing’…………………IMG_0364 IMG_0365   And some background ‘pebbles’………….IMG_0368    The lower area had already been given a bit of definition with a line of stitching, echoing the vintage piece’s scallop above. Below that—-“piano keys” would give dimension without competing with all that’s going on in the vintage portion! IMG_0363   Completing the ruler work, and stitching to front & back together, I give you the “Friday Finish”…………….IMG_0383 

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

Another weekend is here…..go and enjoy! Til next time, sending warm Texas hugs to y’all!!!!

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Next up…..no surprise!!!…………

Yup….another hanger! Just call me a lady obsessed! I had been gifted an interesting vintage piece not long ago and, after looking at it a bit to figure out just ‘what’ it was, the ideas began to swirl. IMG_0327. What is not easily seen in the photo is the small ‘casing’ stitching at the top of the piece which would allow it to be hung on (what I imagine) a wire. Yes, this is a curtain panel/valance in one piece. Years ago, I remember visiting a relative who lived on a farm in south central Minnesota (Albert Lea area) and there were window curtain panels that were suspended by wire, twisted around nails/screws at either end. It is what they had to work with. Anyhow, I separated the valance from the larger portion and proceeded with the hanger idea.IMG_0328 IMG_0329. I was wanting a bit of color in this one and red/white is one of my faves! Please, notice that this is not a pillowcase item. Hanger candidates could be the ends of table runners whose aging has not been “graceful” resulting in the middle areas being rendered unusable.

I will leave you to ponder what you have in your vintage “stash” that might qualify. Stay tuned………..

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Happy Valentine’s Day……….

Leah's Valentine, snow, Stained Glass 015   As you may notice by the watermark on this photo, it is from a while back. For details on the construction of these little cuties, please, visit this post.

Have a wonderful day! Another vintage piece, turned quilted hanger, is ready to make her debut. Please, be sure to stop back……….hugs………

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While in Texas…..there’s awesome shrimp……

I know that there are those who can take or leave them (for a variety of reasons) but….we are in Texas and it’s THE season! So, I will give you a fool-proof recipe that perfectly cooks each piece. The complete recipe is found on the “Just a Pinch” site here. It is what we had for supper last evening with a bit of a twist. Going into the oven……………..IMG_0357,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,coming out of the oven…………….IMG_0358and the presentation……………IMG_0359  All that buttery, lemony shrimp goodness is now combined with wonderfully al dente fettuccini……and a glass of DHs wine. I canNOT recommend this recipe highly enough!!!! Let me know if you try this.

Note: I’ve made this recipe for the last 2+ years with, up to, 2.5 pounds of shrimp. Also, I use 4 sliced lemons not just the 1 in the recipe. Enjoy!! 

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Another vintage finish………..

Where has the time flown??!!?? This little tale was related in this post and took some liberties in combining 2 pillowcases needing some “togetherness”. The back quilted piece was completed first: IMG_0319 On to the front piece with this result: IMG_0325. Maybe a tad larger picture is needed for perspective: IMG_0322. Almost a finish…just a small “neck” embellishment………My first choice was less than what I had in mind….IMG_0317. That blue is wrong! Hmmmmm??? So, enter this choice……..IMG_0361

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

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Digressing…with a helpful hint…….

How many times has a pattern required that a diagonal stitching line be drawn on a high number of paired pieces (squares, rectangles, etc)??? So, the correct marker must be located…..light or dark color?? Will it show?? How about those lucky stitchers whose machines have come with a built-in laser light??!!! Wouldn’t that be handy? Well, I’m here to say my most wonderful Ms Juki is now so equipped for those tasks!! IMG_0333 Now, if you’re interested in a couple of testings….first, “snowballing” the corners of a 5” square……IMG_0331. These little white squares wouldn’t really need a line drawn, but the laser sure helps!!!…………….IMG_0335. Just line up the red marker on the diagonal and stitch!! How about a larger task……2 six inch squares needing that diagonal stitching…… IMG_0339 IMG_0341. I don’t have to worry about a marker that shows on the dark fabric (although, I would have used the lighter fabric for that line). The laser keeps me on track….yay!!IMG_0345. This small tool is mounted to Ms Juki with self-adhesive hook/loop tape (each machine has a different thread path, so you would have to check what works on yours). IMG_0334. Be sure that your thread will feed freely.

This handy addition is available at Harbor Freight for $5.99!!!! YES!!! That’s all!!!

Central Machinery® 93242 Laser MarkerI easily removed that mounting stand with one screw release.IMG_0337

If you have any questions, please, leave them in the comments and I will address them. Now…..back to stitching……………

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Continuing the “Vintage Hanger” theme……..

With a bit of clarification. When the current blue & white project was begun, I had 1 pillowcase that had the blue flower embroidery and 1 pillowcase that had the beautiful blue crochet edging (and no embroidery). These items were purchased at 2 different shops so, they were not meant to be a pair. IMG_0164IMG_0165I reduced the width of the band on the embroidered case by merely cutting off about half the band width (allowing for a small hem). These bands are always double fabric and that made it possible to press both raw edges to the inside. I, then, removed the crochet edging (easily done because it was hand stitched to the case!) and inserted it into the newly narrowed band. Wha-la………IMG_0166  I secured it by topstitching it at the folded hem edge. I did this to both the front and back hanger pieces. IMG_0279  Above, a photo of the finished back piece. I did have to cut the crochet into 2 pieces (it was one continuous strip on the original case). I secured the cuts by machine stitching several times in the same spot. These raw edges will be further locked when the hanger front and back are seamed together. Note: I decided that there is a lot going on in the “body” of this and will be leaving that bottom band without fmq.

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

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