Antique vs. Vintage………..

Is a discussion that seems to be on-going. I had understood that an “antique” had to be 100 years or older. Probably no need to go further with that. Now, “vintage” can go many directions. Technically, it refers to a specific crop of wine grapes and requires that a specific year follow the word. To broaden the definition, as it would pertain to other items, it could mean something that is 50 to 100 years old. Hmmmmmm, that really does mean that my recently completed “Non-vintage Green Cloth” is actually “vintage” (and so am I!!!!!!!). In regards to clothing, it may be applied to a style that was once worn, discarded and has returned to style (such as the resurgence of the ‘70s mode).

The definition I like the best is found on the Cambridge On-line Dictionary which states that vintage is “something of high quality and lasting value or showing the best characteristics typical of the person who created it”. Now that’s a thought worth hanging on to!

Here’s a vintage tablecloth that I stitched back in 2013 and donated to the “Moore (Oklahoma) Love” quilt collection for tornado families……….OKC donation quilt 

Detail………006 (2)  Original post may be found here.

I would be interested hearing any thoughts you may have on the antique vs vintage subject………….

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A Friday….er, Saturday Finish………..

Time has a way of getting away from me, so here’s the “finish” I meant to share 24 hours ago (previous post….. here)………….IMG_6043   This one was total “playtime”…….. really quite a simple stitching idea! The printed grid in the center dictated the “orange peel” stitching.IMG_6029 IMG_6030  And some thread outlining of the rest was perfect. These table cloths are pure fun and a great way to practice, practice, practice becoming “one with your machine”! 

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Thread: (top) Invisifil,100wt, (bobbin) Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly,70wt. Batting:Hobbs cotton/wool.

This project gave me many moments of pleasant memories, as I stitched along, of breakfasts before the walk to school, Saturday lunch times and homemade chocolate chip cookies for an after-school treat. What goodies have been hidden away at your place????

Til next time……..happy stitching……….

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Busy, busy …………

Postman, er person……..whatever! Sometimes it’s like birthday & Christmas time and I love it!IMG_6035

First off…….I had purchased 2 sets of rulers for my Juki…….that’s Ms Texas Juki!……and loved them so much that I just had to duplicate these pretties at home……..the first set is from Kelly Cline……….(see my first, Texas post, here)….IMG_6050  Super easy to handle with the smaller domestic machine (that has been fitted with a ruler foot…very important addition! See my solution in the above TX post!). The other set of smaller rulers is from Jane at Stitch By Stitch Custom Quilting…….IMG_6051  Again, easy to use…..without any of those sharp corners to snag fabric!

But wait!!! There’s much more!!!!! Lighting!!!!!! I’ve been wanting to remedy the lack of adequate lighting in my little Texas corner but thought that Ms (MN) Juki could benefit from additional luminaries, as could Ms Sweetie!!! And do these gals shine now!!!!! In that first photo, above, you see 2 small white boxes….containing led light kits that are reasonably priced and set up specifically for our machines!!! Yay! So, without any extraordinary skill-set, I give you the before ‘shots’ and after…………IMG_6044 IMG_6045  DARK! And what a difference!!!!!………IMG_6046IMG_6048  These light sets really are well thought out and lengthy enough for machines larger than Ms Sweetie (I cut off 6 leds to fit her!). The directions sent were very clear but the available video answered questions that I didn’t know I had!!! (link, at very bottom). For Ms Juki, there were enough lights cut off to make a good lighting addition for my Bernina, so I will be ordering the offered expansion kit which will give me the additional needed parts! These kits are from Inspired LED and kit/expansion kit info may be found here and here (Amazon). These lights have a 5 star rating!!!!! (from me, too).

One more item……..are you still with me???? A totally fab feather book!!!!! It’s by Irena Bluhm/Irena Bluhm Designs. This video is so-o-o-o nice….sigh……. IMG_6037  IMG_6036And she did a lovely inscription……….IMG_6038 

I really must get to one of the machines and try out all these new goodies……..and finish up the “Non-Vintage” green project!!!!

Have an awesome day!!!!!! Back soon……….

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Quilting Vintage……….

If you have any inclination towards this latest obsession passion of mine, you will want to hop over to this YouTube video and prepare to be amazed! Barb Nicholson’s interview was first published back in February of 2013……really???? Where have I been?????? Here’s the link……..so, grab a small “cuppa” and enjoy………..<3 Snoopy:

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A Friday question………………

Happy Friday!:                       For all my dear global gal friends (and guys….you know who you are!). Last eve I was with a small group of gals and the discussion turned to how certain niceties, that were taken for granted back “in the day”, seem to be ignored/overlooked these days. Now, I’m not just saying that this trend is only found among the ‘younger generation’. It’s prevalency includes us ‘Baby Boomers’, too!

To get to the point of this rant, er discussion, one of the gals, and DH, are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary and are planning a catered dinner, which will be held at our church. The invitation is for all of the church family plus their personal families. The sign-up/RSVP has been available for a couple of weeks and the response has been, for the most part, prompt. The question is, however, how seriously is an “RSVP” taken these days. This extended invite will involve a meal that will have a cost…..paid if the person attends,or not, or if (at the last minute) a decision to come along is made, how many will that add???

The question: what has been your experience when planning such (catered or not)????? One gal suggested that some will reply in the affirmative and attend only if something more to their liking doesn’t materialize!!! This sounds a tad cynical but,to tell the truth, I have experienced something like this!

RSVP…….”Répondez s’il vous plaît”=”Please, respond”………and honor that response!!!!

End of rant er discussion. Thank you for your time and attention. Please, come back later for the “Friday Finish” and other goodies that have recently arrived to brighten (literally!!!!) up my world.

Hugs, always……….

 

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Progress is always a good thing……….

At least when it comes to stitching! The cloth, last posted here, is ready for its finishing border stitching. I had already decided to be daring(?) and stitch it out in an olive green colored Invisifil thread. The border is hardly 2” in width, so something fine and simple but, would echo some of the greenery feel of the center, was what I was looking for. I thank Whirls N Swirls Quilting APQS Ontario for the awesome video for this motif (my version)……..IMG_6026  and on the cloth…….IMG_6027 

Well, moving along. That’s it for today. Really want this done before the weekend! Stay tuned……….

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Tuesday is, well, finished!!!………

It kinda turned into a marathon of sorts! Maybe to make up for the “playing”/running around that I’ve been doing. In case you’ve not noticed, I’m definitely a “black or white” type of person!!! Either I’m at a complete standstill (not often, I must interject!) or it’s hyper-speed. Ah well………..Monday’s 3 loads of laundry became Tuesday’s, then all those linens just had to have a tad bit of attention….you know, a soak in OxyClean type stuff. Then we were out of bread(!), so, now we aren’t! IMG_6021  Two loaves of craisin/pecan and 2 of plain white (for DH). All sourdough. The house does smell yummy!!! Needless to say, the house temp rose a bit above the outside temp of 83F….let’s hear it for summer—yay!

But I really did need to finish that non-vintage cloth……and it’s pretty much there! Just need to fill in the 2” blank border space. Let’s see……….IMG_6025  That little slip of fabric peeking out is my choice (I think) for the binding. It has all the colors and is, well, kinda funky and I like that. I mean, really!! how much does a binding show?! 1/4” maybe??? It’s not on there yet and a lot can happen before then!!! Linking up with the “party” at Jo’s Country Junction.……come along and see the fun!!!!! Now, on to Wednesday. Let’s see what’s on the calendar…….back later……see ya………bye!

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Unpacking…..the first of several/many……….

Of the boxes from Mom’s condo. Up until she passed, she belonged to and was active in 2 to 3 bridge groups. Now, many of you will understand, er…remember, the days when such was very common. Some of these groups were afternoon groups and some met in the evenings. Mom had both. Consequently, many bridge/card tablecloths & napkin sets were required. That said, I unpacked the first box……………….yup……..vintage linen heaven!!!!!!!!

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OK…….I think that’s all we can handle for today!!!! Since hyperventilation is about to descend, I will leave you with a thought. I will sort these a bit and, since I know I will NOT live long enough to complete all the ideas swimming around in my mind at the moment, I will let you know when new homes are needed!!!!!! Check back…it won’t, er canNOT, be too long. My little home over-floweth……….LOL!

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Tuesday’s “Two-fer”………………..

In the last 3 days, there have been 2 quilt group meetings. The first was last Saturday…….S.E.A.M.S. (SouthEast Area Machine Stitchers) met last Saturday at the Vernon County Township hall in Oslo. Now, if that sounds a tad obscure, trust me, an area could not be more rural, beautiful or quintessential “Minnesota Farm”. Totally lovely!

Ummm……you had better grab a cuppa…..this will be a photo marathon!

OK…….on with the Machine Stitchers’ sharing……………….IMG_5958IMG_5959IMG_5960IMG_5961

A Tula Pink pieced butterfly…..gorgeous and quite large!!!!!!

 

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A wool applique on cotton ……..beautifully quilted!

 

 

 

 

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A “Take 5” pattern.

 

 

 

 

 

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This was just a top last time we saw it, and, now, a ‘finish’. The quilting is so wonderful……note the feathers!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

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The next group is my smaller local group with just a sampling of what’s going on in their quilty lives…………IMG_5970

Carol had an idea for a garden bucket. Take 1 large bucket, a modified pair of DH’s jeans and wha-la……a place for needed tools in the pockets and larger items inside the bucket!

 

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The “hexie bug” has bitten Carol, also, EPP (English paper piecing) is the process. And, of course, a cute/portable bag was needed for the supplies……………

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Gwen made the cutest hanging for her sewing area!

 

 

 

 

 

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Ginny spent a warm quilty winter in Arizona and came home with many finishes to share……..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And then we have Joan who specializes in “quilt rescues” (along with hubby, who shares this passion!)………….The first is from a recent garage sale……….IMG_5986

 

 

 

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And from the Salvation Army…………….IMG_5990  In her world, this is what $20 buys….. amazing!!!!!!IMG_5989 IMG_5994IMG_5992IMG_5997  One of several quilt (tops) made for the graduates who attend the Lutheran church in town.  

That’s it for this month! Now…..let’s head for the machines………..

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There’s progress………………

On the non-vintage ‘50s cloth that I previously introduced to you. Why do I say “non” when describing a cloth that is probably of the same era as the pastel “Tulips” cloth that was just finished???? Well……this one graced the table I ate breakfast on for many years…….and it was nearly new then……..Tell me, how can it be “vintage” when I’m not!!!!???!!!!

Enough………

Anyhow, it started this way……..IMG_5825  Progressed to this…………….. IMG_5934  then this……………… IMG_5956  and a start on this…….IMG_5957  A simple outlining of the various prints will keep this one from getting too stiff from intense stitching. There is a narrow white area just inside the outer edge that may get some “special treatment” (ha!) but there’s a bit of stitching before that will be tackled.

Thread: (top) Invisifil, 100wt, (bobbin) Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70wt. Batting: Hobbs cotton/wool blend (this is the first time I’m using this and I really like the loft and softness!!)

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It’s Syttende Mai in Spring Grove (MN)………….

http://sgsyttendemai.com/index.htmlAnd that means the annual set-up for our guild’s little quilt show at the town’s library. Always a challenge, we approach the task with knowledge gained from previous efforts. Using the book “stacks”, with their narrow aisles, is always a concern. How do you display these oversized finishes??? How do we drape them over computer terminals and various display tables already in place?? Each year we ask ourselves if there couldn’t be a better venue……one that isn’t too large (this is a very small display) and doesn’t have cooking going on (the Fest building is home to breakfast each day and the odor of grease/waffles, etc, really does permeate everyone and everything!!! Hmmmmm…..well, grab a cuppa and sit back for a bit while the transformation occurs……………. IMG_5935IMG_5937  Each member creates her own special personality block!IMG_5938IMG_5939

The challenge is to get everyone to actually put one together!!!!

 

IMG_5940  There’s a separate room for vintage quilts and we definitely fill it!!!!!IMG_5942IMG_5943IMG_5944IMG_5948IMG_5941IMG_5947IMG_5946IMG_5949IMG_5950IMG_5951  There’s a section for military themed quilts….IMG_5952IMG_5953IMG_5955  The show is open Saturday only……..I do hope there’s good “traffic”….the weather is forecast to be beautiful!!!!! My day is scheduled for a machine quilters’ meeting so I won’t have opportunity to attend.

Have an awesome weekend!!! See y’all on Monday………………..

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A Friday Finish…………

Don’tcha just love those words??!!! To the beginnings of this little piece, see here, here, here, here and here. Sorry ‘bout all the links, poor organization on my part….thanks for ‘persevering’!

Anyhow, here we are…..another Friday and this……………..IMG_5926IMG_5927IMG_5928IMG_5930 IMG_5931IMG_5932

Have an awesome weekend! I’m off to work on this little ‘50s number—-one that I grew up with!!!!!! (Please, note that I did not refer to this one as “vintage”!!!!!) IMG_5825

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Thread: (top)Invisifil,100wt; (bobbin) Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly,70wt. Batting: Hobbs silk over cotton/poly,80/20.

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THE season………………….

Is wedding season!! I didn’t have any prom dresses this year but have already begun on the bridal occasion alterations. There’s nothing like a well made dress to make alterations more tedious!! IMG_5922IMG_5923 

But, with a little patience tenacity, this multi-hem, strap-shortening project is a finish!!!!!! IMG_5925

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Wordless Wednesday……..with a note……..

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And here’s the “note”…….the clips I use, when hand stitching the binding, are found only on-line at Office Depot…….found here………

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Tuesday’s view of Monday………………

Our Spring Grove group met with much activity. A “UFO” time of sewing and visiting began in the morning, then lunching while old and new business transpired, followed by……..what you’ve come to see…….sharing time! Although some of these quilts were completely done this past month, an equal number were in-progress and saw completion these recent days. So, on to the recap………IMG_5857IMG_5859IMG_5860IMG_5864IMG_5863

Faye was ‘hiding’ for that first photo! Yes, rug hooking is avidly pursued in this group, also!!!!!!!

 

Kathy, below, is our resident professional hooker (see her site) and, of course, quilter. These are her original patterns…………….IMG_5867IMG_5865

IMG_5868  This little piece (above) is a birthday gift, now gifted, that I first posted here  but couldn’t really elaborate on back in February! Happy (coming up) Birthday, Carol!!!!!! Such are the “perils” of blog posting that involves something that’s a future surprise! LOL!

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“Lottery” blocks, that Carol won and are now a cute table covering!!!

 

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Stack ‘n’ Whack (above) are still a fave in this group!

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“One Block Wonders” (below)…….IMG_5872IMG_5906

Judy is always taking classes to learn what else can be achieved with her beautiful Bernina embroidery machine. The latest was an applique idea resulting in this darling bag………IMG_5885IMG_5888

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Enlarge this to see the beautiful embroidery Yvonne did on this one!!

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And, finally, Lynda’s achievements since having brain surgery last year…..IMG_5907IMG_5911

Finishing this portion of the “schedule” we had a great demo by (one of our newest members….yay!!!) Katie, from Quilter’s Garden quilt shop, located in Cresco,Iowa.IMG_5915 Sorry, Katie, for the slight blur!!! This gal is always in “hyper-speed”!!! Her shop is a “must visit” when in northeast Iowa!!!!

Reminder: to enlarge any photo, just right click!

Til next time…….quilting awaits……….

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It’s “Rhubarb Season”…………….

I don’t always “jump on the bandwagon” when it comes to Fb shared recipes but this one kinda jumped out at me……………….Rhubarb pudding cake has a delicate sugar crust, and rich pudding bottom.  It's easy to make using fresh or frozen rhubarb, and can also be made gluten free.  Doesn’t that look wonderful???? I’m here to confirm that it definitely is!!! So, jump over to this link and check out the very simple recipe.

Note……. I made one change addition! To the sugar/cornstarch mixture/topping, I added 1/2 box of dry strawberry gel……..yum! I would venture that 3 cups of cut rhubarb would be ok, too……..I stuck with the amount given this go ‘round. Enjoy!!!!!!

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At the end of the day……………

This is about half complete………IMG_5841IMG_5842IMG_5843IMG_5844 IMG_5848 IMG_5845IMG_5846 IMG_5847 IMG_5849 

I’ve switched to Invisifil 100wt light green and white thread for the top thread, continuing with the Essential Pro poly 70wt in the bobbin. This thin thread stitches beautifully (using a size 14 needle) on my Sweet 16. I challenged myself to use my SS rather than my Juki TL2010Q (DSM) and it’s going well.

(And, yes, there are some small white areas that will be left unstitched, along with the blue area, to give eyes a resting place.)

A busy weekend ahead will leave little no time for stitching………….see you on Monday………well, maybe. Quilt guild meeting that follows a birthday breakfast time (a quilty friend) will take the bulk of the day!!!! Have an awesome weekend…………….with hugs……

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It’s “Dimensional Friday”!!……………….

Yup…..This one’s coming along nicely. Outlining complete. Ready to give some attention to all that white background!!!!!! IMG_5840

To be continued…………………………

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Throw-back Thursday………

But not too far back………last December the garage project (seen here) was halted at a skeleton stage for the winter. And, now, this is the view from our livingroom………..IMG_5829  Much better and definitely closer to the end!!!! Yay! So that’s the out door activity lately. But, you’re more interested(?) in the current indoor progress…..yes?????? Well, with the assistance of some handy tools (some originally purchased for my bridal wear sewing business years ago), I marked my little vintage layering…..IMG_5831  These French curves allow me to mark consistent shapes (when identical repetition is desired!!) and have been the inspiration, at times, when “creative brain freeze” assaults! Sigh……….So……on to the progress and current status…………(continuing from here)……….marked……….IMG_5830 IMG_5833

 

 

 

 

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The markings were done with a Pilot Frixion erasable pen. I do like these a lot but am cautious in where I use them. I’ve not been disappointed with them on any of my vintage pieces, though!

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

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Doin’ what it does best………………….

My Handi Quilter “Glide” foot, that is. I first wrote about it here and described a fun secondary use here, but its primary use, and the reason I purchased it, is for this………IMG_5828  When stitching around all those beautiful vintage edgings (or anything that has a bit of open-work or a raised edge such as applique), a regular machine foot will have the maddening “talent” of getting caught/hooked in the embroidery but not with this beauty. That clear plastic ‘bowl’ just skims perfectly over any irregular surface allowing me to stitch/secure the doily, or whatever, to the foundation.

Now, having said all that, there is one caveat…….when doing the stitching, the ability to view exactly where the needle is piercing the fabric is a titch difficult to see (it does seem to lessen the longer I use it!). This bit of distortion is magnified by the fact that I’m stitching a white-on-white piece. I’m sure that outlining/echoing around a colorful applique/motif will lessen this a bit. I’ll see.

I do think that it’s a helpful purchase if you find yourself with pieces that have cut-work, fancy embroidery or applique requiring close stitching. Now, let’s go quilting………………

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Kickin’ ‘round ideas……………..

A piece of Plexiglass+dry erase marker = well………some possibilities on a “Wordless Wednesday”…………..IMG_5827IMG_5826 …………. maybe…………….

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Crochet tractor / Tractor de ganchillo / Tracteur en crochet / Tractor de crochet

“Yarn-bombing” at its perfection! This Finnish version will amaze you with its detail!!!!!

Sartenada's photo blog / Blog de foto de Sartenada

In English:

Where: In Finland in Joroinen. Joroinen is small municipality and the distance from Helsinki is 302 km / 188 mi. There are three main things from which Joroinen is known in Finland. 1. Music Festivals in July. 2. It is called with humor “Paris de Savonia”. Savonia is the name of province where it is situated. 3. Finntriathlon Joroinen. Why it is called “Paris de Savonia”. Because there are many old manors on this area and people used to speak Swedish and French. Probably the most famous person who have visited in “Paris de Savonia”, in the 1980s was President of the French Republic Valéry Giscard d’Estaing.

Where, more closely: In Joroinen at the service station called Jari-Pekka. This service station chain has exceptional idea, because they do not sell alcohol and tobacco.

Blog text: The mother of the idea is the owner of the handicraft shop

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