A quick “post script”…….

To the previous post. Follow this link to a fabulous tutorial on the faux flange/piping that I put on my friendship quilt. Lorna, at “SewFreshQuilts” shows the process that I followed, right down to the joining of the binding ends when finishing the initial stitching on to the quilt back. Pressing well is ‘key’ to how this binding turns to the front of the quilt for the last stitching.   You will be amazed at how the mitered corners turn out so perfect!!!

I hope this gives you a better idea of this process…..and it’s totally machine stitched!!!

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Taming the “poof” or Why did I choose this……….

Batting!!!!! Ok…..to backtrack a tad. The project in question is one that’s been around for a while ….ummmm….yeah…….like November of 2015 is the beginning of the “birthing”…ha! Please, go to this post if you want the “rest of the story”.IMG_6103That is when the pattern/material was given to my larger quilt group. May, of 2016, is when I got the majority of signed blocks back……IMG_6058 Fast forward to our meeting last week and the request for all the finished friendship quilts that were done this past year……really? Ok….Let’s grab some stash fabric for backing and raid the batting bin……Found both..IMG_8797 I will draw your attention to the batting package and the fact that, not only is it not Hobbs brand, it’s 100% poly extra loft!!!!! It really didn’t look that bad coming out of the package but, at some point, it exploded and, yes, it definitely is lofty…poofy…..fluffy…..etc.Well, first, I have to square each block and get them sewn together!!!!!IMG_8798   How to quilt it???? “Feather Swirl” was my solution and the photos give evidence………………First the back……not bad! No pleats or puckers!!!! . IMG_8802     And the “marshmallowy” finish…..the motifs are stitched large (the blocks measure 11” finished) so the quilt would still have some type of softness when done. Success. IMG_8804   I ever so briefly considered adding a border but quickly eliminated that…..no more of the green, other than enough for binding. Binding!!! That’s it!!! A “faux flange” binding….perfect (and just enough of the green!!!). I wanted a bit wider binding strip to accommodate the additional quilt thickness, so I went with a generous 2 & 1/2 inch width. This meant cutting 2 strips (each one the length needed)…flange fabric: 1&7/8 inches…..binding (green): 1&1/4 inches.IMG_8805  Stitch the 2 lengths together and press the seam open….. IMG_8806 

fold in half (matching raw edges)……..IMG_8807   The binding will be stitched to the back of the quilt and flipped to the front, stitching in the ditch between the dot fabric and green. IMG_8808 This gives a nice clean finish to both the front and back…….IMG_8812 IMG_8810   And, now, the label and it’s a finish!!!!!!

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 Thread: (top) Glide; (bobbin)Thread: (top) Glide; (bobbin)poly, 70 wt. Batting: Fairfield Extra Loft poly.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in a comment! On to the next (little) project…….hint….it involves “feathers”….just a few!!!!

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Tuesday’s “Part Two”………….

“Part One”, yesterday’s post, featured my longarm group’s “Challenge” results but there was a brief time of sharing other recent finishes…………..IMG_8783   “Bargello” quilts are reappearing after a few year’s absence and this one is a beaut!IMG_8785IMG_8788IMG_8786 

A cute fleece child’s quilt.

 

 

 

 

IMG_8789IMG_8790Row quilts will be making their presence known as this year’s many “Row by Row” shop hops get underway in June. These 2 (above) were brought to get some input on quilting suggestions.IMG_8791 “Frozen” remains a favorite for many young people and Olaf is just the sweetest, don’tcha think???IMG_8792 It’s never too early to be thinking ahead!!IMG_8793IMG_8793 - Copy”Click” on individual photos to enlarge.

Now, on to the day’s “mad stitching”!!!! Results posted very soon!!!!

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“Challenge”…….reveal…….

Last Saturday was the meeting where those (belonging to the long arm group called *S.E.A.M.S.), who had taken up the challenge to complete a wall quilt that will become part of a small grouping available to be shown at various quilt shows/events in the coming months, showed their creativity. There will be a total of 14 or 15 that will present how one common piecing can have such a variety of quilting interpretations. My previous posts gave the progress of my version. Now, for some photos of the others. Note: to enlarge, for detail, ‘click’ on the individual photo. ………….IMG_8767IMG_8769     Yes, a few had a different background color to work with! IMG_8770IMG_8771IMG_8773IMG_8775IMG_8776IMG_8777IMG_8778IMG_8779IMG_8781IMG_8782   I believe there is one more to come in that I have not photographed. So, that’s the “rest of the story” for this challenge. Some were totally hand-guided, others were “program” stitched (using computer software) , stitch regulated or not but all stitched on a frame-mounted long-arm quilting machine (many brands represented)….except, that is, for mine which was done on a Handi Quilter Sweet 16 sit-down machine. Fascinating results.

“Sharing” time followed but that will be a “Part 2” post tomorrow……….

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*S.E.A.M.S.=SouthEast Area Machine Stitchers

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Friday Finishes………..

First……a client quilt out the door. IMG_8747   I presented a quick glimpse of this one in this post. Because it was hand pieced, a paisley stitching motif worked best to ease in the areas of fullness that presented themselves. I used Connecting Threads Essential Pro polyester (70wt) thread in “Natural” color. It’s fine weight and matte finish would allow it to ‘melt’ into the quilt nicely.

Next up is a wall quilt, put together by friend, Barb. Really gorgeous, but multiple layering of fusible-backed pieces had led to some machine stitching issues (she has a Juki 98, great machine BTW) like skipped stitches. I showed some photos of this in the above link, also. Here’s some side by side photos (before/after) of the stitching I was able to add………

IMG_8739 IMG_8765Not exactly the same flower, but you get the idea. More definition and, definitely, more texture! IMG_8740IMG_8764 IMG_8766   I used a green and a deep purple Isacord thread for this detail work.

And, finally, “Galactic Explosion”=a finish!!!! IMG_8749IMG_8752IMG_8754 IMG_8755IMG_8757IMG_8758IMG_8759

OK…..no more……..This one will be out the door tomorrow, when I attend my long-arm group’s meeting. Hopefully, I’ll get some pics of their challenge entries!!!!

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Welcome the Spring ‘warm’ Wednesday…………….

Sorry, friends, that’s the best I can do with a title for today’s post! We’ve been back 2.5 weeks and the Texas warmth has, for the most part, followed us home…..yay!!!

IMG_8697     Don’tcha just love all the early flowers??!!!!

Last Monday was my larger quilt group gathering in Spring Grove,MN. A few photo highlights……….IMG_8709 IMG_8713 IMG_8711 IMG_8712 IMG_8714IMG_8717IMG_8720IMG_8721IMG_8722IMG_8719IMG_8723IMG_8724IMG_8726IMG_8728IMG_8729IMG_8730IMG_8731IMG_8735

So many beautiful finishes!

My challenge piece is in the final stage of blocking (almost dry) and the binding, rod pocket and label will be added today…….IMG_8736 Even after such dense stitching, in some areas, this was in better shape than many tops I’ve done.

The next client quilt is under the machine……IMG_8737 This is a hand-pieced beauty, made by the client’s grandmother-in-law (I believe), that is getting an E2E (Edge to Edge) paisley motif. When finished, it will have a feather-stitched effect that will add to the heirloom feel of this one……IMG_8742and a view of the muslin backing…….IMG_8743

A quick thread-painting type stitching will be added to this pretty little thing.IMG_8738   A “fellow member” of the Spring Grove group created this one but she encountered some difficulty when it came to stitching on the flowers themselves. IMG_8739   Multiple layers of fusible can result in skipped stitches (broken needles) and so I’m going to have some thread fun! IMG_8741 

Well, that’s it for now. As you can see, my “up North” schedule is back in place and the stitching is at a bit of a “hyper” speed. I love your visits and, as always, send you hugs and blessings for a beautiful day!

Now……let’s go create………….

 

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“Galactic Explosion” + FMQ……….

Equals the perfect combo for a stitching obsessed…….er….passionate textile artist like myself! “Negative space” just begging to be filled with pebbles, spirals, feathers, McTavishing, etc, etc, etc! **Warning**….photo heavy post before you! (To see the humble beginnings of this project….see here.) Now..on to the photos that give you a progress update…………..IMG_8687    And to give you an idea of the size of the pebbles, etc, at their smallest, I give you this ……….IMG_8686     This project is presenting some camera challenges for me. The yellow, with little in the way of contrast, doesn’t really translate very well without some serious photo shop tweaking!!! A few more images………IMG_8694 IMG_8696  This last ‘shot’ is pretty close to color accuracy. This one is going to require some serious squaring when I’m finished!!

The end is in sight…………….

 

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MORPHED!!!!!!!!

I mean really!!! From an innocent, sweet “Lollipops and Lemon Drops” (dontcha just luv how that rolls off the tongue???!!!!!) to a bursting with energy presentation that exudes a spirit of life that was not anticipated! OK, that may be a wee bit “over the top”, but let’s see the current status of “Galactic Explosion”. Here is where it began….IMG_8669          An odd, random 9-patch, set in a yellow & white leafy print batik, with instructions to “quilt as desired”. This “Challenge” project was given to the S.E.A.M.S. (SouthEast Area Machine Stitchers) group I belong to. The finishes will become a traveling group of quilts that will be in state quilt events in the upcoming months. Next came some texture lines and feathers……..IMG_8672     And this afternoon, this piece’s  personality truly began to emerge……. IMG_8674       Hmmmm……kinda hard to really see………IMG_8678     A bursting star of……9-patches!!!!~!! Yup. The darker stitching is the result of a switch to my fave metallic thread! Now, a bit of a move to the background fill……………….IMG_8684 

See this post for details on products used in this project…..with the addition of the latest thread: Superior’s Variegated Gold Metallic (#025)!!!!!

More updates forthcoming……………

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Design Wall meets Ms Sweetie………….

That is, what was on my design wall last week…….IMG_8669   now has the beginnings of some action of the feathered kindIMG_8673  ………..ummmmm….c’mon, you had to have known I would get some featherin’ in this one somehow, didn’t ya????????? Stay tuned….more “action” to come!!!!!

Thread: (top) Glide, 40 wt, (bobbin) Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70 wt. Batting: Hobbs Heirloom cotton/wool.

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Requests……..

For the Rhubarb Cream Pie recipe and the Hamburger Baked Beans have been received and here are the answers!!!! The pie recipe is in this post, from a few years back.IMG_8661  And the Baked Beans recipe follows: IMG_8653    1/2 pound bacon, cut up (I used 1#)

1  pound ground beef or venison (I used venison)

1 onion, chopped.

1/2 cup catsup

1 tsp salt

1/4 cup brown sugar

2 tsp white vinegar

2 cans (#20) baked beans

Brown bacon, remove from pan. Remove all but 2 tbls of bacon grease and brown/fry the onion and the beef or venison. Add the bacon back to the pot, along with the rest of the ingredients. Simmer a bit to blend flavors. Amounts may be altered to taste (I don’t really “measure” any of the ingredients!).

Let me know if you have further inquiries. Both these dishes have been family “faves” for…..um…..decades (yikes, did I say “decades”???!!!!!)……..   

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“Lollipops and Lemon Drops”………….

Also referred to as the 2017 S.E.A.M.S. (SouthEast Area Machine Stitchers) Challenge…….the top is pieced,IMG_8669        the backing is prepped,IMG_8670 binding is cut…..now, on to the “sandwiching”…… This story has 2 previous “installments”….here and here. More in a bit…………..

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“Some assembly required”………….

How many of you are familiar with that statement……er…..’warning’?? Well, the ‘challenge’ has begun……IMG_8667      The background is cut and labeled……….IMG_8666 IMG_8668    The 9-patch blocks are made and squared…..IMG_8665 To be continued…………….

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Catching up????……….or sidetracked????…….

I guess it depends on what the goal was, hmmmmm?? It’s already 10:30a.m. and here’s what’s happened so far……..working on a “touch” of Texas……….IMG_8651 See that can of beans??? Somehow(?) a case came home with us. Why?, you ask. Well HEB is the absolute BEST grocery chain ANYwhere and their store brand (of anything) is superb!!! So, onions cut up, burger meat at the ready, beans, hot sauce….and…….IMG_8652 a full pound of bacon….just waiting for the others in the “pool”!!   IMG_8653 The aroma in this house is amazing….but, wait!!! There’s more to do…IMG_8655 IMG_8656  Yup, needed to use the rhubarb left from the last recipe……   IMG_8654IMG_8661    Rhubarb Cream Pie…..done! The gardens have some welcome returning members……IMG_8662IMG_8663IMG_8664     Freddie Flamingo has returned with some of his friends, along with my sweet firefly boy…………………Now, on to the next task on my list……a wall quilt for the long-arm group I belong to……IMG_8660     Please, note the due date in the upper right corner of the directions…..it’s due May 20th, the next meeting. What am I doing writing this post?????!!!!!!!! See ya later with an update……………yikes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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It’s a May Wednesday!!!!!!!………….

And we’re back in Minnesota!! Slowly getting back on a “northern track”….and I mean slowly!!!! We ventured north between major weather systems (snow to the west and massive rains to the east) and, after some brief days in the Northern Black Hills, arrived home Sunday evening. Today is warming nicely and the sun is finally shining!! This is a beautifully Spring photo-heavy post…………IMG_8631IMG_8632     Don’t’cha just love a “cuddle moment”?? Last year we had a significant snow event the first part of May, so………………………….  IMG_8633     Cherry tree (pie/tart) in bloom (above)……….    IMG_8635   Strawberries did well over the winter!!  IMG_8636    Rhubarb!!!!!! Major “YUM”…………IMG_8637   Garlic coming along nicely, with horseradish in the back upper right. IMG_8639      Ferns in the windbreak doing their unfurling “thing”.  IMG_8641    Spring little flowers everywhere in the woods!!!!! LUV………… IMG_8646    Of course, a great batch of perennials!!!!!   IMG_8649 Our little garden cart at the ready…..and, of course, there’s laundry that will bring a bit of Springtime INdoors!!!! IMG_8647

Back to getting my sewing area cleared to get down to some serious stitching!!!!! Hugs to all and thanks so much for your sweet comments and frequent visits. Do come again!!!!!!!

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“Last time”…………for this year……

To be with my dear quilting ‘buds’ at a Killer Bees gathering. No one likes to say ‘Farewell’ but it must come. Though numbers are dwindling, the sharing time is quite amazing and the workshops continue. These gals are firm believers in truly finishing a quilt. More and more are doing their own machine quilting and using up what could be termed possible “orphan components”. You know….those leftovers that are stashed for the “future”(!?). These first 2 quilts are definitely reversible!!!!……………front view:IMG_8607      and back view: IMG_8608    Again, front view: IMG_8623       and back view:  IMG_8624 IMG_8609IMG_8610 IMG_8613IMG_8617     

A darling baby quilt with a companion bunny! IMG_8612IMG_8611IMG_8618 A pillowcase to go with this quilt (shared a couple weeks ago).IMG_8554 IMG_8613IMG_8616 IMG_8620IMG_8622   Finally….it’s never too early to begin those Christmas projects and this one definitely is taking time & patience!!!!!! All the individual leaves were positioned on the wreath but the placement of those fun figures is yet to be made permanent!!!!! IMG_8627  Following this time, there were those participating in a table topper workshop. IMG_8550 IMG_8628IMG_8629IMG_8630     And…..so I must leave this industrious group til next January……sigh……

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One Word Wednesday……….TEXTURE…..

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April is sliding by……………….

Or is it “racing”?? Hmmm…… Since I’m not at my Minnesota home (where this little wall quilt ‘lives’), I’m pulling from the project photo archives with this one. 009   Just sandwiched, this fusible top is loaded with wildly fun techniques. To continue the journey……006  This packet of patterns contains a ton of seasonal patterns and ideas…..well worth a purchase! 016    After stitching around each of the appliques, there just HAD to be rain!!!! Easily accomplished with some very free-hand fmq! Quite effective, don’t’cha think???? Then the umbrella needed definition/ribs. Couching with perle cotton gave the perfect result…..013011   The #10 (edge-stitch foot) worked very well on the Bernina 440.017    The border was a SID (stitch in the ditch) and stitch around the appliques project. And the finish…………015    Since there were such a variety of fabric colors used, I quilted this using Fil-Tec “Essence” monofilament, which has a lesser “shine” factor. I think, when I get home, I may stitch some rain drops in the border. We’ll see………stay tuned………. This drippy wall quilt is appropriate for our current Texas day, as we are having some very minor sprinkles to begin the morning. Til next time………now, let’s go have some stitchin’ fun………

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Feathers……feathers………

Now that I have your attention, I will do a quick recap of last Thursday’s Killer Bees quilt group’s sharing……….IMG_8581Another “sip and paint” finish (several of the “KB”s got together for a workshop of wine & brushing).   IMG_8582Another “Twist N Shout” finish!!!! Yay! And…another…….IMG_8586 with a “One Block Wonder”, too!!!! IMG_8588 Plus leftovers……..IMG_8587 IMG_8584 The “dimension” that was in this pieceIMG_8584 - Copy was wonderful……trapunto will do that!!!! AND…..it was quilted by her, also!!!!! Yay!!!!         IMG_8591 This week’s workshop……with 60degree triangles and easy stripping!!!!!! LOL!

Now….on to the feathers! My vintage w/coral fmq piece, from this post, is coming along nicely.IMG_8592IMG_8594IMG_8595 - Copy    Just 3 more corners to do. I had better get stitching as I only have 1 week left in this fab warm Texas climate. Today, we’re off to Mexico for the morning. Til next time……………..

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He Is Risen………………..

Alleluia   May the reality of this eternal life-changing event be known to you in a new way!!!! Blessings, with hugs, Doreen

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It’s Friday, BUT………………………

Empty tomb

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Beginning to wrap things up………..

The resort/park is fast emptying out.IMG_8565My view to the West. IMG_8566And to the East. Only a couple more weeks………….but……there’s still a small swarm of Killer Bees meeting each Thursday—with workshops planned and ‘finishes’ being shared so, let’s move forward with yesterday’s KB meeting/shares………IMG_8543 IMG_8544  IMG_8545IMG_8546   And a close-up. I think the pinwheels are around 4.5”. The rest is squares & HST.IMG_8547IMG_8549 IMG_8550

A mini-workshop for this one in a couple weeks.

 

 

 

 

 

Next are 2 “finishes” from a “Sip & Paint” event some of the gals attended…….IMG_8551IMG_8552 The blocks that Della shared over the past months are assembled (above), with a back view (below)……IMG_8553IMG_8554 A special gift for a granddaughter who’s off to school with a music major (flute).   IMG_8555    Diane recently saw this idea displayed at a shop and thought,surely, she could come up with the pattern on her own…..success!!!!! (and a future workshop????????)  IMG_8556IMG_8557

The perfect backing, don’t you think??

 

 

 

IMG_8559IMG_8560 IMG_8561IMG_8562IMG_8564   Jan never tires of doing the “One Block Wonder”……the outer border is the fabric used!!

Last Saturday, a small group from the park met to clean/pick up the ditches in the 1 mile stretch of road that fronts the resort…….IMG_8540    Very thankful for the morning clouds as temps rose quickly towards 90F once the sun burned through!!!!! IMG_8541

Til next we come together………..I wish you peace……………….with hugs, of course!

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Another “packed” Killer Bee meeting…….

One would think that, as the “Winter Texan” season is drawing to a close, the Killer Bees (whose numbers are seriously dwindling) would settle back a tad…………not so!!!!! Yesterday’s meeting was filled with a variety of business items, including next year’s exciting line-up of programs, events, retreats, workshops and show. Wow!! We will truly be busy bees! After the meeting, Rita Watts (left, in photo below) from “Upbring: Foster in Texas” gave us some insights into how at-risk minors, who have found themselves “in the system” for a variety of reasons, are placed with loving temporary-care families who open their homes and hearts to these fragile little ones. IMG_8523     The presentation was heartrending! Many/most children come with owning nothing. This is where our group will be able to help with quilts and teddy bears which Rita’s group can give to each one to call their own. If you haven’t already, please, go to the organization’s link near the beginning of this post and read further about the hope, love and care this “.org” is able to provide.

Next, we moved on to our regular time of sharing all things “quilty”…………IMG_8524IMG_8525 IMG_8526IMG_8527IMG_8529IMG_8530IMG_8532 IMG_8534IMG_8535 IMG_8536IMG_8537IMG_8538     And, this time, (our “fearless leader”) Jan, managed a couple pics of yours truly……….Killer Bee share 2 Killer Bee share That’s it for another week…….our Texas stay is definitely on the wane. Til next time….let’s go stitch!!!!!

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