“Happy Trails”………

Is the title I have given to the lap quilt just completed for DH’s cousin. I have been on the look-out for fabric since last July when the first pieces were discovered at a cute shop just outside Jessup,IA. Named “Merry’s Stitchins”, it is located on a lovely rural property AND she has just moved across her driveway into her beautiful new building!!! Slowly the fabric acquisitions have continued and were completed last February when I visited a very cute shop in Cresco,IA, named “Quilter’s Garden”. You can read more on that here. This top became this as of Tuesday afternoon.   The quilting went super fast and I call it “Loopy Lollipops”. The quilt pattern is from the  Spring   2010 issue of “Quilts and More” and is called ‘Flower Show’. Once again, I used water soluble thread (top thread)/all purpose (bobbin thread) to machine baste the 3 layers together for quilting. So freeing not to have to worry about avoiding pins when FMQ. The fabrics come from a variety of sources: Maywood Studio “Are We There Yet” (campers, marshmallows on sticks), Marcus Fabrics (mosquito fabric), Connecting Threads “Quilters’ Candy” and borders/sashings were from Thimbleberries for RJR. It is now washed, dried and cozy, just awaiting it’s special label.

Hope to get it in the mail and headed West shortly….Yay!…..another UFO completed! Now, on to some needlefelting………….

About treadlemusic

A quilter who rides motorcycle, living on a small hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
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16 Responses to “Happy Trails”………

  1. So great to see your work!

    • treadlemusic says:

      Progress is good! Family events (birthdays, etc) really ramp up in the next few months and hope to make all the gifts. Crossing items off the list is a “good thing”! Stay tuned…….hugs……..

  2. Sybil says:

    Looks great, Doreen. Many cozy moments will be spent under that quilt I’m sure! And you are spot on about the ‘savoring’ part….sometimes I think we get so wrapped up in finishing our UFOs that we forget to stop and be pleased with ourselves and our work. Enjoy your weekend.

  3. ivoryspring says:

    Very nice! 🙂 Have a great weekend.

  4. Looks like another lovely quilt. Would it be possible to enlarge your blog photos so we readers can better see the details in your handiwork? That would please me very much.

    • treadlemusic says:

      If you left-click on each one they will enlarge quite nicely. Also, if your mouse has a thumgwheel on it you can hold down the “Ctrl” button (usually left front button) and move the thumbwheel to either enlarge or reduce the images. I hope this helps…..if not, please, let me know!…….Thanks for stopping by….blessings and hugs, D

  5. candy says:

    Nice quilt! Lucky guy!! I like the quilting design. Looks like you could develop a rhythm easily with it. Those are the kind of designs I like…the meandering kind. You can get lost in them and just go with the flow. Some days I just don’t need the stress of a more structured design. Retirement party tomight and a wedding tomorrow. I’m looking to Sunday to sew. 😦

    • treadlemusic says:

      I agree 100%, it is so nice not to have a planned/structured pattern sometimes…..although it did take a while for me to “back out” of the ‘micro’ and into the larger edge to edge quilting. Kinda was surprised at that! Have a great weekend and I hope you can carve out that sewing time…..hugs, D

  6. ruthiequilts says:

    Great idea to baste with the water soluable thread! Do you stretch the backing somehow, or does grid quilting get it like you want it?

  7. karen says:

    always good feeling to get a quilt done!

    • treadlemusic says:

      Yup, have to remind myself to stop a moment/pause before heading into the next one “full tilt”! Savor the moment, as it were!. Will take a little break as I have a dress fitting tonight and am helping set up a quilt show tomorrow morning in a neighboring town. Thanks so much for the visit!-D

  8. This is lovely Doreen 🙂 It could be an I-Spy quilt with all of the different fabric designs. I like your new quilting stitchtoo. it is very effective! I haven’t done any quilting this week but I might start something new on Saturday. I have an idea 🙂 Avis x

    • treadlemusic says:

      You are so right…..definitely an “I-Spy” (for an adult male cousin in this case…hehe). I do have some “bricks” leftover so I may do another, cutting them into blocks (for variety). Thanks for the idea (they do seem to keep coming, hmmm?). Wonderful you could stop by on this beautiful, sunny afternoon!! Hugs, D

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