Activity….outside and in…………….

Several months ago we altered the “landscape” in our front yard. See here. Trying to move forward on a small(?) project presents its own set of problems. The most major one is: our area has been experiencing a building/construction boom for the last few years while everywhere else there’s mostly been a slow down. Most contractors are doing larger projects and not available. Today, the concrete will be done (I hope!)………IMG_3806IMG_3808IMG_3809

Yay! Maybe there will be a structure there next year!!!


Activity inside is much more to my liking and interests! This little linen piece is a finish. See here for previous posts.

I had left extra foundation fabric for feather plumes but wasn’t sure if that would be ok. It surely was! IMG_3801

I had stitched the scalloped outline to stabilize and then lifted the tiny crochet edging to tuck the plume beginnings underneath. Worked well. If I hadn’t left the extra gold fabric, I would have trimmed very closely to the edge stitching I had done to the inside edge of the crochet portion. Any raw edges would be hidden and kept from raveling by this stitching.

I trimmed the extra fabric…………..IMG_3802  in preparation for the 1.5” bias, double fold binding. I wanted the binding to be just an edge cover and no more. It worked beautifully!!!!IMG_3803


And the finish…………………………



I used Glide thread (40 wt) as the top thread in White and Cantalope. The bobbin thread was Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly (70 wt). The batting was Hobbs Heirloom cotton/poly (80/20) with a very thin poly layer on top of it. The machine I used was my Juki TL2010Q (DSM). Machine quilting with this machine is awesome!!!!!!


Now, on to a bridesmaid dress alteration and shortening some jeans for DH. Several clients’ quilts are waiting along with a QOV. Busy days ahead and LOTS of FMQ!!!!!!

About treadlemusic

A quilter who rides motorcycle, living on a small hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
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28 Responses to Activity….outside and in…………….

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  2. fiona says:

    wow. i love the quilting… I often wonder how to do edges and thats just lovely…

    • treadlemusic says:

      There seems to be no “wrong” way to finish the edges…..including leaving them raw after cutting them away close to the stabilizing edge stitching on the linen (the raw edge will be hidden under the lace edging).

  3. So clever Doreen. Looks beautiful.

    • treadlemusic says:

      Now that I’ve started on these…I’m totally hooked!!! Watch out!!!! I pretty much know what Christmas gifts will be looking like this year!!!! Thanks so much for visiting and leaving kind words!!!!!! Hugs………..

    • treadlemusic says:

      Thank you!!! The micro-stippling “bug” has been a tad dormant but is back and stronger than ever!!!! LOL! Although not appropriate for large bed quilts, it’s the perfect thing for these vintage linens!!! Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by!!!! Hugs…….

  4. KerryCan says:

    You’ve found such a perfect way to combine vintage linens with the work of your heart! These will make excellent gifts for family members since they combine your grandmother’s skills and your own!

  5. sharechair says:

    Everything you do is simply exquisite. What a talent!!!

  6. Raewyn says:

    I know I’ve liked this on FB but I really enjoyed reading the blogpost too with the extra photos and details 🙂 I really love how you finished this by using the gold fabric, and the tiny binding, Beautiful and very inspiring too!

  7. Beth Ann says:

    It is beautiful. Stunning. I love it all. The backing, the stitching, everything. Love, love, love! And that project in the yard—that is the hard thing to be patient for those projects that don’t go as quickly as you would like them to go. I am sure it will be wonderful when it is all done.

    • treadlemusic says:

      My impatience has its roots in blatant selfishness!!! My motorcycle isn’t as easily accessible at the moment and I do NOT like it!!!!!! I will really appreciate its new home…..when it comes to be…….LOL!!!!!

  8. JoAnn Lee says:

    The binding choice is excellent. Love the completed work.

    • treadlemusic says:

      Thanks so much, JoAnn!!!! Funny…I was so sure of the first piece purchased but then……………good thing we stopped in Cresco!!!!! LOL!!!!!! And thanks for the paint….Tom picked it up.

  9. At least you finish you projects, right?

    We are still working on our basement, a project begun more than one year ago. But lots of interruptions/things that needed our immediate attention that delayed this. But…we are almost ready to paint. Yahoo.

    • treadlemusic says:

      And then the celebration!!!! The concrete is now poured and the crew is wrapping things up. The actual ‘build’ probably won’t happen til next summer and will be done by Tom & son(?). We’ll see how quickly this next phase progresses!!!!! Do NOT hold your breath!!!!!! LOL!!! Hugs………

  10. Vicki in MN says:

    I really like what you did and never would have thought to try something like that, hmmm maybe someday!

    • treadlemusic says:

      There are so many different approaches to this fmq quilting ‘thing’….each very personal. That’s what “art” is all about and you definitely qualify, my Friend!!! Hugs…..

  11. witchylin says:

    It looks wonderful, both back and front.

  12. This is so pretty! What a great use of a vintage linen!

    • treadlemusic says:

      Thank you!!!!! I think I will be doing similar stitchings for gifts that are needed in the coming months. The linens (bags of them!!!) were my grandma’s so they will be a great keepsake for family members. Hugs……

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