Absent but not quiet……………

Projects of the secret kind continue to come together in my little “elf” studio. Although time seems to be in less than sufficient supply (or, maybe, it’s energy….mine!), I am finishing a large-ish wall hanging for a friend. Begun years ago, it will make the perfect appearance after a little handwork completes it. The pattern was originally found in “Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine”, 1991. IMG_9888 When given to me to quilt/finish, the center portion (window) was done but the outer border and star were missing. Raiding my stash produced the perfect border materialIMG_9891 and a small piece of gold “Radiance” fabric was ideal for the star! IMG_9883 




The tree in the lower left corner is the only one with “decorations”..IMG_9890                                                          


 The magazine directions had 2 versions: paper pieced and templates. This one was paper pieced.IMG_9884    The challenge with this ‘simple’ quilt stitching is avoiding the fabric bias stretch/”creeping” that comes with those diagonal lines. On a “sit-down” machine (HQ Sweet 16), this stitching is achieved well with the use of the “Line Tamer” ruler which helps to stabilize the sandwich, minimizing puckers/folds. Very effective, I think.

Thread: (top) Superior’s Variegated Gold metallic, #02 (my “go-to’ metallic!) (bobbin) Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly,70 wt.  Batting: Hobbs Heirloom cotton/poly (80/20)

About treadlemusic

A quilter who rides motorcycle, living on a small hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
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10 Responses to Absent but not quiet……………

  1. What a gorgeous piece with that repeated tree theme and a single tree decorated.

  2. kathyreeves says:

    Bet your friend is thrilled to finally have this finished! I really like the star effect, unique and very fitting.

  3. Jeanne says:

    Love this and the quilting! I wonder if the Line Tamer will work with my domestic Bernina. I need to check it out.

  4. witchylin says:

    Looks fabulous. I fancy a ‘Lane Tamer’ instead of the old faithful walking foot that is used for all long straight quilting lines. Shush don’t let my walking foot know as it thinks it is top dog in my quilting foot box. 😉 To be honest i wouldn’t be without it but another little helper wouldn’t go amiss. For Yule my other half has bought me a ‘Stripology Ruler’ designed by Gudrun Erla. What a dream to be able to cut perfect jelly rolls and layer cakes from yardage. Can’t wait to use it.

    • treadlemusic says:

      I LUV my “Stripology”……..use it a lot!! The Tamer is an awesome addition for any sit-down quilter. It really helps eliminate those nasty pleats/puckers! I don’t use my walking foot at all…….still in the package!

  5. Kathryn Morton says:

    Absolutely love the fabric you picked for the border!!

  6. mtetar says:

    Amazingly made, thank you for sharing. Blessing always, Mtetar

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