A quilter who rides motorcycle, living on a small hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. Grandmother and Great Grandmother and now retired.

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  1. Doreen, I just realized I haven’t seen a post from you in a while. Please tell me you’re okay. I miss you.

  2. Hey, Doreen! Haven’t heard from you in a while. I hope you are well and will be blogging again soon.

    • treadlemusic says:

      Been in my “nest” quietly/obsessively stitching!! All’s well here. Our little corner of the world is relatively unscathed by any ‘happenings’ for which we are very grateful!!! Hope all’s ok your direction!!!Hugs……….

  3. Linda says:

    Doreen, I just found and read your blog for the first time! So impressive! I visited MN (Minneapolis area) a few times many years ago on business trips. My visits were in the Dec. to February time frame. I am a native Georgian, so I nearly froze to death! My first experience with having my hair freeze and break!! I am now a treadlemusic devotee! Thank you for sharing!

    • treadlemusic says:

      Hello, Linda!!!! I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to “meet” you!!!!! I consider all who take a moment to visit my little quilty abode as “real” GFs and hope to do meet-ups at some future time. Uber hugs, dear new Friend……………..

  4. Vicki in MN says:

    Hi Doreen~you left a message on my blog and you are a no reply blogger so I had to look you up!! Your comment about market made me look! I so wantta go too! Yep the credentials are killing me too, I have one of them 🙂 Anyways we are not that far from you-RCTC yep that’s my town. I see you have a camper-we just bought one. I think we should chat via email if you want to of course! knitbug@charter.net

  5. Momma Bayer says:

    Thank you for stopping by my blog, I was very excited to see you’re in Minnesota! I am originally from Eastern Minnesota. You’re quilting projects are gorgeous!

  6. Almost Iowa says:

    Hey, I love the photos of your quilts. My wife is a quilter and let’s just say I have seen a lot of them. She tells me we will have to make a pilgrimage to Paducah one of these days.

    • treadlemusic says:

      “Pilgrimage” is the totally correct term!!! It’s truly an overwhelming trek to quilting Mecca!!!!! I’ve suggested more than once to DH that it would be an awesome bike trek……..and the miles are way less than to Sturgis!!!!!! LOL!

  7. LB says:

    I was visiting anothe blog and saw your gravatar, and because I;m a biker, too, I just had to come visit! NOW I get the name treadle music 🙂

    • treadlemusic says:

      I had that name in mind for many years and thought at one time to use it for my sewing business (bridal gowns/formal wear) but DH thought it a bit obscure!!!! With that advice taken, my blog idea came along….wha-la!! Treadlemusic became the name. Sewing + piano playing = the title. You ride, also? What do you ride and where are you??? I/we live in the Coulee Region/S.E. MN, 30 due West of LaCrosse, WI. The roads are awesome “twisties” and trees everywhere! I thank you for your visit and hope you return!!!! Hugs……..

  8. hello Doreen! 🙂
    I’ve nominated you for two awards which i believe you’re utterly worthy of receiving! kindly visit http://kitchensmitten.wordpress.com/2013/12/15/nominated-for-awards/
    for details 🙂

    • treadlemusic says:

      Why, thank you so much! I am so honored that you did that!!!!! I will check that out (as soon as we get home from church this afternoon). Your kind words truly touch my heart!!! Have a wonderful Sunday!!!! And I’m so glad you found time to stop by for a visit! Hugs…………

  9. Hi,
    I’ve nominated your blog for an award. If you choose to accept, great! if you don’t like to take part in awards for any reason at all, there is no need to tell me. Just enjoy a few extra visitors to your blog from the link in my post here
    Avis x

  10. Linda Broere says:

    Made it safe and sound, tired and sunburned, from our 10,241 km motorcycle trip from east of Toronto, to Newport Beach, (and back) thank you. Best riding, ever. That’s not very “quilty” news, except that I am totally energized, and inspired, by the abundance of gorgeous vistas, and land-scapes, in your beautiful country. Also, thank you for showing us Fraser Smith sculptures, a new kind of quilt art. Be well, have fun….Linda.

    • treadlemusic says:

      I have been thinking about you and your trip. The weather and such has kept me off my bike, other than a short putt. So glad to ‘hear’ all went well! There is so much to experience/see that it’s “mind boggling” and so beautiful!!! A ton of great memories, I am sure!! Blessings and hugs, Doreen

  11. Jackie says:

    I happened to read a response of yours in Audrey Heblings blog (minnesota priarie roots) in the moland church posting. You mentioned the “Henry Town” church. My Grandparents along with other relatives are buried there. It’s always cool to hear when someone else has a connection to these small churches.

  12. Linda Broere says:

    I’m a quilting biker or biking quilter, too. Know what you mean, on a nice day, which passion is calling louder? We’ve wanted and never made it to Sturgis, but we leave for CA in 2wks on our Harleys (east of Toronto to Newport Beach) for son’s wedding. Don’t know what to do about quilting withdrawal. Will be following.

    • treadlemusic says:

      Linda!!! I’m so glad to “meet” you!!! That will be an awesome trip!!!! Please, stop back and keep me posted!!!! We, here in S.E. MN, are just recovering from the freaky snowstorm that came through on Thurs. Blotches of snow here and there. Am afraid to go out to look at my poor tulips and daffodils!! No biking for a few days, though, the weather is taking its sweet time getting back to reading the calendar!! LOL! Quilting and biking do present unique challenges! Generally, I sew in the mornings and ride some in the afternoons (am lovin’ retirement!!!!). Look forward to future visits…..hugs to you, Doreen

  13. mandymunroe says:

    I’ve been reading your blog and would like to nominate you for a Liebster Award – if you haven’t already been nominated!

  14. Hi Doreen,
    My LSQ is having HQ machine on sale this week. Since, you own an HQ Sweet sixteen, I wanted to ask your opinion about it. Couldn’t find your email address so, posting it here.
    If possible, can you reply back to me @vrbabiesnkids@gmail.com?


  15. Linda says:

    Hi Doreen,

    Great blog. I’ve subscribed by email just now. I’m a great-grandmother, too! I like it, but not so much being the mother of a grandfather…lol. I envy you the hobby farm and the bike! My ex and I had a couple of Hondas for awhile in the early 80s.. I enjoyed riding with him. I was sort of a sissy, wouldn’t get on the freeway since we didn’t have a ‘sissy bar’, but enjoyed puttering around. Great thing to do when I needed a “mental health day” from work. I bet Sturgis is a hoot. Can’t wait to get your email updates.

    xo Linda

    • treadlemusic says:

      Yup, I’m a mother to a “grandfather”, too (one that sports a “Mohawk” and many ‘tats’!!!—not too conventional by traditional standards but ‘normal’ by today’s!!!!! LOL!). I am so ready for some nice warm weather, suitable for riding! Just need to get the new battery in the bike(s) and I’ll be ready to ride! Last year was the first that we missed the Sturgis event in years! Spent most of our time at the river (Mississippi at our RV). So glad you stopped by….as I have said in the past, “bloggy” friends are the best!!! Hugs, Doreen

  16. Gloria Dotzler says:

    Hi Doreen, it was fun to spend the time with you tonight catching up. Let’s really try to get together this summer, by the way your blog is pretty darn neat!

    • treadlemusic says:

      Why, thank you, Gloria…….good to visit with you, also. Looking forward to a summertime visit with you (and Georgia…….will let the guys do “their thing”!!! LOL!)….Hugs, Doreen

  17. janprytz says:

    Doreen, Thank you for your kind comment on my blog.

  18. mtetar says:

    Your quilts are beautiful! Thanks for sharing your creativity. Mtetar

  19. Hi, Thank you for writing a lovely blog. I have nominated you for “The Very Inspiring Blogger” award. You are under no obligation to accept at all and there is no need to tell me your decision. If you wish to accept, the rules are in my post here: http://ohsewtempting.wordpress.com/2013/01/12/a-new-award/
    Have a lovely day, Avis x

  20. Hi there, love the fact you’re out there on your bike. We rode a 1200 Bandit all around Spain one summer and it was just the best ! Keep going !

    • treadlemusic says:

      Hello! and thanks so much for stopping by! Just hit the “Follow” button so will get your posts! We moved to this area in ’74 and purchased these 24+ acres. It’s the home, barn and outbuildings of a farm that was much larger. Had the same goals as you have….wanted to get out of the city (Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN) and ‘simplify’. Don’t know if that goal was accomplished, but the kids are now 41 and 44 and we are retired and lovin’ it! We live in an area called the “Coulee Region”. An area known, geologically, as the ‘driftless area’. High wooded hills and narrow valleys make up the area with wonderful paved winding roads…..perfect for motorcycling! Hope you come back again…….til then…..hugs, Doreen

  21. witchylin says:

    Hi, Love your blog. I have never been to Minnesota but I have been to La Cosse and quite a lot of places in WI. & Michigan. Racine, Munising, Marquette, Green Bay, Lake Geneva etc. I have a long time friend in Racine and her friend Andrea (now mine too) in Marquette. Andrea hails from Munising and is a real crafter. However I don’t think she quilts.
    Great to see your picture and feel you are a real person now.
    I have too little time to start a blog. Along with my crafts, I do wardrobe and props for an Amateur Dramatic Society and I am a moderator on a web site. Since I retired the time just flies by and there are not enough hours in the day.LOL

  22. I live in Minnesota, too! Though I’m in the SW corner instead of the SE! I’ll have to check out more of your posts – thanks again for stopping by mine!

    • treadlemusic says:

      Where abouts do you ‘hail from’??? Our closest (5miles) is Houston (30+ miles due west of La Crosse, WI). We get your direction a couple of times a year when we take I90 to Belle Fourche, SD, to open up our little camper for the weeks of the Sturgis rally. Usually go out early June and Sept in the car and ride the bikes out (Hwy 14) in August.

      • I’m in Bigelow, which is smack-dab on the Iowa border, just south of Worthington. So, yes, I see you and hundreds of others heading to Sturgis every year as you pass by on I90! I tried counting the bikes passing in the other lane once – we were driving to WA when Sturgis was ending – but I got bored around 5,000! Must be incredible…

        • treadlemusic says:

          It does get a bit crazy out there. We thoroughly enjoy it, though, but the weeks spent in June and Sept. are really the time we get to visit with the friends we have made out there. Belle Fourche has an awesome quilt shop which I visit way too often!!

          • Double your pleasure – biking and quilting! Sounds perfect for you!

          • treadlemusic says:

            The biggest “quandary” is: on a nice day do I quilt or hop on the cycle for a ride!?! So far this year my bike hasn’t even come out of the garage! I’ve really become a warm weather rider only! The days that were really warm here a few weeks ago were the days we were in Daytona, FL, for bike week (and, no, we didn’t take our bikes. Really don’t like East Coast traffic and bike riding!-(

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