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About treadlemusic

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

A little project…….

That was needed. We make coffee in a small French press maker and like our coffee hot so a solution was needed. I measured the container (circumference and distance between the handle attachments) and proceeded to grab fabric, some Hobbs … Continue reading

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Another “topper”…………

Yup, they just seem to be the dominant item in my kit stash! This one is from a Connecting Threads kit, “Wheat Stripe”, purchased……..well, a while back. I spotted this pattern ‘cuz I always wondered how what I refer to … Continue reading

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Still in “table topper” mode………..

As I hinted(?) in my last post, another star topper was pieced and at the ready. Ditch stitching commenced and ended up being every stinkin’ seam…….but, I just kept thinking about the fun that was right around the corner! Once … Continue reading

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Another linen……………

Yup, friend, Jean, really gave me some beauties!! Huge oversight: I forgot to take the obligatory ‘before’ photo! ……..sigh……… Well…moving to the process that transpired………. First, some registration markings (not many needed on this one!!), with leaves that quickly followed………… Many … Continue reading

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A Christmas prayer………

Please, take a moment (or two) to remember how the Son of the Triune Godhead took on humanity for those brief years that we might have an eternity to spend with Him. “Greater love has no man but that he … Continue reading

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The True Spirit of Christmas……………..

Is not what/who is portrayed as a “good feeling of the season” but a powerful, life-changing Person Who totally & completely filled the One Who came to earth as a baby so that we, too, might have the gift of … Continue reading

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IT’S BEEN ALMOST A MONTH??!!!!!!!!

And so much has happened!! We had our gift giving/Thanksgiving dinner with family and the following Monday headed south to our little Winter Texan abode in north Harlingen. The drive was wonderful without the usual weather related issues. This was … Continue reading

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Time to give thanks………

But isn’t that every day?? It certainly has been challenging days but shifting one’s mindset to thankfulness (“Count Your Blessings….name them one by one”…..) makes the day a bit brighter. At the moment the snow that blankets everything also succeeds … Continue reading

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Spa treatment……………..

Is needed each year before we head to Texas for the winter. Without a major number of client quilts, the machines have seen relatively(!) light use. It truly has been a strange summer!! When we returned to Minnesota last Spring … Continue reading

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Wow! Another finish!!!!!…………

Yesterday, after lunch, I started the last needed Christmas gift. I knew it was to be a small holiday themed table runner……but exactly what pattern and fabric?—-no clue! “Quick and simple” was the goal……enter this pattern- It had been shared … Continue reading

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Finishing up the week……………..

Beautiful warm (record breaking?) sunny day, baking chocolate chip cookies and a ‘finish’! Perfect!! This little runner was a snap to cut and piece using Sew Kind of Wonderful’s awesome ruler . The video tutorial was a great help, also. … Continue reading

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Pin-basted and ready………

For some feathered dimension!! A Drunkard’s Path variation once again only in a smaller application (see this post for larger version). This table runner will be 14”x28” and is another quick project (“instant” gratification?). and a back view with some … Continue reading

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YESSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!

TIME TO MOVE THOSE CLOCKS BACK!!!!!!!!!

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Autumn…………

This year has been a rollercoaster of temps…….lows in the upper 20s(F) to low 60s. We’ve gotten rid of the snow that fell a week or so ago…yay! Now we’re headed to the low 60s in the week ahead. Bed … Continue reading

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Friday’s progress……………

Brought me to the outmost/larger triangles in the center section and, because I work on a sit-down machine, I need to mark a few registration lines for the ruler work that will come next week. A peek at where I’m … Continue reading

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Execution…………….

Is where I’m at. I have a ‘plan’……. and I began with ditch stitching all seams so all basting pins have been removed in the center area. For a sit-down quilter, starting to quilt in the center is always advised … Continue reading

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Fall colors and a modification………

This past weekend was really gorgeous weather! So, hubbs and I just had to take a drive…again…..A glimpse of the Mississippi River… The roads are quite winding through all the bluffs surrounding this beautiful river Today’s winds will probably bring … Continue reading

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Backtracking….a tad…….

To a project that’s been neglected for too long. Procrastination has reigned and I knew ideas/inspiration would come BUT I had to get to it!!! (See this link) Spending a day with my “doodle”/sketch book yielded a very satisfying direction……….. … Continue reading

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October!!! Really!!!????…………

And stash raiding continues. In my last post I share some placemats for a senior dining group in a nearby town and, after thinking a bit, thought it might be a day-brightener for our local folks who receive the “Meals … Continue reading

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Still in small project mode……..

And enjoying these moments. One of the groups I belong to is making placemats for each of the people who take part in a local “Senior Meals” group. The mats will be a real table brightener with one side being … Continue reading

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A Friday finish……….

A satisfying way to end the week! This little project began (in my head!) last Wednesday as the perfect gift for an upcoming special day. The idea was inspired by a cute little quilt in this magazine: Are you familiar … Continue reading

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Beautiful September weather……..

For so many activities………turkey hunting season will start shortly and the feathered critters are out for a casual stroll through my backyard……   Safe for the moment! Indoors, I’m blissfully stitching away………. Texture!!!!!!! Almost a “finish”…….details tomorrow for a “Friday … Continue reading

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Many thanks……..

To Andrea, over at ARHtistic License, for the sweet interview/”shout out” on her blog. Her insightful questions challenged me to put into words just what it is that I do in my “stitching nest”. Her journalings are well worth spending … Continue reading

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Flavor explosion!!!!!!!……………

For those of you who are so very fortunate enough to live anywhere in the vicinity of Harmony, Minnesota, there is a treasure of a restaurant, owned/run by a treasure of a chef!!! Yup, Matt, that’s you(!!!) and the establishment … Continue reading

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From candy bags to ……….

On a rainy Wednesday afternoon my obsession(?) with this process has transformed the ordinary plastic candy bag into 2 cute cross-body purses. This time the original contents will exit this premises with the purses!!!! It took a while to remember … Continue reading

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A bit of a sneak peek…………..

‘Cuz it’s another upcoming gift. The “reveal” may be a while in coming but the layers are pin-basted and ready for Ms Sweetie. The pattern I used is “Nova Star” by Cindi McCracken Designs…  This was somewhat of a challenge … Continue reading

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Candy Bag Zip Pouches revisited……….

Happy Monday! Mine dawned with a fantastic thunderstorm resulting in some much needed rain (1.25” worth). My afternoon was spent putting these little sweeties together…………..One gets quite proficient after a few of them. The larger has a wristlet strap added … Continue reading

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Part 8: (Technically) A Friday Finish…………………….

This project is a finish! The label will be made when the next project reaches this point and requires its label. Again, for those who have come late to this journey, check out the right side bar for previous installment … Continue reading

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Part 7: A Glimpse of the “finish line”…….

Throughout this project, stitching in the ditch(SID) has been a necessary step, albeit a tedious one. When stitching with a DM (domestic machine) or a sit-down longarm, stabilizing the sandwich layers is ‘key’ to having a finish that is free … Continue reading

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Part 6: The next 2 “rows”……………

Will be continuing the pattern of ruler-work/straight line stitching and feathers. This time, I increased the spacing of the straight stitched lines from the previous ‘row’……………………….. A bit of a better perspective…. I have found it’s so very easy to … Continue reading

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Part 5: I Love it when…….

A plan comes together….don’t you?? I’m at the point where getting a photo is becoming a bit of a challenge. This quilt is 84”x90” and being stitched “in the round” instead of the usual center-outwards (in quadrants) so I’m constantly … Continue reading

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Part 4: Coming along nicely………..

I’m not sure why the stitching design has been such a challenge but it has. Because of various non-quilting activities, this project really has not had the “normal” continuity feel in its process. Anyhow, here is where I’m at now……..an … Continue reading

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Part 3: “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend”………..

Is a saying that’s been around for a while now and I really do like them BUT really prefer this kind……….. For those of you who are just joining me in this latest journey, here’s a couple of links as … Continue reading

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Part 2: Ideas emerging……………..

For this Drunkard’s Path piecing…. For more on this, see my previous post. I did a bit of sketching that resulted in this design…….I’m putting a vintage doily in the center (of the center…lol) so a diamond grid stitching will … Continue reading

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Part 1: Eek! “Vintage” purchased “new” by ME!!……………..

That thought kinda hit me a bit hard! I, along with most every other stitcher, have been delving into my stash for supplies during this ‘virus time’. I came across 2 Connecting Threads packs of 10” squares that had been … Continue reading

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A Finish……………..

When I left off with this piece, here, I was in the process of taking care of all that negative space surrounding the center star………………………The “fill” is  multidirectional wavy echoes that really do well to contrast with the feather ‘fans’. . … Continue reading

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Variety is always a good thing………….

And, when in need of a little pouch for small necessities…….like ear ‘buds’…….well, some small, quilted zip bags are just the answer. BUT, not ordinary zip bags…….these just have to have some special “personality”! For construction details, see this post.  … Continue reading

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Progress report…………

Going well. Only paused to make some more masks. Onward………yesterday’s sketchbook idea is gradually becoming reality………………………. This is being done free-hand (on my Juki 2010Q) with minimal registration markings…… Now, to further make these motifs “pop”, some background fill in … Continue reading

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Stars…..a reoccurring theme……………..

Doesn’t everyone like stars? Whether they’re wonky, lone, Ohio, or any other imaginable variety. As my “left-overs” get fewer, the projects seem to be getting smaller (to accommodate these lesser amounts). This latest (I think table topper) is 36” square………………….An … Continue reading

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Face mask stitching……& pattern……………….

It seems that we all might as well get used to the “new look”, hmmm? There are a few of us left in our Texas park and it’s become a real team effort to make some masks for a local/Harlingen … Continue reading

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