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About treadlemusic

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

Feathers!……I see feathers!………

And pebbles. Such a great combo but let me add another ingredient: micro-stippling=perfection! First, without that awesome texture-defining addition: and with that addition: This was a tad tricky, as metallic thread does not take well to such tiny, tight stitching. … Continue reading

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Progress……….

And I now know why these panels are (slightly?) addicting! Here’s this afternoon’s bit of fun…….   That’s it for today. Quite toasty outdoors today and am very thankful for central A/C!!! Have an awesome rest-of-the-weekend!…………

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Beginning…..

Yup… I’ve succumbed to the “what’s out there” fad. Using Superior’s Variegated Gold metallic thread. Hobb’s cotton/poly batting. Back to it….

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Just a very short fun post…….

Meet-ups are always fun and take “virtual” friendships and bring them into the “real” world. Once again, this was an occasion that occurred last Monday, over lunch in Rochester (MN). Kathy and I had discovered that we shared a mutual … Continue reading

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Catching up & getting back to it………..

Seems to be somewhat of a challenge these days. Ever since GSs wedding (July 21) I’ve been in involved with other events. Our little town’s annual celebration was the end of July, requiring some prep help from DH & I … Continue reading

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Testing…………

Spent some time trying to set up the new ‘puter…..with Hubb’s major help. I know “social net-working” and blogs but computer language strikes fear in me cuz usually it turns out badly when I click on a (logical to me) … Continue reading

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Gone……

Shopping for a new computer. Technical difficulties (‘puter “bit the dust”) will pause my posts for a bit…….not too long, hopefully! Have an awesome Monday….💜😘

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Tote mode with a vintage flair…..

Is what’s on the table at the moment. A donation request was made, from a member of our long term care facility board, for an upcoming fund raising event/auction. Hmmmm…..what to donate…….there’s always a table topper (we always can use … Continue reading

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Beautiful summer days…….

Have a way of beckoning us outdoors so stitching is left in the shadows until those rainy days come. My quilt guild meeting, last Monday,  had a sparse “sharing” time….very unusual for this group! This gal visits the “give-away” table … Continue reading

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“Book Nerd”……

Hmmmmm…..that really doesn’t describe anyone I know but this pattern is just the cutest….. and really makes up (as a single block/mini wall quilt) very sweet. Would I make a whole quilt of this???? Probably not! (See this post) So…..now … Continue reading

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Thrifting in Readstown

A very small “bend in the road” in West central Wisconsin. DH and I decided to take a drive through the fantastically beautiful “Driftless Region” in which we reside. Heading down highway 61, through Viroqua, Coon Valley and Westby, we … Continue reading

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A little diversion………

But one that has to be shown in “sneaky peeks” for now! Why?, you may ask. Well, the cute little projects will be wending their way to distant homes soon (via USPS, hence the word “wending”!!!!!!).   Hmmmmm….yes, they’re paper … Continue reading

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Lest we forget…………….

              Some may deny truth but that does not make it less true!

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A Friday Finish!!!…………………..

Always a great way to end the week!!! This post (just 1 week ago!) is the beginning of the stitchery and contains all the details (thread/batting, etc).   and the “rest of the story”…………

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Progress…………

On this little vintage piece is going well. I’ve reached the point where I need to trim the batting and backing. I cut away the batting so that the edge is just behind the crochet edging…………………………………….. The backing is trimmed … Continue reading

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Arrived!!!!

A couple of weeks ago, bloggy friend Pat D. offered to send me some little doilies that she had. These sweeties, from Ontario, have arrived and have happily joined some “friends” who are waiting their turn with Ms. Sweetie…….. But….for … Continue reading

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Monday’s progress…….

After a weekend of absolutely no stitching—–but with glorious weather! Today’s advancement is in the feather department and I am so loving the direction this is going…..   Using the double layer of cotton/poly is really producing dimension! If you would … Continue reading

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How ‘bout a “Fresh Start Friday”………..

After lunch with friends yesterday, a thrift shop visit was in order. The third Thursday is 1/2 price on everything for seniors……yay! I definitely qualify!! This little dresser scarf ($1) came home with me and found its way to Ms … Continue reading

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Special occasion stitching continues………

Grandson’s July wedding is quickly approaching and associated stitching tasks are being accomplished. The latest request was for ties for the groomsmen (to match the attendants’ dresses), groom and ushers. Craftsy has a wonderful pattern….did I mention that it’s free?? … Continue reading

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Gammel Dag and other activities……….

This past weekend kept me on the move. Saturday, DH and I were on our way to Peterson, MN, (about 17 miles away) to check out their annual event, “Gammel Dag” (“Old Days”). This little town, population 202, is situated … Continue reading

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A Friday (Vintage) Finish………

If you wish to backtrack a tad, see this post.    Note:Right”click” on any photo to enlarge.   The covered beading strips are applied on opposing sides/edges so that the beading meets at the corners without a break. As you can … Continue reading

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Beautiful summer day collides with………..

My little vintage project and, wellllll…., the gorgeous weather, etc, wins (for the moment). Bed linen is on the lines (yay!)……..   and some yummy baking is cooling on the counter and in the frig……   Clockwise from left: 1 fresh strawberry … Continue reading

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Finish line in sight……kinda………

This story continues and is winding down……..well, sorta. Begun here, the border is stitched………………  and provides a “comfortable” finish for all of that center busy-ness, hmmmm?? My handy little Kelly Cline palm ruler makes these types of borders so quick … Continue reading

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Vintage Update #2…………..

But first……my day began in the kitchen with a batch of sourdough craisin pecan bread. Follow the link to the long-ago post that has the recipe.  Then, I was able to get back to my little vintage project and all … Continue reading

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Update…….

It was a very good afternoon. The center portion is done…..   Micro-stippling heaven!!!! A couple of close-ups……………….. I did play around with a couple of templates from a French curve packet……. The second photo shows the one I used the … Continue reading

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A little stitching makes all the difference……..

This little piece first said “Hello!” last Friday (see here). Owing to its small size and limited open space, the finish may not be as dramatic as some of my larger pieces. To compare: before any outline/stabilizing stitching…….    and after … Continue reading

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It’s Friday, and………

I’ve not finished anything I’m at liberty to share (), but I have gotten 2 things ready to stitch….sandwiched and pinned……first, the smaller one is 10”x 15” and will (hopefully) finish in short order—it’s really speaking loudly!!!    Adding texture, … Continue reading

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My Memorial Day morning………

Was spent in our little town’s (pop. 990) park as the annual observance honoring local veterans was presented. The weather was perfect and the attendance very respectable. The local American Legion organizes this event and the Houston High School band … Continue reading

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A time to remember…………

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A simple E2E……………

What is that??? In quilter’s terminology, it’s a quilting pattern that stitches the 3 layers (backing, batting and pieced top) together from “Edge to Edge” using an all-over motif. Ms. Sweetie and I have spent some quality time together over … Continue reading

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Purple musings………

Does that little ‘tease’ title bring any thoughts to your mind?? The color purple is one of my faves and adds such richness to many of the color combos I pull together……BUT…..what about the many places we find that color?? … Continue reading

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Happy Mother’s Day………..

To all Mothers, past, present and soon-to-be. May your day be filled with joy, peace and love……………..

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Bloggy Friends are THE BEST!!!!!!……….

Over the past few years we’ve (DH &I) taken several driving treks and been blessed to include many “meet-ups”. Our drive home from Texas was no exception. We were headed to friends’ who live in Tonganoxie, Kansas (Kansas City area), … Continue reading

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Spring on “Morning Glow Farm”…….

Yes, that’s the tag that I gave our little farmlet 44+ years ago. It’s wonderful to be back North (from South Texas) and to have the fresh Spring Midwest breeze blowing through our pines, with the steady hum of farm … Continue reading

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Our glorious Easter Sunday………….

Began with a wonderful sunrise service held at the adjacent park, Sunshine Country Club Estates, in their beautiful gazebo. Arriving early for the 7:00 a.m. service, the moon was still bright…………………   But it wasn’t long til it truly was a … Continue reading

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It’s MUG RUG MONDAY!!!!………………

With a vintage twist……of course!!!   Sandwiched and ready to go.          One completed; one to go……..  . Details- Thread (top and bobbin):Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70 wt. Batting: Hobbs Heirloom cotton/poly, 80/20. Machine used: Juki 2010Q (domestic sewing machine). Mug … Continue reading

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Rejoice!!!!!!………………..

 May you know the Peace, Joy and Hope that was confirmed in this long ago event, as spoken of through the ages………

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Friday finish, or how I spent my yesterday……….

I haven’t done much (any?) postings on the Killer Bee quilt group that meets every Thursday but they have been amazingly busy (as always). The meeting attendance dwindles as members’ head back home or head North to visit family. I … Continue reading

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The completion of………………

Any project always brings mixed emotions. Satisfaction in the finishing/rescue of another vintage piece, the anticipation of “what’s waiting on the horizon” and bidding farewell to a “friendship” that grew as I spent all those delightful hours listening/getting to know … Continue reading

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“Quilt as desired………..”

What happens to you when you read those words? A “blank canvas” staring at you can be an intimidating thing! At the end of a set of piecing directions, some magazines have provided wonderful diagrams/suggestions for this next step in … Continue reading

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