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About treadlemusic

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

There’s just something so appealing about…………

Star themed quilts…..what do you think? They can be done with a more traditional look but adapt so well to a more modern setting. “Martha Washington Star” (see here) seems to have the comfy cozy more traditional “feel”. The fun … Continue reading

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A finish…………….

Binding is on and so is the label…ready to have info added ………. The border is a feather/vine variation. Here’s a sketchbook doodle of the idea I had…… Some more photos……… The backing seemed to catch the light a wee … Continue reading

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Stepping back a bit…………..

To this top (story began in this post)                    . The center portion is quilted. Thought maybe feathers but I didn’t want it so heavily stitched so went with a modified paisley. That’s … Continue reading

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Martha Washington Star……………..

Ready to “sandwich” and (the sometimes dreaded) quilt-as-desired!      I am really liking this one! The original pattern did not have the narrow red inner border……but that was a necessary “add”, don’tcha think? The binding will be the same as … Continue reading

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Next step: assembly…………………

The blanket stitching is completed and the setting triangles have been cut. Stitching commences tomorrow afternoon…………….  See ya then…………………

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The next step…………

Securing the fusible. This post and this photo gave you an idea of the proposed final setting but the next step is securing all those flower edges with a small (machine) blanket stitch and is the reason that this project … Continue reading

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Breaking: Lactose Free Cheesecake is possible!!!!……..

Yes!! And it was achieved over the last few days! I hadn’t used the yogurt setting on my Instant Pot (electric pressure cooker) and had finally ordered the necessary strainer. Onward. Using the “Cold Start” method, I proceeded. I had … Continue reading

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Fusible Friday……………..

How’s that for a title? Getting back in the “home groove” has taken me a bit of time! First off, leaving the 90F Texas warmth and dealing with, um, somewhat less than “average” Minnesota temps has been more of a … Continue reading

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No more “starts”…..for now……..

but I must continue stitching something! This Christmas panel seems to be the answer. Begun a while back (see here), I’ve managed to get a bit more of the background fill done. Nothing really planned, just random stitching………..                    A peek … Continue reading

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One more……………….

Languishing kit is well on its way to a ‘finish’. The meager pattern, with accompanying fabric, was purchased so many years ago—-not even sure of the year! Without any type of photo, (and without access to an EQ program…must check … Continue reading

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Our time as Winter Texans……

Has flown by and we’re down to just a very few weeks left. “Green” winters have truly been a blessing. Time spent doing many of the same things I love to do up North: cooking and stitching. Recently, a batch … Continue reading

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A simple finish…………….

On this (now turned ‘drippy’) Thursday, there is a sweet little quilt ready to be boxed and mailed to Indiana. (more on its previous steps here) The border stitching combined gentle loops with flowers that took their cue from the … Continue reading

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A simple finish…………….

On this (now turned ‘drippy’) Thursday, there is a sweet little quilt ready to be boxed and mailed to Indiana. (more on its previous steps here) The border stitching combined gentle loops with flowers that took their cue from the … Continue reading

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Signs of Spring in Deep South Texas……..

We fell in love with the Texas Bluebonnet several years ago while driving through the “Hill Country”, just West of Austin. This year, I chose to bring a touch of this to our Harlingen home with a generous window box … Continue reading

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Amazing…………..

How just a few loops, wavy lines and flowers stitched so simply can give such ‘life’ to a piecing!!! (Note: my camera really wants to make the colors in this quilt look more blue rather than the aqua blue green … Continue reading

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A new little quilt begun……….

A dear friend became a grandpa for the second time….a little “sis” for her older brother……..and he asked if there was the possibility of a quilty something that could fly her way. Of course! (His first grandbaby…a boy…received this quilt … Continue reading

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Passing the time with FMQ fun……………..

I picked up a Christmas/winter themed panel quite a while back with thoughts of……….hmmmm……well, really, no thoughts at all! I just liked it! When gathering things together to head out to Texas, this little (24”x 33”) piece hopped right into … Continue reading

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Purple Reign(s)…………

This past weekend was the Rio Grande Valley (Texas) major quilt event on South Padre Island. The many quilt groups of the valley come together, as members of the RGV Quilt Guild, to put on this yearly event. I was … Continue reading

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Binding is on, soon to be gifted……..

Although, I really haven’t been working on this quilt all that long it seems like forever (in my world!)..only 3 weeks! Some photos to finish this one…………    I was able to share this at the last “Killer Bees” group … Continue reading

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Closing in on a finish……………..

But first, I’ve been asked about the pattern for this piecing. It’s “Grandma’s Stars” pattern. I purchased this as a kit a few years back but the pattern is still available for purchase from Connecting Threads at this link.   … Continue reading

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2 out of 3……………….

Borders completed. (To see the center completion, see this post.) The first/narrow border was ditch stitched and will remain unquilted. The 2nd/green border is now “feathered”. Quilting on a print such as this one will not show off the actual … Continue reading

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One Word Wednesday: Progress………….

From this………….               To this…….. What’s next?? Stayed tuned…….

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Sometimes, you don’t get…………….

What you think or expected. In my last post I shared my current project…… a kit that was purchased several years ago and shelved for way too long. I brought it along to Texas in the hope that it will … Continue reading

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A different view…………………..

From my little “sewing nest”……..Cactus and palm trees in South Texas! A bit difficult to stay indoors and stitch but……we’re toughing it out! (sorry) I didn’t bring much along this time but I’m determined to finish some of the UFO … Continue reading

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Wise Men still seek Him……………….

May you know the true Peace Who came to earth as a baby and Who is the greatest gift ever to be given! Blessings and hugs from my home to yours……….Doreen

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Lest I forget…………

In the activities that are to take place the next couple of days, I will finish this little project with the following photos…………..     A quick back shot………. And the “big picture”……….. The thread used (top & bobbin): Connecting Threads Essential … Continue reading

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A beginning………

Not complicated………some straight lines and micro-stippling……….and it goes from this…… to this…… Always fascinating to me to see the changes unfold! Definitely fuels the obsession..er, passion. (see this post for a more complete photo of this topper) Hope your projects … Continue reading

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Another quick gift……………..

At this time of year, it’s so nice to be able to create these special little unexpected “needs”. I used templates from Marti Michell and have had such really good results with all of hers. The hexie pieces were cut … Continue reading

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When a quick gift is needed………

There are a couple ideas that I go to. One is the pillowcase pattern that may be found here. It’s called the “Burrito Method” and results in a wonderfully finished case. Since it’s the Christmas season these fabrics worked well…. … Continue reading

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Seeing stars and other secret stitchings……….

Yes, it certainly is that time of year when blog posts of current projects become a challenge. We want to see all the wonderful creations that will emerge from others’ studios BUT…how to do this without compromising any future surprise?? … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving…………….

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Yup, it’s time……………..

To bring out this little fella…………(tutorial found on this post)…. He’s a great scrap-buster project and so much fun to put together!

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Surrounded by (almost) white “fluffiness”………..

Of the bridal variety! This little number is for a December 1st(!) wedding and to say it has a few layers is classic understatement! From the inner to the outer/top layer, we have: lining, 3 crinoline layers, another lining fabric, … Continue reading

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“Count Your Blessings”………

“Name them one by one…………” An ‘exercise’ that might be just what’s needed as we approach another Thanksgiving dinner! Both that hymn and the newer chorus, “Give Thanks”, were sung last Sunday during our morning service. Many times, true heartfelt … Continue reading

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Client quilt—–a finish…………

It was a “frosty” one and perfect for the wintry weather we have been experiencing (especially over last night with the addition of 2”+ of the white stuff!). The top (approx. 53”x70”) was pieced by a friend for her home … Continue reading

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Take a moment………..

Freedom always comes with a price!

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New “toys”…………..

Are always fun to play with….right??? I got my ruler order from Bethanne Nemesh, yesterday, and today I just had to play. I’m beginning the only client quilt of this year and needed to do some ditch stitching (SID)—-perfect!! Such a … Continue reading

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QV2018: Day 16: Houston Quilt Festival

Originally posted on Rhonda Bracey: At Random:
Today was my first day of classes at the Houston international Quilt Festival. I had an all-day drawing class (‘Abstracting from nature’ with Jane Sassaman. I don’t think I’ve ever spent 4+ hours…

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When tragedy occurs……..

Quilters respond! Last weekend, in the small rural Wisconsin town of Lake Hallie, a group of Girl Scouts and moms were picking litter as a community service project when a pick-up truck left the road striking 5 in the group….3 … Continue reading

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“Aurora”…final chapter………

The binding is on/stitched and this one is a “finish”………………………..The purple was perfect for binding… Just a reminder, the stitching was done on my Juki 2010, w/o any stitch regulation. This “Dream Big” version has become a favorite in this … Continue reading

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