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About treadlemusic

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

Just a simple Single Irish Chain……………….

Took on a very different look! I had in mind the mantra “keep it simple”, but…………something just happened when this sandwich was slid under Ms  Juki’s needle!!! It’s humble beginnings: began to morph………….the center portion (initially, in my head) was … Continue reading

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Next up……..

A simple single Irish chain. Another Connecting Threads kit (from eons ago) that has been languishing in a (very much out-of-control) stash! Simple piecing/small project……approximately 46” square…….. Stay tuned…..decisions to be made: What to stitch???? Thread: (top & bobbin) Isacord. … Continue reading

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,The last piecing of 2019………..

Was completed just before Christmas and after we arrived at our little winter/Texas abode. Being a bit(!?) ‘space challenged’, when packing for the transition, I try to bring a few of my accumulated kits which will benefit me in two … Continue reading

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!………..

To all my sweet readers. May 2020 be filled with all of His best!!

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Celebrating God’s Greatest Gift…………

Let us not leave it unopened……….. May you all have a Blessed Christmas celebrating the Wonder of this star lit night of long ago…………

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Presenting to you………….

“Seussical Trees” (for me, it has a wee bit better ‘ring’ to it than “Wonky Trees!)……………. I did a very simple loopy star stitching using my fave Superior Variegated Metallic Gold thread, #025, to add the glisten that those trees … Continue reading

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Buy the pattern or………………

Surely, I can figure it out!!! No time to wait for an order/mailing (leaving for Texas very shortly and really should be packing!!!), so let’s give it a go. This is the pattern, by Karla Alexander, called “Crazy Christmas Trees”…..it’s … Continue reading

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Christmas gifting…………

Came a wee bit early as we are exiting the white, chilly Northern climes for the warmer temps in Texas before Christmas this year. As we gathered with part of the family on Thanksgiving, the great-grands opened this year’s surprise.  … Continue reading

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A few more little projects………

That are truly “must-repeats”! I first made these way back here and just had to make more!!!! This time I was able to hold everything in place using these Clover Wonder Clips, which made the process so much easier. For … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving!!

At this moment, it looks more like Christmas….a bit blizzard-y and a whole lot of heavy wet snow on the ground. No power at the moment…..heading to Texas soon!!!

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Edging and border………………

Is what’s next. The batting has been trimmed, as has the backing………… (for details of this process, see the 2 preceding posts). The next step is to clip the curves of the backing in order to wrap the fabric over … Continue reading

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Days, er weeks, have passed…………

And I’m progressing on this pretty piece………. If you need to toddle back to it’s beginnings, please, follow this link. It contains the details of this piece (thread used, batting, etc). The outer edge of the border area will be … Continue reading

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Eons have past……………

Since I’ve been here!!! Yikes!! Onward…………. Festival of Quilts/Uffda Fest (Spring Grove, MN) happened last weekend. A town event that I have done a demo during the two day schedule for the last many years……..set up and ready…. The vintage … Continue reading

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Digging into my “stash”…………

For this next little quilt. Ahhh…..the challenge of it! The smaller fabric bits were no problem, but 2 yards of the main/focus fabric seemed to have been a bit more difficult. First these 4 possibilities……. I must really give you … Continue reading

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Starting the next project……….

On a weekend doesn’t usually happen around here but I had a few moments so………………….. Making the “sandwich” and ready for the stitching…………. It’s a military quilt that was pieced by a friend who isn’t able to finish it due … Continue reading

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Where did the summer go???…………….

I really thought I would surely have more to show for all these moments!! Much has been going on…..teaching workshops, enjoying the beautiful sunny weather……not one motorcycle ride, though!!! I have been trying to get some of the kits/projects that … Continue reading

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Another stitching “accessory”…………

Free motion quilting (FMQ) ease on a domestic or sit-down machine depends on a slick surface in order to move the fabric/quilt sandwich smoothly. I have a couple of “Supreme Sliders” I purchased years ago but have become slightly less … Continue reading

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Can you really have too many????…………

Totes, that is. I, personally, don’t think so! And they make such great gifts!! This one went together so slick and the results are really professional!                Both these fabrics are from my stash….yay!  The Peltex 71F stiffener did a … Continue reading

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Project variety…………….

Always keeps a body’s skills sharp, especially when some of the “ingredients” are unfamiliar! Let’s take a look at the cast of characters for today……………………………. some fusible interfacing (found in stash)… , next, some uber cute zippers (ordered off Amazon)………., … Continue reading

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It’s what’s for supper……………….

Sour cream enchiladas, made with my homemade Greek yogurt instead of the sour cream (yogurt recipe found here). For the yogurt recipe, I use my lactose treated milk……any brand—“Lactaid”, store brand, whatever. Once you try it you won’t go back … Continue reading

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Simple gifts……………..

Sometimes are the best. Hostess gifts will be needed shortly and stitching & baking provides sweet solutions. Later, in August, DH & I will travel to visit his sis and hubbs in Montana, so a few things are needed. Bowl … Continue reading

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A Friday Finish………

I sure love the sound of those words!!! At the end of my previous post, I made mention of my next little project and that went so quickly that it’s the subject of today’s post! This pillow top was a … Continue reading

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A “Two-fer”……………

For a special client. Two wall quilt tops (one for her and one for a sweet gift) were brought to me and the fun began. The pattern is “Stitch Happens” by Kelli Fannen.         I knew I … Continue reading

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Stitchin’ Saturday with a side of baking……

I can only show a wee bit of the stitching (a client project #2)……..Using Glide 40 wt (top thread) and Hobbs cotton/poly batting. Lovin’ the feathers! And baking. Ordered a couple of bannetons and they are working well. The loaves … Continue reading

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When not stitching………………

It seems that baking is my 2nd fave pastime……more specifically, breads! This time it’s English muffins, of the sourdough variety. My “starter” is doing very well these days, so, finding recipes to incorporate it is a must. Last week’s Belgian … Continue reading

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Freedom comes with a cost………

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A Monday’s time of play…………………

Was perfect! Hot and humid outdoors, A/C, music and the hum of Ms. Sweetie indoors. A bit of McTavishing fun………………….   Thread: (Top) Glide, 40 wt.; (Bobbin) Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70 wt. Batting: Hobbs Heirloom cotton/poly (80/20). More storms … Continue reading

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Focaccia…..yup, another “Food” post……..

The “crunch” factor is out of this world! Yesterday’s pizza (see this post) was just the beginning…..and, also, used only half the prepared dough so I just had to make something with the remainder! Now, I’m aware that focaccia needn’t … Continue reading

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Ahhhhh-mazing pizza!!!!!………..

From Peter Reinhart’s book Perfect Pan Pizza, I had wanted to be able to make a pizza with a wonderful caramelized crispy crust like one of our local pizza places and…….success!! The book: , the pan: (a 14.25” non-stick steel … Continue reading

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Saturday report: A Friday finish…………

The binding is on and a small label is attached. Martha Washington Star quilt is officially a UFO no longer! It’s especially nice that my stash didn’t increase much with leftovers from this kit and I used all but 25” … Continue reading

Posted in applique, Bernina 440QE, Charity, Connecting Threads, Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly thread, echo quilting, FMQ, Glide thread, Handi Quilter, Hobbs Heirloom 80/20, leafy vine, loopy flowers, Ms Juki, Star quilt, stars, Sweet 16, swirls | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

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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