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About treadlemusic

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

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

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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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