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About treadlemusic

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

One Word Wednesday: Progress………….

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

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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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Onyx “Dream Big”……..

Has found its home………….. Have thoughts of Christmas giving entered your planned stitching? Or are you one who works on such projects all year long?? Til next we meet………………

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“Aurora” dreaminess……………

The dimension that’s created, when stitching is added to these “Dream Big” panels, never ceases to amaze me and is even more apparent through the lens of the camera. The current panel is 3/4 complete and this flower is incredible! … Continue reading

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On a dreary afternoon, we “petal”…………

Closing in on the “finish”(?)…….A few new ideas here but this becomes quite the challenge for variety by the time the outer areas are to be done!!!!That’s it til Monday…..a Harvest/Halloween gathering at the neighbor’s this evening and tomorrow afternoon … Continue reading

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A Friday (top) finish and a ‘Back to it’………….

The “Nova Star” is officially a finish (at least as a ‘top’!)……… It measures a nice 80”x 80” (still not fond of the “square” idea) and DH’s “wing-span” had a bit of a difficulty holding it! You can trace this … Continue reading

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Decisions, decisions……….

This is where I’m at…..the smaller borders are attached and the floral finish will be a 10” outer border (pinned up at the moment on my design wall). This will give me a 78” square…..yes, square(!)……I really am not a … Continue reading

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“Nova Star” is growing………………

With all of the tricky cutting and piecing……………….  the drama builds. From this…… to this… And, now some border decisions……… Maybe, but some other thoughts are surfacing! I hope you will return for the next “installment”………..

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It’s……A……”Nova Star”!!!……………..

With its beginnings found here. The ingredients are…………………… 1 Ivory “Dream Big” panel and some yummy coordinates for several borders plus this pattern: After a day of slicing/dicing the panel, layered with that dark olive green, I have the center … Continue reading

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When you have “geese”, you MUST have……….

FEATHERS!!!! Yup! And not just ordinary feathers…..glittery, gold, sparkly feathers! (To catch up on this little story, check out this post) So, using my absolute “fave” metallic (Superior Variegated Gold Metallic, #025), Ms. Sweetie and I began the transformation…….     It … Continue reading

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Geese are flying……………

And not just outside my window! Yup, another digression. While at a quilt event a week ago (see here), I picked up another book and kit……just what this quilter needed! My good friend, Kati, was vending right next to me….her … Continue reading

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Everyone knows that quilters……………….

Are not able to have just one project in the works at any given time! Right?? To support this fact, I made a quick trek to a sweet quilt shop, “Just Stitch It”, on the edge of the nearby town … Continue reading

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Another “Beginning”……….

“Dream Big”….Take #2, but this one will be stitched on my domestic/Juki 2010Q. LUV this machine!! Perfect FMQ (free motion quilting)! I’m using Glide thread, 60wt, for my top thread in gray (“Sterling”)……It appears to be a good blend/accent across … Continue reading

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Okay…….A Friday Finish!!………..

After a trek to LaCrosse Hobby Lobby, I was able to cover the buttons needed to complete this ‘swag’ border/binding treatment. I cut 4 bias fabric pieces (one for each side) that were 10” wide and the length of the … Continue reading

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Closing in on the (Dream Big) finish line…………

To back up on this process, check out this link. This project is at this point right now…….the “frame” is attached…..The shadow-box/swag effect was done to pull the panel’s colors to better coordinate with our livingroom decor (where it will … Continue reading

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Still catching up……….

We’re home and DH can tick another “Bucket List” item off….. I know I should have gotten his picture rather than the reverse, but……..”Old Faithful”/Yellowstone Nat’l Park was pretty cool! Next, was the barn quilt project which is in the … Continue reading

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Barn quilts…….

We’re back home and had a great trip out West to South Dakota and Montana/Yellowstone Park & “Old Faithful”! More on that later. What we arrived home to see was this beautiful barn quilt square all ready to hang on … Continue reading

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School Days……………

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“Dream Big”…revisited……….

The stitching is completed. This panel was incredibly wonky from the start (off the bolt) and there’s a huge challenge to keep the stitching density reasonably even so the piece will lay flat. The next step is to “square” it … Continue reading

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Friday (Happy) Finish…………

For the story that began here…… Thread:(top & bobbin) Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70wt. Batting: Hobbs Heirloom, cotton/poly.  Note: For more information on the 14″ Slim Ruler I used when ditch stitching this topper, contact Kelly Cline through info supplied … Continue reading

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Quick follow-up………………

For anyone that is looking for that perfect ditch-stitching ruler, the one I revealed in my last post…., you may get in touch with Kelly on her website/blog or Facebook page. While you’re on her site, check out her other … Continue reading

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Playtime—–came to an end……………

Before noon!! How could it go by so quickly??!!! 5 stars-feathered, narrow inner border-plumed, outer border—well, you will have to ‘call’ that one! And the ruler work=pure joy!!! Let’s begin…………with ditch stitching………….Yup, around each star and each side of that … Continue reading

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One Word Wednesday (on Thursday!)……….

TESTING………………..

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