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About treadlemusic

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

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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A productive afternoon………….

And this little table topper (30”x 12”) is ready to quilt….yay!!! Close-up…….. All the fabrics are from my stash and are without any selvage information. After I got past the idea of working with such small pieces (and I know … Continue reading

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To square or not to square………….

When the UNfinished block/HST (half square triangle) needs to be 2”, yes! we need to square!!! New, quick little project in the ‘works’………

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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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