Category Archives: Sweet 16

Finishing up the week……………..

Beautiful warm (record breaking?) sunny day, baking chocolate chip cookies and a ‘finish’! Perfect!! This little runner was a snap to cut and piece using Sew Kind of Wonderful’s awesome ruler . The video tutorial was a great help, also. … Continue reading

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Pin-basted and ready………

For some feathered dimension!! A Drunkard’s Path variation once again only in a smaller application (see this post for larger version). This table runner will be 14”x28” and is another quick project (“instant” gratification?). and a back view with some … Continue reading

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Autumn…………

This year has been a rollercoaster of temps…….lows in the upper 20s(F) to low 60s. We’ve gotten rid of the snow that fell a week or so ago…yay! Now we’re headed to the low 60s in the week ahead. Bed … Continue reading

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Friday’s progress……………

Brought me to the outmost/larger triangles in the center section and, because I work on a sit-down machine, I need to mark a few registration lines for the ruler work that will come next week. A peek at where I’m … Continue reading

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Execution…………….

Is where I’m at. I have a ‘plan’……. and I began with ditch stitching all seams so all basting pins have been removed in the center area. For a sit-down quilter, starting to quilt in the center is always advised … Continue reading

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Fall colors and a modification………

This past weekend was really gorgeous weather! So, hubbs and I just had to take a drive…again…..A glimpse of the Mississippi River… The roads are quite winding through all the bluffs surrounding this beautiful river Today’s winds will probably bring … Continue reading

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October!!! Really!!!????…………

And stash raiding continues. In my last post I share some placemats for a senior dining group in a nearby town and, after thinking a bit, thought it might be a day-brightener for our local folks who receive the “Meals … Continue reading

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Still in small project mode……..

And enjoying these moments. One of the groups I belong to is making placemats for each of the people who take part in a local “Senior Meals” group. The mats will be a real table brightener with one side being … Continue reading

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A Friday finish……….

A satisfying way to end the week! This little project began (in my head!) last Wednesday as the perfect gift for an upcoming special day. The idea was inspired by a cute little quilt in this magazine: Are you familiar … Continue reading

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Beautiful September weather……..

For so many activities………turkey hunting season will start shortly and the feathered critters are out for a casual stroll through my backyard……   Safe for the moment! Indoors, I’m blissfully stitching away………. Texture!!!!!!! Almost a “finish”…….details tomorrow for a “Friday … Continue reading

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Part 8: (Technically) A Friday Finish…………………….

This project is a finish! The label will be made when the next project reaches this point and requires its label. Again, for those who have come late to this journey, check out the right side bar for previous installment … Continue reading

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Part 7: A Glimpse of the “finish line”…….

Throughout this project, stitching in the ditch(SID) has been a necessary step, albeit a tedious one. When stitching with a DM (domestic machine) or a sit-down longarm, stabilizing the sandwich layers is ‘key’ to having a finish that is free … Continue reading

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Part 6: The next 2 “rows”……………

Will be continuing the pattern of ruler-work/straight line stitching and feathers. This time, I increased the spacing of the straight stitched lines from the previous ‘row’……………………….. A bit of a better perspective…. I have found it’s so very easy to … Continue reading

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Part 5: I Love it when…….

A plan comes together….don’t you?? I’m at the point where getting a photo is becoming a bit of a challenge. This quilt is 84”x90” and being stitched “in the round” instead of the usual center-outwards (in quadrants) so I’m constantly … Continue reading

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Part 4: Coming along nicely………..

I’m not sure why the stitching design has been such a challenge but it has. Because of various non-quilting activities, this project really has not had the “normal” continuity feel in its process. Anyhow, here is where I’m at now……..an … Continue reading

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Part 1: Eek! “Vintage” purchased “new” by ME!!……………..

That thought kinda hit me a bit hard! I, along with most every other stitcher, have been delving into my stash for supplies during this ‘virus time’. I came across 2 Connecting Threads packs of 10” squares that had been … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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