Category Archives: Sweet 16

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Update…….

It was a very good afternoon. The center portion is done…..   Micro-stippling heaven!!!! A couple of close-ups……………….. I did play around with a couple of templates from a French curve packet……. The second photo shows the one I used the … Continue reading

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A little stitching makes all the difference……..

This little piece first said “Hello!” last Friday (see here). Owing to its small size and limited open space, the finish may not be as dramatic as some of my larger pieces. To compare: before any outline/stabilizing stitching…….    and after … Continue reading

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It’s Friday, and………

I’ve not finished anything I’m at liberty to share (), but I have gotten 2 things ready to stitch….sandwiched and pinned……first, the smaller one is 10”x 15” and will (hopefully) finish in short order—it’s really speaking loudly!!!    Adding texture, … Continue reading

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A simple E2E……………

What is that??? In quilter’s terminology, it’s a quilting pattern that stitches the 3 layers (backing, batting and pieced top) together from “Edge to Edge” using an all-over motif. Ms. Sweetie and I have spent some quality time together over … Continue reading

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