I hear it everywhere…..”Where do the days (hours) go???” The Killer Bees (my fab Texas quilt group) met last Thursday for our weekly(!) meeting and annual Spring luncheon. We had “Sharing Time”…… And, yes, the same gal made those last 3 and used up the fabric!!! We had a couple more finishes from the zig-zag Bargello workshop……………….. Always a tote or two! There’s all types of needlework being enjoyed with this group…….
We moved right into the “Challenge” reveal. The items’ colors used were the result of random crayons(4) drawn at last year’s luncheon, plus 1 color fabric of choice. Other than those criteria, there were no restrictions on size, type of project, etc. The finishes, with the crayons, were to be brought to the meeting in a opaque (paper or plastic) bag….with no indication of owner visible. For the actual reveal, each participant opened and shared a project (NOT their own) and we had 2 opportunities, as a group, to guess the maker. Fun. Here are some of the finishes….not held by their creators……….. Next…..the item, then the “creator” modeling…………
AND THEN…….it was time for lunch!!!! Phew!!!!!!!! We each brought a dish to pass and our own “Spring-y” placemat.
Of course, here in the Rio Grande Valley/Texas…..it’s always Spring!!!!!!!!
Til next we meet………I’m off to a “Red Hat” meeting and tour of Harlingen’s Ronald McDonald House.
This piece was sandwiched a while back in anticipation of stitching on it for my demo last Friday at the Killer Bees’ quilt show. Well, as often happens, my thoughts changed and this cloth has now found its way to the machine and, oh, what a difference a little(?) thread makes!!!! Unstitched………… and stitched…….. The areas left un-stitched are as critical to the final effect as those stitched!!!!! So, always keep in mind the “puffed” areas as well as the flattened. The other factor, to achieve variety for the ‘eye’, is to change the direction of your fmq patterns. If you are doing “banana bunches”/”headbands” and you find yourself lining them up in only one direction, it equals boring! Variety is “key”! Another photo (above) of the contrast that stitching has on the cloth!
The beautiful dusty rose thread I’m using is a serger thread that I picked because of the color! It’s a 2-ply poly, “Toldi-Lock” is the brand. Purchased at Joann Fabrics. Batting is Hobbs Heirloom cotton/poly (80/20). The bobbin is Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70 wt.
I have a suspicion that this will be a lengthy project, as I’m already thinking of hopping to a vintage linen small piece (for reasons that will be revealed in the future). So…..with that, please, stop back soon……….
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The weeks are filled with…..lots of quilt activity!!!! Last Wednesday was prep day for some hours of doing a demo for the Killer Bees quilt show on February 24th. I found a fab vintage ‘50s tablecloth a while back and this is just going to be perfect for the day’s fun. I usually “sandwich” my quilts on a table, using Sharon Schamber’s method (I use pins!) but I’m in Texas and the floor will have to do. These cloths usually have white centers but look at this one!! Oh the fun ahead! Stay tuned. I think I even have found a great thread match…..but that photo will have to wait a bit. See ya soon………I’m headed to Austin (Texas) to visit a Minnesota gal friend down here for the month of February, so, just maybe, there will be some quilt shop photos of our excursions…….just maybe!!! LOL!!!
Just some inspiration to send you to “dream land”………….. and the “flip side” of the above……Nice! And another front/back beauty……….. This group of gals definitely “raise the bar”, when it comes to finishing a quilt that’s reversible!!! There are so many different creative skills out there, and this gal ventured into the weaving process………..
She liked it well enough to bring home her own loom after the workshop!
We can never have enough totes, can we??????? Placemats are always needed and these (below) are perfect for “his & hers”……………….. Another “Twist and Shout” finish….yay!!!!! Do you spy the “thimble pip” on the right???? Well, that wasn’t enough so the little pouch now has company. All so beautifully detailed!!!!
And so ends the talent parade for this week. I do hope you enjoyed it and gained some ideas that will ‘spark’ a future creation!!!
Til we meet again, many thanks always for stopping by. I so love your visits and sweet words. Sending hugs your way from the “Lone Star State”……….
Send out my wishes to y’all for a spectacular Valentine’s Day!!!!!
This is a “for the record” post that might/could be found in a scrapbook rather than a quilting/food(!) blog….but, it’s what is going on these days in my “Texas life”, so here goes……….
We go about our daily tasks/happenings BUT, at 3:00pm, there is a group of 8 couples that have been meeting for the many years they’ve been coming here for “cocktail hour(?)” at a different couple’s place each day. They are a lively bunch (to make a grand understatement!!!!!) and have welcomed DH and I into the group (along with another recently joined couple, making 10 pairs total). Last week it was mentioned by a gal who’s birthday was yesterday (and who shall remain nameless, right Jean??), that it would be fun to get together for an early Valentine’s grill-out. So, yesterday was the day and our place (with the place next door to us, and a member of the group!) was the designated spot. The gathering location is marked by this “flag” (which travels, daily, to the appropriate cocktail home/rv)…….. Yes…the “flag” is a bright red pair of men’s “bloomers”!!!!!!!! The aforementioned birthday girl is always coming up with such ideas (along with her sis!!). Some photos of yesterday’s happenings……….(BTW, there were 23 of us enjoying this craziness!!!!!)………… The “Happy Hour”, with snacks of course!, gave way to a fabulous “potluck/covered dish” and grill-out meal…………… And, yes, I was “documented” as ‘present’ by Dave (above photo)……..thank you, Dave! The grills and food were next door (Bob & Judy’s place)……… This worked out so well that I’m sure we will be doing this type of group activity again! Hi, Cathy & John!!!!!! Doesn’t it always happen that there’s at least one photo of someone taking a photo??? And that wraps up the First Annual(???) Happy Hour Potluck/Gathering. Thanks for bearing with this sharing! It’s Monday and there’s laundry, some stitching prep for a fmq workshop on Thursday (Killer Bees’ group) and, then, I’m off to Austin (Texas) for 4 days to visit a Minnesota friend who is down for the month of February.
Have an awesome week and I’ll ‘see’ ya soon!!!!!! Hugs to all…………
Maybe some of you didn’t even know the question, so, to bring you “up to speed”………..first the photos……… What is the name of this little item and what is its use???
It’s a “Thimble Pip” and the use, well, it’s fairly plain…to corral those little thimbles (or other small items) that have a tendency to get lost amongst our hand sewing notions. The tutorial I’m linking to, is from the blog “Super Mom-No Cape”. The pip that was shared at our gathering used plastic cut from a milk jug and it really seemed to be the perfect weight for this!
Now……let’s see how many uses you can think of for these clever little pouches/clamshells…………..
My week ahead is really packed with fun, so posts/visits may be a tad sporadic!!!!! I’ll see what happens!!!!!
Last Saturday was the first Saturday of the month, the day that historic Jackson St. in downtown Harlingen is closed to auto traffic and is filled with all sorts of interesting vendors, musicians and other goodies. The rains subsided just before noon, so off we went. Now, I really would like to share the event festivities with you……..but…..ummmmmm…….my camera remained at home! And I forgot about my cell!!!! Yikes……a senior moment for sure. So……you will just have to be content with the little sweeties that came home with me, providing inspiration for some creative dreaming……… It’s too soon to know for sure their exact destiny. The rectangle ones are placemat size and will probably have some colored fabric directly beneath (especially the left one) and extending beyond to form the border. The smaller oval will join others that are similar in a growing collection for a large applique-style top.
Just a blog “quickie” today….later………
Yup…..a tale that was last seen here, with this added “feathered swirl” stitching motif tutorial detail here, is now this ‘finish’ that I’m completely in love with!!!!!!! With its mix of flannel and cotton charm squares, setting triangles and borders, what started out as the needed workshop demo project has become a quilt I would really like to have around!!!!! The challenge (for me) was to have the light fade to darkness and, if you look back to the original pattern, you will see how this was a tricky endeavor requiring MUCH visualizing and a design wall. I used 2 charm packs of “Primitive Muslin” and 1 pack of cotton “Count Your Blessings” prints, to add some variety! I’m almost ready to have a go at another such setting…….BUT, a few things must be taken care of first. You will see what I mean in the next few posts.
Thread: (top) Glide, 40wt (bobbin) Connecting Threads Essential Pro, 70wt. Batting: Hobbs Heirloom cotton/poly (80/20), black!
Onward to the day. And a very warm one, here in the Rio Grande Valley…..Temps around 90 with humidities guaranteed to make my hair frizz!!! LOL! Thanks to y’all (oops, another TX insert!!!) for popping in!!! Sending hugs….always…….
A step by step.
Step #1…….Make the swirl/spiral……. Begin at the yellow arrow, swirl in then back out to green arrow.
Step #2…….begin first plume…………..
Step #3 Continue with the rest of the plumes, ending at the yellow arrow (below) and ………
(Step #4) do a backtrack/echo over the top of the plumes. One motif finished. On to the next…
Step #5…(following red arrows and form the next spiral/swirl)……….
I hope this break down helps you to see the progression of the stitching. The size of the spirals, number of plumes, etc, of course, can have an number of modifications to fit the needed space.
Let me know if you have need of further clarification. Have an awesome day!!!!!!!
Regarding the free motion foot that was pictured in my last post. Quite honestly, I don’t remember where (online) I purchased it, but it is a generic high shank fmq foot that seems to be working quite well. Please note: it is just for fmq/free motion quilting and NOT for any type of ruler work. It was a hopping foot until I modified it ever so slightly by adding that white plastic tubing spacer……..
There’s a bit of an adjustment that sometimes needs to be made if the spacer keeps the foot above the fabric too far, which allow the fabric to “pop up” after the stitch is made and usually results in skipped stitches. Just skimming the fabric surface (for me) is a bit easier on my eyes (and ears!) than having the constant hopping up and down and the additional mechanical sounds that may occur with the foot’s movement up/down. I know……I’m fussy…..but I usually quilt for many hours at a time and these extra “noises” become a tad tiring….just sayin’.
Anyhow, here is just one of the links I found for this foot. I’m sure there are other locations and the price seems to be the same wherever!
My Thursday workshop resulted in this demo top…….. and if I didn’t get right to the quilting (a “next project” is lurking!!!!!!!), it would get shelved…………oh no!!!!!! So, last Friday I managed to pin baste it (crawling on the floor to do it!!! Way-ay-ay too old to that very often!!!)…… and then some trial designs that resulted in this choice…… Yup, “feathered swirls”, first done on a red & white quilt shown in this post. Once again, I’m happily stitching on my Ms (Texas) Juki, using my absolute FAVE thread, GLIDE, on the top and Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly on the bobbin. Perfection!!!!!! Even the irregular thickness I’m stitching on (all of the solid squares are flannel, the prints are cotton) had little effect on how beautifully the quilting progressed! If all goes as it has, tomorrow may see a completion………to be continued……….
Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by for a visit!!!! Please, do come again!!!!
Send you all loads of hugs and ‘thank you’s for all your best wishes and sweet comments. The Lord has heaped blessings upon us over the years and the most treasured ones are all who have entered our lives, in one way or another. Our hearts are truly full and we thank God for each and every one of you!!!!! And, as Tom wrote on his card to me…..”Here’s to 50 years more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” Hmmmmmmmmmm……………. (a photo from one of our Black Hills hiking “expeditions” HE talked me into!!!!!!!……….the rest of the story found here)
Back to stitching……soon!!!!!