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Progress report…………

Going well. Only paused to make some more masks. Onward………yesterday’s sketchbook idea is gradually becoming reality………………………. This is being done free-hand (on my Juki 2010Q) with minimal registration markings…… Now, to further make these motifs “pop”, some background fill in … Continue reading

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Next up……a departure………….

Doing  a couple of small client wall-quilts. They are cute little landscape/picture quilts that are quite heavily fused so I’m trying these new-to-me needles to combat the possibility of a gummy needle and thread breakage. So far, they are awesome!!!! … Continue reading

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Stars before Birds……………..

Before the “Bird Watching” quilt (previous post), another kit was gotten out of my stash. “Seeing Stars” was a surprise to me, in that I rather enjoyed all the smaller HST (half square triangle) piecing that made up the star-in-star … Continue reading

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Edging and border………………

Is what’s next. The batting has been trimmed, as has the backing………… (for details of this process, see the 2 preceding posts). The next step is to clip the curves of the backing in order to wrap the fabric over … Continue reading

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Days, er weeks, have passed…………

And I’m progressing on this pretty piece………. If you need to toddle back to it’s beginnings, please, follow this link. It contains the details of this piece (thread used, batting, etc). The outer edge of the border area will be … Continue reading

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Another stitching “accessory”…………

Free motion quilting (FMQ) ease on a domestic or sit-down machine depends on a slick surface in order to move the fabric/quilt sandwich smoothly. I have a couple of “Supreme Sliders” I purchased years ago but have become slightly less … 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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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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No more “starts”…..for now……..

but I must continue stitching something! This Christmas panel seems to be the answer. Begun a while back (see here), I’ve managed to get a bit more of the background fill done. Nothing really planned, just random stitching………..                    A peek … Continue reading

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A simple finish…………….

On this (now turned ‘drippy’) Thursday, there is a sweet little quilt ready to be boxed and mailed to Indiana. (more on its previous steps here) The border stitching combined gentle loops with flowers that took their cue from the … Continue reading

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A simple finish…………….

On this (now turned ‘drippy’) Thursday, there is a sweet little quilt ready to be boxed and mailed to Indiana. (more on its previous steps here) The border stitching combined gentle loops with flowers that took their cue from the … Continue reading

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Amazing…………..

How just a few loops, wavy lines and flowers stitched so simply can give such ‘life’ to a piecing!!! (Note: my camera really wants to make the colors in this quilt look more blue rather than the aqua blue green … Continue reading

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A new little quilt begun……….

A dear friend became a grandpa for the second time….a little “sis” for her older brother……..and he asked if there was the possibility of a quilty something that could fly her way. Of course! (His first grandbaby…a boy…received this quilt … Continue reading

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Passing the time with FMQ fun……………..

I picked up a Christmas/winter themed panel quite a while back with thoughts of……….hmmmm……well, really, no thoughts at all! I just liked it! When gathering things together to head out to Texas, this little (24”x 33”) piece hopped right into … Continue reading

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Binding is on, soon to be gifted……..

Although, I really haven’t been working on this quilt all that long it seems like forever (in my world!)..only 3 weeks! Some photos to finish this one…………    I was able to share this at the last “Killer Bees” group … Continue reading

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Closing in on a finish……………..

But first, I’ve been asked about the pattern for this piecing. It’s “Grandma’s Stars” pattern. I purchased this as a kit a few years back but the pattern is still available for purchase from Connecting Threads at this link.   … Continue reading

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2 out of 3……………….

Borders completed. (To see the center completion, see this post.) The first/narrow border was ditch stitched and will remain unquilted. The 2nd/green border is now “feathered”. Quilting on a print such as this one will not show off the actual … Continue reading

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One Word Wednesday: Progress………….

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

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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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“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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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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“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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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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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 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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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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