May 22 2015

Gone Fishin’

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Yep! It is that time of year. Hubby is down south, on the water. He is catching large bluegill and couldn’t be happier. The weather is a tad bit cold but maybe that is why they are catching such big fish.

I closed the store today and plan to go over to my mom’s house and sew all day! It is going to be a great day. I haven’t been to mom’s since she got home from Arizona. That is awful but with Mother’s Day and the Spartan Race taking up the weekends, I haven’t had a chance to go. She and I have been shopping and she has checked on my long arm quilting progress. I cannot wait to get into the “zone” and sew all day today.

I hope everyone is able to take a day off this Memorial Day weekend. I am especially grateful to the men and women who serve and have given it all to make our country free.

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May 17 2015

Challenge

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May 14 2015

Me vs Holly Bush

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I won!
Our holly bush died last year. A few new sprigs were trying to grow but the entire bush was misshapen and looked out of place. I wanted it gone. I tried to dig it out last year but the ground was too hard so I gave up. We had a bit of rain on Monday and I decided the bush was leaving. I went to the shed and picked up the shovel. Why was I intent on working so hard?
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I had not planned on working in the yard buy my daughter found a pit bull dog wandering in the middle of our busy street and brought him home. We put him in the back yard and called the various animal shelters to let them know he was here. I put the word out on Facebook and hoped for the best. He was a howler and would only relax when I was in the backyard with him. That is why I decided to tackle the holly bush. It took all afternoon to get that bush dug out and, miraculously, the dog’s owners called and claimed him. They were so relieved to get their dog back. I was so happy that the dog was “wanted”.

I had no idea that holly bushes roots were so deep. I had to use the shovel to cut the extended tangles of roots and pull the bush out. My back is yelling at me! I raked the dirt back to make the flower bed look uniform and now I wait to see how long it takes hubby to notice the bush is gone. It was on his to do list. Ha!

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May 12 2015

Brrr!

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It is cold outside! The sun is shining.
It has been a weird spring. We had a snow storm in April and I thought it would never warm up but it finally turned nice the first of May. We had a nice weekend for Mother’s Day but now it is cold again.

We had both of our mothers come for dinner on Mother’s Day. Hubby grilled chicken and my mom brought potato salad. It was nice to have my mom home from her winter retreat. She brought me many quilts to be quilted. Yippee! I cannot wait to get started.

Hubby was sick in bed yesterday. He rarely gets sick so it was scary. He feels better today but is worn out. I hope he continues to feel better as the day progresses. He hates being sick and I felt so bad for him. Thankfully, he feels lots better this morning.

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May 02 2015

Spring Has Finally Sprung!

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I was about to give up on Indiana! I have always enjoyed living where we get to experience all four seasons and have been looking forward to warm weather. I love being able to open the windows and let the fresh air in. The month of April brought us more snow! I was not happy. Now, finally, in May we are having a nice spring. The daffodils are up in my flower beds and the trees in town are in full bloom in pinks and reds. It is a beautiful time of year.

My good friend and her daughter have been preparing to walk in the mini marathon in Indianapolis. They have checked out AvidMax to get the proper gear and have been increasing their walk lengths each day this past month. They arrived in Indianapolis this morning and walked the eleven miles! They walked around the speedway where the Indy 500 is held and even kissed the bricks as they crossed the historic original speedway bricks. I am so excited for them. Maybe next year, my daughter and I can run or walk this race. It looked like a lot of fun.

My daughter and I have had several starts and stops on our running excursions this year. We had a few nice days in February and ran but then it got treacherous to try to be outdoors and so our plans were halted. It is so frustrating to have the willingness but are thwarted by the weather. Excuses aside, I hope we get started again. It feels good to get in shape.

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Mar 29 2015

Easy Binding for Quilts

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I have been quilting for a few years and yet I forget little hints that make creating quilts easier. This is an easy way to put on binding, make pretty corners and finish the end of the binding in a fun and simple way.

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Mar 24 2015

On A Roll

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I have been quilting for customers and finished these quilts.
I used the Tulip Festival pantograph by Lorien Quilting and King Tut Pharaohs Tales variegated thread in top and bottom to quilt this.
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Back of the black background, flowered quilt.
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I used a circle ruler to make continuous curves on this quilt.
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A friend made this quilt using the Missouri Quilt tear away method to make her blocks. She will be donating this quilt to a group that gives them to needy families.
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The quilt below, gave me fits. I had quilted the cherries and decided I didn’t like the stitching. I tore out the stitches and wet the red fabric to get the stitch holes out. The red dye ran onto the backing fabric. Ugh. With the clients permission, and more red fabric, (which I washed), I made new cherries and used a blanket stitch to finish them. While the cherries were removed, I washed the area by hand and was able to remove most of the red discoloration. Most of the thread used was Superior Omni, color buff in the top and bobbin.
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Mar 17 2015

Baby Oh Baby

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It seems that there are going to be a slew of babies born soon. My son and his wife are due to have their baby in May and every time I talk to someone, they mention another baby they know is due around the same time. Is there going to be a population explosion?

I quilted this baby quilt for a friend who’s grand baby is due in April. I quilted it with Superior Threads Omni white thread in the top and bobbin. The batting was similar to Mountain Mist polyester. I love the way it made the quilting pop. The fabric is flannel for both the top and bottom. I sure wish I would have photographed the backing. It is the cutest purple polka dot. The center of the quilt is a panel my friend purchased at JoAnne Fabrics. She used a coupon and I would guess she has about $75 in this beautiful quilt.
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Mar 07 2015

Beautiful Fabric

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I am amazed at how Batik fabric is made. I don’t usually care for quilts made with Batiks but there are a few instances when the look of that specialized fabric fits the bill. One case was in this table runner I made.

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I purchased this kit last summer while in Alaska. It was hard to choose from all the beautiful fabric and kits at Rushin’ Tailor’s Quilt Alaska quilt shop. I was drawn to this kit because it was a small, albeit a bit difficult to make, and I loved the dog sledders and mushers. I constructed and machine quilted, in free motion quilting, this runner.

Batik is a wax resist application to fabric painting. Wax is applied to the fabric by either brush application or a pen to create detailed lines. Wherever the batik wax is applied, the fabric dye or paint cannot penetrate. In the case of the fabric in my table runner, the dog sleds and their mushers is where the wax was placed. I have seen a lot of batik where swirls and lines were the major part of the batik process. I would love to see the carvings that were covered in wax to make the design in this fabric. For Batik instruction, check out Dharma Trading Co. The pictures used in there instructions really helped me understand the process.

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Mar 04 2015

On the Road

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Hubby and I decided we needed a vacation. I agreed and off we headed to Florida. We had never visited Key West and so now we have. Key West is a wonderful place to visit. It seems as I am not surprised much these days. Everything I wonder about, I have seen on television. Key West was as it was portrayed on television. Quaint houses and abundant amounts of food of every type. We walked everywhere after parking our car in a parking garage. Our car was parked two cars down from a Rolls Royce! I’ll post pictures later.

We walked to Ernest Hemingway’s home and a lighthouse across the street. I don’t understand the location of the lighthouse. We didn’t pay to go inside the tour office and up the lighthouse so that might be why we didn’t figure out why the lighthouse wasn’t closer to the edge of the island. I would also like to know why there are so many roosters wandering freely on the island.

The road to each key was not scary. That was disappointing. I thought that the road would be more like the road in Louisiana. Water was so close to the road that it made me nervous. Not so in the keys.

More to tell later.

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