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Jan 09 2017

Read the Instructions

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I was so excited to get started putting my blocks together for the EnProvence mystery quilt. I scrubbed floors, finished the laundry and began sewing pieces together. I was trying to follow the picture that Bonnie Hunter, the leader of the mystery quilt, had posted of her finished quilt.

I was stressing. I don’t think I have every ripped out so many stitches! LOL I decided to go to Bonnie’s blog and see if there was a better way. Well, she had instructions on how to make 16 blocks and how to make sashing to go with these blocks! So much easier and now, I have 7 blocks finished out of 16.
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Jan 08 2017

Stuck Inside and Loving It

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I am getting so much stitching done. It is zero degrees outside and I am staying in my pajamas. I might have to do laundry today so that we have clean underwear but I will be sewing.

We had a wonderful time with the kids and grandson being here for the holidays. We rolled out 6 dozen cut out cookies and frosted them. It looked like so many cookies and I thought we would never eat them all but we did! Every. Last. One.

Max walks all over the place and while he takes his time going down the step to the lodge room, he is very fast. I thought I child proofed the house but, apparently, I missed a few items. He likes to get into the dog’s water dish. He certainly knows how to make a shocked face when he is told “No”. He is so cute.

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I quilted this pretty cross-stitch/ embroidery piece for a customer. It reminds me of one my sister made when I was pregnant for our daughter, Stacy. Thirty six years ago. I appreciate all the hard work that goes into making one of these baby quilts.

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Dec 19 2016

Brrr, It Is Cold Outside

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I never, ever, thought I would say it but I have been enjoying the cold weather. Schools and churches have been closed which means everyone is supposed to stay home and sew! I got busy working on clue #4 for the En Provence Mystery quilt.

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That took a whole day. I was doing laundry and cleaning too so when I got finished, I was ready to work on more projects.

I had tried washing a table runner I made years ago but the spots did not come out. It made me sad but I decided to cut it up and make rug mugs out of it. I made 4 mug rugs that I just have to quilt. I plan on giving them, with a coffee mug and cocoa mix to friends next year. I might be ahead of the game for a change!

My mom and sisters each made one of these wall hangings a few years ago.

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Dec 12 2016

Adding Pressure

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You know there is so much to do during the month of December, why not start a quilt? I told myself I wasn’t going to do it. Not going to get involved in another quilt project for a while. Then I saw the colors for the En Provence, mystery quilt. I was hooked and for the past three weeks, have been working on these blocks. They are part of a mystery quilt project through Bonnie K. Hunter. Bonnie visited Aix en Provence, France while on a Mediterranean cruise and was inspired to design a quilt using colors from the scenery. Each Friday a new clue is given. We were given ideas for fabric colors which I went with. Some quilters are changing the colors and I have been amazed at all the beautiful combinations of colors. Bonnie is well known for her quilts made with scraps left over from other quilt making projects. These types of quilts are often described as scrappy. I like that type of quilt because they go with many types of decor. They make a cozy quilt to cuddle up in and enjoy a cold winter’s night. Here is a picture of my progress so far. 221 neutral 4-patch blocks, 168 purple and light purple 4-patch blocks. 100 magenta 3 1/2″ blocks made using Tri-Recs rulers.

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Sep 13 2016

Shop Hopping

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I just got home from spending a week with my mom and two sisters. We fabric shopped our way through Missouri on the Highway 36 quilt trail. The theme for this years trail is barns. Each of 17 shops made up their own pattern for a barn block and then made the quilts with the blocks. They were all different! It was fun to visit all the shops and see what was new in the way of fabric, techniques and quilt design. Each shop owner was friendly and encouraging. I came home with new projects to start! I haven’t finished projects from 5 years ago! Ha!

I also got to see my grandson, Max. He is walking all over the place and is hard to pick up now that he weighs 25 pounds! He is still good natured and happy. He was even smiling after getting his shots the day before we visited. He gave me and his great grandma a kiss without being prompted. That was so special.

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Feb 03 2016

Dying Fabric

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I remember, back in the 60’s, when tie dye was the in thing. We wore tie dyed shirts of many colors. I may have even dyed a shirt or two myself. It was fun to see how the shirts would come out. I suppose we used Rit dye packages for our dye. I really don’t remember. I do remember rolling the shirts and placing rubber bands in intervals down the shirt tube. We then soaked the shirt in the dye and, after making sure the shirt was saturated, took off the rubber bands and hung the shirt to dry. Did we roll the shirt again to add colors? Wish I could remember.

At our quilt guild meeting last night, we dyed fabric. The girls who taught the class had bought fabric that would dye. I thought all fabric would dye but in any case, they provided us with dye able fabric. They had teeny, tiny bottles of dye that we used droppers to gather the color of choice and dropped the dye onto shaving cream that we had spread out on a paper plate. We used tooth picks to gently swirl the dye through the shaving cream. Laying the cloth squares on top of the shaving cream, we pressed them down until the cloth was saturated. We laid the cloth on a flat surface and used a credit card to scrape off the excess shaving cream. Then we took the fabric piece over to the ironing board, laid a pressing cloth over it and ironed until the cloth was dry. We had dyed fabric!

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Jan 23 2016

So Many Quilts

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but not enough sewing time!
I belong to many online quilting sites and that means I am always seeing another quilt I want to make. I keep a file on my computer desk top that is full of inspirations.
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My latest interest has been in making a double wedding ring quilt using batik fabric. Batik fabric is expensive because it is hand dyed. Each piece is unique and beautiful. Wax is sometimes used to make the ink go around the waxed areas leaving a lighter shade of ink. Waxing makes patterns such as turtles, stars and shapes in the fabric.

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The Double Wedding Ring pattern was first published by Capper’s Weekly in 1928. This Topeka, Kansas publication added a bit of mythical romance to go with the pattern by writing, “When some good but unknown man conceived the idea of a double wedding ring ceremony it gave his wife an equally good idea. She worked two circles into a double wedding ring quilt.”

I belong to many online quilting sites and that means I am always seeing another quilt I want to make. I keep a file on my computer desk top that is full of inspirations.

I need to download all my files onto a hard drive as I have begun to receive error messages that my starting disc is full. I have no idea what that means but it makes my palms sweat just to read the message.

I don’t know what to give up. When I want to locate a file, I want it to be easily found. I have our store price lists, guitar center hours, and directions to local quilt shops. I have a lot of pictures of all the Civil War blocks I have made. Of course, I have many pictures of my beautiful grandson!

Oh well, time to quit worrying about the computer and start sewing during our winter storm!

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Dec 29 2015

Caught Up!

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Shhhh! Don’t tell anyone that I have made all the Civil War Love Letter quilt blocks. I needed something to work on over the holidays and since I had all the fabric spread all over the family room, I decided to get them all done. I am working with an online group and we were to make the blocks as the leader posted the directions. I never really understood her directions but it was fun to have some guidance as to which block to make. Well, now I can post pictures of my blocks as she posts the instructions. I enjoy seeing what colors the other quilt block makers pick to make their blocks. I hope I find a pretty way to put all the blocks together. I’ll have to do a little research on that part. I also want to find a fitting backing. It will need to be a Civil War replica fabric. It feels good to have the blocks finished!
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Dec 10 2015

A Quilt of Stars

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I just finished quilting this for a customer. She made it for her grand daughter and only wanted me to stitch around the stars. I stitched a bit more so that the quilt would be more stable. I used black thread on top and purple in the bobbing. The backing was purple. I also used mono filament to go around the centers of the stars.

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Dec 09 2015

Temptation

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I belong to several online quilting groups. I love to see all the beautiful quilts everyone makes. I especially enjoy seeing what colors everyone uses. There are some beautiful quilts being made every day. When I make quilts for myself, I tend to choose styles and colors that match my home. That means I stick to the brown, burgundy and natural colors. I’m not very exciting in that respect.

One of the quilt groups that I enjoy visiting is one where people sell things related to quilting. This is the group that tempts me. I am constantly talking myself out of buying things while browsing this groups posts. I have seen everything from old sewing machines to fabric being sold. Sometimes the items being sold are genius. People have taken old sewing machine cabinets and with a few changes and corner barces, they have made bathroom vanities! Our local coffee shop has a table made with the base from an old treadle sewing machine. I think it would make me cry to tear something like that apart but if it was already falling apart, I think it is okay to re purpose things and make usable items. It is an art form. I love all the creativity shown. If only I had more hours in a day!

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