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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


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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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Dec 06 2015

Christmas Giving Idea

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I usually have most of my Christmas gift shopping finished by the end of October. I haven’t even started my shopping for this year!

I think that clothes will be the main item for my purchases this year. It is funny how, as your kids get older, they ask for the things they hated getting when they were children. Clothes were not a fun gift!

If you are considering any type of musical item for your gift giving, take a look at all the categories at Musician’s Friend. Their guitars range in various qualities and price. For instance, the Martin D-35 Dreadnought Guitar, standard series, considered to be one of the best. Also available is The Martin LXM. The “Little Martin” Acoustic Guitar is a perfect choice for travel, practice, and beginning students. From sheet music to instruments, Musician’s Friend is where I shop for all things music.

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Oct 26 2015

Learning New Things

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I went to a quilt show on Saturday and saw some awesome quilts. There are so many talented quilters. I can definitely see a difference in the quality of piecing quilts but it doesn’t matter. As long as someone makes a quilt from their heart, it is quality in my mind. I did get some ideas for some quilting on the longarm. It is always fun to see what comes to each of us and how we decide to quilt a space. I can see several double wedding ring quilts and they can all be quilted in different ways. I quilted a brown double wedding ring quilt a month or so ago but I forgot to take a picture. I am working on a large block of the month quilt that a client put together many years ago but never quilted it. It has been fun to think of things for each block. As always, I hope she likes it!
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Oct 21 2015

Beautiful Fall Day

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I am so sleepy as I sit looking out the window on this beautiful day. The leaves have begun to change to lovely colors of yellow, oranges and reds. The lady bugs are flying around like a plague. They sneak into my house and cover the window sills.

Tonight, we are attending a local church’s sauerkraut supper. It is held once a year and we have gone most years. It tastes so good. We plan to bring our dessert home afterward.

Here are a few more block I have made for the Civil War Love Letters quilt I am making.
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Sep 17 2015

Civil War Replica Blocks

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I did three groups of blocks for the civil war Love Letter Quilt project.
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Many of these blocks have flying geese sections. I had seen a nifty ruler at a quilt shop in Clemons, Missouri but I didn’t buy it. Yes, now I wish I had it. Just like having mid atlantic racks make building your home theater system so much better, specialty tools make getting those perfect blocks so much easier when sewing.

I have tried adding an eighth of an inch to each “goose” and that seems to help make the block come out the correct size. I changed the sewing machine needle to get a sharp poke for accurate stitching. I’m really bad about not wanting to change a needle. I didn’t even realize I had a quarter inch foot that fit my machine. That makes getting a quarter inch seam more accurate. For a person who likes to see a fast and easy put together quilt, this has been a challenge! I think the end result will be worth the extra effort. Only eighty some more blocks to go!

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