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May 10 2017

Working and Playing

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I have been working on getting a few of my own quilts finished. When my mom gets home from Arizona, she will bring all the quilts that she and her sister have made to give to the mission. They will need to be quilted and that means I will be busy.

Here is the binding on my En Provence. I just put a sleeve on the back so I can hang it up on my quilt rack. Hubby had a new quilt rack made for me. It is so much easier to use. The old one was such a pain that I never wanted to put up new quilts. Now I can change the quilts more often.
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Apr 18 2017

Beautiful Tennessee

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Is that how you spell Tennessee? I always have to think about it.
We spent this past weekend at our daughter’s in Tennessee. We helped my sister paint the ceiling and walls of her new barn which is going to be her sewing barn. It is hard to paint ceilings! My hubby and brother in-law put down a new vinyl plank floor that looks like wood. I am so excited for her! Guitar Center has, microphones at a great price! and I need one to shout it out for her! I know she is excited but she is feeling overwhelmed. I wish I lived closer so I could help her sort through all her fabric. She has two large sewing machines and she will need a cutting table and ironing station. The barn has two lofts for storage. I think she will need a library ladder so she can get to her things up there. My mind is swirling with lots of ideas!

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Mar 27 2017

Latest Finishes

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I was able to quilt this t-shirt quilt for a lady and her granddaughter. It was a bonding experience for both of them as they worked out some family drama.

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I also quilted this for a friend. I think the fabric was from the Fairy Frost line. It was such a pretty table runner.
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Quilted for another friend.
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Mar 05 2017

Indiana Heritage Quilt Show

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Hubby and I closed the store and headed to Bloomington, Indiana for the Indiana Heritage Quilt Show.  photo Heritage_zpsabh9shja.jpeg
I came away inspired! Inspired to make a couple of new quilts and inspired to try some new quilting designs.

I was able to talk to a Handi Quilter dealer and learned some things I am anxious to try. Of course he showed me how the Prostitcher works with the long arm. The Prostitcher is a computer program that works with the long arm and can make a hundred zillion patterns! Now, if I could only win the lottery.

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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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