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Monday, September 15, 2014

Catching up Day

Had my fun day with the girls now its time to get serious and do some customer quilting.

Started one yesterday but my back gave me fits all day - so spent the late afternoon sitting and working on my knitting.

Finished this pretty fall quilt for customer this morning

This one has the most amazing colors in it - love it -  now I discovered in my rolls of pantos I have very few fall leaf designs - I did manage to find this one panto, actually "grape leaves" by Patricia Ritter  that worked out pretty well but I think I need to do some panto shopping.

I could have done my own free motion leaves but my leaves are more of heart shaped with a vein and I wanted something that looked more like a maple or oak and the grape gave me more of that look.

Candy (customer) is going to be displaying this at The Gathering Place in Milton at the end of this week.  Looking forward to seeing it hanging there.

In addition to finishing this quilt - I revealed the scarf from yesterday using "Solomon Seal" berries ( at least we think that is what the berries were)

No pics yet, just finished rinsing and washing and now its hanging to dry.  And yes I know I said I wouldn't show you each and every scarf I do but you really have to see how this one turned out - the colors and variations are just beautiful.

Today is one of those days where I have to catch up on so many projects, but most importantly is to load and finish the quilting on another customer quilt.

So while scarf is drying Im head back to the sewing room.  Catch you later with maybe more pics.

In other words to be continued..............................

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Another Thriendz Connection

What can I say this is the year for thriendz meeting up all over the country

Yesterday Julie, Sharon and I met up with Charyl from Spokane in Cedarburg.  

Charyl and her husband are visiting his aunt here in Wisconsin and what an great opportunity for us to meet up again, before our Houston trip.

Just so you know these are my bunk, room mates when I go to Houston again this year.

After what seemed like a never ending trip going around and around a roundabout, (gps guided) hahahaha. We were lost, well almost lost.  Do you know there is a new invention called the Cell phone that when you call someone you can actually speak to a person.  After much texting as to where we were and where we had to be the light bulb went on and I called for directions. We picked Charyl up from aunts house and headed for Cedarburg to do some sight seeing shopping and then off to the quilt museum and a quilt shop.

The day went by so quickly but I enjoyed every bit of it.

Sadly we had to drop Charyl off , back at the aunts house

Before heading home, Sharon gave me some goodies to use for dyeing.

Exhausted as I was I couldn't wait to cook up some berries (already forgotten the name of these but I will find out).  The color is amazing and of course I had to get a  scarf wrapped this morning and start cooking it up.

Again patience is the word here, looking forward to the reveal but this is going to sit all day.

And....... I'm headed to the sewing room. 3 customer quilts to get done asap before my next adventure out of town this coming weekend.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Second Attempt Paisley Feathers

There may still be more practice needed but the longer I do this stitch "Paisley Feathers" the better they will get.

In the meantime I'm enjoying stitching them and the customer was over the moon with the results on her quilt.

She was so thrilled she hugged me 3 times before leaving.

Now that makes me happy!!!!

Brrr Fall is in the air today.  Had no idea it was so chilly out - dressed for summer, and got a big surprise when I went to take out garbage.

Brrrrr!!!!!!  I'm in no hurry to get back to cold weather again, but its nice to have cool nights. Even so its a little early to be getting this cold don't you think?

Saturday, September 6, 2014

A Combined Project - Six Flags

One of my patterns is called Six Flags and sometime ago I taught a class in Clinton at Twin Turtle Quilt shop

Annette Vance, a good friend of mine took the class and sometime this past year she finished her quilt.

Now I needed a "practice" quilt to play with - after watching a video by Angela Walters on how to do free motion Paisley Feathers, I thought I would give it a try on this quilt top.  Annette has offered this quilt to me to give to any charity I want.

So with a combined effort by Annette, "Angela" and myself this is how it all turned out.

I'm certainly no Angela Walters but I'm pretty happy with the results.  With more practice I think this will become one of my favorites to stitch .

Yesterday I went with friends Julie Churchill and Sharon Schaapveld to the Madison quilt expo.  It was a wonderful show and enjoyed myself tremendously.

The quilts were amazing as usual,  and makes one want to either go home and start quilting or sell all of your stash and patterns because you know you will never be that good.

I don't mind not being a "show quilt" girl - I like being just the average everyday quilting gal.  But it does make you wonder how some of these girls come up with the amazing patterns and designs that are put into these quilts. And the quilting that is done to some of them is just plain over the moon.

Here is just a couple of the quilts with the mind blowing quilting.

There were hundreds of vendors, but I limited myself to any large amount of purchases.

Saving myself for Houston which will be coming up end of Oct.

Although there were  plenty of fabrics to choose from I made the choice of not buying any fabrics.  If you knew how many projects that I haven't even started yet you would understand why.

My big purchase for the day was 2 Hang It Dang Its - rods to hang quilts - some bobbins for my long arm machine and some beading that I'm going to add to some of my scarves.

Big spender huh?

Even at that I still managed to spend more than I had planned.

The best purchase of the day - Ice Cream Cone - it was the best - Butter Pecan my all time favorite

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Ok Im Almost Done - Show & Tell

I really promise not to show you each and every scarf I dye, but thought you might like to see how the Black Walnut turned out.

But before I do - let me tell you - fall must be in the air because I woke up at 5 and couldn't sleep thinking about putting out my fall decorations.   Before doing that I had to sew on the binding of the Boo wall hanging.  After completing that task I proceeded to decorate for fall - inside and one small wreath outside.  I think I need more decorations.

This is it I promise - I will continue my dyeing but wont bore you with picture after picture after picture.

Ok back to quilting -  hehehehe although I do have another scarf cooking.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Goldenrod Reveal

Yippee I let the scarf sit overnight and now its time to reveal what happened............

In bright sunlight to show off its beautiful color.

from this...

to this.....

Today's experiment will be the Black Walnut dye -  can I just say this is too much fun

Its like wrapping a Christmas present and then having to wait until Christmas to open it.

The anticipation and then the reveal.   LOL sorry if I'm sounding a little off my bonnet. As you can tell it doesn't take much to entertain me does it?

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Quilting, Dyeing and Fun

My days are anything but boring as most of you already know.  But then again maybe the stuff I do is boring to other people - I really don't know.

For me, I find my life and days are filled with either my quilting, or so many other projects, and family and friends.

Some days are just more filled than others.

I loaded this quilt the other day but didn't finish until this morning.

I never ever want to work on a quilt when I'm tired, so to do the best job I waited until this morning to finish.

The other day I hosted a girls luncheon with the girls from my High School Class (not all of them but some)

We had a really nice time and I was thrilled to have them come here.  Usually I cant make it to the luncheons because I'm either babysitting Gus or have some other pressing matters to attend to.  Lets keep fingers crossed I can make the one in September.

As you can see the flowers are fading fast for this year.  Still have some color but not nearly as much as a month ago.

After lunch I took a nap, yes a nap.  Totally unplanned, so the rest of the day was a bust for sewing I did manage to do some hand embroidery watching the Packer game.

The other day I brewed up some dye from goldenrod and yesterday while Gus was napping I wrapped a silk scarf with leaves and cooked it in the dye.  Let it sit all day in the brew, now it is out of the dye pot and sitting and waiting (patiently) to be unwrapped tomorrow.

I'm not giving into temptation to unwrap too soon.  I learned my lesson, I think. 

Fingers crossed this turns out as good as I hope it will.  Its a practice practice practice learning experience.

Looks pretty silly on the plate doesn't it.  I'm not leaving it there, just took the picture on the plate, its actually sitting in a used cottage cheese container.  Without the cottage cheese of course.