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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Oh My Goodness

Has it been THAT long since I last did a blog.

Oct 7th really?????

I can only say its all good things that have kept me from sitting here and writing to you.

Shopping, (as always not needed) but who can resist a 30 percent off going out of business sale at the Saving Thyme in Stoughton.

BTW my second trip there hehehehheheheheh.

Now I have no idea what I'm going to make with these but oh what colors and then the side stop at the shop that sells needle punch supplies - of course I had to stop there.  (my newest hobby and love)

My first attempt needle punch:

There was the RVQG quilt show on the 4-5 and I didn't even tell you about that.  I am remiss for certain.

Then on the 18th was the Edgerton quilt show.

My girlfriend Annette came to visit on the 17th and stayed the weekend.  Well you know what kind of weekend that was - 2 best friends shopping and a quilt show, not to mention I had a gathering here for her , with our quilting friends on Sunday. She was able to see as many people here without having to run around and not get to visit with anyone.

Scarf dyeing, well of course.   Customer quilts were quilted and my own.

The  Challenge Quilts for Loose Threads Strip Club -   same pattern different colors and quilting for these 3




These will all be hung again at Loose Threads the 24th-25th for public viewing and judging - along with the other members quilts.

Stop over check them out and put a vote in for your favorite

Next stop - Houston - leaving next Wed returning the following Monday -  thank goodness I have a dog/house sitter coming in or I would never be able to take all these great trips I've been taking this past year.

So you can see I have not been sitting and watching TV twiddling my thumbs.  I have too much to do than sit and twiddle.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

There's A New Quilter In Town

For a few weeks I have been giving quilt piecing lessons in my home to this lady.

She has learned a lot and doing quite well - next step bindings.

But in the meantime I finished her baby quilt for her tonight.

She has a real eye for color - she chose all of her colors before coming to me.  Who would have thought to use these in a baby quilt, but then,......... Why Not  - its a beautiful quilt and she is doing a good job.

After lessons I would send her home with homework to complete what she had learned that day.

So pleased with the results.

Its always a pleasure to give lessons to a new quilter and after talking to her about fabrics and what she  wants to try, I had to give her the "look"  and tell her oh poor baby you are hooked.

She is fully aware of that fact.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Brrr Its To Early

Wow a few days ago 80 degrees and yikes yesterday and today brrrrrrr.

Its quilt weather for sure, hoping this is temporary and we get some more warmer days.  I have much yard work to do before the winter finally arrives.

Little time to get it all done before the end of month when I leave for Houston. Yeee haaaw!

You would think because I don't have a job away from home I could get plenty of work done around here.

Not so.  Between my real job quilting for others, my fun job of watching Gus, dyeing scarves, knitting, hand embroidery, sewing for myself and yard work I keep pretty darn busy.

There are days I feel like I'm running on a tread wheel.  No complaints though, seriously I like what I do - all of it.

This week alone I have completed 2 customer quilts.  Dyed 4 scarves (which doesn't just happen overnight) and some hand work.

Simple patchwork, Quilted with free motion leaves loops and meandering - pretty fall colors - love it - all flannel just perfect for winter.

That was the easy one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A huge 101x85 all blue jean quilt.  The quilter did an amazing job doing a log cabin pattern - this was a real challenge.  One I wont take on again.  Because of the bulk in the seams and not wanting to close pockets I did a semi custom - wiggle stitch - however, the quilt kept growing, bj fabric has a lot more stretch then you would think.   In the end the bottom border had to be puckered and pleated but she was not unhappy with the results.  We both agreed it was probably a mistake to try to Long Arm quilt this, she normally does hand tying and that is a good option to finish one of these.

I still give her tons of credit for doing such an amazing job putting it all together.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Prizm My Challenge Quilt

At last I finished the quilting of my own challenge quilt for Loose Threads Challenge 2014

Somewhat customized - did special borders and then simple meandering through out the inner quilt .  This will be going to the Edgerton Quilt show October 18th at the Edgerton Middle School - so if you feel like seeing it in person stop on in - oh and if you like you can even put in a vote for me.

And oh yes turn away if you don't want to see -  scarves hehehehehhe

Onion Skin Dyed scarf:

Next I had fun past few days working with Wild Grapes -

This is what it looked like in the pot, a beautiful rich red Burgundy - now the challenge will the color hold up to rinsing and washing.

The results were NO - but I'm not unhappy at all with the results

I have been wondering how I could possibly get a grey colored scarf and like magic it appears before me.  I'm loving this silver grey with a hint, yes, a slight hint of purple.  Looks almost iridescent.

Today I'm taking my scarves to Cedarburg Quilt Museum, they have an interest in possibly selling them in their gift shop.

I sincerely  hope I can find a market for these, as I love doing them but I don't need to make and keep hundreds of scarves for myself.  Although I'm sure there are few women in my family that wouldn't mind a few.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

I Joined A Strip Club

No this is not a confession of my secret life.

Loose Threads has a group of ladies called "Strip Club" meet every other month chose a pattern "challenge" we all work on same pattern with fabrics of our choice.

Today was an all day sew day with pot luck.  Now because of my busy schedule this past year I was totally unable to make any of the meetings, except for today.  Made it just in time for the Pot Luck sew day.

Go figure the one day I can make it was a Pot Luck.  hehehehehhe

We started the new challenge - String Quilt and Im not even done quilting the last challenge.  Which, by the way has to be completed by the Edgerton Quilt Show Oct 18th.

Prizm - last challenge is on the LA and I have started the quilting.  In fact I worked on it an hour before going to the sew day today.

Do you think I can possibly get the new challenge done by next October - thats when its due I think.

A few days ago Diane stopped over to play with crystals adding them to a table topper Butterfly quilt top


While at sew day I couldn't resist going upstairs to the shop, just to look around.  Haven't been there for a while and I definitely don't need any fabrics.........................

Aaargh I couldn't resist them

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Jacobs Ladder

That pretty much sums it up - sooooo sooooo pretty

Notice the prairie points for the border.   I couldn't trim this one for her, she is going to have to roll the back and finish off the back with a rolled hand stitched binding.

Once those points get on there is nothing that can be done but hand sewing.   Really  like the layout of the Jacobs Ladder blocks and the points really do make this a very special quilt.

After looking at options of panto stitch designs, she chose my free motion Peacock Feathers.  This stitch a very popular one with the customers.  After making that decision I was really happy as I had to stay away from the points and leave room on the edge for the rolled binding.  Which would be a challenge if I had been working with a panto from the back.  It could be done but much preferred working from the front.

As it was I had to pin each point down before doing any stitching to keep the quilt on the straight and narrow and to keep the edges from throwing a pucker in.  Ask me how I know..........  because the first row I learned that lesson quickly.

If I remember right  Peacock Feathers has been used on 3 quilts this month.  Like I said pretty popular this month.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Pink Champagne

After a day of  "cooking" the scarf in the Solomon Seal Berries white vinegar and salt as suggested to keep color- a full night left bundled - I had high hopes of getting the pink color to remain.

Unfortunately the color did fade out after rinsing and washing and rinsing again, one last attempt to retrieve the color I soaked in white vinegar and rinsed again.  This brought some of the pink back.

Left to air dry and then a steam iron I did get an attractive champagne color, that, although the pink faded, I am not totally unhappy with the final results.

This is a very soft and subtle coloring.

So the results of Solomon Seal Berries, I'm giving it a D- for retaining the color, but an A+ for the champagne color.

Back to quilting:   Customer quilt completed this morning while cooking a scarf.

This had an Indian, south western look, so to continue with that look, I quilted using wiggle lines or as I call them EKG.