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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Simple Design With Great Results

My newest customer made this really attractive quilt.

With the fabrics she used I new right away what I would do for the stitching.

This is so simple but looks terrific.

Good Job Kathy K.

Now its time for your lesson on binding.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

My Homework Is Done

No the dog didn't eat it, just took a little more time than I expected.

One of the classes that I took with Donna at Sievers School of Fiber Art, was photo transfer and making wearable art from these transfers.

Instead of a making a bracelet I chose to make a book marker.  I do a lot of reading and thought this would be more useful to me than a bracelet.

Step 1 - take a picture of something you want to use in your project.

Step 2 - this is the hard part - have Donna tweak it, expand on it and print it onto transfer paper.

Step 3 - heat transfer to moleskin suede fabric

From there I trimmed to the size wanted - glued a backing onto it and proceeded to sew beads around the edge.

I have news for you, beading takes practice getting nice even stitches.  Like most hand stitching you can make a real mess of something by not being consistent with the stitches.  Because mine didn't look so even I used a trick to blend the colors so it wasn't very noticeable.

You didn't think I was going to tell you the trick did you.  HEHEHEHE nope.

The photo was taken at a restaurant we went to on the island.  It was a Viking wooden sculpture hanging on the wall and looked very interesting to me.

Pretty happy with the results and I do have other transfers waiting to made into pins.  That is for a later date though.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Where Does The Time Go????

This summer is flying by at a super fast pace.

Before we know it we will be ankle deep in all that yuck that I'm still trying to forget from last year.

My schedule has been an absolute whirl wind these past 2 months and looks like the next 2 will be about the same.

Fun days for sure have been happening around here:

After Washington Island, came the visit from my friend Lynne and her husband Jack - shopping with her, Julie and Laurie was blast in Stoughton.

From that short trip to next stop Cedarburg with the quilters from Milton.  We took a trip there last Wed and had a fantastic time at the quilt museum and then touring a old mill turned into winery and approx 20 small shops.

Kylee and I hit almost everyone, I had to beg off the last few - she wore me out.

These aren't even all the pictures I took, but you get the idea.

From the museum we went to a local quilt shop:

Can you believe Kylee age 13 actually wanted to go with us old ladies to this.  She had a great time with us and we with her.

After the quilt shop we hit the mill in Cedarburg where she spent most of her time trying on hats.  I only got one picture of her doing that but took many more with her Ipad maybe I can get her to email hers and I can upload a few of those  -  just skip by if you don't want to see any more photos LOL

This was just one of all the hats she tried on and she looked good in all of them.

Next stop - Saturday went to Prairie Du Chien with Stacy and Julie to pick up turtle meat - lucky you I forgot my camera.

Stopping first at the quilt shop in Fennimore,  I'm a good girl didn't buy anything.  Julie and Stacy on the other hand was a different story.  

Picked up the meat and went to lunch - again you are lucky no pictures but Julie got a couple hehehehehe.

Now can you see why I'm thinking this summer is flying by.   I'm not complaining about how busy I am, just sorry that the days are going by so fast.

Just so you don't think Ive given up on quilting, I haven't.

Yesterday I had the pleasure of a new "student" here for classes and today I quilted one of the tops I have been working on for over a year.

The only thing left to do on it is the binding, which will be done tomorrow morning early.

I'm taking the rest of the afternoon off to knit - you didn't think I was just going to sit did you?

Sunday, August 10, 2014

My First Unsupervised Natural Dyed Scarf

Learning the technique at the classes and then applying it on my own at home was an experiment that's for sure.

After purchasing a boiling pot to be used for dyeing only - I tried my first scarf dyeing yesterday.

Collecting flowers, weeds and leaves from plants in my yard I proceeded to do my first boil

Here are the results of the first scarf, same scarf just 3 photos

The colors are subtle changes - maybe the next time I will get a more defined change of colors.

Even so I think its very pretty

Saturday, August 9, 2014

A CT Connection

After my fantastic trip to Sievers, it was time to prepare for an upcoming visit from one of my Connected Threadz friend - Lynne and her husband came through Wisconsin and I was thrilled to know she was coming to visit with me and more of our CT friends that live close by.  August 7th was our day to spend with her and her husband.

We kidnapped her with little effort at all from her husband Jack and headed for Stoughton.

I haven't been shopping in Stoughton since I last worked there many many years ago.

Here is the plug:   If you haven't been there in a while you must go.  They have wonderful little shops to go into.  And believe me we hit each and every one.

We definitely supported the economy in Stoughton that day and had a great time doing it.

After our shopping trip came home to my house and had a relaxing, and enjoyable afternoon, along with snacks and brats cooked over a open wood fire.  Let me tell you Julie did a fantastic job on cooking those brats she also brought along sweet corn and we feasted along with my homemade beans, cheese curds and other cheeses, salsa, zucchini bread lemon bars and the list goes on.  Nobody went home hungry I know.

Thanks girls and Jack for a wonderful day with my friends

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Busy Hands

That would be me - busy doing whatever is needed to be done.

This morning its another customer quilt - yesterday did one as well



I'm always excited when one of my customers uses one of MY patterns to make a quilt.  This is Knot Garden and it looks so lovely with red/white/blue

Yesterday was an unusual quilt - customer brought a quilt that had already been quilted by another quilter, but she felt it needed more quilting and asked if I could fill in the blanks.

So I did:

These are the after pictures

These are before I added more stitching   Filling in negative space with stippling, veined the leaves - added flowers petals and even more stitching  to other areas of the quilt and appliques.

It was beautiful before, and now the customer is even more pleased with it.