Memory quilts completed!

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Hubs and I stopped in Kent on Thursday for breakfast following a doctor’s appointment. We spotted an antiques store we hadn’t seen before and went in after we ate. The place was wall to wall antique clocks! My husband was in heaven and I nearly had to drag him away when it was time to go.

I did find a few machines but felt they were a bit pricey for what they were and the condition they are in.

This Wheeler and Wilson needs some love and oil! I’m always amazed at how tiny these are!

There were a couple of toy machines as well.

The owner also had a Singer Sewhandy in a torn up box.  I’d already seen the prices of the other machines so I didn’t ask what they be wanting for this one. If it had a hard case, I might have been curious.

I received the fabric from spoonflower this week.

They recommend you wash the fabric before use so I put it in the kitchen sink with some gentle soap and rinsed until clear.

Once the panel was dry, I pressed the panel and carefully cut the pictures apart.

I constructed all of the clothing into individual squares and then place them on the design wall. This part took the longest as I laid the pictures in amongst the squares of clothing. When I finally felt happy with the placements, the joining of sections began until I had a full quilt top.

Today was my uncle’s birthday so it seemed fitting to be working on this gift for him!

The quilting part went pretty quickly and I managed to finish all 3 today. They will begin their journey to my uncle’s house tomorrow.

I’m sure he and his children will love these quilts. Hopefully they’ll bring some comfort as they learn to live life without my aunt.

My sewing space is a mess now and I have a long work week ahead of me.  I may spend next weekend cleaning and organizing unless inspiration strikes! Maybe a new podcast episode as well?

Toodles!

WW#45

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In this episode…

I made this tutorial for printing fabric at Spoonflower.

 I met the lovely Kelly at the Sewing Expo!

This is the dog quilt made for fundraising to benefit The Mia Foundation.

I didn’t talk about this, but I made a block from fabrics given to me at the Michael Miller booth at Quiltcon.  It was fun to do and I have new scraps to play with!

Happy Easter, quilters!

#44 Quiltcon Recap

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My survival kit for the airport. Thanks Heather!

The winner “bling“. Roilyn, me and Daisy

Carmit, Jacquie Gering, me, Roilyn, and Daisy

Roilyn, Jen and me

Daisy, AJ, and me

James, Frances and Paula

Lynn, Pam, Jen, Daisy and Roilyn

Me, Melissa Averinos and Daisy

Mary Fons and me

I’m standing in front of the Aurifil quilt.

This guy was our host for the Ghosts and Graveyards tour.

Me and Christina Cameli

Daisy, Ellen, me and Roilyn

Me and Linzi standing in front of her quilt “Tartan Tattoo”.

Angela Walters and me

The Savannah Riverboat tour on the top deck.

Roilyn and Daisy before we took cover from the sun.

The crochet set that caused me to be searched by TSA.

The rest of my loot!

My favorite picture from this trip. Whatevs.

My current quilting set up. The 301 only gives me a few inches of quilting space, just enough to squeak by.

Sue Spargo’s Open House and Last Minute Quiltcon Prep

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At the end off January, I was lucky enough to live very close to Sue Spargo’s Open House!

Sue was a very busy lady but took time to sign my purchased book and take a photo with me.  She was as wonderfully delightful as her designs and products!

These were the first displays I saw when I walked into the building.

Her sense of color and style is so captivating. I found myself looking at every detail and coming back to different pieces to look again.

I must admit, I’ve become obsessed with circles because of her designs.

She had a great selection of not just threads, but wools and other interesting textures to add to embroidery.

I was drawn to the piece on the left with the houses and cars but couldn’t stop looking at the circles on the right!

As I browsed through the fabrics, I enjoyed the chatter and activity around me. Sue’s daughters were working at the event and graciously gave me permission to take these photos.

This wonderful piece was laying on one of the cutting tables, and while I’m pretty sure they didn’t mind anyone touching it, I resisted. Many years of quilt etiquette, I suppose. It was hard to resist all the different textures and stitches here!

These delightful ladies rang up my goodies and allowed me to capture their beautiful image. I thoroughly enjoyed chatting with them and the ladies in the checkout line.

I walked away with a bundle of gorgeous fabric, a Sue Spargo book of embroidery stitches and some thread. A free calendar was my reward for stopping by!

I wasn’t sure exactly how I’d be using my purchases until a week or so later. Circles were all I could think about and as Daisy and I were chatting about a small round robin we will be starting at Quiltcon, inspiration hit.  I hadn’t begun my center yet and needed to hurry!

This is what I came up with. I call it “Clothespin O’Clock”.

I grew up in a very crafty family and Pack’o Fun was a magazine often seen on my grandmother’s end table. In her dining room hung a gold clock made from big empty thread spools, narrow ends pointing to the center and arranged in a circle. The center had a clock movement and the hands pointed towards the fat ends of the thread spools where a single wooden clothespin per spool held the clock numbers (I think they were gold plastic and glued to the ends of the pins. The whole thing was spray painted gold and admittedly gawdy, even in our crafty, pack’o fun family!

I’m not sure where it went but I have a copy of it in my memory. As circles danced through my head, that clock was the main thing I saw. As I stitched my circles down during evening TV time with the hubs, I told him about that gawdy clock. We laughed and threw jokes back and forth when I asked him, “What time is it?” as I finished the last circle. He replied, “It’s Clothespin O’Clock!”

Yes. Yes it is.

Quiltcon time is nearly here and I’m a nervous but excited wreck!

After looking high and low for the perfect travel bag, I made this one.

The nine patches are made from 1 inch strips, finishing at 1/2 inch. I even placed a wide section to keep it in place with my luggage as I wander through airports!

Nothing fancy inside, but it is pretty roomy. My 26 pound pug fits with room to spare!

Wish me luck with my first flight and I promise to podcast very soon 🙂

Grab me and say hi if you see me in Savannah!!

#43 New York City!

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**Warning** Picture heavy post!

Bonnie Hunter’s mystery is in full swing and I’m all caught up on the first day of clue #2.

I pulled out my favorite Featherweight and plugged away while watching TV last night. She needs a makeover but she stitches like no other machine I own. Not bad for a girl born in 1933!

So far the clues are easy and fun. Week #1 helped me use many neutral 2 inch squares I already had cut and ready to sew!

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I love the Prisma app. I was feeling particularly artsy the morning we left NYC for home.

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When we arrived, we saw the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree being prepped for the following week.  The policeman standing guard was a blast to talk with! I used my best Long Island accent in jest and he laughed when he realized what I was doing. Of course, I sounded completely normal to him.

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St. Patrick’s cathedral was stunning. I stood and stared at it for quite awhile before going in.

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They were having a special ceremony with several priests while I was there. I’m not catholic, so I’ll not guess, but was told it was quite a special event.

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This was my view the first night there. Times Square is so bright and big! We had pizza at John’s before seeing The Lion King on Broadway. We were told we picked the tickets up just minutes after the Vice President Elect and later learned he saw Hamilton and well…. no politics!

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The weather was perfect on the second day for tourist activities.

The 911 Memorial is both beautiful and moving.

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There is no way to describe to you how overwhelming this is to see.

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This is a monument to the firefighters who lost their lives. The space is filled with tributes and artifacts that deserve more time spent than I had.  I didn’t want to be an emotional mess all day so I tried to take lots of pictures to pour over later. These are just a select few.

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Of course, I had to share this with you all. I think I squealed a little when I saw quilty things on this trip!

These quilts were moving and beautiful. It’s hard to not be moved by everything in this exhibit.

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The next thing we did was travel to the Statue of Liberty.

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Walking in the pedestal base, you see this!

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We were unable to go into the crown, but could see the staircase going up into her.

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The pedestal is way more narrow than you’d think. You can just pass another person unless you are in the corners. This was my view looking up.

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This is the building where John Lennon was murdered. I was also surprised to learn the Dakota building was built for the head of The Singer Sewing Machine Company in the 1880s.

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We had a short stroll through Strawberry Fields. Follow this link to watch a short clip.

The last picture is the site of protests before we arrived just a few days earlier. No one was protesting this Sunday morning but you can see security is on the job.

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Visit this link to watch a small portion of breakfast at Ellen’s Stardust Diner.