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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!

#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.

#41 Back in the Swing

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The big reveal! My friend at work, Twila, is retiring at the end of the upcoming week. She was our solder trainer at work and I learned most of what I know from her vast knowledge. She played Mrs. Claus at Christmas every year and absolutely adores the color red. She and her husband are planning to retire to Tennessee but most of their family is in Ohio.  She’s become a very good friend of mine, offering me wonderful advice about a lot of things lately.  I will miss her a ton.

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I used Bonnie Hunter’s pattern Mountain Majesties to create this one.  Hubs thought it was too red and very dark. Although I completely agree with him, I knew it would be perfect for her. I did video her receiving it, but because she had a no makeup day, I promised to keep it for myself. I can tell you she squealed when she saw it!

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It is a king sized quilt, all from my scrap bin. I probably still have 10 more quilts in there!

The quilting motif is a meandering feather pattern following the zig zags that the mountain blocks created.

I named it “My heart is in Ohio” to remind her no matter where she goes, she has people here who love her and will never forget her. Note the bluebird of happiness 🙂

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This is a picture of the two of us at our company picnic. I think our table became the loudest and giggliest of the whole party!

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I finally managed to finish this one for Love Quilts. I did only the quilting, this one came to me already beautifully pieced.

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I did start a new project and I know who will receive it. I think it’ll end up being a Christmas gift. These fabrics were gifted to me because they were found in a place someone had moved into. They had no use for them and I was reluctant to use them. They came from Walmart in precut fat quarters and strips and someone got them on clearance. After looking at them for awhile, I realized the quality isn’t the best but I’ve seen much worse from Walmart and it will make a suitable quilt for a young family to wear out. I added the orange with the recipient in mind.

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The family reunion was a success and my dear grandfather asked for another lap quilt if I could find the time. Of course I will always have time for him! I had the perfect top already made, it just needs quilted and bound.

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This was a leftover from the quilt I gifted to some Louisiana friends. I made so many blocks that I lost count! I then framed them in scraps of green that I had left over from cutting. I’m also experimenting with other quilting designs while getting the tension in line.

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This week we saw a doggie dentist for sweet little Mojo. He stopped playing with the toy rope about a month ago, so I made him a vet appointment to make sure he’s ok. His teeth look fine on the surface but he could have tooth damage we can’t see or possibly a broken jaw. This stuff happens for no particular reason in small breeds and he’s eating fairly well but I worry that he’s in pain. They gave him pain meds and referred us to a specialist about an hour and a half away. Dr. Stokes not only works on dogs like mine, but does work for zoos and K-9 officers. Mojo will have to be sedated to get the proper x-rays and the problems will be corrected during that time.

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Here’s to hoping everyone will be well soon!

#35 Mean Quilt Girls

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In this episode, I talk about mean quilt girls.mean quilt girl

Here’s the code if you’d like to take the pledge and share!

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This is the generic princesses quilt I finished for Love quilts a few weeks ago.

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A close up and label.

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This is the Disney princesses quilt.

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And its label.

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Here’s the website for the app I’ve been using to lose weight. You can link to me through my email weezyworks at yahoo.

#33 Sewing Machine Cases and a Book Review

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I hit my local Harbor Freight this past week for some machine storage.

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I saw people posting pictures in the vintage machine group I belong to on Facebook, using these cases for Featherweights.  Sometimes the vintage cases fall prey to damage that they can’t recover from. I have a few of these cases that I’m trying to rehab but until then, I’d like them protected.

When I got it home, I saw how roomy it looked with a Featherweight, so I decided to see if my 301 fit. It did!! I believe there’s also room for a few accessories as well.

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When I posted my 301 pictures, other members asked if other Singers would fit. I had a 500 series sitting near so I tried that one.

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It was a tight fit, but even so, I think you could probably fit an accessory case in there, too!

I didn’t try the 400 series, but was told the spool pin prevents the case from closing. I haven’t tried, but I think at least one of my 400 series has a removable pin.

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I purchased the first pattern from Sewhooked since I missed the beginning of the quilt along. Come on people, $2 and I got this great machine pattern! Next month, I’ll be able to get the next free.

This is the 12 inch version. I love it!

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And the cute little 6 incher <3

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I also stitched these out for Love Quilts USA.

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Christa Watson’s wonderful book, Machine Quilting With style, is available here.

She is also hosting a quilt along using one of her gorgeous modern designs from this book called “Facets”. Quilters from all experience levels will enjoy this one!