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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!

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!!

#39 Weezy’s High School Reunion

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In this episode, I discuss knitting and some sewing in between visits with family and friends. I talked about my high school reunion experience around minute 21:40.

We celebrated the grands birthdays by visiting Cedar Point.

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Autumn and Lizzy were just as excited as I was to be high in the air overlooking the park!

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This was the return trip in the sky at the end of our visit. Hubs and I were tired but happy!

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I took the grands toy shopping and stopped for lunch at Five Guys. Yummy!

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Hubs tipped a few back with me at the reunion. This man is truly my hero and best friend.

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Shelly and I have been friends since were we very young. She loves vintage machines almost as much as I do.

I also got to reconnect with a very sweet lady who does this radio show. Thank you Claudia, without you, I’m sure I wouldn’t have stayed and had such a good time!

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I did some knitting on the return trip from Indiana. Just one more sleeve to go before I cut the steek stitches!

I finally found the other knitting patterns I bought long ago and now have the skills to try. They are both White Lies Designs and I may be in trouble. There are a bunch of gorgeous designs I may need to own! The two I have are Filigree Lace and Heirloom Lace Jacket.


Since Baby can’t have regular treats, I did some research on substitutes for her. I found this suggested recipe in the comment section of the product page.

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The treats I made use both dry and soft food. Baby eats low fat ID only. I ground 2 cups of dry food in the food processor until it was mostly powder. I took a few tablespoons out to “flour” the board I will be using to roll out the dough.

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Next add one can of soft food and blend until mixed well. It will be soft and clumpy.

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Scoop it out and roll it to about a half an inch thick. I use a smooth glass as a rolling pin and work with a hand full at a time. I have a set of dog bone cookie cutters but you could cut the pieces with a butter knife to the size you want.

If your dogs are around like mine, they will be at your feet and begging to lick the spoon!

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Place the bones on a cookie sheet using a liner or parchment paper. You don’t want the bottom to stick or burn. Place the sheet in the oven at 300 degrees for half an hour (don’t preheat). Remove and cool before storing in the fridge. Use the treats within 2 weeks and don’t count them as part of your pets nutrition. Heat changes the protein properties.

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The leftover raw food can be shaped into balls and used as pill pockets! What I should’ve done and didn’t, use something like a straw to create a hole for the pill to go into because once refrigerated, the treats become solid and will crumble easily if you try to stick a pill inside.

The Good, the Bad and the Gorgeous

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First for the bad. Yesterday morning, as I was letting the puppies out in the back yard for potty breaks, I heard sirens. They sounded close but I really thought they were down the road and around the corner out of sight. I couldn’t see across the street where they were. I do remember chills down my spine and a very uneasy feeling. As the puppies came in, my thoughts turned to other things.

Later in the early afternoon, hubs came into the cave and asked if I knew what our neighbor’s daughter was talking about on Facebook. It seems her mother had passed away.

Brenda

I love this picture of Brenda. It almost captures her beauty, her sense of humor and her friendly and radiant style. She was just a little over a year older than me and we shared a love of sitting around a bonfire, drinking wine and laughing. She was one of the first friends we made in our neighborhood. I still can’t believe she’s gone.

She had knee surgery last Wednesday and her family says she hadn’t felt well the past few days. An autopsy is pending because they aren’t sure why she died. I’m just speechless.

Now, the good stuff.

vintage quilt

“Keeping the Faith” finished!

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vintage label

vintage close up

Its prettier than I thought it would be. I think I have to keep it!

OK folks, this is what happens when you lose weight and your under wired bra doesn’t fit anymore. And you go bowling.

bowling bruise

At first, I didn’t know how this happened. It was much worse than this photo shows. But then, the next day at work, I figured it out when my already sore arm got poked some more. Good thing I kept my “skinny to fat” clothes. I have a size for each stage but this time I’ll be getting rid of the clothes as I shrink. Great incentive to work at maintaining loss!

bunny trio

Because the hubs had let the grass get long, we found these. There were 5 but only 3 made it to this picture. Sadly, Baby found them a few days ago and shook one before my son knew what had happened.  We thought it would be ok, but hubs removed it from the nest this morning. The final 2 are snuggling to each other with opened eyes and ears almost fully erect. I’m sure they’ll leave the nest this week. I read they leave around 3 weeks which is very surprising to me. They are about the size of a fat chipmunk right now! I may regret them once the garden is in but I need to fence it in anyway.

last night, we went out to celebrate our 11th anniversary. (May 1st)

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We had a great time with my work mates, Steve and Becky…

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Daughter and son in law Colleen and Jesse…

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And our bestie neighbors Cheri and Butch!

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I broke my diet for the night and enjoyed a degree of enebriation.

The answer to the question I asked was 2 pounds. What was my question? How much weight can one person gain in just one bad night of eating. Haha!

Finally, the gorgeous

noir rose bag

I made myself a new bag. I used my favorite pattern but made it wider.  I also made a matching wallet but you’ll have to wait to see it!

 I’ve been saving this fabric for some special project. I almost bypassed it, saving it again in a stash where I don’t get to see it much and enjoy it. Especially with what happened to my friend Brenda this week, I am reminded that today is a special occasion. Tomorrow isn’t promised. Every day should be cherished. Even at work 😉