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#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!

#40 Chain Stitcher Joins the Herd

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This big ole pile-of-red is part of the secret sewing I’ve been doing. I still can’t share with you all the details but it’s now being quilted and is king sized. Currently, the thread tension and breakage while quilting this one is making me crazy. I may have to remove it and start all over with resetting my longarm tension. Ack!

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I can share the quilt I finished before the red one. This one is for the family reunion I’m attending on Sunday.

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I had no issues with quilting this one. I used a simple meander because I needed to finish it quickly.

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The top was finished quite some time ago and was the result of playing with a sampler box of Jinny Beyer prints that were acquired from an estate sale. I still have enough left for a smaller project!

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I purchased this beauty from Goodwill online auctions. They can be hit or miss when it comes to shipping, but this one came from the Indianapolis store and they are pretty good about careful packing. There is slight damage to the very old case but it can be repaired. The needle bar had twisted a bit and a few new scuffs to the cloth plate seem to be the only damage to the machine itself. I don’t know if the needle had already been broken but it is now so I’ve ordered more. They take shorter needles than my other machines. I haven’t tried the motor yet but the wheel turns freely. Once I’ve taken it apart and cleaned it, I’ll use my featherweight cords to try her out. Crossing finger!

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I found this helpful when trying to locate the best deal for new machine needles. If you have problems finding needles for vintage machines, you may be able to use this chart to find them under different identifiers. ISMACS is one of my best VSM friends!


Here’s a cute picture of 3 of my fur babies, coexisting in peace for just a few moments. ha! Sissy (the middle one) is the peace keeper and all the dogs love her. Fuzzy (on the left) can be quite mean and Mojo (right) is a sensitive soul <3

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I renewed my driver’s license the other day so I wore contacts. I don’t wear them often anymore because I’m dependent on bifocals! So I stopped and bought some readers and quite like them. Pretty danged fabulous, don’t you think?

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On Monday, I hit the -50 pounds mark. I’ve been walking on air all week! If you’re on Lose It!, friend me 🙂

Still on the red bin…

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I still hadn’t posted pictures from my trip back home.

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Me, Sister, Mom, and Brother in front of the “doghouse”. Yes, I’m holding the lease for one of the pups while striking this sexy pose :p

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The Hubs, Sister, Niece and I in our cemetery selfie.

In the last podcast, I talked about working on the postage stamp trip around the world.

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I want to make it king sized and according to my calculations, I’m about 1/5 of the way there.  That’s a lot of 1.5 inch squares! So far I have one yes for another swap of these tiny treasures. If I can persuade a few more of you to join us…

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I made a handbag for a dear friend with some of the colored vinyl I have. I also made the button out of polymer clay. I know she’ll be surprised as I’ve been threatening to do this for awhile now 😉

I still haven’t done any quilting on the red and white log cabin quilt yet.

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Here it is, ready to go. I’m showing you so that you can see the piano key border I added to make it larger. The corner blocks are 1 to 1.5 inch strips left over after this process. It helped to keep the pieces out of the trash can or the pineapple bin. I lovingly stroke across the surface of this beauty every time I walk past it.

I also have been working on Charlotte’s Scrapitude mystery, and I’m caught up. This is the second mystery of hers in which I’ve participated. Please visit her link to learn more.

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I haven’t shared any pictures until now because I wasn’t sure if there would be enough definition between the reds. I thought that if I didn’t like it, I could always revamp it somehow but I really like it as it’s unfolding. It will probably be the last red quilt for awhile. The red bin is slowly gaining space!

Only 3 days of work this week until I can sew again <3

 

WW #4 Family

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In this week’s episode, I talk about the family reunion I attended in Indiana, listener feedback and Dear Jane progress. I spent the beginning of last week with family! We had a raffle in which I gave away my Celtic Solstice quilt. My cousin Wendy was the lucky winner, and so deserving as she is part of the team who puts the reunion together. Congratulations Wendy!

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Her sister, Shawn, caught trying to smuggle a quilt away 🙂

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My mom, cousin Charlene, sister Wenonah and grandpa. My sister and grandpa are making goofy faces at me!

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Dear Joan progress…

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Finally, here’s a video of my sewing studio from 2011. New studio video to come soon.