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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!

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!!

#42 How is it October already?

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Wow, this year is flying by me once again!

I have been busy since the last posting. These are just the finishes but I have a few other projects in the works.

This is the lap quilt I finished for my Granddad (and haven’t sent yet).

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I used it for quilting practice and I’m quite happy about how it looks.

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The orange quilt is completed and waiting to be a Christmas present. I doubt the recipient visits this site, and if they do, they won’t know it’s theirs 😉

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This one….

I *think* this one is around 26 year old.  It was just the center, the star portion. I added the blue background and border just this month.

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Check out the awful piecing! I giggle because it isn’t so bad, in fact at the time it was my best effort.

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I remember using a cardboard template and an ink pen to trace out the diamonds. I don’t think rotary cutters and mats were a “thing” yet. If they were, either I hadn’t heard of them and/or couldn’t afford them. I think I did pretty well considering! The fabrics weren’t all fitting for quilting by today’s standards but they were all I had.

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I’ve often thought of ridding myself of this “monstrosity” but I’m so glad I didn’t. I kept it for the memories of learning to quilt, financially struggling, and sewing with my son on my lap.

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My son is now grown and I can afford the best quilting cottons. I have improved in my skill sets but still learning every day. The memories in this quilt are priceless to me. When I’m no longer here, this will belong to my son.

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For weeks, the song “Swingin’ on a Star” by Frank Sinatra has been on a loop in my head. Great song and sound advice, so I think it’s a fitting name for this quilt. But memories of piecing it with my boy in my lap while watching old reruns of “Hawaii 5 0” late at night stuck with me, too. Jeff has always liked making me laugh and he learned that if he said “book em Dano”, I’d giggle quite hard!

I give you “Dano’s Swinging on a star”.

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No quilt is complete until the inspectors have a once over. Baby is looking for loose threads in the picture above and Sissy thinks it makes a great backdrop for her newest close up.

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Meanwhile, this is what I’m taking a break from this weekend. Ah, homeownership. The sump pump died and no one noticed until I stepped downstair to sew the other night. I hadn’t turned a light on yet and stepped in a cold puddle. I wanted to clean the basement anyway…

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#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 🙂