Thursday, August 18, 2016

Thread Illusions

The blocks on this little quilt were done on the embroidery machine....it was pieced last December. Did you ever see an embroidery design online and think...that is cool....so you buy it.  It was one of those impulse purchases. If you don't get dizzy embroidering the blocks, you do get dizzy quilting them. Don't know when i would ever use this again. 

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But it will make a cute table topper....or wall hanging. It is 32" square

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My background flowers are representative rather than exact. haha

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Hearts weren't too hard

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I was worried about the hexies until i remembered i had a ruler.  yay!!

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Ovals are harder to draw than you think.

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I chose to square off the corners on the rectangles....otherwise they might have looked like ovals...or something.

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Pretend all the background are squares. haha

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I couldn't quite wrap my head around these stars...so this is the 'LOL' block.

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Teardrops aren't too bad.

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The back came from the stash. A pinkish-reddish print.

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Top thread was Glide white; bobbin thread was Bottom Line Taupe. 

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In hindsight, the binding might have been better as a cream instead of the bright white, but so be it. This was one of those practice pieces that I seem to do a lot. It could be used for anything. Heck, if you love your dog it could be a dog blanket.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Ebony and Ivory

This quilt is made with another pattern from my friend, Marilee.  As her pattern testers, it was our class project in 2013. I finished piecing this on November 27, 2013, so it didn't marinade in the to-be-quilted cabinet as long as some have.

Her original pattern has embroidered flowers in the alternate blocks where I have the toile scenery fabric. Had I done the embroidery, i might STILL be working on it. haha

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It is 74" square.

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I did a LOT of ruler work....there is SID around every block

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It came off the frame once so i could work on other things.

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All these fabrics came from the same fabric line except the little scenery squares. On one of the selvages that i still have, it says The Cumberland Collection.

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But, the real time came in quilting the border

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I took it off the frame and turned it to do the opposite borders. 

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The back is a mottled gray. I used this fabric for the binding also.

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Wish i had used black for the thread on the back, it would have shown up better.

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Threads were Glide Silver for the top and Bottom Line Ivory for the bobbin.

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This was a fun quilt, but i am happy to be finished with it.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Farm Country

The blocks in this quilt were machine embroidered in brown thread. It is called Farm Country. It is 54x66.  It was pieced on February 19, 2014 and finally quilted today. I'm catching up....only 2 years behind. haha

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Here are some of the blocks...

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Other blocks are goat, rooster, hay wagon, ducks, pig, cat, well with bucket, horse, house, owl, cow, rabbit, and well with pump.

The cornerstones had 2 rounds of CC....along with the sashing and first border. I found a path to go across and do a row of vertical and horizontal sashing and cornerstones at the same time. 

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The border got CC on one side and then some 1" (kinda) piano keys. i eye-balled them. 

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The back is a piece of fabric i found at a thrift store.

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The cool thing about it is that it has Wrangler written all over it. never seen any like it before.

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Thread used was a Cream Glide on the top and a Cream Bottom line in the bobbin.

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Now i am going to put one back on the frame that got taken off several weeks ago for other things. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Duck Living Room Wall nearing completion

I made a quick day trip to the Duck yesterday. It was necessary, but i don't recommend it. I am too old for a 7 hour drive both ways. haha

I got the right side of the living room wall finished....graffiti wise.

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Here are some close ups






The top has a castle

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The prince is getting fighting lessons

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The castle even has a name....Castle Swift....haha

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And i added a couple of pieces to the left side.

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A couple close ups


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Thanks to all who have given me goodies to add to my madness. 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Grandma's Country Album II

I finished piecing this quilt on November 3, 2014. It is hand appliqued with wool felt ...a Robert Callaham design. I think i have done 3 of his. This would not have been quilted yet, but I sold a quilt on eBay to a lady in New York...and she loved it. So, she asked if i had anything else that she could hang on her wall. I gave her a few choices and she picked this one.  win/win situation for us both. (Thanks Lynn)

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Size is about 70x72".  This is the one i asked for advice on quilting the geese and squares. I went with the Xs in the squares...that seemed the simplest. I wanted to put something in the geese, but whatever i tried seemed like too much. I guess because they were small.....and lots of different fabrics....so i just did the old standby...SID.  haha

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I tried to do different background fills in the blocks

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These checkerboard flowers were just as hard to quilt as they were to piece. it was too thick to go over the flower part. It seems to me that the vase is much too small for the flowers....but that was the pattern.

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I had to get some feathers in there somewhere.

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This block is pretty simple...but i like it. i think because of the frame around it.

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More blocks....






This one was hard to piece....i have trouble with round.  after 1 of them....i said that is enough. the sides were finished in blue and brown rectangles instead of 2 more circles. haha



Where it looks like there are stems with no red flowers at the ends of them....is because there are white flowers. .. and they don't show up in a photo.  i need to stop following the pattern so closely.

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This one was hand pieced....it was a pain. it's a bit puffy. haha  and it's my usual shaky photo.

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The back is a muslin....i'm in love with the back.

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Don't you love how cameras give you all shades of the same fabric?  it is just a white muslin







Thread was a peachy Glide for the top and a neutral Bottom Line for the back.

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It's off to New York in a day or two....enjoy Lynn.
And thanks

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