Monthly Archives: March 2015

Wherein Life Got Hectic and Busy!

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For the last couple of months, life has been a bit hectic and crazy and busy. All in good ways. It has been about Babies, and Kids and Family. And event planning!  Quilting gets thrown in to the mix as time allows.

Here are a couple of shots of Luanne and myself working on pin basting the quilt that I now am currently working on. What a help Luanne was to me in basting this beast to quickly get it ready for quilting.

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Can’t wait to get this all completed! While I didn’t have enough of the fabric I wanted for binding.. I was able to order more by just doing a search using the information given on the selvedge edge.

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Can’t wait for this finish!!

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Until then, I will keep plugging along in little pockets of time.

Pam

Dear Nancy, Please send another Catalog!

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Dear Nancy,  Please send another Catalog!

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My Nancy’s Notions Catalog was a bit too close to the edge of the counter.  Do they have something against Nancy Zieman? Not likely.  Do they resent the time I spend quilting?  Perhaps.  Imagine the fun they had.  If only I would have had this on video.

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And who are the culprits?
#1

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Meet Maxwell. .. He is a counter cruiser , and the one most likely to have removed the catalog from the counter.  He may be low to the ground but has a very long body and can reach half way onto the counter tops.

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And Stella. … aka the super shredder!
Dare ya to drop a napkin around her! She can have it  shredded before you can bend over to get it!
Guess there will be new notions for me this month!

A Special Quilt Request

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While quilting is my passion, and I have family who perhaps appreciates it, I don’t always know if it is their thing. I can be very excited about a particular template, color combination, pattern or fabric. Others don’t get it. Unless of course they too are quilters.

A few months ago, my step-son had asked if I could make him a quilt using some t-shirts. Not just any t-shirts. He has been on staff for Badger Boys State for quite a  number of years. Once upon a time he was a participant between his junior and senior years of high school. As he annually takes a week to volunteer for this program, he had a handful of shirts I could use.

I tried to creatively use the t-shirts, knowing there would be a bit of fabric needed to be added. I cut as large a section as I could of each shirt, and then backed it with a lightweight fusible interfacing so they would no longer have any stretch. After that I used a jumbo diamond template to make a total of eight diamonds which formed my star. Then, they needed to be set into a background.

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From there many of the fabrics are patriotic or Wisconsin themed. I found a use for some of my Wisconsin Shop Hop fabrics!! I have kept it pretty basic, and made 12 inch finished sized blocks to border the star. Some were pieced, and many were just 12″ squares.

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I planned this quilt so that when it is placed on the bed, and the sides drop down, the blocks can be viewed straight on.

So here’s to another top pieced, quilting success and clearer pictures when the quilt is finished!!

Pam

A Quilt Bears All

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Oh Yes they can!

Many quilters will tell you of how quilting has become their therapy! Our joys, tears, memories, frustration, sorrow and even anger can be stitched literally into these creations. Quilts are a creative expression that are sometimes designed to show our journey of love or loss. The path to where we are now. A Journal in a different way.

I can’t help but think that my quilt bore my frustration and anger yesterday. I wasn’t piecing, so there were no mismatched pieces, no missing triangle points, and no crazy inaccurate seams.

I am machine quilting a queen sized quilt that I have big hopes for. It will be a “special” quilt for me. There are snippets of everything thrown into this quilt. Holidays and ants, and fruits and veggies. Batman, flowers, peace signs and so much more. There are old fabrics that carry memories, and new fabrics from friends scraps and stashes. Now I am discovering that my stitches are so much more than simply stitches. They carry my emotions as well.

During the process of the free motion quilting yesterday, I broke 3 Needles!  3!  I broke the top thread on my machine more times than I can count. At one point I yelled at my machine to Work! I even went to my sewing machine manual to the Troubleshooting section to figure out just what was wrong with the machine. There really wasn’t anything technically wrong with the machine… the manual did say that trying to sew too fast or pulling the fabric could cause needle or thread breakage. Hmmmm! And then I paused, slowed my roll, relaxed my shoulders, and gently guided my fabric. Amazing!! No more broken needles or the need to re thread my machine.

Our quilts (and machines) do bear what is going on in our lives. I think I owe my machine a cleaning and oiling and some tlc now.

I am grateful to have this medium as an expression of who I am.

Pam

P.S. Tori, C*#e is a four letter word!  Love from Mom!

This Sweatshirt can be found here.

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Moving On

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Spring is here and as the weather gets better I love being outside, taking walks and soon working in my yard.  This makes time a premium to spend in my sewing room.  The One Block Wonder quilt top is complete, I have decided to call it Flower Box.  I thought with the fabrics I used, and spring here, it is a fitting name.image

I think it will be a while before I get to quilting it, but it was a joy to piece.  I see more in this style in my future, and I usually don’t like to repeat a pattern I have sewn.  This one never gets boring.

I continue to work on quilting the huge bright quilt that I have been working on.  I usually get an hour or so working on that each day.  I never used to like machine quilting, but as I get better at it, and spread my wings trying new things, I find it is actually relaxing and fun.  I don’t even think it will take as long as I originally thought it would.

I put a quilt up on the design wall I started years ago.  I enjoy hand work and all these blocks are needle turn appliquéd.  The pattern is from the book Quilting the Garden by Barb Adams, Alma Allen and Ricki Creamer.  All I have left to do is sash the blocks with half square triangles and put the borders on.  image

For now, I am enjoying just looking at it on my design wall.  I would like to say it will be finished soon, but that probably will not happen.  I will be a bit preoccupied with company.  My daughter and grandkids are coming to stay for a few weeks while her husband is away.  I can’t wait to see them as they live far away.  My grand daughter is anxious to play with grandma’s stash.  She has made a wall quilt already and is quite talented.  So I will have a companion in my sewing room and I can’t wait!

Luanne

 

Finish Line!

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I love seeing a quilt come together.  I bought the fabric for this quilt a long time ago and have imagined how it would look when it is complete.  Now the finish line is in sight!imageOne more row to sew and then on to the borders.  There is a side of me that is almost a little bit sad to be approaching the end of sewing this top together, much the way I feel about coming to the end of a book I am enjoying reading.  Yet it is exciting to keep turning the pages until I get to the satisfying ending, and as I close this book another one is waiting to be explored.  I am excited to see what comes next!image

The next post will show you the top with the borders attached, a finished top getting in a long line waiting to be quilted.

Luanne

 

Finally a Double Wedding Ring Part 3!!

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Finally the quilting and binding are completed. I am really pleased that I have challenged myself. I have gone out of my comfort zone! Not so much discomfort with working the Double Wedding Ring Pattern, but the 1980’s colors that I started with. Peach and Sage Green. The tie dyed look of some of the rings. I enjoy watching what doesn’t seem to go together, suddenly work. On one of the blogs I have read, the author said that one of the things he did to challenge himself is pull out a fabric or two that he quite honestly though “clashed” with the rest of the pulled fabrics. You just don’t know when that will be the ticket that draws the eye in.

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In Loving Memory to My Mom “Millie Rose Kampe”

There will be more Double Wedding Rings in my future! Thanks to Victoria Findlay Wolfe for the Inspiration and Instruction!

Pam

Leisure Day – Saturday

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Finally another weekend is here and I don’t have any place to be today!  Next Friday my husband and I have been invited to go over to a friends house for dinner.  I thought it would be nice to bring a bottle of wine for a hostess gift.  Recently I was at a local quilt shop and found a pattern for a wine carrier.  Perfect!  I now had a reason to make the bag.  What a perfect project for a lazy Saturday.  The pattern I used is called  Holiday Cheers Wine Totes by The Sweet Tea Girls Patterns.  The pattern makes a tote that looks like an elf boot, but by not adding the toe on it I made it into an all occasion wine tote.  Start to finish the project took about 2 hours.  He is a picture of the tote I made.image

 

It is only early afternoon and now I can go back into my sewing room and play some more.  I am really enjoying machine quilting.  There is such a feeling of accomplishment as I finish each section and see the top come to life.  I hope you all get a chance to enjoy the weekend and get some time doing the things you love to do!

Luanne

 

My Detour

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My Detour

Just like Luanne said, sometimes there are detours! Mine had taken me across the country to meet a little boy.

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This little guy is my newest Grandbaby!

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And he is amazing.  Such a pleasure to meet him! And of course I have brought a quilt.

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Row by row I created the sea with all kinds of batiks that featured sea otters, octopus, turtles, jelly fish and more.  Just  kind of a mosaic. There is even a pieced little crab.

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After that the beach was added, followed by the sky and sun.

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This was all bordered by many little beach huts.

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The little guy and I have cuddled under this quilt.  And that is the best!

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Next time. . The Double Wedding Ring reveal!

Pam

Progress

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Yesterday I worked on three different quilts and I finally finished one!  The snowman wall hanging is done and ready to hang……next winter.  I am thinking about adding some hot fix crystals to the blue background to make it look like it is snowing, but as for now I can check this one off the to do list.image

 

 

I also worked on the never ending One Block Wonder that is still hanging on my design wall.  I have about half the rows sewn together.  It is a tedious job as I leave it on the wall and take one block off at a time to add it to the row I am working on.  I do it this way so I don’t inadvertently mix up where a piece should go.  It does give me exercise as I sew though!

Since I finished the Christmas quilt, it was time to get another thing going.  I pulled out a quilt top that needed quilting.  It is a huge project and will probably take me a good long while.  I am determined to enjoy the process and not be too hard on myself as I work on honing my machine quilting skills.  Here is a quick picture of the beast I am quilting.image

I’m sure these projects will keep me busy for quite some time.  I’ll keep you posted on my progress!

Luanne