Loving how things are going

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Here is the current snow picture and a typical grey morning. We need some sun however, it has been a light snow winter due to the El Nino. February is the month where we begin to feel that we are on the “downhill slide” to spring. However, it is Michigan and we have had late snow ….

 

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Third attempt at using my handpainted yarn from my yarn of the month club. I am making a linen stitch cowl. So far this seems to the pattern that will not get ripped out! Linen stitch shows off the yarn very well.

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Locally, I am facilitating a Zentangle Club at our local Arts Council with the support of our local CZT. I am pretty excited and have plans for challenges and projects! I think we will start out with a tangled name tag.

 

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Made a taggie blanket for my niece’s baby due this month. I used a block I tested for Quiltmaker 100 block. I had left over minkee, silky and rough tags and backed it with flannel. I added batting and quilted it. It is made by using this tutorial as inspiration. It measures 18×18. I like using a pieced orphan block and making it a real quilt. It is intended to be a sensory toy for a newborn so the imperfections bother me less.

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This quilt will be off the frame today. It is amazing in color, design and it is made by a lady in her 80’s. So inspiring! I wanna be just like her sharp, quilting and being independent.

Vicki

Spool Along

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I found a great project for our local quilt group. It is a free Spool block pattern at Adventures of a Quilting Diva. I will put all of the blocks links here so that people can choose which blocks they want to make. I love them and it is a great modern presentation of an old pattern. I am sticking with white or a light back ground and bold colors.

Here are the links for each block in her Spool along:

http://www.adventuresofaquiltingdiva.com/spool-along/block-12/

http://www.adventuresofaquiltingdiva.com/spool-along/block-11/

http://www.adventuresofaquiltingdiva.com/spool-along/block-10/

http://www.adventuresofaquiltingdiva.com/spool-along/block-09/

http://www.adventuresofaquiltingdiva.com/spool-along/block-08/

http://www.adventuresofaquiltingdiva.com/spool-along/block-07/

http://www.adventuresofaquiltingdiva.com/spool-along/block-06/

http://www.adventuresofaquiltingdiva.com/spool-along/block-05/

http://www.adventuresofaquiltingdiva.com/spool-along/block-04/

http://www.adventuresofaquiltingdiva.com/spool-along/block-03/

http://www.adventuresofaquiltingdiva.com/spool-along/block-02/

http://www.adventuresofaquiltingdiva.com/spool-along/block-01/

 

 

This is a wonder web site. She posts her free pattern and a tutorial on how to sew each block. It is a wonder Spool along! In my local quilt group we will decide how many spools we want to make and then it will be decided in March who wins the Block Lotto!

I am going to make a sample before our meeting so I will have a head start since I am presenting this challenge!

Vicki

 

Practice and forming plans for 100 day project

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This quilt top is a vintage one. It is all hand pieced and you can still see the pencil lines marking the seams! I have no idea how old this quilt is but is has a charming 1970 vibe. Maybe 1960s?

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Here is the quilt finished and off the frame.  So gorgeous!

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I made this quilt top to try out some ideas in making my own bookshelf quilt. I have seen variations of this out on the internet and  had to try it.  I am debating on putting some selvedge edges on some books to look like the titles. Really fun to make and a scrap buster!

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I loaded this lovely quilt on the frame and decided on a overall leaf and curl motif. I like the light colored thread on it. I will get more done on it tomorrow. I keep thinking about different stitches and shapes I want to make on my whole cloth quilt for my 100 day project. It will have everything on it I am sure.

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I joined a yarn of the month club via the mail. I thought it would be a good challenge for the winter and for portable projects later in the year. Plus, we don’t have a local yarn shop anymore and this is from a yarn shop 72 miles from me…. needless to say I would never get there. I recieved this lovely hand painted yarn. It had suggestions but no pattern.

Well this pattern for a headband I found is good. However,  my knit stitch was made wrong, i made it too wide and an error in the first row made it curl. Second failed project with this skeinof yarn so I ripped it out. I keep searching for something that I like ….I may have found a cowl pattern. Using this yarn in a project may be my 100 day project. The next yarn mail came and it has a pattern in it for washcloths. I can knit that!

Vicki

Vicki

100 day project

I saw our local Art Council has a meeting for a group of people doing the 100 day project. I was curious and read more about this. I am pretty busy so I didn’t jump in on the local meeting but I found that there is a virtual community that is doing 100 day projects also.

I thought you had to be a fine artist painting on oil or draw to participate. I see online that they are encouraging all artists. I thought my idea of a whole cloth quilt would fall into this project. It is something I have wanted to do but never tried. It is time consuming and needs lots of testing and background work. It is also something that is all about the process not the result. Even if all you can devote to the project is 10 minutes a day.

Wait…. that is exactly how I make things. It isn’t for the speed and number of end results anymore. I am slowing down and enjoying the process. One stitch and one block at a time. Think, breathe, create. Sometimes in very small time increments.

http://the100dayproject.com/2016-100dayproject/

Here is a link to read more about the project. I have joined the Facebook page too. I am really working on the project even if what I show is drawing Zentangles or ironing fabrics. It is thinking and processing time.

You have time to join in online. You would have to call Gaylord Area Council for the Arts if you want to join in with the local artists.

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This is my start to exploring what tangles would work in a whole cloth quilt.

 

A pretty queen and a crown

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Here is the latest queen sized quilt that I have long armed for the daughter of one of my 90 year old customers. I free motioned an all over feather design. I used my favorite Sew Fine thread and a Hobbs 80/20 batting. I really like the block pattern and setting. It is something I have never seen before and the fabrics are just wonderful!!

 

 

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Ice fisherman

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Winter arrived. Here are a few pictures to let you know even though it is an El Nino year and snow arrived in late December life is the same. I am happy that the roads are clear, the daylight is getting longer and it is not so cold!

This week I had to suck it up and get a crown on my 6 year old molar. I fractured it when I was a teen on a jaw breaker, had multiple fillings and then recently it had fractures starting up. I have avoided a crown for 10 years because I thought I had to have a root canal. Nope, I had to get 2 shots to completely numb it but the dentist was able to do all the work in one sitting, crown and all. I whined about it for years and it went just fine. I don’t know where my fear of the dentist came from. This tooth has bothered me with sensitivity and such for years.

So there you have it, my royal week of queens and crowns.

Vicki

Working on the home

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We bought this table last summer at IKEA. I knew with our schedule it would be after the holidays before we could get it together and move furniture. We have a little electric “fireplace” that we brought into the living room next to it. I have a few ideas to hide the wires and I am pleased with the dark wood and clean lines. My house is old and filled with old furniture that I am slowly replacing. The modernization is a slow process of a really old house yet I want to preserve some of the old features that are cool like the doors and metal register covers. My husband had to put this together so what did I do until I was needed to move things?

 

 

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I long armed feathers on this lovely customer quilt. I really like this top, it is a pattern I have never seen before. It is on point and it is laying pretty flat, nicely done!!!

 

 

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It is really cold and we are making up for the lack of snow in November and December. See snow mountain at the property line, it is a parking lot for the school next to our house. I am glad I have so many quilts!!!

 

 

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I joined a yarn club where you get a box a month for a year. It is  worsted weight yarn. I think I am going to knit a simple cowl to highlight the gorgeousness of the yarn.

So I have lots to keep me busy ! Overall, winter is a time of being home and domestic. I have some deep cleaning planned and a bit of organizing. I have things to get rid of and projects to do. Overall, the amount of snow  wont stop me from doing that kind of stuff!

Vicki

Live and learn

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Here is a quilt that was a group project of my quilt group before I started to attend. It is really pretty cool and it is destined to  get finished soon. I believe it will be a fundraiser. I love the top– it is the first picture and the back is the second picture. I am going to take some time to practice making some little improve blocks like this and put them together like what is on the back.

Here are two views of the final version of the improve challenge the group did a couple of months ago. It is also supposed to be a fundraiser for our community skate park.  It was a challenge that we started with one block, had a set group of fabrics to pick from and we each took a turn making something to add to the quilt. This was all one on a Sunday and took all day to get this far.

I was next to last, had a few fabrics to pick from and I had a strippy mess made. See below. The last person took the pieces home and spent hours doing her connecting pieces and cut my mess up and reset it, I am not going to say that it is cheating but it definitely has it advantage!!! It is beautiful. See below to see where this beautiful quilt top came from.

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The last person had a challenge but I think that I would have done better if I had more than a hour to do my  part, strippy mess is upper right. I was a little shaken in my confidence after this and really felt bad that what I had made was so terrible. I am glad something pretty could be salvaged. This was right before I was rejected from QuiltCon and that stung a little too. I thought I “got” modern quilting and improv. I don’t think that I do after these two experiences.

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When you need to get back on track you make a quilt that has everything planned out. I made this commissioned quilt from a kit for a co worker who is expecting a grandbaby. I completed the quilt and quilted it before the baby came. It is called Giggles by Jaybird quilts using her side kick ruler. LOVE it and feel back on track with quilting.

2016-01-14 12.56.14 And I just bought this cool ruler ( quick curve ruler by Sew Kind of Wonderful)  and pattern. I have some really cool fabrics that I recently purchase…. maybe Tula Pink fabric, may be something else…. I will have to think about it.

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Here is a Queen sized quilt on the frame currently and I am making hook feathers all over on it. It is a pretty quilt for a customer.

Long weekend, MLK on Monday… what can I get done?

Vicki