A week of work and such

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With a long week of extra commuting, I sewed these blocks. They are an idea I have in using the tartan scraps I have. I like how they are showcased on the dark background.

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Keep thinking about Frankensteining batting scraps. I was going to buy this fuseable tape but i spoke to a long armer in the store and I  am going to try sewing the pieces,  so nice and helpful to meet her and her husband. Havent got that far yet.

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Since I had to commute 3 times , i had lunch in the other city. I got sick of going to stores so i went to the old college where i grsduated nursing school. Its so big now. Hardly recognized it! Yep i felt old.

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And here is the feathers i am doing on this quilt. Its some of my favorite fabrics.  That’s my week. …..

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Vicki

A day of opposites

Saturday was a day of complete contrasts. I woke early to a sunny energy filled morning. I cleaned the house , weeded and thinned the gardens and grocery shopped . Yes all is going so well, lots done and ahead of schedule.

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From this mess

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To this thinned out version, still some work to go but roses are difficult to dig out.

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The fairies are settling in and this was cleaned up

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Our usual crowded grocery shop ended with all lanes clear and moving swiftly

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Then, I realized too much nature and smelly cleaning products got me. Inhaler, rest, nap and such were my afternoon. The clouds rolled in. So i got up and put the pieces of quilt blocks together and moved to the longarm to work on a big quilt.

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Feathers are wonderful on this quilt. I was in a nice slow rhythm

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Our day ended at a furniture store picking out this chair. My husband’s broken chair is causing him problems so Happy Fathers day. It was on sale and we both liked it, what an amazing feeling. We havebeen looking for months. What fit him didnt fit the room kr decor until we found this chair.

Then on the way home that was burst by hearing a roar start in the front end of the car, wheel bearing? Hope the extended warranty covers it ….after 15 years we bought a dang chair that fit our decor and we liked after the sticker shock. Sigh, thats always how it goes these days of opposites. 
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Today will be low key and sweet. I found a new station for internet radio suggested by my sister…..Lord of the Rings radio. Movie soundtracks, I love it and thats where I am starting my day with coffee. And the elusive white peony bloomed overnight…..its going to be a great day.

Vicki

I went to a quilt show

On my lunch hour. It was the perfect hour. I saw the entire show and saw several quilts that I loved!  It’s all about inspiration! 

Here are a few sneak peeks

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Loved this color on this Storm at sea

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Applique stars

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Double sided quilt back

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Front of the quilt, loved the stitching

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Cool

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Australian New York beaty

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I liked this, made this block once for a block lotto …red center

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Called Asian logs

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Classic quilt with cool stitches

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Loved the colors

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Dear Jane

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Sweet

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Loved the modern lines and stitches.

Lovely job by all!!!
Vicki

Continous curve

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I loaded my granny square quilt on the frame and I had a difficult time deciding what to quilt onit. I decided after the first row disaster, which I left, to do an orange peel or continuous curve quilt in the blocks and swirls in the sashing.
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This is a collections for a cause fabric line, I love it! I useda lovely quilters dream batting, and Superior sew Fine thread.
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Close up of the continuous curve and details.
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I quilted different designs inthe centers, too. I love to have another quilt for my bed! This pattern is from a free pattern called granny square here:

http://blueelephantstitches.blogspot.com/2012/01/granny-square-quilt-block-tutorial.html

Vicki

Love

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We went to an outdoor wedding this weekend. It was a lovely wedding. The setting was splendid, the rain held off!!!

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I had a great time and so did my son and his girlfriend. My husband attended but he did want a picture taken, lol.

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My friend is the mother of the groom. She made all the flowers and arrangements. I loved them and the centerpiece turned out to be soooo cute. Weddings are events that I don’t go to often but to see a couple pledge a lifetime together, it is very special. I pray the new couple finds both happiness and jobs now that they are finished with college. I have to say that couples getting married look younger every year, wait must be me getting older.

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I bought this book for inspiration by the little modern blocks and because Angela Walters free motion quilted all the quilts. I love her work. I found it so inspiring I have launched my long arm quilting in this modern style.
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Well, sad to say that My Modern Michigan did not make the quilt show in Grand Rapids. I am very proud of this piece. It is inspired to represent my home state. I love the woods, the windmills, curvy roads with tourists driving north, the Water, the logs in the Great Lakes representing my logging ancestors, stars and the Northern lights that are all here in this little quilt. I did lots of little quilting and I even mitered the corners (not pictured) for this quilt. So here is it’s blog debut in full. A beginning of finding my quilting voice, modern fusion.

My summer will focus on finishing tops of mine that need to be quilted. A star BOM that needs to be sewn and the assortment of Farmers wife blocks need to be sewn into a top, and then I can look ahead to making some of the blocks out of the book pictured above. Tula’s inspiration may not wait that long, haha. Maybe a block or two inbetween projects!

Vicki

I knit a shawl, really!

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From this awesome yarn, that I bought at a fiber show, I made a shawl. It was the most money I ever spent on yarn. It was fun to make and the perfect project for me. I will wear this in cold weather, I have a clasp. Overall, I like knitting easy projects that have a simple pattern. I don’t like knitting sweaters or fitted clothing.

I am thinking about tatting but that  requires much concentration,  lol. We will see.

A galaxy of a quilt

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Back of quilt

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Close up

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I thought the gold shapes made a great space to make stars. I free motion quilted the other curving shapes and thought it gave it a look of the galaxy or space. This quilt is a modern flannel made by Holly using the 10 minute block pattern.


Here is the author of this pattern’ s video.

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I think it turned out to be a really great quilt. Well done , Holly!!!

Vicki