One Thing Leads to- well- Napkins
Aug 14th, 2017 by Wendy

Although I made cloth napkins for my son while he was still in college (he’s now 30 and still has them), we have been steadily using paper napkins. Recently, he asked me why. That question led to- napkins.

Lots of napkins. I decided to raid my collection of mostly Japanese contemporary home decorative weight fabrics, some cotton, some linen, some a blend. I heard the voice of my high school sewing teacher telling me to “pull the threads, don’t cut”. So I did- I pulled threads to outline the 17 3/4″ squares that would become napkins.

Why 17 3/4″ Because most of the pieces were 1/2 yard cuts, and they frayed in the washer/dryer, and this number was the largest I could get. The result: 16″ square napkins, with mitered corners and machine topstitching.

I started with 3 napkins from one of the fabrics. I figured I’d use this fabric experimentally, working out the kinks and errors as I went:

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Then I started on the set of ten new napkins for my son and girlfriend, to go with their Fiestaware table settings. The place settings and accessories are all different (solid) colors, so I thought prints would be delightful. They are!

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I’m going to say it: it’s not that hard to do! The truth is, the second five went a LOT faster than the first five. Around napkin 7 or 8, I thought, this is a breeze! By napkin number 10, I thought: no more napkins… ever!!! But I am still making napkins for us, so one of these days…. Meanwhile, here are the steps I took.

I did not document one napkin from start to finish because- honestly– I kept forgetting to take step-by-step photos. However, by the time I finished all ten napkins, I had snapped a photo of all the steps:

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ONE: Pull a thread across the fabric- it will bunch and gather up, which is okay. Flattening it out will make it stand out from the other threads. If the thread breaks- either use a pin to pull up that thread again OR cut along the line you can see, then pull out the next thread to pull. Repeat for all four sides. Don’t iron at this stage- you don’t want to stretch it. 

TWO: Mark the first “hem” line with chalk. My first fold is 3/8″, so I marked the hem line at double that- 3/4″. Repeat for all four sides. (Adjust for your hem allowances. Keep in mind, the hem is folded twice.)

THREE: Fold to the chalk line and pin along each of the four sides. Press. I used a pressing cloth and placed the iron right over the pins, with my wooden clapper to trap the steam, of course.

FOUR: Work in batches. I made 5 napkins at a time, repeating each step with all five. It’s Assemby Line Time!

FIVE: Draw the next chalk line for the second fold. I drew the next line at 1″ from the outside edge. I folded over each side, pinning as I went, then pressing (with a press cloth). The corners get mitered, so they don’t have to fold neatly or prettily at this point.

 

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ONE: Now that the sides have been folded, pinned and pressed, you are ready to “miter” the corners.

TWO: Open up the corner t0 the first folded edge, then fold the point over to make a “half square triangle”. It’s easy to line up the point with the intersection of the chalk lines. Finger press the crease of the fold. (I tried pressing the crease- didn’t work for me.)

THREE: Open up the corner again. I lightly drew a pencil line on the fold so I could see it better.

FOUR: Fold the corner of the napkin right-sides-together, lining up the pencil/fold lines. If you pin the sides together first, it makes the pencil lines match up better. Sew a seam along the pencil/fold lines. (If you’ve read about my Pin Poke method- use it here to match up the fold/pencil lines.)

FIVE: Trim the seam allowance. I also cut off the tip of the seam allowance (NOT shown in this photo) but be careful- it would be easy to cut through the seam line.

 

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ONE: Finger press the seam open and turn the edge right-sides-out.

TWO: Gently poke out the corner. I use semi-pointy scissors. If needed, I’ll use a pin to pull out the final fabric in the point. Pin on either side.

THREE: Using a long running stitch and basting thread, baste (by hand) along the very edge of the fold. Consistency is important.

FOIR: Turn over the napkin: It’s magic! The thread basted stitching lines give you x-ray vision! Okay, not quite. But the stitched line shows you where the fold/edge is on the wrong side of the napkin. By sewing just to the right of the basting stitches, you’ll also be sewing right next to the fold/edge on the wrong side.

FIVE: Check to make sure the stitching catches the edge on the wrong side. Remove the basting thread. Press the napkin, fold as desired, and announce “Ta Da” to the cat sleeping near the sewing machine. Now you know what I did as I finished each napkin!!!

Pathway Ends….
Aug 3rd, 2017 by Wendy

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I have a variety of round trip loops for my morning walks, depending how far or which direction I want to go. One way to get home is the path that announces “Pathway Ends”.

The path ends, but there are trails through the woods leading back to my house. Or I could turn around and circle back on another path to home.

It reminded me of developing an idea for a quilt. Sometimes we do hit a dead end. We can give up, turn around, or find another way.

I’ve been playing around for over a year now with what I call the “interlocked braid” pattern. I’ve seen it called “fence rail” and “herringbone”. This old pattern (over 100 years) got revamped in the last 30 years or so with the French braid version, eliminating the “interlock” feature & the partial seam construction.

I’ve been exploring the idea, looking for variations that make me smile. I’ve hit some dead ends, circled back around, looked for other options- all to find the path that is right for me and my inner vision.

Here are the variations since June 2016–

• I didn’t like the chunky size of the first rectangle. • I made the rectangle skinnier and added a black/white print edging. This helps tame the chaos of the prints and creates a continuous colored zigzag line. • I tried adding areas of the same color rectangle- oh, that idea went nowhere! • Most recently I added the same fabric in one continuous zigzag. I like the way it looks! Judith in Portland (@judithquinngarnett on Instagram and blackdogdesignpdx.com) worked her photoshop magic to show me a larger sample. I really like it!

What will happen next? I hope it doesn’t take a year to find out!!!

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2017 SAQA* Benefit Auction
Aug 2nd, 2017 by Wendy

The 2017 Benefit Auction for the Studio Art Quilt Associates* international organization will take place from September 15 through October 8. The Auction will kick-off at 2pm ET on September 15 with Diamond Day bidding – an early bird opportunity to purchase ANY quilt for $1000.  Last year, the auction raised almost $80,000 to support our exhibition and outreach programs.

Check out SAQA at saqa.com and seriously consider joining. You will be part of an international organization that supports a creative life style in a variety of interests, pursuits and styles.

SAQA invites members to put together their own “Dream Collection” of six quilts based on a theme. On a lark, I browsed the donations and quickly put together a short list of quilts.

Was it hard to limit myself to six? Oh yes it was!

In no particular order, here are my six quilts on the theme of “Abstractions”.

BA17-BryantN-T

BA17-NunezD-T

BA17-PurneyMarkS-T

BA17-ShieldsK-T

BA17-SchwarzenbergerM-T

BA17-SiderS-T

Upcycled Mash-Up Tee Shirt (and more)
Aug 1st, 2017 by Wendy

I don’t know why I woke up with the idea to make another of my upcycled mash-up tee shirts, especially because it has been so hot here, but I did.

I’d love to be able to design my own clothes, but I can’t. Using existing clothes and patterns is something I can do. If you aren’t already doing something like this, you might want to try it! Here are photos of my latest long sleeved shirt finished yesterday, and more photos, because once I got started on this topic, I couldn’t quit!

I made this ages ago with Vogue #8497 by Marcy Tilton pattern, a knit dress I made in the early 90’s, and a thrift store XXL tee shirt (plus the hems of another tee shirt).  I had an idea to adapt it to make my long sleeve mash-up tee shirt.

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I tested the concept of using a purchased 1 yard knit strip (50% off!) and a thrift store knit turtleneck. I liked the combination!

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I adapted the Vogue pattern by overlapping the zigzag pattern pieces to make a one piece front and back. The short sleeve is part of the pattern fronts and backs. It seemed likely I could just cut off the sleeves of the turtleneck and attach to the ends of the short sleeves. Game on!

Cooper the Cat was sure he could help me layout the patterns. One yard was barely enough, but like Tim Gunn says, I made it work! (Okay, I had to eliminate the side placket of the pattern- see what I did instead later.)

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I scrounged around for another tee shirt to steal the neck ribbing. I found one of my old but not worn out gray tee shirts and amputated the neck ribbing, leaving enough for the seam allowance. It’s strange to me how flexible neck ribbing is- it has always worked just fine!

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Next I added the bottom of the thrift store tee to the bottom of my shirt fronts and backs. When you cut off the bottom of ready made tee shirts, they are already hemmed and ready to go! I’ve noticed that people often include their feet in their Instagram photos- Cooper says paws are cute too!

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I removed the sleeves at the seams, so I could figure out how to cut the edge. First, I tested how it would work. Then I trimmed the “dropped shoulder” end of the sleeves and sewed them right sides together to my growing tee shirt (sewed the side seams first). I used solid black fabric to make the placket for the “high-low” side seams. All good! But I can’t wear it for a few months….

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I’ve had mostly successes with my upcycled mash-up shirts. (I never photographed my one failure.) Here I am with Janie Vangool from Uppercase Magazine at Spring Quilt Market 2016 with my upcycled mash-up shirt, using purchased striped yardage and thrift store tees AND Vogue #8877 (Very Easy Very Vogue) pattern.

 

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This is probably my all time favorite shirt- made with 4 thrift store men’s shirts. Is started with the black shirt, because it fit me the best. Then I kept swapping “body parts” and sometimes using them in the “wrong” places. The red checked sleeves came with the button tab feature. Like I said, I can’t create my own patterns, but I can play with thrift store clothing!

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I even made an upcycled mash-up quilt for the kitties using worn Smart Wool and other fancy socks. The feet had holes, but the “legs” were fine. I flattened out the legs and stitched them to batting to make the quilt top & back (one piece). I stuffed the quilt with an inner pillow made from the hole-y sock soles. Now that’s using up all the parts!

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This is my most recent upcycled mash-up tee shirt, using 8 of my favorite old but not too worn tee shirts. When I finished it, it was way too big for me, but I found a way to take out 8″ in the width. It’s fun – but loud – to wear.

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I’ll end with this photo- showing me around age 16 with my first upcycled mash-up clothing- a raincoat using bread wrappers. I flat-felled the seams so it truly was waterproof. In the side by side photo, I’m wearing an upcycled tee shirt under the linen overshirt, around age 63-64. It’s crazy fun to think I’ve lived a creative life since a young girl!

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*Thanks Judith Q. Garnett of Portland for mashing-up these two photos for me! @judithquinngarnett and blackdogdesignpdx.com

Cats and Lemons
Jul 21st, 2017 by Wendy

 

Cooper the Cat is “king of the Cal King bed”. How sweet of us to provide him with such a nice cat bed!

And, Cooper is still obsessed with fresh corn on the cob. No corn on the cob during the fall, winter or spring, but come summer, Cooper still loves corn!

 

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Living in a “rural” area, it’s not easy to find a fresh lemon when you need one, especially in winter. So I buy in bulk, when lemons are harvested in the USA, and freeze the juice and zest. I bought the zester over 15 years ago- it’s still sharp and easy to use. The lemon squeezer gadget is new – I found it in Bend at Gingers’ Housewares in the Old Mill Shopping Center, across from REI and next door to the Spice Shop. It’s heavy (must be good!) and is ratcheted, which means I don’t have to squeeze as hard to get the same effect.

 

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I freeze the zest and the lemon juice. One zest package equals “the zest of 1 lemon”. Each ice cube is 2 tablespoons. This means we can enjoy lemon-mustard-herb chicken in the dead of winter or almond butter cookies with lemon zest. And much more.

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I’ve been in a bit of a lull since recovering from Influenza B and having another vein procedure. I’m on the mend and starting to poke around the sewing room, even finishing some things, and starting more. Photos coming….

 

What Happens in Lincoln, Nebraska……
Jun 4th, 2017 by Wendy

Before flying to Lincoln, Nebraska on April 26, for the national Studio Art Quilt Associates conference, in conjunction with The International Quilt Study Center & Museum at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, I started fooling around with these two fabrics and the triangle shapes. I’m in the process of quilting the finished top now— so stay tuned to see how it turned out! P.S. I found the perfect Sulky Blendable thread in my big box of Blendables— white, black and blue!!!!

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In retrospect, Pat and I should have known there would be trouble when a woman, who walked on the plane in Denver, had to be assisted off the plane and put into a wheelchair, after coughing her guts out during the flight. Everything was fine for Wednesday and Thursday- a group of us trekked around downtown Lincoln, including going to the Great Plans Museum to see a quilt show and taking Uber to Sweet Minou to buy coffee and chocolate.

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Notice the brick buildings and the wide, clean, sidewalks. I waited for people to pass- no the town is not deserted! I started following Sweet Minou on Instagram before arriving in Lincoln and we all agreed, it was worth the short Uber driver.

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I presented one of 16 “Lightening Talks”. These are fast paced slide shows, with 20 slides, 20 seconds per slide. With 20 seconds between talks, there was just enough time to scoot to the stage and start speaking. I love this format, which forces the speaker to carefully choose what to say. No rambling with only 20 seconds!!! But 20 seconds is quite long enough to say something meaningful. I ended my talk with this image- and thought- maybe my 16 year old self would not be surprised what my 60 something self was getting up to!

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But by Friday night, we were both sick with a respiratory illness, complete with severe aching neck and body, chills and fevers, headache, extreme “yuck” when standing up, etc. I missed the private tours at the Quilt Study Center, the banquet dinner and spotlight auction, hanging out in the lobby with fellow SAQA members, meals, and much of Sunday morning. On Saturday afternoon, I did drag myself across the street to Misty’s to get a beef burger and fries. I stopped to take a photo of a cool place to hang out on the street corner.

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I did get to hear the Michael James keynote speech Sunday morning. Our extra day in Lincoln were spent at Urgent Care to discover we had Influenza B and the hotel lobby and airport. It was a miserable flight home through Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, and Redmond. Then followed the next four weeks of misery with Influenza B and recovery and doctor visits and labwork and inhaler use. 

Near the end of May I woke up in the Land of the Living!!! I rustled up a failed upcycled tee shirt that ended up way too large for me. Even though it was the same size as the purchased shirt that I used as a model, it didn’t drape at all. The shirt stayed stuffed in the sewing room closet until last week, when I had insight about taking 8 inches out of the width while maintaining the overall integrity of the pattern.

Here is the front:

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Here is the back:

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Hopefully, I will stay well!!!

A Mansard Roof Chocolate Cake & More
Apr 13th, 2017 by Wendy

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For a family dinner, I made the family recipe for a chocolate cake. I used Seco cocoa, per my son’s tweeking of the recipe. It was delicious! However, I didn’t realize the oven rack was tilted- so the cake baked tilted- somewhat like a Mansard Roof, or perhaps, a Half Mansard Roof.

 

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While in Salem, the E Quilt (E-Taupia or E-Some! or ???) went to live with Ericka. I’m really thankful I got to be a part of this collaboration with 3 women (mother, aunt and niece).

 

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A trip to IKEA led to this purchase of three fabrics, a soap dispenser, and one more folded little purse. Back home, the dispenser fits right in!

 

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We woke up to snow this morning! It felt a little like an alien world, with snow-frosting glopped on the bitter brush and trees. Can’t resist showing the “before” snow pile with the “current” snow pile left today. Oh yeah, so sad to see that pile go (not). We haven’t inspected closely, but it looks like our deck survived!

April Fool’s Day
Apr 1st, 2017 by Wendy

Let’s catch up a little bit:

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Evelyn, the granddaughter of my friend and coauthor Pat Pease, loves her quilt by Pat and her Skinny Kitty by me!

 

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David and I made a mess of the kitchen last weekend. We served chicken in simmer sauce, lentil dahl, naan, brown rice pilaf with caramelized onions, carrot coins (picked carrot slices), and cherry pie to our guests- our nephew and girlfriend. You should have seen the sink! P.S. The vulnerable part of our food processor broke again! One new “pusher assembly” is on the way, but not under warranty this time. And it’s back ordered- probably because this part breaks all the time!

 

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This is a view out the back door. We’ve been getting light snow falls that melt off during the day. In the first photo, there are so many hints and tints of colors. Because of daylight savings time I was actually up for the sunrise. The other picture captures a rare sight- for me anyway- of the light coming through the trees, shining on the light layer of snow. Beautiful!

 

The cats have spent a lot of snoozing and window watching in the sewing room. I caught Izzy dozing next to a 20 year old stuffed kitty (that’s another story).

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Announcement: The E Quilt is Finished!!!! This began- 1 or more years ago- with a shopping trip with my niece. Ericka asked for an E quilt for her queen size bed. She itemized the Want List: 1) interlocked E’s; 2) lots of drape over the sides of the bed; 3) all taupes as Ericka defines it; 4) repeat blocks. Then the collaboration continued with Ericka’s mother, Barbara. Today, April 1st, the dream quilt became a finished reality!!!!

 

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I designed two versions of the interlocked E block- my trial blocks. Barbara made most of the E blocks and assembled most of the quilt top. I added a narrow border on all sides and a wide border on 3 sides. I volunteered to do the quilting, with narrow, vertical, parallel straight lines (about 1/2″ apart). It’s a good thing I have a big lap (I’m tall) and a large worktable to support the weight of the 104″ by 104″ basted quilt.

 

You can see the water soluble stitching, forming a grid, on the fabric. I use a spray baste product first, to seal the layers together. I use Sulky KK 2000 or 505 Spray Baste in the blue and orange can. Both are good products. After allowing the basted quilt to stay flat and dry out for 2 hours or overnight, I stitch a grid through the quilt with Superior brand Vanish Lite, a water soluble thread. Now I (or you) can handle the quilt like a maniac and the layers stay connected.

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When I talked to Barbara about the quilting process, I sounded like such a geek about the way the texture and feel of the quilt changes as the layers are stitched (quilted) together. Anyone who has made a few quilts probably can relate. It feels great but it looks like a mess before going into the wash- with the quilting lines & the water soluble thread grid fighting each other.

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I put the quilt in the dryer for short 10-20 minute time periods (the larger & heavier the quilt, the longer the time), so I can pull it out when it is still a bit damp. I block the quilt on carpet and tape down the edges. I’ve never blocked a hand knit sweater, but I think the concept is the same. I make sure the corners are at right angles and the seam lines are as straight as possible (when there are rows and columns). It dries the rest of the way like this.

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Finally it’s time to do the binding. I square up the quilt first. I wanted an extra wide binding for this extra big quilt, so I cut strips on the bias, at 3 1/2″ wide. Bias binding is better for functional quilts, because the folded edge wears better over time. I sewed the binding right sides together to the quilt top, mitering the corners. I iron the binding away from the quilt top, careful not to stretch the edge. Then I used my machine topstitch method to finish the binding- the secret is in the basting thread, hand stitched with big stitches along the edge of the binding. From the front, the basting line shows where the edge of the binding is on the other side, so you can machine topstitch just inside the basting line (and right along the folded edge on the back). You can find earlier posts on this method or find it in my latest book, Creative Quilt Challenges c.2016, with Pat Pease, C&T Publishing.

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Looks nice on our queen size bed- maybe Ericka won’t like it? Ha! She will love it. I’ve enjoyed the collaboration with my sister-in-law and niece. First Ericka and I chose the initial fabrics, then I designed the interlocked E block. Of course, we needed more fabrics! The E’s, finished size 10″ by 12″, took a lot of fabric per block. (We shopped before I drafted the block.) Barbara made extra E’s so Ericka could pick and choose her favorites. Ericka really liked the Essex Yarn Dyed fabric in the “espresso” colorway, so Barbara found a deal at Fabric Depot in Portland on a whole bolt of 14 yards (for the border, backing, and pillowcases).

 

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Post Script: I keep measurements of my quilts in progress. The quilt top measured 104″ square before we basted the layers. After quilting, the quilt top measured 99″!!! My theory is that the Yarn Dyed Essex fabric, which  is a coarse weave & very soft, got sucked up with the 1/2″ spaced parallel lines. I think if we’d used a high thread count backing fabric, it wouldn’t have shrunk this much with just the quilting.

After washing and drying, the quilt top measured 95″. I expected it to shrink in the washer/dryer about 3-4 inches. I did not expect it to shrink 5″ with the quilting. It shrunk a total of about 9″ total! Good thing we started extra large for the queen sized bed- there is still at least 15″ of drape on the three sides.

All the fabrics were prewashed. We used Quilter’s Dream Request Loft cotton batting. In my experience, it’s a combination of the quilting and the dryer that does the shrinking. The more dense the quilting or the more the stitching lines cross in the quilting, the more shrinkage. I don’t think the water temperature (ranging from cold to lukewarm) is a factor, but next time, I will measure the quilt before it goes in the dryer to find out.

In 1995, with my first book,  I did experiments with small quilt tops (8″ square, as I recall), to back up my claims about shrinkage. I did identical sets of small quilt sandwiches to compare fabrics prewashed or not, types of batting and density of quilting and washing & drying and thread fiber types. I had a LOT of samples. My samples showed proof that it’s the density and criss crossing of quilting lines that result in the most shrinkage. (Note: I did not compare water temperatures, so maybe that should be next.)

 

 

 

I’m a Winner! Plus more catching up…
Mar 11th, 2017 by Wendy

Stephanie, found at spontaneousthreads on Instagram and Flickr, frequently runs random prize drawings. A friend in Santa Fe entered for the two of us, and we each won a prize! This is the adorable package I got in the mail, with an invitation to make a little something. Woo Hoo!

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Cooper the Cat loves bowls, boxes, and anything he can get his body into. Check out the meme “If It Fits, I Sits” for more adorable cat photos.

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I made another Octagon Bag, for a friend, for Christmas 2016. I did a few things my way, such as mitering the corners for less bulk. I love this pattern (see previous post).

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I spent about 10 days in Salem recently. While there, my sister-in-law Barbara and I worked on a quilt for her daughter, whose name starts with — E— what else? Ironing 14 yards of fabric (bolt sale price!) then started assembling Barbara’s E blocks. It’s huge: about 104″ by 104″ right now. The fully basted quilt (spray basting plus water soluble thread) is home with me, waiting to be quilted. This time I mean it- no more monster sized quilts!

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I popped up to Portland from Salem to visit Luke & Colleen. We went to Hippo Hardware, a promised wonderland of parts for old houses. Nooks, crannies, half floors, full floors, scary steep stairs up and down, we explored it all. Outside, I took this photo.

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The next day I went to BOLT Fabric Boutique on NE Alberta street with friend Judith. After fabric snooping and shopping, we crossed the street to have a late lunch at Bollywood Theater. Here is our chai tea, waiting for our order of sweet/sour/spicy cauliflower and chicken curry with mini side dishes.

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February Already
Feb 12th, 2017 by Wendy

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While the cats sleep (two cats- one box), the snow outside slowly melts. David hacked a path to the big tree, for bird feeding, and our BBQ is mostly freed from the snowdrift on our deck. The little birds are back,  but it’s not quite spring yet, is it?

 

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I first saw this pattern at Spring Quilt Market in Salt Lake City, Utah, in the spring of 2016. I got to buy this pattern at the Pacific International Quilt Festival, Santa Clara, California in October 2016. I made the small bag, reversible with Mochi dots in lime green. The outer fabric is a find from Bolt Fabric Boutique in Portland, Oregon. I love this bag! I’m making another bag- will report more when it’s finished.

 

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http://www.sjquiltmuseum.org/submit-art/

The current exhibit, “Fate, Destiny and Self Determination” from January 20 to April 16, 2017, at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles features the weavings of Line Dufour. The public is invited to submit a small shape, under 4″ square, made with nonperishable fiber materials. We are encouraged to think beyond the square and make a unique shape. The shapes are due by April 16th. Check out the link to find out more about the exhibit and to the shapes collection growing on a wall.

At the time I mailed in my shape, people from over 26 countries had already sent in shapes!

My shape is a collage put together with leftover stitched thread web constructions (already treated with clear acrylic spray). I’m so happy to be part of this project- only wish I could visit the museum. Actually, I’d love to be able to see the exhibits shown there—- it’s a really great place if you are ever in the Bay Area or near San Jose, California.

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