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MNnancy replied on Thu, Sep 26 2013 10:10 PM | Locked

Thanks for the birdhouse link, Gini.  She does nice work.  I've added my email address to follow her blog.


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Jacy replied on Thu, Sep 26 2013 11:16 PM | Locked

MNnancy:

Thanks for the birdhouse link, Gini.  She does nice work.  I've added my email address to follow her blog.

I did too. She had some nice designs, I need to try some new ones.

 

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Thea replied on Sat, Sep 28 2013 9:11 AM | Locked

It has been a slow year for me in the quilt making or anything doing department... but after my surgery Aug 23 and when I was allowed to sit at my sewing machine again that changed - it feels so good too to be sewing and quilting... and I have been at it now almost non-stop.  I have a problem with sitting still right now so at my sewing machine I am... this is what I accomplished so far this month ... and it started just before I went to the retreat and since I have been home I haven't stopped...

First I started McKenna Ryan's Wind in the Whiskers... I couldn't sit at my machine yet but did do all the drawing, cutting, pressing, cutting, setting in place and did get one block completely satin stitched before retreat when Doc said I could sew again... this quilt, I hope to have done by Christmas...

The next quilt will be the 2nd picture - I am posting both pictures as I started these quilts last year and then all the problems set in and they just sat there... I hardly ever make 2 quilts alike but did these as I wanted one to stay at my home and the other is being sent to my son and DDIL...I can tell them apart as mine has black spider webs but when I was making the 2nd I thought to myself - self most spider webs are white - so made them white...teehee

China of course has to help - he doesn't understand why I am laying these on the bed and that he has to move ...The first picture - the lighter one is the one I just finished quilting and have the machine part of the binding done - I have to sew it down by hand and figure tomorrow while watching football and nascar will be the perfect time - maybe I will be able to sit long enough...

The next quilt is the first one I did at the retreat - I had cut out all the fabrics and made kits to take with me to retreat this year as I was having to get a ride from Liz and Gretchen and knew i wouldn't have much room for my things - I normally take almost a sewing room of stuff... so this year had kits made up and this is my Christmas quilt for this year - I got the backing material in the mail this past Wed I think and will sandwich and quilt this one next week(I hope)

I had cut all the fabrics out except for the holly leaves - had to do them and fuse them in place - plus had forgotten to go through my stash and get that red fabric for the first border so of course a trip to a local quilt shop to get that and it matched one of the reds in the blocks - now to quilt...

the next quilts I started at the retreat but had to bring them home to finish - it was easy to sew all the square together but when I started cutting them into the twister blocks I didn't have enough room to lay them all out and keep my rows correct - my mind was not working correctly - so when I came home I finished them up - first is Spidee - and it is completed except for the binding to be hand sewn down tomorrow - the backing for this quilt was from my Halloween stash box... I have to use the fabrics in there up so this quilt is sort of reversible...

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the next quilt is a Butterfly - I started the wings at retreat - Butterflies have a special meaning for me... most of the fabrics in it have butterflies on them or are from a line of coordinating fabrics that came out last year that were peacocks and butterflies... I finished this one and have the backing and quiting design all figured out and will start on them this next week.

And there is more...teeheee

I started this quilt after the retreat in Branson - during the period when I was in so much pain I couldn't get out of my bed - but as usual I can't just sit or lay still so I did embroidered blocks by hand - i did all the Snowmen ladies blocks and then I did these as I picked this pattern up while shopping with Beth... I got it all together and quilted it last week... and again it has a backing from my Halloween stash box...

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And I have one more - although at the end of today I hope to have another top done - it is almost there...but i digress...

here is the last top I made this past week... you probably will recognize it if you get the connecting threads catalog - but earlier this summer they had these kits on sale - I bought the blue ones and kitted them up but this is fhe first one I put together - I have 2 more to go - they are in my kit drawer which I vow to empty by Christmas - but here it is...

I don't have a backing picked out for it yet but am thinking something will come to me - this was an easy quilt to make and would be a great one if you are going to teach quilting to someone - there is nothing very hard about it and you can teach the importance of pressing your rows as you go and how the 1/4" seam is important and there are only triangles on the outer border... it is sewn on point... a quick quilt too if you have to make a birthday or shower gift!

Hope you enjoyed my small quilt show.  I am so excited that I was able to do all this work as I had thought it was never going to happen again with my neck pain problems but the neuro stimulator has given me a life again.  Still have pain but no where near the levels it was 24/7.

 

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Marie replied on Sat, Sep 28 2013 9:31 AM | Locked

Oh my goodness, Thea, all of this in a month??????  I am so glad your neuro stimulator has given you back your life.  No guessing what you'll get done between now and Christmas.  I love all of your quilts, fronts and backs.  You do such good work!  I think China thinks so as well.

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Brigit-Carol replied on Sat, Sep 28 2013 9:41 AM | Locked

Gorgous work, everyone.  Thea, can you point me to a pattern for the butterfly twister?  I have a twister book and template but haven't used it yet.  I'd love to do something like that butterfly for myself out of all the butterfly fabrics I get in swaps.  I was just looking at the fabrics this morning, trying to figure out what I might do.  Thanks.  BTW, glad you are feeling better.

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Patti replied on Sat, Sep 28 2013 9:59 AM | Locked

wow Thea, after those years of pain, it is so nice to see you doing what you love again, as much as you want. 

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Pam replied on Sat, Sep 28 2013 10:17 AM | Locked

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as one that has Rheumatoid Arthritis that is uncontrolled by ANY meds, infusions, injections etc. , I am SOOoooo happy for the success of your surgery!!! Yay for you....and W O W on your quilts! Go girl!

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Karla replied on Sat, Sep 28 2013 10:20 AM | Locked

Brigit-Carol:

Gorgous work, everyone.  Thea, can you point me to a pattern for the butterfly twister?  I have a twister book and template but haven't used it yet.  I'd love to do something like that butterfly for myself out of all the butterfly fabrics I get in swaps.  I was just looking at the fabrics this morning, trying to figure out what I might do.  Thanks.  BTW, glad you are feeling better.

I, too, have the twister book and template but haven't done a thing with them.  That butterfly pattern would be so nice to try.  My DD1 is expecting a baby in December and the nursery is decorated in butterflies...wouldn't this be a great addition?

 

 

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MNnancy replied on Sat, Sep 28 2013 10:27 AM | Locked

Thea, you go, girl!   I was looking forward to posting that I got the first block of our guild's BOM finished, but now it doesn't seem like much.  Enjoyed your quilt show!  

...back to working on my tomato soup...


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Karla replied on Sat, Sep 28 2013 10:29 AM | Locked

MNnancy:
...back to working on my tomato soup...

I've been looking for a good tomato soup recipe for the last of my tomatoes...or are you working on a quilt called "tomato soup".

 

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Bev replied on Sat, Sep 28 2013 11:20 AM | Locked

Thea, I can't believe how much you have done!   It is really good to see you so productive.

I am still working on one quilt that has embroidery blocks that I am ready to put the last border on so I can finish the embroidery for the border. I have 2 more quilts planned with embroidery blocks which is why I like your Halloween quilt with the embroidery blocks best of all.

Hope your health continues to improve.

 

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Nana replied on Sat, Sep 28 2013 11:39 AM | Locked

Thea

Beautiful quilts.  Love the butterfly.

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Quiltless replied on Sat, Sep 28 2013 11:49 AM | Locked

I "sort of" worked on a quilt today.  It is raining here in the Pacific Northwest; a perfect day to spend working in my sewing room.  It was so simple, but it was new to me and I learned something.  I cut out some fleece for a throw blanket -- learned to trim the edges and square it off.  Then I used a serger and a 4 thread overlock to stabilize the edges.  I learned to do corners and finish the stitch coming around a corner.  So, it was simple, but new to me.  Now back to my latest rag quilt.  (Someday I'm going to learn free motion quilting.   ; )     )

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Quiltless replied on Sat, Sep 28 2013 11:50 AM | Locked

Thea!  Those are GREAT quilts!  LOVED THEM!

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Thea replied on Sat, Sep 28 2013 11:56 AM | Locked

Brigit-Carol:

Gorgous work, everyone.  Thea, can you point me to a pattern for the butterfly twister?  I have a twister book and template but haven't used it yet.  I'd love to do something like that butterfly for myself out of all the butterfly fabrics I get in swaps.  I was just looking at the fabrics this morning, trying to figure out what I might do.  Thanks.  BTW, glad you are feeling better.

Thank you Brigit - it is a pattern called Fly Fly Away; I think you can get it at www.raggedyruthdesings.com  There is a correction I am not sure she knows about yet - the inside border with the small twisters it called for 1 1/2 x 6 1/2 and you actually need the same size as the inner rectangles of 4 1/2 x 6 1/2.  It was a fun top to make.

 

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