These Boots…..

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Remember Nancy Sinatra?

This quilt top makes me think of that song every time I see it.
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I would guess it is from about 1970 or so.

This one is not mine but I will be hand quilting it when I finish up with the others I have started.   It belongs to Victoria Findlay Wolfe.  Fortunately she is not in a rush for it.   Check out her website, she is an amazing quilter, with her travel and teaching schedule I don’t know how she finds the time to make such cool quilts.

It might be hard to tell in the photos but the background and sashing is a very pale blue and the cornerstones are white.

The boots all have some lace added

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I imagine that the design inspiration was actually Victorian boots/shoes.

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I am not ready to start anything new but I had to share this because I think it is really fun.

There is a very similar quilt in the book Unconventional & Unexpected  American Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 by Roderick Kiracofe

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Not a lot new in the studio.    I got the desktop hooked up.

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I need to hide all those cords!   I have a large screen so I can see it without glasses.   I wear bifocals and they work for quilting, and distance, but not the computer…..I’m not ready to try trifocals :)

Most of the desk is filled.

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I spent more time in the garden, or more correctly what will be the garden.   There is still so much prep work to do before any planting can happen in the side yard.

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The big patches or bare earth are there because I have been moving the soil from the high spots into the low spots.    It was so very uneven it was even hard to walk.    There is still a lot to go and I will have to add some additional soil to fill in all the holes.      Eventually there will be planting around the perimeter which will hide the chain link fence. I have finally got most of the tree stumps dug out and cleared away.

That semi-circle around the bird feeders in the front is rocks.   I have never had any luck growing anything under bird feeders so I used more of the rocks from all over the yard to made an edging and will just keep that area for the birds.

Mostly sparrows so far.

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But there was a wren thinking about it.

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There really are a lot of  different kinds of birds in the neighborhood …they just haven’t found the feeders yet.

Teddy is ready to take a nap….being outside tires him out.

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I have a ton of boxes to unpack so back to it.

Happy Quilting

Tim

 

Summer

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When I was in school I couldn’t wait for the lazy days of summer.   It seemed like there was nothing to do and plenty of time to do it.   I really didn’t appreciate it at the time. Now it seems like there is always a list of dozens of things to do  and when I look at the clock I always ask myself where the day went.

I have been doing a lot of outdoor work and the list is growing.     But I did make a dent in it. It rained almost all day yesterday.   That is really a good thing for the garden because I don’t have to water but it did add a day to the deck project.   I cleaned the deck on Thursday and got a coat of paint on it on Friday , rain on Saturday, but got the second coat on today after it dried.   I think it looks great.

Here it is before cleaning and staining.

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and after.

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I have to give it a few days to totally dry , Teddy is very upset with me for not letting him on the deck.   He thinks it is his personal space.

Another item on the to do list was the front steps.    They were really scary.   The rise and run were all wrong.    The rise from step to step was all different with the space between the top step and the porch deck at about 2 inches.   So I ripped them out (which really was not a big task since they were so poorly made) and replaced them .   I Still need to stain to match, but they are safe to use now.

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I transplanted some Hostas in the side bed

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Those are the old steps in the bottom left corner of the pic.

I put in some bird feeders.   I can see them from the quilting frame on the first floor and from the sewing machine on the second.

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They were both full to the top on Friday.    One holds 5 pounds and one holds 8.   Hungry birds!   And fun to watch squirrels try to get into them.

Here are some more garden pics (click pictures to enlarge)

There is a lot left to do!   I think I will make another list….LOL
Quilting stuff next time

Tim

 

Before and after

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The tree crew came today to trim up the street tree and get it out of the power lines and remove the dying tree in the cornet of the fenced lot.

Teddy had a really hard time with it….so much noise and activity!   I am so happy with the results …I can see the house so much better and the side yard is so much brighter.

Before

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after

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next I will get to work cleaning the back deck and staining it

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and then I can start planting the new garden.

Here are some more pictures (click pictures to enlarge)

I plan to get some hand quilting  done too before I forget how!

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Happy quilting

Tim

Hand quilting at the frame.

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It rained last night.   A lot!   Pretty strong thunderstorms here in Lansing but other parts of Michigan were hit harder, hail and tornadoes.  Gardening in  wet soil is never a good thing because it compacts the soil so I decided to work indoors today.

It has been so long since I worked at the quilt frame that I really had to warm up.

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The way I guilt I am most comfortable quilting away from myself and to the right (could be because I am left-handed).   In a hoop I simply turn the hoop to change directions but the frame is stationary so I have to change the direction I am quilting.    The result being that I was a bit slower until I got back into the rhythm.    I made my way across the frame once and cranked it up to the next area to quilt.

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Teddy likes to sit in my chair when I get up.

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It was sunny most of the day so the garden dried and I did some pruning and weeding.   Nothing like the piles of the new garden but it is always amazing to me how fast things grow,

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Here are some garden pictures from this evening.  Click pictures to enlarge

Happy quilting

Tim

Hand Quilting Frame

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I moved some of the stuff into the studio space.    I do not have fancy specialty cabinets as work stations.     I have recycled kitchen cabinet bases with boards on top.

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I still have a few door to put back on.   The top on the center table fits the 3 foot by 5 foot cutting mat.     the table with the metal legs is also 3 x 5 feet and that has a pressing surface on it.

My main machine is in a vintage 1950 machine in a vintage 1950 cabinet.

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It is a Singer 301A and it is the best machine ever made in my opinion.    Just straight stitches and that really is all I ever need.

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The right side of the room gets my desk and bookshelves …..tomorrow I hope. I have so much stuff!!

I set up the quilt frame and look forward to getting to work on the quilt that has been in the frame forever.    I just had so much stuff in the way that I couldn’t work at the frame. but with the new space I have the room for it.

This one is a cool scrappy 1900 quilt that I am free-form arc quilting.

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You can see that I also have the Grace hoop ready to go with the antique applique quilt in it.

The living room is full. I need to have that clock repaired but it is nice to have a space for it where it isn’t tucked behind a door and unseen.

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I still have to hang quilts and do window treatments.

Teddy is exhausted! he has made so many trips up and down the stairs today.  He is napping on the floor where it is cooler.  But he did decide to have his picture taken first.

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Maybe some gardening next time

Happy Quilting

Tim

Updates

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Moving stuff into the studio today and I also got some stuff moved into the Living room (or break room ) I like quilts on chairs.   I will hang quilts on the walls a bit later.  I need to make some drapes for the windows…I am not a fan of just blinds.
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I have the important part of the kitchen set….the coffee pot. Coffee is needed all day long.
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And I found a spot for my old radio…which still works.   I am a big fan of high tech LOL

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The garden is pretty green…..but everything is getting ready to bloom if I get a bit of sun. When you look close there are lots of blooms just starting and hiding .

And it needs weeding so I know what I will be doing tomorrow if it doesn’t rain again.

Happy quilting and gardening

Tim

Crazy stairs to the studio

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I don’t have the studio space set up yet.     I am starting the move but packing it all up takes time and organization is not my strong suit.   These crazy steep stairs lead up to the room that will be the construction room.

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The sewing machine will be here, and a cutting table and Ironing table  and supplies and a desk for the computer.

I added the AC unit today…..no central air and it gets hot in the summer.     When I finish the gardening the view out the window will be great.

The door at the back on the right is the storage closet.  The collection of quilt tops and all the finished quilts will go there .   It is a large closet. You can see less than 1/2 of it in this picture.

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One of the rooms on the first floor will be the quilting room…where the actual hand quilting will happen.   The frame will be there and a hoop on a stand, and a comfy chair or 2 and shelves for quilt books.   .

It is an old house (126 years old) and one thing it retains is the old tub.

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perfect for soaking old quilts.

Moving and organizing is not something I am good at so it will be a while yet before I can show you pictures of the work spaces all set up.

Happy quilting

Tim