Autumn

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Autumn is here.   The trees are really colorful around town and I need to get to work on fall clean up in my garden.

A few things still look good.  I took a few pictures but it is starting to rain so I will try again in a few days.     (click pictures to enlarge)

If the weather is good I have some bulbs to plant  and there are bags of leaves to rake and plants to cut down and flowers to harvest for drying.

I taught a class today….more floral design, I did get a few pictures.

I hope to get this quilt finished this week

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I will post pictures soon

Happy Fall

Tim

Teddy quilt started

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I started hand quilting the Teddy quilt.

Teddy is an on top of the quilt guy so I wanted the quilt to be very thick and puffy.   I used an extra loft poly batting.

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The backing is a dog bone pattern

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As always I pin basted the layers together (very few pins works best for me)

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I am hand quilting it with black perle cotton thread #12 and a size 5 embroidery needle. A note about perle cotton thread; it is different than embroidery floss.    Embroidery floss is not a good choice for hand quilting.  The individual strands are not as strong and are not twisted together like they are in perle cotton thread.

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I am not marking this.  I am just quilting around the pieces and then adding 3 more rows by eye .

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You can see Teddy on the far left checking my work.

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He asked if he could sit on it yet

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I got his approval.

I did make a few more border pieces for the Batik Quilt.

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It wont be too much longer before I get the top finished (I hope)

As promised here are a few pictures from the Basic floral design class I teach. (click pictures to enlarge)

Happy Quilting

Tim

Teddy the Helper

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Today I have been working on the Batik Project.    The Fabrics are from Lelia and Co. Fabric and Design and the blocks are paper foundation pieced.   I am getting better at paper foundation piecing the more blocks I do.

I have 21 done now of the 100 needed to finish

Here is the plan which I did on the computer

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I decided to see how the blocks look laid out and Teddy was there to help me arrange them.

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and he did a pretty good job

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he needed some help getting that last one flat

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I hardly ever mention my other job as flora design instructor but my nephew got married yesterday and I did the flowers for the wedding.

The ceremony was at the Grosse Pointe Academy Chapel …here is a picture of the chapel (It is a picture from their website not the same wedding)

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I am really bad about getting pictures of weddings , usually I am in such a frenzy trying to get it all done on time that I just forget to stop and take some pictures.    I did take a few in the work room before I delivered them.

Brides bouquet

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Bridesmaid

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Chapel flowers

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centerpiece

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My Sister made the cupcake wedding cake

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Teddy says it is time to get back to work now

Happy Quilting

Tim

More Garden Picturtes

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Hard to believe it is already Aug 9!  The summer is flying by….but the garden continues to grow.   here are some pictures (click pictures to enlarge)

here is the back garden

and the front

I got a bit more done on the snowflake quilt, many stitches to go :)

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This post shows how I started 

More pictures soon

Happy Quilting

Tim

Look Through my Window

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I was looking at some quilt blocks on the floor (my design area is the floor) and it occurred to me that I never remember to look out the window. (the window is on the second floor  and I have to look out and down to see the garden)   Earlier today we had a bit of a hail storm so when I looked out I was afraid that I might see all my flowers flattened.   Fortunately flowers a tough!

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When I typed Look Through My Window the song by the Mamas and the Papas came to mind.

 

The blocks I was looking at are the blocks with the Interplay Fabrics

I have 8 of the 12 fabrics done and I should be done with the last 4 and ready to piece all the blocks together in a day or so.

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For now back to hand quilting

Happy Quilting

Tim

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flowers and quilts

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I am working on the border of the star quilt.

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in the picture you can see the pencil I use to do the marking.  The pencil washes out pretty easily so when the quilt is done it goes into the washing machine and then the dryer.

I took a quilt break to go look at the garden….here are pictures of the garden today (click pictures to enlarge)

I made a few more blocks from the Interplay fabrics (see yesterdays post) and I decided to set 4 like blocks together

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If I were to make a quilt with just these two fabrics it would look like this (I put this picture together by copying and pasting the block several times just to see what it would look like)

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Back to work for me

Happy Quilting/Gardening

Tim

Vintage Log Cabins and Butterflies

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I bought another log cabin quilt top.  This one is from the 1930’s

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It is hand and machine pieced.

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it is 77″ x 82″ with a great variety of fabrics  (click pictures to enlarge)

Different fabrics and settings can really change the look of a log cabin quilt.  Here are a few examples from my collection of vintage tops and quilts that I have finished. (click pictures to enlarge)

Yesterday between rain showers I took a few butterfly pictures in my garden.

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Since I was taking butterfly pictures I also took more flower pictures (click pictures to enlarge)

Next time some quilting updates

Happy Quilting

Tim