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

Garden pictures

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I have been able to get a bit of garden work done the last few days…..here are a few pictures I took this morning (click pictures to enlarge)

It sure is good to start seeing color!

Happy Gardening

Tim

Plans and Garden

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I have been stitching away on my whole cloth quilt. Hand quilting gives me a lot of time to think….and I have been trying to plan what I am going to do with the fabrics I recently purchased.

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I have changed my mind a million times…here are a few of my first thoughts

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but what about these…..

The Flower Ring Round the Twist Blazing Star CONSTELLATION

I could drive myself crazy trying to make up my mind.  I think I will just keep thinking about it until I finish the one I am working on….and plan another few dozen options.  I will know what to do when I am ready to start.  Part of the process for me is to spend a lot of time thinking about it and not rush or be influenced by what others think….it needs to feel right to me or I just can’t get into it.

Here are some more Garden pictures (click to enlarge)

 

Happy Quilting

Tim

Late summer garden, and an interview

I took some pictures of the garden today.  I  seem to begin to overlook it at this time of year, but it is still full of blooms….and bees!

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and here are some pictures of demos from floral design class…the first 3 designs are by Cindy Ching

And when I was at AQS in Grand Rapids I was interviewed by Bonnie Browning…here is the interview

Happy Quilting and happy Gardening

Tim

 

Teddy’s Garden

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Not much new in the quilt category to write about, I am working away on some of the unfinished pile….more about those soon

Meanwhile Teddy wanted to show off his garden….so here are some pictures of the summer flowers coming into bloom. (click pictures to enlarge)

Happy Gardening

Tim

Another Finish and more garden pictures

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I finished the fan quilt.  I made the top with vintage blocks and new fabrics for the sashing. You can read about that here: http://timquilts.com/2013/03/10/fan-blocks-become-a-quilt-top/

I did not feel like this quilt fit with anything extra fancy in the quilting design. The scrappy nature of it lends itself to a more simple design. This took about 800 yards of quilting thread.

I used Natures Touch cotton batting and just for kicks I measured the quilt before  I washed it.  it finished at 80″ square.  After washing and drying (both in the machine) it is now 76″ square…about 5% shrinkage….I love the look.

Here are a bunch of pictures, the quilt is fresh out of the dryer and still a bit wrinkly but you can get the idea.

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Now back to one of the many other quilts in progress.

It has been hot here in Lansing!…I went outside this morning to take a few garden pictures, and the difference in the temperature between the inside with the AC on and the outside caused my camera lens to fog up…so some of the pictures are a bit foggy looking.

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Stay Cool!

Tim

Garden Pictures

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I am teaching a floral design class this evening and I cut some flowers from the garden to use.

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While I was out there I decided to take some garden pictures.  Click pictures to enlarge.

Happy Gardening

Tim