piecing and marking

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I have made a bit of progress on my hex quilt

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lots more to go…..as I make more I keep rearranging it so it may not end up this way.

I bought a hand dyed piece of fabric a while ago to make into a whole cloth quilt.   see that post here for information on the fabric  http://timquilts.com/2015/05/11/something-new/

I finally started marking it

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unfortunately it is very hard to get a picture of the marking.    You can sort of see the marking  in the pictures of Teddy sitting on it. (click the pic to enlarge)

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mostly I have been hand quilting …..pictures soon

Happy Quilting

Tim

Another quilt to finish

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When I moved things to the new studio I didn’t pack away any of the quilts that are partially hand quilted.    If they are out in the open I will be more likely to work on them.     I did finish one so far.

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Today I have another one to show you.    I started this one ages ago!   see the post here http://timquilts.com/2013/04/29/suspension-bridge-variation/

And here is the finished top.

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I opened it up to see how much I had finished and teddy took it as an opportunity to pose.

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I have a lot more to do on it.

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here is one block

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and the back

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I forgot how much I like this one!

I took a few garden pictures today (click pics to enlarge)

Happy Quilting

Tim

AQS in Grand Rapids

My Reindeer quilt

I made it to the AQS show in Grand Rapids today.   Here are a few pictures (click pictures to enlarge) I only took a few pictures.

I know it might seem odd to some but I get excited about batting!  Hobb’s is my favorite.   Here is what I got today. (I will be  posting about how the work out as soon as I start quilting )

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I love the wool but I am excited to try the wool cotton blend.

And here is a handy chart

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There are over 300 quilts there so if you have the time in the next 2 days it is worth the trip.

Happy Quilting

Tim

a finish

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I finished the hand quilting on this yesterday.

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I added the binding today .   I used 2.5″ strips of matching fabric, machine stitched to the top, folded to the back and hand stitched.

I have read about many different ways that people deal with all the length of the binding strips.   Some people roll the binding on a tube or spool, they even sell gadgets to keep it together.    I don’t understand the problem myself.      I throw the binding on the floor to the right side of my chair and the quilt is on the left and I have never had any problem with it twisting or tangling.

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Here it is with the binding sewn on before turning it under and stitching.

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While I stitch I often feel as if I am being watched.

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I marked the corners with crayola markers

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I washed the quilt in the machine on the delicate cycle and dried it in the dryer……all the marking washed out fine.

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Finished size is 79″ square.

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Happy Quilting

Tim

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August Snow

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My Snowflake quilt (which I started last August…. see post here:  http://timquilts.com/2014/08/06/snowflakes-in-august-and-updates/)  will be at AQS quilt week Aug 12-15 in Grand Rapids , and at Des Moines  Sept 30 – Oct 3. here is the link for details  http://www.quiltweek.com/

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In Grand Rapids there will also be a special exhibit from The Quilt Alliance “Animals We Love”

Quilt Alliance presents Animals We Love, the result of their 9th Annual Quilt Contest. The 89 small quilts honor an amazing array of animals including a giraffe, bees, goldfish, and a bighorn sheep. All of the quilts, representing many styles and techniques, are donated. After a summer and fall of touring, the quilts will be sold at an online auction in November 2015, one of the most important annual fundraisers for the Alliance for American Quilts. The 2 Teddy quilts are a part of that exhibit.
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And I Have a snowflake and pattern featured in the current issue of Holiday Crafts magazine.

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I do plan some day to make that snowflake into a quilt.      The magazine is in stores now.

I made some progress on the red white and black quilt .

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Teddy didn’t feel like posing today, he was more interested in relaxing.

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I think he might have the right idea :)

Happy quilting

Tim

Rain …. it does a garden good

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Yesterday it was hot and windy!  Plants were wiling and curling up before my eyes as the hot wind blew across them.     Finally at about 11 pm it rained.   Less than 1/2 an inch but it sure has made a difference.    The flowers have perked up and everything is greener.  There were dozens of Monarch butterflies in the garden today but none wanted to sit still long enough for me to get a picture.    But here are some of the flowers today. (click pictures to enlarge)

I have been hand quilting ….. I’ll post more pictures of that soon…..this is in the hoop now.

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I added a bit more to the leftovers top.

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Teddy has been learning to chase squirrels away from the bird feeder so he is tired but he woke up to say hi.

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Happy Quilting

Tim

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