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

 

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

AQS Quilt Week

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My hand quilted reindeer snowflake quilt will be at a few AQS Quilt Week events soon.

First it will be in Syracuse NY July 29 – Aug I http://www.quiltweek.com/locations/syracuse/

next in Grand Rapids MI August 12 – 15  http://www.quiltweek.com/locations/grand-rapids/#tab1

I probably will not make it to the NY show but I do plan to be in Grand Rapids (only about an hour drive)  unfortunately AQS shows do not allow dogs :)

Teddy will not be able to attend,

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but he did spend some time relaxing on the quilt.

I am still working on my other project so I don’t have any quilt updates…..but I will soon.

I always have garden pictures this time of year. Here are pictures I took this evening. (click pictures to enlarge)

Happy quilting

Tim

Some hand quilting

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Since it is summer I have been spending less time hand quilting and more time gardening. It really is great to be able to spend some time in the garden but it does mean I get less quilting done.

I have made some progress on this one

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It is hard to see in the picture but the 3 blocks in the center are done.

here it is in the hoop.

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and under Teddy

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And here are more garden pictures.

Happy Quilting

Tim

Trapunto Finished

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I started this quilt quite a while ago.  I based it on one of my snowflakes. (see the sidebar on the right of this page for snowflake patterns)

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I did all the hand quilting with blue thread and used wool batting.   I was pleased with the result and entered it into a few AQS shows.

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It is going to AQS in Syracuse next and I decided to add trapunto to it first.  You can see a how to trapinto demo here http://timquilts.com/2013/03/26/trapunto-video/

I finished the trapunto last night and washed it today.   I wash after doing the trapunto because it helps to close up the little needle holes made by doing the stuffing.

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I think it really adds a lot by making the design stand out more.

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Several people have asked about what the back will look like so I folded it over to show it, the top layer in the pic is the back.

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It always looks better when I erase the floor from the picture.

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and changing the background color changes the look

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I need to hang it to take another picture…when I take pictures on the floor the quilt gets a bit distorted looking from the camera angle….it really is square.

I have a pattern for the quilt as well which is also linked at the right sidebar of this page.   The pattern does not include trapunto directions since I did the pattern long before I decided to add the trapunto.

It is rainy again here today so looks like another quilting day

Happy Quilting

Tim

Gardening and quilting

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I have the trapunto in the center of the Reindeer quilt finished.

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One corner to finish.

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Teddy thought if he covered it up I would not need to finish it.

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It has rained a bit so it is wet and cloudy.   could use a lot more rain but the garden is growing.    There is not a lot blooming right now but here is another batch of pictures  (click pictures to enlarge)

Happy Quilting

Tim

More trapunto and garden flowers

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More progress on the trapunto…the center is nearly finished.   I have half of the deer and trees to finish and one corner of lattice and bells.

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I have use 2 skeins of yarn so far.

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I stuff it pretty tight so it takes a lot.

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The garden continues to grow.    Here are a few pictures.   The roses are stating and the Lupine are really looking great.  (click pictures to enlarge)

Happy Quilting

Tim