Teddy Update, Trapunto demo, Embroidery


Thanks for all the advice and concern for poor Teddy.    He is fine now….he had a bath with Baking Soda, Hydrogen Peroxide and Dawn dish soap.    That took care of the skunk smell…..he hates getting wet and for him the bath was a much worse experience than the skunk spray:)

I did some more Treadle embroidery


Thank you Katherine Schaffer for sending me all that great machine embroidery thread!    I used it for the leaves and stems in this and it worked great

Here is another video of how I do the embroidery on a treadle machine

I decided to add trapunto to the snowflake quilt that I just finished.    I think it will make the design stand out more and be the finishing touch it needed.      I did a video of how to do the trapunto.    This can be done on hand or machine quilted work.

I had such a hard time getting the trapunto video to work ( I spent 7 hours messing with it) but I think it turned out fine in the end.
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Teddy Got Skunked


Teddy went outside this evening and when he came back in…….Yikes…….it is really bad!    I haven’t seen any skunks in the neighborhood before but now I know for sure they are here!

Before the skunk adventure I did finish my snowflake quilt

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And here is the 3rd part of the video

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Another Snowflake Quilt


I decided to make a snowflake quilt.    I started by cutting a large snowflake that would fit this piece of fabric (about 44 inches square)


I traced the outline onto the fabric and then layered it for quilting.


I am doing the quilting on one of my treadle machines


Here are some pictures (click pictures to enlarge)

I made a few videos of the process so far

Here is Teddy trying it out


I am auditioning a border for the teddy quilt


Here are some more progress pictures of the rose quilt

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A New Teddy Quilt Shaping Up

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I think I posted this picture of Teddy watching me quilt a while ago.

teddy couch

I am in the process of making a quilt based on the photo


I have a lot more to do before I am ready to quilt it but it is a good start ….

My Mackintosh Rose quilt will be at AQS quilt week in Grand Rapids MI August 10-13 and in Des Moines Iowa October 5 – 8

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I’ll let you know if it wins anything:)

A few people have asked about the Crayola markers I have been using ….some have said they did not wash out for them so I decided to do a test on white fabric to show my results.

Here I marked the fabric


and here it is after a wash and a quick pressing


I have never had any problems….but it never hurts to test your fabric first

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More quilting and gardening


We actually had a little rain the last few days and the garden appreciated it  (click pictures to enlarge)

Hand Quilting continues

I finished the Double Irish Chain Quilt

Another video of how I finished it shows how to do the knife edge binding

(some people have been having trouble with the sound and I am sorry about that, I am doing the best I can with the cameras that I have……all I can suggest is to turn up the volume as high as it goes, YouTube adds closed captioning but I have noticed that what they have is very strange and often very different from what I am actually saying)

Here is the previous part

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Double Irish Chain


I posted a few days ago about the quilt I put in the frame for basting.


I pin basted it in the frame and then took it out to machine quilt it on my treadle

I had a few questions about how the frame worked and how to do the set up so next time I do this I will take pictures to show the process.

Here is a picture that shows the rails on the frame.


I got some of the treadle quilting done.


And did a video about that part of it.

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Scrappy Wonky Quilt Finished


I finished up the hand quilting and binding on the scrappy 1900 quilt.


I left the edges wonky rather than trying to square it up and have to cut off a lot of fabric.    My goal with this was to make it look like it was all made by the same person. I imagined how the person who made the top might do the quilting and I figured they would be as unconcerned for uniformity in the quilting as they were in the piecing so the quilting is intentionally irregular.
Here are some more pictures (click pictures to enlarge)

I made a video of how I did the binding. (Teddy makes an appearance)

And here are some more pictures of the garden today

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