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April 30, 2018
AtoZ Challenge...ZigZag or Chevron Bags from CollectInTexas Gal

Does it matter?  It all depends on who you are talking to.  Old School Sewing Gals, like me, know this pattern as 'Zig Zag'.

It's been around for ages and once the Zig Zag stitch came out on sewing machines,  Zig Zag became a universal term.  How do you say it in Spanish, German, Swedish etc?  Zig Zag!!!

What about Chevron?  In Texas, it's where you fill up your gas tank.  Yes, I know it has origins in ancient heraldry, and does appear on several of my Ancestors Coat of Arms.

After all is discussed and done over ...

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April 28, 2018
AtoZ Challenge...YoYo Flower Maker from CollectInTexas Gal

Not so long ago I stated I never wanted to make a YoYo quilt due to what a pain it is to cut out a kabillion circles, turn down an 1/8th of an inch edge, do a running stitch all around and finally...draw up the stitches to form the YoYo.

I still don't want to make a YoYo quilt, but I do want to make YoYo Flowers.  Especially since discovering Clover's Clever YoYo Maker.


Who knew making YoYo flowers would be so Easy Peasey!
Really...they are easy with the 2 piece plastic template/form which ...

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April 27, 2018
AtoZ Challenge...X Marks With Knitting Needles from CollectInTexas Gal

It is of no great consequence and certainly not a revelation to the world of knitting that my knitting needles make 'X's'.  I never thought of it before, but being desperate for something...anything...to use for this letter of the alphabet for the 2018 AtoZ Challenge, my search for X's was filed under Knitting.  Who knew?
 
I have Xed out of ever knit beading again!
 

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April 25, 2018
AtoZ Challenge...V&W...Vintage-Vogue-Vanna & Workbasket from CollectInTexas Gal

In the world of crochet, Vanna has become a Super Star.  She proclaimed crocheting as her 'Favorite Hobby' in the April-May 1993 issue of The WORKBASKET.  In the featured article, Vanna said, "I learned to crochet by watching a former hairdresser on the show who was making an afghan.  She was left-handed, and I just learned to do it that way."  So, yes, Vanna turns puzzle letters with her right hand, but crochets with her left hand.

Vanna was 36 years of age when featured in The WORKBASKET.  Several years later her crochet hobby grew into a full fledged business ...

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April 24, 2018
AtoZ Challenge...Upper Looper from CollectInTexas Gal

 Before I get into explaining the 'Upper Looper', you should probably know it is an important part of a seamstress/quilter/sewers arsenal of machines....the SERGER.  You should also know threading the SERGER sends said seamstress/quilter/sewer into a state of high anxiety!  Often a jigger full of a stiff drink is needed before threading a serger.

No matter how experienced one is at threading a serger, having the instructions front and center is imperative.   Get it out BEFORE you start. 

Now for threading the Upper Looper...it's the needle with the purple thread in the above ...

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April 23, 2018
AtoZ Challenge...Tatting and Multi-Tasking from CollectInTexas Gal

As often as I admonish myself for having one or more...no, make that a dozen or more...projects going at one time, in the end, I realize that it is just the way 'I Do'...'I Roll'...'I Work'...best!   Now that I am a Senior Mult-Tasker, I am reading and seeing that it is a 'Good Thing' for one's 'Aging Brain'. 

For awhile now, my Studio has reflected the multi-tasking phases of my '4R's Bucket List.  There is the Jewelry 4R Phase I Station,  the Yarn-A-Rama Phase II Station, and the Phase III All-In Fiber Station ...

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April 21, 2018
AtoZ Challenge...Stockinette Stitch Speed Knitting from CollectInTexas Gal

I am a SLOW Knitter and a SPEEDY Crocheter.  This I know from years of starting knitting projects that about half way through become WIP (works in progress) that seldom make any progress.  They eventually are Un-knitted via the Yarn Winder.  Yikes...all those hours knitting ripped out in minutes.
 
 I truly love the look of knitting....just plain ole knitting which is called 'Stockinette Stitch'.
 
So, when I get the urge to knit and the project calls for casting on a kabillion stitches on forever circular needles I get out 'Bonda'. 

She and I have a close bond when ...

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April 20, 2018
AtoZ Challenge...Remnants from CollectInTexas Gal


Shopping for fabric and remnants back in the days of my Great Grandmother may have been limited to mail order catalogs like W. and H. Walker.  

I seriously doubt she owned a Silk Finished Messaline dress and more than likely never ordered remnants.  Even with the PrePay Postage and the unheard of inclusion of  2 1/2 yards of SILK in each Remnant Bundle for $1.00. 

What she probably did was study every picture and page of this W. and H. Walker mail order catalog and then shopped the local Texas Mercantile for cotton yardage that would make three ...

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April 19, 2018
AtoZ Challenge...QUILT Magazine from CollectInTexas Gal

 American's Favorite Quilting Magazine!
I wasn't a Quilter during the Winter of 1985, but my MotherInLaw was a Quilt Magazine Collector, and I'm guessing she was thinking about becoming a Quilter.  She was an experienced seamstress with many years of dressmaking for herself and her daughters.  She had the largest collection of 'Polyester Double Knit' this side of Dallas.  One day, around 1995 or so, I was telling her about my Quilting Lessons at the Senior Citizens Center...that story HERE.   We were sitting at the kitchen table drinking IceTea and talking about sewing and fabrics...again ...

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April 18, 2018
AtoZ Challenge...Pink Pagoda and The Photo Bomber from CollectInTexas Gal

I've always been a funky yarn collector, and that is how I classify the Trendsetter Yarn Pagoda.  Collecting it is one thing, but finding a use for it is another.  Finally, I did...find a use as a crochet trim on scarves made for 'Wear Your Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness' during the month of October.
Since I needed to make a bunch of scarves quickly, I set up my knitting machine and organized the Pagoda funky yarn along with the Supersoft Pink yarn.  It was a scarf knitting production line.  It was also a project to photo document ...

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April 17, 2018
AtoZ Challenge...Grandmother Otis' Orphan Sunbonnet Sue from CollectInTexas Gal

I don't have a Grandmother Oatis, but if I did, this orphan block would be a family heirloom and a treasured piece of needlework.  
Here's what I know about Grandmother Oatis from this Sunbonnet Sue block:
* The block was intended to be a block in a quilt for Mrs. Oatis' granddaughter. 
*  It was likely done in the mid to late 1930's from scraps from her own dress.
*The background muslin is more of a gauze and not a desirable fabric for a quilt.
*Grandmother Oatis was not an experienced stitcher.
*  This block was left out of the ...

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April 16, 2018
AtoZ Challenge...Needlepoint Pocket and Pansy PhD from CollectInTexas Gal


First, I confess I did not stick one needle through the needlepoint canvas of this stunning day lily needlepoint.  It was repurposed from a framed needlepoint picture found at a flea market.  I cannot pass by any needlepoint pieces at thrift shops, junktique stores or flea markets.  My first thought goes to the person who put in so much time and effort, and my next thought is..."I have to save it".  Therein begins it's path to becoming a PhD...Project half Done!

Now for earning credits...with the Needlepoint de-framed,  it is lined and ready to be a ...

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April 14, 2018
AtoZ Challenge...My Mandala Mania from CollectInTexas Gal

AtoZ Letter M

The word 'mandala' itself means 'circle'...a Hindu/Buddhist graphic symbol of the spiritual universe.  For the modern western world a mandala is the "psychological expression of the totality of self" (Carl Jung).

For me, it became an opportunity to express myself in fiber, which morphed into somewhat of an addiction.  Hard as I tried not to be a 'Mandala OverDoSue Maniac', I could not stop myself from going round and round with my favorite crochet hook 'J' and a mixture of yarns and other fibers.  Would Jung have a field day with my psychological expression of ...

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April 13, 2018
AtoZ Challenge...Libby LuLa Loom from CollectInTexas Gal

AtoZ Letter 'L'

The Libby LuLa Loom is made for a specific style of weaving called Twinning.  Twinning is an ancient weaving technique that has virtually disappeared in most industrial nations. 

In the US few people are familiar with twinning unless they make baskets or twinned rag rugs.  If you would like to learn more about Rag Rug Twinning and it's resurgence in America...HERE is a U-Tube video.

I make rag rugs and table runners and was drawn to this weave because it covers the warp completely and creates a more interesting texture than the typical over and ...

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April 12, 2018
AtoZ Challenge...Knitting Quotes from CollectInTexas Gal

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It's YARN
I don't know what the question is, but the answer is YARN!
I said to myself, I need to do something besides knit today...
Then I laughed and laughed!
Any questions asked while I am counting stitches will be answered with
LOUDER COUNTING!
It started out as a harmless hobby.  I had no idea it would come to this!
 
I Knit...What's your Superpower?

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April 11, 2018
AtoZ Challenge...Juxtaposed Jane from CollectInTexas Gal

AtoZ Letter J


 Several years ago the opportunity came my way to take a Dear Jane Workshop and Lecture.

With the lecture and introduction came instructions not to think in terms of completing or even come close to making the 225 blocks in the Dear Jane Quilt.

Rather, concentrate on the techniques that the Instructor Brenda had spent hours and hours in making patterns of the 4 inch blocks...which rolled over into several books, a CD, a line of 1860's reproduction fabrics, and more.

I bought the Books, the CD's and settled in to the workshop with ...

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April 10, 2018
AtoZ Challelnge...Invention-Shoulda Shark Tanked It from CollectInTexas Gal

AtoZ Letter 'I'

You have heard the saying "Necessity is the Mother of Invention"...right?  I'm pretty sure that was the basis for the invention of the 'Swift/Skein Holder' by some guy whose arms and hands went numb after hours of holding up a skein of yarn while his wife wound the yarn into a ball.

Just in case you are unfamiliar with the Swift, here's a swift synopsis...it is a tool used to hold a hank of yarn while being wound into a ball.  It has an adjustable diameter so that it can hold different ...

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April 9, 2018
AtoZ Challenge...Heart Needlework Gallery from CollectInTexas Gal

AtoZ Letter H




 
My Heart sings with each stitch I take.
My soul is fed with needle and thread.
 

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April 7, 2018
AtoZ Challenge...Great Grandmother's Flower Garden Beds from CollectInTexas Gal

 AtoZ Letter G

My Great Grandmother has been the inspiration for many posts here on CollectInTexas Gal and a primary person on my Family History Blog...Tracks of My Texas Ancestors.

I like to imagine her sewing together the hexagon pieces from her collection of feedsacks and clothing scraps.  During the Great Depression of the 1930's those fabrics were highly valued and coveted by quilters.

Great Grandmother was a Texas Cotton Farmer during those days, and having a Flower Garden Bed Quilt was as close as she probably had to a garden bed of flowers.

As one of the ...

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April 6, 2018
AtoZ Challenge...Fiddly Fiber from CollectInTexas Gal

AtoZ Letter 'F'

As newbie Spinner still getting the hang of coordinating hands and feet on the spinning wheel, it took a few days to get up the courage to spin the basket of Fiddly Fiber.  I didn't want to mess it up, besides it was so pretty sitting in the basket.  So, I continued to practice on several other groups of mixed fibers alternating between spinning, plying, spinning again with another mix and fancy plying...learned that on this U-Tube...so fun and quickly becoming a favorite technique.

It's a process to get the basket of Fiddly ...

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