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May 20, 2020
Playing with Projects and a Flimsy from Indigo Threads

Well, I finally have a "first finish"!  This quilt top is now a flimsy. This is the Rail Fence pattern from Sujata Shah's book "Cultural Fusion Quilts".

Rail Fence quilt
56 inches square
I started this quilt way back in April of 2016.   You can read about it here.  This project got put on the back burner a few times since 2016, but I finally decided it's time was now and got it put together.  The i-sew-lation is at least good for getting some projects done.  I am very happy to get it to this stage.

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April 1, 2020
More Tea Towels from Thread Head

I finished another set of tea towels.

This is from another kit from Jane Stafford Textiles - Sassy Brassy Tea Towels, made from organic cottolin (a 60/40 cotton/linen blend). These were for me to learn about log cabin weaving, and it turned out to be much easier than I thought it would be.
The kit made seven towels with plenty of extra yarn. Each towel is different (more details can be found on my Ravelry page).

These are how they looked fresh off the loom - about 7 yards. I still have a small section of fabric leftover, just have ...

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February 29, 2020
Better Late Than Never? from Indigo Threads

I've had the flu for most of the month of February and haven't felt well enough to do any sewing to speak of.  The flu has just sapped me of any energy or ambition, and I'm having a hard time getting back to normal.  I go into my quilt studio and just sit and look at everything I want to do or should be doing.  The Dr. said it takes 2 weeks to recover from 1 week of being sick.  So I should feel better in about 2 months.  I sure hope it's sooner!  There are ...

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January 29, 2020
Quilted! from Thread Head

I am pleased the the Flowering Snowball quilt is all quilted.

Just the binding left.

Photos from around -

 Another frosty day.
 Molly has learned to sit while a vehicle goes by on the highway behind our home.
A sliver of the moon at sunset.

All the best!♥︎

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January 27, 2020
Seems to Be Working from Thread Head

When I sat down at the sewing machine to quilt this morning I had an idea of how I wanted to start quilting the scrappy print sections of the Flowering Snowball quilt. I wanted something simple and started with an Orange Peel design (curved corner to corner lines around the shapes, about 1/4" from the edge to mimic hand quilting). Then I just echoed that design, about 1/2 away from the first line.

I am happy with how it is turning out.

Half of the squares are done.

Photos from around -

 Foggy this morning.
Molly struggling with another ...

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January 25, 2020
Finally from Thread Head

I finally got around to pinning the quilt I was hoping to start quilting last week.

It is a Flowering Snowball quilt I cut using a GO! die, and started about 5 years ago. 

Photos from around- 

 Molly finally managed to get her big stick home.
 She had a hard time maneuvering through her track, but she made it.
 The ice on the rink is so thick.
Luckily there is one tree by the rink, so we can stash our boots away from a puppy who likes to run away with them.
 A couple of coyotes caught on the trail ...

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January 24, 2020
More Tiling from Thread Head

Today was another tiling day. This time in our other bathroom. It is a tiny room at the back door (you can tell it is a farm house - it is so practical at the back door).

I tiled the backsplash around the sink,

and a row of tiles around the shower stall, to hide the edge of the shower. My men were a bit worried about how this would work, none of the walls are straight - the tiles did a good job of hiding the problems. Just the grouting left, but that can wait until next week.

Photos from around ...

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January 23, 2020
Holey Watermelon Wallhanging from Thread Head

I finished up the bright wall hanging today.

It is 21" x 25". The pattern is from a tutorial from Mary & Patch (she has some great patterns and tutorials on her blog, and an amazing portfolio of quilts).

Here is what I did-

I pieced the two layers with different size strips ranging in cut sizes from 1+1/4" to 2+1/2". Since I wanted the wallhanging to be a rectangle, the strips for each layer are different. For the bottom layer I pressed the seams all in one direction and for the top layer I pressed the ...

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January 20, 2020
Another Quilt! from Thread Head

This year I wanted to try to get back into blogging - it's been wonderful. I am remembering all the things I like about blogs, and why I got started. The one thing I forgot was how inspirational they are. I thought this year I wouldn't start any new quilting projects, but reading blogs and seeing so many beautiful things, I just couldn't resist!

This is the start of a wall hanging that I saw on a blog tutorial. Should just be a quick project and then I will get back to my other works-in-progress.... Squirrel!

Photos from ...

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January 10, 2020
Quilting and Pets from Thread Head

Free motion quilting on my Mother's quilt is going well.

I think I am finished with the centre, now I have to figure out what to quilt in the border.

Our pets-
 Miss Maggie
Miss Molly

All the best!♥︎

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January 6, 2020
Photos from Today from Thread Head

 This is probably Molly's favourite part of her walk, because there are so many sticks to find.
So much energy.
 High winds have blown snow off the field.
 Such interesting patterns in the ice.
The high winds and blowing snow polished the rink.

All the best!♥︎

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January 3, 2020
Puppy Treat Bags from Thread Head

This is the first time we have ever had a puppy, so we have been watching lots of dog training videos. One YouTuber said that he had to be more interesting to his dogs than anything else - he wore a vest with lots of pockets with dog treats, his dogs followed him everywhere. So today I made a couple of treat bags to wear.

Before making anything fancy I made some trial ones out of plain cotton and some ribbon (I did add some machine embroidery to one, just because).

I bought two large spools of ribbon for about 35 ...

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December 25, 2019
Growing Puppy from Thread Head

Little Miss Molly sure is growing. Here she is yesterday-

And almost three weeks ago (the day she came to live with us)-

Last week she started dropping her ball at the top of any slope, watching it roll down and then chasing after it.
Here she is at the top of a snow bank-

dropping her ball
watching it roll down
chasing after her ball
We have been enjoying the skating rink. We had our family Christmas party on the weekend and it was perfect skating weather.
Here are my boys skating yesterday-

Season's Greetings, and all the ...

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December 20, 2019
A Pair of Mini Quilts from Thread Head

I enjoyed making the Tiny Tree quilt so much, that I couldn't resist the Temecula Quilt Company's Thanksgiving quilt too.

I loved the colours of the original one, that I made mine the same. After I was finished I realized that since my house is decorated for Christmas, one in Christmas colours would be nice.

So I made a second one. 

Both are quilted simply with a walking foot and 100 weight thread. They are about 8"x11", made with 1+1/2" squares and strips - a perfect way to use up the little bits of fabric from ...

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December 11, 2019
A Couple Little Things from Thread Head

The Temecula Quilt Company is having another Christmas quilt along, this one is called Tiny Tree.

I have done the first seven blocks. They are 2+1/4" blocks - a great way to use up small bits of fabric.

We have a new addition to our family -

Apparently this little thing will grow up to be our guard dog (all the neighbours seem to have a German Shepard in their yards too). Molly is about 10 weeks old, and is doing so well. I am amazed how well behaved she is, and how much she has learned in the five ...

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