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June 14, 2021
2021: Week 24 of 15 Minutes to Stitch from High Road Quilter


The weeks are going by so fast.  In week 24, I worked on the backing for the Quote quilt. I had made the decision in week 23 to use a dark blue backing and had chosen a couple of batik pieces that would work.

 This week, I looked again in the closet and found a different blue backing fabric that I liked better. This fabric is wider so will require less piecing, and I think it fits the theme and age of the quilt better.



2021:  Week 24 of 15 Minutes to Stitch

I spent the week choosing, washing, drying ...

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June 8, 2021
2021: Week 23 of 15 Minutes to Stitch from High Road Quilter



2021:  Week 23 of 15 Minutes to Stitch

If you recall from my last post, the Amalfi Coast quilt changed sizes between the time I was measuring and cutting the inner border fabric and the time I sewed that inner border fabric to the side of the quilt. I put the Amalfi Coast quilt on a timeout because it needed some time to think about what it had done. By the way, Barbara Brackman did a post about the quilt block. Apparently it is called housetop and not rooftop, so it is a good thing I am calling the quilt ...

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February 1, 2021
15 Minutes to Stitch Weekly Recap from High Road Quilter



There aren't any pretty quilt photos to show you this week, but I think this beautiful sky shot will suffice.  It was taken earlier in January. We got about three inches of snow yesterday and the snow is falling again today. It is beautiful, but we don't walk when it is slippery anymore to protect Zeus.

 I have been trying to bullet journal.  I mostly started because I have seen a lot of beautiful bullet journals on Youtube and I really liked the art. I am sure you will get quite a laugh out of my dinosaurs. I ...

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December 18, 2020
Lots of Additions to Quote Quilt from High Road Quilter

 Sometimes procrastinating cleaning the basement and sandwiching a quilt can come in handy. There has been an avalanche of new additions to the Quote Quilt .

This quote covers up a duplicate quote. While I don't mind duplicate quotes, this quote has been important to me ever since I first came across it as a teenager. I just let the fabric be this organic shape (trimmed to size) instead of cutting it into a particular shape.

When I tried to think of things that happened during the 2002 to 2020 time frame, I remembered that we had several graduations. I ...

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November 29, 2020
New Additions to Quote Quilt from High Road Quilter


I'm still adding more things to the quote quilt, as you can tell from the title. These are the new additions this week.

I added mostly decorative things this week. No deep meanings behind most of these. In the photo above, I  added the boy sleeping under a crazy quilt. The quote and the moon were there from previous additions.

This sun quote is on one of my index cards drawings. I got it from an art journal page I saw on YouTube. I really like the confidence of this quote.

I have pi on the circle quilt, and ...

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November 22, 2020
Week 47 from High Road Quilter


Since I've added historical events in the quote quilt, I have been trying to think of significant things that happened during the 2002 and 2020 time frame. Please let me know what big things happened in this time frame.
One of the things I remembered was the mini tornado that happened in the neighborhood. You can still see some effects of that tornado today. Then I listened to the news about the record breaking hurricane year.  I decided to add something to the quilt to represent all these weather related issues, and global warming in general.

I looked for ...

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November 17, 2020
Still More Additions to Quote Quilt from High Road Quilter



When I took the photo of the bird in front of the red tree last time, I apparently wasn't done. She kept chirping to me to take her photo.  She didn't trust my photo skills so she didn't pose - she just sat very still so I could take a photo that wasn't blurry. Thanks, Robin!

After I did that, the crow let me know he was next, but I couldn't see him and he wasn't willing to come any closer. Maybe next time, Crow.

2020:  Weeks 46 of 15 Minutes to Stitch

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November 8, 2020
Week 45 of 2020 from High Road Quilter


When I let Zeus out yesterday afternoon, I noticed a bird beautifully silhouetted in front of my neighbor's tree with the orange leaves. We have had fabulous colors this year, and this tree has never stood out to me. I ran inside to get the camera and when I came back, it was still there.When I zoomed in, I could see the bird clearly.  In fact, the bird stayed there and posed for me until I had more pictures than I could ever need. Most of them came out sharp and clear.

Work on the quote quilt continues ...

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November 1, 2020
Week 44 from High Road Quilter

For a while now, my washer and my dryer have been competing in a race to see which one will need to be replaced first. Sometimes the dryer won't dry all the way through. Sometimes the washer will make a strange noise or have smelly clothes at the end of the wash and need to rewash.  This week, we have declared a winner. 

The winner? The hot water heater. It came out from nowhere. Second place? the shredder. I knew with all the shredding I was doing for the basement cleanup, it would need replaced at the end. I ...

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October 13, 2020
Letters from High Road Quilter


My next addition to the Quote Quilt is this Letters. Getting letters in the mail has always been fun for me, and I have had many pen pals over the years, starting at a young age when I exchanged letters with an aunt.

I tore out the motif out of the paper, and really like that torn paper look. It makes me think about the scrapbook and junk journal videos I have been watching, so I tried to replicate that shape.

It is hard to do with needle turn applique. My original placement was too close to the stones and ...

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October 11, 2020
When This You See Remember Me from High Road Quilter


Another week, another batch of additions to the quote quilt. As usual, I underestimated how much time it will take to do something, so there are still a couple more things I want to add before I start thinking about the backing of this quilt. This covers up a duplicate quote. I like the simplicity of this picture.

While I was in this area, I went ahead and added flowers to the heart / vase. I decided to add them as a rectangle to get as many of the flowers in there as possible, even if some of them get hidden ...

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September 21, 2020
Many More Additions to the Quote Quilt from High Road Quilter

As the weather is getting cooler, I am thinking about the end of the year. I want to get the basement cleanup and the quote quilt finished by the end of the year and the cooler weather is motivating me to finish up. 

I think I should get the quote quilt top done close to the end of this quarter so I have time to get a backing. There won't be a lot of quilting but I will have to tack it down, probably by hand, and then bind it. I want to leave myself plenty of time to ...

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September 13, 2020
A Quilt for the Quilting Lady from High Road Quilter

Back in  March, I showed you the Quilting Lady I added to the Quote Quilt, along with her inspirational picture. I planned to add the quilt that my niece made me. I showed the charm quilt to you in July 2010.

I have finally gotten the charming quilt out to audition it for the quote quilt. Here's a reminder of the charming quilt.  The photos are better now with a better camera and lighting. The quilt is made out of squares of adorable fabric and is completely hand stitched.  There are little charms attached - two pairs of scissors, a ...

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September 12, 2020
Basement Cleanup Additions to the Quote Quilt from High Road Quilter

The Konmari method of cleaning of the basement continues. Each and every thing that is down there needs my permission to live there.  Since it is a storage area, there is a lot to look through and many decisions to make.

The latest box contained old files I put there to archive. It serves as a time capsule of  when I worked at my previous employer, was a foster parent, was going to court over child support, and going to school.  It was a pivotal time for sure, but none of these things apply to my current life so I ...

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September 6, 2020
Purple Feather from High Road Quilter

This video shows a wonderful quilt that represents a style of quilting I really like. I discovered it this week. It is a crazy quilt that has less to do with combining luxurious fabrics and more to do with combining wonderful embroidery and motifs.  I am not sure if this style has a name. Collage quilt might work, but there are many types of collage quilts.

This video is like a stitch-with-me.  A relaxing way to pass the time. At the beginning of the video, she shows what looks like a finished quilt, and during this hour long video, she ...

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August 23, 2020
Rose and Fierce Girl from High Road Quilter

The weather cooled down this week. It was a foreshadowing of autumn. I should have painted the coffee table and the porch, but I really didn't want the rose to take another two weeks, so I finished the rose. It is pulling the fabric a little bit, but not as much as I expected. I really tried to keep the stitches loose. It does look like a rose though, so I am happy with how it turned out.

While I was at it, I also made Fierce Girl. I was inspired by Fearless Girl statue on Wall Street. Fierce ...

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August 17, 2020
Hothouse Rose from High Road Quilter

When I showed you the quote quilt last weekend, I had pinned a paper pattern of the rose I planned to add next. It is a fairly long rose. Since it spans three rows, I had to find just the proper space that has room on the left and right sides of the quote and blue blocks as needed. I tried three or four spaces until I found one that would accommodate the motif.

I decided to make the rose using a satin stitch. Crazy quilts need satin stitch motifs and a rose seems like a good satin stitch motif ...

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August 2, 2020
Inspirational Quote Quilt Revisited from High Road Quilter

In my last post, I revealed a finished pinwheel quilt as my mini of the month of July. Please go back to admire it if you didn't get a chance yet, since finishes are quite rare on my blog.

Since it is finished, I am continuing to work to the Inspirational Quote crazy quilt which was being made concurrently with the pinwheel quilt.

This week, I gave the dog a dog house. He shouldn't have painted the chimney green, because it is hard to see.

It's been a while since I have shown the whole quilt, so ...

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July 21, 2020
15 Minutes to Stitch from High Road Quilter

I am a couple of days late with my 15 minutes to stitch recap.  To my credit, it is much better than my lateness in some other weeks. I stitched this dog a few weeks ago.

2020:  Week 29 of 15 Minutes to Stitch

During this week, which was chronologically last week, I stitched the tea cup.

I also thought of ideas for the memorial block.  Right now, I think that instead of making a block with headstones with names on them, I might make a little booklet instead. I really like the idea of a cemetery gate, and a ...

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July 12, 2020
Motif Planning from High Road Quilter

When I select motifs for the inspirational quote quilt, I look for designs that are simple to stitch. Designs that are calming or whimsical, that potentially bring a smile or a sigh of contentment or peace to the viewer. But since it is made during a long time frame 2002-2020, I considered adding some historical reference. Since I had added the corona-virus block, maybe some references to other things that happened during this time period.

I immediately thought about 9/11, but that happened before 2002.  It was something that probably affected the fabric and the quotes that were chosen ...

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