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Virtual Retreat - Ongoing (started January 2019) 07 Jun 2019 12:26 #145738

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Luann, I really like your baskets; a friend of mine did an area rug with that method. Very pretty! My longarm doesn't keep track of stitches, wish it did. When you reach 1M, does it reset or keep going?
I tried that method of piecing and got all tangled. What's your secret?
We haven't had any bear sightings locally, but they've been seen in the next county. Don't know what I'd do if I did see one!

Have a great day. I hope to have something to show tomorrow, which is my monthly day.

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Virtual Retreat - Ongoing (started January 2019) 07 Jun 2019 10:43 #145737

Luann, It's good to hear form you and see what you've been up to.

Love your baskets! So colorful. I'll be dyeing this summer. I think I will follow your lead and dye some clothesline. Thanks!

Love your quilt and pillowcases. 10 million stitches is a lot of quilting! It seems to me like you just got your long arm. Good for you!

Enjoy the rest of your June.... geneva
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Virtual Retreat - Ongoing (started January 2019) 07 Jun 2019 09:46 #145736

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I’m 2 days late, but,,, I’m finally here, lol

I used 3 hanks of previously dyes clothesline for this basket. I hated the colors but once I added the variegated threads, I found them to be more pleasing to me.

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I also made this one with fabric wrapped clothesline. The original dyed color should have been a golden yellow, but I got an obnoxious vomit looking color. I wrapped this cord before I stitched the other basket or I would have tried some variegated thread on the bottom area and decided after that.


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I have made a pillow covering for each of the grandson’s quilts and included them in the box I shipped off to them.


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Learned a new technique called ‘threading’ for keeping pieces/blocks in order as you sew a quilt together. I did NOT use it when I made the first blocks for this quilt and many of the units were upside down or backwards. Once I used the process, my blocks went together as they should have AND I actually sewed this entire top of blocks, sashings, and cornerstones together with it. Basically a chain piecing method, and when you have all the rows together, your columns are directly in line for the final stitching phase. I believe it’s a Bonnie Hunter method, she’s on the web, Quiltville, I believe.

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And because I was on vacation during May, I didn’t receive any quilts to longarm for our charity projects, but I’ve already gotten 3 done for June and I have 5 or 6 sitting on my table.

I’m getting sooooo close to the 10 million stitches mark,,,,
Why this excites me, I have no idea, but it does....

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My last photo came to me from a friend in northern Wisconsin. It is a yearling bear,,,

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All the best to everyone,
Luann
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Virtual Retreat - Ongoing (started January 2019) 22 May 2019 02:14 #145713

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Smashing Lion and ball catching Luann. :)

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Virtual Retreat - Ongoing (started January 2019) 22 May 2019 00:13 #145712

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wow, Luann, fabulous Lion. He'll absolutely love it!
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Virtual Retreat - Ongoing (started January 2019) 21 May 2019 19:53 #145711

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It's for a grandson that lives in th UP of Michigan. He loves the Detroit Lions, even if they lose! I guess that’s a true fan, lol.
I printed out the teams logo onto 81/2x11 paper. Then folded it both directions into 8 segments, oh,,, what was I thinking??? If I had just done it by 1” squares my life would have been so much easier. I knew my center panel needed to be a finish size of 34x51, and my 'grids'were somewhere about 5x6 that I then drew each grid from the printout onto freezer paper. You think I’d have been smart enough after that to just put fusible all across the blue fabric I was going to cut it from, but nooooo! I iron the freezer paper on, carefully cut it out and then the panic set in! I was able to get misty fuse onto the back in sections, then iron it in place. Next I stitched around the edges before longarming it with a football design. I’ll show you a closeup of his front paw, I didn’t plan it, but a football landed in his paw !

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Glad this one’s ready to go out.
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Virtual Retreat - Ongoing (started January 2019) 21 May 2019 19:20 #145710

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Luann, that is a very cool lion! Did you design it? Who's it for?

from the beautiful Hudson Valley of NY
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Virtual Retreat - Ongoing (started January 2019) 21 May 2019 18:45 #145709

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I think I said I’d post something soon,,, that was probably 2 weeks ago! Time has a way of flying by,,,,
Here's what I’ve been working on:

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Next up,,, pillow covers to go with this one and the bookcase quilt from a few months ago.
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Virtual Retreat - Ongoing (started January 2019) 17 May 2019 11:26 #145695

Terry, thanks for sharing all your drawing and embroidery work. It's very interesting and I'm giving you a pat on the back for completing them all!

A challenge when the new forum is up and running sounds good. Does anyone know when that will be? Hopefully some of our friends will come back to hang out with us.

Have fun investigating your grandmother Eileen. Life is more interesting than fiction.... :)

Happy weekend everyone! geneva
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Virtual Retreat - Ongoing (started January 2019) 17 May 2019 07:43 #145694

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Wendy, I hope you're talking about January for the Doodlewash challenges! I'd have to be a lot more organized in my life before I attempted something like that.
Terry, I hope your birthday was fabulous! :) I've saved your blog so I can read all about your creativity.

Hope everyone has a great weekend. Today, I'm off to Poughkeepsie to start researching my Mom's family. My grandmother was adopted out by her mother to an uncle when she was a child. We know nothing about her father, only her mother who started a whole new family and reentered my grandmother's life when she was an adult. Weird, right? Wish me luck.

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Virtual Retreat - Ongoing (started January 2019) 17 May 2019 07:21 #145693

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Ha ha no way am I making a mug rug a day. It would be fun to get a challenge going when the new forum is up and running :)

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Virtual Retreat - Ongoing (started January 2019) 17 May 2019 05:30 #145692

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Terry,
You’ve definitely been having some fun creative time with the family.

Wendy,
I just copied off the Doodle Wash’s prompts for May, and I think they’d be great ‘prompts’ for a mug rug challenge,,,,,,
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Virtual Retreat - Ongoing (started January 2019) 17 May 2019 03:33 #145691

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Why not do a challenge a day. I joined the Doodlewash one for over a year, you are given a topic/word a day and can share it online with others which helps you gain confidence. It's just a small painting and excuse to get another sketchbook B) doodlewash.com/may-2019-art-challenge-a-color-a-day/

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Virtual Retreat - Ongoing (started January 2019) 16 May 2019 23:16 #145690

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Between Marilyn's eggs, Geneva's bags and Wendy's lunch photos. . .lots of fun has been happening!!!!

Today is my actual birthday. I've been fortunate to receive sweet wishes from dear friends. It's been a great day! I've spent the last month quilting circles/pebbles on the star patch quilt so although I've been quilting, I don't have much to report regarding quilting!
I did share a previous book club quilt I called "Window Boxes."
I participated in an online workshop regarding sketching/drawing/mixed media/painting techniques. It was an awesome opportunity to practice with tools using techniques I hadn't tried. It was fun. I sampled all 26 of the activities.
Post 1, Post 2, Post 3, Post 4 My goal is to improve my drawing skills and to practice a little every day. A happy surprise is that I found that I like painting with watercolors. I haven't had a watercolor paint set since I was in 4th grade!

I completed the April machine embroidery lesson. Miss J is closer to the finish on her "girl" project and I went fishing
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. It was a great month even with no finishes!
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