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Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day!

What better way to celebrate all things American than with a barn quilt and a barn quilt!!!

On a recent visit to Northern Illinois to visit my family, my sister, brother-in-law and I went “barn quilting” in Racine County, WI. (For more information about the Racine County Barn Quilts Click Here)

I saw this barn quilt and I LOVED it!!! I don’t think I have ever seen a pattern like that before. Of course I had to take a photo – (click on any photo for a larger view.)

And since I was visiting and staying with my Mom & Dad for nearly three weeks, and I had access to a sewing machine and sewing tools (thanks to my sister Sherree) guess what I did?

I made my own Stars & Flags Barn Quilt quilt!

I did take some liberties and added the extra stars across the top of the quilt for added length. I am planning on donating this quit to American Hero Quilts, and organization that makes and donates quilts to active duty wounded soldiers.  (For more information about American Hero Quilts Click Here

This quilt is has been quilted but I am not yet posting a photo of the finished quilt. I am working on turning this quilt into a Summer Mystery Quilt Event. I hope to be posting the details in a few days.

Take some time today to celebrate your independence and your freedoms with your family and friends!

Enjoy the day, I know that I am. And I am free to do what I love, which is quilts and quilting!!!

 

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Batik Log Cabin

My oh my! It has been a while since I have posted to my blog! I have been busy the last few months, I have been traveling, visiting family, designing quilts, making quilts and of course quilting quilts! (That is a lot of “Q” words!)

Here is my latest customer quilt. Karla did a wonderful job of piecing this Batik Log Cabin quilt. This quilt is HUGE! It is 110 x 132 inches and each block is 22 inches square!

It is so huge that I could only photograph half of the quilt as it is hanging on my backyard clothesline!

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The colors of the fabrics are fabulous and I love the center of each block (which is 10 inches square!) I used NINE different colors of high sheen polyester thread. Yes, it does take time to change each color, but it is worth it!! Here are the threads!

Here is the quilting on the blocks –

The photo is in a large pixel format. Please enlarge the photo to see the quilting detail an the thread colors! I quilted feathers along the diagonal from the corners to the middle of the block, stopping the feathers at the edge of the center block. Where the colors of the fabric change in the corners, I changed the colors of the thread. I love the overall texture that the feathers give the quilt.

Then I quilted the centers individually, following the lines of the printed design in the center block and filled in around the center with echo quilting and ribbon stipple.

Here is a photo of another block, in a large pixel format. I hope you can see the detail of the quilting.

It is amazing how a simple Log Cabin quilt can be changed / adapted to become a fabulous quilt!

 

Ric Rac Rabbit

Oh my goodness, it has been a (long) while since I have written on my blog! A lot has been happening and I finally have a few moments to write.

It was a busy late Summer, Fall and early Winter! Where does the time go??? I have been teaching, traveling, quilting, knitting, designing and in all of that, I had the floors replaced is 75% of my house!

Here is a quilting update –

Ric Rac Rabbit

My latest finished project is a quilt for a customer, who is going to be a first time Grandma. She is so excited!! Her daughter in law picked the fabric, my customer pieced it and I quilted it.

The fabric is from a line called Ric Rac Rabbit from Andover Fabrics. The quilt is 35 x 42 inches and it is way too cute!! I used Soft & Bright batting and Signature 100% cotton machine quilting threads for the quilting.

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Here is a close up of the center of the quilt. In the background I used a grid design that is based on diagonal half square triangles quilted with wavy lines. ( I LOVE wavy lines!!) Around the rabbit I did echo quilting and then quilted some detail on the star.

Here is a photo of the back of the quilt where you can see most of the quilting detail.

Flower Basket Quilt

Every New Year’s Day for the last 11 years I have done a New Year’s Day Mystery Quilt event, and this New Year’s Day was the Flower Basket Quilt.

Here is what I started with – pieced baskets, lots of background fabric and lots of borders. I know, it’s going to take a LOT of quilting to make it look good!

When it was finished, it looked like this! What a transformation!!! There is a TON of texture in the background, lots of feathers in the borders and the flowers and basket handles are appliqued with the longarm!!!! 

You have got to click on the photo to see all the detail!

Here is a closer view of one of the baskets. Notice that the background quilting in this block is the same as the Ric Rac Rabbit quilt above!

And here is a closer view of the feather border, which is done free hand!! In fact, ALL the quilting on this quilt is done free hand!

The Flower Basket quilt is an online class and is open for registration. You can get more details by Clicking Here

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and that 2019 will be a fabulous year for you and your family!

 

Merry Christmas

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My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that
Bob Hope

Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas!

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving

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Abundance is not a state of finances or wealth, it is a state of inner health. Wherever there is joy, appreciation, gratitude, giving, caring, creativity, vision, inspiration, love, patience and playfulness, there is abundance.”
– Author Unknown

I want to wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving! Whether you are spending this day cooking in the kitchen or visiting with family and friends, let us all give thanks for what is truly important in our lives including family, friends and faith.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and safe travels!

PS – Think about making a quilt or quilting a quilt over this long holiday weekend and donating it to a charity!

Happy 4th of July to everyone! I hope you have a wonderful day with family, friends and quilting!

Last year I posted instructions on how to piece this Patriotic Star block. To view the details and instructions Click Here 

I am also working on a few more star quilts, but they are not ready to be shown yet. When they are ready, I will let you know.

On to other quilts! My customer, Chris W, does a wonderful job of piecing and I totally enjoy working on her quilts! She brought me three quilts a while ago and I am finally posting the photos. Click on any photo for a larger view.

This is a simple Rail Fence quilt and I love her choice of fabrics! I decided to quilt “football” feathers (I love feathers!) in each block and in the borders. I LOVE the texture that the quilting brings to the quilt.

Here is a closer view of the quilting. I used high sheen poly thread and Soft & Bright batting

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this next quilt! Again, a Rail Fence variation with Asian fabrics.

I kept the quilting fairly simple in the body of the quilt and the borders. I did free hand curves and when the quilting was done, I realized that I was quilting clam shells!! You can hopefully see the clam shells emerging.

I had a dilemma of what to quilt in the corners. I got creative and quilted Sashiko style clam shells on the DIAGONAL! I LOVE the way the Sashiko clam shells turned out!

And here is a view of the back of the quilt and you can see all the texture! I used high sheen poly threads and the Soft & Bright batting.

One more quilt! This is a small quilt, about 35 inches square and I put a lot of texture on it.

Here is a closer look at the quilt. Lots and lots of texture and not too hard to quilt!

Have you worked up a thirst looking at the quilt photos? Are you thinking of maybe getting an iced coffee? After much research, and many cups of iced coffee over a long period of time, I have finally perfected my recipe for Iced Coffee. I think it is a slight notch below Starbucks, but a couple of notches above McDonald’s iced coffees. And it’s a whole lot cheaper!!!

Cindy’s Iced Coffee 

I start by making a batch of cold brew coffee.

To make cold brew coffee –  take 1 cup of (regular) ground coffee – I use Folgers – and put it in a large-ish covered container. Then add 5 cups of cold water and stir to make sure all the coffee grounds are wet. Cover the container and put in the refrigerator for 24 hours or so. (Sometimes I forget and the coffee will be in the fridge longer). If you remember, stir the coffee around a couple of times. After 24 hours, I strain the coffee using a small colander with a coffee filter in it. This may take a few batches and a while for each batch to drain, but it is worth it. After the (liquid) coffee has been drained it is ready for use.

The cold brew coffee will keep in the refrigerator, in a covered container, for quite a while. Just measure out the amount you need and return to the fridge.

This coffee is concentrated and it must / should be diluted.

If you can’t wait to make the cold brew coffee, then brew up a cup of “regular” coffee. If you have a Kurig / pod style coffee machine, brew a 4 – 6 ounce cup of coffee and have a few ice cubes in your coffee cup. The hot coffee will melt the ice cubes, which will dilute the coffee a bit, which is what we want.

Pour 1/2 cup of the cold brew coffee and 1/2 cup cold water over ice in a tall-ish glass. Or, pour your brewed coffee over ice in a tall-ish glass. Add 1/4 cup of liquid flavored coffee creamer. I use the French Vanilla flavor, (see photo) but you can use any flavor you like. Stir and taste. If you want more of a “kick” of flavor add a couple of tablespoons of coffee flavoring. (see photo)

This is the flavorings that are used in coffee shops. If you have a business Costco or a restaurant supply store, you can find all sorts of flavorings there. Sometimes, I have found these flavorings in larger grocery stores. You always find them online.

After adding the flavoring, mix your iced coffee and enjoy!

Here is the flavored coffee creamer I use, purchased in the big bottles at Costco

Here is the flavoring I also purchased at a Costco business center.

Here are some resources for the flavorings –

Torani Flavorings Click Here 

Davinci Flavorings Click Here 

Big Train Flavorings Click Here

Celebrate the 4th of July, Independence Day holiday, celebrate your quilts and your creativity and enjoy some iced coffee!!!

Catching Up!!

It HAS been a while since I have posted quilt photos!!! Even though I haven’t posted many photos, I really HAVE been busy. As always, I am working on several project at one time (I must be the Queen of multi-tasking), and sometimes when multi-tasking it takes more time to get things done! If anyone know of how to get an extra hour or two out of a day, please let me know.

I recently finished this way too cute Snowman Quilt. It is 38 x 51 inches and it was very nicely pieced. There were a lot of small-ish pieces and the stars were done with the folded triangle technique.

Click on any photo for a larger view.

The batting is Warm & Natural and I used several high sheen polyester (HSP) threads. The background fabric is a tree print, and I think the trees are birch trees (I am not a tree expert. Let me know if they are different). The main color of the trees are gray, so I used a silver HSP thread and just “followed” the direction of the trees with wavy lines of quilting. You may be able to see the quilting lines if you expand the photo below.

In the snowmen I quilted spirals. The backing photo below shows more of the quilting.

I love when the quilting on the front of the quilt almost “disappears” but REALLY shows up on the back! Which is exactly what happened with this next quilt.

This quilt, Color Splash quilt, is huge at 101 x 101 inches!!! It is so big, that I could get only half of the quilt over my clothesline to get photos! The photo below is only about one fourth of the quilt! I’m not sure if you can see the quilting from the front of the quilt. I used silver HSP thread and quilted free hand feathers and swirls as an all over design in the body of the quilt.

In the outer border I quilted my “straight edge” feathers and the inner border has my “more bang for the buck” feather! You can see the quilting a bit better in the dark border. (For an online class on how to quilt these feathers Click Here)The batting is Warm & Natural.

But the back looks spectacular! The backing fabric is a dark,  black on black print, but in the photo it is showing up as gray. Trust me, it is DARK black fabric! And since I use the same thread on the top and the bobbin, the silver HSP thread really sparkles on the back of the quilt.

On the left edge and lower left corner, you can see the border feathers. ALL the feathers are done free hand – and I LOVE quilting free hand feathers!!!

I am planning on posting more quilt photos in the not too distant future.