Bridges and Paducah

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Got to Paducah around 7 last night and was able to get some photos of the scenery before it got dark.  I don’t know how many of you are familiar with the area but Paducah is very close to Illinois and Missouri and not that far from Arkansas either – in 5 minutes or less you go through Missouri, cross over into Illinois and  then Kentucky – crossing two bridges one after the other.

First tight bridge crosses the Mississippi River

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Then you get off and not even a quarter mile later you turn

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And get immediately on to another bridge crossing the Ohio River

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I have driven over these bridges two other times when going to the show in Paducah and can’t say it is my favorite part of the trip – white knuckles holding breath and sigh of relief when done. LOL  A lot of the vine called Kudzu that grows horribly here – it will take over an area no time flat grows over the trees and over the hillsides – I don’t know how they get rid of it – some places don’t even try.

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Got my shrug unraveled and ready to start over again – needless to say it wasn’t working out!!

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well see the show today – well blog Friday when we get home.

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Round We Go

Round We Go

Not much to show for yesterday.  I was busy ripping out more of the garden while Mike was cutting grass.  We even got a little rain by late afternoon from the remnants of Irma.  On Monday night I did finish the 3rd circle star for Round We Go and yesterday I got fabric picked out for the 4th of this first pattern.  No I am not following any Monthly program as some are doing – I just thought I would get these four done and then go back to my neutral hexies for Handful of Scraps.  I think all of the monthly challenges for Round We Go are from Australia – I might be mistaken on that but the ones I have seen are and all the prizes are from Australian shops – which means if I won I would need to pay $$ for shipping and handling which kind of defeats the purpose of a win!  So no I am just doing this one on my own.   I am trying really hard to not start machine piecing another quilt top right now and stick with hand work until after the sewing room is up and running because I have so many quilt tops finished and waiting to be quilted.  Hand work can slow a quilt down a lot!

As you can see very scrappy!  I have no idea what color background I will be appliqueing these circles to I will decide at a much later date!

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A close up for the fabric for #4 Linking up to Sew Fresh Quilts today and Midweek Makers and Jo’s Country Junction .

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If you have been to Paducah for one of the shows as I have been what is your favorite thing to do or see?  Of course the show and vendors is number one right – after that I bet a lot like to shop at Hancock’s of Paducah I know I do – it may not be a fancy or cute place – but hey a warehouse size place is kind of neat to wander through isn’t it.  (and they always have sales)  Our motel is actually close to that area – yes because this is the first time for the fall show the rooms right there in Paducah weren’t all booked up – isn’t that neat – usually I have to stay 50 miles away.  One place that I hadn’t visited before was Paper Piece’s and now with my interest in EPP I’m sure I will check out the store to see what they have – I think it is a small store but not positive.  I have walked into Eleanor Burns place I think – but I really don’t remember it much so it was either not to my liking or so small and crowded that I turned around and left.  We well enjoy a walk along the river also I’m sure as it is supposed to be partly sunny and clear by Thursday.  Just a short trip but we will enjoy it – what do you like doing there?

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This and That

Primary Colors, Round We Go, sewing room

Didn’t get much done in the sewing area yesterday.  But my new cutting table/desk was put together – progress!  What is left to do? get the design wall up,  Mike’s table is left to put on the base and the floor – then moving everything back in and organizing.  The floor will be back breaking work with a lot of breaks to stretch out our backs I’m sure.  Hope to get started on it next week.  My table was raised up high right now so I could put the last coat of varnish on it – you see the crank at the end of the table – that well adjust the height of the table – you can remove it so it isn’t in the way.

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This is it with a 24 x 36 inch cutting mat so you can get an idea of size (photo taken before I was putting that last coat of varnish on )  I only had the mat on it for the photo as the table top still needs to “harden” a little bit still – well not be using it for a week or two.  Plenty of room for the lap top on one side and cutting area on the other – in fact if it works out right and the sewing machine sits on it alright (in height)  I will put the sewing machine on it to do the machine quilting as the table top will have so much of a bigger area to work then the Sew Ezi table does.  There are wheels on the bottom with brakes so I can easily move it if needed.

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This is the backing I got for the Primary Colors quilt – I have been thinking straight lines in a light gray thread.

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Wide flannel for the new design wall.  I know some of you use batting but I find batting sags after awhile and flannel doesn’t do that as much I think.

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This much done on the Round We Go circle.  I was asked what I have it sitting on – this is a 12.5 inch sandpaper board  – helps keep things from slipping and I use it to draw out my pattern pieces – cutting one circle at a time isn’t much work and I find the slower pace nice – I have enough quilts waiting in line to be quilted I don’t need to rush.  There is old dry glue on this sandpaper board that I don’t know how to get rid of – don’t want to run the board by scrubbing with water and a brush but thought maybe that would work if I did it quickly?

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The last basket of tomatoes has been ripening nice – some faster than others.  Have used some of them already –I believe it was last week I showed you a full basket of the green tomatoes that I picked before pulling out the plants.

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I did get about 25 inches or so of the vine applique on both sides on Fall Harvest but you really can’t see the work as the thread blends in so well I didn’t take a photo.  Again no rush on this as I have so many to quilt – I’m trying to slow down.  Linking to Esther’s Quilt Blog today and kokaquilts:sew, stitch, snap,share.

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Round We Go

Fall Harvest (scrappy baskets), Life in General, quilts, Round We Go

One commentator mentioned that the hexie circle star looked hard to make so I am taking a few photos as I was working on the third to show that if it is broken into steps it really isn’t hard at all.

First I lay my pieces out in groupings – makes them easy to start working on – the little diamond shapes are the ones I start with and I line them up just as they will be sewn.

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All done up in pairs and then the small blue/green flowery pieces are added.  I then put them one by one next to the center hexie so they are ready for the next step.

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Add one at a time round and round you go  (Round We Go) and the center is done. This is as far as I got last night before setting it aside.  After I get all the pieces that are laid out joined I then join the wedge edges that form the circle.  This circle star might be a little more of a print mix then I normally would like LOL – if I don’t like it when done I can always make another – or keep in mind there will be at least 48 of them so maybe I won’t even notice it after awhile!  Linking to Love, Laugh, Quilt – Monday Making &  Small Quilts and Doll Quilts for Design Wall Monday.  Also linking to MCM #88 Cooking Up Quilts and Em’s Scrapbag .

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I have about 25 inches or so of vine appliqued on one side so last night I picked it up to continue the work – I will turn it the opposite way and finish that section of the vine on both of it’s sides before I refold the quilt top and work on another 25 inch section of Fall Harvest.

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Last night I went out to take a walk and heard a noise and looked up and saw two deer in the distance run down to the woods, I stopped a second and got my phone out (I always carry it on my walks) in case there were more as I could take a photo and of course just as I was getting the phone ready the next one ran into the woods too – I wasn’t fast enough – the sun was in my eyes.  They had been in that clear opening on the far side of the photo where the woods are.  I had thought there might be more than two because this whole summer every time I see deer there have been a mother with two fawns and sometimes what looks to be a yearly with them.

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This is the area they ran into – can’t see much in there the woods are so thick! I haven’t even walked in this section in I don’t know when – too thick in the summer and bugs everywhere – in the winter the bugs are gone but the thickets of vines and thorns are still there.

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Looking at it from the road  – I walk around the clearing and this is looking down towards where the woods are.  My walk is rougher here at home then at the fitness center for sure as this is  uneven ground and I have to watch where I am walking the whole time so I don’t trip.  I have a “path” (that is roughly describing it ) all the way around the property  starting at the back door, down into one section of the woods that I keep clear of underbrush, then out to the clearing were the deer were and up around the big clearing back to the front yard  and around to the backyard and round and round I go – 5 times around is about 20 minutes or roughly a mile.  I would love to put out a deer feeder or salt block to attract more but even though I have never seen one in our area there are black bears in Arkansas and some have been spotted within 20 miles although I have never seen one – I do not want them in my yard!!  EDITED:  already have received one comment about not feeding the animals – anyone who reads my blog on a regular basis knows that we go camping (for many years – like over 40 +)  and travel a lot and enjoying seeing animals – we never feed the wild animals and are educated on what to do and not to do with wild animals -I said I would love to so I could see more of them – I didn’t say I was going to do it!

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Vines

Clover Bias Stem Maker, cutting bias binding, Fall Harvest (scrappy baskets), Round We Go

I decided to tackle making my vines for the Fall Harvest quilt and get them appliqued in place so I can then decide what else to add – right now instead of acorns and pumpkins or whatever I am leaning towards fall leaves – mainly because they are easier and faster to do because they are bigger – bigger in my mind is easier to applique and faster than tiny pieces like nuts!

I use the Clover Bias Stem Maker for my vines.  You put your fabric strip in on one side, this photo was a little fussy, sorry it was the only one I had and I hadn’t realized.

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Flip it over and put the paper with the fuse side down on the other side.

using Clover Bias Stem Maker

Press the paper side down to your fabric strip.

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I put a pin through one piece into the ironing board and gently glide the iron the whole length pulling the tool ahead of it.

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Almost ran out of the fusible and in the end it wouldn’t have matter all that much anyhow as this package maybe was a little defective and it barely stuck to the quilt top!!  I had to put pins in too or use glue.

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The vines do not look like much by itself, but when I add colorful leafs here and there it will be much prettier.

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I fold the quilt top in quarters and then over again to have a nice neat area to do my applique without the top becoming a wrinkled mess.

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I finished the 2nd circle for the Round We Go quilt and now two of this pattern is finished.  These will be appliqued to squares eventually.  I picked out fabric for a 3rd but I will wait to show until I get started on it.  I was asked where can you get the Round We Go pattern/templates – it is an Australian pattern by Sue Daley – the place I got it at no longer has them listed so much have run out – I tracked down one other place in the States that has them Mountain Creek Quilt Shop in Tennessee.  This is a pricey set – you get all the papers you need, the pattern instruction book and acrylic templates which of course you can use over and over again – the papers are firm so you would be able to use them again also if you want to make more for a different quilt sometime.  This was a splurge for me I have been buying very little fabric the past several years using my scrap stash instead so treated myself to this.

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For Slow Sunday Stitching with Kathy I have plenty of hand work projects to work on – the circles or the vines or neutral hexies – I will decide as the day goes on.  Also linking to Quilting is More Fun than Housework.

EDITED:  10: 16 AM  I have been told that using spray starch is a no no when using fusible – I used spray starch on my brown fabric before cutting the strips so it is very likely that is what caused the fusible to not stick well when making the vines – it was a very low humidity day (38%) when I was working on the vines so humidity was not a problem.

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I Meant To Sew

Round We Go

I really did intend to get this circle finished and start on my vines for the Fall Harvest quilt – but somehow time got away from me and I didn’t do much at all except read.  Sometimes that is how your day goes doesn’t it.

So I got this much done on this circle for the second star circle of the 1st design for Round We Go

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I was glad to hear my niece that goes to school in northern Florida made it back home to Maryland she and a friend both drove their cars back following each other all the way – first they got the house that a group are renting for the school year sandbagged and possessions moved to the 2nd floor.  So thankful that she is safe and my brother and sis in law won’t need to worry about her.  I sure hope all my Florida readers will be safe, I know some left and some are going to ride it out.

I have seen on the news that it is possible that the storm will turn a little and eventually end up in Tennessee or Kentucky and maybe even the eastern side of Arkansas might end up with some rain – just when we are heading out to Paducah of course! but we know it will be a rain storm not a hurricane by then and won’t be raining every day we are gone I’m sure.

Maybe today I will get done with more sewing?   I did get varnish coat #4 on the table tops and door yesterday – something was done!

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