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Tracy
Iowa
Interests: quilting
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I got more log cabin blocks made for a border for the of the current blockswappers project. I have mentioned before that we try to keep our projects under wraps until they are shown at the Annual Woodcarvers and Quilt Expo in Blue Earth, MN in August. I shared pictures of last year's project here. For this year's project we made 4 scrappy 7-1/2" log cabin blocks for each member of the group. This week I made 40 more blocks to add to my quilt. Thats about all I will be sharing about this particular project until August- just a... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2011 at Quilted Plum
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As I promised, here is the second part of the t-shirt tutorial. There are a number of ways to accomplish the next step. You can add sashing with or without cornerstones. You can make the sashing wide enough to accommodate cornerstones from smaller emblems from t-shirts as on the quilt shown here. Most of these were from chest patches, etc. You can also do patchwork around every t-shirt, for a very interesting effect. This allows you to use a variety of different sized t-shirts sections and a variety of fabrics. It is also rather time consuming and requires alot of... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2011 at Quilted Plum
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On my design wall is a finish instead of a work in progress. That's right, I finished the t-shirt rag quilt I have been sharing. All I have left to do is to run the lint roller over it to pick up all those stray strings that appear when the quilt is washed to get that "rag" look. 2 of the 3 flannels in this one are woven rather than printed and those are usually really stringy. Perfect to achieve that rag look but very linty, messy in the washer and dryer! Last week, I mentioned doing a tutorial on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2011 at Quilted Plum
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My design wall doesn't really look that much different than last week, but the part that seems the slowest to me is done now. Cutting the shirts apart, then deciding the arrangement, fusing the stablizer to the back of each shirt, and the cutting of the blocks to size. Since there are so many shirts to fit into this quilt, I made the blocks all the same width but varied the height of the rows. That way I was able to fit in an extra row of blocks. Its a little extra work and requires a little extra thought but... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2011 at Quilted Plum
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On my design wall this week is another t-shirt quilt for a client whose daughter is graduating this Spring. Lots of shirts to fit into this one so I need to spend some more time tweaking the arrangement to get them to all fit in. Besides t-shirts, there are a few other special items like a baby outfit, a favorite pair of jeans, and a jacket. This one is going to be a "rag" quilt. I have made many t-shirt quilts and a handful of them have been rag quilts, meaning the seams will be on the outside of the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2011 at Quilted Plum
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Several years ago my mother-in-law gave me a set of blocks that she embroidered. I sewed them together and set them aside until I had time to quilt something for myself. Well, in typical fashion as they say-the cobbler's children go shoeless..or something like that. It didn't get quilted and then we got our new bed which is a Cal. King instead fo a queen. My mil was kind enough to embroider a few more blocks for me after I hunted down some more and begged her to ;> .... I made a plan to make them fit my bed... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2011 at Quilted Plum
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Finally! This is what the lake looked outside my window this morning. The ice is finally almost gone. I think that means that Spring has Sprung! After the the strong winds of Sunday and Monday Iowa Lake has gone from looking like this on Sunday ..... to the above open water picture of this morning. Green grass and boats on the water can't be far behind! I can hardly wait! Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2011 at Quilted Plum
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The return of the design wall Monday .....after a far to long absence.....sorry:{0 So,I thought I would share the quilt that I have been helping daughter Emily with this past week. She made a number of quilts when she was in 4H and became quite confident at quiltmaking but hasn't done much sewing since she graduated. With a little guidance from me, she made this cute little quilt. We decided to use a pink minkee fabric on the back because, she loves soft fabric. I love the way the quilting shows up on it! I did some freehand quilting overall.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2011 at Quilted Plum
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OK, so I have to admit, I was not so sure about having this guy become a permanent fixture in my great room. I mean he is HUGE!!! He tipped the scales around 1600 pounds when he was taken last September. He measures 55" across his horns which I'm told is just average for a Yukon moose. He measures 52" from his nose to the wall and a bit more that that from top to bottom. Since he was the result of a "hunting trip of a lifetime" that Mr. Plum and his brother took last fall in Alaska, it... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2011 at Quilted Plum
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More woolies. Is this girl gonna get over this obsession with woolies??? I designed a couple more woolie words and thought of some more I'd like to do. Here are a couple I cut out over the weekend. Liberty will go over the stars but it is a whole lot easier to blanket stitch those stars before you add the letters! On the machine quilting front, here is the king sized sampler quilt that I am working on for a client. The safety pin on the black cornerstone marked the center of the quilt, so I am just over half... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2011 at Quilted Plum
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First of all, let me apologize for missing my design wall Monday report. I am battling the shoulder/neck back ache thing again this week and it is taking the wind out my sails. My other excuse is that it was month end and my bookwork needed to be caught up. So today, I'll show you some of the things I've been working on this week. As I shared here I made a bunch of woolies at Christmas time and then I made some more in January. I had an order for a few more and while I'm at it I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2011 at Quilted Plum
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So I'm back to blogging, trying to make a regular appearance. One of the things I like to do is share my design wall and link it to Judy Laquidera's Blog-Patchwork Times. Unfortunately, I don't have any thing that I can show today. I have been working on a couple projects that I have to keep to myself for now. One is yet another t-shirt quilt that I don't have permission to show and the other is the blockswapppers quilt that I talked about in several posts this past week. As I shared before, we try to keep them under... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2011 at Quilted Plum
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Just a quick note and a couple pictures to report that I accomplished my quilting goals yesterday. Plus I not only mounted the next quilt but went ahead and quilted it. It was a pretty simple allover quilting job for a client on an old "found" quilt. Sometimes its nice to just get it done, especially if I'm in the mood! I also got to work on my blockswappers project for awhile. Now I am to a place where I have decide what to do with it next. I think I want it to grow but not sure how. Sorry... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2011 at Quilted Plum
I have seen many places about people choosing a word for the new year. A word to inspire them, a word to try to live by all year. We are already 3 weeks into this new year but I don't think it is too late to choose my word. I actually have had it chosen for awhile but I just haven't really shared it with anyone. Trust Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6 2010 was definitely... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2011 at Quilted Plum
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Here is a quick pic of the quilt I'm working on today. I hope to get this one finished this morning and then quilt a ribbon meander on a table runner. Both of them are Christmas/Winter projects for a client. With our frigid temperatures and wind chill advisories today, I guess they are fitting projects! I have also been working on our current blockswappers project, mostly at home over the past weekend. I'm pretty excited about it, so it is requiring a bit of discipline not to work on it all the time! I have set a goal that I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2011 at Quilted Plum
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On my design wall are these wool appliques that I worked on over the weekend. I used a word program on my computer and just made the letters using different fonts. Before Christmas, I did dozens of Christmas related wool pictures (well mostly they are words in picture frames). At first I was making them to be given just as gifts but ended up selling them to friends and making many more than planned(as in, I made around 40) They turned out to be very popular. I didn't mind because I really do enjoy making them. I seem to be... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2011 at Quilted Plum
Posted Nov 16, 2010 at Quilted Plum
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Nothing new on my design wall, but here is the wool project AI talked about last week. I haven't added any more holly to it yet. Here I have pinned a few pieces by the i and the T. If I decide to add them, I will also sew on a few more "berries". I'm still very tempted to just leave them off. I really don't think they would be missed! I was also able to do a little machine quilting this week. I quilted two quilts. I have had to really back off because I continue to have a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2010 at Quilted Plum
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Last weekend I shared a little bit about Mr. Plum's Alaskan moose hunt adventure. They were dropped into the wilderness by float plane. From there they had to portage their gear from the small lake where they were dropped to a river. It was about a half mile over the tundra. They would eventually have to float down this river about 30 miles where they wereto be pickedup in ten days. In this picture, Mr. Plum is pumping up the raft. The raft was provided by the outfitter. It was 12 feet long and weighed about 140 pounds. It also... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2010 at Quilted Plum
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I love the look of wool but have a tendency to collect wool more than actually use it in projects. So last week, I decided to make a a project that I have been thinking about for awhile. Then as I was preparing the letters, one turned into two. I cut out a couple letters and then didn't like the color or fabric that I had chosen next to another one. Rather than waste any of my wool I decided to make another wallhanging and use it as a gift. Here is one of them pictured with the book that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2010 at Quilted Plum
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So I finally compose a new blog post. It takes me over an hour, I post it and its shows up all out of order. The second a paragraph and the first picture show up at the end. I'm so frustrated!!!! I hope you can make heads or tails out of it cuz I don't know how to fix it. Sorry! Tracy Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2010 at Quilted Plum
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It has officially been over a month since my last blog post. I have a million excuses, none of them are that great. My apologies, I'll try to do better. I guess I have been a little lost. He had what he hoped was great footage of the hunt that they called in a big bull moose and that Mike shot. He also had footage of their camp and of them fishing. He was really documenting everything with commentary. We bought and charged a couple extra 7 hour batteries. They were more that 100 miles from the nearest road...and the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2010 at Quilted Plum
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Just because I have been an absent blogger doesn't mean I haven't been busy quilting. I have more t-shirt quilts to make for several clients. I spent some time last week cutting up/laying out/planning two of them. This one is the second one, I'm not happy with the way it is laid out here and am thinking I need to change things around a little to distribute the color. The pairs of color will remain together as they are front and back of a shirt that go together but I think I want them all to end up side by... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2010 at Quilted Plum
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Nearly everyday I think of something to blog about or rather something I "should have" taken a picture of and blogged about. And then there are the things I DID take a picture of but never sat down and blogged about it anyway!!! I'm just not sure I'm cut out for blogging. I enjoy it when I do it but to often get overwhelmed with everything else that needs to be done to take the time to do it. A computer crash of the main computer that I use thrown in the mix has definitely stressed me out since my... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2010 at Quilted Plum
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Here are my 20 half yard cuts of FREE fabric!!! As I mentioned in my previous post that was the incentive prize for visiting all 12 quilt shops in the south eastern section of the Minnesota Shop Hop. I heard of a few people that made the trip all in one day. Whew, they would have to be really truckin to get that done! I put nearly 500 miles on my car in those two days and of course, we needed time to shop and every shop was pretty busy. With such a good incentive the response has been incredible.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2010 at Quilted Plum