Quilting with Polyester Thread

I had a charity quilt to do for a friend, and she gave me the best instructions a quilter can get - "do whatever you want".  Don'tcha love that!  So, time to experiment again. I have been hearing a lot about the polyester threads for longarm quilting (and DSM use too), particularly for use where …

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Slow Sunday Stitching #9

Week 9, hope you all had a wonderful holiday!  I had lots of turkey and Thanksgiving goodies, football and friends.  Watching holiday parades and an extra day of football meant I could get the stitching complete and block the piece. Here are the pins and button hooks.  The blue one is supposed to have a …

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Christmas Table Topper Step 4

Happy Thanksgiving, hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and has some fun sewing time planned for this weekend.  Are you ready to sew?  I realized that last week I really didn't show you my progress, so I went back and edited that post to show you more.  If you are still in element assembly, click …

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Happy Thanksgiving!

This is my favorite holiday, watching the Macy's parade in my jammies with a hot cup of coffee, turkey baking all afternoon, and football games!  Inevitably there is something that goes awry on a holiday, and those stories end up being the best and most memorable of all.  I told several of my family stories …

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Three Events Eight Days

Get your guys for this post, it will be car heavy!  Our British Car Club had three events in eight days, lots of food and fun and a special day with the next generation of car lovers.  First we gathered at a member's home after a nice drive in the mountains. We had a cookout …

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Thanksgiving Tablescapes 2015

Sitting down to a lovely table enhances the enjoyment of a meal with friends, and I do enjoy making a table pretty.  The challenge is to make it different each year, using the same elements.  I have a fair amount of storage space, but even I cannot store several sets of things for each holiday.  …

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Slow Sunday Stitching #8

Wow, have we really been going at this for two months? I wish I could say that I finished these ornaments up this week, as that was the goal.  Alas, a busy life this week didn't leave a lot of stitching time.  I did get one more almost finished, the tape measure. I haven't gone …

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How to Brine and Bake a Moist Succulent Turkey

Now I know what you are thinking, and I used to say the same thing - I don't have the space to do this.  But, you do.  It is easier than you think.  I have to say, this is absolutely the best turkey you will ever eat.  The true test of how moist and juicy …

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Christmas Table Topper Step 3

Here we go! Since we decided to do the project as a Quilt Along, I am going to go a bit faster give you both units today.  We'll assemble the blocks next week, so you will have the long weekend to quilt it and bind it, ready to go for December season decorating. First unit …

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Adventures in Machine Binding

I used several suggestions from you, dear readers, to do this machine binding on the Quick Quilt.   This time, I sewed the binding onto the back, then turned it to the front.  I did use some pins to make the miters on the corners, and few to hold the binding down as it was being …

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