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Oh Gosh, I still have 3.5" squares to use up. 

So, here's a new queen size quilt I started this week to use up those squares (from the last 3 quilt projects).  The evening yellow lighting isn't the best representation of the quilt.

Four Rows Done.  Six Rows to Go.   Making 4-patch blocks with 3.5" sash.  Jon picked the background cotton print fabric. 

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I sewed sashing to 4-patch blocks yesterday.  Working from my dining room because there is too much moisture, and sloppy rain puddles.  Our driveway is muddy in spots.  More difficult walking back and forth from the studio, to the house.  No bathroom in the studio.  
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Below is a photo taken in the studio when I started the quilt at the beginning of the week.  I'm not moving through the project very fast.  Been working on and off on a powerpoint presentation I'm presenting at the Historical Society on Saturday Subject: "Old Photo Detective".  I love genealogy research.
3 Out of the Box Quilt.jpg  Here's a little brighter, (daylight) photo of the quilt after I'd completed two rows.

Working title is: Out of the Box 1952.  I stumbled upon a 1952 photo of me, taken by my prankster great Grandma Edna.  Grandpa looking through the porch door with his hand on the door knob.  What were they thinking?  A cardboard box on a metal stool with a baby inside?

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Dad used to take us for sled rides; (two sleds) tied to the back of his 41 Plymouth.  I remember the smell of the exhaust pipe and gliding past the "yellow street lights" at night.  It was fun, but honestly, what were they thinking?

Anyhow, that's my story.  Thanks for looking at my "Out of the Box 1952" queen size quilt.

Nine 4-patch blocks per row plus sashing = 84" 
10 rows
plus two fabrics for border; flesh it out as close as I can to 92 x 104.

 






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Yes - what were they thinking?  But back then life was very different and you survived!  Thanks for the story - it gave me chuckles.  And your quilt as usual is lovely along with a very creative name.
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Oh, Linda! Love this one, too. It has a very soft, soothing look about it.
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Oh, you make me laugh!  Loved the photo of you in the box, and I love the soft colored quilt you're constructing.  Do be careful of the ice.  Our gravel road has been so saturated that it's to the point where it wants to pull the car to the side.  Hate that phase, but we're almost through it again.  Your power point presentation sounds interesting.  Wish I could be there!
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Hello gals.  Thank you for taking time to look at my work.  I will sew on the quilt today. 

(Yesterday) Sunday 3/15/20 I worked on a special project with a friend Debbie to show her how to make a clutch purse with zipper closure. 

The material chosen was a deconstructed velveteen jacket from a thrift shop I bought about 2 years ago.  The velveteen jacket material was quilted, and featured a black background with dark green and burgundy leaves with gold pen strokes outlining the leaves. Fancy.

Problem was, the quilted jacket material was too supple, like an al dente noodle, like a limp hand shake.  A cotton lining added body, durability, and a bit of glamour resulting in a firm hand shake . . . . ah . . . hummm . . . which is different from an elbow bump.  Ha. Ha.

The finished clutch purse was great.  Debbie wants to make a wristlet strap for the purse.  So, next time we get together we will do a little de-construction on her clutch purse (small area in one of the side seams to add a tab with an O-ring).  We'll make a couple wrist straps to audition.  And with the wristlet hardware and O-ring tab--the finished strap will be Easy on-Easy off.  Hmmmm, isn't that an oven cleaner?  

Debbie loves making decorated hand-embroidered wool medallions and other lovely pieces like: lavender bud filled sachets, broaches, Christmas tree ornaments, and hand sewn collapsible thread catchers, decorated with 6/0 glass beads, ribbons, laces, and sometimes tiny metal charms.  Her stuff sells very fast.  Beautiful work.  I've been teaching her techniques since we met last year.  She is really creative--better than me for sure.

I tell you all this, because I had a good time yesterday sewing with my friend Debbie.  She and I both had the same long-lasting cold.  She had it first and it upset her that I got sick too.  But, we are feeling energized and healthy right now. 

Cancellation of our 2020 Event:
Which brings me to announcing the cancellation of the Sewing Machine Extravaganza scheduled this year June 13, 2020 at my home in Wisconsin.  In the interest of getting through this terrible C-19 virus pandemic, I am postponing the event until next year.  I hope you'll understand.   I'll open a topic on VSF to announce the cancellation.

I wrote myself a note on the blackboard today: "if we can't be wealthy, let us at least be healthy and wise." 

Linda

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Linda! How can you tell us about the purse, and not include a photo? Please do show us the completed version when available.
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I talked to Debbie on the phone tonight, and we laughed about how much fun we had working on her fancy velveteen purse Sunday afternoon.  I will post photos as soon as I can.  

Debbie told me, she kept thinking about the Out of the Box 1952 quilt I draped over a chair.  Sunday night--kept thinking about the quilt, and Monday at work she was interrupted by thoughts of the quilt.  Debbie bought the quilt over the phone tonight.   Boom![kiss]

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Hey, that's a great idea of getting together online to have a VSF gathering.  I don't have any idea how to do that, but maybe you can teach me?

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Last week--I completed 2 quilted body pillow (shams) from leftover Button Up quilt blocks.  Finished quilting and hemming 4 extra long table runners from left over blocks. 

Quilted 4 yards of fabrics to build big over-sized 20" totes with big exterior pockets.  They wil look like this one I built for myself.
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I'll post some photos on the other projects as soon as I can.  Tomorrow is cleaning day.  Jon starts his second day of work.  Can't wait until Wednesday to get the Sew Train going again.  

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I am planning my next quilt . . . I want to do a colorful quirky String Quilt.  Working title: "Crazy Little String Called Love"



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Oh, I am so sorry this virus thing has caused you to have to call off your June plans.  You have no idea how many times I've fondly remembered my time there last year.  You didn't know this, but I had one day of hope that I would go this year (and bring along my box of parts Singer 99 to get expert help unfreezing and final reassembly)!  Our June trip to Canada has been cancelled due to the virus/travel headaches.  Oh, well, another year.

Good for you to get your out of the box quilt sold, and to your new friend, Debby!  I remember her joining us at your house.  

Oh, and tell Jon congratulations on starting a new job!  Hope it's a good fit for him.  

Anxious to see photos of the purse making and your next quilt!

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I cannot wait to see "Crazy Little String Called Love" quilt because I love that song when sung by Dwight Yokum. Sounds like you will be going from subdued (Out of the Box quilt) to eye popping.

I too am glad to hear that your husband has started a new job. These are crazy times with restaurants closing and toilet paper hoarding. Even chicken is now hard to find locally. I can only shake my head and wonder what the heck is going on.
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Hi KLO [wave]

Thanks for your soothing words.  Jon got to work one week at his new job; then he was laid off due to the C19 virus.   I am down to 3 rolls of toilet paper.  Still no TP in the 3 area stores.  We have food.  But no bread.  I can make bread.  I am out of diet coke, oh drat!  No diet coke in the store.

Out of the Box Quilt 1952 Update:
I postponed (backing, quilting, hemming) of the Out of the Box Quilt.  Sent 2 photos to the client to ask which backing fabric she likes best.  I have enough of these two fabrics on hand.  One fabric is "modern" looking with "periods and commas theme" on a light background.  The other print fabric is "soft and botanical".  She chose the latter and I was glad because I had already put the botanical into the 2-fabric border.  Almost, almost, almost ran out of sashing and border fabric.  

By the way, this is the second border I installed.  The first border I frogged, "rip, rip".  It wasn't the best choice, as it lacked contrast. 

This is a scrappy quilt.  So, I am not concerned about fabric print pattern (modern-edgy or soft feminine botanical).  I selected these two bolts of fabric choices based on "contrast".  Both bolts of fabric would be the right amount of contrast to work well in the border and the backing fabric.  Tip: I squint my eyes, and look at the contrast from 10 ft. away.  

4 Out of the Box Quilt.jpg  5 Out of the .jpg 

Other sewing projects:  3 collapsible scrappy thread catchers, 10 face masks, and a quilted purse (ready for 6/0 glass beads embellishment).  Ran out of 1/4" flat elastic after 10 face masks. 

Each mask takes 14" of elastic x 10 face masks = 140" divided by 36" is a little under 4 yards of elastic.  Wow--I didn't realize how much elastic I could blow through in such short order. 

Here's me modeling the first mask I made (scary pic with my hair in rollers).  Later in the day--a 2nd pic is me without hair rollers. 

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resized Linda Mar 2020.jpg 

 
Things Sewn Last Week 15 Mar 2020.jpg
Left: an annual stock report-booklet is full of tissue-like pages.  I was going to use them for paper mache projects.  But now I want to harvest the pages for foundation sewing strips for "Crazy Little String Called Love" quilt.  The market may have faded, but harvesting their tissue pages to build a strong vibrant string quilt makes me happy I'm getting something out of the deal. 

Thank you for looking at my work.  I have no idea how many typos I made writing this reply, and I don't care.  I'm tired and retiring for the night.  Take care of yourself please.  Stay at home.  Hide.  I couldn't bear losing any of you.  



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