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ONCE UPON A TIME...a funny little READ!
Wednesday, 08 February 2017 00:00

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I am going "over" my tutorial section so I can start adding more Tutorials a little more often...so here is a funny little read for you to enjoy while I get my "learnin' ON"!

 

In the beginning there was a beautiful little shiny black vintage singer featherweight, sitting in the back of a dark and lonely closet.  Not my Grandmothers closet...but likely someone's Grandmother!  I bought her on Ebay...isn't she Gorgeous?

 

 

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OK...I have the machine...gotta buy some fabrics!  You just have to LOVE the smell of the Calicoes!

My OCD tendencies made me compulsively organize it all by color, on a shelf, made by my Houston.  Isn't it grand?

I think I need another shelf or two or ten!

 

 

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Now that my fabric is organized...let's get to work and make something real nice!  Darn it Aunt Bethany...he guessed it!

 

 

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I've been a busy girl...cutting up my fabric into strips so I can take them to the machine and sew my little heart out.  Lookey me...I'm talented!

 

 

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Since I have only been quilting for a short while, I could only muster up this little quilt...maybe I am not all that talented as I once thought!

Sad thing...I used all my fabric up...

Let's buy MORE!

 

 

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Thank You Mr. Computer Engineer for building this little "add on" to my Website...now I can write some really cool step by step tutorials that you will NEVER read...mostly because there are too many words!

Love You Anyways!

Mom

 

 

 
 
MEET THE TWINS!
Monday, 06 February 2017 15:24

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Meet my sweet new addition to The Quilted Story Studio...I call them the "Twins".  These are actually TWO-6 drawer cabinets from IKEA that are stacked on top of one another.  I opted NOT to have Houston put the wheels on the bottom of the lower cabinet...just because I simply do not want it moving at all!  LOL!  With all this "Embroidery Machine" work I am doing these days with my Sweet Matilda Jane...I seriously needed an affordable way to organize all the different colored fabric panels that have been prepped with Heat and Bond Lite.  It's kind of important to keep these panels flat...and it isn't just because I am a little over the TOP with OCD!

But...

Just between you and ME...it is the BIGGEST reason for everyone's safety and well being here at The Quilted Story!

Remember to...

Embrace your weaknesses...LOL!

Now...how about a shot of the insides...

drawers openedEach drawer has two color ways...fabrics that are all ready for the next Super Cute Embroidery/Applique on Matilda Jane.  Now  I have to compulsively memorize the drawers that each color is in...

Simply...

Because...

I can!

Let's make something new with my Sweet Girl Matilda Jane soon!

Stay Tuned!

Kathleen

 
UNPLANNED SURPRISES!
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 09:45

yard stick boxes for bobbinsYou simply gotta love it when a plan comes together...even when you really had NO plan at all!  Who doesn't LOVE them some Super Cute ways to organize all those pesky little bobbins that we all have strewn across the studio? 

Good Grief...it's true!

I have OCD!

Embrace your weaknesses...it makes life "easier"!

Moving on...let's chat a bit about these little cute bobbin boxes. 

My husband...I call him "Houston" (for those who do not know this) brought home this fun little stack of old yardsticks that he found at his Momma's house...

just because...

he just might need them one day!  And YES, I found the perfect place for these little gems! 

Imagine that!

The funny thing is...Houston never really examined the yardsticks all that closely...UNTIL he decided to cut them up to make these bobbin boxes and just before he made the first cut...he turned it over and there it was...

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Houston's real name...written in his little First Grade hand...DANNY BOWEN.

It just makes you smile...

REALLY BIG...

and then TEAR up, like a big BABY!

So, the Moral of the story is this...

BEFORE he was known as MY "Houston"...he was just a little kid from North East Ohio...named...

Danny Bowen!

It doesn't get more nostalgic than that folks!

Gotta LOVE a Handy Man!

Kathleen

 
COTTAGE GARDEN BLOCKS
Tuesday, 24 January 2017 10:12

altWell...aren't these SUPER Fabulous?  This particular fabric line is kind of old...

I actually purchased 1 yard cuts from my local Hobby Lobby over 10 years ago. I've decided to call this group my "Cottage Garden" Collection.

Can we say..."fabric hoarder"? 

Now...that's just HARSH...I prefer to be called a "fabric collector"...it sounds so much nicer when it rolls off the tongue!  LOL!

Any who...

I mixed it up with some cute tone on tone's that matched in color hue.  I just love it for these little paper pieced fronts for my upcoming lecture and trunk show in Seneca, SC.  I am counting down the days...I really can't wait!

If you click on the picture to enlarge it...you will notice that there are several of the blocks that are actually duplicated in pattern.  However, a simple change up of the fabric/color placement will give you a whole different look...I love that about this particular quilting technique!

Let's...Quilt On!

Kathleen

 

 
WORK STATION WEDNESDAY!
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 00:00

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It's Work Station Wednesday at The Quilted Story and even though this picture might look like a HOT MESS...it really isn't!

I am working on a super cute display piece for my upcoming Lecture and Trunk Show in February!  Good Grief..it just might be slightly illegal to have this much fun in one day!  If you have never Paper Pieced in Quilting form...this is a must see Lecture.  It's one of those techniques, where the possibities are simply endless.  You are only limited to your imagination! 

However...for me...Paper Piecing allows me to acheive the ultimate in miniatures with some serious "block accuracy" in the mix.  How can it get any better than that?

Stay tuned as I progress in this Fabulous Display!

Quilt On!

Kathleen

 
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