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    You will like this, ladies. Jubilee, tea, sewing, all in plasticine... Scroll down and watch the video...

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...d-Jubilee.html

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    QuiltE...your know how to rattle a person's chain don't you? I have a Texas Star in red, white, and blue just needing the setting blocks and borders that has been bumped several times...I'll give it a whirl but make no promises. Maybe I can at least get the top done and off my conscious. I've been eyeing the fabric for other projects because I'm sure I have more than I need but not how much more. Dangerous thinking if I want to finish it. My son lives in Texas so I started this for his birthday over a year ago so maybe this year in late July.

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    gardnergal970 - yes, please join us. It sounds perfect for our challenge. Even if you don't get a chance to completely finish you will be further along than you are now. Or, perhaps you can finish the quilt top and then join a UFO challenge at a later date as inspiration to completely finish. And we want pictures.

    I drink tea as well, but herbal as I am not supposed to have caffeine. As to coffee, I've never understood how something that smells so good can taste so bad. IMO.

    Well, I have an appointment this morning so better go. Time to squeeze in a few more rows on the maple leaf, though.

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    OMG Muv .... what a hoot!!! Love the sewing machine ... would love to see the whole thing, and not just the mini clip. Guess I should google some and see what I can find!!!!

    Welcome GGal ... a perfect project for you to add to this collection! Glad to see that you trotted on over. Now go back and lasso in some of those other PC Pardners!! ITA with W4Me ... please show us a pic of that wonderful PhD!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Muv View Post
    Tea.... I'm a bit of an Earl Grey girl myself, occasionally lapsang suchong, apart from the standard tea bags.

    Dublb - Wonderful, a Texan tea drinker! Leaf tea is a great ritual, and an excuse for a nice teapot and tea cosy. Patriotic tea cosy?

    Thimblebug - The pictures don't really explain how I'm doing it. It's applique where cutting the material is the last thing you do. The daffodil outline is on the paper stencil, it is laid on top of the yellow, with the background material underneath. Then I sew along the lines, remove the paper, and only trim along the edges of the flower shape when I get there with the blanket stitch. This prevents fraying before I am ready to sew it. The applique is anchored in with the machine and hand stitching, and the blanket stitch covers the raw edge. There again, on the picture where I show work on the rose, the paper is on the back and I'm adding stitched detail... All will be revealed eventually, quilt and methods, but in the meantime I really need you ladies to cheer me on because it is going to be weeks and weeks yet...


    QuiltE - Glad you spotted the old fashioned look! I'm using a 1927 Singer 99K hand machine, so perhaps the look was slightly inevitable!

    This is the first thread on here where I have found so many Canadians - I'm really enjoying hearing from you all!

    Sorry Muv
    ... somehow I missed this post!
    Oh yes, Earl Grey is one of my favourites too, though I do really like Lady Grey when I can find her!

    Good suggestion
    Muv,to DublB ... how about a tea cozy DublB?????

    I know you don't want to show more of this WIP. Because we're intrigued about your different technique, could you show us something else that you have done using the same technique?? It might help us have a better idea of what you're doing and where you're heading.

    And OMG ... you're using a hand sewing machine as in crank with your hand and no electricity? Now there's a patriotic heritage spirit!!!! The machine combined with the technique are perfect ..... I "think" where you are heading is what I remember as some of the way the older linens that my Mom had were made. At least, that's what my brain is telling me!

    Glad you are enjoying the Crazy Canucks here ... how 'bout bringing some more of your Brits along to this tea party!!!!!
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    I did a stem! It even curves! Yea for me! Thanks Muv for the great description on how to do it! I am working on a wallhanging for my daughter's bright orange bathroom. It is a big bright scrappy dresedn flower. Still have to sandwich it & quilt it.

    I also made a snap bag/purse for my MIL for Mother's day this week.

    I pulled out the UFO I am going to do for this challange. It is still ugly & I am glad I figured out what I am going to do with it! I'll charge my camera battery & get a pic up & maybe some suggestions from all of you.

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    Can someone show me what a tea cozy is?
    I tried Earl Gray once & it tasted like black pepper ta me. (I use very little black pepper as I'm not overly fond of it.) I was at a hotel & it was what was in the room, so it probably wasn't the best of quality. I guess I'm not a very good 'Trekkie'. That's where I first heard of Earl Grey Tea. One of the reasons that I drink so much tea is for the theophlin that is in it. Theophlin has been prescribed for me for my asthma before & I figured out that the small amounts of it in tea can calm my asthma & my kid's asthma better than an inhailer at times. I'm rambling again.
    GG ya know how much I love all things Texan. I can't wait for your version.
    Muv that's a neat method of applique. I'm lookin' forward ta seein' it finished.
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    MMay ... we'll look forward to seeing your patriotic contender! By all means please do show us a pic ... and you know how everyone loves to dish out ideas. Soon you'll have more possibilities than you ever thought possible!! And the bonus will be the added accountability to help you nudge yourself into action on that!


    DublB ... I'm not sure where your pepper in Earl Grey came from, as I can't remember any snap of pepper in any of the blends I have had before. Earl Grey is a black tea with oil of bergamot and if anything, you will find a slight citrus taste. I will say, that there are some brands I prefer more than others.

    A tea cosy is a "coat" for your tea pot, to keep the tea nice and warm and cozy! Some will totally cover and need to be removed when you pour while most have a place for the spout, so you can pour while it's still on. Some are knitted or crocheted, like a toque. Some are puffy quilted creations! Like most things in life, some will be utilitarian and some will be quite the work of art. I've never bothered with one .... I guess I drink my tea all too fast!

    Here's some pics for you,
    DublB ... and lookeeee .... even some American Patriotic Tea Cosies, just for YOU!!!



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    Oh, those are darlin'! I might make something a little later after I'm caught up w/my PC blocks. I laid tile in both bathrooms yesterday & taday. No sewing. I have high hopes for next week!
    Bev
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    We'll convince you yet, dublb.

    Maple leaf is finished and washed. Couldn't sleep so made a cup of herbal tea and washed the leaf. Used some dish soap and vinegar in a glass bowl with warm water, after going at it with a white eraser which worked quite well. Then used a stainremover stick and pencil is gone. Probably 99% but I'm not going to push my luck. I need to check the size required. If the Aida is a bit small I will do narrow white and red borders. Maybe even if it isn't too small.
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    It's drying between the folds of a towel right now and I'll iron it a bit later, while it is still slightly damp. Then, on to cutting some of the actual quilt blocks.

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    Is your Maple Leaf done in cross stitch , sewn or appliqued?

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    Maple leaf is cross stitched in varigated red floss. It will be the centre square of a fabric quilt, I hope.

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    Works4me - fantastic job on the maple leaf! I didn't dare say anything about the pencil until now, I was too nervous for you, but you've well and truly got rid of it. Big sigh of relief!

    QuiltE - those are great tea cosies that you have found.
    Dublb - can't wait to see you first tea cosy!

    The best selection of tea cosies I have ever seen is on Ebay in this country. There are some very creative ladies selling their wares there. Today I have typed in tea cosies (spelt the English way) in the search box and come up with 3407 results. No shortage of inspiration there then. Also, there is this quilt at post 47 on another thread, which I can't believe isn't a tea cosy!

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/quiltin...t185411-2.html

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    Maggiemay - I was really thrilled when I saw your post last night! The marvels of the internet and QB - sewing tips travelling all the way to Southern California!

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    works4me, I so happy for you that the pencil came out... really looking forward to seeing how you frame it now! (in your quilt)

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    Hip Hip Hooray!!!!!!!
    There's been a lot of work to get your leaf to this stage .... does it get easier from here on?

    I'm looking forward to seeing how it all comes together after this!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kountrykreation View Post
    Sorry, would like to join in on a new challenge, but can't. Sounds like really great fun! Just wanted to share a past patriotic quilt done for a church fundraiser. Also wanted to ask if there's anything 'not to miss' for a tourist in late May/early June in Canada?
    Would you share the pattern for this with me or let me know where I might purchase it? Amazing! Love it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    Hip Hip Hooray!!!!!!!
    There's been a lot of work to get your leaf to this stage .... does it get easier from here on?
    Unfortunately, it doesn't get easier. It looks like all the blocks are appliqued. I haven't decided if I try hand or machiner applique yet. Either way, the first one is going to be scary-looking as I am seriously out of practice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by works4me View Post
    Unfortunately, it doesn't get easier. It looks like all the blocks are appliqued. I haven't decided if I try hand or machiner applique yet. Either way, the first one is going to be scary-looking as I am seriously out of practice.
    Muv's the applique expert ... maybe she'll give you some refresher lessons ... and the cheer you on.

    I can only cheer ... as I've done very very very little applique, machine or hand!
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    Works4me - if you want to do applique I will be posting pictures in the next few days. I don't know what my method is called but it works a treat. No fiddling about with little pieces, no freezer paper, no spray starch, no turning under tiny little hems, no agony with curves and corners, no fraying (have I sold it to you yet?) and if you don't want to do blanket stitch you could zigzag over the raw edges.

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    Muv ... you're making this seem all too easy ... there must be a catch!!
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    Ok I am really excited by this challenge, I just discovered it and my head is spinning.

    I've designed several Canadian cross stitch patterns but have yet to work out something in my quilting. Yay, a new goal!!!!

    I'm Cree Nation as well, so maybe I can incorporate some of the fabric I've seen that is more native oriented. Gotta go shopping!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by YukonViv View Post
    Ok I am really excited by this challenge, I just discovered it and my head is spinning.

    I've designed several Canadian cross stitch patterns but have yet to work out something in my quilting. Yay, a new goal!!!!

    I'm Cree Nation as well, so maybe I can incorporate some of the fabric I've seen that is more native oriented. Gotta go shopping!!!!

    Yessssssssssssssssssssssss!!!!!!!

    Glad to have you along
    YukV!!!!!
    And oh yes, it'd be so nice to see some native heritage work!!!!
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    Works4me...I'm so glad that the pencil came out and one more UFO done. It will make a beautiful focal point and I think the idea of borders for it make sense. It could make the maple leaf stand out even more.

    Muv...I'm looking forward to your lessons too. Appliqué is beautiful when it's done right but I'm a little intimidated by it.

    YukV...I would love to see native prints. Where are they available?

    I got a call last week that I can pick up my 3 quilts from my LAQ on Monday so this next week will be binding quilts. I've planned ahead enough to have my PC blocks done and should be able to finish the crib quilt I'm binding today. A little quilting a day gets a lot done but the Texas Star has time slots a little later this month although I might get it out of the box and put it on my design wall for inspiration. It's king size so the whole thing doesn't fit but seeing half will help.
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    GGal .... Glad to know you'll be keeping me company in June, when the others are sitting back and "enjoying" their work! Looks like you and I are much in the same mode ... I did some finishes yesterday and plan for the same today. And am waiting anxiously (actually more than that) for my FWS to bind!

    In the meantime, I'm thinking of more projects than Monty!!!!!!!
    Be proud of me,
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