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10 years of anything is a long time. And 2018 was my tenth year writing this blog.

It’s time to say goodbye. I have enjoyed writing here and reading your comments and I want to thank my readers for all of their kind words.

You can still see quilt and weaving photos on instagram – https://www.instagram.com/threadtalesqw/?hl=en

And my Facebook business page – https://www.facebook.com/threadtalesqw/

I am considering creating a separate FB page for showing and selling my handwovens, but haven’t sorted that all out yet.

I will leave the blog up and check in to make sure I answer any questions that may come up on the posts.

Thanks for reading all these years!


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Weaving post…

I have been busy with gifts – wraps, scarves, shawls, shrugs, etc. Several people have asked if I sell my projects so I am considering building a small inventory of items after the first of the year.

Quilting by day, weaving by night. Not a bad life 😉

Cloudborn superwash wool shrug

twisted shruglong shrug 2

Findlay Superwash wool/silk blend shawl/wrap


Malabrigo Aroyos superwash wool cowl

bright cowl

Wool/acrylic blend men’s scarf

clasped weft man's scarf2

Cotton/acrylic wrap in progress

brooks bouquet

Batik Swirl wool/acrylic shawl/wrap

Betsy wrap

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Last week’s quilt…

Bette’s gray and yellow – digital design Plaid Bias – med gray thread – hobbs 80/20 batt


Two identical twin size quilts for Winnie – digital design Timber – Hobbs 80/20 and light gray thread


Monica’s group project – freehand quilting – Dream Green batt and Omni threads in med. blue


Pat’s houses – digital design Ginger Flowers – light blue thread – Hobbs 80/20 batt


Dorothy’s blue and white – digital design Chino – client supplied batt – Omni Harbor Sky thread


And Diane’s winter scenes – digital design Undulate – W&N batt and Omni light tan thread


Just a few more and I can take my Xmas break!


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Blesie’s Christmas Cups – digital design Midnight Sparkle – light gray thread – client supplied batt


Phyllis’ log cabin – digital design Featheration – client supplied batt – Omni thread in Sandbar


Phyllis’ black and white – digital design Asti – client supplied batt – Omni thread in variegated gray.


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Elizabeth’s winter pinwheel – freehand and computer combination – hobbs 80/20 batt – superior omni thread in white.


Janice’s modern triangles – digital design Prism – client supplied batt – omni thread in med. gray


Dorothy’s modern Xmas quilt – digital design Kindling – client supplied batt – omni thread in Spearmint


Janet’s retro Xmas quilt – digital design Midnight Sparkle – Hobbs 80/20 batt and Omni thread in Neon Red


Durenda’s pretty – digital design Periwinkle – Hobbs 80/20 batt – Omni thread in white


Another Xmas quilt! – digital design String of Lights – Hobbs 80/20 batt and Omni thread in Pasture


And Jill’s superhero quilt – digital design Diagonal Plaid – Hobbs 80/20 batt and Omni thread in med. blue


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Mary Ellen’s baby quilt – freehand quilting – client supplied  batt – Omni thread in spearmint.


Mary’s Dresden Plates – extra light, freehand quilting – client supplied batt and Omni threads in black and light rose


Dorothy’s X quilt – digital design Chino – MM cotton batt – Omni thread in Winter Well


Kay’s extra fluffy heart quilt – client supplied batt – digital design Ginger Hearts – Omni thread in Frosted Lilac


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Pat’s granddaughter’s quilt – applique blocks made from her granddaughter’s drawings. Freehand, lightly quilted. Wool batt and several Omni colors of thread.


Fran’s reindeer quilt – digital design Oaken – Hobbs 80/20 batt and Omni thread in Flax


Janice’s blue and grey falling diamonds – digital design Good Vibrations – Hobbs 80/20 batt and Omni thread in Tidal Pool


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I have been weaving and this time I made something for myself. I nice colorful cowl to wear on vacation next week. Actually, I made two. One to keep and one to give.

Malabrigo Rios yarn – 8 dent heddle – Warped 85″x11″ – wove two 30″ pieces with hem stitched space in between them. Short fringe – one twist – ends overlapped and zigzag stitched.

multi color cowlshort cowlshort cowl2

I also took a Learning to Knit class at ThreadBender a local knit/weave shop. I am finding that some of the garments I would like to make with my woven fabric needs a bit of knitting to put them together.

I taught myself to knit years ago, but I wanted to learn the correct way of doing things and I never got the hang of purling. So now I have a good foundation and am making a bunch of dish cloths using various combinations of stitches to make get them stuck in my head for the future.

Finally cooled of here in West Michigan. Now I can start wearing some of my projects!!

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West Michigan Quilters’ Guild Quilts on the Grand show is this week. Friday and Saturday.

It was pretty busy when I was there yesterday morning so I did not get photos of all of my client’s quilts, but I did get a few.

5 of my client’s quilts won ribbons. Here are two –

Carla’s Christmas Mice

2018 ribbons 3

Kathy’s Basket quilt (the quilter was mis-identified as Bonnie Rhoby in the show materials. It happens.)

2018 ribbons 4

And two of my woolies won ribbons!

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in between show quilt duties. Got to meet Karen Kendo in the real! She’s helping at judging for our show. We hit it off right away 😉

Two for Donna – digital design Deck the Halls – Hobbs 80/20 batt and Omni thread in cream


Digital design Pumpkin Fest – hobbs 80/20 batt and Omni thread in taupe


Winnie’s pretty pieced quilt – digtial design Periwinkle – client supplied batt – Omni thread in med. Turquoise


And Marica’s dear deer baby quilt – digital design Oaken – client supplied batt and Omni thread in Harbor Sky


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