Monday, July 4, 2016

Maggie's First Dance Block 2 and Giveaway!

Happy Fourth of July!   

Today is also time to celebrate with Jacquelynne Steves Maggie's First Dance Block number two!  Last month for the first block, I made the decision to try thread painting.  I was so very pleased with the results, I am continuing the process with the remaining blocks. 








The first block, I had significant puckering on the center block with the thread painting.  I was looking for solutions to easily solve the issue.  Last week, I stumbled upon a video of a man using his vintage Singer treadle sewing machine and an embroidery hoop to create intricate embroidered designs on clothing.  I did not have any other brilliant ideas to fix the puckers, so I decided to give it a go!






The hoop made the thread painting so much easier.  The BSR on the Bernina is pretty sensitive and can start and stop abruptly at times when I am not expecting  it to happen.  With the hoop, it seemed to happen much less.  It was much smoother. It was also easier for me to maneuver the hoop.  The maneuverability made it significantly easier to control.



For these flowers, I used fewer thread colors than for Maggie's First Dance Block One.  I wanted these flowers to be more bold.

I used Aurifil 50wt for the flower heads and for the stems, I added in Aurifi 28wt.  I was curious if it would work for thread painting.  It was a breeze.

To use Aurifil 12wt is not difficult. Use 40wt in the bobbin and I used a 90 needle ( it was the one already in the machine).  It was dreamy!









Make sure to stop by and visit the other bloggers for this event! Say hello and see how they are creating their blocks!  Variety is the spice of life :o)

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http://thecraftyquilter.com/
http://www.evapaigequiltdesigns.blogspot.com/
http://gogokim.blogspot.com/  ( it is me...YAY!)
http://lilypadquilting.blogspot.com/
https://thequiltingnook/wordpress.com


The GIVEAWAY for July is sponsored by Thermoweb!  This will be open to US residents only.  The prize contains aerosols which cannot be shipped internationally. 







To enter for your chance to win this amazing giveaway, leave a comment answering the question:  How do you spend The Fourth of July? 

This giveaway will close  June 11. The random winner will be notified on or about June 13. If you are a no reply blogger, please leave your contact information in your comment. 





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91 comments:

DebraKay Neiman said...

We usually have some barbecue, and watermelon and then watch the community fireworks display from our deck. crystalbluern at tds dot net

scottylover said...

We usually watch the fireworks on TV because I have to work the next day and it takes too long to get home from the fireworks display. This year it has been raining off and on all weekend, so we might not have fireworks tonight. Sure hope it clears up and we can!

Sandy A

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Every year we used to spend it with my hubby's family. Big picnic and fireworks off of the lake. But since my in -laws have passed, we either spend time with our kids or with friends. Thanks for the great giveaway!

Susan L. said...

We don't usually do anything special for the 4th of July. It's just a low key day around the house.

Betsy said...

We grill and swim

lcscottage said...

I love your block!

Hubby and I will spend some of the day paddling our canoe on the lake. The rest of the day will be quiet, too. I'll be pleasantly sewing. Early to bed...have to get up early for work in the morning.

Vicki H said...

We will grill burgers and watch fireworks.

Sally Ann said...

It is gray and rainy here- my husband will grill dinner and I will quilt!

Kathy S. said...

This year I am spending my 4th of July cutting, quilting, and sewing!!! We have a fireworks show that we see every year. That was last night. We will have dinner together. Our 9-year old son will be running back and forth between me and my quilting activities and my husband working on something in the garage. This is the way we LOVE to spend our spare time. :) Happy 4th!

Kathy E. said...

What a pretty block! I am really enjoying this quilt along and following the blocks as each is so different and creative.
We are empty-nesters here, so our 4th of July is more on the quiet side. We will grill some brats and enjoy them with some other treats. I like to take an hour or two and trim the bushes too! Woohoo!

Dianna Lynn said...

I will be spending the day with my family.

Sarah Purvis said...

I am a new quilter! Love seeing your thread painting and trying t understand different uses of the aurfil threads. Who is the designer of the fabric you used in the quilt block? It is so cheerful and lovely.

Cindy Schultz said...

We usually float the river nearby in a canoe. Today is suppose to be pretty windy so we decided not to take the risk, instead we are having friends come over for a BBQ. I love your thread painting. It looks awesome.

Linda said...

HI,cooking out and enjoying family+friends around us!
Happy 4th to You! msstitcher1214@gmail.com

Kathryn P. said...

It's raining this year but we are still going to BbQ and watch movies.

quilter said...

We spend the 4th with friends, watching the fireworks from my front porch!
cork@pa.rr.com

Liz Horgan said...

We spent it chilling at home-which was great!
Nice blocks!

Linda said...

HI,we usually enjoy family+friends for cookouts! Love the summer fresh fruits+watermelon too! Thanks to you+Thermoweb for a neat giveaway! msstitcher1214@gmail.com

Brenda said...

I'll call my sister and wish her Happy Birthday. Other than that, it'll be a pretty normal day -- I want to get into the sewing room and work on my quilts from two June workshops. A day for me.

Geri A said...

Yesterday, I baked bread and red, white and blue bundt cake for a friend's annual potluck picnic. Today I sew!!!

Joanna said...

Today I'm spending the Fourth very quietly and peachfully. I hope to rest up for work tomorrow.

dwylie said...

We watched our town parade and are spending the rest of the day with family.

Jane Sprague said...

We watched fireworks last night at a friend's house (they have a fabulous view of Deer Lake, WA!), and tonight is fireworks at our lake (Loon Lake, WA). Oh, and I think I should grill some burgers and make some potato salad sometime today, too. Happy Birthday, America!!

sgrehome said...

We're spending the day indoors out of the heat; we'll have an indoor picnic of hotdogs and potato salad for dinner.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

We celebrated with friends yesterday. Today just chillin' out.

Alice Benner said...

I spend the 4th of July very quietly - I don't like crowds so do not go to fireworks displays or anywhere there might be a large gathering of people.

Sue Hook said...

Quiet evening at home with the hubby and grilling steaks

Lee said...

Relaxing at home w/ my husband and daughter! A little outdoor picnic and some sewing! thanks!

mindi said...

Love your blocks! Thread painting is a great idea!
Usually, I'm home alone, but this year the 4th will be friends, food and fireworks. Fun!

PatriciaEE said...

Bar-B-Queing and staying cool.

Beth Stephens said...

This year inside cause it is raining"

Emily C said...

Usually we bbq at grannys and watch the fireworks from my MILs balcony as it faces the fairgrounds.

Cheryl said...

We always spend the 4th and 5th at my mom's house (the holiday and my daughters bday on the 5th) because she has a pool for these really hot days.

rosemaryschild said...

I spend the 4th just relaxing, or sewing, or both-its too hot outside to do much. Last night, I sat outside on my front porch & listened to the fireworks going off.

Gene Black said...

We usually have a birthday party for my aunt since it is her birthday.

Allison C said...

We had a bbq with friends.

Robin in MN said...

We spend the weekend at our lake cabin, eating brats and burgers, drinking beer and wine, and lounging on the pontoon. Can't get any better than that!

GranChris said...

I spent it cleaning house. Company coming soon.

margaret said...

looking good I do love these patterns, think my favourite quilt is her cosy afternoons BOM one, not learnt the art of machine embroidery we did some when on a course and used a hoop then am amazed people do it without a hoop as we were told the fabric had to be very taunt, drum like.

Betsy said...

Our local high school has music and fireworks for the afternoon and evening. It is a fun event.

Cathy Calloway said...

This year spent a quiet day at home. A bit of sewing, good American meal of burgers & corn on the cob, & fireworks on tv....

PK Sews said...

Your thread painting is awesome! Thanks for the tips. We usually spend the 4th of July at home, with a trip to the park for fireworks in the evening.

lalaluu said...

Thanks for the tips about the thread weights and thread painting. The 4th of July for me is like every other holiday, filled with food, family, and friends!

Monica said...

We usually cookout and watch fireworks. But this year it was raining so we had a cookout on Sunday and slept all day on Monday. Miss the fireworks but will catch them on Tuesday because soo many of them were rescheduled.

Tina Jeo said...

We never know where we will be on July 4th. This year we are home so we went out to watch fireworks in a nearby town. Since it doesn't get dark until about 9:30 here in Montana, it was a late night especially for my daughter. tljeo at yahoo dot com

Jeannie said...

4th of July usually involves taking a walk to the local fair for some people watching, grilling some vegetables, and watching fireworks.

Lisa Marie said...

We always go to a picnic with my Dad's side of the family in my hometown of Pittsburgh. My son even makes the trip from New Orleans to attend.

Linda said...

We had a bbq, and family time!

Kiy N said...

he fireworks display for our area was cancelled because of the weather, but will be rescheduled for a later time. I spent the entire weekend with family and good food.

Karen said...

We eat out at a local BBQ place, will go to a movie, and watch fireworks locally. IT sounds boring, but it's a nice pace for us. I read a book yesterday. We saw "Tarzan" at the movies, which I highly recommend!!

Kelly Williams said...

We spent the day with our 3 daughters & their families. kelly32@citlink.net

Chiska said...

We played games with family, had a barbeque and watched fireworks.

Janan Doster said...

Homemade vanilla ice cream, stitching red, white and blue fabrics, and watching fireworks over the lake!

Debby E said...

Great tip for the thread painting! I've never tried it but you made it sound a little less intimidating!!
We spent our 4th of July weekend at our little home away from home down the Jersey shore! We BBQ'd with family and friends on Saturday, Sunday went to watch fireworks on the beach with family and friends and had pizza and played with the kids/grandkids there on the beach while waiting for the show to start then after some ice cream at our favorite shop! Unfortunately the 4th was kind of chilly and damp with rain off and on - but my husband managed to get a little fishing in with our little granddaughter while I got to chat a bit with my daughter in law. Thanks so much for the chance to win :)
Debby E
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Nancy said...

We spend the day with family and friends at a potluck dinner. We play lawn games.

Barbie Z said...

I spent the 4th this year sewing and hubby worked on several of his projects. We celebrated with friends on the weekend with a potluck.

G wenna Doty said...

I spent the long weekend at my lake house with family and friends. We enjoyed the fireworks on the lake on Sunday night.
Thanks for the chance t win

Jacklynn Grimm said...

I spent this Fourth of July working, I am a nurse at a long term care facility, and t was my holiday to work! At least I got to see the local fireworks on my ride home!

Carol C Thomas said...

My favorite way to celebrate the fourth is with flags, decorating, a good cookout, watching fireworks with family. Special memories.

Lauriejo said...

This year we just stayed at home and relaxed. DH has shingles so he wasn't eager to do too much.

StangLvr2 said...

We stayed home and grilled chicken sish-kabobs. After the fireworks started we sat on our back deck and watched others partake. Fireworks are illegal in the city limits but we are close to the edge so had lots to view

teachpany said...

I went to a cookout yesterday, and watched the fireworks from my deck when I got home. It was an interesting day. I hope you had fun. Thanks for the fun!

Judy1522 said...

I love your block with the thread painting. We barbecue for the 4th of July and watch the fireworks around the area in the evening. There are usually some good ones in the surrounding hills. We also sometimes watch the big one from the neighboring state that the local news broadcasts. This year it was totally spectacular.

Camille V said...

For many years we were fortunate to have a restaurant on the lake where we have a cabin. The restaurant owner put on a lovely firework show each July 4. Watching fireworks from your boat is awesome! Sadly the show was discontinued when the restaurant owner passed.

Anita Jacksonn said...

I enjoy staying at home for our holidays, we work away from home through out the year so holidays are a retreat to home.

Sherry said...

We always have a barbeque at our house with lots of family and friends.

Allison CB said...

Awesome thread painting - thanks for the inspiration!!! Going to give it a try! I spent the weekend quilting and then getting food ready for a big party - so it was food, family, friends and fireworks this weekend! mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

Mama Higgins said...

We usually spend the 4th having a BBQ with family and friends.

Cecilia said...

We spent the 4th with family, eating Barbecue and watching the fireworks.

tammik said...

I went to my brother's to see his new house. Float boat, hot tubs, a wonderful mini vacation! With a little bit of hand stitching outside enjoying the view.

Karen Stewart said...

We usually have a BBQ with friends. This year we stayed home because my husband was recovering from surgery.

Karen said...

Picnic with the family and a trip to see the local fireworks.

Lori Smanski said...

your block is wonderful. my husband and i spent July 4th grilling and working in our vegetable garden and butterfly garden. We laid a brick border and brick stepping stones.
quilting lady 2 at comcast dot net

Jessica Shull said...

We spend our 4th doing what my daughter wants that is her birthday also.

Shull.jessica10@gmail.com

Jessica Shull said...

We spend our 4th doing what my daughter wants that is her birthday also.

Shull.jessica10@gmail.com

l Hand said...

We have a BBQ and then go watch fireworks at the lake

Mary Lou Paoletti said...

We look forward to a picnic with my parents in their backyard (brats, beans, and potato salad). The city fireworks are set off in the field behind their home.
mlpao@yahoo.com

Love the idea of thread painting the embroidery!

Vicki L said...

Spent the 4th week-end catching up on things around the yard and house, including cleaning up my sewing room. Did have friends over for dinner and watched fireworks from our back deck. Love the colors you are using for your blocks. Beautiful fabrics!

dquilterguy said...

Usually spend the 4th of July with a family picnic and then watching the fireworks on TV. dhardenburg (at) prodigy (dot) net.

karen christensen said...

We went to the horse races and a party in our younger days, now we spend it quietly at home. Our daughter did come to visit for a while.

Catskill Quilter said...

We usually have a cook-out, but this year the temp was about 100 degrees, so we stayed inside.

Lori said...

Spent it with my in laws having a barbeque. Got to see my son who moved out with his girlfriend and I don't get to see very often. It was a wonderful day. Spent the night trying to calm down a pappillion with one eye who because of the breed has huge ears and hates fireworks. We live in Utah and we hate July because between the 4th and our state celebration on the 24th and the days leading up and after those days, we have one very stressed out dog. Love the holidays but hate the fireworks.
Kaitismommy@gmail.com

Susan said...

Usually my siblings and families all get together for a potluck/cookout/picnic and fireworks.

Ramona said...

I love the fabrics you are using in your blocks! So fresh. I spent the fourth with my husband and two grandsons on the lake. So fun!

Knittingdancer on Ravelry said...

I spent the 4th of July at a cookout with 6 friends at a friend's house.

judi said...

We usually go to a local park for a fireworks display. This year we skipped it because of crazy work schedules.

Lori said...

Spent it with my in laws having a barbeque. Got to see my son who moved out with his girlfriend and I don't get to see very often. It was a wonderful day. Spent the night trying to calm down a pappillion with one eye who because of the breed has huge ears and hates fireworks. We live in Utah and we hate July because between the 4th and our state celebration on the 24th and the days leading up and after those days, we have one very stressed out dog. Love the holidays but hate the fireworks.
Kaitismommy@gmail.com

wendy said...

This year we had a picnic with some friends. Since the hubby didn't want to deal with the crowds at the outdoor fireworks we just watched some on TV.{ugh!}

Shawna said...

I spent the 4th travelling 10 hours on a plane to Germany

Janet Dulin said...

Independence day is a very special day and we spend it in the mountains with lots of campers. Good food and fireworks are the very best.

Barb Miller said...

I spend our 4th of July with our son and his family.

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