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Jamie Thiessen/MN
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  • Clearwater, MN
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About Me
Working full time really cramps my desire for quilting. I gotta find a way to balance the two. The hardest thing about quilting is learning not to feel guilty - When I'm quilting I think I should be doing something else (cleaning the house, playing with the grandkids, spending time with husband, tending to outside chores). When I'm doing anything else, I long to be in front of my sewing machine. Thank goodness for long Minnesota winters!
If I can't be in front of my sewing machine, I crochet afghans and donate them to the local battered women's shelter or teenage pregnancy home.
Hobbies and Interests
quilting, paper piecing, machine quilting, general sewing, knitting, gardening, other
My pets are awesome!
drive me crazy . . .

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So long daylight savings time - - -

Posted on November 6, 2011 at 5:32pm 6 Comments

Although it has taken me most of the day to get all of our clocks changed, I've finally accomplished the task with welcome relief.  We went to Colorado in September, Green Bay in October, had relatives stay between those trips and I spent the last two weeks running back and forth to our local hospital while my husband dealt with pneumonia, pleurisy and a build up of fluids in his chest (he's finally home).  I helped my Dad pack up for his winter stay in AZ so have one less worry in the house. … Continue

Colorado Shops

Posted on August 31, 2011 at 8:28pm 2 Comments

Wondering if anyone knows of any quilt shops in the southern part of Colorado.  We'll be there Sept. 12 - 19, traveling from Denver to Durango to Telluride.  I've been to the Great American Quilt Factory and have that at the top of my list.  Would love to know if there are any stops I should include in our trip.  Thanks.


Bad timing

Posted on March 9, 2011 at 9:12pm 8 Comments

I became a bit rattled this afternoon when I received a text from my 24-year old son.  It started, "Mom, I need your help" - the five words every Mom loves to hear.  The rest of the message said he was very very sick and needed cherry 7-up, chicken soup and some kind of meds.  After finding out what his symptoms were (cold/flu), I went out to the store and picked up those and a few other items I was sure he didn't have (how many college students keep Kleenex in their house?)  I was kicking… Continue

My Apologies

Posted on June 22, 2010 at 11:09am 17 Comments

I owe each and every one of you an apology. For quite awhile now I've been reading blogs about your pets and how some of you have lost your canine companions. Until now, I haven't been very sympathetic. However, we had to put our pooch Scottie down on Saturday morning after he suffered a spinal cord injury. He was my youngest son's pal, left behind when he moved out to go to college. I was annoyed many times by Scottie, but he was always there waiting for me every night when I came home from… Continue

Wierd Question

Posted on January 8, 2010 at 9:50pm 8 Comments

This might seem like a strange question but is there such a thing as a Mid-Arm sewing machine? If so, what's a good brand? I've outgrown my little Bernina and have some Christmas bonus money to spend. Can a medium arm machine (if there is such a thing) do a good job on something like a Handi Quilter frame? I checked out the new Bernina frame and it felt really comfortable, but I just can't see plopping a short arm on it and getting much accomplished efficiently.

Anybody have an… Continue

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At 4:10pm on March 12, 2012, Lynne said…

Jamie, thanks so much for the pat on the back.  I tried to do it myself, but couldn't reach to far.   I am so glad its ready for quilting.  Pressing the backing tomorrow

At 2:13pm on January 26, 2012, Colleen Gladney said…

 I am so sorry for taking so long responding to your questions.  We have had so much company since Christmas.  I am so glad to get back to quilting and Quilt with Us.

Yes, I did make that bargello and it was very challenging.  The book I worked from is Quilts Without Corners by Cheryl Phillips.  I am not sure what was hardest, picking out the 18 fabric or doing the round.  I met someone at our local quilt shop the other day that was working on a bargello that had 102 prints.

If you look really close, you will see my mistakes.  But growing up in native American country, I call them my “se pa po’s “  ( laughs )  I have no idea how to spell it.

You were right about Montrose being a town that has beautiful medians.   There is a town just north of us   ( Delta ) that really shines.   They celebrate each holiday.  You should have seen it during Fourth of July. 

Hope you are sewing up a storm.  

At 5:07am on September 2, 2010, Patricia Gauthier said…
that is what i want to make my daughter a bargello ,, is it hard?
At 5:06am on September 2, 2010, Patricia Gauthier said…
No I dont not really know of any off hand Sorry. but i did by from RIver City Quits Online Store they are in minnesota, sorry i did not reply sooner
At 4:50am on June 25, 2010, Mary johnson said…
Dear Friends

The challenge is out, lets see how many of us can join the wonderful new campaign called Stitching for Pink !!! Starts today until 30 October. Its gonna be so much fun with 10 projects to complete. Come on Embroiderers lets unite and join the fight against Breast Cancer !!!

Go sign up now and let the fun begin.


Hope we see you there


At 9:26am on November 13, 2009, Lisa in Md said…
Congratulations and I think it's a beauty. I can't tell anything wrong from the photo and I think we are our own worse critics. You have to admit, isnt it a weight off your shoulders to be done with it? Thanks for sharing the tip about piecing it though, it does indeed make sense and I probably wouldn't have done it that way either.

I am so sorry about the longarm work done on the other quilt. I had paid for longarm work for 2 quilts via ebay. The same person did them, one turned out very well and so I was surprised the 2nd one wasnt up to par. The back was black and the top thread pull through. Another gal suggested I take a black sharpie and color the thread. That does not do anything for puckering however.

It'd be good to start fresh, make something you've always wanted to make for yourself. They are getting ready to do a stack n whack swap project in the SNW group if you are interested.
At 4:49pm on November 10, 2009, Lisa in Md said…
Hi Jamie, Lisa from Md here. Just checking up on your bargello. I see you are alive and well and have been on back in September. Hey, been to a MN state fair myself although didnt see quilts at the time. They sure can put on a fair up there. The fairs here are like little carnivals compared to up there. They sure do sell weird food products on a stick up there! So I was thinking about your quilt that doesnt exactly line up. Why dont you take the two halves that are together and split them into two then simply piece the four of them with borders and sashing. It'll be like looking into a window. You dont need to have the traditional bargello pattern and hey, youll be the author of a new pattern idea and perhaps youll get rich off of it!
At 4:17am on September 27, 2009, Lisa in Md said…
Jamie, please don't say you gave up on your quilt!
At 4:42am on August 25, 2009, Lisa in Md said…
Good morning Jamie. First of all I want to congratulate you on your progress. I also want to say that I hope the pressure didn't force you to rush through and cause your problems. I've had many quilts that didn't match up at the seams. Some of them didn't really matter but others can be REALLY obvious. I've seen some bargellos that don't match up either, on purpose, but I looked at your photo and see that all of your blocks are the same height and aligned, correct? I suppose with all of those rows it'd be hard to tell which ones are the culprit. The good news is that because they are all the same height and in a straight row, if you could lay it next to the 1st half of the quilt and find the biggest differences, you can sew a skinnier seam allowance straight across the row and then rip out the first seam. It'll be time consuming but it could be done so there's hope. Not what you want to be doing when you thought you were nearly complete but it's not a total loss. The other option is to ignore it, sew it up, and use it for your quilt when you go to a picnic or see the rth of July fireworks. Of course, it'll probably drive you nuts every time you look at it so I vote for option 1. Other than that I have no advice. I have a 1/4 inch foot for my machine so that helps me to sew consistent seams - it's been a good investment.

Kids. The youngest of the 4 is a senior in high school - we've been trying to get him out of AP Calculus II - we'll see what happens this week. The oldest gets married in Oct. The two middle are working and going to school and are both reservists. One has been in Iraq twice, the other once and begins training soon and will return again. Good grief I say.

What have I been working on? Not much. The Sylvia's Bridal Quilt is suffering - probably behind 4 or 5 weeks now, Ill have to check. Two weeks ago or so I quickly put together the mini Halloween House blocks we swapped in the East Coast group. I hurried because I promised not to sign up for the Christmas swap until I got that one done. Other than that I simply added borders for the two other quilt tops. My LQS will baste the one - it was from I class I took. Im on my own for the other. I'm also taking a class at the LQS, 1 night a month. We are doing embroidery and machine applique and it's a quilt as you go. Tonight is the 2nd class. That one way to get things done, pay for a class then you are forced to go!

Enjoy your day.
At 3:57pm on August 24, 2009, Lisa in Md said…
How's my old buddy Jamie? It's been a week since I last wrote. How's that beautiful quilt of your coming along?

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