Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A BASKET CASE

I know most of you think I'm a "basket case" a lot of the times.  And, realistically I probably am! but this time it's a good deal that I'm a basket case!

Back in the day... ummhhhmmm... some 20 years ago, I was a consultant for Longaberger Baskets and lets just say I have a few baskets.  Okay, I have quite a few baskets.   Okay, Okay, I have a lot too many baskets.  Now how is that possible?  You can never have too many baskets if you ask me.  Apparently my mom, sister, and nieces don't think you can have too many either.  I know for a fact my mom and my sister have WAY more baskets than I do.  In fact I think my sister takes the prize for the most baskets owned!

Meanwhile, back at the ranch basket house, my niece calls and says she knows a lady who has a bunch of baskets for sale.  Do we want to go with her to look at them?

This is what we saw.







So we're shopping, and looking, and drooling and I said to the lady, what do you want for all the baskets?  She hem-hawed for a second or two and said how about $$$ for everything!  Before I could even open my mouth, my sister shouted "SOLD".  I didn't even have time to react.  We loaded up the whole she-bang for a song or maybe I should say "happy dance"!  

By the time we got home, it was too late to divide them up so we're going to do that this evening.  I can't wait to see what I'll get out of the deal.  There are a couple of baskets that I have my eye on.  The lids have quilt blocks appliqued on them.  They are really calling my name.

Friday, April 18, 2014

LOOKIE, LOOKIE WHAT I GOT

When Jo and Jo's Country Junction posted earlier today that she had received her advance copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 9, I was so excited.  I wonder if I will get mine today too??  And Lookie, Lookie, look what I got late today!



Quiltmaker has a fabulous blog tour scheduled April 28th - May 2nd and they will be giving away  lots of free copies of this magazine.  My blog tour day is April 28th and I'll have a free copy to give away plus the copy Quiltmaker is giving away.  Maybe you'll be a lucky winner.  But if you're not, it does go on sale May 5th.  Be sure to get your copy early though.  Around here the stores ran out and lots of folks didn't get a copy.  If you'd like to order a copy from me, send me an email or comment here.  I'm going to place my order for them lots earlier this time.

I'm still sitting on the edge of my seat to find out if Quiltmaker accepted my block for Volume 10.  It is going to be huge since it's the 10th volume!




Wednesday, April 16, 2014

LONGARM QUILTING #7 2014

Ok, are you ready for more pictures of some quilts I've been quilting.

Loraine made this adorable carousel horse quilt for her niece who is 4 years old.  She says she calls the Carousel the "horsey go round".  How cute is that?





Loraine also made this fun, bright, happy quilt.  I don't know what Loraine is calling it but I'm calling it "Sassy Cats".  It is just too cute and I don't even like cats.

I quilted paw prints edge to edge on it in Glide Neon Green thread.


Don't you just love the back of the quilt?  Those cat eyes and whiskers peering through the black darkness.  Just perfect!


Pauline made this quilt for a beginning quilting class she was teaching.  It's a super easy pattern called Ashley's Journey by Pieces of Pie.  It uses a layer cake and some border fabric.  Of course you know I'd like this one a lot because it's red, white, and blue!

I quilted the pattern R & R Nested E2E with cream colored thread.  It is one of my favorite patterns to use.

I love her backing too.  

This one belongs to me!  Are you shocked!!!????  I entered it in the Heart of Texas Quilt show that is coming up next week so I had to get it quilted.  I made this  two years ago as a Block of the Month Challenge for an online club I belong to to.  I used a panel fabric I purchased to coordinate with the fabric for the blocks.  I did get 2nd place and a $50 gift certificate.

I told you one of my favorite patterns was the R & R Nested Edge to Edge.  I used it on this one too.



And here is the back.  I tried to use up all my scraps but I still have a little bit left over.  I didn't want it to look too hodge podge!


And yes, there will be more photos of other quilting.  I can't post them until after Saturday as I don't like to post photos until after the customer sees the quilt.  



Monday, April 14, 2014

LONGARM QUILTING #6 - 2014

I've been quilting fast and furious and I have lots of quilting to show you.  I'll just show you a few at a time so the post won't be so long.

Queenie has been working overtime and decided a day or two ago that enough was enough.  I don't know what made the bobbin assembly do this but it just fell out of it's place right in the middle of quilting.  I'd been rockin' and rollin' along just fine and then bam!  It made one heck of a clatter and bang.  Me, being the optomistic person that I am decided that was a fluke and so I proceeded to put it back in order and quilt again.  Haha!  Silly me.  Queenie quilted for a very short distance and bam!  She did it again.  Of course, when it did this,  it threw the timing off on Queenie and I had one heck of a time getting it set back right.  It's never a good thing when a repair manual, a timing tool, and a screw driver are involved.  The King came home and took one look and went "OH NO" and turned back around and went straight to the house.  Boy, he was sure a lot of help!  He knew it was probably best to just stay the heck out of my way.  He did fix supper and a much needed cocktail for me.  I got the timing adjusted and Queenie working again (before the cocktail was comsumed)!


Carolyn from Baird, TX made this for her church for a fund raiser.  She said the blocks were blocks she won in a block exchange several years ago.  She also reports that the quilt brought a nice amount of money for the church.  
 I quilted an edge to edge pattern of hats, boots, and horseshoes using tan Mother Goose thread.

Dee from Richards MO made this scrappy churdash block from her scraps and says it will make a nice utility quilt for a bed.  It is a big quilt.


I quilted meandering feathers in white thread.

Bobbie from Proctor TX made this western quilt for a relative who's home is decorated in Western decor.  She and her husband are both "cowboys" and their two little ones are growing up to be "cowboys" too.  

I quilted hats, boots, and horseshoes in Mother Goose thread on this one also.



Saturday, April 12, 2014

MYSTERY SEASONAL SAMPLER MONTH 4 - 2014

April Showers bring May Flowers.... or so they say.  So for my block in April, what could be more fitting than umbrellas for the April Showers?  I saw this quilt pinned on Pinterest and I thought the block needed to be in the the Seasonal Mystery Quilt.  There are 4 blocks in this unit and these blocks will finish 9" (9 1/2" unfinished).

You will need to make 4 of these blocks.

Cutting Directions:
4 colors for the umbrellas (I did mine scrappy but you can do them all the same fabric if you like)
From each color cut the following
1 - 1 1/2" square
1 - 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangle
1 - 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" rectangle
1 - 1 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangle
1 - 1 1 /2" x 5 1/2" rectangle
3 - 1 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangle

Background
12 - 1 1/2" squares
4 - 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangle
8 - 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" rectangle
4 - 1 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangle
4 - 1 1/2" x 5 1/2" rectangle
4 - 1 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangle
4 - 1 1/2" x 7 1/2" rectangle
4 - 1 1/2" x 8 1/2" rectangle
4 - 1 1/2" x 9 1/2" rectangle

Black
4 - 1 1/2" squares
4  - 2 1/2" circles (for the yo-yo's or 4 coordinating buttons if not)

Assembly:

1.  Begin by drawing a diagonal line across the black 1 1/2" square and one of the background 1 1/2" squares and one of the 3 1/2" rectangles.  I used this marking pen from Fons and Porter.  I really like it because it draws a nice fine line and you can purchase various colors of "lead" for it.  Watch the placement of the diagonal line on the 3 1/2" rectangle.
To draw the line on the 3 1/2" rectangle I lined the rectangle up with the grid of my cutting mat and lined the ruler up on the diagonal.  By doing this, you will notice the placement of the diagonal line is in the place it needs to be.  

2.  Lay one of the background 1 1/2" squares on a 6 1/2" color rectangle and sew on the diagonal line.  Watch the placement of the diagonal line!  It will need to go from upper right to lower left like this.  Repeat this for the 1 1/2" black square on a 6 1/2" color strip, sewing on the diagonal line.


3.  Lay the 3 1/2" background rectangle at a right angle on a 6 1/2" color rectangle and sew on the diagonal line.  Again, watch the placement of the diagonal line.


Trim off the excess and press toward the strip.

4.  Sew a 1 1/2" background square to the black half square triangle unit made in step 3 as pictured below.


5.  Sew a 1 1 /2" background square to the 3 1/2" half square unit made above sewing it the the bottom end of the unit as pictured below.
6.  Sew a 2 1/2" background rectangle to the bottom of the unit made in step 4 as pictured below.
7.  Sew a 3 1/2" background rectangle to the 1 1/2" background half square triangle unit made in step 2, sewing it to the bottom end of the unit as pictured below.
8.  Sew a 4 1/2" background rectangle to a 5 1/2" color rectangle.
9.  Sew a 5 1/2" background rectangle to a 4 1/2" color rectangle.
10.  Sew a 6 1/2" background rectangle to a 3 1/2" color rectangle.
11.  Sew a 7 1/2" background rectangle to a 2 1/2" color rectangle.
12.  Sew a 8 1/2" background rectangle to a 1 1/2" color rectangle.
13.  Lay the block out as pictured in the diagram below.

14.  Sew the strip units together to make the block.  It should measure 9 1/2" square.
15.  Repeat the above steps for the other 3 colors.
16.  Sew the 4 blocks together to make the 18 1/2" unit.

Here is another color way using a cream colored background.

I used black ric rac for the umbrella handles and just pinned it on free hand and sewed down the middle of the ric rac to secure it to the block.  I added yo-yo's to the handles in one of the block units and I used coordinating buttons in the other block unit.  My yo-yo's nor my buttons are sewn down yet.  I will add them after the quilting is complete.  I don't want to have to fight the machine with the buttons or the yo-yo's.

Wouldn't this look cute to use colored ric rac for the handles in place of the black?  And to use a dark colored coordinating half square triangle on the top of the umbrella instead of the black?

Are you keeping up with each month on the Seasonal Sampler?  Be sure and link up so we can all see your progress, whatever it is.


Thursday, April 10, 2014

WHAT IS YOUR SUPERPOWER STITCHING BLOG HOP

It's finally day one of the WHAT IS YOUR SUPERPOWER STITCHING BLOG HOP

and I'm so happy you're here.  So what do you think my SUPERPOWER is?  Well, I'm not even sure I know!  Have you ever heard of someone referred to as "A Jack of all trades, master of none"?  My mother and grandmother have said it often.  Maybe that's me.  A Jack Queen of all trades, master of none many!  I think my SUPERPOWER has changed over the years.

At one time I think I could say my SUPERPOWER was counted cross stitch.  I certainly did my share of it back in the late 80's and early 90's.  Here are a few of the things I did.  My greatest accomplishment is a Precious Moments counted cross stitch quilt I started for Hollie when she was a little girl.  My mother told me I'd be lucky if I finished it by the time she graduated high school.  I've never been a lucky girl!  But I did finish it when she was 22; just before my first granddaughter was born! I'm not sure who that quilt was for; me, Hollie, or Raleigh!  Sorry no picture, the quilt is in Japan when Hollie resides at the time.  I did however, run across one of the blocks for the quilt.  I knew I had it almost finished and couldn't find it anywhere.  After I started the block again and finished the quilt, of course, I found it.
See, I knew I was almost finished with it.  That was a lot of work to do over again!


Here are a few other things I cross stitched.
I cross stitched quite a few Paula Vaughn designs.  

This one and the next one are a set and were my first attempt on linen.  Paula Vaughn again.


And I recently picked up some cross stitch again with this project from Little Miss Shabby.  It's going to be a sampler quilt.  There will be 16 blocks in it.  Needless to say, I'm a little behind.  Block 6 just came out.


However, cross stitch isn't my SUPERPOWER any more.  Apparently I don't know how to count. I can't tell you how many times I've had to un-stitch because I counted wrong.  Urgh!

In the last few years, I've picked up embroidery.   I don't think I can say that's my SUPERPOWER either.  I'm really not that great at it.  I only know a few stitches.  I'm somewhat well know for my Texas Quilts obsession collection and this quilt is what sparked my interest in embroidery again.


And here are a few other embroidery quilt projects I've done.



I was hoping this blog hop would make me kick it in high gear and get this Snowman A-Z Embroidery Quilt finished but there was just too many irons in the fire and it just didn't happen.  I did get a couple more blocks finished though.



So WHAT is my SUPERPOWER?  Well, I think it's quilting.... of course!  And I bet you would have never guessed that in a million years, right?  I've always quilted (never by hand though).  I created this table topper/wall hanging for my mom.  I snitched the doily from her dresser drawer and this is what I did with it.  I appliqued the lace edging on by hand and then used invisible thread (clear mono filament thread) and stitched it down around the center medallion and the inner edge of the red crocheted lace.  Someone had some STITCHING SUPERPOWERS!  Just look at the embroidery on this and the crocheted edging.  Now that's some SUPERPOWERS! I added my SUPERPOWER quilting and tah dah!







Many, many thanks to those who made this blog hop possible.  The one, the only, Madamme Samm at Sew We Quilt and our SUPER cheerleader Pauline at Quilt n Queen (the other Queen and her Palace) and of course DMC Embroidery.

Now how about a SUPER GIVEAWAY.  I'll be giving someone this floss organizer.  Just leave me a comment and tell me what your SUPERPOWER is.  Of course, you can increase your chances if you follow me on Facebook or Twitter; leave me a comment and tell me so.  AND I'll double your entry if you share it on Facebook or Twitter.

Now put on your SUPERMAN WONDER WOMAN SUPERPOWER cape and see what other SUPERPOWERS there are being stitched up.  I hope you enjoy the remainder of the blog hop.

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