Monday, December 31, 2012

NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS

Ok, so how sad is it that I'm posting on my blog on New Years Eve instead of leading an exciting fun filled night?  Never mind, don't answer that.   Even my retired parents had New Year's Eve plans that included dining and dancing!

Meanwhile back to the New Year's Resolutions... I told you I prefer to think of them as goals rather than New Year's resolutions.  And as one friend pointed out on her facebook post, She calls them New Year's Revelations as something that keeps going because resolution are at a stand still.  I still like goals.  So, here is my 2013 goals:
  1. Work on at least 1 UFO each month
  2. Eat healthy and exercise more.  Notice I didn't say lose weight.  I'm hoping that will come with eating healthy and exercising more. I certainly didn't lose any weight in 2012 so maybe there's hope in 2013.
  3. Do more RAK (random acts of kindness).  Although I consider myself somewhat kind, I feel there is more I can do to be "kinder".  I could make a list of things that I could do but then they wouldn't be random (thus RAK's).  The world could use a little kindness and I want to do my part.
  4. Be more "green" (for lack of a better terminology).  I want to eat out less, cook more using less "box or convenience items", take my "green" bags to the store, use less disposable plastic, recycle cans, papers, etc.  You get the idea, I think.
What are your New Year's Resolutions/Goals/Revelations?  Whatever they are, I hope 2013 is a happy, healthy, and blessed New Year for you and your family.
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Sunday, December 30, 2012

SUNDAY STASH STATS #52

This is the last Sunday Stash Stats of 2012.  Can you believe it?  It's been a whole year of stash reporting?   I didn't use anything this week because of Christmas but I didn't report the week before so I do have reporting to do.

Used this week:  4.375 yards
Used this year 2012 to date:  212 yards

Added this week:  0 yard
Added this year 2012 to date: 198.5 yards

Net used in 2012:  13.5 yards

It's not as much as I had hoped for for the year but since I've never kept track of my usage and given the fact that I don't have a huge stash (by comparison to most of my quilting friends), I don't think it's too bad. 

How was your stash busting?  Is it what you had hoped for?  Click on over to patchworktimes.com and see how others are doing with their stash busting. 

Want to join us in stash busting in 2013?  It's easy to do.  You don't have to inventory your stash to start out with. Starting Jan. 1st, just keep track of what you use from your stash or what you add to your stash.  If you lose track, it's no big deal.  Just like the UFO Challenge, there are no quilt police so no one is coming after you if you don't participate each week or if you forget or count something twice.  It's up to you. 

I use a spreadsheet in Excel to keep track of mine.  It looks like this.


Week #




Date




Description




Used




Used to date




Added




Added to date




Net




1




1/6/2013










2




1/13/2013






0





0




0




3




1/20/2013






0





0




0




4




1/27/2013






0





0




0




I hope you join us and have fun with it.
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Saturday, December 29, 2012

FACE LIFT

William gave my blog a new face lift.  He wants to go into computer graphics design in college and is practicing on me.  I think he did a great job.  He's going to work on my website next.   He told me I owed him for his worked.  I told him interns don't get paid at the Quilting Queen's workplace.  He also wants me to make my own youtube channel.  Does he realize I can barely get this blogging thing done.  When does he think I will have time to create videos for youtube?

If you need a new face lift for your blog or website, give him a shot.  He's cheap or maybe I should say inexpensive, quick, and creative.  He may not work for you as cheap as he worked for me but in all reality, mine was probably more expensive than yours would be.  After all, I feed and cloth him!
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Friday, December 28, 2012

THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME

Well, another Christmas has gone down in the history books.  We have just returned home from a week long visit/vacation in Missouri.  And like I said last year, I'll say it again this year "as always, it is never long enough but is sure is great to be back home."

This Christmas seemed a little empty without our daughter Hollie, her husband Kyle and our bright ray of sunshine Raleigh.  I think it seemed a little different in Japan for them too.   But we all are trying to make the best of the situation and opportunity for them.  We Skyped with them on Christmas morning and again that evening with the whole extended family.

My mom had the idea to get Raleigh a small 4' prelit tree for her and have everyone bring an ornament for it.  Then when we Skype with her, everyone hang their ornament on the tree, repeating each year for the next 3 years.  When Raleigh returns back to the states, she will have a decorated Christmas tree for her room.  I'm not sure she grasped the whole idea this year but I feel certain she will in the years to come. 

When I return from a trip home this time of year, it always gets me to thinking about the proverbial New Year's resolutions.  On one hand I love them and on the other hand I hate them but I make them faithfully every year.  However, in my more recent years, I prefer to think of them as "goals" rather than "resolutions".  Do you make resolutions or goals?  Stay tuned and I'll share mine in the next few days.
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Thursday, December 20, 2012

HELLO KITTY GINGERBREAD HOUSE

I sent my sweet little granddaughter, Raleigh in Japan a Hello Kitty Gingerbread house kit.  Raleigh loves doing "projects" and it would have been something she and my mom would have loved to do together.  I would love to help her do her "project" too but she and Grandma Cotten did a lot of "projects" together.  Grandma Cotten was in the same town as Hollie and Raleigh and Nana (me) was 3 states away in Texas.  Now we're all an ocean or two away!  :(

Anyway, here are some pictures Hollie sent me of she and Raleigh putting the gingerbread house together.

Raleigh is so excited to get started!


 I love this look on her face.  I've seen it more than once!  She and momma decided that things weren't going quite as easy as it looked and since they weren't going to eat it, they got the super glue out to help it go together.  Grandma Cotten thinks maybe the icing might have been too thin!




 Pretty cute little Hello Kitty Gingerbread House and momma reports there's a pretty big mess to go along with it.  Raleigh had a great time though.  Sure am glad Nana sent this.
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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

DESIGN WALL MONDAY

I seem to be getting good at posting the Design Wall Monday on Tuesday.... once AGAIN!  I just can't seem to get my act together to blog on Monday. Maybe I should change the title to Design Wall Tuesday.  Nope, I'm the little engine that could.  I'm going to post on Mondays.... until I get too busy and it gets posted on Tuesday!

Anyway, there are no blocks on my design wall, but there are sugar cookies to decorate on my table.  That's kinda like a design wall... right?

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

SUNDAY STASH STATS #50

I actually used a bit from my stash this week for a small quilt for granddaughter #2, little Miss Josie for Christmas.  Hope I get it quilted in time before we leave next Saturday.

Used this week:  5.75 yards
Used this year in 2012 to date:  207.625 yards

Added this week:  2.5 yards
Added this year in 2012 to date:  198.5 yards

Net used in 2012:  9.125 yards

How is your stash busing coming along?  You only have 2 more weeks in this year to bust it!  Although I used quite a bit, I also added quite a bit.  However I don't have a "huge" stash.  It pales in comparison to most of my friends..... if that's any consolation!  haha!  Click on over to patchworktimes.com and see how others are doing with theirs.
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Saturday, December 15, 2012

NEW YEARS DAY SIT AND SEW

Alycia over at Quilts of Valor is having a New Year's Day Sit and Sew to make a QOV.  What a great idea!  And just think if we all participate, how many QOV's we would make and provide for our soldiers!   I always have good intentions to do more QOV's than I actually do so maybe this will be a good start for 2013.  Check out Alycia's guidelines and join the fun.  Leave me a comment and let me know who's on board.

I have had one cut out for over 6 months so I'm already ready.  Bring on New Year's Day! 
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Thursday, December 13, 2012

WONKY BORDERS

I seem to be having a rash of quilts with wonky borders here lately.  Don't get me wrong, even I occasionally get a wonky border on my quilts and I always do my borders the "correct" way.  It takes a little longer but it's worth it in the end.  There was a time when I would cut my borders, and just start sewing them down, without measuring.  I think I got lucky a lot because I didn't have too many wonky borders that I remember.  Then one day I wasn't so lucky and the rest, as they say is history. 

This is the perfect example of a quilt with wonky borders.  There is no way to "work all that wonky-ness in".  I'm good but I'm not that good. 





Every time I get a quilt with wonky borders, I always think of this video.  It makes me laugh and it's so true. 

 
I'm sure I'm preaching to the choir when I share with you this video on how to put borders on but just in case there's one person out there that doesn't know how to do borders without getting them "wonky", then my mission is complete.
 
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Monday, December 10, 2012

DESIGN WALL MONDAY #49

Nothing quilty on my design wall this week but how about these cute ornaments?  I try to make a "homemade" ornament for my kids and my two granddaughters each year.  I found these on pinterest.  Aren't they adorable? 

 
They were really pretty simple.  I purchased the wooden letters at Hobby Lobby, drilled a hole in the top to hang it with, painted them red, then painted a black band (belt) across the middle.  Hot glued the square ring for the buckle, chenille pipe cleaners  for the fur trim, and added the purchased Santa hat (also at Hobby Lobby).  I really like the way they turned out.
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Sunday, December 9, 2012

SUNDAY STASH STATS #49

Well, not much going on here this week.  I'm not sure what I did all week but I know I was busy, as usual!   I do know I didn't use much fabric this week, only a yard for the stocking I made for Raleigh and binding for her Christmas quilt. 

Used this week:  1 1/2 yards
Used this year to date in 2012:  201 7/8 yards

Added this week:  0 yards
Added this year to date in 2012:  196 yards

Net used in 2012:  5 7/8 yards

How is your stash busting coming along?  Click on over to patchworktimes.com and see how others are doing with theirs.  
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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

QUILTED STOCKINGS

This is my first attempt at making a quilted stocking.  I like the way it turned out but I'm going to make it again and change a few things.  I used a piece of fabric, Fairy Frost by Michael Miller, which I like a lot.  The only color I had it in was white.  Again, I like it but I think a color like red, green, or blue would be more interesting and festive.  I also used a Christmas print for the backing and next time I'm going to use either a plain white or another plain colored fabric.  I used a glide thread and the pattern is from Sweet Dreams Quilt Studio.  Making these will be the easy (and cheap) part; filling them, now that's another story.  This year I'm making the granddaughters' stockings.  Next year, I'll make them for the rest of the family.  I put several things in this one and now it's on its way to Japan.  Hope she gets it before Christmas!

 
 
 
 
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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

DESIGN WALL MONDAY.... ON TUESDAY

Apparently I can't seem to get it together to post Design Wall Monday on Monday!  Oh well, I spend a lot of my lifetime "a day late and lots of dollars short"!  But.... better late than never.... right?

I really don't have anything on my wall.  I just finished these jewelry pouches for "Loose Threads" quiltie friends for our Christmas party that was Sunday.  I also haven't started anything new or dug out any UFO's to work on yet this week.



I will try to post a tutorial this week on how to make them.  They are really pretty quick and easy.

Click on over to patchworktimes.com and get inspired by others with what's on their design wall.
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Sunday, December 2, 2012

SUNDAY STASH STATS #48

Lots of quilting going on this week trying to keep all my wonderful customers happy.  I still have several to finish by Christmas; both for myself and my customers.  I also made some really cute jewelry pouch bags for my "Loose Threads" quilting group.  We had our Christmas party today and boy did I make a "haul".  In spite of the fact that I went to a quilt shop while on a road trip with those silly FFA kids, I only bought 1, yes I said 1, o-n-e, 1 fat quarter! 

Used this week:  8 yards
Used this year 2012 to date:  200 3/8 yards

Added this week:  .25 yards
Added this year 2012 to date:   196 yards

Net used in 2012:  4 3/8 yards (Yes, I'm out of the hole.  Wonder if I can stay there till the end of the year!)   :)
 

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Monday, November 26, 2012

DESIGN WALL MONDAY #47

Does this make you think of a Charlie Brown Christmas?  That is what the theme is for November block in the Quilted Angel Online Quilt Club.  I think he's pretty cute with his big awkward turkey legs.  I won a charm pack two months in a row because apparently I was the only one playing along.  Last month Linda won the prize with her leaves block; same thing I made but different pattern.  So this month I had to step it up a notch.  I've got my work cut out for me as Linda is pretty tough to beat.  She is very creative and does fabulous work, always pretty darn perfect.  Now I'm talking like Linda and I are the only ones competing.  We both may have some competition for others in the club this time.  Either way, it doesn't matter to me.  I've got another block complete for my seasonal quilt I have in mind to make with the challenge blocks.
 
 

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

SUNDAY STASH STATS #47

Do you realize there are only 5 more Sunday Stash Stats reports in 2012?  Wow, did this year fly by fast!  I hate wishing my life away, but I hope the next 2 1/2 years fly by as fast as this one has.  My little granddaughter Raleigh and her momma and daddy would be pretty close to coming back for Japan by then.

No sewing this week though.  Just quilting and cooking and cleaning and eating!

Used this week - 0 yards
Used this year to date in 2012 - 192 3/8 yards

Added this week - 0 yards
Added this year to date in 2012 - 195 3/4 yards

Net used in 2012 - (2 3/8 yards in the hole)

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

RANDOM THANKSGIVING WEEKEND THOUGHTS

Why is it so hard to get back in the groove of doing something once you get out?  I can't seem to get back in the swing of blogging ever since my laptop has been on the fritts!  And yes, it still won't connect to the Internet and Gregg has promised he will call technical support.  But as you can see, he hasn't done it yet.  I have considered buying a new laptop, as mine is 3-4 years old but dang, I am a tightwad... sometimes... and I just hate dropping that much money! 

How was your Thanksgiving?  Ours was good; a little different, but good.  We opted to stay home in Brownwood instead of going "home to Missouri" this year.  I'm not much of a fan of that but in the eye of cost savings - remember the tightwad I am... sometimes, I thought it was a good idea.  William said if we were going to stay here, there better be some good food prepared.  So, for the first time in my 52 young years of life, I fixed a turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, broccoli rice casserole, homemade noodles, rolls, rhubarb pie, and angel food cake.  Gregg asked me if I had ever cooked a turkey and my response was no but I've watched mom.  I had also never made dressing or noodles.  And I had only fixed gravy about 2 times in my life.  All turned out great, except I didn't get the dressing done when the rest of the meal was done so we have lots of leftover dressing.  We also have lots of leftover turkey as the smallest one Kroger had was 20#.  Now that's a big turkey for 3 people.

Yesterday we did a little Black Friday shopping and the biggest bargain I came home with was a $5 wreath from Home Depot.  We didn't venture to Walmart but the parking lot didn't look full at all.  In fact, I think I've seen more cars in the parking lot on a regular basis than I did on Black Friday.  We went to Bealle's, Staples, Big Lots, Tractor Supply, Hibbetts Sports, Burke's Outlet and Hastings.  We decided everyone else in Brownwood must have gone out of town to do their shopping.  It was not crowded or crazy at all!!! 

One think I just hate is buying something one day and the next day, get an ad for that very item to be on sale.  That happened to me on Wed.  I went to Hastings and bought Gregg a tablet.  Hastings had them on sale for $179.99.  Then they have them on sale on Black Friday for $149.99.   Urgh that ticks me off.  Could the sales clerk that helped me on Wednesday say, hey, you might want to consider waiting till Friday when they will be on sale for $30 less.  So guess what I did?  I become my mother's daughter and I took it back on Friday.  The young smart-@$$ sales man told me he couldn't refund the difference as "that would be cheating the system and I should have done a better job researching the prices"!  Really, did he just tell me that?  Yep, he did.  I said very well, I would like my money back on this item then.  After calling 2 other managers to the service desk, they agreed to refund me the difference. Yes, I have officially become Marianna Cotten the second! 

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

DESIGN WALL MONDAY (ON TUESDAY)

There really isn't anything on my design wall right now but there needs to be this Christmas Tree skirt on there for my sister.  She has asked me to make her one.  I saw a pattern on the internet and thought that would be a neat tree skirt.  Of course, 3-4 weeks later, I can't remember the name of the pattern and I can't find it again.  I hate it when I don't bookmark it for later.  I also like this one so guess it will have to do.  Hope she likes it too.  If not, I have a new tree skirt.  I think I need one anyway.  The last time I made myself one was in 1980!  Yikes that was a long time ago!!!

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

SUNDAY STASH STATS #46

It has been so long since I posted on my stash busting, I can't remember what I've reported and not reported.  I know I'm in the hole again though.  You see, I had a birthday 2 weeks ago and the good thing about that is my friends in my quilting group "Loose Threads" - all six of them - each game me fat quarters and yardage to equal a total of 12 yards.  And then this Saturday I delivered 9 quilts I had quilted to B&B Quilting and I added some fabrics for a couple of projects I have in mind for the future.  I'm calling it my retirement plan :)  Wonder if Gregg will call it that too!

Used the past 2 weeks:  7 3/8 yards (I think)
Used year to date in 2012:  192 3/8 yards

Added the past 2 weeks:  19 1/4 yards (that I'm pretty sure about!)
Added this year to date in 2012:  195 3/4 yards

Net used:  -2 3/8 yards (I knew I was in the hole but not as bad as I thought.)

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

I'M BACK

I'm back, finally!  On November 1st, I went for a "girls weekend" with my mom and my sister, some girlfriends in Brownwood, and some girlfriends from Arkansas to Canton.  We had a great time and saw so many things I'd like to make or buy.  I can't possibly live long enough to make them all! 

While I was gone, Gregg and William purchased a new wireless router and when I returned, I can no longer connect to the Internet.   We have called, trouble shooted, everything we know so now it's either pay for a service call or go buy a new laptop.  I think I'm holding out for a new laptop.  Mine is 3-4 years old and is getting slower and slower and it won't hold a charge on the battery so I have to keep it plugged in most of the time so I think it's time for a new one.  Too bad my bank account doesn't think that too!

So, in the mean time, Gregg has agreed to "loan" me his laptop.   I'm not sure how long this is going to last as he seems to be on it when I want to borrow it.  And when I have it, he thinks I take too long and wants it back.  Maybe someone will have a good deal on a laptop on Black Friday
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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

HAPPY HALLOWEEN

I love Halloween!  Next to Christmas, it's my favorite holiday.  I love seeing all the little spooks and goblins and I love seeing adults dressed up and having fun in their costumes too.  It's also interesting on how the costumes have changed over years.  I didn't really realize it until there was a segment on the evening news about how the "girl" costumes have changed and have become "sexy".  They may have said something about the boys costumes too but I missed it because I had my first trick or treaters at the door.  

These are my two favorite little spooks.

Hollie said Raleigh (the cutest little witch ever) had a good time passing out candy but they were cleaned out by 6:00 p.m. Japan time (that was about 4:00 a.m. our time). 

And isn't this the cutest little Minnie Mouse (Josie) you have ever seen?  She made her rounds earlier this morning/afternoon in Nevada, MO as mom had class this evening.

I hate it that I had to miss both of them! 
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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

QUILTING HAZARDS

Who knew Quilting could be hazardous!  Well, I guess you could potentially cut your finger off with a rotary cutter or sew your finger - which I have thankfully never done!  But, on Sunday it proved to be quite hazardous.  I had quite a bit to accomplish on Sunday.  In fact, I had more to accomplish in one day than I could realistically accomplish in two.  I tend to do that a lot.  I always have intentions to get more done than I really can.  Anyway, I made the decision to be a bad girl and skip church to try to get more done.

Things were going well when around 11:00 a.m. - the time I should have been in Church hearing the pastor's sermon,  something happened.  I can't even tell you how it happened, I just know it happened.  I somehow managed to jam my thumbnail and bend it backward, rip it 3/4 of the way across and about 1/4 of the way down in the quick  OUCH!  DOUBLE OUCH OUCH!!!  I'll spare you the extra gory details and I didn't take any gruesome pictures but let's just say it hurt like "h-e-double hockey sticks"!  Needless to say I said a few choice words and none of them were Amen or Hallelujah.  I don't do well when there's blood involved but I managed this time.  Since it was on my right hand, I couldn't finish cutting the nail off that was still hanging on one side.  Gregg had to do that and he kept wanting to pull the nail back so he could see better.  Oh no, no, no!  After a little screaming and moaning and groaning  the task was accomplished and band aids applied. 

I told Gregg that I guess it was God's way of punishing me for staying home.  He said "Yes..."  I  looked at him and said this was a joint decision, why was I being punished and not him.  His response was he WAS being punished.  He has to listen to me bitch and whine about my thumb for the next week.


Now, do you know how may things you use your thumb for?  Let me tell you a whole bunch you don't realize!  And every time I moved, it seemed like I bumped the tip of it.  DOUBLE OUCH OUCH again!  And to make matters worse, it is almost impossible to put your thumb in the scissors handle to clip your threads on a quilt without bumping it. 

Luckily I had these handy little clippers that I got with my quilting machine.  I didn't use them much and it was a miracle that I actually knew where they were but they were a life saver.  Maybe if I get used to using them I'll continue to do so.  Lots of quilters think they are all the rage.  Until now, I just didn't see it. 
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Monday, October 29, 2012

DESIGN WALL MONDAY #42

Making progress on mom's quilt.  I finally have 3 rows put together.  I hope to have it together before this Thursday.  Mom and Rhonda are flying in for a visit and we're planning a trip to Canton Trade Days.  We have never been so should be a fun time for all of us. 

Click on over to patchworktimes.com and see what's on everyone else's wall. 
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Sunday, October 28, 2012

SUNDAY STASH STATS #43

It was a pretty good week for stash busting in the Quilting Queen's Palace; not a huge amount but I'm not complaining.  I worked on a few blocks for my Stars and Stripes Sampler and I quilted the Willow City Loop Quilt so I used 5 1/2 yards for the backing.

Used this week:  7.5 yards
Used this year 2012 to date:  185 yards 

Added this week:  0 yards
Added this week 2012 to date:  176.5 yards

Net used in 2012:  8.5 yards


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Thursday, October 25, 2012

FREAKY FRIDAY ON THURSDAY?

I have a part-time job that I usually work 2-5 hours a day.  Normally I work in the mornings but occasionally I have to work in the afternoons.  Today was one of those days.  I really dislike working in the afternoon as it seems to throw everything "out of kilter". 

So this morning I started out working on a custom quilting job for one of my customers.  I had worked a couple of hours when this happened.  Most of you know I have a Gammill Opitmum Statler Stitcher Quilting Machine and most days I just love it!  And for those of you that that fact means nothing to you, it means that it is a computerized quilting machine that costs way more money than it should!!!  To give you a brief synopsis, I mark off an area (or block) with my computer, place a pattern in the area (block) on my computer, hit the quilt button, and it stitches out.  In a perfect world, I could do all those steps and walk away while it stitches out and go do something else.  Notice I said in a perfect world.  This quilt is not quite perfect :(  which has nothing to do with what happened.  Even in a perfect world, I don't like to walk off while my machine does it's thing.  I guess I just don't trust it.  However, today, I walked away (I had to go in the house to use the little girl's room and there are no facilities in my studio). 

This is a picture of the screen shot of my computer monitor showing the block I marked off (the narrow blue lines) and the pattern I placed in the block.  Notice the holly pattern is placed in the center of the block, to be stitched out in the center of the block. 

And this is what stitched out on the quilt.  Doesn't look like the center of the block to me!  Does it to you? 



That's at least 1/4" off center.  So that results in some frogging (ripping out of the stitches).  It took me almost an hour to rip that out and for the record, it only took 2 minutes and 29 seconds to stitch it back in!  Urgh!!  I wonder it it's the moon phase.  Freaky things seem to happen during a full moon. 


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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

LONGARM QUILTING

Some of you might remember one of my UFO's called 4 Patch Posey that I finished.  Pat from Goldthwaite TX used the same pattern to make this quilt.  She called it 4 Patch Posey With A Twist.  I like using the 4 patch block as the center for the log cabin but I wouldn't want to make all those log cabin blocks.  Log cabin blocks are one of my least favorite blocks to make :(  I love the soft colors she used.




This shows the pattern on the back.
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Monday, October 22, 2012

DESIGN WALL MONDAY #42

Mom's quilt is still on my design wall but I needed a break from it so I made some school house blocks for my Stars and Stripes Sampler.  I got all the "B" blocks finished for mom's quilt and now I'm ready to applique the circles and stars on the "A" blocks.  Of course I have to cut the circles and stars out first but the blocks are ready for them.

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

SUNDAY STASH STATS #42

I don't know exactly what I did last week but the week sure flew by.  It really didn't seem like I got much sewing done but apparently I did more than I realized by the numbers.  I guess the little odds and ends projects I worked on added up.  I did make Raleigh a Halloween quilt though.

Used this week:  8.625 yards
Used year to date in 2012:  177.5 yards

Added this week:  0 yards
Added this year to date in 2012:  176.5 yards

Net used:  1 yard YES, I'M OUT OF THE HOLE!!!

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OLD FASHIONED BED TURNING

Are you ready for an Old Fashioned Bed Turning?  I went to one on Saturday (while presenting at the Goldthwaite TX Quilt Show) and I usually learn something every time I go to one.  I just love them and the old quilts and the stories that go with them.  For those of you who don't know what a "bed turning" is, let me try to explain. 

Waaayyyy back in the day, women didn't have much of a social outlet so when they did get together, they would bring their quilts for their moment in the spotlight and perhaps some well deserved braggin rights.  With all those women in one house, there really wasn't a proper place to put all the quilts out so they would lay them out on "layers" on the bed.  Each woman would take her turn telling her story, where she got her fabric, how much fabric she used, her pattern, and any challenges she had during the making. Thus the name "bed turning". 

I tried to make a few notes during the bed turning so that you too could enjoy.  I didn't research the pattern names or information.  I just took notes about what was narrated and am passing it along to you.
This handkerchief quilt was make from hankies from this woman's mother, grand mother, and great grandmother.

 Can't you see a Christmas quilt made with these poinsettia hankies?


This New York Beauty was probably my favorite.  It was in pristine condition!  The woman who made this had to have been insane - she made 10 of them; one for each of her 10 children.  If she wasn't insane before, she surely was by the time she finished all 10 of them.





The crazy quilt was in very delicate condition.  The silk fabric was beginning to disintegrate.  Can you spot the tobacco sacks in the blocks?




The is quilt - The Pine Burr Pattern - was quilted to death!  Look at the tiny stitches and how close together the quilting is.






A Centennial Star Quilt made in 1936 and sashed in the woman's school colors.


Cathedral Windows.  The quilt was actually folded in half so is twice the size shown.  That's a lot of hand work.

One of my favorite old patterns - Orange Peel. 

And another butterfly quilt - This one made in the 30's and appliqued.  A butterfly quilt represented new life.


This quilt isn't old at all but represents the history of a family through modern methods.  All 9 children of the happy couple were given a block and each child was featured with their 2nd grade picture plus other photos through the years.  What a neat family scrapbook!



And how could you have a bed turning in Texas without a Lone Star Quilt.  This quilt was a little unique in that it was made from double knit fabrics.  Double knit didn't come in the most desirable colors but back then who cared?  There was no ironing needed and we have learned through the years, you can't wear them out!  My grandmother made more than her fair share of these.   Personally I don't care for them but my adult children LOVE them!

This Princess Feather Quilt is an orphan.  Not much is know about it other than it was bought at a Flea Market.  I love it just the same!


A Double Wedding Ring (and in Texas also known as a Coiled Rattlesnake quilt).  This is the first quilt this woman made!  Can't even imagine that!  One of the first patterns was published in the 1928 Caper's Weekly in Topeka KS and was noted that it was hardly a design for the novice quilter to undertake.  No one told Romona that!  She later told her friends "I thought y'all liked me!"


A snowball quilt made from 30's & 40's feed sacks.


Another Lone Star or Broken Star.

And another Cathedral Window.  Of course you know I'd like the blocks with the red, white, and blue.


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