Wednesday, October 31, 2012


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! 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012


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. 

Monday, October 29, 2012


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. 

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Sunday, October 28, 2012


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


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. 


Tuesday, October 23, 2012


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.

Monday, October 22, 2012


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.


Sunday, October 21, 2012


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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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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