Wednesday, February 29, 2012

MARCH UFO CHALLENGE

February come and went and I didn't finish my UFO challenge.  It was suppose to the the Very Hungry Catepillar Quilt for my granddaughter Raleigh.  However, it will still be on the agenda for March so I've got some catching up to do.  I need it finished by May for her birthday.  Judy at Patchworktimes.com has posted the March UFO Challenge and the number to work on is

#8

My March #8 is my house quilt.  Oh, goodie.  I had it out at the retreat to try to decide what to sash it with.  What do you think I should sash it with?  I thought about a deep red but not burgundy, also thought about a light medium blue.   
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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

STRING QUILT

I just love this string quilt.  My customer and friend Ruby in Lubbock TX sent me this quilt top to quilt.  Her 87 year old mother made all these 6" string blocks from the scraps another one of my customers and friend Linda in May, TX sent to her.  Ruby and her mother do lots of string quilts.  What a stash buster they are! 
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Monday, February 27, 2012

DESIGN WALL MONDAY

Well, I still don't have a design wall up but it wouldn't matter anyway.  I couldn't put up what I have anyway.  However, if I did this is what would be on it.

I don't have them ironed down to the background block yet.  Mom helped me pick out the fabrics from my stash for the animals to applique and she traced them on to wonder under, ironed them to the fabrics and now they are ready iron to the background.  Needless to say, it's going to be a baby quilt.  Hollie asked me to make it for her step sister Erin who is expecting a baby boy in May.  It's going to be soo cute!  I haven't pick out the border fabric yet.  I remember seeing something I think will work on one of my shop hop trips, but of course, don't remember where I saw it. 
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Sunday, February 26, 2012

CLEAN UP

It was a gorgeous day in beautiful central Texas and the sunshine and great outdoors was calling my name.  Plus my dad is here and I have to keep him busy or he will want to go home early because he's bored.  And we can't have that!  So, dad and I trimmed trees and shrubs this afternoon.  It looks so much better and neater! 

I realize this may not look neater but trust me, it is.  Of course, I forgot to take pictures before we cleaned it up.

And this is the pile of trimmings we left at the curb for the city work crew to pick up tomorrow.  Now, that's a big pile of limbs!

And this pile of balls was retrieved out of the jungle when we trimmed it up.  There were 17 balls in that mess; basketballs, baseballs, soccer balls, footballs, golf balls, kick balls Oh My!  Some were rotten and had obviously been there quite a while.  Some were just fine.  I wondered why we had to keep buying all those balls over and over again!  And Raleigh was having a "ball" jumping on the trampoline and making the balls bounce off so Nana would have to pick them up again so she could bounce them off again...
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SUNDAY STASH STATS #9

What a week!  Not much used this week as not much sewing took place due to the preparation for the arrival of my parents and my little Princess and then of course, their actual arrival.  And I don't expect to use much next week either or the next week either.  Mom and dad won't go home until after next week and the Houston Stock Show is the following week.  Oh well, we're still having fun even if it's not sewing or quilting.

Used this week:  1 yard
Used Year to Date:  53.675 yards

Added this week:  0 yards
Added Year to Date:  33.125 yards

Net Used for 2012:  10.5 yards
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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

HOARDERS

Would someone please tell me why I keep back issues of magazines?  My parents will be here tomorrow for a visit and will probably stay a week or so.  I know I've mentioned it before, but did I tell you that they are bringing my little princess Raleigh with them?  I'm so excited and her momma says she's just as excited about going to stay at Nana's house too.  So, since they are coming, I thought I'd better clean house a little.  Cleaning is not my strong point; after all, I'd rather be sewing or quilting, or scrapbooking, or working outside in my yard.  Actually just about anything but cleaning!  I've already sorted through a stack of magazines that collected on the coffee table that was at least 2 feet tall and I still have another one at least a foot tall on my side table next to my chair.  My goal is to go through and tear out the patterns of quilts I might like to make someday.  I could live to be 200 years old and I would never have time to make all these that I have cut out and saved.  Now the next big hurdle is what to do with them now that I've cut them out.   

My 15, almost 16 year old son (his birthday is on leap day next week) is suppose to clean his room before grandma and grandpa get here too.  Unfortunately, I'm not a good example to follow.  Gregg saw this sign on the internet that says "My room is not messy, it's an obstacle course designed to keep me fit."  He immediately thought of William (thank goodness he didn't say he thought of me!).  It is so true to form for William's room.  Occasionally I have to go to his room to the walk-in closet that I have important things stored in and it truly is an obstacle course.  There are shoes, game controllers, cords, cups, clothes,  computers, and who knows what else in the middle of the floor, right in my path to the closet.  The room is now "clean" in his eyes and there is a clear path to the closet.  However, I don't dare look under his bed or in his other closet in the room. 

I've probably "cleaned" as much as I'm going to also.  At least I have the bed cleared off in the sewing room/guest bedroom so they have a place to sleep.  And even if I didn't clean at all, we would enjoy their visit just as much.  It just motivates me to do something with all my junk important stuff so that I don't make an appearance on TV as a hoarder!
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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

DESIGN WALL MONDAY

Ok, so it isn't Monday!  As typical, (and as my mom would say) I'm a day late and a whole lot of dollars short.  This is what's on my design wall floor and I suspect it will be there for a while.  My mom and dad are coming to visit on Thursday for a week or two AND, they are bringing my sweet little princess, Raleigh with them.  I doubt there will be much sewing or quilting accomplished while they are here! And I doubt I should leave it on the floor either; better pack it up till they leave.  These are the blocks laid out for my Winter Wonderland that surround the center embroidery blocks.  It will also be in this state until I get to a quilt shop that carries the Moda white tone on tone snowflake fabric.  I ran out and need 4 more 6 1/2" blocks cut out.

 
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Monday, February 20, 2012

RETREAT PICS PART 1

Judy at Patchworktimes.com hosted a retreat last weekend and it was fantastic.  Her readers are some serious quilters who like to have a good time.  And a good time we had!  We also got lots done.  I don't think I've ever been to a retreat where everyone got sooo much completed. 

I put the binding on my America the Beautiful quilt. (no picture, sorry!) but it is a UFO completely done!!!
I finished 2 more blocks in the General Wives BOM to catch me up to date.

I cut out and pieced this Brick Path quilt for Joy at A Joyful Soul Fabrics.  I still need to quilt it and bind it in time for her to display it in her booth at the Dallas Quilt Show in March.

Apparently I didn't take a picture of my blue and yellow string quilt.  This one has a portion of it in it.  I worked on my string quilt and got the first set of piano keys border on it.  I needed some green fabric for the next border and don't have any.  After the green border will be another set of wider piano keys border and that will make it a twin size quilt.  The house blocks above the string quilt are mine also.  I just laid it out and got opinions on what to use to sash it.  I think the concensus is a deep red tone on tone.  I also worked on my Winter Wonderland Quilt and it's on my design wall floor right now.
Did I mention we liked to have a good time?  I think after all I accomplished, we should celebrate a little.
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Sunday, February 19, 2012

SUNDAY STASH STATS #8

what a busy week again.  I sewed, sewed, sewed but quite a bit of it didn't come from my stash as I was sewing for others who provided me the fabric.  However, I did use a good bit of my stash at the retreat this weekend... BUT, that retreat also included a trip to the Quilter's Patch Quilt Shop in Santa Anna, Texas, AND, they were having a sale, PLUS they gave our group a discount... OH MY!  You're about to see the damage to my stash this week.  At least I didn't take the prize for buying the most; not even close!

Used this week - 6.75 yards
Used Year to date - 52.675

Added this week - 14 yards
Added Year to date - 33.125 yards

Net used in 2012 - 19.5 yards
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RETREAT, RETREAT, RETREAT

It's back to reality... again and all good things must come to an end. I'm home from the Patchworktimes.com Retreat and it was one of the best retreats I've attended.  I accomplished lots, laughed even more, and ate even more than laughing and most of all, slept even less than any of the above.  Needless to say, I'm exhausted so you won't be getting any pictures this evening.   And I even finished quilting a quilt after I got home this afternoon, and put another one in the frame and it's well on it's way to being complete.  Stay tuned tomorrow evening for more details and pictures of the the retreat. 
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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

LOVE WAS IN THE AIR

Yesterday was Valentines Day and I'm sure none of you knew that!  My sweetheart drew his little cupid arrow and shot right through my heart again.  He picked up a dozen roses and left them on the table for me when I got home.  They are even more special because William arranged them in his FFA Floral Designs class.  Their class was selling roses as a fundraiser for Valentine's Day.  I think they did a fabulous job and I am also very pleased about the price; only $55 for a dozen!  I know you're not suppose to know what much a gift costs but William had already come home talking about it so that's how I knew.  Then that evening he took me to eat at the Brownwood Country Club where they had a fabulous menu and a live band.  We stayed and danced for about an hour but had to turn in early as we had a golf match to go to today. 

William also sent a single rose to his special friend.  I cannot refer to her as his girlfriend.  I am informed they are just friends.  However moms know more than sons think and I think she's a girlfriend; at least in my mind.  I had the following conversation with him when I picked him up from school.
Me:  So... how did she like the rose?  What did she say?
William:  I'm not telling you.
Me:  You don't have to give me details, just summarize.
William:  She said Thanks.
Me:  Ok, maybe I need a few more details than that, just not word for word.
William:  She said Thank you William.
Hmmm... I don't think I'm going to get much more than that from him.  And he used to tell me everything.  Then I said, well... did she like them.
William:  Yep

I give up... for now.
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Monday, February 13, 2012

DESIGN WALL MONDAY

I don't really know if this is considered my design wall Monday but this is what's on it.  Now this is as far as I can go with them as they are my February blocks for the Quilting Angels Online Quilt Club from Quilts With A Heart. 


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Sunday, February 12, 2012

SUNDAY STASH STATS #7

It was a busy, busy week but I didn't get much piecing done; lots of quilting done though.  YAY!!!  I finally finished the Texas quilt for the FFA Booster Club Silent Auction.  It sold last night at the gala event.  I was a little disappointed in the outcome.  It only brought $380; still a decent price but not as good as I had hoped and not as good as the last two years.

Used this week:   6 yards
Used Year to date:  45.875 yards

Added this week:  1 yard
Added Year to Date:  19.125 yards

Net used for 2012:  26.75 yards
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Thursday, February 9, 2012

AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL QUILT PICS




Ok, this isn't tomorrow.  Well it could be but it's not the tomorrow I was referring to when I said I would post pictures of the America the Beautiful Quilt.  I actually kinda forgot and had other things to tell you about and I say better late than never.  I'm just so happy it's quilted and out of the frame; still have to bind it but it's good enough to call done for now. 
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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

SNOW WHITE'S QUILT

My nephew and his wife are getting ready to have a baby girl.  They have tried for quite some time and she has had a couple of miscarriages but this time it's going to happen and we are all very happy about that!  My sister is very excited as her other son and his wife just had a little boy so now she will have one grandchild of each. 

Nicknames are pretty common in our family, although I really don't like them.  When William was born almost 16 years ago, I made an announcement to the family that we would not be calling him by a nickname like Will or Bill or Willy.  His name was William and that's what we wanted him to be called.  Soo, the first time my brother-in-law sees him, what does he call him?  Nope, not any of those names I just mentioned.  Nope, he calls him Bert!  And as soon as William was old enough to talk, he started calling him "Uncle Bert". 

Meanwhile, back to my nephew....  Derik and Ashley's last name is White (and now most of you know where I'm going with this... ).  Gregg asked them if they had picked out a name for the baby and we were told no they hadn't yet so Gregg named the baby "Snow".  I didn't get it at first until I said the two names together.  Snow White.  Poor little girl.  Gregg will probably always tease her and call her Snow from now on. 

Anyway, I made Snow the baby a quilt for my sister and my mom always makes a quilt for the grand babies and great grand babies.  So here they are.  Now I don't know what I'm going to give her.  She really doesn't need 3 quilts does she?   Or maybe she does?

This is mom's quilt for her great-granddaughter.  I quilted a panto that had cowboy boots, hats, and horseshoes in it.  Mom used a soft pink flannel for the backing. 

This is the quilt I made for my sister to give to her granddaughter.  I used a really soft pink minkee for the backing.  Every one's favorite but a quilter's nightmare!


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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

MURPHY'S LAWS OF QUILTING

The donation quilt for the FFA Booster Club Silent Auction this Saturday evening is finally pieced!  And Murphy's Laws of Quilting kept rearing their ugly head time after time through this whole process.  However, I persevered and I won!  It's now in the quilting frame and the first row is quilted.  Personally I think it really deserves some custom quilting but there is no time or energy for that this time. 

Speaking of Murphy's Laws of Quilting, I ran across this article in an old Fons and Porter March/April 2005 Magazine issue.  Here are a few of my personal favorites the author Karen Buck published.

1.  No matter how much of a particular fabric you have for the quilt you want to make, you will always be a half a yard short.
2.  If you have a piece of fabric 10" wide and need five 2" wide strips, you will cut one of those strips 2 1/2" wide and be short one strip.
3.  The fabric you need more of to complete the quilt in #1 above was discontinued last month.
4.  You will always run out of bobbin thread 1" before the end of the last border seam.
5.  The only beverage you will NEVER spill on your project is water.
6.  The more time (and money) you spend making a quilt for your son, the more likely it is or will end up as a dog bed cushion.
7.  When you measure twice and cut once, the piece is still too short.
8.  If a pin goes astray on the floor, you will step on it.
10.  The greatest quilting law of all is that in spite of numbers 1-9, we just keep stitchin along.

Just to recap what went wrong with this.... I cut the light blue background fabric thinking I was cutting the royal blue for the inner and outer borders, thus not having enough background fabric.  Of course, I had already appliqued the cactus onto a piece of the background fabric.  Searched several local shops to no avail.  Had to start over on that.  Sewed the flying geese section with the geese flying the wrong direction.  Frogged that one.  Skipped sewing the final royal blue border on and sewed both sides of the final border on before I realized I skipped a border.  Frogged that too.  Sewed the final border on both sides and realized the flowers were growing upside down.  Frogged that too.  Was 1 1/2" short of the top and bottom final border and had to cut and add another piece to make it long enough.   Geesh!  Thank goodness that was the final border.  I'm glad that Texas #2 is finished.  All the pieces and components are ready for Texas #3 to be put together.  Surely the third time is a charm!
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Sunday, February 5, 2012

SUNDAY STASH STATS #6

Thank goodness I didn't report all my figures from last week (because I hadn't unpacked the paper they were written down on) or my numbers would look pretty pathetic this week. 

Used this week:  5.875 yards
Used Year to date:  39.875 yards

Added this week:  3.875 yards
Added Year to Date:  18.125 yards

Net Used in 2012:  21.75 yards

Not great, but not bad either.  How was your week? 
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Saturday, February 4, 2012

PIECED APPLIQUE CLASS

Today I taught a class for the Razzle Dazzle Quilters Group on Pieced Applique by Penny Haren.  It's a really neat and different way to piece intricate blocks easily.  You piece a basic foundation block, then add templates you cut out and glue to the foundation block, then applique on either by hand or machine.  The first quilt I did I appliqued them by hand but the second one I'm doing the applique by machine.  You can watch this video to see the basic idea too. 

Here are some of the blocks from the class participants. 

These are mine.  Of course you would know that from the red, white, and blue fabrics and the Texas center in the bottom block.  It's also a lot of fun to fussy cut some of the pieces. 

These are Bertha's.  She is doing civil war reproduction fabrics.  I love her color choice.   

Connie's blocks are going to be lovely and bright.  I love the orange, green, and purple.

Donna chose a very scrappy look and some of her fabrics of a story.  I love stories.

Carol's focus fabric is really bright and cheery!  I love her colors too. 

Somehow I missed taking a picture of Ann's blocks.  She did hers in black,  red, and white.  They are very stunning!  I love them too.  Did I mention I love everyone's blocks.  We didn't get a lot of blocks completed but they learned the basics of pieced applique and we sure had a lot of fun.  What a great therapy session!

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

AMERIA THE BEAUTIFUL QUILTED

Whoo Hoo!!! I finished quilting America The Beautiful Quilt.  It has only been on the frame since January 2nd.  Remember what happened on January 3rd.  Yep, that's when the quilting machine broke down.  Well, it's quilted and it's looks pretty darn good if I do say so myself.  I'll post pictures tomorrow as I'm just too darn tired to do it tonight.  The cable border gave me fits and took about 3 times longer than it should have but I was determined to finish it this evening.... and I did! 

For those of you who know me (like mom and aunt Del who read this), you know I'm not an evening person and rarely quilt later than about 6:00 - 6:30 on any given evening.  Now, I might quilt at 6:00 in the morning, and when I'm not working away from home, I'm for sure quilting by 8:00 a.m. but not at 8:00 at night. I used to say if I don't get it done by noon, it's probably not going to get done but I've had to adjust that a tad.  Another thing I don't do is quilt in my building much after dark.  I'm not really afraid of the dark, just the things that make noises and I can't see what's making the noise in the dark. And since no one checks on me in my building, I'd be dead before anyone in my household missed me. 

Now that that quilt is done, I will put the baby quilt in the frame for my niece.  The baby shower is a week away and I still have to mail it to Missouri.  Then I'm ready for my customer quilts again and I'm sure my customers are ready for them too.
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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

FEBRUARY UFO CHALLENGE

Did you finish your UFO for January?  Not only did I finish the January UFO but I also finished 3 others.  Whoo Hooo.  Guess that's what happens when your quilting machine is down for 22 day in the month.  Good thing we don't have to post how many quilts we quilted in the month of January because that would be a big fat zero, nada, nothing! 

Here is the January UFO quilt top finished.  It's a 4 patch posey, similar to the stack and whack method that I started in 2007 I think.  Could be 2008 but either way it's high time it's finished. 


Judy at Patchworktimes.com posted the UFO number for February.  It is #1.  Mine is the Very Hungry Caterpillar Quilt for my granddaughter Raleigh.  Hope I finish that one as her birthday is in May and it would be a great gift. 

Maybe someday I'll figure out how to add the link button so you can post your pictures.
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