Thursday, March 29, 2012

STASH ADDITIONS

When I visited the quilt shop last week on my FFA Chaparone trip, I found this piece of fabric.  I really have no idea what or how I'm going to use it but I just loved the cactus against the black background.  It goes quite well with all my other Texas fabric.  I'm sure my creative juices with produce something fun.

And who could resist the is Texas Toile?  I originally bought it for a backing for the Texas Quilt I just made but the more I look at it, I think it deserves to be on the top of a quilt.  But if I save it for a quilt top then what am I going to use for the back of the Texas quilt?  Hmmm....

And this is my favorite of all.  I just love these colors.  Peach is probably my favorite color, although I buy more red than anything else.  I actually didn't buy these three pieces.  This is the fabric I got for trading quilting.  My friend Jan told me this wasn't exactly what she would picture me picking out.  I told her the old Doris, the one she never knew before I married Gregg, would have picked this in a heartbeat.  My bedroom quilt used to be a peach and blue, very feminine, flower-y, quilt with a peach eyelet bed skirt and matching window treatment.  Gregg thought it was too girly when we got married and told me it had to go.  That's when I switched to the Americana theme.    Maybe it's time to switch again!  :)
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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

BLUEBONNET ROAD TRIP

Let's face it.  The scenery in central Texas isn't usually something that people would drive a long distance to see.  Cactus and Mesquite trees are just not real exciting.  Unless, it happens to be springtime in central Texas and it's bluebonnet/wildflower blooming season.  Yesterday afternoon I talked Gregg into taking a little drive down Highway 45 towards Richland Springs, Texas to "check out the bluebonnets".  Last year on our way to San Antonio, we happened across the most beautiful bluebonnets.  And I was hoping we would see the same thing again this year.  I wasn't disappointed!  I have heard about the bluebonnets in Texas before we moved here and have seen numerous pictures and postcards in various places.  You know what, they don't even come close to the real thing.  It is unbelievable.  They are absolutely beautiful!  It's really too bad I'm not a better photographer!  I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I enjoyed the real thing.




Both sides of the road in lots of places were a sea of bluebonnets.


Ok, these aren't bluebonnets but it's still pretty Indian Paintbrush.  It's usually mixed in with the bluebonnets but here was a patch of just Paintbrush.


This house was surrounded on all four sides with bluebonnets.  Wouldn't you love to have this view in your front yard every spring?  I would! 
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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

SCREENED PORCH

I think I've mentioned that we are screening our covered patio but I haven't really told you about it.  I thought I'd share a couple of photos so you can see the progress.

This is the "before" picture. 

The walls are going up. 

Gregg makes a great helper for our friend Richard.

Now we're ready for the doors and the middle horizontal braces. 

The studs won't stay the white color.  The are just painted with a primer.  I have since painted all of them the medium brown, the same color as the 3 posts across the back.  The screen doors are also on.  It was too dark for a picture so I'll post one later.  We are now ready for the screen.  It is going to be so nice when it's done. 

We enjoy sitting on the patio but the mosquitoes will eat you alive!  We spray for them but they are still terrible!  Maybe it's from the 6 acre lake just behind the rotten board fence that is only about 15 feet from the patio.  But the rotten board fence is a whole other issue.  You can see part of it in the distance in a couple of the photos above.  Gregg doesn't want to replace it as the fence doesn't belong to us.  It belongs to the neighbor and they are less than friendly and have already gone around and around with the other neighbors about a "cattle panel fence" around the 6 acre lake.  Besides it will cost a fortune when someone does replace the fence; just our property has 22 - 8' sections!  In the mean time, I'm trying to plant trees and shrubs that will help hide the rotten board fence.
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Monday, March 26, 2012

QUILT GUILD TRUNK SHOW

I mentioned last week that Tuesday was Quilt Guild Day.  Gretchen Abston from Waco, Texas presented the program/trunk show at the Brownwood Quilters Guild.  She had some beautiful quilts and quilt tops.  I wish I were a better photographer though.  Are you ready for a mini show?










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DESIGN WALL MONDAY #13

I don't have a single thing on my design wall yet this week.  I finished the Texas Quilt using the "For The Love of Texas" fabric by Moda last week.  After I returned from my zigzag across Texas with the FFA kids, I have been painting all the wood on the screened porch.  All of the painting is done and I'm now ready for the screen.  Hopefully we will get it on this weekend.  So, that hasn't left much time for sewing or quilting.  I'm ready to relax a bit and get some piecing and quilting done.  Oh, what to start (or finish) next??
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Sunday, March 25, 2012

SUNDY STASH STATS #13

It's hard to use any stash if you don't stay home and sew.  But I knew it was going to be like that this week.  I had 2 Quilt Guilds on Tuesday and Thursday I left on a 3 full day trip to chaparone the FFA Contest kids.  I did finish the Texas quilt using the Deep in the Heart of Texas fabric.  And I went to a quilt shop too.  9 yards of the addition was for a quilting I traded for fabric. 

Used this week:  4 3/8 yards
Used Year to date in 2012:  73.75 yards


Added this week:  14 yards
Added Year to date in 2012:  61.625 yards


Net used in 2012:  12.125 yards

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Saturday, March 24, 2012

NEW QUILTER'S QUILTS

I'm back safe and sound from my zigzag across Texas with the FFA Contest kids.  We had a fun time and the kids learned a lot.  William came home pumped and excited about a career in horticulture and the possibility of a college he hasn't ever considered before. 

Just before I left, I finished up these two quilts for Debora A in Buda.  I think, if I remember correctly, she is a new quilter and she is having a ball!  She called to tell me she has another quilt ready and I didn't even have the first two finished.

This one is for her granddaughter and it is such a happy quilt.  The sun's are smiling!  I quilted ladybugs on it in red thread.

And the fabric in this one brings back memories from the 1970's with the peace signs.  I quilted wind swirls in latte thread on it.
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Friday, March 23, 2012

2 DOWN, 1 TO GO

Since Thursday morning at 6:00 a.m. I have been in the company of 6 sophomore kids and 1 FFA advisor.  We started out in Brownwood, Texas, traveled 60 miles to Stephenville, Texas for our first contest.  The team, Nursery Landscape, did well; they placed 10th out of 70+ teams that day.  We then loaded up in the school suburban and traveled 3 hours south to San Marcos, Texas.

Day two in San Marcos, Texas resulted in placing 11th.  Each day they are improving their scores and seeing and learning different plants and solving different landscaping problems.  While the kids were at contest we managed to sneak away and drive a short distance to Buda, Texas where we treated ourselves to some shopping at.... where else..... a quilt shop, B & B Quilting.  And yes, I added to my stash but you'll have to wait till Sunday to see my purchases and numbers. We loaded up again and headed 4 1/2 hours north to Decatur, Texas to get ready for Day 3.  The hotel has an indoor pool and the kids are excited to jump in for a much need cooped up energy release!  Mrs. Cockerham and I are thinking the peace and quiet of the hotel room is calling our name.
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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

DESERT SKY

Today I was suppose to take a quilting class sponsored by the Brownwood Quilters Guild but sometimes life just gets in the way.  It was a really neat class that I have been wanting to make for some time now using the pattern Desert Sky by Judy Niemeyer of Quiltworx.com.  I started the day going to work till 10:00 a.m.  We haven't been busy at work and I have been leaving around 9:00 - 9:30.  Of course the day I plan something is the day I have to work later!  (The class started at 9:30 a.m.) So now I'm already 40 minutes behind by the time I get there.  I also knew that I wouldn't be able to stay the whole class anyway as Monday William's FFA advisor asked me to go along and help chaparone with them on a contest trip.  We are leaving Thursday morning and not returning until late Saturday evening.  And sometime before 3:30 p.m. today I needed to make a double batch of banana pudding for the Lenten dinner this evening at church that I am in charge of and a double batch of chocolate chip cookies to take on the trip.  Oh, yeah and I have to go pick Gregg up at the tire store.  He is taking William's new pickup to have some chrome wheels changed out.  All the above was accomplished on time, dinner was a success, and although I didn't get to sew anything at the workshop, I did get to sit in on some of the instructions and learned a couple of tricks to make the piecing process a little easier (I hope).  When I get to actually sew it, I'll post progress.
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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

OPTICAL ILLUSION

I finished a neat quilt today for Ruby M in Lubbock.  Ruby is famous for her string quilts.  Are these string quilt blocks or is this striped fabric?  Hmmm.... only the piecer and the quilter know for sure.... and now you know too.  It's a striped fabric.  Isn't it cool?

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Monday, March 19, 2012

DESIGN WALL MONDAY #12

I've finally finished the barn animals baby quilt that was on my design wall for a couple of weeks.  And now I've started the next Texas quilt.  Although I only have a picture of one block, I have all the blocks made and I have 2 rows sew together.  I'm anxious to get this completed.  I have at least 3 quilts shops waiting to see my sample and are hoping I will write the pattern for them.  Chances are I will.

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

QUILTS OF VALOR #6, #7, AND #8

It was a busy day in the Quilting Queen's Palace Studio.  I quilted 3 quilts today.  This one was pieced by Linda M in Houston, Texas.  Linda has sent me several QOV's to quilt.  I quilted a QOV pattern in it with red thread.


The next two quilts are pieced by Marsha T in Benbrook, Texas.  Marsha sends me LOTS of QOV quilts.  This one has a nautical theme in quite a few of the fabrics and I just love those little sailboats.  I quilted anchors in light blue thread on it.

Recognize the blocks in this quilt?  Marsha pieced 2 other quilts that I showed earlier using the same block pattens but she set this one on point.  I like it a lot too.  I quilted a pattern called wind swirls on it with a mocha colored thread. 
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SUNDAY STASH STATS #12

What a busy week!  I used quite a bit this week and didn't add anything!  Whoo Hoo.  I pieced the backing for my String Quilt UFO, made the top for the barn animals baby quilt, and started another Texas quilt (I'll show you progress on that one in another post).

Used this week:  13 yards
Used Year to date in 2012:  69.375 yards

Added this week: 0 yards
Added Year to date in 2012:  47.625 yards

Net used in 2012:  21.75 yards

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Saturday, March 17, 2012

INDEPENDENCE DAY

It's Independence Day for William anyway!  Yesterday he took his driver's test, although he turned 16 on leap day  He had to wait until he completed his driver training class "drive times".  He had to have 11 drive times completed before the state of Texas would let him take his driving test.  He passed it with flying colors.  He scored 100 out of 100.  The test officer told Gregg he was a very good driver! 

He and Gregg were also "busting at the seams" to buy a vehicle.  They finally accomplished it.  Gregg had this pickup spotted about a week ago.  After looking up the "Kelly Blue Book" value, he tried to convince me it was a "great deal".  Guess it worked.  We are now the owners of a 2003 GMC Pickup.  William is one happy kid and we are two broke parents!

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Friday, March 16, 2012

DOES THIS QUILT BELONG TO YOU?

Usually people post about a quilt that was stolen and want to know if we've seen it.  This time it's just the opposite.  A woman has found this quilt and wants to find it's owner to give it back.  Check out this news cast.  You never know who's life you've touched that may lead it back to it's rightful owner.

Click on this link for pictures and story of the quilt.  It's a lovely quilt and obviously sentimental to someone.  I hope it makes it's way back home soon.

On the quilt are pictures of dresses and names, all stitched with care.
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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

PROGRESS REPORT #3 ON QUILTED ANGELS MYSTERY QUILT

I made the March blocks for the Quilted Angels Online Quilting Club Mystery Quilt.  We are half way through the program.  So far each month we've made 1-12" block and 4-6" blocks.  I'm liking it so far but I do have concerns.  I don't do well with mystery quilts.  I can't plan it out enough and you know I"m not good with random scrappy! 


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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

MY SPRING BREAK VACATION

I'll bet you thought you were about to see some pictures or read about an exotic fun spring break vacation I should be on right now.  Well no, not this year.  This year I bought a new refrigerator with the money we might have went on vacation with on spring break.  Isn't it a beauty? 

My old one looked fine, but working fine was another story.  I have baby-ed it along since mid December.  You may remember reading my first post about the refrigerator.  Then a month ago, it quit cooling again, resulting in yet another service call.  Only to find out it will cost another $150-200.  After much pondering, having already spent $230 plus $50, we decided to bite the bullet and just buy a new one.  We tried to buy locally but no luck!  The local appliance store only had 1 in stock and it wasn't what I wanted.  Home Depot would have to order one and it wouldn't be here for 10 days.  Sears would also have to order one but it was cheaper than the one at Home Depot.  But, they wanted $75 to deliver here in town and set it up.  I don't think so!!!  I tried to negotiate the delivery fee but was told by the salesclerk that there was nothing she could do about the delivery fee.  I said fine, I'll take my business to Home Depot or Lowes.  We went to Lowes in Abilene and they had what I wanted and it was on sale and they deliver to Brownwood for free, set it up, and haul off my old one!  And merchants wonder why we don't buy locally!  I tried, I really did!
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Monday, March 12, 2012

DESIGN WALL MONDAY #11

I'm still working on the farm animals baby quilt.  Did you notice the animals have faces?  I'm completely through with all the applique (whoo hoo), have it all laid out, just ready to sew together.  I should have it ready to quilt tomorrow.  Isn't it adorable.  I think it might possibly be the cutest baby quilt I've made yet (except for the baby quilt I made for my two granddaughters of course)!


Click on over to Patchworktimes.com and see what Judy and other readers have on their wall.
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Sunday, March 11, 2012

STRING QUILT UFO FINISHED

YAY, Another UFO finally finished and ready to quilt.  I even pieced the backing with my leftovers and that makes me very happy!  I still have enough blue and yellow that I'm sure I can make another quilt but that's a project for another day or year.  It isn't the UFO I was suppose to work on for February or March.  February's UFO was the Very Hungry Caterpiller and March is my house quilt.  I know I will get the Very Hungry Caterpillar done as I want to give it to my granddaughter for her 4th birthday in May.  And the house quilt will get done too, just not sure it will get done in March!


The backing is almost a quilt in itself.
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SUNDAY STASH STATS #11

I told you this week wouldn't be too good for usage.  What I failed to forecast was my additions.  I didn't realize last Sunday at report time that I would have to meet a lady in Buda, TX at B & B Quilting and Gifts to pick up a couple of quilts.  Thank goodness is was at closing time and Gregg and William were with me and less than patient, and we were wore out from being at the Houston Stock Show the last 3 days or else my numbers might have been really tragic!!  However, I have a specific purpose for everything I bought so that's good!  I managed to use a little yesterday when I finished piecing the blue and yellow string quilt UFO.  YAY!!!

Used this week:  1.5
Used Year to date in 2012:  56.375


Added this week:  12.5
Added Year to date in 2012:  47.625

Net used in 2012:  8.75

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Friday, March 9, 2012

MINI QUILT SHOW FROM HOUSTON LIVESTOCK SHOW

We are home from the Houston Livestock Show, a little tired and road weary.  William had a great experience showing his goat.  We didn't make the cut or place but we learned a few things and had a good time too.  I had a little treat myself; there was a display of the quilt entries.  Here are a few of my favorites.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

You know I'm a sucker for a Texas theme.  This quilt was just adorable.  I have some hand embroidered cowboy blocks that I think I might use this layout with.  There were also a couple of other Texas themed quilts that I didn't take a picture of as I have those quilts in my collection already. 

And a tried and true Texas flag quilt.  Do you see the state quilted on the red/white section.  Very stunning!  I wish that I could have gotten a better picture but I was taking all of these pictures through a glass showcase.  I have a flag quilt I haven't quilted yet.  I might have to figure out how to do something similar.

The needle turn applique hand work was amazing on this quilt as was the quilting also.

And the Best of Show, A New York Beauty!  A quilt on my "bucket list". 
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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

SEEING DOUBLE QOV #4 & 5 2012

My customer Marsha T. in Benbrook Texas sent me these two QOV quilt tops to quilt.  I didn't pay much attention to them when they arrived.  I put the first one in the frame and got it quilted, then picked up the second one and thought, gee this looks familiar.  And sure enough, it was.  It is almost identical to the first one.  I quilted the "Star Spangled Banner" pattern on the first one and quilted the pattern "Deb's Swirls" on the second one.  Marsha does a lot of QOV's.  I currently have 2 more tops to quilt for her and she says she has another one ready to send to me to quilt.  I think she's an awesome and generous piecer and a fast one too!
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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

DESIGN WALL MONDAY ON TUESDAY AGAIN

I know it's Tuesday again,  I just can't seem to get my Design Wall Monday actually posted on Monday!  It hasn't changed much from last week though.  I now have the pieces of applique ironed on to the background blocks.  Not much progress and I don't expect this week to be much better.  Tomorrow we leave to go to Houston for the Stock Show.  William is showing his goat "Longhorn".  And if we make it back in time, I'm going to Dallas on Saturday for the Dallas Quilt Show.  That's a lot of traveling in a short time!

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Monday, March 5, 2012

ALL GOOD THINGS MUST COME TO AN END

Today was the last day I will spend with my sweet little princess for a while!  She and my parents are headed back to Missouri first thing tomorrow morning.  It's time for her to see her mommy again.  12 days is a long time for a little girl to be away from her mommy even if she is with her Nana.  Boy am I going to miss that little sweetie.  Of course I'm going to miss mom and dad too, espcially mom's good cooking and dad's helping hand around here.  I'll also miss the fun evenings spent playing cards.  I'm already looking forward to my next trip to MO.  Judy at Patchworktimes.com and I will have to plan a trip together.  She can visit her son Chad and I can visit my princess Raleigh (and of course the rest of my family).  I hope mom and dad are able to come back in the fall.  I've already started my list for dad!
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Sunday, March 4, 2012

SUNDAY STASH STATS #10, 2012

I only used 1 1/4 yards this week but that really didn't surprise me.  I have my little princess visiting me and there are so many distractions!  With a smiling face like this, who wouldn't be?

I started the applique blocks for the barnyard baby quilt and I cut out the green border for my UFO string quilt.  Notice I didn't say I actually sewed anything, I barely got it cut out! 

Used this week:  1.25 yards


Used Year to date in 2012:  54.875 yards


Added this week:  2 yards


Added Year to date in 2012:  35.125


Net used in 2012:  19.75 yards
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Friday, March 2, 2012

QUILTS OF VALOR #1 & 2 2012

I have been busy the last couple of days trying to catch up on quilting the Quilts of Valor that have been sent to me by some very generous and talented piecers (Is that a word?).  Please excuse the fact that I haven't trimmed the batting and extra fabric off yet.  I thought I'd better take advantage of the quilt holder while the gettin' was good!

This one was pieced by Barbara in Sugar Land, TX.  I love the pinwheels!  I doubt you can see it as I'm not a very good photographer but I quilted an edge to edge "USA" on it in linen colored thread.

And who could go wrong with red, white, and blue, and log cabin blocks?  Mary in The Woodlands, TX made a great choice.  Again, you probably can't see the quilting but I quilted "stars and stripes" in the borders and I quilted 2 eagles in each of the log cabin blocks with tan thread.

Now, I only have 5 more QOV's to quilt.  After this weekend, I hope to have only 3 or less. 
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