Wednesday, May 30, 2012

TEXAS QUILT #2

Do you remember the 3 Texas Quilts I was making back in January?  Well, I finally finished quilting the 2nd one.  This one is Mrs. Cockerham's quilt.  I have the 3rd one quilted also and all it lacks is the binding.  That will be an easy, peasy finish in the next day or so.  I have named mine "Texas Wildflowers".  That's another quilt for the Texas Beauties Trunk Show. 

Here are pictures of Mrs. Cockerham's quilt.  Mine is quilted almost like this one but I did make a few changes. 



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Monday, May 28, 2012

DESIGN WALL MONDAY #22

I decided to work on something simple, not much thought, quilt instead of the Texas quilt with the applique.  Well, in theory it should have been mindless, but I decided to set the blocks on point and therefore it took a little more thought to figure the size of the setting triangles.... still not as much work as the applique though. 

Here are my rows of blocks with the sashing...


And here are 3 rows put together so far.


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AND THE WINNER IS...

Gregg chose a random number between 1 and 9 and the number is 3.  Rita in AZ was the third person to comment so she's the winner of the two Eleanor Burns Quilt in a Day patterns and ruler.  I would have use that fancy random number generator thing that Judy at Patchworktimes.com uses but I don't know how to do it.  So you get the old fashioned way with Gregg. Don't you wish you had left a comment?
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NOT SO MEMORABLE MEMORIAL DAY

This Memorial Day was a little different for us this year.  First of all I'd like to say THANK YOU to all those have have served or are currently serving for our Country; especially my son-in-law, Kyle Kelly.  We are so very proud of you.  Second of all, we spent the holiday weekend at home.  I can't remember the last time we spent Memorial Day weekend at home.  We usually go somewhere, like home to Nevada, MO or to our friends in Little Rock Arkansas and the infamous Riverfest.  But not this year.  It was quiet around here. 

Thank goodness today is over though, my body can't take much more of what I put it through today.  We got a lot accomplished though.  Dear sweet hubby finally put up the new light fixture (that we have had since the first of March).  I think it was time for a change in there.  The old one was straight from 1976 when the house was built. 



And just why in the world would someone put the hole for the light fixture less than 6" from the ceiling.  We had one heck of a time getting this new one up.  I had to scrape some of the "popcorn" off the ceiling to get it to fit. 

And then our "cover the ugly fence" project began.  This "beautiful" wooden fence runs the entire length of property in the back yard, 175 feet of dilapidated, rotten, wooden fence .  It doesn't belong to us or it would have come down 5 years ago when we moved in.  For 5 years I have tried to come up with ideas to hide it.  The previous owner planted 5 crepe myrtles but they were the tree variety and no one trimmed them back so now they are way above the fence.  Two years ago I planted 4 large pampas grasses, 4Texas Sage bushes (which died), and 3 Oleander bushes.  The Oleander are finally doing better and might help cover it up. 

About a month ago, I came up with the brain child idea of planting ivy along the fence line.  I already have some ivy growing on the front side of the house, which I'm not extremely fond of.  It does a nice job of covering up my nice beautiful brick that I really don't want to cover up.  Soo... I took some cuttings and sent them to school with William for the FFA kids to try their hand at getting them to root.  It took 4 weeks, but some of them finally did.  The only problem is that I only have about 1/10 of what I need.   

Now comes the "hard on my body" part.  The soil up next to the fence is really poor and shallow.  Gregg and I installed a sort of raised flower bed along then fence line only about 4" wide and 4" deep.  We used cedar 1x4's and a 2x2 stake to join them and hold them in place.  I bought Miracle Grow garden soil and filled the bed up.  I paid a visit to my local nursery and broke down and purchased a flat of ivy to see how far it would go.   I alternated my ivy cuttings with the purchased ivy plants   

I now have about 1/3 of the length of the fence line planted.  I have the soaker hose ready to day down in the raised bed.

Thank goodness I didn't have any more ivy or garden soil to put down because I don't think my knees or my body could do this anymore.  Notice how red my knees are here?  This was at least 3 hours later and as I write this my knees are still just as red.  I hope I can move in the morning!

Oh yeah, and I also finished quilting the #3 Texas Wildlowers Quilt.  I'd post pictures but I'm too pooped!
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Sunday, May 27, 2012

SUNDAY STASH STATS #22

I sewed and quilted a lot this week but my numbers sure don't reflect it much.  Of course quilting isn't going to reflect any change in the stash, just my UFO's - which I'm thrilled with too.  However, I was bad again this week.  I had to deliver 2 quilts to the quilt shop in Buda, TX B&B Quilting and you know that's a bad combination when I go to a quilt shop.  I just can't shop, I have to buy too.  But everything was purchased for a specific project so it's okay right?

Used this week:  5 yards
Used Year to date in 2012:  96.875 yards

Added this week:  7.5 yards
Added Year to date in 2012:  95.25 yards

Net used in 2012:  1.625 yards

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Saturday, May 26, 2012

QUILT NAMES

I usually have the hardest time naming quilts.  It is one area I seem to be lacking creativity in.  Probably because it involves "english" instead of "math".  Some might agree when they ready my blog posts, which is why I like to post pictures with them; so you won't get bored with the reading that sometimes lacks creativity. 

Anyway, back to the quilt names... the last couple of days those quilt names have just come quite easy.  I designed a simple quilt using a jelly roll and a charm pack out of the Wildflowers V collection and I called it "Willow City Loop".  And then there's another quilt I'm working on that has 12 blocks of bluebonnets in it and I'm calling it "A Tribute to Lady Bird Johnson".  And then on the way home, while listening to the radio, an old song came on and I thought perfect, that would be a great quilt name for one of my Texas Quilts.  Funny thing is, I haven't designed it yet.  But I wrote it down so I wouldn't forget it.  Wonder if I'll be able to find the paper I wrote it on when I do design the quilt.  Or better yet, wonder if I will remember what it means when I run across a piece of paper that says "Miles and Miles of Texas".  Maybe I'd better go add a comment under it to remind me. 
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Friday, May 25, 2012

TO SASH OR NOT TO SASH

I'm working on quilts for my "Texas Beauties" trunk show and decided I needed a "simple" quilt in my collection.  I had a jelly roll and a charm pack from the Wildflowers V collection by Moda.  This is what I came up with in EQ7.  I called it Willow City Loop.  For those of you who live in the Texas Hill Country, you'll be able to relate to the name Willow City Loop.   You have to use a bit of your imagination. The checkerboard border will not be green and black, it will be scrappy, using the left over pieces of the jelly roll.  And all of the blocks will be scrappy, using the charm pack and jelly roll.  I just didn't want to take the time to download the fabrics and place them in the quilt.  I can figure that part out.  I also don't know what I'm actually going to use for the outside border.  I'll wait until I have the checkerboard attached and then audition fabrics for the border.


So my blocks are done and I have laid it out on the floor design wall.  This is what it looks like.  When I stood up to take the picture, I realized I didn't leave space for the red sashing but I kinda liked it like it is anyway.


This is what it looks like with red sashing and setting triangles.  So, to sash or not to sash?  I think I should sash, what do you think?

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

QUILT MARKET FINDS & FREE GIVEAWAY

One of the fun things about Quilt Market is all the book signings.  I just love them.  It's a grand opportunity to meet the author(s) and pick up a free book too.  Usually I will go to "School House" for a short review of the author's trunk show and then attend the book signing.  It gives me an idea about the projects in there.  However, this year I wasn't able to attend "School House".  I was happy to pick up these 4 titles anyway.

Eleanor Burns is probably my favorite quilt book author, (preceded only by Judy Laquidara by very dear friend). 

Oops, these next 3 are upside down and I can't figure out how to rotate them!  This is the 4th Volume of Quilter's Academy.  I don't own the other 3 but I have looked at them on the newsstand and wish I had them.

And who could go wrong with a quilt book using "Precuts".  I just love jelly rolls, charm packs, and layer cakes. 

I also love Edyta Sitar.  She does some really neat scrappy quilts (which we all know I can't do). 














I also picked up  a couple of patterns from Eleanor Burns, two of which I already had.  Which is your lucky day.  I'm going to give away these two patterns and ruler on Sunday.  All you have to do is leave me a comment.  I'll draw a random number and that comment will be the winner. 

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

QUILTING WISH LIST

Lots of quilters have a "bucket" list of quilts they would like to complete and of course I have one of those too.  But, I came home from MQS and Spring Quilt Market with quite a wish list of a different sort.  While I was at MQS, I purchased a pair of Walk The Walk sandals and it's like having one of those cushy foam mats on each foot.  They are soo comfortable.  And then I thought, what if I get one of those cushy foam mats to go on top of my carpet... double comfortable and cushy foamy soft!

So the list began:
  • Interlocking foam tiles for the length of my quilting machine on both the front and back
  • PVM software (Pattern Viewer Manager)  I am getting so many patterns and it would really save a lot of time in searching for the perfect pattern for a quilt.
  • Cutting Mats for the table of my longarm.  I am constantly moving the small cutting mat back and forth along the longarm table to use it.  It sure would be nice to have one continuous mat.  I saw some really cool "interlocking" mats  at Spring Market that apparently are so new they weren't on the website yet. 
  • A new 36x72" cutting mat for my cutting table.  The one I have is almost 30 years old and it has some cuts in it that are cut all the way through the mat.
  • A saddle chair (stool) that I can use to sit in while I custom quilt.  This old back, knees, and ankles really talk back to me on some days, even with the new Walk the Walk Shoes.
  • Storage cabinets to go under my cutting table, two would do the trick for now
  • Thread storage cabinet for all my longarm quilting thread cones.
  • Last, but not least, a whole assortment of p2p patterns to accomplish all the neat things I learned how to do with them at my MQS classes.
Of course, these are not listed in the order of importance or order of future purchase, heck a couple of these things may never be an actual purchase, just a "wish list".    When you go to quilt shows, do you come home with a wish list?
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Monday, May 21, 2012

DESIGN WALL MONDAY

There really isn't anything on my design wall but this is what I'm about to work on.  The fabrics I added to my stash 2 weeks ago, that I just reported this week are for this. I still don't have all the fabrics but I think I have enough to get started. If not, it won't be a problem to find something else to work on.

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SUNDAY STASH STATS #21

Nothing in or out this week as I was at MQS all week.  However, I didn't report my purchases last week so I have to do that this week.

Used this week:  0 yards
Used Year to date in 2012:  91.875 yards

Added this week:  4 yards
Added Year to date in 2012:  87.75 yards

Net used in 2012:  4.125 yards

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

SPRING QUILT MARKET

I don't think I have ever gone to quilt market and went through the entire market in one day, which for those of you who have never been, quilt market is HUGE!!!  There are over 2000 vendors there.  It opened at 9:30 a.m. this morning and we left there at 4:00 p.m.

I didn't really see anything that I just thought I just "had" to have but I did see a few things I bought and several things I put on my "wish" list.  I bought the new Quilt in a Day book Tales of First Ladies, some really nice wool for a... you guessed it... Texas Quilt that will take me forever and a day to finish.  (There is lots of applique and embroidery work on it.)   I picked up 3 books during book signings that look pretty interesting, and several quilt magazines too.  That should be plenty of reading material for the person who doesn't read!  Oh, and I bought a new Tutto rolling tote to put all my books in and save my back and shoulders from carrying them around that huge market place. 

I'll show you my purchases and books when I get home and tell you what's on my wish list too.
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Friday, May 18, 2012

MQS UNDER THE SEA VIRTUAL QUILT SHOW

Are you ready for another virtual quilt show?  I have lots to share with you.  I took 83 pictures today; all of quilts that have the most fabulous longarm quilting on them.  Lucky for you, or maybe not... I'm not going to post them all.  I would be here till dawn tomorrow getting them all to load.  I'm only going to show you a few of the quilts from the Theme category, which was Under The Sea.   I can only aspire to quilt like this someday.  These ladies have more talent than I can ever imagine.  Maybe in my next lifetime I'll quilt like this.  I just wonder how in the world the judge picked only 3 out of these to win.  And keep in mind this isn't all of the quilts in this category, just the ones I took pictures of.



















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Thursday, May 17, 2012

MQS QUILTS

Ok, I thought I figured the mobile app to be able to post pictures to my blog and post them.  And, I kinda did...., if I only want to add 1 picture at a time per post.  I'm sure I'm not getting something right.... no doubt!

Anyway, meanwhile back at the ranch MQS, here are a few pictures of what I took so far.













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