Sunday, July 29, 2012

SUNDAY STASH STATS #30

It is amazing how much of your stash you use when you make backing for quilts.  Last week I made 2 backings for quilts of valor quilts so my numbers used look good plus I cut out a couple of things.  However, Angela at Quiltswithaheart.com was having a sale and how could I resist?  It was buy one, get one yard and this is what I added.  Surprised aren't you that it's red, white, and blue?


Used this week:  18.625 yards
Used this year to date in 2012:  156.375 yards
Added this week:  13.625 yards
Added this year to date in 2012:  133.375 yards
Net used:  22.625 yards

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

A BUSY QUILTY DAY

There has been a lot of quilting going on in my studio the last 36 hours.  Here is a couple of the quilts completed.

A sweet baby quilt for our future Razorback Evan.  I can't wait to see Evan's mommy and daddy next week and give Evan this quilt.

I used Deb's Swirl pattern by Deb Geissler to quilt it in red thread.

And the back is so soft.  I just love minkee for a backing on a baby quilt.  I just need to make a label for it.

Deborah A in Buda TX made this lap size quilt.  She is giving it to her priest who is from Ireland.

And of course since he's from Ireland, we had to do a shamrock pattern by Deb Deb Geisslers using green thread.

And my favorite, none other than a Texas bluebonnet quilt.  This one is huge 95"x95" made by Marcella L from Brownwood. 

And what do you think I quilted on it, bluebonnets of course (by Sweet Dreams Studio) in blue thread.  After all this quilting, I decided I should treat myself to a pedicure.  Hard work paid off today!  My feet are happy!
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Friday, July 27, 2012

PRAIRIE POINTS ON QUILTS

I have never made prairie points on the edge of a quilt.  I have always admired them and they are on my "quilt bucket list".  I was cruising the Internet and found this really neat video on YouTube about prairie points.  You have to check it out here.  She makes it look so easy.  I'm going to have to definitely do this soon.

Then I went to theniftyneedle.com and clicked on her book Prairie Point Pizzazz and oh my goodness.  There are some nifty ideas here.  Then it occurred to me.  I've never made prairie points around the edge of a quilt but I did make them for Santa's beard on this Christmas quilt and the 3 dimension on his beard just "made the quilt".  And it really is as easy is she makes it look in the video.  Too bad I didn't know her technique back then.   And I love the prairie point flying geese border.  I have a quilt in mind to do this on.  I can't wait to show you.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

QOV #12 & 13

Here are 2 more Quilts of Valor.  I made both of these from my stash.  Actually, I made one and William started one and I finished it.

This is the one William started over a year ago.  It is a "Take 5" pattern from Teacher's Pet.  He made the blocks and pieced them together.  I added the borders and quilted it.  I used a variegated red, white, and blue thread and a free QOV quilt pattern from Tammy Finkler Quilting.  Below is a close up of the pattern.


This QOV I used a pineapple pattern from Karin Hellaby.  You can check out this video on youtube to see the technique.  I used an ecru thread and used the free QOV quilt pattern from Mountain Top Quilting
.Both of these quilts already have an owner.  I just need to get them in the mail. 
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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

QOV #10 & 11

Marsha T in Benbrook has been busy again.  She sent me these two Quilts of Valor to be quilted.  Marsha is so creative with her scrappy quilts she does for QOV.  And I want to apologize for the fuzzy picture.  My quilt holder was less than patient with me.  I was keeping him from his game on xbox and you know he rarely gets to play a break from it! 
I can't decide which one I like the best.  I love the flags in both in them.   This one I used a variegated red, white, and blue thread and Deb's Swirls quilt pattern. 

This one I used an ecru thread and a free QOV pattern Stars and Stripes from Mountain Top Quilting. 

If you're interested in making a QOV quilt top, I am happy to quilt it for you.  QOV is in desperate need of quilts for our wounded soldiers.  They do not have to be red, white, and blue; any quilt will do.  They can be as small as 40x60 but no larger than twin size.  Please consider giving a quilt to provide some comfort for our brave soldiers.
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Monday, July 23, 2012

SUNDAY STASH STATS #30 AND DESIGN WALL MONDAY

After I returned home from my weekend long retreat, I fell asleep on the couch and failed to post my Sunday Stash Stats.  I used quite a bit this last week in preparation of my weekend long retreat. 

Used this week:   17.75 yards
Used year to date in 2012:  137.375 yards

Added this week:  4.5 yards
Added year to date in 2012:  119.75 yards

Net used in 2012:  17.625 yards

And the same thing is on my design wall as last week.  Nothing to show you though.  I did manage to work on this quilt.  I have cut out the flag background and traced off the big state to applique on it.  I have also prepared and traced the bluebonnet pieces to applique on the state.  Dang there are a lot of small pieces to applique for the bluebonnet.

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

QUILT RETREAT DAY 2 & 3

Day 2 and 3 don't look quite as productive but they really were.  Three of us started out Friday morning to go to "town" to Wimberley to the quilt shop; as if we all didn't have enough fabric as it is.  When we got there, it was closed up!  What!  Well then how about we go to the quilt shop in Dripping Springs, it's only about 13 miles away.  On the way we decided Oh wait, Buda is pretty close, let's go there instead.  So we did!  And what a nice surprise.... I picked up 3 customer quilts to quilt.  YAY!!!  Of course, we picked up some fabric too!  :)

This is the skateboard quilt finished.  I think is quite cute for a 10 year  old boy who loves skateboarding.

And here is another Texas Beauty quilt.  This one I call A Tribute to Lady Bird Johnson.
I decided to use the leftover fabrics and piece the backing for it.  Here is the backing.  But now I've decided that it's such a masterpiece, I can't use it on the back and now it's quilt #2.


Then last night we decided to go to "town" and eat out pizza for Jan's birthday.  We looked on the Internet and found a pizza place.  Says it's right on Ranch Road 12.  We drove to town, through town, and a couple of miles past town; didn't find it.  Decided to put the address in the GPS, and another girl put it in her phone.  It was making us turn around and head back through town.  We traveled back through town, another 6 miles and it said we have arrived at our destination.... in the middle of nowhere; not even a house or shack.  We all laughed.  Then one of the girls said how about we call them for directions.  What a novel idea!!!  Guess what, when we went through town, and a couple of miles past town, we just didn't go far enough!  We finally made it there and the pizza was good. Oh what fun times and lots of memories!
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Friday, July 20, 2012

QUILT RETREAT DAY 1

Yesterday was a productive day.  I worked at my part-time job till 10:30 a.m., drove to the Wimberley Quilt Ranch near Wimberley TX and finished the following projects.  It was a bit touch and go for a while getting there as the "little lady in the box", aka Garmin GPS, aka Doris (that's what Gregg calls her because he says she's always telling him where to go just like I do!) sent me on a farm to market road and it was pretty narrow and winding.  For a minute I thought I heard banjos playing!  But I made it safe and sound.

I put the binding on this Quilts of Valor Quilt
I put the friendship border on the shop sample for Front Porch Quilts Shop for the Statewide Quilt Across Texas Shop Hop coming in September.


I put the borders on this Quilts of Valor quilt that William started over a year ago.  He had the center section completed but I can't seem to get him from out in front of the xbox video game to finish the rest.  And Quilts of Valor is begging for quilts right now. 


And the last thing I did yesterday was make the "boards" for the skateboard quilt my customer Joyce from Waco TX has commissioned me to make for her grandson.  It was featured in the May/June 12 issue of Quiltmaker Magazine.  And I was even the first one to go to bed and it was just before midnight. 


Stay tuned for an update on day 2's adventures and accomplishments at the Quilt Retreat.
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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

AND THE WINNER IS...

Can I get a WHOOT WHOOT!!!  I won 3rd place in the Quilted Angels Online Quilt Club BOM Challenge that netted me a $25 gift certificate from Quilts With A Heart.  You might remember me working on the Lovely Summer Flowers Quilt.  I was very pleased with the outcome.  Click on over to Quiltswithaheart.com and see the 1st and 2nd place winners.  Linda and Sherri are both my quilting friends.  Congratulations to both of them. 

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Monday, July 16, 2012

DESIGN WALL MONDAY #29

I am starting another Texas quilt.  This time it's called Texas Snapshots.  I plan to work on it at the retreat I'm going to this weekend at the Wimberly Quilt Ranch.  I also plan to work on a customer quilt too.  I have the customer quilt cut out and I'm working on cutting out the Texas Snapshots quilt.  And guess what else!  I figured out how to rotate my photos so you don't have to look at the pictures sideways!!  Whoo Hoo!  You know it's the little things in life!
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Sunday, July 15, 2012

SUNDAY STASH STATS #29

Our vacation is over and it's back to reality this next week...  Yesterday I did find a few hours to sew and pieced part of the backing to my Lovely Summer Flowers quilt and cut the binding for it too.

Used this week:  5.25 yards
Used year to date in 2012:  119.625 yards

Added this week:  0 yards
Added year to date in 2012:  115.25 yards

Net used Year to Date in 2012:  4.375 yards - YAY!  I'm out of the hole for now! 

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Saturday, July 14, 2012

SUSIE HOMEMAKER

Many times I'm often referred to as "Miss Susie Homemaker" by my friends.  I really don't consider myself to be that though.  Today "Miss Susie Homemaker" was really busy.  It has been almost 2 weeks since I have quilted, cooked, cleaned, or any other chore "Miss Susie Homemaker" might do.  I did a mountain of laundry (with the help of my dear hubby), went grocery shopping, mixed up a batch of homemade laundry detergent, made  a rhubarb pie, prepared and froze about 4 dozen bacon wrapped stuffed jalapenos, and have supper planned.  And it's only 5:00 p.m.  I still have a good 4 hours to squeeze in some quilting time.

Now doesn't that pie look delicious?  Rhubarb is not my favorite but it is pie and there are very few kinds of pie I don't like,  at least not enough to choke down; chocolate, mincemeat, and raisin are the only ones that come to mind right now.  Rhubarb is Gregg's favorite and since I fix it for him, I have grown to like it a lot.  And once William finally tried it, he loves it too.  Poor Gregg, he used to get the whole pie to himself; not anymore!

And here are my jalapenos stuffed. 

I brown some breakfast sausage (usually about 1/3 pound for an 8 oz pkg of cream cheese).  Drain the excess grease, add the cream cheese and season with some Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, and season salt.  Mix it up good and then place in a zip lock bag.  Snip one corner off the bottom of the zip lock bag and you can squeeze a tube of the mixture right into the jalapeno. Cut the top stem off the jalapeno and then stuff with the cream cheese mixture.  Sometimes I cut my peppers in half lengthwise and sometimes I leave them whole.

Wrap them in bacon.  Depending on the size of the jalapeno, sometimes I use a whole slice of bacon and sometimes I use a 1/2 slice of bacon.

I lay them on a cookie sheet (not touching each other) and place in the freezer till they are frozen.  I then place them in a freezer zip lock bag.    When I'm ready to bake them, I just bake what we will eat on a cookie sheet in the oven at 400 degrees for about 30-45 minutes.  I used to be the only one that liked stuffed jalapenos but William likes them now too.  Gregg.... I doubt he will ever like them.  They are peppers after all.

I will blog about the laundry soap in a couple of days after I use it so I can tell you what I think.
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Thursday, July 12, 2012

WHAT'S A NANA TO DO?

On Wednesday Raleigh and I went to the Texas State Aquarium while William went to the FFA convention and Poppy went to play a round of golf.  We also took Peyton (the FFA Advisor, Mrs. Cockerham's daughter) with us.  The girls had a great time at the Aquarium.  Little did this Nana know that the Aquarium had a splash pool for kids and we went with no swimsuit!  Soo..., what's a Nana to do?  She lets them play in the splash pool with their clothes on!

We saw lots of fish .... oh wait, those aren't fish, those are 2 silly girls!

Now we saw lots of pretty fish.

And Raleigh's favorite part of all, the dolphins.


And sea turtles.

And then with great anticipation, the dumping of the big triangle bucket of water.

Here it comes!!!

Here it is....

Two drowned sea rascals girls.  And this Nana was wore out and it was only noon!!!
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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

ANOTHER HAT

My dear sweet husband has a thing about buying a new hat everywhere he goes.  I should have known this vacation would be no different.  He "conveniently" forgot his hat to play golf in.  Really?!!!  So now we have to go buy another one.   How many hats can one man own? 

I personally am not a hat wearer!  I only own a couple of hats and either bought them out of desperation, like this one below, or I was delirious and thought I would wear it.  Of course when I came to my senses, nope, I didn't wear it (more than once or twice).  I bought the hat below out of desperation.  I am trying to let my hair grow out a little and it is at that "bad hair day everyday" stage.  I can't do anything with it and then add to that the wind, humidity, and water here on the coast and you have a recipe for a really, really bad hair day.  The hat helps cover part of that up. 

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

LOVELY SUMMER FLOWERS

I had some fantastic help finishing the delimma quilt.  She was so proud of herself.  She helped me sew the last border on.  I think we have a future quilter in the making.  I've decided to call this quilt top Lovely Summer Flowers after the name of the fabric line "Lovely" and of course the flowers in the top and bottom rows.  It is going to look great on my day bed on the patio once I get it quilted.



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Monday, July 9, 2012

DESIGN WALL MONDAY #28

I'm working on my second Quilt Across Texas shop sample for Front Porch Quilts in Benjamin Texas.  I have the center panel complete and these friendship blocks ready to piece around the center panel.  I'm going to call it Quilt Across Texas Friendships or Friendships Across Texas.

 
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Sunday, July 8, 2012

SUNDAY STASH STASH STATS #28

It's hard to believe, but I actually used quite a bit of fabric last week and got quite a bit done; and I was even gone to Missouri on a sugar run.  I took one of my projects with me (actually I took 3 of them with me but only found time to work on one) and finished the Quilted Angels BOM challenge quilt top.

Used this week:  5 yards
Used Year to Date in 2012:  114.375 yards

Added this week: 0 yards
Added year to date in 2012:  115.25 yards

Net used in 2012: -.875 yards (I'm almost out of the hole!!!)

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

QOV #9

Last week one of my friends posted on Facebook that a friend of hers was severely wounded in battle and was recovering in a hospital in VA.  I sent him this QOV this week.  I hope he enjoys it and it reminds him of how appreciative we are for his sacrifice for us and our great country.  There was an article about PFC Putman on Brownwoodnews.com if you would like to help him and his family. 

I named the quilt Pieces of Texas and quilted the state of TX with a star in the middle on it.

Since he's from TX, I thought he should have a TX QOV.

And this is the label on the back of the quilt.
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Monday, July 2, 2012

DESIGN WALL MONDAY #27

I still have my challenge quilt on my design wall.  If you remember my post a couple of days ago, I had a dilemma.  I opted to get another panel so that I could put the row of flowers across the top and across the bottom.  The next major challenge will be to get it done by the deadline.  I'm leaving tomorrow for Missouri and then a week in Corpus Christie for State FFA Convention.  Hmm.... we'll see.
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