Sunday, September 30, 2012

Sunday Stash Stats #39

Not a lot of sewing this week, it's been an emotional roller coaster with the kids leaving for Japan.  I did finish the fall table runner for my sister so I did use a little bit.  I didn't add anything this week either, however I did buy quite a bit of fabric for Mom's quilt.  I don't have to count that though, it's her fabric, I'm just commissioned to make it.

Used this week:  2 yards
Used this year in 2012 to date:  160.375 yards

Added this week:  0 yards
Added this year in 2012 to date:  171.625 yards

Net used in 2012:  -11.25 yards (I'm still in the hole)

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

MORE LONGARM QUILTING

Anita in Buda has also been busy or has been hoarding her quilts.  She brought me three of them.

   I used a Signature blue variegated thread and a pattern called Eternal Flames from Anne Bright.

I love 30's prints and have never made a quilt from them.  I always drool over someone's quilt when I get to quilt one.  I used a white thread and Feather's All Over by Deb Geissler.

And who could go wrong with a red, white and blue quilt made from Moda's Prairie Paisley II.  I used a red thread and quilted a pattern called Curls and Pearls by Wasatch Quilting.  And the really cool thing about this quilt is that Anita used a "cheater" cloth for the backing so she really has a reversible quilt. 

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

QOV #14

The girls at Pompey Mountain Quilting Group near Zephyr, TX (I think) made this Quilt of Valor.  They already have a soldier they want to present it to and have plans to do that on Veteran's Day.

I used a Signature red, white, and blue variegated thread and a free QOV pattern.
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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

LONGARM QUILTING

I finished these two quilts for Kathleen in San Marcos, TX.  She is going to be ready for Halloween and Christmas!  I think she may be giving some of her quilts away as I have quilted several Christmas Quilts for her.  She does such a nice job.

I used a gold metallic looking thread from Glide called Sand to quilt the spiderwebs on this one.  The spiderwebs kinda glimmer.

And I quilted a holly panto in alpine green thread on this one.
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Monday, September 24, 2012

DESIGN WALL MONDAY #38

The fall table runner is off the design wall, and off the quilting machine.  It's just waiting on a binding.  Mom's quilt is still lurking in the shadows but I still need a few more fabrics and I hate to start sewing until I have them all.  It has a scrappy look to it but we all know how I am with random scrappy - NOT!!!  So, until I get to a quilt shop this weekend, I'm working on some UFO's.  My Generals Wives' BOM is all set together and the borders are cut and ready to be attached. 

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

SUNDAY STASH STATS #38

I did quite a bit of piecing this week but it won't come off my stash report as it was BOM's and I don't count those in or out.  I did piece my sister's table runner so it counts! Pictures to come this week after I get it quilted.

Used this week:  2 yards
Used 2012 year to date:  158.375 yards

Added this week: 0 yards
Added 2012 year to date:  171.625 yards

Net used 2012:  (13.25 yards) still in the hole!

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Saturday, September 22, 2012

COTTON CLUB BOM PROGRESS

I haven't posted for a couple of days but that doesn't mean I haven't been busy.  In fact, I've been very busy!  I've been catching up on my BOM's.  Here are the last 4 blocks of the Cotton Club.  I'm ready to work on some "bigger blocks".  These are only 5 1/2".   Or maybe I should get my TWO Dear Jane UFO's out and work on them since I'm used to working with such small blocks.  I have the setting fabrics and can't wait to get it put together.  But, it's going to have to wait awhile.  I am trying to get mom's quilt and Rhonda's table runner done.  Making progress on both.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

EVERY QUILT HAS A STORY

Tuesday is Quilt Guild Day.  This morning was a particularly long meeting but Marcella gave a cute program called "Dressed to the Nine's".  I wondered what dressing to the Nine's had to do with quilting.  She talked about nine patch blocks that were not your ordinary, traditional nine patch block.  She told us one meaning of "dressed to the nines" had something to do with the gloves women wore that had 9 buttons going up the arm but as you can see, I wasn't paying really close attention and I didn't quite get all the facts to the meaning.  I was probably talking to Judy when I should have been listening.  I did google the meaning of the phrase, and there doesn't seem to be a known origin of the phrase, just lots of assumptions and yesterday we discussed what assuming does.  I wasn't able to stay for the sewing day in the afternoon.  I'm sure they got lots of WeeCare quilts completed though.

This evening was my second quilt guild and I loved, loved, loved the program.  Carol brought her husband's great, great, great, great grandmother's quilt.  I hope I put enough greats in there.  And every quilt has a story.  Carol tells us that the great, great grandmother passed away and no one did anything with her home or her possessions for over 10 years.  Finally they began the process and were almost though when one of the relatives asked if they cleaned out a certain cubby hole closet way up high.  They had not.  A ladder was secured and shoved way back in the back was a "sugar sack" (quite unique in itself) that had rag strips shoved in it.  The sack was thrown on the floor and kicked aside numerous times, almost thrown away numerous times, when another relative decided to check out the rag strips in the sack.  Low and behold, in the bottom of the sugar sack, under all those rag strips, was this quilt.  It was made by the 4-great grandmother before she married her husband who was a general in the Confederate Army. After the war, they married, had 3 children and then moved to Brownwood TX where her sister lived.  The quilt is awesome!  It has a few stains but the fabric is in pristine condition and the design and quilting are fabulous.  Another interesting fact is that there is no batting in the quilt.

I didn't have a tape measure with me but I'm guessing the quilt is probably about 85-90" or more square.  I'm pretty sure those tables are 6' tables and as you can see, it hung off the table on the far end quite a bit.

She pieced this quilt Miss S of 1866 (which we assume means Mississippi, September 1866 as she lived in Pontotoc Mississippi at the time.  Her initials and last name are on the top center block.  The handwork is counted cross stitch in the fabric weave.  It is very tiny, probably only about 1/8" high.  The centers of the blocks they are embroidered in aren't much bigger than a quarter or silver dollar.



This cross hatching is probably just over 1" apart, no more than 1 1/4" apart and look how tiny those stitches are!

And what if no one had checked the cubby hole storage or thrown the sugar sack out without looking in it?
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THE NEW BETSY ROSS

Judy, over at patchworktimes.com is doing the Stars and Stripes Sampler and I'm playing along with her.  However, I didn't remember which block she started on and I did some assuming.  And you know what assuming does right?  Well, I started at the beginning of the book with the flag blocks.  After I got those done, I pulled up the project on her site and guess what, that's not the blocks she started with.  Oh well!  Guess I'm ahead of the game, or am I behind? 

Here is my first flag block.  Notice anything wrong with it?  I followed the directions in the book to a tee and mine looked just like theirs in the book.  There's only one problem.  It's backwards and I can't go with it like that.


So out comes the seam ripper and back to the sewing machine to fix it. 
Finally I got the flag blocks almost done.  I had to change things up a bit though (besides the backwards flag).  Since we live in Texas and there are 4 American flags in the quilt, I think we need to replace at least 1 of those flags with a Texas flag.  I still need to add the star but here are my flags.   Betsy Ross would be so proud!

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Monday, September 17, 2012

DESIGN WALL MONDAY #37

Mom's quilt is still on my design wall from last week and will probably be there a few weeks.  And then today I added another project to the design wall.  My sister has been asking me for a fall table runner for several months now.  In fact, she has been asking for a 4th of July table runner too and since I missed that several months ago, I figure I have about 9 months to get one done for her by next year.  Oh dear, don't ever give me that much time to do something.   I'm a procrastinator don't you know!  Meanwhile, back at the ranch fall table runner, these are the fabrics and the pattern I'm using.  It's only 4-12" blocks so shouldn't take too long and it's an Eleanor Burns Quilt in A Day pattern so should be pretty easy too.  She needs it by Oct. 3 (I think) when she has Sorority at her house.  Think I can get it pieced, quilted, and in the mail in time to arrive before the 3rd.  Of course I can! :o

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Sunday, September 16, 2012

SUNDAY STASH STATS #37

I told you I was a bad girl yesterday on the shop hop.  I'm in the hole again but I don't care.  I've been buying fabric at some really great prices and saving lots of money. 

Added this week:  20.75 yards
Added this year to date in 2012:  171.125 yards

Used this week:  0 yards
Used this year to date in 2012:  150.875 yards

Net used in 2012:  (15.25 yards in the hole)

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Saturday, September 15, 2012

BAD GIRL

I was a very bad girl queen today!  It's all Pauline's fault. (I have to blame someone you know!)  She emailed me earlier in the week wanting to know when we were going on a Shop Hop Road Trip; that the Quilt Across Texas Shop hop was going on.  So we left on our adventure this morning, visited 5 shops in the Austin TX area, and was home in time to eat dinner with our hubbies this evening.  Now that's some power shopping! 

Our first stop was B & B Quilting in Buda TX.  It is one of my favorite shops!  I love their selection and I love all the ladies that work there.  They are so nice and friendly and helpful.  Then it was on the Quilter's Folly in Austin where I really had to refrain from being a really, really bad girl.  They had this Hello Kitty Sewing Machine that my granddaughter needs.  However, it will be 3 years before she can learn to use it since she's on her way to Japan in just a few short days. ;(  I still may get it.  It was a Janome and on sale for $199!


 From there we went to the Honey Bee Quilt Shop In Austin and then on to Bernina Ready to Sew in Cedar Park; which by the way was going out of business - which results in me being a really bad girl.  Our last stop was Poppy Quilt & Sew in Georgetown, TX.  Below are some of my purchases, in no particular order.
Since we were on the Quilt Across Texas Shop Hop, we had to buy the feature fabrics, right?

And everyone knows I have a weakness for Texas Themed fabrics.

And I know you know I'm a sucker for anything red, white, and blue.  Doesn't this red stripe fabric look like a waving flag.  Oh, look... a red, white, and blue pattern AND it's Texas!  Using the lil twister ruler.  I can't wait to make this.


More fabrics for mom's quilt.


More fat quarters for my Halloween 1904 quilt that someday I'll get to.

 Fabric for a fall table runner for my sister Rhonda that she has been asking me for for months!  And last, but certainly not least the backing for my Generals Wives BOM and the backing for another red, white, and blue quilt.  I forgot to take a picture of the backing fabrics and I'm tired and lazy so you'll just have to imagine seeing them.  I cringe to think what all these additions are going to do to my numbers in the Sunday Stash Stats report.!  Yikes!
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Friday, September 14, 2012

BOM BLOCKS

I just want to sew all day but my part-time job keeps getting in the way along with cleaning my house and fixing supper every night.  I did manage to get three more blocks done on my Generals Wives BOM and one more block done on my American Stars BOM.  Yes, there is a common theme between these two BOM's and I know you're so surprised that's it's red, white, and blue.  What can I say?  I like red, white, and blue.


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Thursday, September 13, 2012

A NEW UFO

What am I thinking?  A new UFO to add to my long list, thanks to my good friend Angela at Quilts With A Heart.  Sorry Angela, I have to blame it on someone.  She has an online quilt club called Quilted Angels and she is calling this the 2012-2013 Monthly Block Challenge.

Here's how it works:  Each month there will be a new theme.  Prior to the 15th of the following month, email her a picture of the block using the designated theme. We're at her mercy, She gets to pick the winner, so whichever she likes best will win a prize valued from $10-$15.00, there again, we're at her mercy! She will post pictures each month of all the blocks received for the prior month.  The August Theme - "Honey and Bees"

My first thought was to use a fabric with that theme but wait, we have no quilt shop in our town to look for said fabric plus I have procrastinated this and it is now Sept. 13th and I only have 2 days to get this done in.  On to plan "B"... I googled honey bee quilt block pattern and I found one.  I can't believe it.  And the pattern was free!  This is my block for August and I have 2 days to spare before the deadline.  Now that doesn't happen very often!  And it has applique on it!







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Monday, September 10, 2012

DESIGN WALL MONDAY #35

Mom's quilt is on my design wall this week.  Well, not really because I haven't cut anything out yet but I will in the next day or so.  I've been collecting fabrics and I'm using this pattern.  This only a lap size quilt and mom wants a queen size quilt so I have to add more blocks and adjust the borders a bit.  Should be somewhat simple and quick to complete... if you didn't have to applique the stars on the circles and applique the circles onto the blocks.

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Sunday, September 9, 2012

SUNDAY STASH STATS #36

As you know I've not stitched a thing this week so no usage but as you know I did cash in on some bargains at the local quilt shop in my home town so, yep, I added more fabric to my stash!  How could a girl resist with those prices.

Used this week:  0 yards
Used year to date in 2012:  156.375

Added this week:  13.5 yards
Added year to date in 2012:  150.875 yards

Net used year to date:  5.5 yards

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Saturday, September 8, 2012

FALL IS IN THE AIR

Since I've been in Missouri all week visiting the granddaughter, the last few days I've experienced some cooler temperatures than it's been in Texas.  Today the high was only in the mid 70's and the low is in the lower 50's tonight.  It really feels like fall; which prompted my sister to con me into helping her decorate her home for fall.  Not that she needs any help.  I pale in comparison to her.  She really missed her calling as an interior decorator.  Her home always looks like something featured in a Country Sampler Magazine or Primitive Gatherings Magazine. I took a few pictures "before" we decorated for fall and lots of pictures "after" we decorated for fall.  I hope you enjoy the tour.

We piled her 12' long harvest table full of fall decor.  Sorry I didn't take the picture  when it was completely full.  I forgot to do it so some of the things had already been placed elsewhere.

This is the corner shelf before....

And this is the corner shelf after....


There isn't an area, counter, shelf, wall, nook, or crannie that isn't touched by fall.







This is the wall shelf unit before....
And this the the wall shelf unit after....

And I only gave you a very small sampling of the decorating we did and of course, we weren't through either.  She is going to finish up tomorrow on the inside and start on the outside.  She has as many things for the outside as she does inside.
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Friday, September 7, 2012

MOM'S QUILT

There has been absolutely no sewing, no quilting, no nothing going on this whole week, except spending time with my granddaughter and my daughter.  The countdown is on to Japan and I'm not going to mention how many days are left, but let's just say not nearly enough!


Isn't she a bundle of energy!?


Man, I'm going to miss that little girl!

Dad had a doctor's appointment in Springfield, MO today to discuss the results of the kidney biopsy  - which we got "ok" results from.  It wasn't the greatest news in the world but it could have been a lot worse.  While we were there, we took advantage of the retail shopping therapy and  picked out this quilt to make from the book below. 


And this is a sampling of the the fabric that will go in it.  It will go great with the backing we bought yesterday too.
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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

BACK TO SCHOOL

It's hard to believe that school is back in session and my baby is a Junior in High School this year.  He said to me the first day of school, "Mom, do you realize this is my next to last first day of school?".  Really William!!??  You could have gone a lifetime without pointing out the obvious.  And then I started thinking about it and the tears began to flow....

Last week it was also pretty obvious it was the first week of school.  What ever happened to sending $5 to school with them on the first day for their lunches for the whole week?  Now I send $20 and it might last the whole week but probably not.  And then there is $50 deposit for the laptop, $17 for FFA dues, $50 for an FFA jacket, $58 for the FFA Show jacket, $36 for FFA Officer shirt, $$$ for golf balls and golf clubs and I'm sure I've left something else out or better yet, something he hasn't told me about yet. 

This week he tells me his dual enrollment English class is $240 so I guess that means his dual enrollment Physics class is $240 also.  "Oh, and Mr. Flood is getting my goat sometime this week" so that's another $300-400.  (I already have purchased a lamb and feed, etc. back in July).  Geesh, does he think I'm made of money or that it grows on trees in the back yard? (Not in Texas anyway, we're having a drought and nothing is growing in our backyard this year!)  But, I guess I wouldn't trade it for anything.  After all, this is his next to last year and then the real expenses begin when he goes to college - which I'm not going to think about because you know what I'll do... boo hoo!

Here is the pictures they took of the FFA Officer Team.  William is the one at the nose of the tractor. 


What a great group of kids they are!

And see that white shirt peaking out below that jacket.  This is why we have to spend $50 for a new one.  He has grown a foot, literally, the last year and his jacket is too small for him.  Could somebody please put a rock on that boy's head?  He's already 6'2" and the doctor says his growth plates aren't closed yet.  On second thought, his genetics are not in his favor, he better get all the height he can. 

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

FABULOUS FINDS

While visiting my granddaughter, I just had to go to the local quilt shop Nine Patch Quilt Shop.  It's amazing what a little retail therapy will do for a Nana who's about to send her babies half way across the world for three years!  And I just couldn't resist the two buys I got.  The green one was on sale 50% off and will be the backing for the quilt my mom wants me to make for her.  The blue one is a backing for one of my many red, white, and blue quilt tops.  It wasn't on sale but it was only $5.25 a yard and both are Marcus Fabrics.  The shop owner said she got it on a closeout buy and passed the savings to her customers!  Yay for me!  There go my numbers for the stash report though!

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