Wednesday, January 30, 2013


It's my first WIP Wednesday.  I went to UFO's today so finished a couple of things.  I finished the Valentine quilt for Raleigh and put the binding on it.  I can't show you a picture as I submitted the block in it to Quiltmaker Magazine.  I hope you'll see it in their magazine soon. :)

I also finished the applique circles on Raleigh's bedspread quilt.  Now I'm ready to add the borders.  I also need to make her a valance for her window.  And I made the pillow case to go with the Valentine quilt. 

When I got home I pieced 2 blocks together that I had cut out for the Americana Stars BOM.


Tuesday, January 29, 2013


The big custom quilt I've been working on is finally done.  It seemed like it was on my frame forever.  I had a lot of interruptions, some self inflicted (like a HOT One Stop Shop Hop) and the decision to try to not work so much on weekends. 

Carol from Front Porch Quilts sent me this.  It actually belongs to her employee (I think she said her name was Jan).  It seems Jan fell and broke her leg or hip (or some body part) and Carol finished it up for Jan.  Note to self - I really should pay more attention or take more notes.  Jan wanted to enter it in their local guild challenge at their quilt show but was unable to finish it due to her injury.  Wouldn't you love to have a boss like Carol that would finish your projects for you? 

And who is that peeking out from behind the quilt?  Oh yeah, it's my quilt holder uppers :)


Monday, January 28, 2013


Change is good... right?  I think so... most of the time.  I would like to think that I'm usually open to change but I'm sure I'm not always that way.  Sometimes it's easier to "roll with the flow" than deal with the change.  Change can take me out of my comfort zone and that's probably when I don't like it.  I don't like to be uncomfortable. 

Anyway, back to the Design Wall Monday Change.  Design Wall Monday is moving to Wednesdays.  Now that sounds like a TV program commercial.  And it's getting a new name.  It will now be called WIP (Work in Progress) Wednesday.  What do you think?  Do you like it?   

Here is a sneak preview of WIP Wednesday.  It's the center section of the FFA Booster Club Valentine Dance Donation Quilt.  I have a chain border down both sides to add and then a final 6" border all the way around.  Hope it will bring them a good donation.


Sunday, January 27, 2013


I worked on a Valentine Quilt for my sweet little granddaughter Raleigh (that Poppy calls "His Little Sweetheart") and I worked on the FFA donation quilt.  I didn't quite finish either one yet though.  I know, I know, I'm under the gun on both of them.  I need to get Raleigh's quilt in the mail to Japan and the FFA Valentine Dance that the quilt is for is February 9th. 

I made a couple of purchases at the HOT One Stop Quilt Shop Hop.  I purchased an International Paper Doll Kit (that really isn't paper, it's fabric), a Twister Bunny Pattern, a "Flirt" charm pack, some fat quarters and the new Hu La La panel by Loralie Designs and 2 yards of coordinating fabric.  It reminded me of the trip we're making to Hawaii this summer to see Raleigh and her momma.  I couldn't pass up the fabric for a commemorative quilt... right?

Hu LaLa! Fabric PanelAnyway, here's how the stats ended for week #4

Used this week:  4.25 yards
Used this year 2013 to date:  18.875 yards

Added this week:  4.25 yards
Added this year 2013 to date:  16.875 yards

Net used:  2 yards

How is your stash busting coming along?  Leave me a comment and let me know.


Friday, January 25, 2013


My UFO quilting group went Island Hopping at the HOT (Heart of Texas) One Stop Shop Hop today in Waco TX.  The theme was Island Hopping and every booth participated in the fun!  There was plenty of beach fabric, patterns, and Kodak moments .  We had a great time and I wasn't too bad either.  I'll share my purchases in my Sunday Stash Stats post.  How bad a time could we have had when there's a chocolate bar and a wine bar at a shop hop, all under the same roof?

Thursday, January 24, 2013


I haven't been slacking on my quilting.  Quite the contrary!  I have been working on a large custom quilt and I'm almost finished.  I should have pictures Saturday.  Tomorrow I'm off to the One Stop Quilt Shop in Waco, TX with my UFO group. 
But tonight after dinner, William asked me to make him some Brown Sugar Cookies.  Now that's just what I wanted to do at 8:00 p.m. in the evening after I worked till 1:00 p.m. and quilted the rest of the day.  But guess what, I made him cookies.  Actually they are Chocolate Chip cookies without the chocolate chips.  They are one of his favorites! 
Here is the recipe:
1 cup margarine
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
Melt margarine in large bowl.  Add sugars and mix well.  Add vanilla & eggs and beat together.  Add dry ingredients and stir well.  Drop by spoonful on baking sheet.  Bake in 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes.  Cool on cooling rack.  Makes 3-4 dozen.


Wednesday, January 23, 2013


My son, Drew and his wife Bethany have some exciting news.  They let my sweet little granddaughter Josie make the announcement.

This Nana is pretty excited too.  I'm not so sure momma was excited when she first found out but says she's good with it now.  I know that Drew was just "beaming" when he told us the news.  It's going to be interesting at their house for a few years; 2 under 2. :)  There is life after 2 children that close in age but they won't know that for a while. 

Monday, January 21, 2013


Today is our anniversary; #18.  Hard to believe it's been that long, yet it seems like yesterday!  We spent the weekend in San Antonio on the River Walk and I was sick the whole time we were there! 

Yuck!!!  I tried to ignore the fact I felt lousy but the fact is, I really did feel terrible.  Poor Gregg, he was patient with me and tried to act like it was no big deal but I also know the fact is he was terribly disappointed.  I think we both felt like we had been through the wringer. 

It was still good to get away, even if the circumstances could have been better.

Sunday, January 20, 2013


I've been working on the FFA Valentine Dance Donation Quilt.  It's that time of year again.  And I added a bit to my stash when I went shopping in San Antonio.  It could have been lots worse but it is what it is.

Used this week:  5.5 yards
Used this year to date:  14.625 yards

Added this week:  6 yards
Added this year to date:  12.625 yards

Net used in 2012:  2 yards

How are you doing with your stash busing?  Please leave me a comment and let me know.  I won't be using the link button on Sunday Stash Stats posts.  You'll just have to leave me a comment if you want to share with me and I hope you do.   

I have also tried everything I know to do to get rid of the numbers below.  I copied and pasted them from my excel spreadsheet, just like I do every week but this week they won't go away when I hit the delete or backspace key.  Sorry!  Just ignore them!
5.5 14.625 6.000 12.625

Thursday, January 17, 2013


I've been cruising the Internet this evening and I found this really cool site. Well, I thought it was anyway. It's called .  I had no idea there were so many quilting blogs out there.  I should have known, I just never really thought about it.  They give you a teaser of what the blog post is about and you can click to see the full post or you can scroll on down to the next one until you find an interesting one. 

And then I also found this.  Aren't quilters the best people?  This quilter has done all the hard work for us.  She lists her top 20 Quilting Blogs.  Now a few of them wouldn't have been my choice but several are and a couple are resource type blogs too.  I love it. 

Hope you find something you like or that inspires you too.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013


This past weekend my quilty group "Loose Threads" went on a girls weekend retreat to Wimberly Quilt Ranch.  We just love that place and as always have a fabulous time.  It is so nice and the owner knows what a quilter wants and needs.  She covers all the bases! 

Friday afternoon/evening I worked on my January UFO and finished the quilt top.  You probably remember my "House" quilt top.  I saw this pieced border on a quilt in a quilt shop and loved it.  So I somewhat recreated it.  I know the corners are a little different but overall it's pretty close.

Then Saturday morning I got up early and drove to Seguin Texas for a Statler Stitcher business meeting.  I don't like taking time away from a retreat but somehow I missed every single meeting last year and was determined that I was going to do better in 2013.  I'm really glad I went.  I always learn something and come home inspired. 

Back to the retreat.... Saturday afternoon/evening I worked on a new quilt/bedspread for my little Princess in Japan.  This is the picture her momma sent for inspiration.

And this is my version of the inspiration.  I used an old fat quarter bundle that her momma picked out several years ago that I had on hand.

I also made her a pillow.  This is going to be a bolster type pillow.
And a pillowcase to match the quilt top.
Sunday I left a little early as my quilty buddy Jan, who rode down with me, was quite a bit under the weather and needed to get home to her own bed.  Poor Jan, she didn't have much fun on the retreat this time. 

When I got home I finished this block for the Quilted Angels Online Quilt Club.  The December block theme was "Angels We Have Heard On High".  I just happen to have a border fabric that had this angel in it. 

On Tuesday I learned that Jan, Donna, Linda, Priscill, Sheila, and Angela were all sick with the "crud".  That's 6 out of the 8 that went to the retreat!  Somehow Vicki and I have dodged the flue bullet!  And William came home from school Monday morning and I took him to the doctor Tuesday afternoon also.  No flu for any of the them, just the "crud".  I sure hope they don't share that with me!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013


Two days ago I posted Is anyone out there?  And thankfully, some of you responded and said yes you were. YAY!  So thank you very much for reading.  You have no idea how much that means.  I appreciate each and every one of you and hope you continue to read future posts. 


Monday, January 14, 2013


I'm curios, has anyone tried to leave a comment or tried to use the link box?  I haven't had a comment on my blog for quite some time and so far no one has used the new link box on a couple of posts.  Is it working?  I have never received "tons" of comments but I usually get a few every now and then.  If love to get comments.  It makes me feel like I'm talking to someone and not just to myself, which I do a lot of.  I even answer myself sometimes too!  :)  Just wondering if anyone is out there.

Sunday, January 13, 2013


I didn't use as much from my stash as I had hoped but I did use a little.  I was at a retreat this weekend but got off to a late start getting there due to William showing in the Brown County Youth Fair and then while I was there I left to go to a "business meeting" with my Statler Stitcher Sibs (for those of you who don't know, that's just other friends who also own Statler Stitcher machines) and then left a little earlier today from the retreat than planned due to the fact that Jan (my partner in crime and traveling buddy) wasn't feeling well and she needed to be home in her own bed.  And for all those grammar people reading this, I know you're kringing as that previous sentence was probably the longest sentence you've read in a while.

Anyway... here's how it breaks down.

Used this week:  7.875 yards
Used 2013 year to date:  9.125 yards

Added this week:  6.625 yards
Added 2013 to date:  6.625 yards

Net used in 2013:  2.5 yards

 How is your stash busting coming along?  Click on the link below to tell us about it.


Friday, January 11, 2013


I'm a little slow in posting this but hey, better late than never. 

How did you do on the 2012 UFO Challenge?  I started out with a bang but ended with a dud!  So, it's a new year, and a new start.  Are you up to the challenge again.   All you have to do is make a list of 12 of your UFO's (Un Finished Objects) and number them 1-12.  They don't have to be in any particular order.  If you have more than 12, and yes I do, you can then prioritize the top 12 if you want (one for each month).  They don't have to be quilting projects, it's your list; make it whatever you want.  There are no UFO police to check it.  Two of my UFO's are Dear Jane quilts. Now obviously I'm not going to get either of those done in one month so my UFO for the Dear Jane quilts is to finish at least 1 row.  It doesn't have to be the whole quilt or project, it's just a goal for you to work towards.

Each month I will randomly draw a number from 1-12 and post it at the beginning of the month.  All you have to do is complete that UFO number sometime during the month.  I'll post a link (I think....) and you can post your progress. 

So who's in?  Let's have some fun and get some things done in 2013. 

Here is my 2013 UFO list

1.  Dear Jane, Red White, and Blue Quilt (at least 1 row)
2.  Dear Jane, 30's Quilt (at least 1 row)
3.  House BOM Quilt
4.  Santa Year Round Quilt
5.  Queen and Her Court BOM Quilt (at least the pieced blocks)
6.  Double Wedding Ring Wall Hanging
7.  UT T-shirt Quilt
8.  Black and Red Bargello Quilt
9.  NewYork Beauty
10.  Stars and Stripes Sampler
11.  Texas Pieced Applique (at least all the blocks pieced)
12.  Texas Traditions
13.  Snowmen A-Z BOM
14.  Quilted Angels BOM
15. Americana Stars BOM
16.  Spring Bouquet BOM
17.  Texas Favorites BOM

January's number is:

You have the rest of the month to get UFO number 3 done.  I know this is late and you only have 20 days to get it done instead of 30 but I know you can do it.  In February, I'll draw another number and link to post your progress on January's UFO #3.

Thursday, January 10, 2013


Remember Carolyn, who made the Naked Cowboy Quilt from yesterday's post? Well, Carolyn has been extremely busy and is about to be busy again binding all these quilts. Carolyn is from New Jersey and is entering them in her former guild's quilt show in March.

A mystery quilt from a few years ago (I think from the former guild group)
Sorry this is a horrible picture of this quilt.  I didn't realize that and Carolyn has already picked up her quilts from me.
These are really the true colors of the quilt.
And then there is the oriental BOM from a few years ago also from the former guild (I think).

And how could she not enter a Texas Quilt, after all she's a Texas gal now.
Carolyn bought the quilt kit from Front Porch Quilts during the Statewide Quilt Across Texas Shop Hop and the designer is none other than your's truly.
And last but not least, is the beaded horned toad quilt.  It's only 18" square.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013


Did I get your attention with that title? It got my attention when my customer Carolyn from Baird told me she was bringing me the "Naked Cowboy" Quilt top for me to quilt. Sometimes I get some pretty unique quilts but I wasn't so sure about this one. This is what it turned out to be.
But this is the "naked" part backing.   Well.... these handsome guys aren't really naked but guess you could use your imagination.  How would you like to curl up with these guys?

How about some pictures of the quilting close up?

Tuesday, January 8, 2013


My good friend and customer Pauline made this beautiful quilt.  She has been working on it for about 3 years.  She made it from the quilt book Sylvia's Bridal Sampler from Elm Creek Quilts.  Sylvia's Bridal Sampler is a 140 block sampler quilt quilt made by the characters in a novel, The Master Quilter, the sixth in the Elm Creek Quilts series by Jennifer Chiaverini. In the story, the friends of Elm Creek Quilts founder Sylvia Bergstrom Compson secretly plan to make her a special quilt to celebrate her wedding. They ask all of her many friends, colleagues, and former students to contribute a block that represents what Sylvia means to them. That is why many of the sampler's blocks have a marriage theme, but others focus on friendship and others have meanings known only to their makers.

Pauline is a fairly new quilter and says she has learned a lot and can tell her quilt piecing skills have definitely grown over this quilt.  She says she can tell the difference in the early blocks vs. later blocks.  I thought they were all fabulous.


Monday, January 7, 2013


I'm prepping to go on a retreat this weekend and needed to make a block for the border on my "House UFO" to make sure I was on the right track. I think I am. 

What is on your design wall?  Share a link with us below.


Sunday, January 6, 2013


Well it's the first week of 2013 and the stash busting begins. I didn't use much this week and probably won't use much next week either. It's almost Fair Time here and I'll be busy being a supportive mom!  And I vowed to figure out how to add the link button in 2013 and By George I think I did it!!  Let me know if it works!

Used this week: 1.25 yards
Used 2013 year to date: 1.25 yards

Added this week: 0 yards
Added 2013 year to date: 0 yards

Net used in 2013: 1.25 yards

How is your stash busting coming along?


Friday, January 4, 2013


I bet you could have hear William hoop and hollar when he got a text on his phone early this morning saying school had been cancelled.  That boy was so excited!  I didn't realize school had been cancelled when I looked out and thought to myself he is going to be so disappointed. There is no way it has snowed enough to call off school.  Darn I hate it when I'm wrong. This is all I saw.

Well sorry, blogger won't give me the option to add photos when I click on the "add photos button". 

Of course, where I'm from, there is no way school would have been cancelled.  I swear it could have snowed a foot and we still went to school.  But then again, we had snow plows and equipment to clear the roads.  And when there was a forecast for snow, we didn't flock to the grocery store or Walmart to "stock up on necessitites".  I found out the hard way to steer clear of those places when they forecast snow.  It's absolutely crazy!

The snow was almost gone by noon and by mid afternoon almost completely gone.  However, someone (or several someones) found enough snow to make this snow family.  These snowmen are HUGE!  They must be 8-10' tall.  Yes, 8-10'.  Maybe I can edit the post tomorrow and you'll get to see the pictures.



Thursday, January 3, 2013


It never ceases to amaze me who creative some people can be. Who would have thought to make a cake from vintage chenille bedspreads, embroidery pieces, and the like?  Well certainly not me.  But I think they are interesting and couldn't resist sharing.  Now I want a REAL piece of cake.  Good thing it's late and not enough time left in the evening to bake a cake.  That would blow my New Year's Goal right off the bat! :) 

Chenille Cakes  (I tried to copy and paste the photos directly into my blog but they are copyright-ed so you'll have to click on the link to enjoy them.)  They are amazing and worth it though.


Wednesday, January 2, 2013


A few weeks ago I made these jewelry pouches for my quilting friends in the Loose Threads group.  I promised a tutorial on how to make them.  So, here it is.  I tried to take a few pictures as I went but kept forgetting to, especially close to the end.  Sorry!

Supplies needed:

1/2 yard of fabric #1 (or 2 fat quarters coordinating)
1/3 yard of fabric #2 coordinating with fabric #1 (or 1 fat quarter)
2 1/2 yards small cording
1 - 3" circle from sturdy posterboard or plastic sheeting (I use lids from butter tubs or cool whip tubs)

Cutting Instructions:

1.  Cut 2 18" circles from fabric #1
2.  Cut 2 11" circles from fabric #2

Sewing Instructions:
  • Cut an "X" in the center of the "inside" 18" circle. The "X" should be no more than about 3" in diameter (to be used later for turning the circle inside out).  

  • Make 2 button holes 1 1/2" away from the outer edge opposite each other on the "outer" 18" circle. (In this picture if you look real close, you can see my two straight pins opposite each other).

I also ironed on a small square of iron on interfacing to give the button holes some stability.  Guess that comes from by garmet making days in 4-H.

  • Sew the 2 - 18" circles right sides together on the outer edge using a scant 1/4" seam allowance. 
  • Turn the large circle right sides out and press.  Topstitch on the outer edge if desired.
  • Sew a stitching line 1 1/4" from the outer edge.
  • Sew a second stitching line 1/2" away from the first stitching line. This will make the casing for the cording.
  • Fold the circle in half and press, fold in half again and press, fold one more time and press.  This divides the circle into eights.
  • Set aside.
  • Cut an "X" in the center of the inside 11" circle.  The "X" should be no more than about 3" in diameter (to be used later for turning the circle inside out).
  • Sew the 2 - 11" circles right sides together on the outer edge using a scant 1/4" seam allowance.
  • Turn the small circle right sides out and press.  Topstitch on the outer edge if desired.
  • Fold the circle in half and press, fold in half again and press, fold one more time and press.  This divides the circle into eights.
  • Cut a 3" circle from a sturdy posterboard or plastic sheeting.
  • Insert into the small circle, centering in the middle and pin on the outside to hold in place until stitched.  (I used a chalk pencil and drew around the circle so I would know where it was and not stitch on top of it later.)

  • Center the small circle on the large circle matching the fold lines and making sure the "X slit" is hidden in the sandwich of the circles.
  • Sew around the plastic 3" circle first, then sew from the outer edge of the 3" stitching line to the outer edge of the small circle along the fold lines, creating a "bottom" and 8 sections.

  • Cut the 2 1/2 yard piece of cording in half to make 2 pieces. 
  • Using a bodkin or large safety pin, insert one piece of cording in the buttonhole/casing and tie ends of cording together. 
  • Now insert the second piece of cording into the opposite buttonhole/casing and tie ends of cording together, creating the drawstring.

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