Friday, August 23, 2013


As most of you know, my daughter-in-law and son, Bethany and Drew were expecting a baby boy.  And great news, he arrived today.  His name is Emmett Hiram Balk Liles (he's going to hate his mom and dad someday for his middle names!  lol.)  He arrived at 8:33 a.m. this morning and weighed 9 lbs, 1 oz and was 21" long.  Thank goodness she had him by C-section.  He is one healthy baby boy!!!  Momma and baby are both doing fine and daddy is walking in tall cotton!

Drew is one proud daddy!

And this is one doting Nana!

So this week, actually the last day and a half, while awaiting his arrival, I made these diaper burp pads

And this minkee cuddle quilt, plus a fitted crib sheet from the blue and orange plaid, and a self binding baby blanket from an orange print and the blue and orange plaid.  You see, I had 9 yards of the orange and blue plaid that I purchased many, many years ago.  I don't even remember where I got it or what would possess me to purchase 9 yards.  I don't recall having a quilt backing in mind or for that matter, even a quilt and I rarely would purchase a plaid or a stripe for a quilt.  I wasn't really even that fond of the fabric colors but I remembered seeing it in my stash and each time thinking, "what was I thinking"?  And, after all this baby project making, I still have a little less than a yard left!
I didn't make this this last week but it wasn't too long ago and now it's quilted.  If only I hadn't forgotten the binding in Texas!  Thank goodness Emmett won't be needing this anytime soon since it's 90 some degrees outside!  Poppy (aka Gregg Rice is going to bring it next week when he comes). 
And for those who don't know.... as I certainly didn't know until I was educated on it, The AC in the middle of the quilt and the colors are a replica of the old Allis Chalmers Tractor Logo.  You see, Bethany's father was the Allis Chalmers Dealer in Nevada MO for years.  Drew and Bethany are decorating Emmett's nursery in Allis Chalmers Tractors. 

And of course, the quilt has soft, cuddly orange minkee for the backing.
I can't wait to show you more pictures of baby Emmett.  I wonder what big sister Josie will think of her baby brother!  She hasn't met him yet!


Monday, August 19, 2013

QOV'S #3 & 4

Ok, Now I'm a little closer to being caught up.  I'm only 4 quilts behind my goal!  Marsha from Benbrook was busy again.  She's the queen of QOV Quilt tops! 

I quilted the "Fireworks" pattern in white thread on this.

And here is a corner of the backing flipped over on top of the quilt.

Did you think you were seeing double?  Well, you almost are.  the center is the same but the borders are a little different. 

I quilted the "Star Spangled" pattern in white thread on this one. 

And a corned of the back side flipped over.


Friday, August 16, 2013


I told some of you I have been quilting like a mad woman these days.  Well here's a little proof of it. 
This is Marcella's Memory quilt from her granddaughter's wedding.  I love what she has done with it.  She had guests at the wedding sign a quilt block and this is how she put them together.  What a great memory for the bride and groom.

Joy, from A Joyful Soul Fabrics has been at it again.  She comes up with the cutest patterns and color combinations.  This one called Fireworks and is made from a jelly roll I believe.  She has kits for sale for this on her website.  Better hurry and get you one. 

And last, for this evening is a baby quilt that Jessica made for her new little niece.  I just love the twister ruler and who can resist the soft, cuddly minkee on the back. 

There are more pictures to come but I'll save it for another night.  I told you I've been quilting like a mad woman!


Monday, August 12, 2013


I am so amazed at the "chevron" craze.  Everywhere you look you see chevrons.  Donna from Brownwood is "keeping up with the Jones" with her chevron quilt.  It is for her daughter-in-laws birthday. 
And not only is the chevron craze all the rage, so is the ombre craze.  Don't you just love what Donna did with this?

I love the little "pop" of color in the narrow border.  Of course it coordinates perfectly with the accessories in the bedroom where this quilt is going to be displayed/used.

And Donna put a personal touch on it with the DIL's monogram.

And now that you see the backing, the pop of color makes more sense.  There are pillows and other accessories made from the backing fabric. 

Saturday, August 10, 2013


This is Donna's (from Brady) first quilt.  A friend of hers gave Donna these embroidered Southern Belle ladies blocks and told her to do something with them.  This is Donna's creativity.  At first I wasn't so sure about the really wide borders on the sides.  But I have to tell myself this isn't my quilt, I don't have to like everything that I quilt for others, although it does help if you do.  Anyway, the longer I worked with it the more I liked it and decided that it wasn't so bad after all.  I measured the center section and it just fits on the mattress top of a queen size mattress.  You know what?  I bet Donna planned it like that!  Haha!  It turned out very nice I think and Donna seemed super duper happy with the finished quilting.  She is anxious to get it home and get the binding on it.Sorry for the not so good picture.  My other quilt holder was out of town and this quilt holder's arms weren't long enough to stretch it completely out.

Wide, really wide borders.
  And Southern Belle blocks.

And the back was pretty too.


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

QOV #1 & #2

I am way behind on my QOV (Quilts of Valor) Quilting.  I love what they stand for and wish I had more time to make quilts and quilt them for QOV.  I had a goal of quilting at least 1 quilt per month and making 2 quilts myself.   I do have 1 quilt cut out and I have blocks made for another but no quilt put together yet.  I am way behind on that goal.  Just where does the time go? 
My friend Marsha in Benbrook pieces LOTS of QOV quilts and sends them to me to quilt.  Here are two of them.  I don't know where she gets all her patterns or fabrics but they are always amazing.

I quilted an edge to edge pattern that says "USA" over and over in Candy Apple Red Thread from Glide.

I love these air planes!  It's kinda unusual for Marsha not to put red, white, and blue but still awesome anyway.

Do you make quilts for charities?  Do you set goals for yourself to do them or just do them when you have time?  If you make charity quilts, who is the charity?


Sunday, August 4, 2013


My daughter-in-law is expecting very soon, as in August 23rd she's scheduled for a C-section.  Last week she posted on Facebook "Operation get baby room ready is a go! Moving things out, drew is putting together crib and dresser, fixing nail holes, and shampooing baby's carpet and living room... Painting later this week. Only have one month at the most left!"  Now that got my attention because guess what, this Nana didn't have the baby quilt even started.  YIKES!  

I promptly got the fabric out and proceeded with my design.  She had told me they were doing the room in "Allis Chalmer" tractors and using the original logo and those colors.  I remembered buying a piece of blue and orange plaid years (and I do mean years) ago.  I wondered if it would match or work.  I have no idea what I thought I would make out of it but I do have 9 yards!  Surely I can figure something out to do with it now. 

And then she sent me this picture and said she would like something similar to this.

Houston, we have lift off.... It's gonna work!  Well, I'm going to make it work.  My first attempt was this.  I knew something wasn't just quite right.  I had to sleep on it and the following day it hit me.  It wasn't "on point". 
Well, it's on point, but the wrong thing is on point.  Darn, and I have already appliqued everything down too.  That won't work, so it's back to the cutting table for me.  This is attempt #2:
Oh, this is so much better!  But it's only 34"x34".  Not really big enough yet.  Plus it's square.  And you know how I feel about square quilts.  Are the beds square?   No, I think not!  So why would you make a square quilt?  Well, once again.... I don't. So I added this and finished with a border and this is Operation got the baby quilt done for my little Emmett.  (Well almost, it still has to be quilted and bound.)
I have also made a simple little valance for the window treatment too.  Wonder what else I can make to use up some more of that yardage. 
I made this not so little tractor and was hoping to use it in the quilt too, but decided it took away from the center logo.  The tractor also turned out to be quite a bit larger than I expected.  Yes, I knew the finished block size but thought after I had it made, I could figure out a way to make it work.  Guess it's going to call for another quilt for him.  Isn't it adorable though? I got it from this blog.  She must be writing this just for me.  Her timing with the barns and this tractor are perfect.  I can't wait to see what else she has up her sleeve, or should say in her bonnet?   


Thursday, August 1, 2013


Mom and I made peach salsa today.  It was the first time for either of us.  Dad loves peach salsa, and so do it and it is so expensive to buy.  Dad has been buying peaches from the local orchard and they are very yummy!  He also has an over abundance of tomatoes, onions, peppers, and jalapenos from his garden.  I love this time of year and it isn't often that I'm home when all the tomatoes, corn, watermelon, cantaloupes, and other garden produce are ready.  I usually hit it just before they start producing or after it's all gone.  What a treat for me this time.

Anyway, I looked a couple of recipes up on the Internet and devised my own.  This is what I came up with


6 lbs. tomatoes, peeled and diced
3/4 lb. green peppers, seeds removed and diced
3 jalapeno peppers, seeds removed and diced
1 cup onion chopped
1 bulb garlic peeled and chopped
3/4 - 1 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 c. cilantro finely chopped
2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp cumin
2 tsp salt
8 tbsp. sugar ( or to taste)
1 lb peaches peeled and diced
2 tbsp. lemon or lime juice

Combine all the ingredients and simmer in large pot on the stove on medium high heat until it's cooked down to the consistency you like.  I cooked mine about 2 hours.


And look at this beautiful salsa.  I love it when there's just a little left to sample as soon as it cools!  It tastes so yummy!
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