Friday, May 31, 2013

ANOTHER TX BEAUTY IN THE MAKING

I bought this pattern over a year ago at the Brownwoood Quilt Show.  It's called Texas Snapshots by Glenda at Houston Street Mercantile in Grandbury TX.

 
I decided I should do the hardest applique first or it might not ever get finished.  So this last week I tackled the bluebonnets.  There are over 50 little flower petals in each stem of the bluebonnets.  I think I must have lost my mind to do this!

I still have to add another leaf set in the white background and a star in the blue background.  No Texas quilt would be complete without a star, right?


Today I worked on the barbed wire panels.  There are two of these and I love the Texas fabric.  I hope you can zoom in on it and see the Alamo and the oil field, and the longhorns.  It's perfect for a Texas Snapshots quilt.

Next I will work on the 8 small applique blocks.  Not sure when I'll get to that.  I counted today and have approximately 12 days of quilting to complete the quilts I need to finish for customers before I leave to go to Missouri and I only have 11 days available to quilt.  I don't leave in 11 days, just have other commitments that are requiring my time so that leaves 11 days.  I thought I quit work to catch up.  What happened to that plan?

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

IT'S ME AGAIN MARGARET

Where does time go?  I don't need to tell you that it's been two weeks since I posted and I swear it was yesterday.

But the graduation party is over and Delnelle graduated and we were so proud of her.  The year end FFA Banquet is over with and the retirement quilt has been presented to Mr. Flood.  I think he was surprised!  William has made it through finals and has informed me every day this week when he gets home from school that "Mom, I'm officially a senior in high school".  And after today, he really is officially a senior in high school.  And that in itself makes me want to cry!  The patient, aka Gregg, is finally on the mend and over the hump after 3 different rounds of antibiotics for the staph infection he got in one of incisions from the surgery.  The home health nurse is only coming 3 times a week now instead of every day.  William is now the official "wound packer" because this woman can't even begin to be that kind of nurse.  And lastly, I'm still behind on quilting but am making progress towards being caught up.  Just in time for Hollie and Raleigh to be home for a visit from Japan and you know I won't get any quilting done while they are here.

I've got a few things I've been working on.... who has time to sleep, right? .... that I need to show you but that will have to wait for another post.  I'd like to say I'll do it tomorrow but I'd hate to lie to you or lead you astray.  Let's just say I hope to post again tomorrow. 
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Friday, May 17, 2013

AMISH WITH A TWIST QUILT

I know you have seen this quilt from the quilt show, but I thought you might like to see the quilting up close.  My friend Donna made this quilt. 











 
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Thursday, May 16, 2013

LITTLE JO's CLUB "ARLINGTON" QUILT

I have been working on the 1 1/2" half square triangles, all 180 of them, for my Little Jo's Club, "Arlington" quilt.  I even recruited Gregg's help.  He helped me draw the diagonal line across about half of the 2" squares needed to make the  1 1/2" half square triangles and then he helped me "finger press" the seams open on about 1/3 of the squares so they would be easier and quicker to press open.   On projects this small, I prefer to press the seems open to reduce the bulk.  It take a lot longer though.

  This is a picture of the pattern.  I am making mine.... come on you can guess.... red, white (well cream), and blue.  The background blue in the picture is red in my quilt, and the brown pinwheels are navy blue.  

  And here are all 180 - 1 1/2"  half square triangles paired up in block sets.  Yeah, I know it's suppose to be scrappy and it is but I had to plan it out just a little (okay, maybe a lot!). 
 
The rest of the quilt should go together pretty quickly, even though it is small.  I have everything else cut out and ready to set together.  But that will have to wait, I'm off to a quick trip to Missouri for a graduation.
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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

GRADUATION AND RETIREMENT

Too bad those don't really go together.  Haha!  But they do both have something in common.  I made a quilt for each of them and I have them both finished!  Whoo Hoo!  And for all you Doubting Thomas', I did it before my deadline! Who would have guessed!!!

This is the retirement quilt.

  The dates of his employment and school district didn't show up like I had hoped they would but they are there. 

And this is the "Boardwalk" graduation quilt. 

  I think the quilting is so fun.
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Monday, May 13, 2013

IT'S A JUNGLE OUT THERE

I'm beginning to think my decision to clean my patio was not the best decision I've made in a while.  I ache and hurt today.  I didn't think I was overdoing it but my body is telling me differently today.  I decided for Mother's Day I wanted the patio cleaned off.  Only problem is that Gregg isn't in any condition to do any yard work and it isn't worth the fight to have William do it; besides he wouldn't do it to my standards so it's just easier to do it myself..  He's did come help when I requested though.

I have Asiatic Jasmine growing around the two large live oak trees.  First I hate the Asiatic Jasmine.  It is so invasive and I really hate the live oak trees.  I hate the bizallion little waxy leaves they shed twice a year and I hate the "fringy" things that drop in the spring.  The bizallion leaves don't go anywhere or "dissolve".  I swear the same leaves are still a "leaf" 10 years later! 

Anyway, this is how it looked when I started.

I have neglected it for the past 2 years that I've been working. 

It's beginning to take shape.

All done!

  The heart shaped plant hanger and the hanging plant were part of my Mother's Day gift from William.  That plus 2 cushions for the iron chairs on the screened in porch. 

  Too bad the rock patio on the opposite side of the screened porch isn't cleaned up like this side.   Oh well, it will still be there for me when I get to it because I can assure you no one else is going to do it and the last time I checked there wasn't a patio cleaning fairy either.  My body has to recover first.
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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

FFA BLOCKS

I'm making progress on the FFA blocks for the retirement quilt.  I've had a few distractions but it's coming together.

First there was chaperoning an FFA Nursery Landscape Contest Team to Huntsville TX last Thursday and Friday.  The Team qualified to go to State competition and the team took 11th place out of 50 teams.  William placed 23rd out of 200 kids.  I left Gregg home alone after his surgery he had on Monday.  He was doing fine when I left but when I returned, infection had set in.  Of course it was Friday evening, doctor is in Dallas but we had contact with the nurse practitioner.  Saturday evening we got an antibiotic but by Monday morning it was no better so a trip to Dallas soon came on the agenda.  Returned home Monday evening, incision was lanced, drained (and still draining), packed with gauze, antibiotic changed and home health nurse was scheduled for daily visits to change dressing.  Oh yeah, and there was Prom activities on Saturday/Saturday evening.   I have no idea what happened to Sunday.  I'm sure I did something, just don't really remember what!  Obviously it wasn't working on these blocks!

So today, I finally worked on the FFA blocks.  Here is what I have:

"
The Treasurer."... "Stationed at the emblem of Washington."... "I keep a record of receipts and disbursements just as Washington kept his farm accounts-carefully and accurately. I encourage thrift among the members and strive to build up our financial standing through savings and investments. George Washington was better able to serve his country because he was financially independent."
"Mr./Mdm. Vice President, why do you keep a plow at your station?"...."The plow is the symbol of labor and tillage of the soil. Without labor, neither knowledge nor wisdom can accomplish much. My duties require me to assist at all times in directing the work of our organization. I preside over meeting in the absence of our president, whose place is beneath the rising sun."

"The Reporter."... "The reporter is stationed by the flag."..."Why by the flag."..."As the flag covers the United States of America, so I strive to inform the people in order that every man, woman and child may know that the FFA is a national organization that reaches from the state of Alaska to Puerto Rico and from the state of Maine to Hawaii."
 
"The Advisor."...."Here by the owl."... "Why stationed by the owl?"..."The owl is a time-honored emblem of knowledge and wisdom. Being older than the rest of you, I am asked to advise you from time to time, as the need arises. I hope that my advice will always be based on true knowledge and ripened with wisdom.
 
 
Oops, the rising sun is upside down but you get the idea...   "Why is the president so stationed?"...
"The rising sun is the token of a new era in agriculture. If we will follow the leadership of our president, we shall be led out of the darkness of selfishness and into the glorious sunlight of brotherhood and cooperation. Mr./Mdm. President, all officers are at the stations."
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Saturday, May 4, 2013

PROM 2013

Tonight is Prom Night for lots of high schools across the country and ours is among them.  I am so proud of my son William and how nice he "cleans up".  Thought I'd share a few pictures of him and his "dates".  You see, today kids don't always have a date for Prom; they tend to go in groups with their friends.  How lucky was he that he's the only guy in the group. 





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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

THE EAR OF CORN

I am working on a retirement quilt for Mr. Flood, the FFA Advisor at Brownwood TX High School.   The banquet that we are presenting it to him at is a short 2 weeks away.  Remember that saying that I wouldn't get anything done if I didn't have a deadline.  Well, how's that for a deadline; 2 weeks!  Yikes!  And I'm going to be in Missouri 1 of those 2 weeks.  Think I can get it done? 

I did finish the first block; the ear of corn.  For all you non-FFA people, there are certain symbols that represent certain things and are recited during the opening ceremonies of each FFA meeting.  It goes something like this: 

Vice President: "The secretary."
Secretary: "Stationed by the ear of corn."
Vice President: "Your duties there."
Secretary: "I keep an accurate record of all meetings and correspond with other secretaries wherever corn is grown and FFA members meet.
 
This sweet ear of corn was no easy task.  It took me almost 2 hours to complete it and it's not perfect.  In fact, I have a boo-boo in it but I'm not ripping it out.  It will have to do.  After all, I have a deadline!  Oh, and by the way, my once clean and organized sewing room now looks like a tornado went through and then backed up and went through again.  How does that happen in such a short time?
 
 
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