Friday, January 31, 2014


Can you believe the first month of 2014 is already down in the history books!  I signed up to participate in this NewFO Challenge.  2014 NewFO Challenge
What in the world did I get myself into?  The rules seemed simple enough, all you had to do was start a new project each month; you didn't have to finish it but you could if you wanted or had time to.  I could do that easy enough, start a new project that is.  You can play along too if you want.  The complete rules are posted here on Cat Patches.

So, here's what I started:

My Farmer's Wives's blocks - 5 of them to be exact

My Log Cabin Houses -

A Valentine wall hanging for the applique class - And I finished it!  (I had to for the class)

Another Valentine wall hanging for the applique class - one to work on while teaching the class

The Pixel Faberge Egg  for the Wake Up to Kona Blog Hop

Geese Circling New York for the Wake Up to Kona Blog Hop

And a couple of door stops for the Don't Let the Door Stop You Blog hop (that you'll have to check back on my day February 6th to see.

I think that's it.


Thursday, January 30, 2014


Yes, I know it's Thursday but I didn't get things posted last night from my UFO sewing day.  I didn't get as much done as I had hoped but maybe my aspirations far exceed my time frame ability.  I seem to always take more than I could possibly do in a week, let alone a day.

I worked on my Farmer's Wives blocks and got the 5 for month #1 finished.  I'm adding the sashing on 2 sides as I go so it will go together quicker in the end.

I even conjured up a deal with my good friend, LaTrelle for another 1/2 yard of striped fabric I needed for my sashing for all the blocks.  I kinda got the cart before the horse and started fussing cutting the stripe fabric, even attached it to one of my blocks and then did the calculations and I was coming up 22 strip sashings short.  YIKES!!!   Ok, no big deal, I'll just call my favorite LQS, Miss Angela at Quilts With A Heart.  I was there not too long ago and thought I remembered seeing some still.   Uhhummm.  No, she doesn't have any more.  But LaTrelle bailed me out.  Thank you so much!

Here are the 5 blocks.  One block is missing the sashing on one side as I sent it with LaTrelle so make sure we had the same fabric.  Are you surprised they are red, white, and blue?

Then I worked on my paper piecing project for the up and coming blog hop .
Sew we quilt
You'll have to come back on my day to share to see what I've been up to.  I got 2 of those blocks done.  And I seem to be developing a pattern here with a fabric shortage.  I don't think I'm going to have enough of a certain fabric to finish it like I wanted.  Another good friend, Nancy thought she had my same fabric but this time I wasn't so lucky.  Nope, she didn't.  She says she knew she had it at one time but must have taken it to the Guild Stash Sale.  Does that tell you how long she and I have had that fabric?   Let's just say a VERY LONG TIME!!!!  Probably a couple of decades or so.

Today I got 2 more blocks finished for the paper piecing project.  That just leaves 2 more to go and then the pieced blocks, which are super easy, peasy.  Tomorrow Angela and I are off to the HOT (Heart of Texas) One Stop Shop Hop in Waco TX.  Our good friend Vickie at More Stars In Comanche was suppose to go with us but something came up.  We will miss her but you know that will still have lots of fun!


Tuesday, January 28, 2014


Whooo Hooo!! YAY!!  Can someone give me a hallelujah!  I finally finished quilting the Brownwood Quilter's Guild donation quilt!  It has been on my frame for 5 days and that's waaayyy tooooo long!   I can finally pass the torch quilt to the next person to put the binding and quilt label on.  The Heart of Texas Quilt Show is April 25th from 10:00 a.m.  5:00 p.m. and April 26th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  We will have a lecture from the Scarlet Today featuring 100 years of Redwork, a trunk show of Texas Beauties from Doris Rice The Quilting Queen, a presentation from Shaula Patton of the Feathered Star Quilt Shop and a presentation from Debby Maddy of The Calico Carriage.  There will also be a display of 10 years of The Best of Show Quilts.

It's from the book by Eleanor Burns Tales of First Ladies.  It is a big quilt, 94" x 104".  

I tried lots of different photos and angles but I couldn't get a good picture of the star fill in the background fabric of the applique.  

There are eagles and feathers quilted in the flying geese and a cute little zig zag in the narrow cream border.  You can kinda see the star fill in the applique background in this picture too.

The center of the quilt

I used the same star fill in the background around the eagle applique also.

Now, who would like a chance to win this quilt.  They are 6 for $5.00 (or $1 each) and a portion of the proceeds  go to a local charity.  Contact me if you would like to win this.

Sunday, January 26, 2014


This is for all my "northern" friends.  It's really not that cold outside here in Central Texas.  Actually it's 50 degrees at 8:30 p.m.  It was a beautiful day today with temps in the 70's.  I worked out in the garage some this afternoon.  I'm trying to clean, organize, and purge.  I managed to get a small section of shelving on one side of the garage tidied up.  I even found a treasure in my own garage.  It was a Pampered chef Mix n Store glass measuring bowl with a lid.  I apparently purchased it as a gift and never gave it away.  Too bad for the intended recipient.  Lord knows who that was though.

Okay, yeah back to it being cold outside.  My family in MO reports frigid temps and cold, cold wind chills and so do my dear friends in Minnesota.  Thus the reason I LOVE living in Texas.  I hate the cold, I hate the snow, I hate the ice, and I really hate the bitter wind chills.  Did I mention that I don't like cold weather?

Jo over at Jo's Country Junction reports her forecast for Monday and Tuesday is -50 degree wind chills.  That's not fit for man or beast!  She had to throw another quilt on the bed.  I personally don't think I own enough quilts to stay warm with temps like that.  And let me tell you I own A LOT of quilts.  I'm guessing she does too.

She wants to know what's on your bed so here's what's on mine.  I do have 2 quilts on there but I usually end up throwing the top one off.  This is called God Bless Texas Sampler.  I made it from the God Bless Texas pattern I designed and added sampler blocks all the way around it to make it queen size.  (Note:  I was going to refer you to my quilt patterns page so you could purchase your very own God Bless Texas pattern if you didn't already have it and I just realized that my Quilt Patterns Page is broken.  I'll have to see if I can get my blog designer/techie William to fix it.)

Under this one is something fun and makes me think of beaches, bathing suits, flip flops, and warmer times coming this summer.  

  So how many quilts do you have on your bed?  Show us what it is.  Just link up here at Jo's Country Junction and show her too.


Saturday, January 25, 2014


So two days ago, or was that just yesterday, I posted pictures about the San Saba Quilt Show.  I mentioned that they had a bed turning.  Well, you know I took pictures.  Want to see them.  Why of course you do.

I am always so intrigued by antique quilts and the stories they tell.  The workmanship if so fabulous, especially when you consider the fabrics, lighting, tools, etc. they had to work with those many, many years ago.  I'm also studying to become a certified quilt appraiser so this is right up my alley.  When the bed turning first started, I got caught up in the awe of the quilts that I forgot to take notes.  My sincere apologies to the first quilt owners for not giving you credit.   I did my best to get the names right but I may have butchered the spelling.  Again I apologize.  But I sure hope you enjoy the bed turning as much as I did.

Look at the neat quilting on this Lone Star.  We're in Texas you know, so there had to be a long star quilt at the bed turning.

This quilt belongs to a dear friend of mine, Pat Karnes.  Only I didn't know she had the treasure in her possession until they said her name.  It was made in 1842.  That, my friends, was a very long time ago!  It is in prestine condition!  I suspect that parts of the  flowers were red at one time and the green was more vibrant too.  

A nursery rhyme quilt.  The aligator is quite interesting in the lower left corner.  The only conclusion is that it goes with Captain Hook next to him.  

The State Flowers quilt was made in 1912 and is set together in alphabetic order.

The next several quilts are owned by Mary Anna Beard of Lomita.  If I understood correctly they were made by a relative Tarrell Caseveer of Brownwood TX.  This one was made in 1935.

A string quilt set together in pink, made by a man.  Assumptions are that he probably made it for one of his daughters.

Check out the back of the string quilt.  The chicken feed sacks are the backing, complete with the printing.

Indian Hatchet


Bowties from shirtings.

Jacob's ladder

This quilt the owner titled "A Quilt Without A Story" because she know nothing about it.

Another version of a butterfly quilt.

This Improved Four Patch pattern quilt does have a story.  The owner was traveling down I-35 in Texas, headed north bound when she saw what appeared to be a quilt on the side of the interstate on the southbound side.  Yes, her husband turned the car around and went back.  He pulled over to the side, the lady opened her door and snatched it up and threw it in the backseat.  Which landed on top of her daughter, dirt, grim , and all!  She said her husband barely even stopped.  She took it home and washed it and this is what she got.  So she calls it the I-35 Rescue!

Hope you enjoyed the bed turning.  The next few photos are the driving tour part of the quilt show.  I should have gotten out of the car to take more pictures but my feet were tired and I was hungry!  A girl has priorities you know.

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