Monday, April 28, 2014


Welcome to Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 9 Blog Tour.  I'm so excited to be able to share with you my block.  This is my second time to be featured in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks and it is such an honor.  My block this time is scrappy in nature.  You see, I recently took a class from Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville's Quips and Snips.  It was called Strip Twist.  I'm now obsessed with scrappy.  Not that I've made any scrappy quilts with my newly inspired knowledge.  But my creative wheels started turning after the class and I designed this block.

Here is my block in red, white, and blue that was submitted for the magazine.  Those of you who know me knew I'd have to do it in that color combo.

However, here's another color option that's just as fun.  It's bright, and fun, and happy!  I called it my Top Secret Quilt.  It's always so hard to keep the block a secret before it comes out in the magazine.  I used some fabrics from Blank Quilting's line called A Sewing Kit.

It looks like my label it crooked but it really isn't.... I don't think.... I think it's just the photographer.  She needs to learn to take better pictures (wink, wink)!!

Quiltmaker shows my block as a foundation pieced block but when I made the blocks, I didn't use the foundation pieced method.  I sewed my strips together in 2 different color sets and then used the "stitch and flip" method to make the flying geese.  Either will work, it just whatever your preference is.  

By using the stitch and flip method, you will have extra that you cut off.  I saved those pieces and made half square triangles out of them.  I intended to show you my project using them but life got in the way.  I have a son who is a senior this year and plays on the golf team.   Needless to say, things are a bit hectic with his schedule and up and coming graduation right now.  You'll have to check back the first part of June (after graduation) to see what I did with them.

So.... How will you make your block?  What color option will you use?  Do you like to use fun, novelty prints in your quits?  Which method will you use to piece it together?

The editors of Quiltmaker are giving away a free issue of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 9 to one lucky winner.  Be sure to leave me a comment and tell me if you like to make quilts with fun, novelty type prints of if you're a more traditional kind of quilter!  Make sure you're not a "no-reply blogger".  I can't give you the magazine if I can't contact you.  After you leave me your sweet comment, hop on over to Quiltmaker's Quilty Pleasures Blog and see the others participating in the blog tour.

Be sure and come back for the Perfect Picnic Blog Hop coming May 23rd thru June 9th.

It's sure to involve a picnic quilt, a picnic basket, a picnic menu, fun picnic activities, and a picnic date with someone special.  



Prom 2014 has gone down in the history books and this mom survived the last child's experience.  I sometimes think he's worse than a girl.  He was excited and nervous; although I doubt he would ever admit that.  I was out and about running a few errands Saturday morning when I received a text from him wanting to know if I was about done.  I replied just about, what's up?  He replied you need to get home and help me get ready to go.  Now keep in mind the time was 11:00 a.m. and he didn't need to be at his first destination until 1:15 p.m.  There's no hair to fix, no makeup to apply, none of the girly stuff, just put the tux on, snap a few pictures at home and go.... right?

So when I got there, he's changing his clothes, has his black sox on, still in shorts and t-shirt and  he says "oh my gosh, my legs are already sweating!"  He cracks me up!

Now don't you think he cleans up pretty nice?
 You can take the kid out of Texas but it looks like Texas came with him or at least this metal cactus did.  (Actually mom bought this on one of her trips to Texas.)

And this is his beautiful date Makayla

They went to the Gobbler's Roost in rural Nevada, MO to eat a nice dinner with 4 other couples, someplace they would rarely get to go to eat.  The food is fabulous, portions are generous but it's a tad pricey!  But it's very nice for a treat once in a while or a special occasion.

Then it's off to line up for the "Walk-in"; a new experience for William.  Here in little po-dunk Nevada, MO they make a big deal about Prom Walk-ins.  The radio station broadcasts it live, they announce the kid's names and modes of transportation as they arrive and they walk up the sidewalk to "The Great Gatsby Gala" in the high school gym with half the town watching.
William and Makayla walking in.  Their transportation was that big black jacked up truck in the background.

That's a long walk up the sidewalk, across to the gym entrance with a lot of eyes on you.

The public was allowed to pre-view the decorations in the gym on Saturday morning and here are a few of the pictures I took.

The entrance

A photo op

The kids reported to have had a ROARING GOOD TIME AT THE GATSBY GALA!


Saturday, April 26, 2014


It seems I'm always a day late and a few dollars short.  I'm behind again on posting pictures of quilts I have been quilting.  I know I've said it before but I'm saying it again.  The best part of quilting for the public is seeing all the variations of patterns and fabrics my customers use.  I get so inspired by their work.

Karen does fabulous embroidery.  She and her husband own several Model T vehicles.  She made this quilt to use in the Model T to keep her warm.  I don't believe there are any heaters in this old Model T's.

I quilted a pattern called Wind Swirls in white thread.

Kathy does a lot of New York Beauty Quilts.  Usually they are in miniature form but this one isn't.  She made it for her daughter.

I quilted the Damask pattern in Mother Goose Tan thread.

Anita loves to paper piece.... I think... anyway she does a lot of it.  I just love the paper pieced borders on it too.

I quilted Circles All Around in black thread.

Kathleen also does beautiful handwork.  She framed her Christmas blocks in something a little less traditional; pink. 

 I did some custom quilting on this one.

Another one of Kathleen's great works with fabric.  A simple pattern but lovely still.

I quilted Curls in the Garden in Mother Goose Tan thread.

This is a huge quilt that Cherie made.  I don't know who it's for but she said do something manly on it.  

I quilted the pattern Fern Damask in Glide Lt. Turquoise thread on it.

I especially love it when I get a quilt in that has been made from a pattern I designed.  Cheryal made this for her son who is a Texas Ranger.  She modified the pattern a bit and appliquéd a star on the blue part of Texas.  The original pattern is a pieced sawtooth star.  
I used a pattern that Nancy at Wasatch Quilting designed for me.  It has hats, boots, horseshoes, the state of Texas, the outline of a Texas Ranger's badge and a pistol.  Glide Light Blue Turquoise thread was used to quilt it.

Hope you enjoyed the quilt show.  I still have more to show you but it will have to wait until after the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 9 Blog Tour coming up on April 28th.  See you then. 

Oh, and Prom is this evening.  You know I'll have photos of a handsome young man and his beautiful date to show you.  


Friday, April 25, 2014


Today I taught a class at Nine Patch Quilts in Nevada, Missouri.  I taught the class Pieced Applique using the technique in Penny Haren's book Pieced Applique.

I was fortunate enough to take the class from Penny herself back in November, 2008.  It was a weekend retreat and was absolutely fabulous!  There was so much to learn from Penny and she is a lot of fun to be around.  Since that time I've taught the class a couple of times myself.  Of course, I don't do it justice compared to Penny.

It's really an easy process.  You piece a base block, such as a nine patch, pinwheel, etc. and then add the "appliqué" templates made from card stock/freezer paper combo to make the block look like a really complicated, intricate block.  After the pieces are appliquéd down, you remove the paper templates in warm water, allow them to dry and then press and final square up.  

Here is the first quilt I made.  Penny requested it for a quilt show in Shipshewana, IN for a car/quilt show featuring quilts made using her technique.  

Here are a few of the blocks I demonstrated in class and then worked on while the students were working on theirs.  The first quilt I made, I appliquéd the pieces on by hand as I was traveling on my many trips to Missouri in the car.  The second quilt I'm working on, I'm doing the appliqué by machine.  Although the machine appliqué is much faster, I think I prefer the hand appliqué.  The  technique also lends itself well to fussy cut a lot of block pieces.  
The first 4 blocks have been appliquéd down but the templates are still in tact.  

The last four blocks have had the templates removed and are waiting to dry so that I can press them and do a final square up.  

Are you surprised to see red, white, and blue AND Texas in one quilt?  You shouldn't be!  You all know me too well.  

The ladies in my class today caught on very fast.  They did a fabulous job on their blocks and no one wanted to go home when the class was over.  In fact, some stayed over and made another block. 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


I know most of you think I'm a "basket case" a lot of the times.  And, realistically I probably am! but this time it's a good deal that I'm a basket case!

Back in the day... ummhhhmmm... some 20 years ago, I was a consultant for Longaberger Baskets and lets just say I have a few baskets.  Okay, I have quite a few baskets.   Okay, Okay, I have a lot too many baskets.  Now how is that possible?  You can never have too many baskets if you ask me.  Apparently my mom, sister, and nieces don't think you can have too many either.  I know for a fact my mom and my sister have WAY more baskets than I do.  In fact I think my sister takes the prize for the most baskets owned!

Meanwhile, back at the ranch basket house, my niece calls and says she knows a lady who has a bunch of baskets for sale.  Do we want to go with her to look at them?

This is what we saw.

So we're shopping, and looking, and drooling and I said to the lady, what do you want for all the baskets?  She hem-hawed for a second or two and said how about $$$ for everything!  Before I could even open my mouth, my sister shouted "SOLD".  I didn't even have time to react.  We loaded up the whole she-bang for a song or maybe I should say "happy dance"!  

By the time we got home, it was too late to divide them up so we're going to do that this evening.  I can't wait to see what I'll get out of the deal.  There are a couple of baskets that I have my eye on.  The lids have quilt blocks appliqued on them.  They are really calling my name.
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