Thursday, May 29, 2014


Well, I did it! I survived my baby's graduation and all the festivities leading up to it. It wasn't as hard as I had imagined it might be... still wasn't easy though. Actually reality didn't set in until the next day and the long drive back to Texas. Ten hours in the car is a long time to ponder things in his life the last 18 years. And ponder I did! I can't lie, I cried a little too. Okay, maybe more than a little but not too much; I was driving!  I completed all of his scrapbooks to present date.  Yeppers, it only took 15 of them to tell his life story from birth to now.  Now talk about pondering!  That will bring tears to your my eyes looking back through all those years of pictures and artwork and memorabilia.  A little more crying took place a time or two!  Yes, I know, I'm weepy!

He opted to stay in Missouri with my parents for the summer. He HATES the 10 hour drive back and forth to Texas and Grandma and Grandpa have far better Internet than we do here; a necessary evil to play those $*%@*&^ xbox games he plays. He's suppose to be looking for a job, and has applied several places, but motivation on his part is lacking just a tad bit (I have a feeling)! Uhmmm! (You know that mother's intuition thing.)

Oh well, it could be worse. He's a good kid, has never been in trouble, makes excellent grades, doesn't go out and party, heck he doesn't even go out period, doesn't have a girlfriend, rarely asks for money, but always asks to be fed! haha! He has been accepted at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri to attend this fall and wants to major in computer science.

Needless to say, I'm one PROUD mom!  CONGRATULATIONS WILLIAM!!!

Mom, William and Dad (Oh, and by the way, it was pretty warm in the gym so I took my jacket off that goes with the dress.  And guess what, I apparently left the jacket where I was sitting but of course, no one has turned it in after graduation!  Darn, I only wore it that one time!)

Grandma Cotten, William, Grandpa Cotten

William and Granny

I've hit the ground running since my arrival back home in Texas. I've got a mountain of quilts to quilt for customers, many with deadlines. Perhaps I should change my name to Crazy Quilting Queen or Mad Scientist Quilting Queen the way I've been going since my return. Yeah, yeah, I know the old saying, "If you play, you gotta pay" but it sure didn't feel like I've been playing the last few weeks. Playing for me would involve a sewing machine, and as you can tell, I didn't see any of that because there are no posts about me sewing, or really playing would involve a sandy beach, clear blue water, and a big ole cruise ship and trust me, I saw NONE of those things the past few weeks either.  Perhaps the King will take pity on me and arrange for that.... hint, hint! I'll have pictures and pictures of quilts and more quilts to show you in the next few days.

Sunday, May 18, 2014


Okay, it's better late than never, right?  I hope so.  I do apologize for the delay in posting this month's block and instructions.  Things are a bit hectic around here.  The baby graduates in 7 days, I'm a basket case, the Internet at my parent's house is intermittent most of the time, and my Aunt Doris passed away late Friday night after suffering with Parkinson's the last 5 years.

Here is the block for May.  If April showers from last month's umbrella blocks bring May Flowers; wonder what May Flowers will bring?  Why Pilgrims, of course.  Sorry, I just couldn't resist.

It's really a quite easy block and goes together quickly.  

Fabric #1 (Dark) - 4 - 10 1/2" x 3" rectangles
                            4 - 8" x 3" rectangles
Fabric #2 (Medium) - 4 - 8" x 3" rectangles
                                 4 0 5 1/2" x 3" rectangles
Fabric #3 (Light) - 4 - 3" x 3" squares
Fabric #4 (Background) - 20 - 3" x 3" squares
                                        4 - 3" x 5 1/2" rectangles

1.  Sew one 3"x3" background square to one light 3"x3" square.  Repeat for a total of four units.

2.  Sew the 5 1/2"x3" rectangle to the top of the unit assembled in step 1 above.  Notice placement of light color 3x3" square.

3.  Draw a diagonal line on the back of each of the remaining background squares (a total of 16).  Place one background square on the end of each medium rectangle.  Using the stitch and flip method, sew on the diagonal line, trim to 1/4" and press.  Notice the placement of the angle of the background squares.  I pressed the short 5 1/2" x 3" rectangles to the background and I pressed the 8x3" rectangles to the rectangle so they will nest together in the final assembly of the blocks.

4.  Repeat the process in step 3 for the dark rectangles.

5.  Sew the 5 1/2 x 3" medium rectangle unit to the bottom of the unit made in step 2.  

6.  Sew the remaining 8x3" medium rectangle to the right side of this block.  Repeat for a total of 4 units.

7.  Sew the 8x3" dark rectangle to the bottom of the unit made in step 5 & 6.  Sew the 10 1/2x3" dark rectangle to the right side of this block.  Repeat for a total of 4 tulip blocks.

8.  Sew each of the tulip blocks together to make the large block as shown.  It should be 20 1/2" square unfinished.  Here is the block in the another color variation.

How are you doing on your Seasonal Mystery BOM?  Are you keeping up with us?  I know some of you are as you emailed me asking where this month's block was and that you were ready for it.  I'm glad you did.  You kept me on track and you shared with me your progress.  Thank you.

Monday, May 12, 2014


Dad and I have gone to a couple of auctions the last few Saturdays.  He and I both love going.  Sometimes you get a good deal, sometimes you don't.  Sometimes you find something you just think you can't live without, sometimes you don't.   I struck it lucky on both this time.

Last Saturday we got 4 HUGE plastic totes full of fabric.  Almost all of it was nice good quality 100% cotton fabric I can use to quilt with.  Some wasn't.  I donated what wasn't and still had 4 HUGE plastic totes full of fabric for $120.  In my treasure totes I also found 2 partial Thimbleberries Block of the Month programs.  I feel certain someone else got home with my remaining BOM's but of course I have no idea who.  There was a lot of stuff that was "hodge podged" together in boxes and bags with no relationship to each other.  I think the family was so overwhelmed with all the stuff they just started throwing things into boxes to get it out.

We also picked up this sweet baby and the cabinet and carrying case it goes in.  It's a Bernina 930!
 I thought we were paying a little on the high side for it but after taking it to the repair man to have it cleaned and serviced, I found out we really didn't.  According to him we "stole" it.  I don't know about that but do feel like it was a good deal after all for $300.  And we picked up a "lot" of 9 longaberger baskets for a pretty fair price too; just $75.

Then this Saturday we got these 2 crocks for a decent price, no bargain but a fair price. The #6 crock on the left was $31 and the pickling crock with a lid and bail handle was $37.50.  I think it's a 3 gallon size.
We got two sad irons and one was a decent price at $3.  I'm going to strip the white paint when I get it home.  The other one I think was a good price at $9.  I've never seen one this large before and boy this baby is heavy!  You'd get a work out using this one.  It has the number 10 stamped on the top of the iron.  The white one has the number 8 stamped on it.

I snagged an old jar of buttons for just $2.  It's a squatty jar, probably about 6" x 6",

an old wooden ladder for $2 that I'm going to hang quilts on, and this old wire laundry basket for $9.

All in all, a great 2 weekends spent with my dad doing something we both love.


Friday, May 9, 2014


It seems here lately I'm always a day late and lots of dollars short.  I haven't posted the winners of the last three blog hops.  I used Random Number Generator to pick the numbers.  I still haven't figured out how to post a snippet from Random Number Generator with my new Mac computer.  I need to get the web master on that but he seems to be busy and has an extreme case of "senior-itis" since graduation is only 15 days away.

And the winner of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 8 is Random #199

I think I would 30s repro prints to make this! I like novelty prints, but I don't use them a lot. I guess Im more traditional!
And the winner of the Flag on a Stick Blog Hop is Random # 1

AnitaApril 1, 2014 at 11:31 PM
I like your flag!

And the winner of the Stitching Super Powers Blog hop is Random # 13

You do have many super powers lady! All of your pieces are gorgeous!
Congratulations to the three winners.  And a huge thank you to all my readers and especially those who left me a lovely, sweet comment.  I truly love it whenever a comment is left.  It makes my day!  I try to answer all those that have emails attached but sometimes the task is overwhelming!  And I recently found out the some of my comments were going to my spam folder.

Have a great Mother's Day Weekend and please come back often.  You will want to be sure to come back in time for the Perfect Picnic Blog Hop.  I've been working on my picnic quilt and it is turning out sooo cute.  Sure wish I could show you.  You know I hate to keep secrets!


Thursday, May 8, 2014


Nancy brought me a bunch of quilts (nine of them to be exact) to be quilted.  She is finishing up some of her UFO's.  I'm extremely impressed with her finishes.  I wish I could finish nine of my UFO's!!!  Most of these quilts are small wall hangings (about 40" square) but we all know sometimes they take as long or longer to make than a bed size quilt and the same goes for quilting them.  I can spend as much or more time on a small quilt than I can on a bed size quilt too.

A scrappy churn dash using one of my favorite quilting patterns; R & R nested with cream thread.

A wonky log cabin... maybe....

I love this modern quilt design on it.  And of course, some bright hot pink thread too.

I really didn't want to give this one away.  You know I'm a Texas fan.  It would look great in my Texas Beauties Trunk Show.

The quilting pattern on this is Cotton Candy in Glide Sand (gold) thread.

Yes, another great one that I would steal for my Texas Beauties Trunk Show.  This was the biggest quilt in the whole group and it was only 48" x 72".

Bluebonnets in Glide Light Turquoise (lt. blue) thread made a great compliment for the quilt.  Nancy is hanging this in her den with her "Pieces of Texas Flag" quilt I quilted for her earlier this year.

A small sampler using only 2 colors, black and white.  

It's hard to see the quilting but it's called Swan Song using black thread.

This one was probably my favorite of all the quilts.  I loved everything about it; the colors, the fabrics, the pattern.  I'm sure Nancy made this one for me.  :)

I quilted Flor De Lis pattern in gray thread.

This one reminds me of Texas although the placement of the center really isn't the Texas Flag.  But it's red, white, and blue so it's a keeper in my book!  
Just a simple meander in Glide Light Turquoise thread.

Nancy says this one was for an online quilt challenge with Quilts With A Heart.  You were given specific fabrics and had to use some of all the fabrics given to you and create your own quilt top.  

Of course I picked Stars and Hearts for the quilting pattern in cream thread.

A very simple and easy baby quilt.  A piece of focus fabric, add 2 borders and ta da!  A baby quilt.

The quilting pattern is Damask E2E in Glide Pink thread.

I hope you enjoyed the show.  And may Nancy be an inspiration to all of us to finish our UFO's; even if it's just one!   

I have winners to announce for the last 3 blog hops I've participated in.  I can't believe no one has reminded me to do that.  You could be a lucky winner and you don't even know it.  Come back tomorrow and I'll announce who they are.  

And BE SURE and come back for our Picnic Blog Hop the first week of June.  I've been busy working on my picnic quilt.  And you thought I was slacking off.


Thursday, May 1, 2014


Yep, I say it every month and this month is no different.  I can't believe how fast this month flew by.  I swear it was yesterday and the date was April 1st.  It must be a delayed April Fools Joke.  It really isn't May 1st is it?

Due to the crazy, hectic schedule I've had here lately and running up and down the road from Missouri to Texas and back, I don't have much time in the sewing room.  When I am home, I'm quilting like a crazy woman to catch up on the customer's quilts that have come in either by mail or been dropped off with my awesome King.  Are you tired of hearing about me running up and down the road yet?  I'm tired of doing it.  I'm ready to be in one place for a while!

I did start 2 things but haven't finished either one.  But that's the point of this whole NewFO challenge.  You have to start something in the month but you don't have to finish it.  Remember I AM the QUEEEN of a lot of things and starting things is one of them.

I started this very hungry caterpillar quilt for Raleigh for her 6th birthday on May 10th.  Again it seems like yesterday that she was born.  Needless to say this Nana failed miserably!  Not only will I not get the quilt finished in time for her birthday, I certainly missed the time frame to mail it to Japan and she receive it for her birthday.  I did mail her a couple of small things and promised to surprise her with more later.
It will have a pieced border around it made with a variation of the drunkards path block and will kind represent a work going around the edge of the quilt.... I think.... or at least that's my vision.

And I started my project for the Summer Picnic Hop at Sew We Quilt.  I'm very excited about it and I know you'll want to come back for the entire blog hop.  I can guarantee you that you will be inspired by all the creativeness that is happening to prepare for it.

In case you missed it, I posted about a Top Secret Project for Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 9 Blog Tour in February.  This week is the blog tour and I can finally show you that project.  And of course I named it "Top Secret".

And last month I posted about another Top Secret Project; my SuperPowers Stitching Project which I revealed during the hop a couple of weeks ago.  If you missed that you can see it again here.

And last but not least, I'm still scrapbooking.  I've completed 2011 for William and have moved on to 2012.  Mom and I are more than halfway finished with 2012 also.  I only have 2013 and the beginning of 2014 and I still have 23 days until the Graduation Party.  Awe heck, that's a piece of cake! Right??!!  Uhmmm....  Of course it is!!!

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