Saturday, March 29, 2014

LONGARM QUILTING #4 2014

Although I've been in Missouri quite a bit, when I do go home I quilt like a crazy woman to catch up on my customer's quilts.  I don't think I've shown you these.  I have quite a few more to show you but remember how I'm in Missouri.  Yeah well, my photos of the quilts are in Texas on my big camera and old laptop.  Ughh... I just can't seem to get it all together and when I do I don't put it in the right place state.

I really didn't want to give this quilt back to Linda.  You know how I LOVE barns.  Aren't these happy barns?  I wanted to show you some of my favorites close up.  I love them all but a few really stood out for me.

I just quilted a swirl pattern in white thread on this.






Lane made this for her daughter.  It's bright and springy and happy too.  It's hard to go wrong with chevron's.

White thread quilting again but used a "circles all around" pattern.

Ruby made this huge quilt for a bed.   She wanted "loose quilting" so I enlarged this pattern called Deb's Swirls a little bit and used an ecru thread.


My quilting machine has been calling me name a lot lately.  My friend Robin sent me a message and said it had called her and wanted to know if she couldn't get me to come home soon and stay there.  That my quilting machine missed me terribly!  Robin is so funny!

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Friday, March 28, 2014

TOP SECRET PROJECT

I'm working on another top secret project.  I'm so impatient when it comes to these things.  I want to show you my progress so badly!  I get so excited about creating it.  It's a good thing I am in Missouri and can show it to my mom and my sister.  They keep really good secrets and they have awesome ideas to contribute to the project when I get a crafting block.  Is that anything like writer's block?

So since I can't show you the entire project or tell you what it's for yet, how about I tease you with some random shots of the project.



Hmmm.... will curiosity kill the cat??  Are these 3 pictures all the same project?  Any guesses what it might be or how it will look?  Oh, I'm so giddy with excitement to show you.  I think it turned out perfect!


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Thursday, March 27, 2014

SNOWMAN A-Z BLOCKS

It's been a while since I posted any progress on my Snowman A-Zzzz quilt from Crabapple Hill patterns.
 I've finished the embroidery on quite a few blocks but still have several to go.  These are my latest finished blocks since the first of the year.




The first block, J for Jingle Bells looks like it's a really big block but the reality is it is half the size of the other three blocks.  Oh the power of editing digital photos.   And it's also deceiving that I finished all these since January.  Yes, I did finish all these since January but I like to do all the stitching for a particular color thread on all the blocks before I move on to the next color.  I had almost all the E &F block finished before January so there wasn't much to do to finish it up.  I had the lettering finished on the other three so again that's usually the time consuming part of the block.  

I almost have the "S Snowflake" block finished too.  I still need to do O, P, Q, R, W, X, & Z.  I have a little done on a couple of these blocks too.  There's only 7 left to finish.  YAY!   Over half way!  I really wanted to finish them all for the upcoming bloghop 
However, that obviously isn't my superpower since I don't think I'm going to get those 7 blocks finished by my post date of April 11th.  And then I couldn't do that because I can't reveal my superpower until the blog hop.  Now what do you suppose my Superpower is????

While you're trying to figure out my superpower with me, see who's waving their flags in the Flags on a Stick Blog Hop.  I'll be waving mine on April 2nd.  

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

FIVE AND DIME CHRISTMAS SAMPLER

I worked on my Five and Dime Sampler blocks that I'm doing through B & B Quilting in Buda TX.  It's a neat program.  You pay $5, get a sampler block for the month, bring it back the next month finished and pay a dime for the next one.  They also offer an "alternate" block to go with it.  A very inexpensive quilt when the program is over, if you keep up.  Oops there's always a loop hole.  You have to keep up!

While I did a pretty good job of keeping up, there is also another loop hole for me.  Buda is 2 1/2 hours away and the Five and Dime program is the 3rd Saturday of each month.  Some months I have scheduling conflicts that don't allow me to make the drive on that particular Saturday.  If it were in my own town, I could easily run down and pick up my block in 30 minutes or less but scheduling a 5 hour drive is a bit more challenging.  I can still pick up my blocks when I go the next time but it costs me $5 again, instead of the dime.  And while that is still not a very expensive BOM, it could have been less!

Now I know some of you are thinking, what about the gas money needed to get there and back.  Yes, it does cost money for the gas but I also go to pick up quilts from my customers and deliver finished quilts to my customers so that's a business expense I would have anyway.  And since we live in a small town, and very little shopping opportunity, with NO QUILT SHOP, I take that opportunity to do some monthly shopping.  Did I mention we don't have a quilt shop in Brownwood TX?

Okay, I kinda got off subject.  I started this blog post to show you the last 3 months of the Five and Dime Christmas Sampler.  Here they are:



This is the layout I'm thinking of using.  I think I want the background to be a red, like the pool table top in this picture.  I think the tree will get lost if I use a cream color.  What do you think?  Or I could use a green??  I'm also going to make a small 5" sawtooth star in gold for the top block, instead of the churndash block that I have laid out up there.  I'll then have 4 alternate churndash blocks left over and I'm going to use them as cornerstones in the outer border.  



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Monday, March 24, 2014

JUNKIN' AGAIN

My sister and I went "Junkin" on Saturday.  I personally love to go the the "flea markets" or "antique shops" that don't have shiny, bright, clean windows and may be off the beaten path just a little.  They tend to have better deals and prices.  Sometimes a little scavenging is required but that's part of the thrill of the find!

We however, went to the bright shiny window flea markets yesterday, but still found some good deals.  Not everything I'm going to show you I got yesterday.  I went by myself a couple of weeks ago locally and found some of these things.

First up is a set of 5 embroidered tea towels.  While the quality of the tea towel fabric could be just a little nicer, the quality of the embroidery was very nice.  One of the quilt groups I'm in, Loose Threads, exchanges tea towels.  Bingo, I have my gifts for that taken care of.

Then I found a nice large jar.  It will work great in my studio and will hold lots of cool things!  I love the large wide mouth on it.  I can get my hand all the way down in there.  I set a pint jar next to it just to show you the size.  The tag says it's an old coffee jar.  It's larger than a quart, maybe a half gallon??

I also picked up another insulator in the blue glass.  I'm going to set it in the window ledge in my bathroom, next to the smaller one I already have in there.

I got this intricate doily for a song.  It reminded me of the lemoyne star quilt pattern.  My first thought is to applique it to a background and make a focal center block for a quilt or wall hanging.

I also snagged this nice antique iron for only $8!


The King works for the 3M Company, sometimes more affectionately known as the Scotch Tape Company and any time I see an old Scotch product I always get it for him.   Score, there was a small tin and a large one!

Then I got another basket for my Longaberger basket collection.  I used to sell Longaberger baskets about 18 years ago an sold them for about 5 years so it's safe to say I own a couple or two! However I don't own all the the baskets in the JW collection.  There are 12 in the collection and they have a brass tag identifying them.  I own 3 and now 4. They are highly collectible and the early years are very hard to find.   I will probably never own all 12 of them as the first 2-3 will cost way more than my pockets are deep enough for.  I got this one for a very good price too!


Another product I used to sell, some uhmm... 30 years ago was Princess House Crystal.  I had a ton of that stuff.  Then when the King and I got married, I moved it more than once and decided enough was enough and sold almost all of it at an auction house.  There were lots of unique pieces and some only available to consultants.  It only brought pennies on the dollar and made me sick.  Now fast forward a decade or so and the King is now in management and we entertain on occassion, I sure could have used some of that crystal.  I picked up this compote bowl for only a couple of dollars.

While this isn't mine, I spotted it for Rhonda and she snagged it for herself.  It was a good deal, only $30, and in really good shape. A nice find for her.  Some of the pink is faded more than others, which tells me the pink fabric isn't all the same.  It only has one brown spot on the back and I think that will come out with some Retro Clean soak.


My last purchase of the day was a fun, what in the world will I do with this, kind of purchase.  But I just couldn't pass it up.  I've blown $15 on lunch many times and had nothing to show for it but a few extra pounds, so why not have this?  How cool is it??  Will I ever use it?  Probably not, but it will look very fitting in my studio with my other "blast from the past" things I don't really need.  Besides, I have to leave plenty of junk for my kids to sift through when I've crossed over to the other side.  And I give the packers and movers job security!


Do you go "junkin" or are you trying to get rid of your "junk" treasures?  I hope you enjoyed the hunt with me.








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Friday, March 21, 2014

SPRING TABLE RUNNER UPDATE

I posted last week about making a SPRING TABLE RUNNER for my sister and showed you the flower head blocks.  I did finish the top before I left to come to Missouri,  but with my knee, I didn't get it quilted.  By the way, I went to an orthopedic doctor today in Fort Scott KS and I got some really great news about my knee.  He didn't do an MRI yet.  He didn't feel it was necessary.  He thought it was a torn legiment in my knee and told me it was just going to take a while to heal.  It IS doing better, just not much to brag about.  He gave me exercises to do twice daily as well.  I'm to go back in 3 weeks unless I think I don't need to or unless I think it's not getting any better; at which time I should go back sooner.  I'm going to go with the optomistic route and say that I am going to have to cancel my appointment.  YAY!!!

I was a little nervous about whether or not Rhonda would like it, which was another contributing factor to it not being quilted.  However, Rhonda loved it so I'll get it quilted when I get back home and mail it back to her.  She says she can use it on her big harvest table until time for her 4th of July decorating.


So what do you think?  I think the flowers on the picket fence are pretty darn cute.  I'm going to quilt a flower in the plain cream colored blocks in green thread.  I'm not sure why I'm focusing too much on that middle section though.  Rhonda has a large primitive type wooden oblong bowl that she sets in the middle so it will cover up most the the quilting/table runner anyway.  You'll probably only see the flowers on each end anyway.  





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LOG CABIN HOUSES BOM

Today I worked on catching up on my Log Cabin Houses Block of the Month with Quilts With A Heart.

Last month I brought it with me to MO but I made an oopsie!  I cut out the block for month 2 but tried making the block with the directions for month 1!  Needless to say that didn't work too well and I didn't have any extra fabric with me so I had to wait until I got back home to re-cut the pieces.  In the mean time Month 3 come out and Angela at Quilts With A Heart is planning for her daughter's wedding the 29th of this month so she went ahead and gave us Month 4 too.

Here are my Month 2 blocks.

And my month 3 blocks

And my month 4 blocks.


I love log cabin blocks but I think they are so boring to make.  I figured maybe I'd be okay just making 2 blocks per month and Angela pre-cuts the "logs" so I don't have to dig through my stash to make it scrappy.  However, I do have to dig through my stash for the houses.  But I'm trying to coordinate the houses with the logs cabin blocks for the month so I can narrow my stash busting for the house blocks. Does that make sense?

Yay!  I'm caught up on this BOM..... so far!
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Thursday, March 20, 2014

RUFFLES & HEARTS WINNER

I have 2 winners to announce.  I realized I never posted the winner of the charm pack from the HUGS AND KISSES Blog Hop and I need to post the winner of the RUFFLES Blog Hop.  So here it is:

The winner of the RUFFLES Blog Hop is #10.  (I would show you my snippet of my random number generator but I have this new MAC computer and I can't figure out where my snippet tool is or even if I have one!)  You'll have to trust me on this one.

#10 says Elizabeth CoughlinMarch 14, 2014 at 6:11 AM
Your quilt is most definitely "ruffilicious!" And that tent...so creative and beautiful!
I have sent you an email for your address.

AND

The winner of the HUGS AND KISSES Blog Hop is #13

#13 says CynthiaFebruary 14, 2014 at 2:43 AM
I love your flirt quilt and the label is beautiful! I really like how you used blue in your quilt :)
Cynthia, your blogger profile is private.  If you email me, I can still award your prize.  If I don't hear from you in 2 days, I'll draw another winner.

Thanks to everyone for stopping by and leaving me a comment and following me.  You have no idea how much your words mean to me.

Get ready for the next blog hop

I've been working on my flag(s) and I can't wait to share it with you.  



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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

IRON CLEANING

Do you have gunk and build up on your iron?  I know I do from time to time; especially when I work on a t-shirt quilt.  Tricot interfacing, unless you use a pressing cloth, will leave a residue on our iron and so will "batting tape" (which is nothing more than tricot interfacing cut into strips).  I've purchased iron cleaning pastes and one in particular works pretty good.  It's not extrememly pricey; around $4-5 per tube but if your iron is really yucky, it's not hard to use most, if not all of the tube in one cleaning.
Then a friend in Guild shared this blog post with all of us.   I love "homemade" rememdies.  They are so much cheaper.  A whole box of baking soda is less than a $1.  And it works!  She also shared how to clean the inside of your iron too.  Now why didn't I think of this?  I knew you used vinegar to clean the inside of a coffee maker, even though I'm not a coffee drinker.  Of course it would work the same with an iron.

So, go get your iron, some baking soda, vinegar, and get to cleaning.  I want to see bright, shiny clean irons!
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Thursday, March 13, 2014

RUFFLES BLOG HOP

Welcome to my day of the RUFFLES Blog Hop.  I'm not really a RUFFLES kind of girl.  I rarely wear them, don't really have many in my home so what am I doing here?  Living vicariously through them I guess.  For some reason I'm attracted to RUFFLES.  I made plenty of things with RUFFLES when this baby was a little girl but that was a long time ago. 



I even made "country" curtains back in the 80's for the two large picture windows in my living room but again that was a long time ago.

So now what was I going to make this time? My RUFFLER attachment for my sewing machine became my new best friend.  I had to dust it off since my youngest baby who turned 18 on 2/29 2/28 (yes, he's a leap year baby) sure isn't the RUFFLING kind of guy!

After I signed up for the RUFFLES Hop, I was out in the garage cleaning and ran across this old tent.

 Remember that baby that turned 18?  He used to play many hours in this tent I made for him.  I almost threw it out as it obviously has seen better days.  And then it occurred to me.  Hey, I could re-vamp that tent for the grands.  The girls would love to play in it and it could have ruffles this time.  So RUFFLES it is!  Isn't that a major improvement!?

Even the "buttons" that have velcro behind them to keep the tent closed is ruffled.


Then I thought since I'm the Quilting Queen, they need a quilt to put in the bottom, with RUFFLES of course!  So I started out with a jelly roll, thinking the quilt would only be a small lap size.  However, the quilt grew, and grew, and now it's a generous twin size and it's too big for the tent.  I have a new respect for those who quilt their quilts on a domestic machine.  My neck, shoulders, arms, and back hurt just from wrestling a walrus quilt to sew those RUFFLES on and they weren't even in the middle of the quilt.  They were along the edge.  You girls who do that have some pecks on your arms!  I'm naming this quilt "Ruffilicious".



YoYo's are ruffles too, right?  They are gathered up and a ruffled it gathered.  (wink, wink)

And my RUFFLED label.  



Many, many thanks for our fearless leader Mdm Samm at Sew We Quilt for organizing this RUFFLES Blog Hop and to our awesome cheerleader Amy at Sew Incredibility Crazy for all those encouraging words and keeping us on track.  Also a huge thank you to our sponsors for their generosity.  And last but not least for the participants in the hop that create and inspire us.  Hop on over and see what they RUFFLED up.

March 14th
The Quilting Queen Online (You're in the Queen's Palace)
Oh and since you made it all the way through this long RUFFLED post, I have a giveaway.  It's a cute RUFFLED trim kitchen towel.
 I didn't RUFFLE it, I ran out of time, my knee slowed me down, and the price was right.  Just leave me a comment and tell me what you have RUFFLED (or want to RUFFLE).  For additional chances, follow my blog, follow me on Twitter and re-tweet on Twitter, follow me on Facebook, and/or share this post on Facebook.  You now have 5 chances for a win.  The giveaway is open to anyone, I'll ship internationally.  Now go get all RUFFLED up!

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