Monday, June 30, 2014

LET THE COUNTDOWN BEGIN

Oh boy, am I getting excited!  I'm in countdown mode.  It's only 8 more "sleeps" until I see my babies home from Japan.  They are actually already in the states.  They have been at their other grandparents home in Arizona.  And by the looks of things in pictures, the other grandparents are having the time of their life with them too.  I'll travel to Missouri to see them as I'm the only one who lives in Texas and it wouldn't be fair to the rest of the family if I hogged them all to myself.  I'll be nice and share!

I have so many things I want to do with them, mostly just hug and kiss them to fill my sugar tank up!  Poppy wants to take them someplace fun and I am taking them on a picnic with my picnic quilt.  Stay tuned to see what fun we'll have.
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Saturday, June 28, 2014

LONGARM QUILTING #9 2014

It has been a while since I posted pictures of any longarm quilting.  I have been extremely busy and have plenty to share with you.  Before I do, I wanted to update you on my Picnic Quilt progress.  The quilting is completed on the Picnic Quilt, the binding is finished but I'm not ready to share it with you yet.  Raliegh and Kameron will be here in July and we are going on a picnic.  That's when I'll show it to you.  This Nana is sooo excited!  I've been seeing lots of pictures on Facebook that the other grandparents have been posting.  It looks like they are having the time of their life ( both the grandparents and the grandkids).

Speaking of grandkids, LaTrelle made two of these adorable 3-D Butterfly quilts for her two granddaughters that were coming to visit from Colorado.  When I was quilting them I felt like the butterflies could just fly right off that quilt.






I love this Churn Dash quilt pattern that Janie used.  That lime green that makes a secondary pattern just made this quilt pop.


 And Janie also made this two color quilt.  How can you go wrong with red and white in a Jacob's Ladder pattern.  Well, you just can't!

Mary Jane bought these cute little cowpoke embroidery blocks already embroidered from the girls at Front Porch Quilts in Benjamin TX.  The price was pretty darn good too.  I know because I bought a set too.  Would you embroider these for less than $4 a block.  Not me, which is why I bought them.  I just haven't made mine into a quilt yet.  


 The ladies at Pompey Mountain Baptist Church has this Blooming Brick pattern down.  I bet they can make it without even looking at the directions.  Every time I see it, I love it though.  They all look so different.  Lawana made this one.




That's all for this time.  I don't want to overload you with too many pictures.  But remember, I've been BUSY!  I still have quite a few more to share with you.  

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

RETREAT PROJECTS

My quilting girlfriends ran away for the weekend to the Wimberley Quilt Ranch in Wimberley Texas this weekend.  It's our Tri-annual Girls Retreat Weekend.  We usually go in July but the weekend we wanted was booked so we went in June.

As usual, there was lots of laughter, good food, a trip to the local quilt shops and lots and lots of sewing.  Here are some projects we finished.  It's not everything, just some highlights of some of the things everyone worked on.

Jan made this Turning Twenty quilt.

 I was doing a "pattern test" for Amy and Sew Incredibly Crazy.  Pattern tested, corrections sent to Amy and is ready for me to quilt.  It was very easy and quick to make.  Sorry, I can't show you pictures yet.  Amy isn't quite ready to reveal it.  She will be in just a few days.


 Sheila finished this French Roses Quilt.


Donna recently retired from teaching after many, many years.  We all made 2 blocks, Jan set it together, and I quilted it.  We gave it to her as a retirement gift this weekend.  I'll have more pictures of it on a future blog post showing the quilting.  Donna worked the entire time on a double wedding ring quilt for her daughter-in-law but no pictures.  Sorry!
 Another UFO finished.  These are my blocks from the Five and Dime BOM at B & B Quilting in Buda TX
 I made this bag for Raleigh (my granddaughter) for her barbies.  Carla at Just Let Me Quilt has an awesome tutorial for this bag on her blog.  You can find it here.

Linda and Vickie made these Strata Star Table Toppers.  They both used the same fabrics, just in a different order in the strip set.

They also each made this bright and cheery quilt.  This one is Linda's but Vickie has one too.


 Priscilla worked on her Log Cabin Houses BOM at Quilts With A Heart.
 My sister Rhonda is going to have a new table runner, just in time for the Fourth of July.  I found a similar one on Pinterest but there was no pattern.  Mine is a little different because I messed up created a new design opportunity.  I sent her a picture and she said she loved it!
 Angela worked, and worked, and worked to finish this.  It's a BOM at the Honey Bee Quilt Shop in Austin TX.  Sorry, I don't remember the name of the pattern.
 Sheila is making ANOTHER French Roses quilt.

My last project at the retreat was to make this lone star.  I will add my sampler blocks I've been making for the Quilted Angels Online Challenge to the 4 corners and triangles.  

After all this sewing, it was time to put our feet up and enjoy the screened porch at the Quilt Ranch.  


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Monday, June 16, 2014

IS THIS YOUR FAMILY'S QUILT

I acquired this quilt a few years ago from a man who bought it at a garage sale in Blanket, Texas. I bought it from him in hopes that I might locate an heir of some of the names on the quilt.  Sadly, it's been neglected, both by lack of care over the years and my neglect of not doing anything to find it's owner.


Obviously it's a signature quilt, made from June to September 1924, or at least that's when the names are signed on the blocks.  There are 20 blocks with the embroidered names listed below, all hand pieced and hand quilted.  And based on the information on two of the blocks, I'm also guessing it originated in Carrizo Springs, Texas which is a small town in south Texas near the border.





The names on the blocks of the quilt are as follows:

Josphene Hale Carrizo Springs Texas 7-8-24
Bessie Saunders 6-26-24
Leldon Saunders 6-24-24
Buna Hale 7-17-24
Elvin Hale 8-27-24
Floyd Hale 8-27-24
Clayton Saunders 6-24-24
Erla Bell Swafford 9-12-24
Denfer Hale 7-14-24
Elzora Railsback 6-24-24
Mamie Bagwell 8-5-24
Claud Hale 7-14-24
Victor Railsback 6-24-24
Russell Saunders 6-24-24
Dora Railsback 6-24-24
Ada Swafford 9-12-24
Miss Beulah Hale, Carrizo Springs Texas 7-8-24

If you know anyone who might be a descendant of any of these people, please share this post with them and ask them to get in touch with me.  I would love to put the quilt in their possession.

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

MYSTERY SEASONAL SAMPLER #6 - 2014

Can you believe this month is halfway through with the blocks for the Mystery Seasonal Sampler?!  My how time does fly!  This month's block is  4 basket blocks.


CUTTING DIRECTIONS
Background Fabric
16 - 3" squares
4 - 2 7/8" squares cut in half once on the diagonal
8 - 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles
4 - 2 1/2" squares

Fabric Color #1
4 - 3" squares
2 - 4 7/8" squares cut in half once on the diagonal

Fabric Color #2
12 - 3" squares

ASSEMBLY

1.  On the back of each 3" background square, draw a diagonal line.  Place a background square with 12 color #2 squares and 4 color #1 squares.  Sew 1/4" on each side of the diagonal line.  Cut apart on sold line.  Press seam to dark (or press seam open).  Trim to 2 1/2".  You will have 24 background/color #2 half square triangles and 8 background/color #1 half square triangles






2.  Place a 2 7/8" triangle on each side of background/color #2 half square triangle as pictured below. Sew together to make this triangle unit.  Press seams to background triangle.  Make a total of 4 units.


3.  Place a 4 7/8" color #1 triangle with the triangle unit made in Step 2 and sew together.  Press to large triangle.  Make a total of 4 units.


4.  Sew 3 background/color #2 half square triangles together end to end as shown.  Watch placement of color.  Press to color #2 side.  Make a total of 4 units.

 5.  Sew 2 background/color #2 half square triangles together end to end as shown.  Watch placement of color.  Make 4 of these units.
 6.  Sew the 2 half square triangle unit made in step 5 to the side the square unit made in step 3 as shown below.  Make a total of 4 of these units.

7.  Sew a 3 half square triangle unit made in step 4 to the unit made in step 6 as shown.  Make a total of 4 of these units.

 8.  Sew a background/color #1 half square triangle to the end of a 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" background rectangle as shown.  Watch placement of color.  Make a total of 4 of these units.

9.  Sew the unit made in step 8 to the unit made in step 7 as shown.  

 10.  Sew a 2 1/2" background square to a background/color #1 half square triangle.   Then sew a 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" background rectangle to the other side of the background/color #1 half square triangle as shown.  Make a total of 4 units.
 11.  Sew the unit made in step 10 to the unit made in step 9 as shown.  Make a total of 4 basket blocks.  The block should measure 8 1/2" unfinished.
 12.  Sew the 4 baskets blocks together as shown to make the block 16 1/2" unfinished.


Here is the second block in the other color way.  I'm pleased with both blocks although the block below is bright and cheery like the one above.  And of course my favorite is bright and cherry.

How are you doing on your blocks?  Are you keeping up?  Next month along with the block I will also give instructions for the pieced border that you can work on as you like, a little at a time.



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