Monday, November 30, 2015

Lone Star Flimsy Finsih

Another Flimsy is in the history books.  I use the strip piecing method to make these Lone Star quilts.  I have made so many of them over the years, I think I could make them in my sleep.  I've taught countless classes on how to make them as well.  At one point in my life (back in the late 80's) I was even making them for a consignment shop in Eureka Springs, AR.  This time I wanted to try to see if I could make one from a jelly roll and I could!  I only had to add 1 cream colored strip to the collection to make it work.  I think I made this one about 4-5 years ago.

Lots of feathers, and curly ques, and pearls, oh my!

Some how I managed to quilt one of the curly ques in the center diamond twice.  I'll have to rip one of the stitching lines out.  It stands out like a sore thumb!


Saturday, November 28, 2015

Quilting Eye Candy Minis

Yay some quilting came my way.  Pat in Buda TX is notorious for making Jo Morton mini's.  She does a fabulous job!  This one is only 12" x 18" (if my memory serves me correctly).

I quilted it in Glide Light Tan using the "Cotton Candy" pattern by Anne Bright.

Another one from Pat and the Jo Morton Club.  Same size as the one above.

I used Glide Light Tan Thread again and "Feathers Allover" by Deb Geissler.

The last one Pat sent me is 15" square, still from Jo Morton Club.

Glide Light Tan Thread and the "Baptist Fan".

I'm always amazed at Pat's color choices and her amazing piecing skills.  I think these flying geese are about 1/2" x 1"!  Now that's small!


Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

My granddaughter Raleigh is in the 2nd grade.  One of her assignments was to write a creative story about a turkey in disguise.  Also part of the assignment was to "dress" the turkey for the story.  

This is her Turkey Santa all dressed up.  

Pretty creative if you ask me.  Oh but wait, I'm her Nana!  

I didn't see the final story but her idea was to dress the turkey like Santa so no one would know it was a turkey and it wouldn't get ate for Thanksgiving dinner.

Our turkey didn't have a disguise!  It got ate for Thanksgiving Dinner.  


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

More Dear Jane Blocks

I making more progress on my Dear Jane Red/White/Blue Quilt.  All the blocks for Row B are finished.  Whoo Hoo!!!

Finally!  An Easy one... 
B-13 Four Corner Press

Wow, that's little and how did I get lucky to get those squares fussy cut?

B-10 Jud's Trophy

Believe it or not, I DID NOT paper piece this one!  
B-6 Wild Goose Chase

Moving on the Row C

Another Easy one!
C-1 Trooper Green's Badge

C-3 Rayelle's Fence

And now I'm back to some harder ones so progress might not be quite so fast.


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Doing the Shuffle

Are you Doing the Shuffle?  The Moda Shuffle that is....   I wasn't going to.  I already have enough UFO's.  But I save the patterns and instructions.... just in case I changed my mind or wanted to do it later.  Guess what?  I changed my mind.... I'm Doing The Shuffle.  There are lots of shops offering the blocks but I'm getting mine from Angela at Quilts With A Heart.  And she offered a challenge.  Of course I had to do it.    

So My "Doing the Shuffle" turned into "Doing the Hustle"! 

 I had to post blocks by 11/22 on her Facebook page.

I made the deadline.  Now we'll see if I win the $20 gift certificate.

Each block measures 6" finished.  Six inches is very "do-able" without much fret.  Those tiny 4 1/2" blocks I'm doing for the Dear Jane Quilt are a different story.  

So far the block have been pretty easy-peasy!  

It's completely scrappy.

And bright!

I need bright and happy this dreary winter!

Each week we get 3-4 new block patterns.  I can't wait to see what's next.  This is fun!  Join me and "Do the Shuffle" too.  


Monday, November 23, 2015

Lighting up the Dark Side

Since our move to DeKalb, I've been dealing with a "dark kitchen".  Ugh, don't you know I'm old and blind.  I NEED light, lots of light.  Then the time changed and it gets dark at 5:00 p.m. and now my kitchen is even darker without light coming through the window over the sink.  This is the dark kitchen before.

So my mission over the past weekend was to Light Up the Dark Side Kitchen.  You can see the black counter tops don't help either.  My window is just the left of the photo.

I installed florescent lighting under the cabinet in the corner, and to the right of the stove.  I installed more florescent lighting at the top of the cabinets too.  I had the King check the lights in the ceiling fan.  Surely some of them had to be burnt out.  Nope, but they were all lit up but they were only 40 watt light bulbs.  Who designed that ceiling fan?  Or better yet, who made the decision to install it in a kitchen.  It's a beautiful ceiling fan/light fixture but no wonder my kitchen is so dark.  I had him replace the bulbs with 60 watt bulbs.  It was the largest watt bulb that is available for the small socket.    Here is the update.

It is brighter in there, still not great but better than it was.  I'm not sure the photos show that it is brighter but really it is a little.  There are additional cabinets to the left of the window as well.  I'm going to add lights under that portion of the cabinet and above the cabinets there too.  Of course, if I spent more time in my studio, I wouldn't need more lighting in the kitchen.   I wonder how that would go over with the guys.   Hmm......


Sunday, November 22, 2015

Good Bye Flip Flops & Winners

If you've been watching the weather, you most likely know the Chicago area got it's first snow of the year.  It happened on 11/20/15.  William pointed out that "old timers" say that what ever day it snows on will determine how many snows we'll have the rest of the winter.  Ugh!  20 more snows!!!  YUCK!

This was the view from my studio window on Friday 11/20/15 about noon.

And this was my view on Saturday.

When it started about 5:00 p.m. on Friday, one of the members of this household couldn't have been happier.  He was so excited.  We ran a few errands just as it started.  He was dancing in the streets parking lot!  And of course, no jacket!  It was amazing he had on jeans instead of shorts!

This is what we had Saturday morning.

It snowed, and snowed, and snowed... ALL DAY Saturday.

And look who had so much fun in it.

The King finally got to use his snow blower.  He bought it right after he moved here in March.  He was so disappointed it didn't snow anymore last spring.  NOT ME.  I said if it kept the snow at bay, it was the best money we spent.  

This poor little birdie was trying to find a warm place to stay.  

Poor thing was shivering and cold.  William and I watched it for quite a while on the deck.  Of course we were snug and warm in the house.

So it's good bye to my flip flops for now.  I felt like a mom dropping her child off at the day care and the child clinging to her leg begging her not to go.  That's what my flip flops are saying to me.  No, no don't leave me in this closet.  Oh don't worry, I'll be back for them in 4-5 hours days weeks months.  Maybe sooner when I take off to Arizona or Texas.  

AND WE HAVE WINNERS... 5 of them.... for the Drop In For A Spell Freebie Friday Post.  
Go check out who the lucky 5 are that won the patterns from Oh My Bloomin Threads here.  Please email me with your address so I can send you the pattern.  I've already heard from 3 of you.  Just waiting on 2 more.

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