Thursday, December 31, 2015

A Vintage Christmas Craft

Oh my goodness, look what Mom and I found in the basement when I helped them move last January.  Wow, I can't believe it's been almost a year since then!

 This is the true meaning of "Throwback Thursday"!  I remember making this for my Grandma Larson one year.... Like maybe 1974 or 1975????   My mom made it from canning jar rings.  These are all of her grandkids (my cousins) that year.  This is my grandma Larson that year.

Look at these cuties!  That's my youngest sister Jacque on the top.  Of course she probably thinks she's the angel on the tree!

And awe, how about these sweet little girls.... The Queen herself on the right and my younger sister Rhonda on the left.  I can't believe it's been around, and survived, 40+ years!

Speaking of Throwback Thursday, how about these groovy outfits.  Many times my mother made matching outfits for all 3 of us.  I remember both this pink plaid outfit and the brown/orange/pink one below too.  I think I even got some white go-go boots to go with them that year for Christmas!

Sorry about the quality of the pictures.  Back then I think we were probably lucky to even have a camera, let alone a good one.  And of course our photography skills might have needed some improvement; they still do!  


Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The Wooden Cross

My nephew showed up on Christmas Eve afternoon and wanted to know if Grandma (my mom) and I could help him paint a saying on a gift for his mom.  This is his inspiration photo...

This is his cross....

It's not attached to the wood yet.  He was thinking ahead and thought it would be easier to paint the letters on a flat surface.  What a smart kid!

We went to the computer and printed out our words

Then we went back to our grade school days and we used a pencil and created our own graphite paper on the back side of the word.

Then I traced on top of the lettering that was placed on the wood.  

We used this paint pen the paint the words we traced.

I think it looks pretty darn awesome!  Too bad I'm not his mom!  I want one too!


Monday, December 28, 2015

UFO's and Flimsies

I think an intervention might be in order.  I'm not sure what possessed me to do this but something did.   I made a list of all of my UFO's (I think) and my Flimsies (un quilted quilt tops).  I gotta do something about all this!  It's crazy!

I have 32 --thirty two-- UFO projects.  Here they are in no particular order and the approximate date I started them, or a date I made up.  I took a few pictures of some of the UFO's.  Some of them I am so excited to get out and finish.  But there are a few that I'm thinking I'm going to have a hard time finishing as they just don't excite me too much anymore.  However, I'm determined!

1.  Grand Illusion Halloween Mystery - December 2014
2.  Moda Shuffle Sampler - December 2015
3.  Alleitare Mystery Quilt - December 2015
4.  Dear Jane, Red/White/Blue - 2011 I've been working on this one off and on lately.
5.  Dear Jane, 30's - 2012
6.  Kiss in the Corner - July 2015  I'm taking this one to Retreat in a couple of weeks.  I hope to have it finished soon.
7.  Midnight Flight - July 2015
8.  May Flowers - July 2015
9.  Thanks To You - July 2015
10.  Austin Bluebird BOM - February 2015  Just collecting BOM's.  Haven't even made one single month!
11.  Modern Dutchman Bonus Project - May 2015
12.  9 Patch Postage (Leaders and Enders) - October 2015
13.  Farmer's Wives BOM - January 2014  I'm taking these blocks to retreat as well.
14.  Sew Along Bag - October 2014 - It's going to the retreat.
15.  Kite Strings - September 2014

16.  Stars & Stripes Sampler - September 2012

17.  Texas Pieced Applique - 2011

18.  Hollie & Kyle's Wedding Quilt -  September 2011 - I still need to embroider the center block and 5 signature blocks before I can proceed.  Oh and maybe come up with a design on how to set them together.

19.  Very Hungry Caterpillar - 2014
20.  One Fabric Block -
21.  Christmas Placemats - October 2009
22.  Snowman A-Z BOM - 2013  All the blocks are embroidered.  Just need to set them together and add borders.  It's going to the retreat.
23.  Crown Jewels BOM - 2009
24.  Row by Row H2O 2015 - July 2015
25.  Spring Bouquet BOM - 2010 - I thought all the blocks were appliqued down.  Hmmmm.... nope....2 are all done, 5 are ironed down, and 2 are still in the packages.  Several have told me the borders take longer than the 9 blocks.  Ugh!  It's so pretty!  I've got to finish this!

26.  Devin's T-Shirt Quilt - 2014 - It's designed and t-shirts are cut out and some have stablizer applied.  
27.  Rectangles and Pinwheels - 2014
28.  Swimsuit Babes - January 2014
29.  Texas Proud - 2013
30.  Rhonda's Denim Quilt - September 2015
31.  Log Cabin Houses - January 2013 - Need to make 2 more houses and 2 more log cabins.  It's going to the retreat with me too.
32.  Sweet Water Feed Co. BOM - January 2014  Just collected BOM's for each month.  The quilt is a small lap quilt.  I have enough lap quilts.  I'm making it bigger.  See the fat eight's pack in the back.

We could personalize one of the months.  This is what I did... "Rice" for our name; quite appropriate for a Feed Company Quilt and "DeKalb" for our location at the time; which has a dual meaning as well.  Some of you "farm" wives will recognize that DeKalb is the headquarters for "DeKalb Corn Seed" until Monsanto bought them out a few years ago.  

There are a couple on here that I don't intend to finish in 2016 like the two Dear Jane Quilts, The Texas Proud Quilt (it has lots of hand embroidery on it) and maybe the Leaders and Enders project.  Even if I finish half of them that would be a great accomplishment!

Here are my Flimsies.  I've whittled them down quite a bit in 2015 but I still have 17!

1.  Pumpkins Bitty Block Wall Hanging
2.  Five and Dime Quilt
3.  Flowerpot Sampler Quilt
4.  Ugly Lone Star Quilt
5.  Americana Wall Hanging
6.  Lone Star Sampler Quilt
7.  Seasonal Sampler Quilt
8.  Cotton Club Sampler Quilt
9.  Dick & Jane Quilt
10.  Seasonal Sampler (Yes another one)
11.  Calico Scrappy Quilt
12.  Card Trick Baby Quilt
13.  Nursery Rhyme Baby Quilt
14.  Halloween Wall Hanging
15.  Hearts A Flutter Wall Hanging
16.  Bluebonnet Quilt
17.  Lovers Knot Wall Hanging

Of course you realize if I finish any of the UFO's they become a Flimsy and my Flimsies number increases.  I guess that's a good thing??!!!

How many UFOs do you have?  Do you have plans to finish them in 2016?


Sunday, December 27, 2015

The Storyteller's Quilt

Sharon from Kyle TX made this quilt for a Block of the Month for B & B Quilting in Buda TX.  I had the honor of quilting it.  It is just absolutely gorgeous!  Of course Sharon did a fabulous job of piecing and that doesn't hurt either!  

The Storyteller's quilt is the newest BOM from Windham Fabrics.  Windam wrote "We all know the stories, but how many of us know the women behind the stories? The Storytellers is a gorgeous 12 month Block of the Month Program honoring the female authors of some very classic books. Each pattern has interesting tidbits about ladies who changed the literary scene. For instance, did you know Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein when she was only nineteen years old? Exclusively designed by Denice Lipscomb, this is what The Storytellers BOM is all about."

Sharon wrote me to say this, "Got the quilt this morning!  I LOVE it!!!  I spent so much time looking at every little patch to see what you did. What a beautiful and creative job you did!  I am so happy with it. Now to squeeze out some time to get it bound and displayed at the shop. "

You can drool over the quilt too.  I took quite a few pictures of the quilting.  

I may have to participate in the BOM myself.  I fell in love with the quilt too!  Believe me, these pictures don't do it justice.  Stop by B & B Quilting in Buda and drool over it yourself or better yet go by and sign up so you'll have your own to drool over yourself.  


Saturday, December 26, 2015

Alleitare Clue #4

Despite all the Christmas preparation, and travel, I was able to work a little on Alleitare Clue #4.  I'm really loving this so far.  I'm always so anxious to get the next clue and can hardly wait to see that it is.

They're going to finish like this, except my black is green.

This week we're off to Arizona to have Christmas with Hollie, Kyle, Raleigh, and Kameron.  This is their first year back in the States for 3 long years.  They are excited to spend time with family once again.  They went to Kyle's family yesterday.  I most likely won't get to work on it much, if any this week.  But that's okay!  I'll catch up next week or take it on my retreat in January.

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