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Dec 11, 2017

And The Winner Is

Hi everyone. Well, I complained about the 28 degree weather here in central-ish Texas the other day and wouldn't you know it....all I had to do was wait a few days. We're back up to 70 degrees (Shout-ie  voice here)!!! OMG! Now I'm sweating profusely but I think I'll still purchase that coat just in case.
 
Okay, so Mr. Cowboy pulled a name from the old cowboy hat finally. The winner is desertskyquilts.
Congratulations to you. You know the drill. Leave a comment and I'll talk with you via email soon.
Next, I'll be a bit sporadic blogging for the rest of December as I'm sure we all will. The holidays can get a bit hectic at best. So, if you don't hear from me for awhile, Merry Christmas.....Happy New Year!!!!!

Dec 7, 2017

Ah, December!

Sorry, no photos in this post. I'm here to talk about the last month of the year in Texas. It's been about 15 or so years since I've purchased a winter coat. In fact, I can't find and don't remember the color of the last one. I'm saying this because it has gotten cold around the farm all of a sudden.
I'm sure you've all heard, just wait a few minutes for the weather to change here in Texas!!! Well, it did, from 75 degrees the other day to 38 degrees with sleet all day today. Plus the wind is about 5 mph. I know that 5mph doesn't sound very much except when you add the cold and dampness. 

Burrrrrrrrr!  I'm a summer kind of girl. I can cool off much faster than I warm up.
Oh dear, I'll need to purchase coat and quick.  Mr. Cowboy went out to feed the critters all bundled up in his overalls, a skull cap under his cowboy hat, gloves, boots......the works.
I'm already praying for spring.....LOL.
What's your favorite season and why?
I'm thinking I'll do a FQ give away from the comments.  Mr. Cowboy will love pulling a name from the old cowboy hat so leave a comment to participate.

Dec 4, 2017

Commission

A girlfriend saw some of the Veterans quilts I made last month & really wanted an eagle quilt for her daughter who teaches at one of our local schools. So I got to work. Sorry I don't have photos from this particular project. 
I'm quilting it on my Janome because it's not that big. I think she will like it.

Nov 29, 2017

Butterflies & Fans

It's been awhile since I've made any round quilt, so when I was looking thru my quilt photos it got me thinking about making another.
 
Here's the book I used by Cheryl Phillips. There are several great projects to choose from even a tree skirt with prairie points.
Then I ran across a few grandmother's fans quilts. I remember most of those fabrics and probably have some in the old stash!!
I had a couple of templates to make the fans but I can't seem to find them anymore. I must have thrown them out during one of my cleaning sprees.
I got really creative with this grandmother's fan design. That was a queen sized quilt, the first big quilt I'd managed.
Thanks for traveling down memory lane with me. Take care and have a great rest of the week!!



Nov 27, 2017

Elephant Fascination

Can you see the sections I've outlined that will make up my version of the elephant?

Here it is from the back. This is the side I'll be tracing from.

Here I have placed the head, trunk and ears on top of my paper pattern to see if I like what's going on.

Sorry, I got so excited that I forgot to take more photos of the process. He's all done but now is the really hard part.
Auditioning background fabrics!!!
Auditioning background fabrics!!!
Did mention, auditioning background fabrics!!!
I'll be doing this for quite some time.....sigh.
I'll also need to do a bit more work on the elephant...more highlighting or something.
Stay tuned.






Nov 24, 2017

The Day After

  Airy Muffins!!
See this muffin....it's the last one of two dozen!! My wacky girlfriend Kathy gave us the recipe the other day when we met for a lunch date.

Here we all are enjoying the laughter & craziness we seem to generate.
Sorry, I got side-tracked.
That muffin was the last of my Thanksgiving meal. I looked around and the turkey was gone along with the dressing, greens, yams, pecan pie and ice cream. I grabbed the last muffin to take a quick photo before someone claimed it.  Whew!
I hope all who celebrate Thanksgiving had a good one. I'm pleasantly tired but enjoyed every moment of it.
Here's the recipe for the muffins which are light and airy and oh so tasty!!
  • 1 box of butter pecan cake mix
  • 1 small box instant vanilla pudding
  • 3 Tbsp. poppy seeds (optional)
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 eggs
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil or Canola oil
  • Chopped pecans
  • Dried cranberries (optional)
Directions:
Mix cake mix, pudding, poppy seeds and water with mixer until well combined.
Add eggs and oil. Mix well.
Divide evenly among 12 muffin cups. Sprinkle chopped pecans and/or cranberries on top prior to baking.
Bake at 350 degrees for 23 to 30 minutes.

Nov 10, 2017

Sippy Cup

Here's a great tip if your machine is having trouble with certain threads. 
Some threads don't like the way your sew machine or embroidery machine loads the thread because of the way the thread is wound from the manufacturer. I use a child's sippy cup to remedy this fact. As you can see from the photo, you simply place the thread inside the cup, pull the end thru the lid & screw the lid on. Now you can thread your machine the way your usually do. 
I hope this tip helps those who are having trouble with threads.

Nov 2, 2017

Honoring Veterans

Just a quick review of some of the quilts I've made to honor and give to the Veterans in my community.

 
 

 
 
 
Yesterday I was able to honor and salute the Veterans in my community. They got to choose a quilt or wall-hanging. They were surprised and very happy that someone thought of them.
 



I am so thankful and happy so honor them & I want to salute all Veterans who fought for our country. I also want to salute all who are serving in the Armed Forces today.
 







Oct 30, 2017

My Fascination With Elephants

I found this particular photo on Google. It represents a collage of images I have in my head of the magnificent mammal, the elephant.
I remember the first time I saw one up close. It was at the Austin Zoo, oh several, well ages ago. Ok, 19......59ish. Anyway, the next time was years later at a circus.
I know you all remember that I don't like things that fly, flutter, crawl, creep, slither, buzz, bigger than or smaller than me....not to worry. The elephant will never get anywhere near me except on fabric!!!! Whew.
I've had an idea for a mini quilt using the fabrics below:
Notice the dark tapestry like fabric down one side of all the others? Well, that piece has been in my stash for a very long time, as in 10 years....sigh. I'm using it in this project, finally. Mr. Cowboy thinks I'm nuts because it's so different from all the other chosen fabrics. 
Just you wait and see how I use it. 
Stay tuned.

Oct 24, 2017

A Well Needed Get Away


Me & Mr. Cowboy were able to get away for a few days. Well he was involved in a soil & water conservation conference while I enjoyed the scenery in Galveston at Moody Gardens.
It's good to be home but we did have a good time!

Oct 22, 2017

Dragonfly



Although I don't like insects, well anything that flies, crawls, slithers, creeps, buzzes, etc., I like some of their structures. The dragonfly's wings are very fascinating to me. The tiny veins that you can see in the photo, are so finely do that I could study them for some time. It's the science teacher that still in me, I suppose.
Anyway, I found this dragonfly on the grill of my Jeep in near perfect condition and had to get a picture of it. Mr. Cowboy just laughed but did suggest getting as close as my IPhone camera could get.
It's possible that one day, I'll make an attempt to make a mini quilt from the regal dragonfly. You never know!!

Oct 20, 2017

Ok, Maybe One or Two More?


I've enlarged each design 150% on my printed. It takes several repositions to get all the parts and then loads of cutting and taping things back together.
There are at least two Veterans at our Seniors Center who served in the Army and Air Force so I decided to make those two seals especially for them. I can easily quilt these on my Janome because they aren't going to be any bigger than 25 inches each.
After this I'm really finished.....no.....REALLY!!!
Below are some of the stages to making the seals. I'll show the finished quilts in a lager post.

 

 
 
I use dinner plates, pizza pans, skillets and anything else that will lend me a perfect circle. Mr. Cowboy just shakes his head but wisely says nothing.
I will stitch all the pieces down before quilting everything.
In a couple of previous posts, someone asked about the types of fabric adhesives I use. I love Steam-a-Seam Lite but it's sometimes hard to find so I'm using Heat-N-Bond Lite at the moment. When quilting everything together I use either the 505 Spray or Loctite Spray Adhesive (the Loctite is found at JoAnn's).




Oct 17, 2017

And I'm Back To The Minis

So, I've had this guy in mind since before I lost my mojo. Then when I got my mojo back, I was off on another tangent but I had already pulled several fabrics that could possibly fit.
Using my favorite fabric adhesive and the chosen fabrics, I set to work pressing, cutting and sorting each piece.
I use a non-stick pressing sheet to arrange things.
The rabbit has come together very well.
Here is where I went off the deep end. I have some great brick fabric that I wanted to use and a neat sky piece.
I placed the rabbit atop the background to see if I like what was going on. So far so good.
I took great pains to make the pocket watch. I used a fine tip permanent marker. I'll add the chain to the watch when I quilt the piece.
As I stood back things looks really good but it needed something else. The sky area was missing a little something.
I've added a tree trunk and might add a few leaves but not sure at this point.
It measures 12 1/2 by 17 1/4 inches.







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