Wednesday, January 6, 2016

To My FOLLOWERS and Blogging Friends

GOOGLE IS MAKING SOME CHANGES…….AGAIN

Some changes for my followers who use Google Friend Connect, as per Blogger Buzz:

In 2011, Google announced the retirement of Google Friend Connect for all non-Blogger sites. We made an exception for Blogger to give readers an easy way to follow blogs using a variety of accounts. Yet over time, we’ve seen that most people sign into Friend Connect with a Google Account. So, in an effort to streamline, in the next few weeks we’ll be making some changes that will eventually require readers to have a Google Account to sign into Friend Connect and follow blogs.

As part of this plan, starting the week of January 11, we’ll remove the ability for people with Twitter, Yahoo, Orkut or other OpenId providers to sign in to Google Friend Connect and follow blogs. At the same time, we’ll remove non-Google Account profiles so you may see a decrease in your blog follower count.

We encourage you to tell affected readers (perhaps via a blog post), that if they use a non-Google Account to follow your blog, they need to sign up for a Google Account, and re-follow your blog. With a Google Account, they’ll get blogs added to their Reading List, making it easier for them to see the latest posts and activity of the blogs they follow.

We know how important followers are to all bloggers, but we believe this change will improve the experience for both you and your readers.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Stonehenge

32 totally YUMMY flavors!!!


Just a little closeup sample……now didn't that taste good!?

(I have absolutely NO idea how I am going to use these, I have just loved them from afar lately.)

THANKS SANTA!!!

Monday, December 28, 2015

The Calm AFTER The Storm

Wow, I am sooooooo glad these last few days are over!!!
What a crazy awful weathered weekend!
At least the sun is finally shining again today and THE WIND has stopped blowing.

Wind blowin'.....snow blowin'.....blowin' snow.....MORE wind blowin'!!!

I braved the elements this morning to get some photos.

Looking out my kitchen window.  Of course, anytime there is a storm here in Texas, no matter what kind it is, could be rain, sand OR SNOW storm, those pesky little TUMBLEWEEDS always show up
and STICK themselves into the situation!  Such party poopers, like party pooping  
all over this beautiful view!

I can't remember having this bad of a snow storm before.  Electricity was on, then off, on, then off.

 Cattle HATE blowing NORTH winds.  To get away from it they walk SOUTH.
Yes, they walk and walk and walk.
(they are in front of my house)
The wind blew so hard it swept the field across the road.

When the cattle decide to walk, they can walk and end up 20 miles from home.
This one bunch of ours ONLY WALKED 8 MILES from where they are supposed to be.
Poor Mr. Browndirt has spent the last 3 days out in the unrelenting snow/blizzard storm trying to
keep the cattle rounded up.
It is nearly dusk here and he is still out in the cold escorting another bunch of misbehaving 
cattle to their perspective fields.
AND
Naturally, all our hired help has gone to Mexico for the holidays.
I know THE MR. is plum tuckered out and I will
have a nice pot of homemade stew and cornbread waiting for him when he gets in.

Goober dog is ready for some serious snuggle time with his daddy tonight as well.  In the meantime,
Goober snuggles in his heated bed upstairs with me.......

While I sewed up a STORM on these.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

I've Been Absent But Not Idle

No way would I EVER be "idle".  It's just not in my nature.  I've had sisters-in-law and others in 
my past sit, stand or follow me around touting
"I'm bored...sigh...I'm bored."
My response was always the same.
"Well, go be bored somewhere else 'cause I've got a bazillion things I'm itching to get done!"
So, even though you don't hear from me around blogland I'm active and busy with quilty things.

Busy with more blocks from my FRIENDS OF BALTIMORE project.  This is the second block in the series. (I've completed 5 so far ) Wow, kind of a doozy.  Stitching all those tiny black sail riggings was not fun for me, but I persevered and won the battle.
This is a fabulous quilt and there is no reason to fail, after all, it is one of Sue Garman's patterns.

Here is my binder with all the pattern pieces and her wonderful instructions.  I have not had ONE question about these blocks that she has not included in the instructions.  She is a master!!

TINY PIECES ~ TINY PIECES
So many tiny pieces to prep, but there's something calming sitting quietly turning down all the little edges.  Trying to master the process and improve my skills with each piece.

Yes, it's fun and I love it but it can grow tedious and that is why a quilter ALWAYS has to have other projects handy to work on.  Sometimes you just need to shake things up a little.

One of my breaks from the hand applique was doing some blocks for the November Block Lotto.

Loved these blocks.  They would make a fantastic looking quilt.....sigh......but I didn't win this time.

I have other quilty progress to share, but we'll do that next time.

Happy stitching girlfriends!!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Look What I Found

Last weekend I was digging around in my quilty closet.  The one where I have all my
quilt tops hung, waiting to be quilted.

A-N-D

I found THIS!!!


A TOP~~~with a BACKING~~~and THE BINDING!!!
Just hanging there, wondering when I was going
to notice it.

This ALL BUT quilted quilt has been hanging there since 2009!!!  The only reason I can think of
as to why I never quilted it….I was out of batting.  After that, it was
just forgotten.

This is one half of a HIS and HERS I sewed from a Bonnie Hunter pattern.  Those who know Bonnie knows she makes LARGE quilts.  The pattern made enough blocks to make 2 quilts.  The other quilt
has been being used every year during the FALL season.  
I really can't believe I never finished this one, especially since I was so good to
sew up the back and have the binding prepared.

Please go HERE to read/see photos of that post w-a-y back then.


I pulled out the HUGE ziploc bag with all the HST's saved from this project and had a little FUN
play time.  I was thinking some kind of table runner….maybe.

I've vacuumed the floor and have pressed the backing.  It's time to get this laid out
and sandwiched up!   I was going to do this last weekend, but just
wasn't "feelin" it. 

Yes, it's about time!  He's had HIS all this time AND NOW,

it's time I had MY fall quilt!!!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Friends of Baltimore Woven Basket


This block is basically finished.  There's a little thread work I need to
finish up but that won't take long.


I'm also prepping prepping prepping on another block.  This new block is made up of TONS
of tiny pieces, but it is sooooo beautiful and the nice thing is I'm just
about finished with it too……that will make me 4 finished blocks…….only 
12 more to go!!

I find myself irritated when I have to stop and eat……and make myself go to bed at night.

I just want to keep the momentum going!

Speaking of……hubby is hollering for me to come down for supper….

Thursday, September 24, 2015

IT'S HERE! IT'S HERE!


Finally!


Oooouuuu and Aaahhhing….


Happy Sigh….

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Now, I'm inspired
To
Get this one quilted!

~Sewn back in Oct. 2013~

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Friday, August 14, 2015

Are We Still Friends?

I CERTAINLY HOPE WE ARE!!!

Thank you to all my followers who hung in there with me.  I've missed everybody!!  I see some followers did bale on me, as is the case when one takes a little vay-cay from blogging…..uuhm, seems I should call it
something else besides a blogging vacation for as long as I've been absent!

Well….since we're STILL FRIENDS and all…..I'll share what I've been working on.


TA DA!!!

Block size will finish at 15''.  This is the first block I finished back in March.
If you're looking closely you'll see I still have to soak out my markings and glue basting.  I just
swoon over this block whenever I look at it.

Keeping with our FRIENDS theme…..afterall, you DID say we were STILL FRIENDS, well, this fabulous eagle block belongs with 15 other equally amazing blocks along with 4 stunning borders.


FRIENDS of BALTIMORE!!

I think Sue Garman outdid herself on this design.  I looked…..studied…..admired and studied some more on this pattern for 2 years.  I wanted to do it and I wanted to DO IT!!  I drug my feet ordering it because I knew it was going to be a l-o-n-g term project….yes, l-o-n-g l-o-n-g term!  I knew I could probable master the skills to do it, but to make the commitment to know and determine I would
actually finish it took me the 2 years studying it to finally order it.
I'm soooo glad I did…..the blocks I have done are just beautiful in person. 
Yes, I have finished the SECOND block and I'm prepping
and preparing the THIRD.

So….that's what I've been up to…..and if your keep being my FRIEND 
I'll share the other blocks I'm working on with you later.

P.S.  I also finished my Flags of the American Revolution (previous post) quilt top from the Sew-Along LORI from HUMBLE QUILTS organized last year.  It's great lookin' in person too!  

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Flags Of The American Revolution

It's time for my monthly Flags update.

For the month of December 2014 we were to cut out 5 of these sets for the Star and Moon setting blocks.
I finally decided on this fabric yesterday and I already had my templates made.

They will look similar to this photo from the book.

I appliquéd The Crescents of South Carolina flag.

The Fort Moultrie ( Liberty Moon ) flag was also appliquéd.

Here is a photo of how I started out on the quilt.  I pinned "chunks" of fabric pieces and the freezer paper templates up on my design wall to help get a cohesive look with the different fabrics.
I do this a lot with most of my quilts. 
I don't want any "surprise…it doesn't look good" episodes, having sewed it together
before I audition various fabrics.

Just a photo reminder to show you what I am shooting for in this FOLLOW/SEW ALONG
I am participating in over at

I will be linking up with the others to show our progress.

Oops! I Forgot To Share This Finish

I realized I hadn't shared my Butterfly quilt I finished way back in August.


This quilt was started a long time ago, back in 2010 with Amy over at Mrs. Schmenkman Quilts blog.
It started from a photo in a Japanese magazine and then became ALL the rage
here in blogland.
You can make one too, just click on Amy's link I provided above for her tutorial.

There are no 2 fabrics alike in this quilt, using ALL florals.   The brown I used for the butterfly background is a medium shade brown…..NOT the chocolate brown the photos show it.

Cloudy skies made photo taking difficult.

My butterflies are Wonky and kind of odd shaped…..on purpose of course!

I hand quilted it using the good ole standard Baptist Fan design.  Not knowing at the time I chose this
quilting design that it would give the butterflies GREAT MOVEMENT.  I can almost see their
little wings fluttering around all those flowers!!

Of course the backing  had to be floral too……right?
I did struggle with the binding FOR MONTHS!!  I hauled this quilt around with me to
every quilt shop I came across!
I dug dug dug in my stash……UNTIL I just finally decided to bind it with the same
backing fabric!
Yes, it works……why oh why do I make things so hard?!

I just gotta have it the way I gotta have it!!!

Measures 69" x 61"

Soooo, here it is!  This was the best photo I could get….of about 50 taken!
( well, it SEEMED like 50 )

The size of this quilt was determined by when I ran out of the brown background fabric for the butterflies.  In fact, there are a few brown backgrounds that are pieced, just
so I could get an even amount of blocks.

In person, this quilt is VERY light and soft looking.  It's EXACTLY the look and feel I was going for.  The photos do it NO JUSTICE.

No scraps were used or harmed during the making of this quilt.  Only fresh new fat quarters
were cut...coming straight from MY STASH!!!  LOL!

SEE YA'LL NEXT YEAR!!



Monday, December 29, 2014

Wonky Wishes Finish

I really wanted to try and squeeze in another finish for 2014.
(not that i had that many in 2014 to begin with)

AND I DID….

TA DA! 

I LOVE THIS QUILT!!

This is another Bonnie Hunter pattern.  So far, she has only written the instructions for the 4 star "BLOCK"
but looking at her quilt I figured out the sashing sizes and such.
You can go HERE to see Bonnie's quilt and read what she has to say about this block.

IT'S SO SCRAPPY!!

SONG BIRDS, MUSIC AND PURPLE BUTTERFLIES!
Anything goes!

CARROTS TOO!

I machine quilted it in what I call "MATTRESS PAD" design.  LOL, well, that's what I call it!
Basically a cross hatch design.  You can see it in the previous photo.
My backing is a small red floral calico with a mottled red/rusty binding.

measures 63" x 78"

HEY……..DID I TELL YOU I LOVE THIS QUILT?!

GO MAKE YOU ONE!!