Friday, April 22, 2016

Do You Own A Hammer?

Do you have some nails?
If you do, that's super great….

BUT

You won't need them in order to do this kind of building!


Yep…
My friend Julie Sefton's new "how to" on constructing your own CUTE quilty BARN is

Hot Off The Presses! 

She is super excited and so am I!  Yes, I did the happy dance when my specially
autographed copy arrived in the mail.

Clapping! Clapping! Clapping!

GO HERE to read more about it.


Sunday, February 21, 2016

Midnight Oil

Sometimes you just have to burn some Midnight Oil…….to get in some
good stitching time.  Peace and quiet.  Alone time!


Tonight I just FINALLY had to get upstairs and have some time to stitch stitch stitch!  With the weather being extra warm here I've been spending a lot of time outside preparing garden space and such.  Oh man, I am SOOOOOO ready for garden goodies!!!

Yellow ovals shown here are reverse appliqué….I dread and usually put off these parts and I don't know why, it doesn't end up being as hard as I think it will be! 
This is block #6 out of 16.

Lucky me…..Erin Brockovich is on for my late night stitch fest.  I LOVE this movie!  I watch it every time it's on.  I know it by heart and can listen more than watch as I stitch away on my Friends of Baltimore blocks.

I prepare parts on some other blocks to take a break from too much stitching.

In another room upstairs where I'm burning the Midnight Oil is all the fabrics I have set aside for this particular Friends of Baltimore appliqué project. I have added MORE fabric selections since I took this photo.  

I DO pre-wash/soak with Synthrapol in HOT water before I cut out any of my appliqué pieces.

And if I stitch into the wee w-e-e hours and dare not disturb Goober dog or Hubby….there is a real comfy quilt adorned bed right behind where I'm stitching away I can slip into when needed…..doesn't happen often but when I do on occasion it does feel as if I'm on vacation!

OK…..my OIL is burning up and I shouldn't be wasteful with it!!!


Hhhmmm, I sure could use a snack…..wondering if I could tippee toe downstairs and snag something good to munch on without being found out…..or heard……





Sunday, February 14, 2016

Hearts, Flowers & Song


I hope everyone is having a nice Valentines Day!

This is one of my completed blocks from my Friends of Baltimore appliqué quilt and I thought it fit in perfectly with the day.   So far I have finished 5 blocks of the 16 and I'm
close to finishing number 6.
I had "lofty" ambitions when I started this project last March.  My plan was to finish one block
per month…..LOL…..well, I accomplished "half" of that goal….
But I'm determined!!!
Life has had priority lately and I've worked on a few UFO projects in between this appliqué
project.  One needs a break from the "tiny" pieces involved on this quilt.

LOTS of Log Cabin paper piecing on a UFO I'm trying to get completed.

I decided today I needed one more row to add to the length and then I'm calling it quits.
11 blocks per row will take me a bit to get sewn up BUT it's nice
 to know I'm so close to a finish on a project I started
YEARS AGO!

Time to stop standing and staring and get to it….right?

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.