Thursday, May 21, 2015

Surround Yourself with Friends

Ranchman's dog woke me up to go outside yesterday morning about 4:30 am....argh!
 When his business was done, I tried to go back to sleep, but couldn't.
 I laid there thinking about where I was going to go to buy a birthday gift for my friend.
Her birthday is today..... but her little party was yesterday. I finally decided to get up and make it. She loves my collage quilts....so I made one for her.

She is such a special lady and I love her to the moon and back, so a  heart quilt was the perfect thing to make. I used fabrics by Bari J, Anna Marie Horner, Kaffee Fassett, Carole Lee McMullin and Cotton and Steele among others. The word fabric (Surround Yourself With Friends) is by Julie Comstock..... what a perfect sentiment to put in a quilt for a friend !
I quilted straight lines with my walking foot and finished the edges with a zig zag stitch......time was running out !
size 11" x 14 "
By 9:30 am I was finished with it and it was time to hurry and get myself ready.

  There are 4 of us that get together to celebrate our birthdays at the restaurant of our choice. We have lunch, exchange gifts and usually sit there 3 or more hours talking and laughing.
(No we never get run out of the restaurant !)
We are getting together again next week at my house to have a sew day.
I am excited to SURROUND MYSELF WITH FRIENDS  once again !
Happy Birthday LaTrelle, may God Bless you richly !  


Monday, May 18, 2015

Lucky Winner

I am the lucky prize pack winner of the Colorful Fabric Collage Blog Hop, which is celebrating this new book by  Sue Bleiweiss 
It was so neat because I had just watched her on The Quilt Show April 13th ! 
Sue creates her colorful, wonky quilts from her own hand dyed fabrics that are reminiscent of coloring books.
Photo by Sue Bleiweiss 
And this is what I won from Sue!
2 1/2 yard package of Mistyfuse, a sampling of Aurifil threads and a stack of 10″squares of Sue's hand dyed fabric!
 Her book is available at Amazon and Interweave.
I am happy dancing today !
Have a blessed day

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Where I Come From

I got home from Paducah on a Saturday night, left for South Dakota the next Tuesday morning, and got home again on Tuesday a week later.
 Once again my family gathered in honor of our Mom.
What a wonderful time, laughing and reminiscing .  
This is my sister BK Henley Taves  standing in front of our old house. This is where I was born. How big it used to look to me. Now I wonder how a family of 7 plus extra cousins lived in a house so small.
My brother beside the garage where I would hang out with him and hand him tools while he worked on the tractors or his race car. 
The Methodist Church where I sang songs in the Christmas play and was handed popcorn balls on the way out.
This is the school where I started kindergarten. The doors on the left is the boys entrance and the girls entered on the right. My goodness, how times have changed. 

I've only been able to work on my art collages a little bit since I've been home.
When I am in there though, fabric flies! 
  
God bless you

Monday, April 27, 2015

Paducah Kentucky

  I just got back from a fun (and I do mean FUN) trip to the Paducah quilt show.
 I went with friends Sherri and  Angela of Quilts With a Heart
 Here we are on the bus to the Convention center.....excitement is building !
I won't show you all the quilts I took pictures of, which is hundreds, so I'll show you the ones that stick out in my mind.
 The feathers on this one are just magnificent.
 RICKY AND LUCY 
BERNINA of America, Inc. Best Home Machine Workmanship Award
 You cannot believe the thread workmanship on "Bike Boys" by Lea McComas, she is actually on The Quilt Show this week.
The Bride Wore Red by Kay Donges.  
  
 I was so spell bound by this one that I forgot to take a picture of who made it. 
 Look at those eyes !
Healing Waters by Hollis Chatelain.
another AMAZING eye 
This was spooky beautiful !
I took David Taylor's  lecture....He is so entertaining and so informative ! 
I enjoyed him immensely ! 

 David's "BENEATH MY WING" received a first place.

I got to meet Ricky Tims, a fellow Texas boy !
 AND go to his concert ! OMG, LOOOVed it !
He interacts with the audience and has so many funny stories to tell.
When he was playing...you could have heard a pin drop ! 
 And we went to an Eleanor Burns show....such a funny woman. 
The people in Paducah are so proud of their town and so friendly,
 I highly recommend attending ! 
Have a blessed week.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

F1 Tiger Lily

You may or may not have seen this gal before.
 I've shown her on my photo blog  before and she's featured again today as well. 
I think she is the prettiest thing that has ever walked this ranch !
 I call her Tiger Lily. She's an F1 tiger stripe heifer.
Don't you just love those EARS !
My reason for sharing her photo with you is that, she's the model for a future collage quilt. 
Several people have asked me if those were Texas Bluebonnets in the background of her picture.....Yes they are!  The Texas state flower is a color blue, that is like no other.

I'm going to Paducah next week....are you going ? 
I hope so, I would love to meet some of the friends I've made blogging ! 
God bless you