Thursday, October 16, 2014

Taking a Look at Myself

I have been hurriedly trying to get some things I started......finished, before I start watching Cowboy Kole during the day. Through doing this process, I have come to the conclusion that I don't enjoy following someone else's directions to  make traditional quilts. 
When I make  big quilts, I'm thinking....1. really ?....what did I just read ? 
2. Where am I going to find the money to have this big thing quilted ? 
  3. Why do I need 40 big quilts ? 
and 4 and 5 and 6 and so on. 
Learning to follow pattern directions and block of the month programs do give you experience, that's true, but I find I dread trying to keep up. 
The Farmers Wife is a perfect example, I don't like doing it..... period. But I do it--- because I committed to do it. Plus I'm in a club that's doing it and I can't stand being behind !  
This BOM is from that big book of instructions you see sitting there. You have to flip back and forth from this direction to the one on the other page..... NOT FUN....
 Sure. I'll like it when I'm finished, but why do I do it when I don't enjoy the process?
Cacaos looks better when you drain some of the color out of it, doesn't it ?

So I began thinking.....when do I have the most fun sewing? 
When I make things from my own
 And this
 And this
And this
 And this 
 I do enjoy some other people's patterns, like Amy's
 And Pat's
And Samm's pincushions which I'm up to 12 now (these are some I just finished)
BUT I  put my OWN spin on them, I do it my way....FUN ! 

You might have noticed most of the things I like are applique/art type things....
well by process of elimination, I think I've finally figured out who I am as a "Quilter". 
I like to do my own thing....(which either got me in trouble or brought me praise as a kid).
Short Side Story :
Mrs. Parker was my Home Economics teacher when I was 14. She made such an impact on me. I'll never forget the day when she came by my station to look at my purple jumper with purple heart pockets on it and said to me. "Vickie, someday you'll be making beautiful wedding dresses". Brings tears to my eyes. Luckily several years before she passed away, I got to thank her and tell her what a difference she made on my life and how that one positive comment had stuck with me all these years.  Those purple heart pockets weren't part of the pattern, they were something I thought of...
Maybe my logo should be Purple hearts !
 I'm going to finish that BOM in the pictures above, and a couple of other ones too, and I will finish the Farmer's wife, but From now on...I'm gonna be ME! Carol isn't that a song ?

Tomorrow, I'm taking a birthday trip to the Fort Worth Sewing and Quilting Expo with hopes of running into Debby Kratovil who is teaching classes, and I want to see Rachaeldaisy's  Double Denim Wedding Ring quilt, which was chosen to be part of a Double Wedding Ring Quilt exhibition. It's group of quilts, curated by Victoria Findlay Wolfe that is on display at
Maybe I'll see some new techniques in art quilting, and find some goodies to buy !
Have a blessed day!

Friday, October 10, 2014

A Few things that needed Do'in

I've had these Moda Texas map panels hanging in my closet for several (more than 2) months now and finally got them made into pillows for the couch... yesterday. 

There's Comanche County....Texas is a BIG beautiful state and I'm proud to live here !  
 I've also been wanting to paint the master bath for quite a while, it was a light yellowish white, Sherwin Williams called it Ivorie. Now it's SW Latte. Ranchman came in one evening when all I had done was the cutting in, he said, "My gosh woman, it's going to be like a dungeon in here"!
So, I almost went back to Sherwin Williams for another color. Glad I didn't.
Can you guess who REALLY likes it now ? Men !!  
Have a great weekend and God bless you.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

More Quilt Show

More quilts from "The Threads of Texas Quilt Show" in Stephenville Texas.
These quilts were in the Mixed Techniques category.
 The backgrounds and embellishments were either knit or crochet.
 The only way I would be able to make a wall hanging like this would be to recycle old sweaters !
 I never did learn to crochet or knit and don't want to at this point.
 The star center and red rays are like colored Cellophane. 
 Something about this one makes it my favorite in the mixed media.
She got the affect of glass by putting white net over it.
 How cool is that ! The lemon slice is embroidered.

Have you checked out my new 365 day picture blog, Stars of Comanche County ?
Thank you Colette, Carla, Doris, Amy and Samm !

Have a great week and may God bless you richly. 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Quilt Show

Yesterday, my friend Nancy and I went to "The Threads of Texas Quilt Show" in Stephenville,Texas.
They had "The Supper Quilt" by Donald Locke DDS on display. 
It's a pieced quilt composed of 51,816 half-inch squares, 
modeled after Leonardo de Vinci's famous work, "The Last Supper". 
 Dr. Locke worked on it two and a half years putting 1200 hours of work into it.
 He created a computer image of the original and enlarged it to show the pixels.
It has 350 different fabrics in it and measures 15.3 feet wide and 5.5 feet high.  
For best viewing they said to stand at least 15 feet away, as you can 
tell from my photos....far away and close up. 
 This one caught my eye in the applique category. 
Ladies of days gone by depicting different countries in all their clothed splendor and beautiful jewels.
 I may have to try adding jewels to an art quilt someday.  

 The same lady that made the one above made this one called, "African Wives".
The colors are so deep and vibrant, you can't help being drawn to it.
Tomorrow I'll share a couple of  quilt techniques from the show that I've never seen before.
If you knit or recycle sweaters, you will love it !! 
Have a blessed weekend.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Puppies in a Pan

September 30,2014    Updated puppy pictures HERE

The Ranch Nuisance had triplets....all girls !
 She's not a nuisance anymore, she's taking this Mama thing VERY serious!
She is one proud Mom. I may have to stop calling her a nuisance.
Babies in an old wash pan are so sweet.
Ruckus, Commotion and Hoo-ha (not their names) in the weeks to 
come as God's little puppy miracles get older ! 
Have a blessed week.