Thursday, June 18, 2015

Stars Over Abilene.TX

Last weekend was the Stars Over Abilene Quilt Show
I drove 80 miles on Wednesday to deliver my 3 entries, and then Saturday I drove back over there to pick them up. I went early that day so I could see all the quilts in the show. 
I had told Ranchman, that this year I wouldn't win a thing with my artsy quilts because, most of the quilts in the show from the past few years have been more traditional.
Boy was I surprised that both the "Black Hills Bison" and the "As the Deer" 
had a first place ribbon ! 
It's a wonderful feeling when you find out people like what you do.
They are both for sale on Etsy. 

I've been working on a Saint Bernard collage of my own design, it's been a slow go. 
I will keep plugging away at it and it might turn out to be my best masterpiece ! 
You never know !

What was my third entry ? 
No ribbon, boo who !
May you be blessed beyond measure.


Monday, June 1, 2015

Graduation

 Someone very dear to my heart is graduating from the 8th grade.
 Not deserving of a car (4 more years,....maybe )
but, deserving of a quilt made by grandma !
Size 12" x 14" 
Fused art applique
Freemotion and straight line quilting, fused binding. 
This was the first time I used the oil Paintstik which becomes permanent after it's heat set.
The rubbing plate had a neat texture that I mimicked on the vase with quilting.






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