Friday, March 6, 2015

Design Board

I waited WAY too long to put up a design board..... 
......... in my smallish sewing space.

Have a fabulous weekend...I'll be busy playing around on my design wall !
God bless you

Sunday, February 22, 2015

QuiltCon 2015

I got to go to QuiltCon ! Yippee !
I had been looking soooo forward to it....woke up Friday morning at 3:00 am....
sore throat, feeling rather crappy ! Going anyhow ! 
2 car loads of us drove to Leander, Texas and got on the Austin MetroRail to downtown.
It dropped us off right in the door of the Austin Convention Center. 
My first time to ever ride a train !....To my first ever modern quilt show !
Awesome !
I'll just show you a couple of my favorite quilts. QuiltCon quilts will probably be posted all over the internet for a while so you'll get to see what was there without me showing you all of my pictures.
 Lost and Found in Translation by Victoria Findlay Wolfe
It was probably my favorite of all. I sat in on one of her lectures about curved piecing and learned several tips that make it easy.  I missed her new book signing (waiting to be seated at a Mexican restaurant) so I'll have to order one, not because I have plans to make a double wedding ring any time soon, I just really like her style.
 Loved this one ! 
Forgot to take a picture of who made it.
I found the owner of this quilt while reading blogs: The Quilting Edge 

 Face #1 by Melissa Avenrinos
It won a Judge's choice ribbon. 

My friend Angela and I with sweet Jenny. 
Riding the train back to Leander. I was  ready to go home.
Next quilt show....Dallas Quilt Celebration !
I'll be there Friday, March 13th.
Be blessed today.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Working Toward a Goal

It's been nearly a month since I last blogged !
Several people have emailed me to see if I'm alright or just taking a break from blogging. 
What the deal is.... is that I've been doing lots of sewing... sewing like a mad woman when my grandson goes down for a nap, or at night after his Mommy picks him up.

My goal is to use up some of my older fabric, stacks of different size squares, quilt blocks I didn't use, or fabric I've been hanging on to for no apparent reason. 
Those are the perfect kinds of fabric to use for charity projects our quilt guild supports. 
Check out our guild website @ Brownwood Quilter's Guild

I'll catch you up on my activity ....but beware...there's plenty of pictures !
This pillow is for the Penny Auction we have at guild meetings.
I used left over half square triangles from my Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt
2 pillows tied together here. They are made from blocks I didn't use in a row by row mystery challenge we had. The pattern is from Lori Holt's Quilty Barn Along
 This Radical Rooster pillow is for a guild challenge due this month. Last October we were told to bring a magazine to the next meeting....then, in November, numbers from 1-200 were put in a hat....each person drew a number....then you turned to that page number in your magazine. What ever picture was on that page was your inspiration to create ....something.  
I took a Grit Magazine and  Lo and BEHOLD, big as life, my page  number had a rooster on it ! You know I can do that ! So I just used a block I had leftover from my Hole in the Chicken Wire quilt . Patterns for the Radical Roosters can be found at the creators website, Florine Johnson   

 Last months guild BOM was the Jump Ring, a tutorial for it can be found at
 Aren't the batiks pretty ! Thank you LaTrelle !
 I made some more CPS bags. We make CPS bags (Child Protective Service) that are given to the local CPS office for distribution to children taken into custody. 
 Children of all ages use the bags for their personal possessions.
 This receiving blanket was made using a tutorial written by Diary of a Quilterl 
Our guild sends these to our local hospital for distribution to low income families.

When I said some of the fabrics are 15 years old, these are those. The flannel purse fabric is new, I'm using it for backing. got it at  JoAnn's - on sale - $2.97. Cute huh ?
 The dinosaur fabric is from a quilt I made my oldest granddaughter when she was 2,
she's now 17 .
            I've gotten 7 pieced baby quilts made for the hospital, they aren't quilted yet,
                          maybe I'll be able to get that done this weekend. 
        Sometimes, just sitting down and sewing squares together is sew therapeutic
The pink and white ticking was a dress my daughter bought the county fair in Fredricksburg, Texas in 1988 ! I decided it was time for it to go.
I made these little bags to hold mystery fabric for a challenge I will present to my guild sisters next Tuesday. My friend Debb Kratovil sent me 8 yards of fabric she had, and I decided to pay it forward and use it for the challenge. I cut the 8 yards into 8, fat eighth bundles. Everyone who would like to participate can put their name in the pot, but only 8 people's names will be drawn.
 Debby has graciously consented to choosing the top 3 projects.
I have been working on putting together some good prizes. I tried to get donations from Oliso, Rowenta, Warm & Natural, Hancocks of Paducah, Brother,
Fat Quarter Shop, Fort Worth Fabric Studio, and Missouri Star Quilt Company. 
The only ones who came through were the 3 in red. All 3 have wonderful reps who are more than willing to work with you !      
 I've also been catching up on The Women of the Bible blocks. These are 15" blocks.
These are 12". I'm using Edyta Sitar's fabric.....LOVE< LOVE< LOVE !
Until next time...Adios, God bless you

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Selfie of Sorts

By the time I finished with the 3000 and 25 seams,(or something like that)...
from the Grand ILLusion Mystery, I was seams weary.
(Nothing against Bonnie, love her and her quilts are wonderful)
I decided to make a self portrait of how I felt about seams with the some of the left-over GIM fabrics.  
I call it "Lions and Tigers and Seams"
Have a blessed day !

Linking up with Lorna

Monday, January 12, 2015

I just want to celebrate !

I danced out of my sewing room, quilt in hand... singing to Ranchman !

I just want to celebrate another day of sewing
Oh, I just want to celebrate another day of fun

Don't let this big thing get you down, 
Don't let it turn you around and round,
Oh, I just want to celebrate...celebrate
Because the Grand Illusion mystery quilt  is finished!

This is a very big quilt with 3000 and 25 seams, or something like that.
 I'm kidding, I have no idea how many, but it's A-LOT.
You might have noticed my outside border is different.
I turned it the opposite direction because I simply like it better this way.
  I'm thinking I'll bind it with the gray polka dot. 

I'll be showing it to my quilt guild next week, then it's off to Angela .

I'm finished and happy with it.
Yes it's true, I just want to celebrate !

Have a wonderful week, God bless you.