Thursday, September 11, 2014

What We Did This Summer


It's September hop time and I'm sew happy to see everyone visiting each others blogs.
 Thanks to Madame Samm and Shari, our Cheerleader extraordinaire of  Living with Purpose 
for their work getting it all together ! 
Shari has been such an inspiration  and a great campaigner for 
RBD gingham all summer long ! 
One of the things I made this summer, 
was this quilt using a new pattern by Amy, of Sew Incredibly Crazy
 I was lucky enough to be chosen to test her new Watkins Star pattern. 
 Check out the link above, or THIS ONE, which shows the first Watkins Star I made. 
 THIS LINK shows more quilts, made by other pattern testers. 
You can purchase Amy's pattern  HERE!
I love vintage cowgirls 
When I saw a fabric panel called "Cowgirl Attitude" I knew I had scored !
 EUREKA !  YIPPEE!  YEE HAW ! WOO HOO ! WHOOP WHOOP !
I had to get it !
But of course, when I bought it I had no idea what I was going to do with it !
Who does that ? wink

 Here's a full shot for ya.

One of the things that makes this quilt unique to me
is quilting our brand, the Stair-Step M into it. 
Since almost everything around here has a brand on it...... 
The pickup's....... somebody needs to write "wash me".
 The cattle trailers .....
The fireplace .......
 Ranchman's shower wall..... 
Shirts and belt buckles.......
 OH Ya ! the COWS........
I thought this quilt ought to have it too !
See  the buttons? Those are buffalo nickel buttons that I've had for a long time.
 They just seem to fit this quilt.
My next project was to finish up this wall hanging I started in July.
 I drove up to Abilene to take a class from Pat Sloan with members of the Abilene Quilt Guild.
You can read about it  HERE and see what the "not so pretty" pieced background looked like
 when I finished that day, What was I thinking !  
I was determined not to let my choice of fabrics discourage mee, no sir-ree !
So I decided I would challenge myself and finish it without changing any of the background.
I 'm very pleased with how it turned out !
 All the applique fabrics are Kona solids. I used shades of orange for the flowers to give it continuity. The reason I wanted  purple for the background  was to match my Mom's bedspread.
She will enjoy looking at the bright, happy colors when the cold weather and snow blow in
 South Dakota this winter.
Last but not least..... the gingham project !
My local quilt guild  makes CPS bags (Child Protective Service) . 
Guild members make  bags 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. We make the bags with pretty fabrics so that it might help brighten their spirits in a sad situation.
 I thought the happy print of gingham would be perfect for that. 



The little sticker on the bottom corner of the bag is one I made on my computer.   
 I believe, that when people feel they've lost everything in the world that matters to them, they need to know that they can turn to the One who heals hurts, 
who heals  hearts, the One who loves us, Christ Jesus.  
Be sure to go visit the other wonderful blogs, 
so you can see....
"What they did this summer" !
Friday, September 12
Sunshine-quilting
Sew Peace to Peace
MoosestashQuilting

                                More Stars in Comanche   You are here with me      
 Living With Purpose
Have a happy day. God bless you. 

61 comments:

Shari said...

Oh yeah! Totally loving every single thing in this post...the projects, the photos, the words..and most of all the love that is so you Vickie! Your light is not hidden under a bushel, but shines bright for all to see!

Nancy C. said...

Love your new quilt for the family! You have become fantastic, Vickie girl !!!!

Britt-Inger said...

Your posting Vickie makes me so happy. I have really enjoyed reading about your projects. But most of all your quilts are so amazing. I love them all.

Judy B said...

Love your quilts and amazing quilting! The gingham bags are sew perfect for the children and gives them something of their own to hold on to. Thank you and your Guild for your thoughtfulness.

Alcea Rosea 31 said...

I love the variety of your projects but wonder where your 'personal' brand is located!!!!

Anita said...

Wonderful projects; I love the Family Quilt and the wall hanging, so cheerful. You added wonderful quilting!

Kath said...

I did enjoy this post. Your family quilt is perfect, full of personalised details that will make it an heirloom. I loved the flower garden quilt, so bright and happy.
I did smile when I read what you said. I live in Glastonbury, known as Isle of Avalon. When I was preparing to move here, my colleagues would sing "Avalon girl, won't you come out tonight" and make me laugh!

KaHolly said...

Awesome quilt!! Love how you've incorporated your brand everywhere. The flower quilt is so bright and cheery. What a great project to make the bags for the kids. Brilliant, really.

Suze said...

There are some bright starts in Comanche. I love how you incorporated so many details of your life into your quilt. It is delightful. When my parents died, we included in the spray, a rose of a different color for each member of each generation. So, when Dad died, there was a red rose for Mom, six pink roses for the three children and spouses, and six yellow roses for the grandchildren. One of my brothers has been basically estranged from the family since I was nine. His wife who my mother taught in high school, came to me and asked the significance of the roses in the spray. Yes, we included them and their children in the spray. She just walked away. Even though Dad and the rest of them really didn't know them, they are biologically part of the family. It's a great quilt with much family history already. I love the quilt you made for your mom. She will be delighted. Is that a Gwen Marsten liberated basket? I took that class with her at our guild's quilt show in June. I have two baskets made. I love the bags for the children. Our DHS uses pillowcases for the children, if they have them. This is a great idea. We forget how fortunate we are. Thanks for sharing a glimpse of your summer with us. Thanks for participating and being a great encouragement to keep going even when we don't like the background.

Linda said...

Oh, Vickie! You did a great job with your projects! I love the family quilt! What a great quilt for a ranch family! The quilt you finished for your mother turned out really pretty despite your fears earlier! It will brighten up her days! The little bags for CPS are wonderful! What a great thing to do for these children!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

fantastic projects Vicki!! the quilt is just gorgeous, you do great work

StitchinByTheLake said...

Vickie you just amaze me - your family quilt is so wonderful and so meaningful, and your mother's quilt so bright and beautiful. But the darling CPS bags grabbed my heart. As an educator I so often dealt with kids who had been taken out of their homes with their clothes in a garbage bag...a sadness not like any other. What a wonderful idea, and one I'm going to do some thinking about. blessings, marlene

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

Beautiful quilts and I love the gingham bags!

Cathy said...

Your family quilt is amazing. It`s an heirloom for sure. All your projects are fabulous really. The CPS bags are thoughtful. Gingham is the perfect choice. I enjoyed my visit. Thanks so much.

Mdm Samm said...

I feel very country....now the brand M ?? why M....it certainly is everywhere...that is soooo cool...More stars perhaps? each project is so unique and certainly very colourful....your gingham bags are adorable...again everything so country and very TEXAS..

gpc said...

What great quilts, and love the personal branding. The bags are lovely. I worked with homeless people for several years and always hated seeing them with garbage bags of belongings.

Scrapatches said...

Good Morning, Miss Vickie! I always enjoy a visit to your beautiful ranch to see your beautiful photos and enjoy your beautiful creations. Makes my heart sing. If I could, I would be singing "Buffalo Gals" but the neighbors might think I'd done dropped my basket this time so I shall just hum quietly.

I love your quilt and quilting. It was very interesting to see all the ways your ranch brand appears in your and it is the perfect touch for your quilt. The quilting really caught my eye even before you explained the uniqueness.

The garden quilt is colorful like a beautifully jumbled patch of wildflowers.

The bags for the children in transition are a great idea. I have donated quilts and other items to this type of need but never thought about a special bag for the few possessions they may take with them.

Thank you for sharing your beautiful summer ... :) Pat

the girlfriend gap said...

A smile in the Morning is the best Morning :) Your creations made me smile. I think your pieced background is perfect. I love Pat Sloan.... wish she would sell her energy pill :) Your mom is going to love what you made for her. And bless you for shining your light in a dark world. The kids will be blessed. Have a happy day stitching away. A Sewing sister in Christ :) Janita

Lori said...

wow your projects are so gorgeous. your mom is going to love her quilt. you have such a wonderful caring heart, it comes out. thanks for sharing and for inspiring

Lana said...

Oh Vickie...these are MARVELOUS! We have a ranch and this has really inspired me! We need one of those quilts for the guest cottages for sure...loved all the branding..even in the fireplace!!! And I too love your flower quilt! Colors everywhere!!! Brilliant!
and for those sweet bags...someday you will know what a blessing those are to those little kids...just precious...

Dorian said...

Those are some great projects!

krislovesfabric said...

So much to see here!! Great projects, all beauties!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

The family cowboy quilt is great! Love the brand. Great label on the bag.

Needled Mom said...

Your quilt is gorgeous and has so much thought put into it. The little personal bags are such a wonderful idea too. I know they mean a lot to the recipients. Great projects.

Amy said...

You always do amazing work! I love all the details you put into everything. The quilts. I love them both. The border around the end just makes those stars pop. The little tag on you bags is just precious and so true. I also enjoyed seeing your brand everywhere. Very cool!!

Carol said...

I need a ranch so my photos can look this good. Seriously, your quilt looks gorgeous in Amy's pattern and there it is hanging on a fence looking so cool! I love all the "M's" in it, too, along with the significance of the stars.Those bags are such a sweet way to help out. Of course, now I'll have Buffalo Gals running through my head all day! LOL

toniaconner said...

Beautiful work and projects, not that I would expect anything less. OOOh, did I say that out loud, my green is showing. :-) Love the branding. Would you share the pattern for the CPS bags? Looks sorta like a pillowcase. I'm involved with a group that serves breakfast to the home less down by the river. We have men and women, this would be nice for them as well. all kinds of ideas are cropping up in my mind using this bag. Thanks for sharing. Enjoyed.
Be safe and Blessings,
tonia

Heleen Groot said...

Your ranch quilt (or rodeo quilt or is it cowboy quilt) looks fantastic. I like the symbolism behind the stars and the brand....how special is that. Amazing. Loving the garden, especially the flowers. What a fantastic idea those bags are. You hear about these children being moved with bin bags. Now they have their very own travelling bag. That is a wonderful gift. Purpose indeed. You did loads this summer. Very impressed with the projects. Just a little disappointed that there was not a 'stash in sight! ;)

Carla said...

I'll use your words, "EUREKA ! YIPPEE! YEE HAW ! WOO HOO ! WHOOP WHOOP !" What a beauty of a post with quilting eye candy and photos that can not be topped. I noticed your brand quilting right away (love that). I love the personal additions to the quilt and the love you poured into it. Now, look what you did to that background. You made it sing. That must have been such a fun class and look at what you created from all that "smartness," a smile for your momma. Her heart will sing. You are such a giving soul and those bags are the icing on this blog post cake. A little warmth to someone in need. Just gives me goose flesh. Congrats on your top pick of the day, well deserved, my friend.

Lovelli Quilts said...

Beautiful cowgirl quilt. Thank you for the wonderful bags, I know several foster kids removed from their homes. It is a scary, traumatic process and your bags will bring a smile to their faces.

Jane's Quilting said...

Your quilt is adorable! I love how you accented it, and also how you got your inspiration. Your garden quilt is equally beautiful. I like the fabric that you choose.

Susan said...

Your challenge quilt looks like it was supposed to all go together. I like the way you branded your quilt. I think the bags for the children are perfect and I like the message you add to them. Our local CPS uses backpacks for the kids.

Joyce Carter said...

Vickie, you never disappoint.The quilt is just gorgeous! I love the design and the quilting is so awesome. This will be a great treasure to keep in the family.
The bags are really cute and I understand the need for these kids to have something.I have seen so much happening around where I live. It is horrible for kids to have to go through something like this. Some kids have never heard of Jesus. So I think it is very important to let them know that there is someone that loves them and is there for them no matter what is going on. Thank you for helping out and being a part of their lives.
Thank you so much for sharing your projects today. It is always a pleasure visiting you.

Julie in WA said...

Your quilt projects are impressive, but my favorite part of your sharing is the Jesus Loves me label on the bags. Great message for children in turmoil!

Joan Kawano said...

You've done it again, wowed us with your incredible creativity! Great job on all!

Jeanie said...

Oh my, girl.... you have outdone yourself! I'm loving that family quilt and your brand on everything. I had to look for a second to see it in the fireplace....so clever. And the bags for the children are just wonderful. It gives them such a bright spot in the middle of chaos and heartbreak. Thanks for sharing these projects and for being a blessing to those children in a time of need.

Rachaeldaisy said...

Vickie, I just love everything you make. You really pay attention to details and have a way of adding your own special touch. Each of these projects is absolutely wonderful.

LJ said...

YEE HAW!! When I think about branding I think cows, belt buckels, and even the brand on the trailer but fireplaces and showers...what a total hoot!! Your cowgirl quilt is marvelous and I love all the extra memories you sewed into it. The bags are wonderful and using the gingham and especially the brown (for a boy) was perfect. You put so much thoughtfulness into your projects; I love that. Blessings.

Nancy said...

Vickie, Vickie, Vickie, WOW!! You never cease to amaze me with all the Love and details that go into your Creations!! I absolutely Love the Antique Cowgirl Quilt!! I use to sing the Buffalo Girl song at campouts around campfires when I was a Girl Scout then I taught it to my troops, oh memories!! Thank the Lord their are wonderful women like you helping out the Children of CPS, you are a Angel!! Big Huggs, Nancy

Doris Rice said...

Girlfriend you've ROCKED it again! The quilt is so personal and a treasure for sure! I hope your label reflects your story! I know you and I know it does! You mom's quilt is so very creative! Beautiful job! And some child will have a nice bag in an awful situation and I'm sure it will help make them feel much better. You're so thoughtful. Now I can't wait to see it on Tuesday too!

Farm Quilter said...

Love your Watkins Star quilt! The way you personalized it with the stars representing your family, the buffalo head nickels and the quilting of your brand...fabulous!!! The way you used to gingham is perfect, especially with the little heart with Yes, Jesus loves you! Perfect reminder for those poor little ones whose parents aren't doing right by them. Bless you for laying a little healing on their hearts and shining a ray of Son shine their way.

Jackie Thompson said...

Thank you for making those bags for kids, and more importantly, for including Jesus! Beautiful!

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

OH your Cowgirl quilt is fabulous! I love the panel and the buffalo head nickel buttons was a great idea. Your Pat Sloan quilt is beautiful too. I think your mom will love it. Great idea for the bags for CPS. Yours are very special.

Janarama said...

Amazing cowgirl quilt. The added touches that make this your family quilt are very clever.

Joanne said...

I love your quilts! They are simply stunning, each in it's own way. I love that you quilted the brand into your project. I think we should all do something like that. The gingham is perfect for the bags! One of my quilting groups is looking for a new service project (to go along with our pillowcases for domestic violence shelters) and these bags would be perfect. Did you make the pattern yourself or follow another? If you would be willing to share the pattern name or information with me, I would really appreciate it. Thanks for sharing your talents and creations with us today. :-)

Mary Pat Callihan said...

Hi Vickie! Okay, first off, I also helped Amy, but giiirrlll, my quilt did not look ANYTHING like your amazing creation! Lovely! Just lovely.
My favorite is the quilt for your mom....it is so wonderful, beautiful, smilingly fabulous!! I wish I could make it! I saved a picture of it. I also enjoyed your tenacity in making it work!

madebymeinred said...

It's no surprise. You've treated us to so many beautiful quilts. They are not just gorgeous but filled with meaning. Great project your guild is working on. I'm sure it does help children in transition.

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

Wow Vicki,
your family quilt is fantastic, all the lovely details, absoutely a highlight in this hop.
The garden quilt is beautiful too, I love all the colors and your quilting is so great!
Thanks for sharing.

Quilt n Queen said...

Vickie...you did an amazing job creating a family quilt using the 'Cowgirl Attitude' panel. You personalized it in sooo many ways, The detail and planning for the quilt show just how creative you are!! Love your 'Mom's Garden' quilt...it is soooooooo happy, your Mom will LOVE it!! Love the gingham bags with your sweet label. An awesome guild project, appreciated so much by the children...they are sure to brighten their spirits. Thanks for sharing your summer sewing projects!! Happy stitching, Pauline

Mary said...

Vicki your quilt with the Cowgirls is wonderful. I absolutely love it. Your Mom's Garden is so sweet. Love your idea for the gingham bags.

Thearica said...

I didnt get a chance to come over on Friday.. Your quilt has made my morning! That is tee-totally fabulous! But I expected no less from you! The mom's garden wallhanging is too sweet! The gingham bags will be loved for a very long time. great service work you are doing there.

Leah said...

Love your quilt. The logos are fun to see too. Great projects, and wonderful way to use your gingham for your bags.

Deonn said...

Wow! These are awesome projects, Vicki - love both the quilts and got a kick out of your brand on everything - very cool design! And how sweet the CPS bags are, especially with your little note!

Brandy Pettit said...

I love how your brand is incorporated into everything, it's so fun and great job persevering with your mom's quilt! I'm in the process of a similar project, and it's taking all I have to continue with it. But I will, especially since my mom keeps me company when I work on it. Thank you for sharing your projects Vickie!
~Brandy

The Slow Quilter said...

That is a great brand and to put it on the quilt was a great idea. All of your projects a great and I love the bags.

Rhonda R said...

I love your quilts. The family quilt is such a treasure and the garden quilt is lovely. How clever of you to incorporate your brand. Thanks for sharing.

Debby said...

Hi, Vickie. Yes, I'm late to the party. Been on the road and back in the saddle teaching! Completely overlooked these hops. Your Texas quilt is awesome! and everything else is, too. Love those brands on everything. You've been busy and it shows. Say "hi" to Titus!

Linda J said...

I don't know which quilt is more stunning, Vickie! wowie what eye candy. Good use of the gingham for a charitable endeavor. THX for sharing with us.

Susie Q said...

Hi Vickie your Amy quilt is amazing and I love the pictures, so nice to give it the personal touch with your family. I love ranches and farms!!!!! The bags are so sweet and a lovely idea for children who are upset. Thanks for sharing. Hugs Susie x

Judy said...

Vickie, now I had to jump right away to your blog. I am a little behind commenting, but my kiddies have the flue, so mommy has really no spare time to spend some time in front of the computer... Today is a little bit better.... When I saw the pic on Samm's site, I knew exactly where to jump....IIIIAAAA, lol.
And when I saw the sign on the fireplace, I could not stop laughing, you are living your sign, perfect!
Your quilt is gorgeous, so full of details, just great. I love it. Your other projects as well, but you know, there is always something which directly goes to the heart, and this is Missus Lucky Luke :-)

Mara said...

So fun seeing your brand on everything, and your quilt that you started in Pat Sloan's class looks wonderful, your mom will love it during the cold winter months to come.