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 !
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
Sew Peace to Peace

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Have a happy day. God bless you.