Monday, December 23, 2013

String Quilt, e and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

My string quilt is finished except for the hand stitching the binding down.  I used C&T Publishing's wash-away applique sheets for the applique.  I'll let you know how I like it after it is washed.  It sure was easy though.  Just ran the sheets through the AccuQuilt Go, ironed them to the back of the fabric, cut out a scant 1/4" around and then glued or starched the edges down and machine appliqued.  I like this technique so sure hope I like how the quilt "feels" once it is washed.  Suppose to wash away to just a light weight fiber.  We'll see.  I did not like how Ricky Tims' wash away applique felt after it was washed.
Enough.  Here are pictures:

I need a better place to take pictures!! 
I used a piped binding on my red, white & blue quilt.  Really like it!

I made this a couple of years ago but since it is Christmas, here is my snowman wall hanging:
And my Christmas quilt (I believe it is a Sue Garmon pattern) and pillow:

Y'all have a MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Winter Storm

Thank goodness we didn't get ice as bad as a lot of areas.  Here are pictures
 of our woods:

It was so pretty!  Not lot this morning's dreary rain, rain, rain!!!
Lit'l Bit never gets on Bruta's bed but for some reason she decided to and Bruta refused to lay down until we moved her!! 
What a pathetic look on his face!!  He isn't doing well at all, but he is still hanging in there.  With him on lassix, it is like having a new baby.  David & I take turns at night taking him outside. 
David's friend has an English bulldog he wants to give to us.  The bulldog is one year old.  I haven't seen him but David says he is so ugly that he is cute.  Don't know if I'm up to another dog with Bruta so ill.  We'll see what happens.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Christmas time is for sharing

Wednesday, we had my sewing group and their husbands for a soup or chili
 dinner.  We had such a great time.  I don't know why I didn't take pictures.  Just having too much fun!
I did get my Christmas decorations up.  Here is the tree.  (My walls are not that yellow!!)

Our boxer has cardiomyopathy.  We are hoping he makes it through the holidays.  He has lost so much weight even though he is still eating.  Vet says it is taking all of his energy to pump his heart.  So sad!! 
Not much quilting.  I did get the last of my great-niece's quilts finished.  She has taken her deceased father-in-law's shirts and made them into small quilts for each of the siblings.  I didn't take pictures of her other three (only did a meander on them) because my battery in my camera was dead.  This one has a camo backing so I thought I would do a panto.  I have probably only done less than 10 pantos since I started longarming in 1998.  You can see why.  But I do like the leaf panto.  Looks like the ground of the woods when hunting. 

I have great respect for those who do pantos.  I just don't like the back of the machine -- or following lines.  But some of the pantos are so darned cute that I buy them and then they just lay in the drawer.
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Friday, November 29, 2013

Red, White, Blue Quilt plus

I knew I was going to take awhile on this quilt but not nearly 3 weeks!!  But it was not because of all the marking ---  I just needed a break from the longarm to get my creative mojo back!! Here are some pictures of the quilt -- just lack the binding but my machines are in the shop so that will have to wait.

Littl' Bit has found her spot during this cold spell:
And my Christmas cactus -- how do you say cactus in plural?????
Here is the back of the quilt:

Hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving!!!  Ours begin today when the kids get here. 

Monday, November 11, 2013

Red, white & blue

Happy Veteran's Day!!!!  We need to honor all of our veterans every day not just on Nov. 11!!!
So apropos that on machine Monday I have my red, white & blue quilt on the longarm. 

Six hours of quilting and all I have accomplished is the first 4 borders!!!!  It's going to be on awhile.  There is a lot of marking to do the red border.  I started this before 2004 -- don't know exactly what year but it was before we moved to the country.  The pattern is from an old Fons & Porter magazine.  It is going to be a pretty masculine quilt. 

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Snowman Quilt Finished

I have no idea who did this pattern but it is pretty darn cute! 
Some close-ups of some of the blocks:

And more:

Well, you get the idea.  A early 2000 quilt finished!!
And another 2003 project finished:

I have it made into a pillow.  Just need to get the "stuffing" for the pillow and it is finished!  Ten years in the making!!!!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Machine Monday

This is what is on the machine today.  A snowman throughout the year that I taught at Klassy Katz in Bartlett many, many moons ago.  It will be on a bed this Christmas.

I don't remember who did the pattern and I cannot find it -- which doesn't mean anything!!  I just have too much "stuff".

Saturday, November 2, 2013

String Quilt in Process

I loved Barb's string quilt so had to make my version of it.  Here are the appliques -- great eye candy!
I now have the two rows of the flower appliques finished and the center of the quilt sewn together.  I still need to machine applique the two side borders and get them sewn on.  Then it will be ready for the longarm.
So much fun -- and used so much fabric!!! 
My father turned what I think is my grandmother's cast iron pot into a flower pot.  My nephew, Bruce, had rescued it when my parents house was sold and brought it to me this summer.  It is now planted with pansies.   Sorry I didn't get a better picture.

Friday, October 25, 2013

HoHoHo and a ho-hum quilt

Here is Nancy's cute, cute, cute Christmas table runner:

And my ho-hum quilt.   I made this years (like, 10 years!!!) ago and it is now finished!!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Paula's Quilts

My niece, Paula, made this quilt -- her version of a Kim Diehl quilt.  So, so pretty!!

This is Mike's (Paula's husband) grandmother's DWR.  It was hand pieced and I did have a few issues and there are a couple (well, maybe more than a couple) of tiny pleats because of  the fullness.  But I think his grandmother will be very happy to see it quilted.

Love the back, too.  Hope Mike & Paula are pleased with it.
Now, I have this big bucket of scraps that I am going to turn into a string quilt.  Stay tuned to see how this pile is transformed.
Have a blessed day!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

A Friday Finish!!

My version of Kim Diehl's Pie in the Sky is quilted.  Just need to get the binding sewn on.  I really, really like these fabrics.  I bought them at the last AQS in Knoxville, TN.

And my Roll, Roll Cotton Boll is pieced and ready to quilt.  I added the wide outer border because I am going to scallop the border once it is quilted.
Here is a picture of Roo doing his funky chicken dance!
Who would have ever thunk you could love a silly rooster?????

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Civil War & Bonnie Hunter

How's that for a title??!!!  Here is my version of Bonnie Hunter's Roll, Roll Cotton Boll.  Still lack the pieced border but this is an accomplishment since there were over 600 tiny half squares to make!!  Thank goodness for the AccuQuilt Go cutter!!
I didn't do the string alternate blocks but just made them scrappy using several tan fabrics.  I especially like the name Bonnie gave this quilt since I grew up on a cotton farm in Texas.  Can't wait to get the pieced borders finished.
Here is Barb's civil war quilt. 

Barb said all the little pieces were pre-cut.  Love all the fabrics.