Saturday, October 28, 2017

The End of October

Isn't this the cutest quilt ever !
 It's called "Smitten Kitten" and I just purchased the PDF pattern from  Sew Fresh Quilts
My 6 year old granddaughter is kitty cat crazy and loves Grammie's quilts. So here's hoping Grammie gets it done in time for Christmas or for her birthday January 1st.


 Congratulations to Me !
 I wanted to get this "Farmers Wife" finished this year... I started it 3-4 years ago and I was so tired of that thing starring at me every time I opened the closet door in my sewing room !
Does that ever happen to you ? 
I never did liked the fabrics I chose or the tiny pieces in the blocks.

(I ALWAYS fall for those BOM's with little bitty blocks ! WHY ??!!! ) 

My blocks were, well, lets just say- not all the same size. 
The traditional setting wasn't an option because of that.
My friend Sherri suggested setting them on point, this way I could trim them all down to the same size.  OK great idea !
Then I decided to add corner pieces to get a secondary design 
and WA-LA, it looks great and it's done,  El-complet-O, no more, nadda, finished !

The reason I was able to finish the FW is because I took it to
 Quilts With A Heart Retreat Center for the weekend. It was the only thing I took with me so.... I HAD to work on it. Do ya'll ever trick yourselves like that ?

The next week after my stay at the retreat, we held our Brownwood Quilters' Guild meeting at Quilts With A Heart Retreat Center so the guild members could tour the new facility.

Look who came for a visit.... Doniene !


Until next time,
God Bless You !

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Scrap Busted

 I told you in a previous post I had been sewing up a storm ? 
Here's some of the things I made. 
 I was on a mission to use up my scraps..... 
Then one day I had this great idea, so I called my friend Nancy. 
"Hey Nancy, you want to come over and help me and sew some baby quilts ?"
So, sew we did....that day she and I made 60 string blocks. We had a great time ! 


 Over the next couple of months I worked on my scrap stash of squares that were anywhere from 3" to 6" and 2 1/2" strips along with those "ODD" ones we all have. 
I wound up with 36 baby quilts, 5 bed runners and two table toppers. 
Some baby quilts are for charity and some are to sell. 
These pictures are from my booth at our guild's quilt show this past weekend.     

 I did manage to get rid of most of scrap stash....and let me tell you.....
 "IT FELT WONDERFUL"
Now I'll buy more fabric and start a new scrap stash !   
Invite a friend to come sew, it's fun quality time well spent !
Until next time,
God Bless you ! 



Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Catching You Up

 Let's start the catch up pictures with the tractor quilt that was supposed to be a Christmas present....last year. Well, it didn't happen. I first blogged a little about it HERE. I did however get it ready for my Tractor Boy's 3rd birthday this past August. He loves it !     



 This is an extra block I made from the "Bringing Home the Tree" quilt I posted about previously. I sent this to my mom, along with the the pumpkin wall hanging below.  
 This is a little kit I ordered from Shabby Fabrics 
It goes together so fast (it's prefused and lazer cut)
I added a few crystals to give it a little bling. 
Hot fix crystals are new to me and I like them !  


These next 3 pictures are bed runners I made for a hospice care center in Abilene,Texas.

This one is a "Turning Twenty" made from a Pat Sloan fabric line. 

 This one is a string quilt, I've been on a mission to use up my scraps. 

 This one is a "Squash Blossom" pattern. I presented it as a BOM at my quilt guild  
and these are some of the blocks. It made a really pretty bed runner.
 I blogged about this block HERE


This is a "Tessellating Texas" quilt I made in a class. I donated it to a group of ladies who make love covers for hospitals. 
They do the quilting and choose the organization to give it to. 

 I still have a lot more to catch you up on but, until next time
God Bless you !


Linking up again this week with 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Well Laid Plans

Hi ya'll ! Yes I'm still around and I've missed you ! ....am I going to start blogging more ?
I have good intentions. 
 But, you know what they say about well laid plans and good intentions ! 
However, since I didn't blog for 7 months, I sewed up a storm ! I decided I was going to use up my scraps. I've made BUNCHES of donation and sale baby quilts along with bed runners for a local hospice facility, along with many other things.
 I'll share those things later so I'll have something to blog about. (good intention #1)

I have been very busy with things around the ranch and traveling. 

We visited South Dakota in June for my little Mama's 93 birthday ! 
 My beautiful mom, sisters and me,
 (my brother had crazy eyes so I didn't want to post the one with him) 
Each time I say goodbye it gets harder and harder,
 but I know my sister and brother take very good care of her.

After we left Mom we went to the Black Hills in South Dakota, 
then Ranchman and I went on an adventure--
We drove through Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, stayed in Las Vegas (where I won a little !) went to the Sky Walk on the west side of the Grand Canyon, continued on to Tombstone (Ranchman and I love the history of the old west) then we drove through New Mexico, on into El Paso and home. It was over 4,000 miles and so much beautiful country to see. I loved the desert, but I wouldn't want to live there. From Phoenix to Tombstone the temps reached 119 ! Not my kind of weather...I've decided I'm a fair weather kind of girl....
therefore I live in Texas....makes sense right ?   
So here's a little of what I've been up to in my sewing room. 
This pattern is called "Bringing Home the Tree" by Buttermilk Basin. 
It is my most favorite quilt I've EVER made. When I left it with Angela McCorkle so she could do some of her famous award winning quilting on it, I kissed it goodbye till we meet again ! When I say award winning, one of the places Angela won this year,
 was spring Paducah !
That's another thing I did this year was go to the spring Paducah quilt show with Angela, and our other friend Sherri. 
 Then in August I stayed at Angela's newly built, 
Quilts With A Heart Retreat Center. Each of us had our own quilt kit all cut out and ready to sew. It's made by sewing 7 strips then sub-cutting 7 times. I think I may be the only one that's finished...Angela also has it to quilt.
The pattern is called "Seven Letters" by Miss Rosie's Quilt Co. 
 I love retreats, and the gals I was with were FUN !

Until next time !
God bless you,

Linking up with Lorna




Monday, March 20, 2017

Valentine Baby

 Hello blog friends ! I hope this post finds you doing well.
 I thought I would just pop in to show you I'm still around. 
I haven't been behind my sewing machine very much since before Christmas other than to make this quilt for a couple in our Cowboy Church who had a baby girl right before Valentines Day. 

I also had to come up with a BOM for the Brownwood Quilters' Guild
meeting.....since we would be bringing the finished blocks back in February, I thought it would be fun to exchange Valentine blocks.
If you would like to make these blocks, instructions can be found HERE


Have a great day!