Friday, December 26, 2008

God is so good

Can I tell you about my china cabinet? Thanks. When we were house hunting more than 15 years ago, we were praying and asking God for a house. We were really wanting our own house after renting for several years. Well, I had always wanted a china cabinet so I could finally unpack my china. I was thinking along the lines of--"God, one of those corner little china cabinets would do just fine." But I asked Him for a China Cabinet. Well, He gave me a twelve foot six inch china cabinet. It was a real problem at first. I unpacked the china and that's about all I had to fill it up. What a problem to have, huh? Over the years I've been gifted with beautiful things to display in it. God is so good. The Bible says we have not because we ask not. His timing is a different story. LOL We waited five years for our prayers to be answered. I know nothing like Abraham and Sarah, right?


Show and Tell of a different variety

It's supernatural! It's angelic! And I just wanted to share some more of what I collect.

This one is my newest one

that I received for Christmas.

And of course the piggy ornaments.

Santa appears to be worried about the pigs ability to fly.


Tuesday, December 23, 2008

I'm still alive

Yeah, just been busy like everyone else this time of year. DH was on vacation last week. He had plans to get so much done outside on his hog pens and the weather didn't cooperate (freezing cold -- no freezing precip). We did haul some to the auction in Gainesville and then three to the butcher in Weatherford for customers. We shopped for Christmas on Monday, hauled hogs Tuesday, Kraz-z Quilters party on Wednesday, DH left to go deer hunting on Thursday thru Saturday, Sunday we celebrated Christmas with our kids and families. And the Saturday before I had my guild party. I don't work full time as many of you do so I can't imagine what it would be like to do everything and work also.

But in the mix of all of this I've been having headaches. I'm thinking they are sinus headaches. And I think I must have pulled something in my back between my shoulder blades. So Ibuprofen has been a friend lately.

I made four of Terry Atkinson's Fat Sacks (link in sidebar under Tutorials). Her directions are very easy to follow and the bags are really substantial for grocery shopping. I made mine to use for Christmas gifts. I bought four yards of ducking at Wal-Mart. I wanted something substantial and yet inexpensive. I'm not sure the ducking would machine wash well but spot cleaning would work. In Terry's pattern she recommends home decor fabric. That would work well too if you have some say left over from a project or you have a source from a discount fabric store or a Goodwill. Hey, old draperies would work to cut some from. I'm into SAVING MONEY. You could even add a pocket if you so desired. I have a little fabric left over and I'm thinking of making smaller bags for like cards or items that need a little protection from other items in your shopping bag. I didn't think my boys would like this fabric (too colorful) so I wrapped DD and DIL's presents in these and bought them some at Wal-Mart. I was going to make some for them but the headaches started.

I FOUND some fabric under my quilting machine's table. Do you ever do that? I thought, "Where did this come from?" I don't buy this kind of fabric. There were scraps of velveteen, corduroy, and some really neat stuff. I decided it must have been some my sister in Florida sent me. She shops at her local Goodwill and finds things all the time. Speaking of my sister -- she and her DH will be visiting after Christmas. Yay!

I have joined a challenge. Lindi invited me to join in her Get It Done Challenge for 2009. The challenge is to finish UFOs in 2009. Just the push I need to finish my daughter's Dresden Plate quilt. The one she was supposed to have received when she graduated from high school. She has since graduated from college and married. Hmmmm yeah it will be a challenge. But I will get it done!

We bought a new camera while shopping. It is a Nikon S550. The pic of the bag above was taken with it. And I will leave you with a snapshot of my DGKs. Mason didn't want to sit for his picture to be taken.

Merry Christmas and May God bless you and your family,

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Another crumb quilt link

If you're interested here's another good link to crumb quilting also sometimes called mile a minute quilting. This one is a good speed piecing way found at Quilting is Still My Passion . I also have a link to her blog in my sidebar under tutorials where you can find tutorials for quilting.

Blessings and Merry Christmas,

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

It's humming



I'm not sure it's singing but it's humming. I like it better anyway. Ladies, what do you think?
The first picture was taken with my camera and the second with another camera. The second photo's colors are more true.

All I've got to do now is sew them all together; decide on borders; sew them and then I'll be done. Don't nobody set a stopwatch you hear?

Blessings and Merry Christmas,

Sunday, December 07, 2008

A New Addition on Sidebar

I have added a new addition to my sidebar. It is titled Links to Tutorials. As I find tutorials on the web that I believe will be beneficial to my readers I will add them to this list. The Sew Mama Sew blog has many tutorials including a classic tote . And if you are looking for gifts to make for Christmas Sew Mama Sew has many suggestions.

Last night as DH was gone deer hunting I sewed some on the Navy Four Patch Stacked Posies.
Last month I had asked a question about the setting. It wasn't "singing" to me as Bonnie Hunter says. I am trying something else and hopefully it will "sing". I also watched videos on the computer on quilting. Very interesting. Again I have links to quilt related videos in my sidebar.

Blessings and Merry Christmas,

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Star BOM #9

I got this done today and it was easy.


Friday, December 05, 2008

Checking out the crumbs

I hadn't read Bonnie Hunter's web pages in a while so today I checked them out. I've always been intrigued with her scrappy patterns. I really prefer scrap quilts you know the ones that are Really made from scraps and not jelly rolls or charms packs, etc. etc. I am amazed at the Bonnie's Crumb quilts. I found another pattern (sorta) that I would consider a good crumb quilt.

Maybe in the near future I will begin a crumb quilt with leftover SCRAPS.


Thursday, December 04, 2008

Bread Making

After reading Judy L's blog post about bread making and her onion rolls, I wanted to make some. :-P So the bread maker is doing it's thing. Years ago before I got this bread maker I kneaded my own bread. I really enjoyed the process. It was like hand quilting for me-very theraputic. And there's just something about the feel of bread dough. The best I can describe it -- it's like the feel of a baby's bottom--soft as a baby's bottom. I generally try to make all of our bread be it a yeast bread or cornbread (from scratch) with an occasional batch of biscuits. I like being able to choose my own ingredients--like honey and olive oil. Today I am experimenting. I put about a half cup of corn meal in place of part of the all-purpose flour and put in three teaspoons dried minced onion. I'll let you know how my version of onion rolls turns out. We have leftover meatloaf and I think onion rolls will make good sandwiches. It is smelling pretty good already and it is just rising.
Okay, I shaped them (wasn't sure how big to make them) and I think I could've made them smaller. (You think?!) Probably could've gotten two more. AND next time I will mash them flatter so they don't rise up so high. They tasted good. I think next time I will use fresh onions, though.

I made cinnamon rolls for Larry's shop crew the other morning. He brought home an empty jelly roll pan. I guess they liked them. Even though I don't knead the dough anymore; if I make rolls or decide to bake my bread in a loaf pan in the oven I still get my "fix" of touching the dough. I have a cookbook--Farm Journal's Homemade Breads published by Doubleday--that has been very helpful in my learning how to make good bread. I have gone to my public library and read books. I am not an expert by any means and will probably never make some of the breads recipes out there--I am learning never to say never, though. LOL

So I guess what I would like to say to anyone. If you think you would like to make bread--read some books and allow yourself some time (several risings take time but hey, we're women we already know how to multi-task, right?)--and just do it.

Blessings and happy quilting and bread making,

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Dirt work and fabric basket

You betcha! When we were in San Angelo for Thanksgiving, the dirt flew! Not really flew more like slung. Larry's brother had helped his mom & dad take out a flower bed prior to Thanksgiving and that day they set stepping stones between the house and carport. There was slinging of dirt and tamping down stones. Mason helped don't you know. And there was lots of supervision as in any group effort. LOL

And here is my first effort at making fabric baskets with cotton clothesline. It's a door prize today at Kraz-z Quilters.
Remember the reason for the season? Christmas that is. Christ. Praise His name. Lord of lords.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Psalms 136

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
His love endures forever.

Give thanks to the God of gods.
His love endures forever.

Give thanks to the Lord of lords:
His love endures forever.

to Him who alone does great wonders,
His love endures forever.

who by His understanding made the heavens,
His love endures forever.

who spread out the earth upon the waters,
His love endures forever.

who made the great lights--
His love endures forever.

the sun to govern the day,
His love endures forever.

the moon and stars to govern the night,
His love endures forever.

to him who struck down the firstborn of Eygpt
His love endures forever.

and brought Israel out from among them
His love endures forever.

with a mighty hand and outstretched arm;
His love endures forever.

to him who divided the Red Sea asunder
His love endures forever.

and brought Israel through the midst of it,
His love endures forever.

But swept Pharoah and his army into the Red Sea;
His love endures forever.

to Him who led His people through the desert,
His love endures forever.

who struck down great kings,
His love endures forever.

and killed mighty kings--
His love endures forever.

Sihon king of the Amorites
His love endures forever.

and Og king of Bashan--
His love endures forever.

and gave their land as an inheritance ,
His love endures forever.

an inheritance to His servant Israel;
His love endures forever.

to the One who remembered us in our
low estate;
His love endures forever.

and freed us from our enemies,
His love endures forever.

and Who gives food to every creature,
His love endures forever.

Give thanks to the God of heaven.
His love endures forever.

God bless you and your families and have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Defrosting freezers

No quilting going on around here. Yesterday I got the upright defrosted. Today I transferred contents of chest freezer to upright and started on it. I think chest freezers are a lot easier to defrost other than the whole diving thing for this vertically challenged person-- still has my tummy hurting. Our upright has the coils under each shelf and seems to take forever to melt enough to turn loose (anybody have a better way, please leave a comment). I used my blow dryer to speed it up. But with the chest freezer--just turn off and use the blow dryer a little and then scrape with an ice scraper like you use on your car windshield and scoop up the ice with a Rubbermaid dust pan and ta da you're done. You know in the process of moving things around in the freezers I FOUND things. Made me say "I didn't know we still had some of that!"
Or in some cases, "Ewwww, how old is that?!" Max (the dog) has been enjoying some of the fruits of my labors. HeeHee!

Well, anyway, we're ready for our beef and venison from the butcher.


Thursday, November 20, 2008

Star BOM #8

This block was more challenging. I don't always like being challenged but I know it's good for me! Things I learned: 1. Stay focused and THINK about what you're doing ; ) 2. Don't wad it up and throw it in the trash can--breathe 3. It's not nearly as bad as I think it is. 4. Frogging (rip, rip) never hurt anyone LOL


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Disappearing 9 Patch Done

Yeah, baby! I finished tying it yesterday afternoon. In the process of tying I found a place I had snipped with a cutter or scissors. 8-( Oh, no, what do I do now? Well, you do some embellishing. I just happened to have some handy dandy just right color yo-yos made from when I got the yo-yo makers in and was practicing before I demonstrated them. I turned the back to the front and sewed it down with one of the decorative stitches on my sewing machine. I'm telling you the reason it took me so long to complete this--after buying the backing fabric I sssoooo wanted to cut it to make a 4 Patch Stacked Posies. I restrained myself--it was very hard. I'm glad I did. I just love that fabric.


Monday, November 17, 2008

Just call me a pig wrangler!

This time it was the litter DH had weaned from their momma on Sunday. Momma and babies got reunited. Momma got their gate open. If you've ever nursed a baby you can sympathize with her; she was probably hurting something awful. ANYWAY, when I went to feed I see all these (make that eight) little pigs running out in our grass field behind their momma. Oh, joy, not again. At least they're not fifty and sixty pounders. More like ten pounders. I got 'em in their pen. Yeah! DH got a phone call though something like--I think we need to talk about these pigs!

And yes, I told the young man who helped me the other day I owe him a home cooked meal. Good thing it wasn't tonight; dinner would have been late, huh?

And yes, I used to make chow-chow with green tomatoes but I still have some that I made last year. And since we don't seem to be great fans of chow-chow I don't see putting in all that work. Especially when I'd rather be quilting ;D ! I'm having a little problem with the quilting machine so I'm tying the disappearing nine patch baby quilt. I am so good at making things harder than what they have to be. Here I am thinking I will tie at each corner of a big square. Sounded like a good idea. 'Cept I didn't separate the embroidery floss and Dixie had suggested I use a combination of purple and green. Looks real good! It's like pulling teeth to get it through those corners though. So my hand is hurting, my knees are hurting (it's on the floor-remember I'm good at making things harder than what they have to be?) and I'm tired. Did I mention that I broke two needle threaders trying to thread the floss through the eye of the needle? Good thing I know someone who sells them, huh?

Goodnight and blessings,

Vintage embroidery patterns and green tomatoes

What a combination?! I had to have the pig embroidery pattern and I loved Jacque Hencell's quilt tops for future great grandchildren (that's planning) she had made using the frogs and balloon girl. I picked the green tomatoes Saturday before our killing frost. I have these two containers, two other buckets, and a cardboard box of tomatoes. The cardboard box I set in the garage to keep cool so all these don't turn red at once and so we have a supply of red tomatoes for several weeks.

DH went deer hunting again this weekend. Remember my previous post with the sew-in ; ). He got him a very nice deer and had a wonderful time. I'm so glad. And I had a wonderful time with my friends, guild meeting, and putterings around the house. BUT big but, (not butt which I know mine seems to keep get larger and larger each year) I didn't enjoy the surprise I got when I went down to feed Saturday afternoon. I am feeding the animals now since daylight savings time ended. DH goes to work in the dark and comes home in the dark. Can't feed animals in the dark. Well, you can but it's not a good practice. You need to observe them in daylight to see how they are doing. ANYWAY, since DH was away deer hunting I was designated feeder. I went down to feed Saturday afternoon and SURPRISE. The young boar pigs had somehow gotten their gate open and four were out of the pen and running around the barn. The other four stayed in the pen. GOOD BOYS! These boys are no longer babies. They weigh probably fifty to sixty pounds, my guess. DH has a young man he works with who is my designated person to call when I encounter such kinds of problems. I called he came--pigs back in pen. Whew! Nothing like a good workout catching fifty to sixty pound pigs. Heehee!

God bless you,

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Guild meeting today and I have a question

We had a wonderful WCQG meeting today and a really neat program. Jacque Hencell brought a
trunk show called "If Quilts Could Talk". She was a very good speaker. I just wished her quilt holders would have held her quilts straight and a little longer. Jacque gave us permission to take pictures. She also sells vintage embroidery patterns. I will post pictures of the ones I bought on another post.
Now for my question. I decided to go ahead and post a picture of this project because the one receiving it doesn't know they are receiving it so it's okay. I need your input please. I thought setting these blocks this way was a good idea orignally. This afternoon after laying it out; I'm not so sure. What do you think? Leave it. Use one color. Or change it entirely? This layout will have the focus fabric as an outer border and maybe another smaller inner border if ya'll think it needs it.
Thanks for your advice.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Sew-in Day Retreat

And fun we had! Thursday afternoon I decided to call and invite my quilting ladies over for a sew-in day retreat on Friday. Two could make it and another came by to share lunch after teaching school a half day. Priscilla squared up blocks for the Jackie Robinson quilt she is working on and Dixie started on a fabric basket that Priscilla had shown us how to make(I am making myself finish some UFOs before I make a fabric basket--I sure do want to make one, though). I cut triangles for setting the Navy 4 Patch Stacked Posies. I am trying another kind of setting from what I've used before. I will post pictures when I get it together. This is for someone and I'm not sure if they read this blog or not so will have to wait until they receive it before I post a picture.

We had a lot of fun. I made a pot of stew and a pan of cornbread. We definitely want to repeat this Sew-in Day Retreat.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Star BOM Block #7

Another one done and waiting for #8 on the 15th.
Blessings everyone,

Monday, November 10, 2008

Another giveaway to enter!

Not mine, sorry. But Abbie is giving away a quilt! I entered and I was #230. Hurry on over because she will be drawing on Nov. 14.
God's blessings be upon you,

The DGKs

Yes, the darling grandchildren came for the weekend. All three! First time for all three to sleep over at our house. We had a blast. The weather was perfect for playing outside--leaves falling and the temps in the seventies. We went to the park after getting ice cream. But boy, oh boy, I was one tired grandma Sat. nite. I was in bed by 9:30. The kids all fell asleep between 8 and 8:30. Whew! Thank God the older two are eight and six years old. I don't know how I could handle it if they all were a lot younger!

Friday, November 07, 2008

Picture of Giveaway

Patricia has received her giveaway package and has an excellent picture here. I really enjoyed making this bag. It is based on The Essential Tote by Lazy Girl Designs. It was my first tote bag to make from scratch. I've put together some bags that were kits that were partially assembled. This tote pattern is SO easy. Of course, I did my own thing. I had some blocks left over from the Purple 4 Patch Stacked Posies and used them and I love the way it turned out. I even used some of the leftover sashing. I even used some of the leftover blocks for pockets on the interior and I used two blocks and made yo-yos with buttons in the middle to decorate the bottom pleat that made the bag sit flat. I had seen SOMEWHERE to do it on the outside instead of the inside and I really liked that idea. Sorry, my camera was acting up and that picture didn't turn out. I didn't know if I could use a block and make a yo-yo and now I do! I BELIEVE in using what you've got. This has given me ideas to make more bags using orphan blocks from other projects for Christmas gifts for all my girls.
Lindi, if and when you read this would you email me your mailing address. I have a surprise for you.
God's blessings be upon you,

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Please pray then vote

Our country needs our prayers especially today as we vote for our next president. My prayer is for a president who is a Christian; follows after God's heart; willing to lead our country with Christian principles; and most of all the president whom God would appoint as our leader. Amen

Please exercise your right as a citizen of this wonderful country and go vote.

God's blessings be upon you,

Monday, November 03, 2008

To answer your question

Anonymous asked me if I had the pattern Funky Boxes. No, I don't. But I have one very similar called Round and Round . Click on the name; it takes you to Quilt Country's web site and scroll down to find the pattern.
Patricia, I finished what I was working on for you tonight. I have one more thing I want to shop for and then Wednesday--I want to show DH what I have done--and he is horn hunting (if you know what I mean) LOL and then Wednesday I will take it to the post office and it will be on it's way to you.

God's blessings to you,

Sunday, November 02, 2008

New Look

Do you like my new look? Thanks to Aqua Poppy Designs for my makeover and it was free and easy! She does custom work as well so hurry on over and visit her site.


Wednesday, October 29, 2008

We have a winner!

Patricia! Yes, you. Ladies, Patricia put her entry on the wrong post but she was entered just the same. Congratulations, Patricia.

This was such fun. I may have to do this again soon.


Sunday, October 26, 2008

And the winner is!

Grace! Comment #9 on giveaway post. Congratulations! Grace, I don't have any way to get in touch with you. Please leave a comment or email me by Wednesday Oct. 29. If I don't hear from you by 9:00pm on Oct. 29 my time I will draw another name.

Blessings and thank you all for participating in my giveaway,

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

To whett your appetite

Let this whett your appetite. This is the Purple 4 Patch Stacked Posies that was in my UFO List. I found this fabric in a tote in our room we meet in each Wednesday for Kraz-z Quilters. The fabrics are two colorways of the same print. I finished this quilt top yesterday. In the post below you can leave a comment and be entered for my giveaway which includes the pattern to make this quilt.


Monday, October 20, 2008

I received the package from Australia! Time for my 100th post giveaway!

Thank you, Lindi, at Quilty Threads and Other Things. I've never received mail from Australia. How fun! In the package was a scarf--with ribbons woven through the yarn, a piggy bath scrubber, bath salts, warm black socks, and candies--with cute little koalas on them.

Drum roll please. Thank you. And now I am announcing my own 100th post giveaway. It is the pattern, 4 Patch Stacked Posies by H.D. Designs and more goodies. Leave a comment telling me how and when you started quilting and you will be entered in my giveaway--making sure I can find you if your name is drawn. If you don't have a blog you can still enter by leaving a comment with your email or clicking on my profile and sending me an email. Spread the word.
P. S. I will draw on my birthday, Oct. 26, at 9:00pm.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Here's some pictures from the Quilt Show

Here are some of the quilts from our 2008 Wise Co. Quilt Guild.
Pictured above is Fran Bass with one of the "Rabbit" quilts. And below is Fran pictured with her "Heart" quilt. Beside her is Jean Vining with the 50th wedding anniversary quilt she and family members made and presented to her sister Alice.

And here I am in my Quilt Catering booth with two shoppers from Paradise Piecemakers Nelda Davis and Maurine Begemann. Below right is Donna Hill with her 4 Patch Stacked Posies she allowed me to display in my booth.

Yaaah! I learned to scan pictures and post them to the internet.

Next post is #100. You know what that means? You got it--it's time for a giveaway. So spread the word.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Star BOM Block #6

Here is Block #6. I must have sewn and ripped out the center pinwheel about four times before I got it acceptable. Just me--there are days like that. All together it wasn't a hard block at all. I started to change the fabrics but decided to leave it as per pattern instructions. I may remake later. The colors make me think of chocolate covered cherries.


Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Time flys doesn't it?

Where does the time go? Away for sure. Well, I didn't get the piecing done I wanted to last week. VBS I did get some pillowcase kits cut out and a sample sewn up. Then I cut out more fat quarters to put in my booth. Then I helped with the quilt show. Then I set up my booth. I did really well with it. I really enjoy meeting and visiting other quilters. There were some really pretty quilts. Sorry no pictures. Bad blogger. I was too busy. I will see if I can get Fran to email me some. Speaking of Fran--very talented lady even though she doesn't think she so. She does wonderful machine quilting on her sewing machine. She and her daughter like to make projects together. They did rabbit quilts. Each was done in 30's fabric with bunnies, carrots, radishes, etc. all over. Just adorable. Then Fran quilted them with her imagination. Fantastic! I gotta get you pictures. And the one that won viewer's choice was amazing! A fiftieth wedding anniversary quilt with hand embroidery and applique done by a very talented lady in our guild.

In this photo he is playing with my baby doll. This will not be his favorite when he grows up.

Then Saturday after the show we kept DGS Mason overnight so DS and DDIL could go out. He is walking now--no, make that running. From the time he wakes up in the morning until he goes to sleep at night with maybe a short nap in between--if you're in the car. I wish I had half--make that a fourth of his energy. I really want to get all three of the grandkids together so they can have fun together and get to know each other. The older two missed out on Mason crawling and when my DD told my DGD that Mason was walking she couldn't believe it. Oh, and by the way we have some very gifted grandchildren. DD told me DGS#1 is reading on a fourth grade level and in second grade and DGD is reading on a third grade level and is in first grade. They were both read to a lot from the time they were babies and on up. It truly makes a difference.

In this photo he is wearing rubber boots and walking with Papaw.

Well, I've got some things to get done. Ya'll be blessed.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Here's a link with instructions to make a pillowcase. The first part of the video is part of a Block of a Month program but keep watching and the instructions for the pillowcase comes last. I posted the link because I don't have time right now to find out how to load a you tube video.

Our quilts are all up and my booth is up for the Wise County Quilt Guild Quilt Show 2008. Doors open at 10:00am tomorrow. I can't make up my mind which quilt to vote my choice for viewer's choice. I'm thinking I'm going to go to sleep and dream of quilts swirling around and around.


Monday, October 06, 2008

Block #5 Star BOM

I really like this one. If you scroll down a few posts you can see my other blocks.

It is cool (60's) and rainy this morning. I hope to get a lot of sewing (that means piecing) done this week. I am going to cut out some kits to put in my booth I will have at our Wise Co. Quilt Guild quilt show coming up this weekend. I will be helping at the end of the week with the show. I also have to bake another loaf of my Lemon Zucchini Bread for the bake sale. So if I don't post anymore this week you'll know I'm very busy.


Sunday, October 05, 2008


We took our darling visitor to the airport this afternoon. DV has decided to move. I was very surprised at my emotions over the last several days. I had gotten very attached in the last 5 to 6 weeks. I may be lost for a couple of days adjusting to DV's absence.
God bless her.
And blessings to all,

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Star BOM

Okay, I know I said I wasn't going to participate in Judy L's Star BOM but; you know I COULDN'T STAND for all the gals participating to have all the fun so here I go. I've worked really fast to get all caught up before Oct. 1 and block #5 comes out.

Fabrics selected. They look washed out with the flash.

Block #l

Block #2

Block #3

Block #4

Thanks, Judy, for this BOM. I am really enjoying it.

Blessings to all,