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Monday, July 11, 2016

Looking at things that I have done and gotten!

I picked up these spools that were used in big machines.  You can tell by the side that has the grooves in it.

I love wooden things and spools.  There is a sock darner in the basket too.  I have quite a few of those.  The shapes are fun.  I got one in an antique shop once.  The very young woman at the desk said, " oh!  You got the masher."  She thought you would use it in the kitchen to mash something!  I had to explain what it really was.  She thought I was crazy that people would darn their socks instead of just throwing them out!

I got this guitar case a while ago.  And have been doing modge podge on it.  Fabric and paper.  Covered the inside of this one with fabric.  Used it once, and I got 2 sweaters and a pair of shoes in it.  I do not play guitar.  I'm using it for a suitcase. 

I also covered these.  They were the forms that came in a pair of sneakers!  I have plans for these....

I finished  this 9 patch quilt.  All hand quilted and ready to sell.  Asking $750 and shipping. 

Different angle to see some of the quilting.

I love the colors and the flower print!

This is "Split Squares", and it's for sale. 

Very bright colors and fun!  Also $750 plus shipping.  If you have questions, just put them in the comments and I'll email from that.

Another fun thing that I made is this covered cotton rope necklace!  It was a practice piece to see about doing this.  It was fun and pretty easy to make.
I was just outside for about 20 minutes, and so sweaty!  Just so humid and hot.  I have 2 fans going in the sewing room just to keep the air moving.  So not working on big quilts right now.  Doing smaller pieces and finishing other projects.
I can see where people live when they check out my blog... very interesting!  Mauritius had about 113 hits one day!  It's a small island east of Madagascar.  Strange, but I'm keeping an eye on where the hits come from.....  have trouble believing that there are that many quilters, all with computers that all wanted to check out the blog.  ? 
Had a great lunch out with some friends.  Older women who keep me in line!  They are a blast!  My Mom used  to tell me that you should have friends of every age.  The older ones have experience and can help out.  The younger ones can keep you informed of all the new stuff out there!  Good idea to me! 
So?!  What are you working on?  New ideas?  Finishing up things that have been in a pile for a while?  I have a fun piece that is fairly small that I'm just playing around and quilting very differently for me.  Isn't that why we are doing this!  So I'm going back to work in here and have a wine cooler later.  It's my anniversary!  35 years!  Terry will be back from work tomorrow, and we'll go out later this week.  I figure, as long as we celebrate some time this year, that works for me!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Norris quilt show on the 4th

What a variety of quilts this time!  Love the whales! 

It's a part that folds over from the back.  Very cute! 

Always room for tigger!  The baby quilts looked so cozy.

This one was is a pattern, but the maker changed several things to make it more personal.  Took a blue ribbon!

Colorful Town!  Pat has moved to Georgia, but she made sure her quilt was here.

The challenge was to make a still life.  Mine is the rusty truck with a flat tire!  Got a second place ribbon!  The yellow tea pot was third,

and the flowers were first place.  I voted for the flowers!  Just too pretty!  I think most little boys voted for the truck.

There is "Warp 9".  A 9 patch design with a star trek joke in it!  Got a second place on it!

More in this wall hanging group.  Lots of fun designs.

this was the first place ribbon in the wallhanging group.  I love it!  Just so sweet.

Close up of one block.  The fabrics just made it wonderful.

That's mine!  A fun one about the first day of spring.  The birds figure out a way to kiss even though their height is so different. 

great quilt for kids!!!  Just love the crayons!

Very modern one by Sally! 

Love the Hawaiian one!  I need to get another one lined up to work on.  They are very soothing to work on.  And the bargello one is very well done!

Here's another close up of the little quilt.  I just love the flowers and birds.  Each block is so different and fun.

This is the one of my family's pictures.  My son took a lot of the pictures in this one.  I grouped them by family events, and earlier years at the top.  Lots of hand quilting in this one.
Lots of wonderful appliqued quilts this year!  I love this one!  Just soft and creative.

The house reminds me of ginger bread houses.
It's is a small show that had a great selection of quilts.  Go to all sized shows.  So many women are hesitant to enter, but the small shows really do have great quilts.  The great big shows will knock your socks off, and some women get intimidated by the winners.  Well if you are making quilts to just win at shows, then get extra socks.  But if you are making them for fun and to be creative, remember, you get to keep those!!! 
4th of July in Norris is the best.  I love going there.  The Dog Show with the kids and their pets.  Home baked pies, I got a chocolate pecan this year!  The BBQ chicken lunch by the Lions Club was good.  I got there early enough to get chicken this year.  Got books at the library, they sell some every year to get new books.  I love to watch the kids with their races and going down the slip and slide.  Every age group is out and about.  Dogs every where and they all are behaving.  And the wonderful quilt show.  I spent most of the afternoon there.  It was so hot outside.  Got up to 97!  People were coming in to cool off, but they really did love the quilts. 
So it's raining today, a nice steady rain.  I do love that.  Seems to clean everything off and the plants almost look like they could sing in the shower.  I'm taking it easy today and will get to my quilting.  Laundry is almost done, but it can sit in the dryer for a while.  Got an English movie from the library sale.  It's true English humor... so now I can quilt!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Get started!

Ok, I have these blocks that I made when I made a couple for the guild's block drawing.  I wanted to win those, but never do.  So I made a few more and I'm playing around with these.  Going modern, which means throw the rules out the window and have some fun!

This is a great idea to protect your scissors no matter where you are!

On Facebook, there are so  many inspirations!  I love these blue doors.  Just great designs!

And a wonderful metal door!  Love the rivets  and over lays.

and pictures like this make me want to paint.  I did for a very short time and loved it.  But you need a separate space for that mess.
Life is what happens when you are making plans. 
Life is all about Plan B. 
Two sayings that are kicking in right now.  So I'll keep quilting while stuff just happens.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Eye Candy!

This is the SMQ quilt show.  I only got to spend 1 hour there while Terry went and got a compressor.  So the quilts are not supposed to be shown on line...but I figure, this way more people can see them.  Just don't use them as exact patterns.  OK?
I love the colors in this one.  My camera didn't get a clear shot because I was trying to go around so quickly.

Love the detail in the border.  Looks like reverse applique!  Sweet!

Some quilts are so complicated, it just blows my mind.  This is one of them.

Very stuttel with the colors.  Made it interesting.

And this is mine!  Got an honorable mention!  Just fun colors and the strips in the blocks were scraps.  Didn't even make a dent in the scrap bag(s)!

This has a brighter green in it than what my camera picked up.  She did a great job with the flying geese in the wavy border!

So different!  Love it!

this is "Patty's Worst Nightmare" by Gloria Felter.  A great friend of mine from Thursday Bee.  I am not crazy about Sunbonnet Sues, and there is a long story about that... So she did this for a challenge piece.  I'm the one in the dragon coat, and all the "Sues" are different ladies from Bee.  She picked out fabrics to represent each person!  Great Job to Gloria!!!!

Here's her "Just for Fun" ribbon.

I really love the colors in this and the movement in the whole piece. 

Details of this quilt here,

and here.  Lots of great animals in each block.

Just love the birds on the wires! 

I'm into circle right now... so I had to have this one!

There's my other one in the show...

Love the border that looks like the laces running through it!

Closer shot of mine.  I had the whole quilt done and quilted without the little circles.  It just didn't have enough spark to it.  So I appliqued the circles on later.  Not the best way to do it.  The circles are totally round, but they really make the quilt pop.

Great tree with the water falling around it.

Lots of modern quilts in there too! with great quilting in them.

Nicely done!

Loretta's quilt!  I hadn't seen this one yet.

Jean Lester's quilt.  She has writings on the strips.

I have seen this pattern, and there is so much detail in it!  She did a great job.

Great modern one!

You can see the wonderful quilting designs there!

Sewing machines!

Some quilts just take my breath away when I turn the corner!

I have done this technique, and want to do more of those kinds of quilts.

This is a modern one and there's the award!

Linda Roy's best of show!

Always love her work!


Tone's leaves.

Tone's family and friends do exchanges every year.  So this is one...

and this one.....

Here is a map design!

This is one woman's aging process.

This tree and birds was so well done!

Here's the close up of the birds nest.

Tone's piece!

Just when I think I'm getting good, there's a quilt that reminds me that I have a long way to go.  It's beautiful.

And this one is so lovely!

Close up of the rider.

And of the women in the corner!
Now as I'm writing this later than when I tried to put the pictures up, some didn't seem to "stay on the site".  I can try to put those up again.  Like I say, I'm not the greatest on the putor!  Yesterday, we got home from the weekend at the track.  I was so tired and was trying to help Terry unload and clear up.  Run to the store for food, and do laundry.  So somewhere in there, I down loaded the pictures and walked away.  So this morning, the computer has decided to drop some things.
The weekend was great!  I'm not the fastest out there by any means, but I do love driving and laughing out there!  Had a great instructor that really, really helped me get faster and smoother!  The heat over the weekend was getting to me, and he didn't even break out in a sweat!
Terry is flying around the track and loving it!  We probably won't get to a track weekend again until the fall.  Have to have a little more work done outside on the driveway, so expenses will go towards that. 
Remember to have fun!  The quilt meeting last night was a hoot!  Lots of laughing and different things going on.  Love the crazy ladies!  When I tell them I was at the track, they just look at me like the deer in the headlights.  You do what?  Well, you need lots of interests to be an interesting person!  So find lots of things to enjoy.