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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Another Mystery Quilt Finished

This Mystery Quilt was the one that I showed pieces from the other day and today I finished the top............I wish now I would have used some of the red from the border in the center of the top, but hindsight and all that---next time I will know what to use!!!! It was a fun pattern to do and many thnaks go to Valerie on the Quilting Bee Forum for doing this! She has done several Mystery Quilts for the Bee and they have all been fun to do!

Me, I wouldn't know how to begin to write a mystery quilt---where would you even start-0--guess it's not my thing to do, but I enjoy following the patterns of others. Now I'm working on a little wool applique pin cushion that I got from The Little Wool Shop. They have lots of neat things there. I decided I wanted to try something in wool again after I did the one before of the geraniums in the crock with a flag....but I wanted to do something little............so this is what I found!

Today is Sit and Sew day at Quilt Mercantile---I always look forward to that because it is such a good time to just relax and sew with friends. We talk about just about anything and everything and get to see what each other is working on-----I've seen some beautiful works of art there!!!!

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Asian Art Quilt

This is my attempt at an "Art" quilt. I saw the kit at the Columbus Quilt Show and really liked the fabrics and colors, so I thought I would give it a try! Part of the fabrics are silk--they had to be interfaced with iron on interfacing because they tended to ravel if you even look at them!! It made sewing them quite a challenge. So now I can say I've sewn with Duponi silk!!!!

I'm working on finishing the binding on the big quilt called Liberty which is the Broken Star pattern---I showed it once before--it is a very big quilt and finally got quilted!!!! It will be nice to cuddle with this winter, but kind of hot to work on right now---even though temps have "cooled down" from 105+ to the 90's!!! LOL!

Saturday the DFW Gang got together at the little house in Ponder and sewed. There were only 3 of us that could come because the others all had other things to do. Debi worked on her Storm at Sea paper pieced blocks, Sally worked on "things" and I made one Yellow Brick Road and one-half of another--3 of Sally's friends from her quilting group stopped in and we had a good visit. Wish it wasn't quite so far away---it's over an hour and a half away for Debi and I. But then sometimes Brenda and Sally come over this way, so it all evens out in the end!

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Friday, July 24, 2009

Here they go......to Project Linus!

Here are three more for Project Linus----newly quilted and bound! I tried out a new pattern called Cornerpost--It is from an old Quiltmaker magazine---I had cut it out, so I can't even tell you which one---sorry!!!! I called it Saturday at the Park--the toile shows boys and girls at play, so I figured they were at the park!!! It makes a smaller quilt, even when I put borders on it!

The next one is called Rainbow Airplanes and is a Disappearing Nine-Patch. You make a Nine-Patch and then cut it in hal, turn the pieces on the right top and bottom left one-half turn and sew them back together and there you have it--it makes a different look.

The last one is a Yellow Brick Road, which I called Lavender and Violets, which is still my favorite---I never get tired of that pattern because no matter what I use it all tends to turn out differently. Making the pattern never gets old either--funny how that is!

Going to a Sit and Sew tomorrow and that's what I plan to work on---a Yellow Brick Road--it's easy to do and visit at the same time---doesn't require a whole lot of concentration, except in one spt where I seem to mess up everytime---can't figure out why that is---you're supposed to cut four pieces and I always end up cutting three unless I am paying attention---so I starred that part and really try to mind my p's and q's in that part!!!!!!

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Monday, July 20, 2009

Pieces of the Mystery Quilt.....

Here is another mystery quilt that I am working on---the pattern is found here and on the Quilting Bee forum------thanks to Valerie who has designed it and is putting up the clues every Monday and Thursday.

This shows what I have done up through the middle of Part #4. This is to be small--maybe wall hanging or Project Linus size quilt.

Speaking of Project Linus, we delivered some quilts to the Happiness Is...............Quilting quilt store in McKinney and Project Linus was having a sew-in day and the sewing machines were getting a work out--it was nice to see that the tables were all filled up---they couldn't have fit another person in, I don't think---they were all busy sewing away----they had just finished show and tell of a contest of patriotic quilts---they were beautiful! Now it will be nice to put a name and face together with the co-ordinator! Of course, I had to buy some $1.25 FQs while I was there---can't pass those up!!!!

DFW Gang is getting together again to have a Sit and Sew and I think I will work on more YBRs--I have 3 more to quilt and I will be caught up---Maynard is getting caught up on the big quilts, too--only 5 more of those to go---feels so good to get caught up, doesn't it!

I have been cutting out quilts though for the 2 retreats I have coming up in August, got to stay one step ahead!

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Friday, July 17, 2009

And the Winners of the Give-Away Are.............

The Winner of the jelly roll is......................Pat! Congratulations, Pat---please send me your addy and I will get this in the mail to you right away!

The Winner of the wood carved pen is.................... GARI! Congratulations, GARI----please send me your addy and I will get this in the mail to you right away!

I had my hubby pick 2 random numbers and I mixed up the names and that's how I chose the winner . Hope the winners enjoy their prizes!!!!!

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009


It's my second blogiversary and close to my 300th post and I'm having a give-away---actually two give-aways, since my hubby generously gave me one of his wood carved pens (he makes these and does such a nice job with them!) to give-away also!!! Whoo-hooo!!!!!!!

So I have a jelly roll called Woodland Bloom and a lovely wood carved pen to give away to two lucky people!

It will work like this--you must have a blog and you must answer my question ---which is---how long have you been blogging? If you don't have your email in your profile, please leave it in your comment so I can get in contact with you! I will draw on Friday probably early in the morning.

Have fun!

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Here a Chick, there a chick...

everywhere a chick, chick......the pattern for this quilt was called "Chicken Dinner"---but I changed that to "Here a Chick"---didn't like the idea of eating my cute chickens!! LOL!!! These were sure fun to make and I may have showed them before---but here they are all finished!

I've also been working on an Asian quilt that has Duponi silk as part of the fabric---the rest is cotton---it is very pretty and really caught my eye at the Columbus Quilt Show last month, I'm taking it very slowly what with working with the silk and all. The instructions have you interface the silk with a fusible interfacing before cutting out the pieces---this does make it easier to work with.

Sometimes it's good to slow down and enjoy the process and not hurry so, like I tend to do, especially with the Project Linus quilts---I usually am doing a pattern that I have done before and race right through it---I become very goal oriented and want the project done right now, so I can go on to the next one. Maybe sometimes that can be a good thing, but sometimes it's a good thing to slow down!!!!! What do you think?

Getting close to my 300th entry and my second year blogiversary!!!! Can't believe that it has been 2 years since my daughter, Anne was encouraging me and helping me to start a blog--thanks Anne! It sure has been fun and I've loved "meeting" all you people out there!! Stay tuned for a give-away---I think you'll like it!!!!

Let quilting help you make someone smile!!!


Sunday, July 5, 2009

Large Quilt for Project Linus

"Mystery Stars" is a quilt kit that was marked one-half off because it was the last of its kind leftover from a Mystery Quilt at a quilt store almost a year ago. I'm sending it to Project Linus in Dallas, Grayson, and Collin County where is will be used for a camp for children in the area. I'm glad they have a use for these large quilts because I have plenty of them myself and I like to think of it going for a good cause like this! My pile of quilts to go to the donation center is growing and my pile to be quilted is growing again, too! Think I will work on that again some this week! It's so much more fun to make the tops!!!! Trying out new patterns or even making the same old ones such as Yellow Brick Road is always fun---I like to see how they will turn out!!!!

It has cooled down into the high 80's-low 90's today--cool enough to go outside without burning up (temps have been in 100-105 deg range lately.) But the humidity has stayed high---which is what bothers me the most---always have to complain about something, I guess!!!!

Hope you all had a nice 4th of July and remembered our troops--ones here at home and abroad! It would be good to remember them every day, I think. We enjoyed watching the wonderful fireworks on TV--some really good shows were on! Our little town even had a display that was very nice.

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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Two for One for Project Linus!

Here are some more quilts that I have finished for Project Linus. One is just like the one I did before except it has different borders. The pattern was set up that way--quite clever! Mater and Lightening are so cute!!!!!

The next two are just alike so I just showed one of them. Life Up North has lots of little animals "peeking" out from everywhere---just what you'd expect to see if you went camping---guess you wouldn't really have to go up north to see them--I have friends who live in the country here in Texas and talk about raccoons and the like here! I'm hoping some little boys will like all of these! They need quilts for boys and get lots more quilts for girls---lots more fabrics are geared toward women and girls!!! I guess cause more women quilt than men, although there are more and more men quilting these days!!! Good for the men!!!!!

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