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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Chickens Quilt Top Finished!

The Chickens from Buggy Barn are finished as a quilt top and now are ready to be quilted. My multi-talented husband will do that job on our Little Gracie Pro II with Juki machine. He does such a good job, when he has time. The outdoor jobs are taking a lot time this summer, so he's not getting many minutes on the machine. It's so dry and no rain, so he's trying to keep everything alive with watering them.

I feel so sorry for the people in the mid-west---they don't all have the air-conditioning, I don't think like we do in the South. They were talking about Heat Indices in the 120+. That is awful. Hope it will end soon. Our temps here in Northern Texas have been 100+ for many days now and we need rain so badly. Heat Indices in the 100 - 105+ range. Maybe higher!

Hope you can stay in where it is cool!

Let quilting help you make someone smile!


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Electric Blue Chicken

Here is the Electric Blue Chicken and Friends. This is still just the top and needs to be quilted yet. These chickens were done with the pattern from Buggy Barn from the book called "Certifiably Crazy." Once I caught on to what we were doing, I was fine, but it took awhile to wrap my head around it. Out of the box for me!!! But now they are going right along. I did eight for this quilt and will do 8 with stars and 8 with hearts for the quilt for me. Yes, I'm going to keep one for myself and add it to my room that is overflowing with barn and chicken quilts! What fun!

Is everyone having this terrible heat? We keep hearing about the Northeast having temperatures as bad as we are having here in Texas---Is that old saying true then? If you have a bad winter, then you will have a bad summer. Seems to be holding true here.

Let quilting help you make someone smile!


Thursday, July 7, 2011

Buggy Barn Chicks

This was way out of my box, probably into the next county---but I had to give these chicks a try because they are so cute..............so here are the first two "practice"ones that I made yesterday and today----they took me awhile to figure out, but I think I finally got it!!! YEAH!!!!! This was definitely a different way to do blocks, but it was fun after I figured it out and I'm still not sure I'm doing it just right!! LOL! I used scraps from my stash to do these first blocks as practice blocks.

The pattern is a Buggy Barn pattern and is called "Barn Chicks" and is in the book "Certifiably Crazy." Don't know how many practice blocks I'll do------maybe a couple more so I feel very comfortable with the pattern.

Our heat wave is still with us---our outdoor thermometer has been getting up to 105 degrees every day for the past week now----------just plain too hot, even with the A/C running, IMHO!!! LOL! The weatherman says no rain in sight, except a couple days of a 10% chance of scattered showers!!

Everyone stay cool, if you are in a hot place, too!!

Let quilting help you make someone smile!


Monday, July 4, 2011

New Adventure in Quilting!

Tried something new this week and it was fun! The grandgirls had sent us pictures that they had drawn and I decided to try to make mini quilts out of them It was an adventure and fun at the same time. I used their pictures as patterns and there you go..................

The top picture shows Ilena's picture. She is 5 years old and drew a picture of a rain storm with raindrops and all and a rainbow----that was quite a challenge, I used a quilt stencil for the baptist fan for the rainbow. It worked quite well!

The second picture shows Isabel's "quilt" picture. She is 8 years old. Her Art teacher got them started making "quilts" by just drawing a grid for them. Some I made into 2.5" squares. Others are 3.5 x 4.5" rectangles. Some I had to add to to make them the right size---I just played with them until they were right. I used all bright and happy colors. This one was lots of fun to do!

Hope you all had a Happy Fourth of July and remembered the soldiers that give of themselves in service to this country that we can remain free! Thanks to all of them!

Let quilting help you give someone a smile!