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Nov 23, 2015

Just Before Thanksgiving

Hi everyone! 
This is a busy time around my house.....getting ready for Thanksgiving......all that cooking.....you know how it is.
I did manage to get some sewing in. I sewed two borders on this beauty. I love it. The final measurement is 70 inches square.
Then, last week I quilted my hand embroidered ABC quilt at a great place I mentions some posts back, "Seldom Seen Quilting Studio" in Waxahachie, Texas. Diana, the owner, is always on hand to help and give suggestions.

Here's a close up. Now to get the binding on......maybe after Thanksgiving........giggles!!!

Nov 14, 2015

9-Patch Variation

I was looking thru one of my many quilt books
Some of you may be familiar with this one. I found something I liked & threw myself into the project. Here's what I have so far.
I've used only scraps from my stash. All I need to do now is decide on a couple of borders

Nov 10, 2015

Mini Wednesday - Loads of Photos

Hi everyone! I've finally recovered from the Houston Quilt Show....hehehehehehe
First off, "A Storm Brewing" is quilted. It took me a few days to come up with an idea of how to get it done.
Mini measures 14" by 15 1/2".

This that out of the way, I've started on a new "mini" which I've names "Home by the Stresm"
I know you'll be wondering about that name when you see the mini but it's all I could come up with. I may need better suggestions from you all......
Auditioning fabric is one of my favorite past times.
I decided to use that beigie fabric as the sky...not sure what the second will be at the moment.

Found the blue shimmery fabric, cut it into a flowing stream design and moved the grayish fabric below it as a stopping point.

Brown fabric for soil and green for a grassy area.

I have a great array of tree bark fabrics so I'm using mostly the birch bark on this project.

Some of the tree trunks look better leaning or chewed off.

Add the beaver and some grass here and there. I'm liking the look. 
Got it quilted & bound. It measures 12 1/2" by 15 1/2"
What to you think?? And do suggest a better name for this mini. 

Nov 1, 2015

Houston Quilt Show

My wacky girlfriends & I went to the quilt show in Houston. We opted for a tour bus adventure & were very pleased about the whole thing. There's so much construction going around the Center that it would have been a nightmare to find parking.
Here are a few of my favorite quilts. Enjoy!!
Some of the quilts where mixed media using fabric, thread & paint to get the results they wanted.
I purchased loads of thread but didn't take a photo of them.
Someone asked which Frival I chose last week. That's it above.

Oct 28, 2015

Mini Wednesday

"A Storm Brewing"
 is this week's mini but I'm not sure I like this one.
A buffalo is suppose to be grazing on the prairie with a stormy sky as the main event in the background. 

The sky is suppose to look turbulent but I don't know if I've pulled it off. Mr. Cowboy says that I need more blues and grays. I started with a McKenna Ryan background that goes from a dark to light pinkish tan.
I've added a dark green line to show a bit of the foreground when the buffalo is to stand and so grass. (This is only a placement....no pressing yet.)

I got sick of mess with it and pressed it all down but I'm thinking of starting over.
Help!! What are your thoughts??

Oct 21, 2015

Mini Wednesday

"66 T-Bird Road Trip"
This is the latest installment of mini quilts.
I've had this piece for a couple of years made from scraps of Moda fabrics. It's been lost, found, shuffled around & well, I'm finally doing something about it!!
I'm thinking driving down the middle of the highway is the way to go on this one. I'm not sure about the greenery as of yet.
I improved with more interest on the sides of the road & and added mountains ahead.
It needed something else so I added a tree line. Much better!
Now on to quilting & binding.....
I followed the cloud pattern of the fabric.
I meandered around the T-Bird.
Did some straight stitching on the grassy area.
Then did binding in black. The finished mini measures 12 3/4" by 18 1/2". All fabrics are from my scrap basket.
Love it!!!

Oct 20, 2015

Trunk Show at Sew What

My wacky group went to our local quilt the other day, Sew What! We had a great time as Brenda J. showed us her fantastic traditional quilts & machine embroidery quilt collection. Afterwards there were some wonderful give away oppertunities.

 I won a collectible box of "Frivols." Then I purchased 3 Grunge fabrics from Moda. I am gleeful & jumping up & down. Can't you feel the earth trembling??

Halloween Haunt Winners!!

Again, many thanks for everyone who dropped by my blog to help celebrate Halloween Haunts 2015!!
As promised but a couple of days late here are the winners of my give-away....

Audrey Neufeld whose comment was: How hauntingly wonderful. Those trees and house have me feeling all creepy. Thanks for sharing both your finished product and the tutorial. I am bookmarking this one.
Audrey, you have won the Jack O' Lantern mug rug.... congratulations!!

The next winner is QuiltShopGal who said: Amazing Halloween theme quilts. Excellent tutorial. Thank you. I definitely want to give this a try. And so nice of you to make such cute mug rugs for a giveaway.
You have won the House Haunt mug rug.... congratulations!!

All you'll need to do is leave a comment and a way for me to contact you via email so that I can mail these mug rugs out as soon as possible!!!

Oct 16, 2015

Halloween Haunts 2015 Blog Hop

Greetings & welcome to Ravelly1 otherwise known as Rhonda's blog.
 Many thanks to Marian from Seams To Be Sew for inviting me to join this fabulous hop!!

Make sure you also check out the other bloggers who are presenting today. They are listed below, just click on each name.

I'm sharing my own design, House Haunters with everyone. I started the blocks a couple of years ago but Marian lit a fire under me when she invited me to be a part of the Hop. Thanks again, Marian!!

This photo is looks a bit fuzzy but that's the beauty of it, I think.
Each block measures 8 1/2" by 11 1/2" but you could easily enlarge the designs to your desire.
Below are the free designs that you are welcome to try out! The trees are not included. I added those the  other week before machine quilting everything.
This quilt measures 24" X 33".
This post is a little long but if you stick with me, there's a neat little surprise or two at the end!!!
After printing off one of the designs, I use a light-box, pencil and Steam-a-Seam fabric adhesive. Placing the design "face down" I trace off each piece.
All traced off and design is now face up.
I now start the fun process of auditioning fabrics. McKenna Ryan's gradated  fabric is going to be my background......love this fabric.
Here are the other fabrics I chose. I may not use all of them but this is a good start.
In the above and below photos, I wanted to talk about small designs that need to have the "inside" cut out before you cut around the outside. This makes for easier cutting.

Everything has been cut and laid out on a pressing sheet that allows you to iron on it without the adhesive sticking to it.
It's starting to take shape on the pressing sheet.
Here's how it looks before quilting begins.
Free Designs

To receive each house, just right click on each design, copy each one, then save to a folder for later use. As I said earlier, I used a light-box to trace each design onto my favorite fabric adhesive....Steam-a-Seam! With some of the designs, I decided "NOT" to use all the parts, which is up to you, as well. 

I love Jack O Lanterns
so I whipped out this guy!
I used orange, black, brown and green scraps from varied fabrics then machine quilted everything.
He measures 13" square.
If you've made it thus far.........hang on because.............

It's Give-a-Way Time

If you've made it this far, it's time for the give-a-ways!!!!
I love to make little goodies to give away.
All you'll need to do is leave a comment making sure that I'll be able to contact you should you win this cute little guy or the House Haunter. 
This applies to the Non-responders especially. Should I not be able to contact you, the next place person(s) would have a chance at these cute mug rugs. I'll announce the winners on my blog on the 18th around eleven PMish.
Good luck everyone!!!

Jack O' Lantern mug rug
7 1/2" by 8 1/2"
House Haunter mug rug 
10 1/2" by 11"
Remember to leave a comment in order to get in on the mug rugs give-away.

Also the Fat Quarter Shop is doing a $25 Gift Certificate each day. Yeeeppie!!!! Just click on the link below to get your name in the "hat" for the gift certificate.

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If my link for the gift certificate doesn't work.....pop over to
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