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Jan 10, 2019

Squirrel

 
I loved the movie "UP" and watch it whenever it replays on TV. 
The dogs attention spans were short in the first place and when someone yells "squirrel," the dogs go crazy & forget what they were suppose to do.
A short story to say my string quilt project has taken a backseat to another grandbaby.
I'll be back in a couple of weeks maybe.....LOL!!





Jan 7, 2019

I've Made It Complicated String

I mentioned yesterday that I'm using Bea Ogesby's book on birds and Flowers. Well things have gotten a bit complicated.  Mr. Cowboy walked by, took a look and said, "The birds look naked!"
Sometimes I could just box his ears but I knew he was right.....SIGH!!!!!!!!  And I had made tentative plans to do just that.
So back to the drawing board. I decided to add a few branches and leaves.

I'll do some hand embroidery on this one which is the Northern Cardinal.


On the Cedar Waxwing, I've added a winding branch and leaves. I may add some berries but at this point I really need to pull back and not over do things.
What are your thoughts on the matter????
Have I bitten off more than I want to chew.....LOL!?

Jan 6, 2019

Sunday Evening String

Greetings all! I didn't think I'd get back to sewing but Mr. Cowboy didn't need me for feeding so I was able to sew a couple of days and was able to finish the string quilt top.
I used a type of tissue paper as a foundation and had to peel off the pieces from the back of each block.  Whew! That took a bit of time.
Then it was on to the borders. Gene asked about the size of the blocks. They are 9 1/2 inches unfinished. Also, someone asked about the coordinating colors.....that's a funny story that I'm sure we've all had to deal with. The fabrics were in a box that got pushed back to the dark side of the closet...hehehehehe, so when I found it the other week I couldn't remember what I'd saved them for and there was no design instructions saved either. So, string it would be.


 After sewing on a 1 1/2 inch strip of the reddish fabric because I didn't have much of it left, I added a 4 inch strip of the moss green.

I really had to think about the last border because I knew I need to use black but it was going to look "non interesting!"  After sleeping on it, I came up with the idea of adding birds
I had a book by Bea Oglesby, "Birds - Flowers Album" which I love, so I've decided to place several birds around the black border. This first one is the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher.
I will also add branches and leaves. I plan to stitch each bird, branch and leaf onto the black border before I stitch that border onto the rest of the quilt. If some of the bird parts flow into the quilt, I'll fold that part out of the way, stitch the border to the quilt and then finish the part afterwards.



Jan 1, 2019

Stringing in the New Year

I finally got some time to myself & decided to sew.
I'm sure you remember this beginning from the other day.
I decided to use gray on the one side & included a strip of black to accent those colors.

On the other side I'm using a pale green, another black strip & a large black floral.
Here's what the blocks look when turned with the florals in the center.
Here's what it looks like wth the black in the center.
Stay tuned for more later.
What are you doing this week? I'd love to hear from you.




2019

Happy New Year everyone!!!

Dec 29, 2018

Stringing With Some Friends

Gene & a couple of other blogging friends prodding me into the string fever so I got into the sewing room, pulled out some tissue like paper for foundation, decided on a center & got that glued in place. Like Gene, I'm a bit OCD, which means for me, I can't just go with totally pulling random strips from a bag. I had to at least have a center in one fabric all the way through.

Dec 27, 2018

String Quilts

My good friend Gene asked about my string quilts. He hadn't seen them in a while, so I'm reposting some of the ones I've done in the recent past.  Most come from scraps left over but the majority come from me cutting in the vast amount of fabric I have stored away and needing to refold. That's when I find most of the ideas of new string quilt designs....I know some of you know exactly what I talking about. The, "Oh wow, when did I buy that fabric," or "I didn't know I even had that one."
This one was a string challenge from my Wacky group.

 I couldn't find the photo of the whole quilt on this one but the close up is of some of my favorite fabrics.
 
This one was from strips of fabrics from many other projects.

 This one is from my red, white and black period. The rose fabric came from a quilt shop in San Antonio, TX. Funny how I can remember that and can't remember where I put my car keys.
 This was from some cowboy fabrics I had left over.
 On clue when I made this one but I do remember the 1 inch off white strip I used as an eye-popper.
 I was playing around with tone on tones in this one with dark fabrics to show off the tones.
 This one was made with all of my green fabrics. Green is my favorite color. I used several red fabric to bring out the center of the diamonds and then did a small red first border.
 Here, I was given some pink floral fabric from a lady's grandmother. I made the quilt you see for myself and made one for her as well.
 Pink, again. This one was made at the request of Ayden, my granddaughter. At the time she loved pink.
 Another red, white and black quilt. This is one design that I make often because it's a quick one and I never get tired seeing the fractured diamond effect.
 Another fractured diamond quilt but this time not only do you see the star in the middle but also the outlining border of brown and gray which is more pronounced than the one in the red/white/black one.
 Again, leftover fabric. I threw in the green as an accent and added the ABC at the last.
 I was just playing around with more scraps in this one. (Fractured diamond)
 Green/black/gray was used here...another fractured diamond type.
This one was made last year for a veteran.
Finally, this one was made a very long time ago, like 1998-ish.....LOL!!
So, that's the end of my string tour.
To see more strings from other bloggers click HERE!
 
 
 

Dec 14, 2018

Fly Like A Eagle

Here's my latest addition. At this time, I'm going to step away from my blog to celebrate the rest of the year with family and friends.

Here's one of the latest little people. Look at those cheeks. Believe you me, I pinched & kissed him until he cried enough!!
I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas, if you celebrate it, and a fantastic rest of December!! I'll see y'all in the new year!!

Dec 8, 2018

More Tangent

I made another soaring eagle using brown tones.

On to the next one. I love making the beaks & eyes. The little details are so important.
Hummmmm. It needs something more.
I like this much better. I'll need to add a tiny white dot in the eye later!!






Dec 2, 2018

Another Tangent







As you've by now guessed, I love eagles and any chance I get, I love to play around with fabric making my interpretation of their majestic bodies. So I'll be making a small-ish quilt (45" to 60") from these beauties. I need to make a few more before deciding on placement but I'm sure Mr. Cowboy will need help with the feeding and such before I can get to do much more at this point. BTW, all the eagles, so far come from my scraps of fabric which seems to be growing instead to disappearing.....huummmmmm!!
 
Many thanks to the bloggers who responded to "One Of My Favorite Things.....NOT!! It was about binding quilts.
  • Joyce commented that she doesn't like the cutting process of quilting.
  • Mary commented that she didn't like the cutting when dealing with garment sewing.
  • Barb doesn't like to stitch the one line of pieces one after the other.
  • And Gene doesn't care for binding either.
Then there was my post about the Word Cloud or Old Dog New Trick. Thanks to Mary, Gene and Magpie for your warm comments. I am looking forward to doing more "word cloud" in the near future.



Nov 29, 2018

One Of My Favorite Things...

NOT!
Binding quilts, not at all my favorite thing to do but, alas, it's a must. What is one of your not favorite things to do when it comes to quilting?

Nov 25, 2018

Old Dog - New Trick


So I was channel surfing this morning, can't remember which show but they mentioned something called "word cloud" and showed a pic of one. I was instantly interested and grabbed the old computer and googled it.
 Back story, I'd seen many of these kinds of things but never heard the name or been able to find anyone who knew how they were made. 
Google had several youtube videos on the subject and after watching a couple I learned that it was easy (well not for me. I had to watch the videos MANY times, gave up, used my iPad to pull them up so I could figure things out step by step with the computer right beside). I was in luck because I have Microsoft Word and PowerPoint programs which I use quite often. This was great!!!
Starting and stopping the video helped me to upload the necessary program to get started with my word cloud and above is my first finished one. I am so proud of this old dog who learned a new trick.
What's your old dog/new trick story? I love to hear from you.
 

Nov 17, 2018

Apple Waldorf Salad

 Here's one of my favorites at
Thanksgiving. I remember Grandma serving this salad and my brother and I gobbling it up....no pun intended.  I'll be making this is a couple of days for the family.
  1. Six Delicious  apples, diced
  2. Two diced celery sticks
  3. Seedless grapes
  4. One cup of diced pecans
  5. 1/2 to 1 cup of Greek yogurt
  6. Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate. Will last for three to four days if you're lucky.
  7. Serves family of 4 to 6
  8. If you have a large gathering, double or triple this recipe.

Nov 12, 2018

Finished The Top


Sorry about the angles & the strange coloration. My error I'm sure. Anyway, I was on a roll this morning & just couldn't stop. This is a surprise for a veteran so I really need to finish it.
Now to get it quilted.

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