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Oct 20, 2016

Man Verses Beasts

You may not be able to see but this trap has three wild hogs in it. My cousin, Clark borrowed the trap from another cousin, Ed. Allow me to digress a bit. Up until last week Clark was into trapping "moles." You know those tiny, almost blind, sort of hairless burrowing creatures that make mounds in your yard!! Clark is the king of trapping them but for some unfashionable reason, he decides to get into this new venture. I advised him that wild hogs are not the docile creatures like the moles but he didn't seem to grasp that concept.
Mole mound where the little critter lurks!!

Back to the present. Three hog wind up in the trap & charged it & him. Suddenly Clark realizes the viciousness he faced. So Clark called on three cousins for help. Mind you, all four of these guys are over 65 years old. This was not going to be pretty.
Picture four slow moving guys with two pick-up trucks backed as close as possible to the trap with raging, salivating, ferrel hogs just waiting for an opening to making someone's day.
I couldn't watch.
Let's just say there was a lot of screaming (like a teenage girl), hollering, praying & profuse sweating. All coming from the guys. My back was turned & I was safe seated in my Jeep ( I'm no fool). But by some miracle no one was injured only a bit shaken & limping, the guys, I mean!!
The hogs, still quite unhappy, were driven away to a processing plant.

On a brighter note, cousin Thelma landed a 10 lb. catfish. Dinner looks promising!!

Oct 19, 2016

Mini Wednesday

I'm still dealing with windmills. This time I took Mr. Cowboy's suggestion to place the windmill near a barn.
I chose one of the designs I used in a previous quilt.

I'm always playing around with foreground and backgrounds. The idea was to place the windmill slightly behind the barn & on a slanted hill.

I've used a blue background fabric and turned on the wrong side to mute it even more. As someone said years ago, "It's okay to use the wrong side. You've already paid for it!"

Next I added clouds by fussy cutting shapes from another fabric.

Using crayons, I've shaded in some of the cloud area.

I found, in my stash, a novelty fabric with cows and fussy cut around a few of them. Love it!!

Oct 12, 2016

Mini Wednesday

I'm back!!! I really needed that break but am happy to be back in Blogger-land and to share my new favorite mini with you.

As you can already surmise, this one will be a windmill. Lately, I've been fascinated with them.

I tried out a cloudy background but didn't like it one bit.

This is much better.

Stringing all the tiny pieces is time consuming but rewarding. Mr. Cowboy came in to watch me which was nerve racking!!!

All done and happy!!! The reason for the changing color is some of the photos were taken during the night or under my Ott-Lite.

Oct 10, 2016

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. 

Mini Wednesday, Finally!

Greetings everyone!!!
 It's been awhile since I've posted anything with sewing ideas but today I finally get to show what I had a bit of time to accomplish between baling hay and cooking for Mr. Cowboy and his hands.
Warning.....this post is photo heavy.
Imagine me with a skillet in one hand and fabrics in another and an idea in my head. It was madness, I tell you. I'd been surfing the Net the other day and daydreaming about my new book, Landscaping Art Quilts, Step-by-Step" by Ann Loveless.

 For some reason, I've been into old trucks. I found a clipart truck that caught my eye and my head nearly exploded with a notion.
I'm using a brown grunge fabric and some old landscaping fabrics from my stash.

As always, I love to take photos when developing a project.

Watching the progress inspires me to do the best I can.

Mr. Cowboy came in from the fields and caught me playing....oh dear. He just laughed and told me to continue after I fed me, of course.

Back from feeding the masses, now I get to play with the background.

I'm not certain about that brown strip or the dotted green fabric.

I'm still not happy with the church area. Time for some sort of change.


I decided to add my signature "fence" to the scene.

I've added and blended the wild flowers around the truck. Believe it or not, Mr. Cowboy had that idea.

Close-up of the church roof. I used a black marker along with a silver one.
I don't know if you can see the head-lights but I used a fine marker to draw in the cracks.
Of course I'll have to find the time to get this all stitched down and quilted one of these days but I was so glad to get to create something.

Sep 20, 2016

Mini Wednesday & Hiatus

Greetings everyone! This mini will be my last for awhile. I'm taking a break from sewing & blogging. Nothing major, I just need to unwind.
I've been playing around with leftover scraps from other projects.
It's amazing how they pile up.
The beginnings of a log cabin.
Let's see how the cabin looks near the stream.
Hummmmm! Not sure about this look.
It's getting there.
Mr. Cowboy has a new toy...
Here he is in his new Kubota tractor. So far he hasn't allowed me near it. This is to my advantage ........ hehehehe!!!
See you all in a few weeks!

Sep 14, 2016

Mini Wednesday

"Full Moon" is what I've named this piece. It is done in shades of blue, of which I have very few scraps.
I found a clipart pic and added to it to suit my needs. 
The following photos are in reverse of how the finish came about.
The color blue is, for some reason, is not a fabric I purchase often. Hummmm, maybe it's time to go shopping!! Just kidding, I think.
Since I'm determined to use only scraps, I really had to dig deep to the bottom of my bin. I don't even have muslin. When in the world did I use all my muslin?? I guess I'll have to make a run to my local quilt shop.....hehehehehe!!

As you can see I've used the last piece of muslin for the foundation.
I don't always use a foundation on my pieces but it does stabilize a small piece.


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