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Jun 22, 2016

Mini Wednesday

So, I'll still here but doing very little sewing. However, I am getting some time in the old sewing room.
Again, I was surfing the Net the other day and ran across an interesting clip-art of the earth. The following is my interpretation of said clip-art.

I chose one of my favorite green fabrics to do the greenery.

A brown for the trunk and branches of the tree was next.

I have been waiting to use this blue fabric for some time and this project was perfect for it.
 
Now for the really fun part; cutting out, placing and moving things around.

Things are looking good. Can you spot and recognize the land masses?

I added land for the tree to rest upon. And once again, I have not stitched or quilted yet. Maybe after the Fourth of July things will settle down when family goes back home and I have time to myself.
 
 

Jun 21, 2016

County Fair Close-ups

This quilt measures 69" by 98." Sorry about the photo. This was taken before it was quilted. I didn't feel like hanging up to take a photo. Shoulder problems and all..... I worked on the blocks back in February and enjoyed every moment of creating each one, especially the old truck.




When Nature Calls was a block of the month that I designed a couple of years ago and can be found on my BOM page at the top of this blog. It's a free design so if you're interested in trying it out, all I ask is that you link back to my blog.  It measures 55" by 65."




This Texas seal quilt was a design that stems from love for my state and the gray fabric that I needed to use but had no idea what to do with. It measures 56" square.
All the quilts were made from my stash which doesn't seem to diminish.....sigh!





Jun 19, 2016

County Fair

I was pleasantly surprised that all 3 of my quilts placed First in the Adult, mixed media category. I thought about not entering anything this year but Mr. Cowboy talked me into it. Thank you honey for always encouraging me to go for it!!

Jun 17, 2016

Photos of the Week

I'm starting a new thing......again.....LOL
I've entitled it Photo or Photos of the Week. The reason being, I love taking photos, so I suppose I'm an amateur enthusiast.
I was outside the other day after a big rain and snapped these photos of mushrooms in a couple of stages of their transformations. I used my trusty iPhone for the deed.
I love the way this photo shows that little bit of sunlight off the greenery behind and just a little at the top of the mushroom.

In this photo, the mushroom has cracked open from beneath to release its spores for the next generation of mushrooms. The textures of the earth, grasses and the underside of the mushroom are fascinating to view.


 

Jun 15, 2016

Mini Wednesday

"Mythical Bird" is the name I chose for this mini which you will see why in a moment. Here's some of my process.
I know it looks like a fish at this point. Don't you just love the fabric I chose for the eye?!
As we have all heard, "the eyes are the window to the soul," so I feel it's important to give it proper attention.
Wicked beak!! The beak is hooked lending a menacing characteristic along with the eye, the face looks fierce.

Added feather in interesting places making the bird look balding.

Placement is important. This is too low.

This is better but I noticed that the teeth aren't showing up so onto the next placement.

All done, added trees & slightly lowered bird so that the teeth showed up.
It measures 12" by 15 1/2" and of course I haven't gotten it quilted yet....sigh!!







Jun 10, 2016

TMI!!

The other day Mr. Cowboy asked me to come along with him to a Beef-master workshop. I love tagging along with him most of the time when I'm not into a quilting project. So off we went over 80 miles. Once there, we observed and graded the cattle present on a scale of 1 to 10 so to speak. That was fun and the heifers were mild mannered (easy to handle). Next, we had lunch with a great group of folks while taking shop. But then came to meat of the day...... discussion about breeding heifers. Mr. Cowboy asked me to take notes. Little did I realize the "in depth" reporting that would take place.
If you have been following me for a bit, you know that critters are not my thing even though I was raised and still live on a working farm, so when the talk came to AI (Artificial Insemination) and believe you me, it was very thoroughly discussed, I was cross-eyed and dry mouthed. Mr. Cowboy was eating all the info up because he loves all that stuff. Several times he asked me if I was keeping up writing all the stuff down. If looks could kill, he should have known to back down but he seemed oblivious to my feelings on the matter....sign.

Here are "the babies" at least that's what I call them even though they are a little over two years old, about to endure AI. Look at those innocent faces. You know I named them. Meet Alice, Annie, Amber, Angie Anna, Alicia, April, Amy and Ava.
Mr. Cowboy had better tread lightly. Remember what happen to him when I sold Buzzard Bite. Me and my blogging friends rose up and...... well, it wasn't pretty. 
Stay tuned.

Jun 6, 2016

Opposites Attract Challenge Blog Hop

Marian from Seamstobesew has done it again! What a wonderful challenging blog hop this is. Two, no more than three colors in a mini quilt.  But I'm getting ahead of myself.

Schedule for today......
You are here at Ravelly1
Make sure you visit all the bloggers to see all the great creations they've done!!

The fantastic give-aways....

First, there's the $25 gift certificate from The Fat Quarter Shop. You can really find some "wonderful-ness" there for sure!!!
Then, there's a stupendous give-away from DJ Inkers of their Kids All Year CD. How exciting is that!!!



Details on how to participate in today's give-aways......
Just leave a comment mentioning your two favorite colors!! That's all it takes to be considered. Marian will announce the winners each day on her blog. So please do check in with her.

Now, back to the main event.....
I took up the challenge, dug into my stash and came up with two unlikely fabrics.
I've had these two in my stash for many years, can't remember or imagine why I purchased them in the first place.

I chose a quick design block which consist of two and three inch strips.


Here, I've sewn and cut four blocks just to see if my idea is going to work. I like what I see, so, onward!!

Sixteen blocks later I can see a secondary design along with the spinning star design.

Next, I added a border.


With pins, a choice of thread, my trusty adhesive spray and a backing fabric, it's time to get this mini quilted.

I decided to stitch around the star design.


All done & bound!! A 17 inch square mini quilt I've named " Cosmic Spinner Dance."

Finally, I'd like to show you all a little quilt that I designed but never quilted years ago. It measures 24" square. Maybe I'll get it quilted soon but don't count on it. I'm already eyeing a new project.
Don't forget to leave a comment mentioning your two favorite colors. BTW, my two very favorite colors are shades of Green and  shades of Gray. I'm mad about them.






Jun 4, 2016

Squash Pickles??



Yep, you heard correctly.
My mom found & saved the following recipe from the East Texas Farm & Ranch Living section in one of our local newspapers.
I immediately went out to our local farmers market and purchased some fresh squash.

Ingredients:
  • 10 cups sliced squash (I used the goose-necks)
  • 2 medium bell peppers, chopped 
  • 4 medium onions, sliced 
  • 1/2 cup salt 
  • 1 four Oz. jar pimentos, diced
  • 2 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon celery seeds 


Instructions:
  • Mix squash, peppers, onions & pimentos in large pot. Pour salt over the top & cover with water. Allow to sit for a couple of hours.
  • Drain water off of squash mixture & add remaining ingredients. 
  • Place on stove & bring to a boil.
  • Remove from heat and ladle into hot, sterile pint or quart jars. Make sure to leave 1/4" from top of jars.
  • Process as recommended by canning instructions. 


This one is just out of the boiler & is extremely hot. I made 6 pints and 1 quart. Can't wait to taste a jar in a few days time.



Jun 1, 2016

Mini Wednesday

Sorry, this photo is a bit fuzzy.
I decided to do something for Mr. Cowboy. I've gone with the Circle S which is our little piece of the country.  I love the sky fabric but the roadway was not working out. When I consulted Mr. Cowboy, he mentioned that when we are roaming the pasture, there is no road but a trail with ruts. A lightbulb flashed in my little brain.
So, off to the drawing board I went and did the rut thingy. Cowboy was pleased with that effort but then I noticed that the skyline was lacking depth. Trees were the next process.

Much better. Now pressing it all down, I'm happy. I've named this one "Little Piece of Heaven!" 
I haven't stitched anything down but am planning to do so in the next few weeks.


May 25, 2016

Mini Wednesday

I love this sky fabric with all those wonderful colors.

I'd sure you can already see the beginnings of a covered wagon.

It was so much fun finding a woodzy fabric in my stash.

Finding stones was easy plus I added the shadow under the wagon.

All finished except the stitching down and quilting which I'll get to sometime in the next couple of weeks. I'm naming this one "Wagons Hoooo!" I remember the old western wagon masters issuing that command. 
Next.
These fabrics were enlisted for my next mini but I did change one fabric.

The witch and kitties are all cut out and ready to go.

Two trees with character look very spooky.

I'm beginning to wonder about the fence fabric. It's too distracting.

I like it even less at this point. Time to make a change.

This is much better. A very dark gray for the fence. I'm thinking this one will be named. "On a Clear Night!" But, I may change my mind before too long. This one hasn't been stitched down or quilted either. Soon!!










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