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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!!










May 22, 2016

Hands2Help, A Check In



It's time to check in again.
First, I like to thank Sarah Craig at confessions of a fabric addict for sponsoring this wonderful challenge.
I posted back in April about the Fractured Diamond quilt here!! 
After that, I got busy with the final quilt I had in mind.
I finished it early and sent off both quilts around the first of May. My life get complicated often so I knew that I'd need to get quilts done before that happened.


This bargello quilt is the first time that I've attempted one. You can see how all this took place here!!

Fractured Diamond.
So, I'm all finished, mailed off  and received by warm hearts.


May 16, 2016

Binding & Labels & Sleeves, Oh My!

Hello everyone. I've been away from blogging for what seems like months but it's only been a couple of weeks. What have I been doing, you ask??
Well, I've been doing my very least favorite things!
  1. Binding four quilts. I really don't like making and stitching binding. The quilts I worked on had been sitting, waiting for someone to finish them. But wait, I'm the someone. So I dug in and got that done, all by hand. I'll explain why in a minute.
  2. Labeling quilts. Not my favorite thing to do because I have to hand stitch them down.
  3. Sleeves! OMG!!!!! More hand stitching because I have a hair-brain idea of placing these quilts in my County Fair and possibly our State Fair in the summer. So of course, the quilts have to have things done by hand. 
I know I brought all this on myself and I am actually proud of myself for getting them down.

After all that was done, I was surfing my blogging friends and came upon a pretty quilt by 
Nancy at Wyoming Breezes. She named her quilt Diamond Facets and I was 
fascinated with her colors and the off center of the HST (half square triangles)
"Off Kilter" measures 46" by 53" and was done all from my enormous stash which continues to grow instead of diminish!!!
I don't know if or when I'll add a border but I love this little quilt.

May 2, 2016

No Time For Piecing

I've been very busy with this year's first canning process. 
First is my chunky cucumber mix. This was made from the 20 cucks I had left over & couldn't bring myself to give them away. 
Here's the rest of the 21 quarts of pickles I canned yesterday & into the night. At this point I'm dead on my feet!! But it was well worth all the steps.


Apr 29, 2016

Smoothie, Yummm!

I have a Ninja blender & have been enjoying smoothies as I'm losing weight. This recipe is quick, healthy & delicious. 
Juice of 1 lemon 
Zest of the lemon
1/2 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
1/2 cup orange juice
One 6oz cup of favorite yogurt 
A couple cube of ice
Blend for 30 or so seconds
Enjoy!

Apr 28, 2016

Mini Results

First, I'd like to thank those who have great opinions & suggestions yesterday. I really appreciate mt wonderful blogging friends. 
After all the discussions about backgrounds, I still was struggling with a choice. Mr. Cowboy came in for a snack, read some of the comments, looked at the fabrics I'd laid out & in his way of cutting to the chase, wrote each number on Sticky Notes, folded them & drew the following.
So, I went with that.

It measures 9" by 11 1/2". 
I quickly got it quilted & bound before I changed my mind.....lol
I've named it "The Rose!"
Then, I had to feed the Cowboy...sigh!



Apr 27, 2016

Mini Wednesday - More Questions

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Final thoughts, please!! 
I've tried to do close-ups for your viewing pleasure.
I need your opinions once again before I stitch things into place. Your thoughts are much appreciated.



Apr 26, 2016

Mini Wednesday - Help!

Look at this fantastic fabric. I found it deep in my stash bucket. So I'm immediately thinking another stain glass project.
The rose design would be perfect.

Got the rose assembled & placed just so. I'm liking what I see.
Green oval works well.
Trimmed & ready for a background auditions.

Aha?
Hummm?
Eeeeep!!
I'm confused, like totally!
Obviously I need your help. Any suggestions??










Apr 25, 2016

Bargello! My First

I went on the Internet searching for a design for another donation quilt for Hands2Help

 and ran across a fantastic tutorial video about how to make a simple bargello without all the fuss over yardage, numbering and basicly ..... over thinking everything. Above is my finale,machine quilted and bound which measures 47 1/2" by 49".

I chose fabrics from my stash and even managed to throw in the color "blue" which I don't usually use at all. I couldn't believe how easy it was from watching the video, to choosing the fabrics, which BTW I added an extra fabric right off the bat. I've hardly ever followed, to the letter, a pattern.

This is what I call, one block. I made four block all together.

Here I've sewn the fabrics together then into a tube and then cut accordingly.

Here's a close-up of the fabrics I chose.

The following video was my guide into the world of bargello which I will be visiting again very soon!





Apr 20, 2016

Mini Wednesday

The design of a lily from Clipart
Fabrics from my stash cut into 1 1/2" squares
This is really small but I'm forging ahead.
Lily parts cut out with Steam-a-Seam fused to back.
Lilies together on non-stick pressing sheet
All finished & bound. It measures 8" by 9". 
I stitched in the ditch so the squares pop out. I used mono thread which I really don't like but in this case it worked well.
I've named it "Stained Lilies."





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