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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

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.

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."

Apr 19, 2016

Berry Pie

This is a pic of the berry pie I baked last night. There's nothing left of it this morning I'm happy to say because if there was even a slice of it I'd be scrafing it down....hehehehehe.
Here's the recipe I used:
Pre-heat oven at 325 degrees.
  • 2 cups of fresh berries
  • 1/4 cup sugar (more if you want it sweeter)
  • 1/3 cup melted butter or margarine
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon Allspice
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons Cornstarch 
  • 1 tablespoon of grape jelly

Carefully fold above ingredients together so as not to mash berries.
Place one pie crust in pie pan and pour mixture into it.
Add second crust on top in any way you please. I did the criss-cross like my grandma use to.
Sprinkle a bit of sugar and Cinnamon over top
Bake for approximately 1 to 1 1/2 hours, checking to see if top crust is golden.
Serve alone or with your favorite ice cream!!

Apr 17, 2016

Hands 2 Help Check-in

First, I'd like to thank Susan from Confessions of a Fabric Attic for hosting the Hands2Help Challenge again this year.

I've chosen a design, the main fabric and dug into my stash!
Eeeeek! I know, I know! What a mess but from this mess will come a fab quilt!!
Here, I've cut the foundations and pressed a strip of fabric adhesive diagonally.
Next, I've peeled the adhesive strip paper off and placed my "kite" design across the foundation and pressed into place. This is a great way to keep the design from moving around instead of using pins, which I do not like to use if I can help it. 
Next comes the outlining fabric which I've chosen black. Red works well or a bright yellow or whatever you'd like to use. Oh, a directional fabric would be great here, too. I've just given myself an idea. (Stay tuned for that one)
Now, I've sewn strips from my scrap pile on each side of the "kite" shape. Notice I've left two opposite corners free.

This is way I did that. I've used the same fabric on those corners. The block is 12 1/2" at this point.

16 blocks later, now it's all put together, machine quilted and bound. This is one of my favorite designs. I use it often and in many combinations. Depending on the amount of blocks used, the design can grow into all kinds of secondary patterns. 
If life doesn't get in the way, I hope to get another quilt done for the "challenge" but if not, for once, I'm early with a finished quilt which measures 45" square.

Apr 13, 2016

Mini Wednesday

I first posted this mini around Easter but hadn't quilted it at the time. I've named this one "The Word." 

Again, I got the idea from a clipart photo and adapted it. It's 12" square.
Here's my process.

Making the bible was a fun process because it had several pieces so I had to figure out what went where and which order.

I think it turned out pretty well.

For the streams of candle light I used shades of yellow. Notice, my layout is on the non-stick pressing sheet.

Things are coming together.

This is before quilting. To see the finished mini at the top.


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