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this is the perfect way to hide from the unwanted eye. So please help me out if you are one of the non-responders.
Thank you, in advance.....Ravelly Rhonda!!

Oct 18, 2014

ABC's

Hi everyone. I've been off the blog scene for awhile. Lots of family stuff going on but I have managed to find something new to get into.
I saw this amazing pattern from Michelle Ridgway's blog. The pattern can be found on her Sidebar and on one of her Pages as well.  I immediately contacted Michelle, who lives in Australia, BTW, and she was gracious enough to tell me to order here in the US to save on the old pocketbook.
I thanked her and popped over to Crazy Quilt Girl Fabric Shop to place my order. A few days later the pattern came and I started stitching a couple of days later.
I decided that I was going to enlarge some of the letters just to make things interesting when I'll have to stitch everything together down the road.  Remind me then if I start wondering "What was I thinking!"
I found a wonderful fabric at my LQS and am using #839 DMC Floss.

Oct 4, 2014

Banana Bread Recipe

I decided to post this before the family got to it.....laugh out loud! 
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 large bananas)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup  low-fat plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup canola, vegetable, or corn oil
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg or 2 large egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup Craisins

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and place the rack in the center of the oven. Spray an 8 x 4 inch loaf pan with a nonstick vegetable cooking spray.
In a large bowl, mix the mashed bananas with the baking soda and yogurt. Allow to sit while you prepare the rest of the batter.
Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, whisk together the oil, sugar, egg or egg whites, and vanilla.
In another large bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder, ground cinnamon, walnuts, Craisins and salt.
Then combine the banana mixture with the oil mixture and then add to the flour mixture. Stir just until all the ingredients are moistened. Pour into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake for about 45 minutes, then lower temp to 325 degrees of another 10 to 15 minutes. When toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean remove from over and allow to cool on wire rack.
Place on serving plate to slice & enjoy.

Oct 2, 2014

Mug Rug Thursday

I can't believe that it's October already.
This month is going to be very busy for me, so I'll be taking another break from the rugs.
With that said, here's the winner of the letter "C"
#4 - Suze!
Congratulations to you!
Just leave a comment so we can talk.
Remember, if we can't connect within a week or so, I'll do another random pick.

Oct 1, 2014

All That's Left

I had a sweet tooth yesterday & decided to bake some cookies. I wasn't in the mood for peanut butter or chocolate chip cookies so I pulled out one of my mom's old cookbooks and found a great recipe.
"Pecan Crunch Cookies"

1 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tsps. lemon extract (optional)
1/2 cup crushed potato chips ----- yes, you heard me!!
1/2 cup chopped pecans
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
Directions: 
  1. Cream butter, sugar, vanilla & lemon extract together. Add crushed potato chips and pecans. Stir in flour. 
  2. Form into small balls, using about 1 tablespoon dough for each.
  3. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
  4. Press balls flat with bottom of tumbler dipped in sugar.
  5. Bake in 350 degree oven for 16 to 18 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned.

Yields roughly 3 dozen
These are great just coming out of the over.....how do I know this.....well, you can guess what happened to most of those cookies. Someone had to be the taste-tester.........LOL
I did manage to save some for mom and the grands......just barely.

Sep 29, 2014

Monday, Monday

Finished all the hand work!!
Now I just need to quilt it. So far it measures 14 by 15 inches. I might do a small border.
Make sure to pop over to JUDY's to see what every one else is doing on this Design Wall Monday.

Sep 22, 2014

Monday, Monday

It's Design Wall Monday which, these days I really enjoy because just knowing that Monday is coming makes me want to get in some sort of sewing. Pop over to Judy's to see what others are doing.

I'm making progress with the hand embroidery.
I've gotten the blocks together & decided it still needed something so I'm adding more vines & leaves. This will take a bit more time but will be well worth it.
I'm loving this look. Notice the markings for the vines.....I'm using that FriXion Pilot pen which when ironed, it disappears.


Sep 18, 2014

Mug Rug Thursday

Oh dear I almost forgot to post the winner of the teapot mug rug.
Ayden helped to draw a name. The winner is .............
Tammy!
Congratulations to you!! Again, sorry it took all day to even think about it.

The next next rug is....
Letter "C" done in variegated orange on a blue background. Just leave a comment to be counted. I'll announce a winner on October 2nd.

Sep 15, 2014

Monday, Monday

I've been working on some hand embroidery. Just can't seem to get back into the sewing thing yet.
I decided to add a bit of fabric to the mix.
I chose this piece to use in all the blocks I'll make.
Make sure to pop over to Judy's for more  of Design Wall Monday.

The winner of the Spider's web mug rug

 is
 Linny.
Congratulations to you. Just leave a comment so that we can talk via email.



Sep 8, 2014

Around The World Blog Hop

I was invited to participate in a great blog hop by Angie N. who was invited by the Karen Miller. In fact this is a worldwide blog hop. Isn't that exciting. I know I'll meet all sorts of talented crafters, artists, quilters, and many more.
This summer has truly been a lazy one for me. All I've managed to do is loads of canning, baling hay and tending to critters here on the farm. With that said, allow me to tell you about my true passion.
I love making quilts and drafting my own patterns and designs which I love to share with others. The designs I'll be talking about are free to try out.

1. What am I working on?
At the moment, I'm working on getting some of my projects ready for quilting. I'll share a few photos of the more urgent ones below:
Animal Kingdom is a BOW (Block of the Week) that I designed a couple of years ago when my mom had heart surgery. I needed something to keep me busy as I sat with her in ICU. The hand embroidery kept me sane.  It took about three to four hours to embroidery each block and I was a little sad when I had finished them all.  
I had a package of animal charm square I used to separate each animal.  My granddaughter helped place the animal fabrics and place each animal in alphabetical order. 
The designs can be found on my BOM page near the top of my blog.

"Tea Time" is a BOM design that I drafted out several years ago. I love tea and coffee so this was a great way to honor that little morning ritual.
The designs can be found on my BOM page, too.

Since I live in the country on a farm, I decided to pay homage to "barns" as they are all over the place in this neck of the woods. 
This was yet another idea that I drafted and had a blast hunting through my stash for just the right fabrics. Just click on the work barn above to get the designs. If you have any problems or questions just leave a comment about it and we'll connect via email.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre and how does my writing/creating process work?
I pondered this question for a few days and finally decided that most of my inspiration for designing a quilt comes from the fabric first. Most of the time I have a piece of fabric that I love dearly and build a quilt idea around it.
For example, below is a fabric I'd had in my stash for months. As I pulled it out time after time ideas began to formulate but I held off until I could dedicate my full attention to it.

I knew that this fabric reminded me of a lake. So with that in mind a solid idea formed.

I pulled more fabric to audition with it and settled on the greenish brown and then the sky fabric.

I used the backside of a bold fabric for the mountains because sometimes the backside works much better.

I then built up the distant trees and landscape.

Foreground and background are important and this is something I really have to work on to get it right. That concept is still a work in progress for me.

As you can see, I have a sense of humor with the crane about the eat the fish that is
 going for an insect.

I loved finding the fabrics in my stash to complete this project, which needs quilting....sigh. There's not enough time in my day!!
This is a free design for all to try.


3. Why do I write/create what I do?
I create because I enjoy the concept of thinking out an idea, drafting or designing it and then sewing it out. I'm not necessarily worried about the finished (Quilted out) product. I just want to see if I can get what's in my head onto fabric. And the fabric is usually my motivator. 

"In These Shoes" was made for my love of shoes. High heels in particular.


"Howdy" was a Fons & Porter challenge to make a mini quilt. This was my attempt. The quilt measures 23 X 27 inches & was my first silhouette type quilt.
I got Honorable Mention and was very happy because there were many talented quilters judged in the challenge. I think it is important to try new things that make us uncomfortable or challenged. It's a great way to grow and learn new of different things.







I designed the pumpkin and the houses because of the wonderful fabrics I've collected over the years.
"House Haunters" is a BOM that is free to anyone who wants to try it out. 




I call these four "Fractured Diamonds" which I demonstrated in a very short picture tutorial here. It was amazing to see the variations I could get just by adding another row or in the color change. As you can see, I got a little obsessed with making them.


The Texas Seal quilt had been tumbling around in the back of my head for five years. I'd purchased the gray fabric way back then. Gray is a tough fabric to work with at times for me so I knew I wanted to do something special with it. Since I'm a Texan, the Seal was a good idea so I started placing fabrics in a bag that might go into the project. Occasionally I'd use some of the fabrics for other projects......who has ever done that....(smile) but finally I got it all together and created the seal quilt. As you can see I used the silk purse method to applique the flowers around it just to add interest and I used some half fractured diamonds to jazz us the border around the seal. That pop of reddish color is a great zinger!!
The "From Tragedy To Hope" mini was done as a challenge from Project Hope Online Quilt Show 2013. I decided to participate and to go a step further, I donated the mini to the town of West, Texas as they had just recently gone through that terrible explosion. I'd hope the mini (12 inches sq.) would lend some peace, hope and knowledge that people were pulling for and praying for them.
This isn't a good photo but it is one of my first BOM designs which can be found on my BOM page and is free to try out. "Lazy Hearts" was fun and really pushed my thought process. I used 100% cotton fabrics along with wool and silk. I embellished with beads and buttons and used embroidery floss to stitch out the months. 

I was asked to make a donation quilt for our local school which I graduated from way, way, way back when. I was to use parts of the band uniforms which as we all know was not going to be easy because of the thickness of that polyester blend. Also, the color orange was so strong that I had to use colors to tone down its brightness. I drafted designs for band instruments, basketball, football, tennis and other stuff that would compliment the school's activities and would probably bring more interest to the donation process. 
I was very happy with the way things turned out and was told that the quilt was a booming success.

This little quilt measuring 24 inches sq. was made using a half square triangle quick making method. There are tons of ways to make HST, you just need to find one that works best for you. This is yet another of my designs that I named "Radiating Star." All of the fabrics came from my stash.
I'm also into making mug rugs which are coasters for your beverages. I love giving the away just to make someone smile. The Spider's Web was machine embroidered the other day (5 1/2"). When you leave a comment on this post, I will place your name in the old "hat" for a random drawing. I'll announce a winner on Sept. 15th. Please make sure that I can get in touch with you or the mug rug will go to the next person.
(see my "non-responder reminder near the top of my blog for understanding)


Well, this is just a small part of what I love about quilting. I hope you've enjoyed the little glimpse into my world. Thank you for stopping by.

It's also Design Wall Monday so pop over to Judy's to see what others are up to.

Sep 4, 2014

Mug Rug Thursday

Can you believe that it's already September? Wow, this summer is zipping by quickly.  I have been so lazy these few days after doing a lot of canning, baling hay and other farm stuff....I've worn myself out. All I want to do is read and sleep. I haven't even been motivated to blog and that's a big surprise to me. I love blogging....I must have a fever....LOL
The temperature has been divine. Here where I live in central-ish Texas, we have yet to reach 100 degree weather and I doubt we will at this point. This is a first in quite some time.
Enough chit chat.
The Random Picker number is Five!
Congratulations to Jacque! As usual, just leave a comment so that we can communicate via email.

The next mug rug is a teapot. This is made from one of my machine embroidery designs.
I'll announce a winner on September 18th. Leave a comment to be counted.

Aug 27, 2014

Day One

Ayden's first day of school was a great success. After dropping her with her teacher, her parents stood at the door for some time. When Ayden noticed them hovering she mouthed, "You can go now, I'm okay!"
I'm so happy she's had a great start.
On another note......
Lucky & her new mom are getting along swimmingly. Of course the mom has no real choice but is happy to get to eat all the hay & range cubes she can eat. Lucky is very perky & upbeat because she gets all the milk she can drink! All's well at the farm!!

Aug 25, 2014

A Quick Get-Away

Three of us were able to get away for a brief retreat. Of course there was plenty food, laughter & we managed to get in some hand work.
Annie worked on an embroidery tablecloth.
Kathleen worked on adding stems, antenna & legs to a quilt for her neice.
I worked on my hand quilting. Whose idea was it to do cross-hatch? LOL
All I have to show on my Design "frame" is this leaf quilt that will take some time to hand quilt.
See what's happening at Judy's on this Design Wall Monday.




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