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Apr 20, 2018

Skin & Bones

That's me in the middle. Look at those legs and those arms. Skin and bones, I tell you. Ah, the years have done a number on the old body folks. There was a time when I could eat anything, ANYTHING at all and no weight would appear on me.
This is me now, well a few months ago....many pounds added but, you know, I'm happy with myself. I'm retired, doing mostly what I want these days and enjoying life.
Thank you, Lord, for this wonderful journey I'm traveling.  I still have my mom and the fantastic Mr. Cowboy. They both keep me on my toes. And then there are the little people...Ayden, Austin, Sarah, Buzz and Woody and the firecracker Gabby....whew! I'm off to take my vitamins.    
I hope life is treating you all well!!

Apr 18, 2018

Mom Craved Chocolate

Sorry about the blurry photo.

I have several birthmarks....I'm showing two....won't frighten you with the others. 
 Anyway, I use to ask mom about mine. She'd laugh and say, "I was craving chocolate!" Of course, I believed her, sort of, but became curious and researched it. Turns out birthmarks, according to medlineplus.gov are abnormalities of the skin that are present when the baby is born. Others say that birthmarks are pigmentations of color under the skin (American Academy of Dermatology). It seams I have the "Café-a-lait which is French for "coffee with milk" birthmark.
I think I like mom's explanation better. Birthmarks are also said to be harmless. The Mayo Clinic website has a birthmark slideshow. Sorry I couldn't link to it......not smart enough for that today...sigh!
Anybody else have an interesting birthmark?

Apr 16, 2018

A Star, I Think - Part 3

I had the front pocket area of each shirt left over & thought, 'why not make a pillow from the mix.' As you can see, I kept the pockets, thinking, they would be perfect to place little momentos inside. 
What are your thoughts? I'd love to hear from you.

Apr 13, 2018

Star, I'm Thinking - Part 2

I've added a row at the top and bottom of the body of the quilt to lend some length and that's that!!!

Now to get to work on the backing which sometimes takes longer to do than the top.....sigh
I'm using a couple of the t-shirts provided and the rest of the HSTs.

Finally done with the backing. Yeah!!! 
Now I'll need to quilt everything and present it to her.........I'm going to buckle down and get this done. You've heard it here!!

This is my own design that I sketched out a few years ago. Feel free to use it.

My friend Guilitta asked about the design I used for the star. I hope I explained well enough about the construction but might have fallen short.
So I'll try again to explain.  The block size can be "your own choice" that's the beauty of this design. If you're making a mini quilt to a king-sized quilt. I used 6 1/2 inch blocks for the memory quilt because I was working with fabric from her husband's shirts.
There are several ways to make HSTs and it's easy to find out on youTube.  I hope I've explained a bit better.

Apr 9, 2018

Star, I'm Thinking

I think I'll name this "Morning Star." I'm making it for a family friend whose husband passed away last fall. Some of the blocks are made from his old shirts. I dug thru the stash, pulled out the dark fabrics to make the star come to life. I need to sew the rows together, add a border & make a backing from the extra HST. Hopefully this won't take long. Fingers crossed & all.

Apr 3, 2018

A Finish & A Continuance

Well at least it's completed but not yet quilted. I'll get to that one of these days!!

When searching through my stash for the elephant fabrics, I ran across another unfinished project.....my Armed Forces blocks. I decided to go with some filler block made from my red/white/blue scraps. I need to make one more block before putting all of it together. Good heavens, where to find time to do that??? ;-/

Apr 1, 2018

Happy Easter

Greetings all! For those who celebrate Easter, I hope yours is a great one!!
1 Peter 1:3-4 - Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to His abundant mercy has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade.

Mar 26, 2018

Made A Move

The sun has been out for a couple of days so I'm finally getting some energy back. The elephant has been bugging me for some time so I forced myself into the sewing room and got to work.
I pulled out nearly the whole stash digging out fabrics to audition and use. Boy was that fun but the mess isn't pretty.....LOL

Here's what I have so far but I know that I'll need to tweak some parts and add others and I'll need to add a tree or two. Let's hope the sun holds out for a few more days!!

Mar 21, 2018

Still Deciding

As I'm pressing some fat quarters.....
I've still not found just the right background for my elephant but looking is part of the fun, don't you think?!

Here's one of my new favorite fabrics. It's a Moda "Watercolor." I have no clue what I'll do with it.
Then there's this one. It's a Stonehenge - Prehistoric. Love it!!
What's on your ironing surface?

Mar 11, 2018

What An Iron

This is a Coleman's Model 4-A iron which was popular because of the "BLUE" handle. The irons were made by the Coleman company in Wichita, Kansas from 1929 - 1948. The one above belonged to my grandmother. The little container on the back of the iron held "white gas" or alcohol or Coleman gas. You would need to light the iron using a match and then adjust to flame.
Watch the video to see why I will "never" attempt to light mine.

Mar 4, 2018

Cowboys & Volleyball

Mr. Cowboy put down his fertilizer, tractor tools & cattle ledger to enjoy a day of volleyball with some of his buddies. I tagged alone with my Kindle....hehehehe...& even managed to snapped a few photos. Cowboy enjoyed the get away & so did I.

Mar 1, 2018

I'm Learning as I Sew

Here's a close up of my first two rows of "fly stitches." I looked up a video on YouTube which was very helpful & stitched along with the instructor.
Here's the bird finished. Once again I went on YouTube, needlenthread.com with Mary Corbert to learn the proper way to stitch a French Knot.
Onward I go & thank goodness the sun is shining brightly....hooray!

Oooh The Sun

See that!! It's the sun shining on the earth!!! I'm energized today & am getting some things done for a change. How's your day going?

Feb 27, 2018

Busy Hands

There's no machine sewing going on around here so I got on Amazon & found two great hand embroidery books. Plus I couldn't resist purchasing some new DMC floss. Surely I can get something done. Is anyone else having trouble getting into the mood for new or old projects. Let me hear from you.

Feb 16, 2018

A Little Bit of Sunshine......

Look what happens when the sun comes out!
I've got a bit of my Mojo back....Yay! One of my girlfriends asked me to make her a throw from her old t-shirts a few months ago. At the time I was very busy with the play and now that the performance is over......I could "think" about starting but with the drab weather, I was having a large dose of the doldrums! Just yesterday the sun came out and my spirits rose to peak levels and off I went to my sewing room.  All I need to do now is get it quilted.
I think I'll get a head start on cutting the binding tomorrow.

Feb 12, 2018

Over & Happy

The play is over and I'm very happy to say that it was received well. All the participants were excited to perform and got rave reviews from the audience.
Afterward everyone moved to the cafeteria for dinner. The pulled pork was the highlight of the evening and I was asked repeatedly for the recipe.
I told all who were in earshot and will, again share with you all.
This recipe works with frozen or thawed pork butt. Mine were partially frozen. This is also for a large group but can easily be broken down to serve less. This would be a hit at family reunions or church socials.
  1. 3 pork butt roasts
  2. 2 three liter bottles coke (acts as a tenderizer and adds flavor)
  3. 2 coffee pots of strong coffee (acts as a tenderizer and adds flavor)
  4. 2 large onions - peeled but do not slice
  5. 4 cloves of garlic
  6. Your favorite seasonings - I use Accent, several of the Slap Yo Momma seasonings, pepper, Sea Salt, 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
  7. Powdered Ranch Dressing (2 pkgs)
  • In a very large cooking pot place the butt roasts. Add the cokes and coffee to the pot.
  • Bring to a rolling boil and cover to cook for an hour.
  • Add all other ingredients and lower heat to simmer for approximately 4 to 5 hours more, checking with a fork to see when tender or falling apart.
  • Remove from heat and allow to rest for an hour before the process of pulling apart. I use two forks to shred the pork.  The aroma at this point is mouth watering!!! You may have to fight off your family and the whole neighborhood.
  • You can add your favorite BBQ sauce at this time.
  • This is great served on buns or wrapped in a flour tortilla or as a main dish with mashed potatoes/green beans/rolls.


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