Wednesday, September 30, 2009

An old 'ugly'

While I've been really busy working on a VARIETY of projects (those little luggage tags are TOO MUCH FUN to put down!!), I haven't finished much of ANYTHING and most of the stuff I'm working on I CAN'T show you when it's finished (since it's top-secret show stuff) and I didn't want to go too long without a post so here!!  LOL  I found this while digging around in the bottom of a closet looking for something else.  This is a quilt I did a few years back for the aforementioned 'ugly fabric challenge' at the LQS.  I really liked it but don't recall that it won anything.  I need to find a place in the house to hang it so it doesn't get any more rumpled in the bottom of the closet! 

Saturday, September 26, 2009

I was admiring these luggage tags the other day over at Pat's blog and thought they'd be a terrific item for our church quilt group to sell in order to raise funds for our group.  So I was asking Pat about them and she generously said she'd get the instructions to me.  Well, my GOODNESS, she sent along the most fantastic package which included not ONLY the instructions but a pre-cut template, a sample piece of the Pellon Pelltex, a couple of pieces of the vinyl (for the ID cover) plus a page of the ID thingys to copy onto heavier cardstock AND one completed luggage tag!! (the blue one with the ID  thingy in it)  I LOVE these--they're so quick and easy to make and hopefully everyone else loves them as much as I do! LOL  I found that cute little state fabric at Hobby Lobby at 30% off and thought it would be great for luggage tags but will also be making an assortment so that hopefully everyone will find two or three or four that they just can't live without!  We're also making water bottle koozies, pincushions and, maybe, burp cloths.  THANKS PAT!!!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Houston, here I COME!!

Are any of you going to Houston?  I've only missed one year in the last 12 or 13 and have been able to stay at the Hilton Americas (attached TO the convention center) for the last 3.  It is SO wonderful to be able to get there and just park your car and LEAVE IT!  If you get pooped, you can walk across to the hotel and prop up your feet or take a little nap.  I've signed up for 3 classes--one with Melinda Bula, one with Gayle Wallace and one with Karen Eckmeier.  Melinda's class is the sunflower or coneflower

Gayle's is the "Spin Around New York"

and Karen's is the Accidental Landscapes-Beaches/Seaside

I am SO EXCITED I can hardly wait!!  Hope you get to go, too (if you want to, that is! lol).

Friday, September 18, 2009

I went to the Trinity Valley quilt show today in Ft. Worth and, as usual, it was a WONDERFUL show!!  SO many pretty quilts and lots of good vendors.  I've posted pictures of a few of the quilts so you can ooo, ahhhh and drool a little.  I want to make ALL of these quilts (yeah right, like THAT'LL ever happen but I can dream).  If you want to see the rest of the pictures from the show today (I didn't take pix off all the quilts..sorry), you can visit my webshots page at and they're in the TVQG quilt show album (how appropriate!  LOL)

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Workshop with Lynn Roddy Brown

We had a workshop today with Lynn Roddy Brown doing the "Texas Two-Step Shuffle" (think that's the right name) and had a GREAT time.  Lynn took two blocks from each of the gals and arranged them (on left) to show us how they all played fairly nicely together! LOL  I'm doing mine in red/white(cream)/blue since I'm wanting a few quilts in those colors.  Will post a pix once it's done.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Another 'ugly'

OK, got the other ugly fabric challenge quilt back from the L/A today and got the binding machine-stitched on it.  Now just gotta do the handwork.   The shop hop begins on Thur. and we leave on Fri. so it'd be nice to be able to turn in ONE if not BOTH (HAHA, crack me up) tomorrow or while I'm hopping Thur.  I'm thinking this'll be a donation quilt probably to the women's shelter or Quilts of Valor after the challenge is over.  The ugly fabric in this one is the little green squares at all those intersecting areas.  I'm working on a cute little quilt from a kit I got from Quilter's Paradise online (they're in CA) and still trying to get the log cabin stitched together.  I'm also working on an I spy Halloween quilt from one of the Possibilities books  (among other things...YIKES!).

Friday, September 4, 2009


If you go to the aforementioned blog (, there are a GAZILLION (well maybe not QUITE that many) giveaways to enter for today.  Most of them only require a comment but there may be one or two which ask who sentcha.  Please tell em I did so my entry will go in as well and thanks for doin' that.  I REALLY want to win SOMETHING as I haven't had much luck lately.  But I DO keep trying.
There Sandy Gervais' 'Gobble Gobble' layer cake
these beautiful 30's fat quartersand these adorable fats from the Pop Parade line.

She's got multiple giveaways so if you're so inclined, go check em out.  Maybe we can SCORE this time! LOL

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Ugly fabric challenge

Well, I was gonna wait to post a pix of this but I couldn't stand it!  I picked it up from the L/A today and was so excited.  This is one of Bonnie Hunter's free patterns ( and thought it would be perfect for the challenge.  The ugly fabric is the 2nd rectangle from the left on the bottom row (pink) and I actually kinda liked it this year (I've had some TRULY UGLY fabric in the past).  You get a yard and have to use at least a half yard in the project.  Last year, I used one of Bonnie's patterns but that fabric had to be cut up REALLY SMALL and I actually bleached it into several different looks (bleaching some for 1 min., some for 3, some for more).  Anyway, the ugly fabric challenges have to be turned in by 10/1 and will hang in the LQS for a week or two while everyone votes.  It's always AMAZING what people come up with...I have NO imagination and must depend on the cleverness and creativity of others.