Monday, August 14, 2017

Now it's done!

These are the two little quilts I won in the silent auction.  I talked to the gal today and asked about the necktie quilt and she said I was outbid by $5!!  Ahh, such is life! But I got two little cuties!



Last of it

Of course, this isn't anywhere near all the quilts in the show..just the ones that REALLY called to me.


The following are Dear Jane blocks (which I've done) but loved the setting and the lighter to darker setting in the center area as well as the border (NO TRIANGLES!  LOL).



This small beauty included just a few of the Dear Jane blocks, triangles and all four corners.

 This one was made by a lady for her husband on his retirement from the McKinney Police Dept.  Beautiful!!

 And this one was just colorful, wild and crazy!!  What's not to love?!!



Sunday, August 13, 2017

Silent auction

The quilt show had lots of little quilts hanging in their silent auction area.  The one my friend and I liked the best was a tiny quilt with 4 rows of dress shirts and neckties.  TOO CUTE (and yes, I bid on it)


There were two other tiny things that were Halloween related and one that had 4 leaves on it.  I THOUGHT I'd taken pictures of all of them but guess not.  😕  I bid on these 4.  They did have a buy it now option but I just left bids.  We'll see if I hear anything..probably not.  (PS-I DID get a call saying I got 2 of the 4 I bid on but couldn't understand her message.  Pretty sure the bowties wasn't one of them but that's OK).

And just a few more beauties from the show!





Saturday, August 12, 2017

Quilt Plano

My friend and I went to a quilt show yesterday and I'm glad we went.  I usually don't do anything on the anniversary of Frank's death so wanted to 'break the mold' and get out.  It was a really great show, well attended, great vendors and BEAUTIFUL quilts!  I'll show a few for the next couple of posts.

This stunning quilt was best of show!!  The quilting, the embellishments, the applique ALL spectacular!  Very deserving of the award.



Such a simple quilt but a great and different way to use 9 patches.



This one was called Birds of Sorrow and she talked about putting it together after (or during) a rough patch.  I wish you could read the little poem on the lower left of the quilt.  Very cool.


Ummm, just WOW!


I just a sucker for anything with a civil war vintage vibe to it and this one fit the bill.



Friday, August 11, 2017

Today is 5 years

since he left...

and I still miss him so much.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Too funny!

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I saw this on the MT Row by Row experience Facebook page and laughed out loud!!  Needless to say, I had to share!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Big Nines

I'm liking these blocks..16" square, quick, easy.  What could be better.  Found them over at Amanda's blog and thought 'hmm, I think I have several solids like that' so decided to use them for this quilt.  She made hers baby size but I'll probably make mine 4x5 (64x80 I think).

Think I need to make 13 more!!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Sunrise....

I'm not up and out often enough to see these.  But since I'm on chicken duty, I've been seeing more of them and had to snap a pix this morning.  Beautiful!!

I canNOT believe this is the last day of July.  Boohoo, winter's on it's way.  YUCK!  Need to start looking for a tropical place to spend about 3 mo. during the cold since I HATE being cold!

Last night I finished fusing a row from last year's row by row.  LOTS of little pieces but they're all on there now.  Now I gotta figure out how I'm going to secure them to the background.


Sunday, July 30, 2017

Tony got his!

Tony is a very special guy (they all are, of course, but Tony is over the top!).  He is our Sunday School teacher and worked as an air traffic controller with my husband at Ft. Worth Air Traffic Control Center.  He is one of the best Christians I know (I know a lot of great Christians but Tony is off the charts!).  I don't think there's anyone who doesn't like Tony; he's kind, encouraging, giving, loving.  So his QOV had to be different.  He's made hundreds of little wonky crosses and always has a bowl of them in our class.  He encourages us to take a handful and share with people we run across in the course of our every day life--a way to encourage someone else, share Christ with them.  So when I was thinking about T's quilt, the idea to make a wonky cross block came to me and for whatever reason I chose the teal and gray colors.  I love it and hope he does, too (he seemed to!).




At this point in time, I have requests for 4 more quilts.  Good grief!  But I will persevere and get them done.  Love it!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Vernon got his!

Vernon, who served in the Marine Corps, got his Quilt of Valor today.  He told a couple of very interesting stories about assisting the Secret Service a couple of times during Bush 41's presidency when he visited Dallas.

(Vernon is on the left).

I also got a thank you note today from the couple who were presented a couple of weeks ago.  She was saying how much it meant to them as often, during their time in the service, they were spat on when in public and this was the FIRST 'tribute' to them since serving.  That is HORRIFIC!  One of many reasons why we do this.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Ugh, PAINTING!!

I have a very generous friend who says she loves to paint.  So I've been considering painting my bedroom but I've usually just hired someone to do it.  I was getting some helpful hints from her and I GUESS she got tired of answering my questions and said 'I'm coming over and we're gonna paint your bedroom; we can knock it out in a couple of hours!'.  NO, I said, I'll do it just want some recommendations.  NO, she said, we'll paint it in a couple of hours.  So Sat. or Mon., which is better for you?  OK, Sat.  So her dear hubby came last night and taped everything then she showed up at 9 this morning.

 Before (of course, all the furniture was moved to the center in disarray!)
 Three walls were beige and the fourth was coral (my original plan was red but the painter got a coral..ugh).
 After--some stuff has been put back in place but lots of stuff still not.  The teal behind the bed is about 1 shade darker than the other 3 walls.
I LIKE it!  But, as I was pretty sure before, I found I do NOT love to paint.  It was much more enjoyable with my friend there but still NOT fun!  LOL

Now I REALLY need to get a few things on the walls; they are bare.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Valentine quilt

I decided just to slap a border on this one and call it done.  It's a wall hanging and will only hang on the wall for less than a month each year so why go to a lot of trouble.  Besides, if I wind up ditching this place and hitting the road, it won't matter anyway (which is something I'm considering at this point).

Now I can take it to Mona when I take the other one and she'll have two to mess with.  Gonna tell her to go the extreme budget route on this one!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Ahhh, it's done!

I had it near finished but then had to put everything away and have my house cleaned because I was having company two days in a row--Monday our group of gals came over to play dominoes (14 of them!) and then Tues. eve the same group plus some (18!!) came over for our monthly 'salad supper'.  We each bring a dish to share and the hostess (that would be moi) provides the drinks and space.  It's always fun and glad to get my commitment done for at least a year.  WHEW!  Yesterday I pretty much vegged out and then got my rear in gear today and put the final borders on.  It's 96" square and as soon as I get a back cobbled together, I'll drop it off at Mona's.  I LOVE it.


Sunday, July 9, 2017

Buddy and Mary got one

This was a fun presentation--both Buddy and Mary were in the Air Force.  Buddy flew in Vietnam and was also in Canada, Okinawa and somewhere else.  He and Mary met when they were stationed in Arkansas (I think that's right).  I STILL love this block so much and think it makes such a pretty quilt.

We had a little more rain yesterday and I noticed this beautiful rainbow out back.  


Friday, July 7, 2017

I like it!

Love how this is coming along (just one more checkerboard border and the solid border) and so glad Lesley showed how she finished hers up.  I'm such a bad, bad copycat.  But don't they say that's the highest form of flattery?  Because we all know I wouldn't be doing this extra work if I didn't LOVE it, don't we?  LOL


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Naturally

I, like many of my quilting compadres, am not satisfied to have a mere ONE project going at a time.  I finished up the patriotic pineapple a week or so ago and then got to a near finish stage with the giant stars (until I saw Lesley's..remember?).  So I'm working on 9 patches for the borders.  Then I was looking through my books and found one of Jan Patek's books with a project I'd already cut some of the freezer paper templates for.  So when I noticed the finished size of the project and found it would be a good fit on my wall (to replace the pumpkins), I decide to start that one as well.   😕  I've got 3 of the flag blocks done already and moving on to applique--those stars are gonna kill me.

But as I'm working on this, I have a feeling I've started it before.  I just KNOW somewhere down the road I'm going to find some of this quilt in a semi-finished stage.  Oh well.

(this is a terrible picture from the book)

Happy Fourth!


Just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Fourth

and naturally had to include some patriotic quilts (not mine, just beauties found out there in the internet/pinterest sphere).






Sunday, July 2, 2017

Craig got his today!

Today Craig, a Navy guy, received his QOV.  I think he liked it 😉(he's the guy on the left).


Friday, June 30, 2017

WOW!

I'm SO glad Lesley posted a picture of her finished quilt top or mine would've looked weird with the blank space in the middle.  I was so focused on the four stars that I didn't pay attention to that little area right smack in the middle which made a fifth star!  Fortunately it was an easy enough fix and I got it done with only a couple of  bad words (mostly just calling myself an idiot!).

That's better and only needs that center seam sewn.  I thought I'd be done at this point but I really liked the way Lesley enlarged hers with the checkboard then plain border.  Seriously considering it....

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Antique mall run

I was at the antique mall today looking for some little stuff and saw a couple of pretty patriotic displays (fancy that!), one with a quilt.

LOVE it (but didn't bother looking at the price!).  Then there was this beauty (not patriotic but still GORGEOUS!) and loved the display.

I have been on a roll (of the good kind) and got this puppy almost all together.  Just a few more seams and this one will be ready for quilting..YAY!



Tuesday, June 27, 2017

WHEW!

Finally got the patriotic pineapple to the longarmer..wasn't sure that was gonna happen.  The background I'd purchased turned out to be a little stretchy (of course I didn't notice when doing the half square tri's) and when I began putting the sashing in, it was not an easy task.  I already had the sashing pieces cut so nothing else to do but go with it and do it as good as was possible.  So when I got to the final outer border, the measurements were a bit wonky so decided to cut those on the long side which was less stretchy.  It still took quite a bit of easing and when I dropped off at the longarmer's, I just told her to do whatever she could do with the old rag!  (I was very aggravated with it!).  I'm sure she'll work her magic and I told her it was only going to hang in the entryway for 1 1/2-2 months each year so not a biggy.

I mentioned to her I had a couple other rags I needed to work on (those are the ones that, when I've made it to the final assembly point, there are stupid issues like ONE BLOCK is a different size from all the others.  ARGH!  That's when I pitch it aside and move on to something else rather than getting more and more aggravated.  So I came home and got this one out

and got the center together.  Now I'll just do a small then larger border and she'll have another rag to work on.  HA!  Can't do it this evening as our class is serving dinner at the Ronald McDonald house .  I made a Snickers candy bar pie and a coconut cream pie.  Pretty sure we're having ham and fried chicken along with our fairly standard fare of green beans, corn casserole, hash brown casserole, broccoli/rice casserole, fruit and green salad with yummy homemade bread and several fabulous desserts.  They always love to see us coming!  😊

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Wally got his!

When Olivia was talking about Wally and his service, she said he had gone right into the Marines out of high school (like my #1 son) and was a flamethrower.   YIKES!  That sounds SCARY.  Not sure if he spent the entire 4 years doing that (hope not) but now he has his quilt.  Yay Wally!


Friday, June 23, 2017

There!

I admit I'm a procrastinator and usually have way more projects in the pipe than I should have.  And this one IS small but just one more border (which will be the same as the background) and this one can be quilted.  I did have some issues with the background fabric as it was a bit stretchy so I'll probably cut the outer borders in the other direction to kinda reel it in and prevent anymore stretching while on the frame.

Have I mentioned I LOVE this one?!!  Star spangled pineapple quilt love!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

I can just see this

hanging in my entryway NEXT 4th of July!  HA  I have two more rows with pinwheels then final outer borders and just about ready for quilter.  YAY!

I hit a couple of shops yesterday on the first day of row by row.  One shop was for a friend and the other was for me.  Last year I said I would NOT be doing it this year and mostly I won't.  I'm totally underwhelmed by the majority of rows so that makes it really easy to pass on them.  There are only a few I've seen that I really like and if I don't get them, that's OK by me.  Anyone else doing row by row?

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

working on the pineapple

It's coming along and I really, REALLY like it!!  I've got all the sashings cut and ONE pinwheel together.  Got a few more ready so I feel like I'm closing in on the finish.  At least it'll be ready for next year.  😉


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Chuck got his today

Yet another QOV presentation..Chuck did surveying for the USAF.