Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Oldie...

My sister in law was given this quilt by her cousin when she went back to Connecticut. It was quilted by my husbands Uncle John. 
Boy, oh boy.. I do not know the history of this or dates. I have asked for that info and haven’t heard back yet. Not sure if this was his first quilt or last. We have star, 1/2 of basket of flowers, haha. It’s just crazy. Look at all the zig zag stitching.





And the binding. It feels like he took a tent apart and cut strips and sewed them on. Then we have the back.... looks almost like a sheet.
As soon as I get the info on the quilt, I am going to make a label so everyone in the future will know the information. I have about 3 others made by my husbands grandma and great grandma and I’m going to make labels for all of them all so I can document them for my kids and their kids.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Trio...

This is a kit that I bought at Red Door Designs at their last sale. 
Once I layed it out and looked at it. I decided to double it so it can be used on someone’s bed. Went into the stash and 12 more assortments of fabrics and started cutting.
Ended up with this as the middle.
It’s approx 82x92 being just the middle. I had exactly the right amount of fabric from the kit to make all the inside sashing. 
I got real lucky and found some more online and ordered 1 more yard so I can frame it all in. It’s from a couple years ago, so I got real lucky and didn’t have to search real hard. I want it to fit a queen size bed but I don’t want it to be GINORMOUS. So I will take it upstairs and throw it on the bed and see where we go and how big to lake the borders. My first thought was to add just a couple inches of the corner stone fabric to frame it and the another color for border. My husband didn’t like that idea and he had me search for sashing fabric. I’ll see which way I like best and go from there once it’s all layed out.



Sunday, November 12, 2017

Presents...

I have never been this early on working on Christmas presents.
Here is one in black and white... I know they don’t read my little ol’ blog, so I’m safe. But just in case, I changed it in black and white so the colors wouldn’t give it away. I even created a cute little label last night.
The other one... I can’t show at all. It would give it away all together.
So I have 2 presents done. Yahoo!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Finish it up Friday...

But posting on Saturday.. bought this last year at this time at the Houston Quilt Show. With my bad wrists I couldn’t do any cutting, but now.... my right hand is good to go. Just about. I encourage anyone that has doubts about getting it done, to get it done. I had no problems what so ever and it’s like day and night. I’m just fighting now to get me left one done. Anyways... back to quilting. I machine appliquéd these guys together.

Aren’t they just the cutest...

I have itty bitty black buttons that I’m going to sew on for the eyes after quilting. 

It’s a Amy Bradley Designs. Called Happy Halloween. Measured out to be approx 57x67. Can’t wait to give it to my son and his family for Halloween next year.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

And a bench...

All the farm tables now a days have benches to go with. So..... I put my order in yesterday and wa-la!
Matches perfectly. When Mark did the makeover for the table top...he also made it a foot bigger all around. So the bench will fit 3 people very comfortably. 
Now... onto the next project!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Table makeover...

When we moved into our house 14 yrs ago, I bought a little dinette set at Walmart for $49. About 6 yrs ago, I painted the top piece dark brown just to give the room a little color. I knew it needed to be re painted but wasn’t looking forward to it.
I forgot to take a before picture in the house before we started, so here it is in the garage. 
Ever since we painted the cabinets, this little table has looked out of place with the oak color. Talked Mark into helping me and went to Lowe’s.
Bought some plain lumber, a variety of sizes and started making a farmhouse table. 
Here is our $80 makeover.




It was around $50, then I opted to try this FABULOUS primer spray paint and some more FABULOUS white spray paint. I have never used such neat paint.
Here is a chair before..
And then after..

I am over the moon happy with my little makeover and it looks wonderful in the kitchen.


Here’s the paint. I think I used 2 of each.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Quiltville...

The introduction to the next Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt is available on her blog. The colors are quite yummy too if you follow her suggestions. 
Coral, teal, creams, Browns... hmmm this could be quite pretty!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Halloween...

Bought this last year at Houston Quilt show and am now just working on it now.
I have 3 partially done and once I looked at this picture, I may go back and frog stitch those 3 blocks I started.
I machine appliquéd matching thread color to color of material. Looking at quilt sample, I like how they did all theirs in black. Looks more like Halloween to me. 
Ugggg. It will be worth it though.



Saturday, October 28, 2017

2 finishes...

FINALLY a finish... 2 at that.
I think the top one was pieced in 2015, only because it’s dated on a Bonnie Hunter Quiltville mystery pattern. Actually, I take that back. First clue comes out Black Friday and goes for weeks after. So it’s early 2016.



After I took this picture, it went upstairs and straight into the washer. It’s all washed and crinkled now and ready for use. 

This one is Edyta Sitar’s “on eagles wings”. 

I just love doing paper piecing in between all my other goings on. That way I don’t get burned out. It also, got a washing and it’s going to hang in my bedroom. They both have been labeled also but I forgot to take a picture of those.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Towels...

Look at how cute and adorable these are!

Just love them!

Monday, October 16, 2017

2 pumpkin patches...

Started off going to a pumpkin patch that we went to last year and it was awesome. This year not so great.




Trash everywhere, rotting pumpkins, and 3 school buses with little kids and all there mommies and siblings. It’s funny, with all those people there, I managed to take pictures with no one in the back ground.
We left there and stopped at another on the way home.
8 bounce houses, petting zoo, power wheel tractors to ride on and games to play. Only bad thing was... it was 100 degrees! Yes, 100 degrees!



So by the time we ate lunch and made it to the 2nd place, he was hot and tired.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Mammoth 2017...

Warning, picture overload coming...
My husband had his annual 'guys fishing trip' in Mammoth a week ago from Tues-Fri. So I had the grand idea of driving up on Friday and staying till Monday.
Mentioned the idea to some friends and then they wanted in. 






We had a blast... went to like 5 different lakes to fish, didn't even make it to 1/2 of all of them... fed the deers...hiked...just did some plain ol' relaxing...
And for those who don't fish.... you make a bed out of rocks and sleep in the sun.


Just look at these trees... unbelievable!!!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Aurifil...

I am not a big fan of Aurifil thread at all. And maybe this is why.... I think I have been using it wrong all along. This answers a lot of questions. 
I have no idea why it's blurry, it's looks fine in my pictures. You can google aurifil thread chart and it will come up. I do have some in my drawers, can't wait till I use them up. I just think it's overly priced and I'm not happy at all with it. Who knows, I'll try again and use it the right way this time.
My go to thread....
This is theeee most amazing thread.. I think I have it in all colors just about. I started using it when I was doing my machine appliqué and then I just got hooked. It is my go to, everyday thread. Love it..





Saturday, September 30, 2017

Leaders and Enders...

I cut the pieces to this quilt and set them by my machine. Every time I sewed something and in between, I stuck one of these pieces in and sewed instead of cutting the thread each and every time.
Whoala!

This was the outcome. Had no rhyme or reason what was the outcome to be, but here she is.


As soon as I finished taking the picture, guess who came over and wanted a belly rub.!?

Friday, September 29, 2017

Happy Birthday...

Even though I'm technically not working, the show must go on. Our school is 20 years old this month and since I'm social committee.... we had a party.
I forgot all about taking pictures, but I did snap a few before the show started and after it ended. This is the invite that I sent out to anyone and everyone.

Each teacher got a bag that contained program, water, and cookies and napkins for each student. We sang happy birthday and even had the bubble machines going up on the roof.

In the 20 years we've been opened, we have only had 3 principals and that the 3rd just being started 7 weeks ago. We've been very lucky! We even have 7 original teachers here on staff with me being one of them.
Midge on the right... 15 yrs... Kristina on left, 5 years.. and Mike 7 weeks in...

We had a new school song for today's performance, we had all our dignitaries, past and present that have graced us in our journey. I had all the students paint a rock, we're setting up a rock garden. We even have a time capsule to bury.
It was a lot of fun. 
Everything was perfectly placed and laid out... even the water bottles got a little touch up...I'm so mad that I forgot to take pictures... everyone else did.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Let it snow...

This was a free 'mystery' quilt from Stacy at Buttermilk Basin. 



It was from last year, but just now getting around to quilting it.