Tuesday, March 27, 2012





Did I ever tell you that I don’t like merry go rounds? I get dizzy and want to lose my breakfast!

Friday, March 23, 2012


I have my fabric cut out.... I am ready are you?

Machines start your engines!!!

Oh...I know you have no earthly idea of what I am talking about?

Well.....if you go to my sidebar and click on
QOV Challenge and Blog Hop, you will know what I am getting ready for. Or just click on the highlighted areas....you will be transported to a wealth of information and Marjorie's blog.

I will be the first Machine out of the gate on April 2nd...so please join me and see what these cut outs will look like when sewn back together. There will be Gene, Marjorie, Marylin following with some wonderful ideas and tips as well. Hope to see you then!!!

Truly this is a fun challenge and a way to give back. Each of my sons and one adopted son (a friend of the family) got a QOV before even entering the war zone. So grateful these young men came back to us.

Thursday, March 22, 2012


So Yesterday I blew the dust off my machines and got busy with some totes for the Young Women that will be coming into my class during the year. I just felt since I will be moving by May I need to get these done so no one will feel cheated, I will pass these on to the next leader.

Oh…didn’t I tell you we were moving? Sorry….moving to San Antonio, Texas. Do I hear a Yeeee HAWWW!!! We hope to be out by May or the beginning of June, would be sooner but I have some responsibilities.

Sooooooooooooooooooooooooo (some people know how to make a short story long). As I was looking for something…..I spied this Christmas wrapping Paper.



So I measured it. HOT STINKING DOG…..this roll is 30 inches long. You are saying “So stinking what”….

I did a 30 inch square.


Then I went and measure and got this:


Oh my goodness….remember all of those round runners? No more using tape to put several pieces of paper together for a template….I got this circle cut out in matters of minutes.

I HAVE THIS IDEA IN MY HEAD SO I AM ON THE HUNT AGAIN ….. I just have to remember to put things away and not leave them out….can make a mess faster than anyone.

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IN MY KITCHEN….I just saw an old “Quilt Show” episode and Alex Anderson said she went to her kitchen for templates….Oh yes…. GREAT MINDS!!! Oh…I know I don’t belong up there with

Alex but hey a gal can dream????

Tuesday, March 20, 2012


Remember HeHaw...

What's for supper Grandpa?

Well.... What is going on over there Barb? Glad you asked....Least ways I got a few emails asking.

Yesterday was spent running around.

Today I had a friend come over, I am helping her design a Bowling quilt for her Brother.

Then more running around.

Well....Saturday while running around with my husband we stopped at Hobby Lobby.

And I found these....

Aren't they cute???? Fifteen cents each....the only problem is they mostly have the initial "I" and one "A"..... So I walked away but then I grabbed my husband arm and said...

"Hold ON".....he heard the breaks screech!!!!

Whoa Nellie!!!

Yep....I couldn't pass them up....fifteen cents....did I say EACH????

My husband is now rolling his eyes (One day he is going to freeze that way).

We get in the car and he goes what on earth did you want those for. I said, I brought 10, that is one dollar and fifty cents....take it out of my pay....HA!!! (no, I didn't say that).

Well.....the wheels were churning

and a churning ( I am thinking in the Young Women mode for church)....

So I pull out my slice
Pull out my Accuquilt go cutter.
Cut circles the size of the circles on the pails from the Go cutter.

Cut each gals initial from the slice

Got some trusty MOD PODGE (you know where I am going with this....I guess I can just stop my post here)
Put some dots around the circle....and this is what I came up with. Oh yes.....do I hear some high fives????? Hasn't dried yet....but we are dancing over here!!
I made just one, this gal can't attend...but the other girls can do their own.

Oh yes.....so Mr. Bejeweled you can bring those rolling eyes from the back of your head now......

Other than that....you guessed it...not a thing is going on here...Not a thing.

Friday, March 16, 2012


Debi over at "Quilting with Debi" made this adorable quilt for her grandson. If you haven't visited her blog, you really should, she is one fast quilter/crafter and does some of the most fun things.

She now has it entered in the Quilting Gallery contest for the week.
Won't you go and vote for her quilt HERE.

Those dragons were one of the first things I embroidered when I got my machine. Debi loved them so much that she became the proud owner of them.

It would be wonderful if you would vote for her.

AccuQuilt - Barn Quilt Design Contest - Enter Now!

Thursday, March 15, 2012


Yesterday I finished the binding.....

That was one dance a doing!!!

(I wish I knew how to crop photos to where some of the items you see were not in there) Also, this is a queen sized quilt on a king sized bed....I think it will fit rather nicely in this person's home.

After that I made two pillow shams and two pillow cases....

Two more dances a doing!!

The shams took me a good 3 hours...sheweee...maybe that deserves and extra dance???

So if you felt the earth trimmer last night, it was me!!! (embarrassed smile).

Is it wrong to covet something you have made for someone else. My husband said, just make you one....and I said....No way, takes too much work!!!!!

Which as I was sewing last night that I remembered that I have the cutest quilt that needs to be finished and then I wouldn't have to covet this one.

AccuQuilt - Barn Quilt Design Contest - Enter Now!
Still thinking on this one...but if you want to enter or are thinking about it, just click on the picture and it will answer all your questions.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


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Don't you just love my boys? That is what I was calling them all day when I was taking them off the machine. Then I thought that I almost have enough boys to put names on these guys and make me a "My boys quilt"..

I almost forgot to tell you, I tried to use old Steam A Seam project scraps, just to save on Steam A Seam and to use up old scraps....So if you are going...hummmm that is how my son dresses without supervision, well....I was just trying to be thrifty (cheap).

I used the Go cutter to cut out the Overall Sam's and Marjorie sent me the embroidery design.

Gene has been working with Marjorie's designs as well, you can see his post here.

You can find Marjorie's embroidery designs here.

Of course, you can find Accuquilt here.

It is also that time of year again, Accuquilt Barn Quilt Design Contest and you can go here, just click on the picture.

AccuQuilt - Barn Quilt Design Contest - Enter Now!
I am thinking about entering, not sure yet???? Still pondering. If you are interested, you can just click on the picture and it will take you where you will get all the info you will need!!

The contest starts March 16th - April 9th

Saturday, March 10, 2012


I was working on this yesterday and this is as far as I got. I should have it done.

I am thinking of replacing that green square down at the bottom in the sashing.

I think there are alot of us out there that have no hankering to sew.

It just isn't in me. I have read four books this week. FOUR!!! when I have other things that I need to do.

I chastise myself for being lazy, no gumption, no motivation, no zeal....no zip....NADA...

My husband was even gone this week and usually when he goes I just squeal through the days and nights......but not this week....no.....I got the case of the lazies.

Even today my husband wants to take me to JoAnn's but this gal doesn't want to go.


Do I need a doctor?

My husband just walks around mumbling..."She doesn't want to go to JoAnn's"?

I hope all of you have a fabulous day in your sewing room creating (that means you West Texas Threads.....get in there).

Thursday, March 8, 2012


I saw this on the "Quilt Show" and I just had to try it. This is just such a great way to use those scraps that you just might throw away.

So....I got my trusty "Steam A Seam" ironed two sheets on some fabric.

Took off the backing paper
Some scraps from the latest cutting project. I would have thrown some of these away but saved them for this purpose.

Started placing the scraps on the "Steam A Seam"...no ironing yet.
Kept placing fabric as I fancied.

ended up with this....ironed down to the "Steam A Seam"
Need some Tulle
Place over your project.
Quilt the top, this would have been a good time to practice feathers, leaves, hearts...but...I chose the lazy man's way out and meandered.
Made a little zipper bag out of it....looks kinda wonky...but I love zippered bags and will find some kind of use for it.
I just loved this and plan to do more.

The binding of the quilt below is not done and as usual I am goofing instead of doing what I need to be doing. No excuse....just feel like goofing.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012


Monday night I finished meandering this quilt.

Not until I put the borders on this quilt did I like it. That is when my feelings about this quilt changed. Maybe that is why it took me so long to get to quilting it, not liking the top.

Then when I started quilting it....the more I quilted the more excited I got.

Here is the results (minus a binding).

Here is the pieced backing. This is what took me all day Friday, that and sandwiching it.
Not a good picture...sorry.

I barely have a scrap left. I need to make two shams to go with it so I better scrounge some up from somewhere.

I need to get the binding done and shams to have this out of my house by next week so it can get to it's destination by the end of March. I think I will make it.... Whohooooo one more thing off my list.....

Today I am off to DC....when I get back this evening, maybe I will have the energy to put the binding on? Least ways, that is the plan.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


Here is the pillow I submitted for the Moda Challenge (the side is not sewn up yet in this picture or right now).

To be honest, I really didn't like this pillow. I loved the flowers with the heart in the middle and ribbon but I didn't like the colors I chose. I was just trying to use up that honey bun I opened for the trash can. In fact I still have some strips left over.

So here goes:

I cut the batting to the size I wanted for my pillow form (pillow form was purchased at a garage sale for one dollar).

This is 32" by 36", you can see that it is folded in half at this point.
Once again, I just start from the end, putting one strip down face up and the other on top face down (right sides together) and sew a 1/4 inch seam. I do this all the way down the batting.
Here you see it sewn all the way down with the flower/heart applique already on them. The ribbons were tucked under the inside of the hearts and sewn down when the hearts were sewn down.
Here is the finished pillow minus the opening being shut.
I really do like the ribbon. Now you see below where the buckle part of the contest came in. It holds the pillow to the back of the chair or bottom. It just annoys me when my pillow falls off my chair when I get up.

For those of you wanting the flower applique, you can either email me or make your own. As you can see it is just a huge flower with a heart out of the middle. I had used this flower before and used the hearts from the middle as stems for a table runner , a tote and cosmetic bag. As you can see, I gave you the link to the runner and cosmetic bag but am unable to locate the tote.