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Nov 10, 2017

Sippy Cup

Here's a great tip if your machine is having trouble with certain threads. 
Some threads don't like the way your sew machine or embroidery machine loads the thread because of the way the thread is wound from the manufacturer. I use a child's sippy cup to remedy this fact. As you can see from the photo, you simply place the thread inside the cup, pull the end thru the lid & screw the lid on. Now you can thread your machine the way your usually do. 
I hope this tip helps those who are having trouble with threads.

Nov 2, 2017

Honoring Veterans

Just a quick review of some of the quilts I've made to honor and give to the Veterans in my community.

 
 

 
 
 
Yesterday I was able to honor and salute the Veterans in my community. They got to choose a quilt or wall-hanging. They were surprised and very happy that someone thought of them.
 



I am so thankful and happy so honor them & I want to salute all Veterans who fought for our country. I also want to salute all who are serving in the Armed Forces today.
 







Oct 30, 2017

My Fascination With Elephants

I found this particular photo on Google. It represents a collage of images I have in my head of the magnificent mammal, the elephant.
I remember the first time I saw one up close. It was at the Austin Zoo, oh several, well ages ago. Ok, 19......59ish. Anyway, the next time was years later at a circus.
I know you all remember that I don't like things that fly, flutter, crawl, creep, slither, buzz, bigger than or smaller than me....not to worry. The elephant will never get anywhere near me except on fabric!!!! Whew.
I've had an idea for a mini quilt using the fabrics below:
Notice the dark tapestry like fabric down one side of all the others? Well, that piece has been in my stash for a very long time, as in 10 years....sigh. I'm using it in this project, finally. Mr. Cowboy thinks I'm nuts because it's so different from all the other chosen fabrics. 
Just you wait and see how I use it. 
Stay tuned.

Oct 24, 2017

A Well Needed Get Away


Me & Mr. Cowboy were able to get away for a few days. Well he was involved in a soil & water conservation conference while I enjoyed the scenery in Galveston at Moody Gardens.
It's good to be home but we did have a good time!

Oct 22, 2017

Dragonfly



Although I don't like insects, well anything that flies, crawls, slithers, creeps, buzzes, etc., I like some of their structures. The dragonfly's wings are very fascinating to me. The tiny veins that you can see in the photo, are so finely do that I could study them for some time. It's the science teacher that still in me, I suppose.
Anyway, I found this dragonfly on the grill of my Jeep in near perfect condition and had to get a picture of it. Mr. Cowboy just laughed but did suggest getting as close as my IPhone camera could get.
It's possible that one day, I'll make an attempt to make a mini quilt from the regal dragonfly. You never know!!

Oct 20, 2017

Ok, Maybe One or Two More?


I've enlarged each design 150% on my printed. It takes several repositions to get all the parts and then loads of cutting and taping things back together.
There are at least two Veterans at our Seniors Center who served in the Army and Air Force so I decided to make those two seals especially for them. I can easily quilt these on my Janome because they aren't going to be any bigger than 25 inches each.
After this I'm really finished.....no.....REALLY!!!
Below are some of the stages to making the seals. I'll show the finished quilts in a lager post.

 

 
 
I use dinner plates, pizza pans, skillets and anything else that will lend me a perfect circle. Mr. Cowboy just shakes his head but wisely says nothing.
I will stitch all the pieces down before quilting everything.
In a couple of previous posts, someone asked about the types of fabric adhesives I use. I love Steam-a-Seam Lite but it's sometimes hard to find so I'm using Heat-N-Bond Lite at the moment. When quilting everything together I use either the 505 Spray or Loctite Spray Adhesive (the Loctite is found at JoAnn's).




Oct 17, 2017

And I'm Back To The Minis

So, I've had this guy in mind since before I lost my mojo. Then when I got my mojo back, I was off on another tangent but I had already pulled several fabrics that could possibly fit.
Using my favorite fabric adhesive and the chosen fabrics, I set to work pressing, cutting and sorting each piece.
I use a non-stick pressing sheet to arrange things.
The rabbit has come together very well.
Here is where I went off the deep end. I have some great brick fabric that I wanted to use and a neat sky piece.
I placed the rabbit atop the background to see if I like what was going on. So far so good.
I took great pains to make the pocket watch. I used a fine tip permanent marker. I'll add the chain to the watch when I quilt the piece.
As I stood back things looks really good but it needed something else. The sky area was missing a little something.
I've added a tree trunk and might add a few leaves but not sure at this point.
It measures 12 1/2 by 17 1/4 inches.







Oct 13, 2017

Celebration At Last!

Bells are going off!
Confetti is floating in the air!
Hooray!!!! Post 1600 is finely here!!!!
I'm doing a happy dance right now and Mr. Cowboy is laughing his cowboy hat off watching me.
If you have stuck with me this long, you have definitely gone on a wild journey. Thanks for hanging around.
Now, let me give you an update on my venture into making quilts for the Veterans at my Senior Community Center. I have eight quilt tops made, four are already quilted so I've been on my knees getting the others sandwiched and ready to quilt.
My goal is to have them ready by November 1st. I can do it because these are small quilts. Just a token of my appreciation for the service of some wonderful men and women.
This particular quilt top I've had for many years with no real idea of what to do next but it's a great one to give to a Veteran. The photo is fuzzy for some reason....must be camera error!!!
This quilt I made last year and it's quilted as well. It's from my Fractured Star design. I added the white stars to give it a different look.
The winner of the final FQ is Joyce Carter whose favorite color is RED!!!!! Mr. Cowboy sends his congratulations because he was getting a bit worn out from pulling names from the old cowboy hat each week......LOL.  It's been so much fun doing these quilts for the Veterans and I thank each and everyone for participating and lending your suggestions.
I'll have photos in November of the festivities for the Veterans.
I hope everyone enjoys their weekend!!


Oct 10, 2017

Celebration Part 6

Warning, this post is photo heavy!!!
I've chosen a close up of an eagle.

 
I enlarged it & outlined the parts I want to really stand out. Next I'll choose some fabrics to make the magic happen.

These are just some of the fabrics that will be used in this endeavor.




The eyes are looking good.

I've gotten the beak in place & need to stitch around the parts before I can stitch everything together.



Here's a close-up of the eagle's face. I've used crayons & markers to highlite the feathers & will use threads to further add to the coloring when I quilt the piece.

Little Firecracker is all kicked back playing some sort of video game. I don't know how her parents got her to sit still for any period of time!
Oh, I nearly forgot about the winner of the fat quarter. It's Vicki H. Congratulations to you. Her favorite color is orange.
Please leave a comment to participate in the give-away. I do believe that the next post will be #1600. Oh boy I can't wait!!!


Oct 3, 2017

Celebration Part 5

Onward!
Someone asked about the design I used in a previous post. I'm freely sharing it today. It's mostly half-square triangles with a few, what I call, blank squares added. You can use any size HST.

This Fractured Star design is perfect for the eagle I have in mind. The design for the Fractured Star, which I've used many times, you can probably find if you do a Search of tutorials on my Sidebar.
Just wait until you see the eagle I'll be using. It's perfect!!!!
Here's sort of hawk in the hay field waiting for the balers to scare up a mouse, rabbit or snake. No need to soar overhead & wear out the old wings....laugh out loud! 
WINNERS!!!
I'm still waiting to hear from Needled Mom who won the last fat quarter. Her favorite color at the moment is yellow. Mr. Cowboy was anxious to pick the latest name from the old cowboy hat because he needed to get back to the hay fields to move those bales into storage. So the winner for a fat quarter this post is Gene! Congrats to Gene who has requested blue
Leave a comment to participate in the fat quarter give away. I think I have a couple more post before the 1600 mark.


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