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By leaving your email within your comment, I can find you. I realize that this is sometimes a scary thing to do with scams and all but if you disguise the email as say.....
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this is the perfect way to hide from the unwanted eye. So please help me out if you are one of the non-responders.
Thank you, in advance.....Ravelly Rhonda!!

Sep 23, 2017

Celebrate Countdown Part 3

Slept on what to do with this eagle. I added a light brown border then found some patriotic fabric in my stash to dress up the block. So far so good!!
However, my mind has gone in yet another direction. So that eagle is tabled for the moment. 

Here's the eagle I'm working on now.
The star design is one that I've use many times and is perfect for what I have in mind. I've use several shades of greens and golds on my HST and tone-on-tones.
I really like this eagle with its beak open. I've used permanent markers and crayons to highlight feathers and the bold brow on the eagle.
Here's the finished top measuring 54 inches square.
Magpie's Mumblings is the winner of the second FQ!! Congratulations to you. Blue and purple are her colors for now, so I'll be sending out the color BLUE to her as soon as we talk via email. I don't have much purple in my stash, if you can believe that.
Remember to leave a comment and mention your favorite color to participate in the give away. If you've already won a FQ, you can still win again.

Here's another pic of the little firecracker!!
Have a great weekend everyone.

Sep 14, 2017

Celebrate - Change of Plans

Oh, don't worry. I'm still counting down to the big 1600 post.
I'm referring to my changing the eagle for the second Veterans quilt.
I finished highlighting the eagle, changed his brow & stood back for a look-see.

But when I auditioned it at the top of the quilt, I didn't like the proportions one bit. So back to the drawing board.
The quilt needs a narrower eagle. 
I came up with one in flight. Now on to my stash of fabric to pick just the right colors.

Much better, don't you think?
I needed wording and Mr. Cowboy came up with "Freedom Isn't Free"
I like the way that sounds.
I've auditioned it above the scrappy quilt & it looks good. Now to figure out how I want to attach it. Maybe a strip between the quilt and eagle.

Not a very good photo but another quilt top finished!! I might try to take a better pic this weekend.
Now, for the first winner of the FQ.
The Left-Handed Quilter/favorite color at the moment RED!!
BTW, if you don't here from me after you leave your comments, please know that sometimes I just can't get to everyone. But I do read all comments and am so appreciative of everyone's time.
Alrighty, leave a comment, mention your favorite color to win a fat quarter.

Sep 11, 2017

Help Me Celebrate

Greetings Everyone!!
I was looking over my blog the other day and discovered that I'm 9 post shy of 1600 posts. OMG! I can't believe it. I've been blogging since 2007 & through many ups and downs in my farm-girl live, I've enjoyed every minute of getting to know many of my fellow bloggers.
So I decided to do a count down & some give-aways to build up to the number 1600.  I'm giving away a fat quart (the winner choses the color) each post until 1600. All you need to do to participate is to leave a comment and in said comment mention your favorite color starting with this post. I'll gladly send to my international friends as well.
Now, onto my next Veteran s quilt. 
I made this HST quilt last year & it just sat on a shelf collecting dust bunnies.
I'll be placing a close up of an eagle at the top. I really like it so far but I'll need to add more details.
Stay tuned for more FQ give aways toward my 1600 posts!
Finally, here's one of my grandbabies. I can't believe they were able to snap a photo with the hat still on her head. She's a firecracker!!!

Sep 6, 2017

Veteran's Quilt Part 2

Sorry about the view of my toes....lol!!
I finished stitching down the eagle for the most part & decided to have a look at the other part of my project that spurred me to take this on in the first place. It's from a Bargello leftover. These days I don't throw anything away. After looking at the two together I knew it needed something. Mr. Cowboy strolled by & also noted that it needed something. So I decided to sleep on it. You know that things come to us quilters while we sleep.....hehehe!
After a couple of nights sleep I came up with the solution below.
I added a strip withe the words " Land of the Free" to divide the two. Mr. Cowboy was pleased & gave me two thumbs up.
All I need to do next is add a border. Stay tuned.
I saw this little funny on someone's blog & thought I'd re-share it.

Sep 3, 2017

Another Veteran's Quilt Started

I'm thinking of making eagle blocks to go on each quilt because many aren't going to be red, white & blue themed. So I want something patriotic on each.
I found a clip art image to work with, enlarged it & traced the parts that I wanted to use onto Heat n Bond & pressed those into my fabric choices.
So far......
Got the eagle in position & added feather markings.
I've started making HST to highlite the eagle.
More progress to come soon!

Aug 31, 2017

Prayers and Another Border

I have been praying for my fellow Texan down south. I live more toward central Texas so we've only gotten around 10" of rain over the course of several days. 
We've spoken to several relatives who are weathering the rainstorm. They are in good spirits & dry for the time being.
The photo isn't great but I've placed a border on this quilt top. It's one of my donation quilts.
I decided to embroider these praying hands on a t-towel for our church's fellowship hall. It really feels good to be getting in some sort of sewing!

Aug 24, 2017

I've Found My Mojo!

Many thanks to everyone who have given me pep talks. You all soothed my soul while also energizing me.
Here's why I'm so excited.
I have "many" quilt tops in my stash. I've been making quilt tops for years with no real idea of what to do with them. I've decided to.................shhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!
give them away at our annual Veterans Day service at our Senior Citizens center.
All I need to do is get them all quilted.
This is the first quilt I've enlarged by adding a multi-square border.
I'll be showing other quilts as I get them ready to be quilted.
Again, thanks to all you helped me out!!

Aug 22, 2017


I don't know if you can clearly see this bad boy or not but it's a four foot rattler my son Gabriel was lucky enough to escape injury. The snake crawled very near to where he was working. Someone else killed it, thank goodness. Gabriel immediately sent me a photo. When I saw it, I nearly dropped my phone. Thank The Lord nobody was hurt!
Did I mention that I don't like anything that crawls, slithers, flies, creeps, gallops, flutters, etc. You get the picture and this snake was nowhere near me.  Eeeeeeeek!

Good Eats!

OMG!!! Bud Jones Bayou......
This little place in Tyler, Texas may be considered by some, a hole in the wall but let me tell you, it is a fantastic, little known eatery. If you love Cajun food like I do, you will fall in love with this place. The catfish, shrimp and oysters lunch Mr. Cowboy and I had was to die for. The seasoning was just right and the flavors just burst in your mouth with each bite.
I could go on and on about Bud Jones Bayou, as you can probably tell. You'll just have to try it out yourself.
Here's me & the owner, Sarah. I was so happy to get to meet her. The service is great, the waitress friendly & the food excellent! I give it 2 thumbs up & 5 stars!
If you're ever in Tyler, pop in & do lunch.

Aug 18, 2017

Just Not Feeling It!!

Greetings blogger friends!
I hope that everyone is having a great summer and are about to enjoy the weekend.  As for me.......sigh......I'm in a slump when it comes to sewing anything. I go into my sewing room thinking I'll sew but wind up just standing at my ironing surface staring into nothingness.
Just this morning I was looking at all my scraps and some of my favorite Fractured Diamond quilts, hoping to just sit and sew but just looking thru the strips of fabric I lost interest. I did check my temperature but nothing was amiss there.
Does anyone else feel this way these day? If so, please let me know how you are dealing with it.
I don't even have the desire to purchase fabric.....I know, I know, something is terribly wrong, right?
I may need to schedule a doctor's appointment!!!

Aug 6, 2017

Big Fish

First, I'd like to thank everyone who has commented on my recent posts. For some reason, I've been unable to respond via email. So please don't think I'm ignoring you. So until I figure out what I'm doing wrong I will comment via posting for the most part.
"No worries," some of you mentioned that is when you need to worry or famous last words. Cowboy seems to know what he's doing most of the time so I'm the one left biting my nails but I think most females are that way. At least that's my case.
Now to that big fish I mentioned. Mr. Cowboy decided to cast a line in the lake the other day & landed this beauty. He weighed 10lbs. We thought about cleaning & doing a fish fry but it was such a pretty bass & we didn't have the heart to gut him. So back into the lake he went. "Whew," I can imagine the bass saying to his buddies. "That was a close one boys. Stay away from the light & shiny objects!"
Laugh out loud! 
Mr. Cowboy's brother built him this great work bench which everyone immediately says should also act as a picnic table....sigh! Guys!!!!!

Aug 4, 2017

Oh My Word!

Things are happening quickly around the old farm, so much so that my head is spinning. This morning Mr. Cowboy decided that I needed to help him move some "stuff" so off we go to do just that. We start with the disc thingy.
All of a sudden he stops in the middle of road (a farm to market road but it does have fast moving traffic on it) to pick up some lumber. I hope you can see the two pieces of lumber (old planks, I might add) he placed on the disc without securing them. "Oh," he said, "they will be fine, no worries," which translates to me......WORRY!
Also note that tiny dot in the distance gaining on us quickly.
I'm chewing my nails off as we bounce along but Mr. Cowboy is as cool as a cucumber.....sigh!!
By the time I could snap this photo, the truck had passed us, nearly blowing off the doors on the tractor. This FM road has a speed limit of 60mph. I think that guy was going 80 or better. I was just happy he got around us without incident.
Other than that, all is well.  Have a great weekend everyone!!

Aug 3, 2017

A Big Thank You & More

Greetings Everyone!!
I want to thank you for wishing me a Happy Birthday (twice) in some cases because I couldn't remember how old I am.....hehehehehehehehehehehe!!
I've been very busy celebrating and visiting with the little people. Let's just say, this old girl could barely keep up with Buzz Woody and the Firecracker!!! And yes, she is a girl and extremely active. I'm going to have to take more vitamins or something.
Also, thank you for your comments from "What's That, You Asked?" I laughed a lot especially when reading the comments from Chantal, Diane and Joyce.
As for my memory, it comes and goes. I swear I can walk from one room to another and forget why I went in there. But, hey, this started years ago so I can't blame it on the age thing. LOL!!!
Hope everyone is enjoying their week. Take care until my next adventure or fiasco.

Aug 1, 2017


I don't know my own age...laugh out loud! I'm actually 62. The mind is the first thing to go!!

Another Birthday

Hi everyone!!
I'm celebrating 64 years of life today. I know that some folks don't like to share their ages with anyone but I've never been that way. My students use to ask how old I was & I'd always tell them. It was fun to see their expressions. Some would even remark that I was as old as their parents!! I'd just smile.
Anyway, I'm enjoying life, nature, family, etc.

Jul 30, 2017

What's That, You Asked?

See this thingy. Mr. Cowboy and I were out driving around the other day, just having a great time when all of a sudden he slams on the breaks. We came to screeching halt in the middle of our county road. He throws the truck in reverse, opens his door, leans down to pick up this thingy. I thought he was crazy for stopping in the middle of the road. He say's excitedly, "Do you know what this is?"
I'm still glaring at him, heart pounding terror that someone would come barreling over the hill to plow into us. "No," I say and "Can we please get moving!"
As he started driving again, he explains what the thingy is, a clevis, he says is used as a type of buckle or shackle to link things together. He goes on to tell me the possibilities of how he's going to use the thingy.
Ladies, guys, has anyone else experienced this behavior with your significant other???? He drives me crazy sometimes.
Onto sewing life.....
I finely decided to sit at my machine to stitch out an embroidery design. For several minutes I tried to bring up the thread from my bobbin without success. I changed needles, I cleaned the bobbin case, I changed bobbin thread a couple of times before remembering.......
that I needed to thread the needle to bring up the bobbin thread......sigh. Has it really been that long since I've sewn something? Obviously, yep.
I hope that no one else is having mental lapses like me.


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