Friday, October 9, 2009

LOOKS LIKE ANOTHER MONTHLY POST!!!




Well, once again it looks like its been another month since my last post. I have been busy with sewing quilts but it's not like I don't have time to get on the computer cause I am on here all the time. I just never take the time to to come over here andpost.
I have been busy blog hopping tonite and came across a GIVEAWAY over at Lila Tuellars site,
lilatuellardesigns.blogspot.com She has gone to market where she has a new line coming out.
It's called "Eden" and it is so fun and fresh full of yellow and lavendar. I have signed up but with 650 comments so far I really don't think I have a chance. I am a sucker for giveaways and after filling out comments for the last couple of years a finally won from BACK PORCH QUILTS back the first part of the summer and it was a big one. I think I posted on here if you want to look through the older entries.
Do you see the pretty black and white and pink string quilt above? That is the next project I am starting as soon as I finish my sisters wedding quilt and her new great grandsons blanket. Oh I forgot I also have to finish my daughters purple passion quilt which she will finally get for Christmas. Shhhhhhhhhhhh, don't tell her cause its a secret. She has waited so long for it that I think she figures she will never get it. Boy will she be surprised.
If I can get enoght people interested I am going to start a BOM embroidery quilts that is cats of the month. I have very few readers so if any of you know any people who would be interested can you send them over to let me know.
That is all for now. We are taking the kids to the punkin patch tomorrow so I can post some cute pictures tomorrow or the next day.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

SEW AND TELL







The nice lady over at Louby Lou is hosting a sew and tell so I thought I would join in with what I got finished this last week.




My new grandson Joshua is 2 months old already and I still hadn't finished his quilt untill this last week so here is a picture of it. I chose yellow, blues and green. I really like the fabrics I used in it so I am posting a picture of those too. I also chose to use the leftover fat quarters to piece the back as you can see. All in all I think it turned out very nice.
The other is a baby quilt I made for one of my husbands co-workers. I love the simple design of this quilt and use it frequently when I need to make a baby quilt fast. The material was a childrens cowboy and cowgirls. What is a better fitting quilt for a new little Texan?
This is my collection of quilts for this week. I hope to be as good at my sewing this next week. I know that my sisters wedding quilt is one I will get finished. My poor sisters has waited for 4 yrs to get it.
Take care to all of you and enjoy this next week. I am so glad that fall is finally in the air!!!!
Barbara

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Getting to know my Baby Brother







I am really enjoying how the kids are taking to their new little brother. Savannah will go outside and play for awhile but comes right back in and has to hold little Josh or feed him. Her mother has been pumping and saving some of the breast milk so that Savannah and Jake will be able to feed him a bottle once in awhile.
In the above pictures the one with Josh asleep on tummy is with his daddy. I have been busy sewing, I finished up Josh's quilt and will put up a picture soon.
Not much else to say for now. Hope everyone has a great time with all their projects.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Paper Bag Swap Goodies!!!!!!!!
















I signed up to participate in the Paper Bag Swap over at Snickerdoodle dreams a month ago. We decorated a paper bag and put in it a fat quarter, buttons, ribbon lace or rick-rack, and some embroidery floss. Once we recieved the bag from our partner we were to make something out of it and send back. Mine is winging its way across the ocean to her, so I can't post a picture till she gets it, but I recived mine on monday.






I recieved this beautiful Victorian Needle box that was handmade by her. I have shown it as the box and than what happens when you take off the lid. I absolutely love this thing. Inside that center little tiny box is a thimble that says Australia. She also sent this placemat, wall hanging little number with the 4 coasters. It reeks of Australia, don't you think? I am dying to post a picture of her wall hanging I made but since she is one of my followers I can't because it would spoil the surprise. I did send you some loverly bluebonnet something. Oh yes I got a nice block of Chocolate with cherries from Australia that I had to split 6 ways so just got a little taste but it sure was good.




I have signed up for the newest Old Red Barn quilt-along, this time it is a zig-zag quilt and here are the color choices I have picked. I am going to make it a bed sized quilt. The fabics are above. I still can't figure out how to add pictures to the correct paragraphs. Oh well, now there are 2 pictures of the fabrics I am going to use take care everyone. Next post I will post my strips all ready to cut into squares, my goal for today.
Barbara

Sunday, July 26, 2009


Someone on one of my quilting lists sent a link to a newspaper article that told about this car. Can you believe that someone made an entire quilt as a slip cover for her car? I am amazed at this and would love to drive something around like this that would shout to the world my love of quilts. This quilt is owned by Peggy Boggs Christenson and she brought it to her home of Port Townsend, Washington for her family reunion. The quilt covers a Honda Van. She calls this Van "Have Quilt Will Travel". Her answer to everyones reaction is "It's just the work of a small town 4-H sewing girl who grew up to become a crazy quilter." Hope this gives you guys a happy feeling like it did me.

Friday, July 24, 2009

SHOP HOPPING IN THE TEXAS PANHANDLE!!!!!!!!!







The theme of this years shop hop is "The Fifties". Most of the shops had Elvis on the radio and all the stores had some of their crew in poodle skirts. My favorite shop had a display with a large pink toy cadillac and Barbie sitting on the back in a poodle skirt and Ken standing next to it.
They all had games to play and goodies to give away. I won a cute little pattern at one of them
was able to do the paddle ball and got another pattern and as you can see above made an idiot of myself trying to do the hula hoop. I remember being a pro at that as a kid but wasn't even able to keep it from falling down. Boy time sure changes things.
One shop had a pattern for a free apron, another a pattern for a potholder and the third had a pattern for a casserole carrier. I guess the free patterns theme was a Fifties kitchen.
We have the little guy Joshua and his mommy for the weekend. He will be meeting his great grandma for the first time on sunday. Big sister Savannah has been enjoying rocking with him. Josh curls up into a little ball like a kitten. I will get a picture and post tomorrow after work.
Take care to all and have a great weekend.



Sunday, July 19, 2009

BABY JOSH IS FINALLY HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Well the new baby finally arrived on July 17th at 3:30pm
He weighed in at 8lbs 11 1/2 oz and was 21" long
He has reddish blonde hair and the sweetest cheeks I have
ever seen on a baby. As you can see from the picture, his
sister is already in love with him, and so are Grandpa and I.
Just wanted my blogging friends to know he was here. I will be posting the quilt I am making for him in the next day or two. It is green and yellow and will go real good with that red hair.

Friday, July 10, 2009

My Little Super Model











Just wanted to take a minute to post some new pictures of my grand-daughter Savannah and her summer pics. We had a day out togather since her new brother is due soon, I wanted to show her soom special time. We went to Justice for Girls and had a shopping spree where she bought the pink outfit. We went to lunch with her Aunt and another friend who is like an Aunt to her. Lastly we went and got her pictures taken. I thought she looked so cute in the special Pink Outfit and she just had to have that HAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We are anxiously awaiting the birth of our next grandchild. My daughter is staying with us right now and she is waddling around like a miserable "Big Mama". The temperatures have been in the 100's here, it hit 102 degrees yesterday and I remember how miserable I was when I was expecting her 30 yrs ago as she was born the first part of July. Her due date is the 21'st but the last 2 weeks on her exams she has been dilated to a 3.
I am busy working on a baby quilt for little Joshua, finishing up a Paper Bag swap and starting a new stitchery BOM called portholes. I think I will put these onto a beach bag and maybe onto a nice T-shirt. I have added the sites to my side bar.
Take care and hope everyone stays cool, I know we won't. Oh I am officially now on VACATION for the next two weeks. Hopefully I will get alot of sewing done.
Barbara

Thursday, July 2, 2009

GIVEAWAY FROM LATE BLOOMER QUILTS IS HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
















I love to go blog hopping at night and especially love to check out the give aways. I post a message on every one I visit hoping to be a winner but never untill this last month. I posted a message on her give away post and wonder of wonders I WON!!! I recieved 8 of her patterns and a book. I love all her stuff so I will have to make something from one of her patterns and send her a picture. I am so excited to have all these to work with.


Today was quild meeting day and we got to learn how to do free motion quilting with our machines. I didn't do to well but I think once I practice some more and get some gloves to help hold the material I will do alot better. One of the ladies came up and whispered in my ear that she had gotten hers at Dollar Tree and they worked as well as the fancy ones you buy at the quilt shops.
After I left the meeting I stopped at an estate sale and bought a pile of handsewn star blocks for $1.00. I need to figure out how to applique them down on muslin. They are pretty old and fraying.
Well I am done for tonite. Take care to anyone who reads my blog and may the good lord bless you.
Babs








I found the cutest material yesterday at Joans Fabrics, it is a sewing room full of very naughty cats. I am going to post the pictures and I think I am going to make a jacket out of it to wear to my guild meetings.










Wednesday, June 24, 2009

ORGANIZING MY STASH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!











I can't believe it has been over 2 months since my last post. I guess I had better get this blog back up and running. I took my cats picture off and put on one of my favorites of all the baby quilts I have made. This one was made for one of the girls I work with who is a Cowgirl at heart. She has horses on their little spot in the country and she had a boy so I thought I would make a cowboy baby quilt for her. One of the other girls in Rehab crocheted her some little cowboy boot booties. I posted a picture of them in my older posts.



I picked up a very tall shelf for $14 off of freecycle yesterday and decided to take all my material our of the big plastic green storage tubs I have and fold them a neat way and use the shelf to store them. This is four of the tubs stacked neatly on the shelves. I still have 6-8 more tubs to unpack and fold and store. I don't know how to make the pictures go with each paragraph so if anyone who reads this knows how to do it please let me know. The pictures are above.




My daughters baby is due in about 3 weeks and I am trying to make space to put a bed and the bassinet in my sewing room. They will be staying with us for the next month. I put a picture of my sweet Savannah and Jakob and soon Joshua will be joining them. I can't wait to hold those sweet baby cheeks next mine. I love the smell of babies, after a bath when they are powdered and fresh. Bekah sees the Dr on monday and she said she was going to tell her she wanted the baby out as soon as possible. She is so big and is so uncomfortable.


I have added a video that I took the weekend before last. We had Zippety Zoo Day a special event meant to introduce kids to animals from other countries. There were 8 tents set up and under each were animals from that country. This little dancing fool was from the country of Australia and he was the favorite of all of us. I think I will post the video on You Tube also. I just love this little guy.


I will sign off here and show you progress of my stash organization as I fill up all the shelves.
My video of the bird is way at the bottom of this post so be sure to scroll down and check him out he will surely get a smile out of you.


























video

Monday, March 23, 2009

MY QUILT INSPECTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I thought I would change my header and put the picture of my cat Bonnie in my quilting frame. If my portable hoop is down she always gets in it and watches me while I quilt. I have named her my official quilt inspecter because this is her favorite place to nap. I usually leave the hoop next to my machine and she is usually there while I am sewing. Since this is a quilting, sewing and embroidery blog I thought it would be a good picture to have in the header.

Not much going on in the panhandle of TX except lots of wind and weather that goes from cold to warma and back and forth. The trees are all budding and it looks like spring is here which makes me very happy because it is my favorite season along with fal

I am busy working on finishing up a stitchery for one of my online swaps, sewing up another purse, knitting a shrug and a few birds for stuffing. I have a sweater I finished for my granddaughter to sew togather and I can include it in with the projects to finish. Take care and hope everyone sees lots of flowers this next week.

Monday, March 16, 2009

I have just completed another finish for March. I am taking part in a row robin quilting challange with one of my online quilting groups and this is the 2nd row and second persons row robin I have worked on. She wanted everything done in coffee colors and is making it for her husband. Since he likes his coffee with cream there couldnt be any dark browns in it. I thought it turned out very well and all three blocks compliment each other beautifully.

I am busy at work on another purse and also finishing up a stitchery project I am working on as a swap for another group. I am involved with several groups on the internet and always seem to have a swap or challange going on.

Friday we had a nice little snowfall and it was cold on saturday but by sunday we were back to spring weather again and today it was 78. No wonder people around here keep getting sick but I do love spring. I got my picture for the header on one of the spring days last week and even with the snowfall and cold weather of this last weekend the trees keep bursting into blooms. It won't be long before I am planting my garden.

Take care and on to my sewing and cooking.

Barbara

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

First finish for March!!!!!!!!!


I finished my first of many for the month of March. I have done #1 of Gail Pan's. Christmas block of the month. I started another purse, this one for myself, that is like the one I made for my friend Paula.

. This one is done in Lila Tuellars "Woodland bloom" line and is already looking so pretty. We have had such unseasonably warm weather here in the panhandle of Texas. It is almost like spring has already sprung. I am not counting on it though because we have been known to have snowstorms in April. The weather has me itching to get out and plant though. I am off the next two days and I may get out and clean the garage or work in the flower beds.


Have a great week everyone.


Barbara

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Another finish for Febuary!!


Well I have something else to add for Febuary. I finished block #1 of my Verandah Views block of the month and will be starting on the second as soon as I finish block #1 of Gail Pans Christmas BOM. I am trying to catch up sinch more will be out soon. Here is a picture of my completed block with its border added.
I liked the purse I made for my friend Paula so much that I have started another for myself. I am using woodland bloom from Lila Tuellar designs and it will be very spring looking.
I just made a huge pot of chili and will sign off now to take it off to work. Wish me luck, it is for a Chili cook-off.
Barbara

Sunday, February 22, 2009

My friend Paulas birthday!!!




My bestest friend Paula had a birthday this last thursday. I had a gift in the works but hadn't finished it in time so I let her know she would have it by tomorrow. Well I finished it up tonite and really, really like the way it turned out. I used some of the leftover fat quarters of the blacks and reds I used for my nephews wedding quilt. I am posting a pic of it in the hopes she won't see it before I give it to her tomorrow nite. If you do Paula. please act surprised and believe me it looks much better in real life. Hope you like it my good friend.


I will be starting another one of these with some Lila Tuellar fabric that I have. It will be more of a spring oriented fabric. This one will be mine. I really love this pattern and it is so easy. You can find the pattern over at fredashive.blogspot.com.


My granddaughter was a junior bridesmaid at her Uncles wedding and she looks so good in this picture I had to post it. The other one in the picture is her new mama, Melissa. We are busy watching the Academy Awards but I need to get busy and start to work on another of my projects on the list to finish. Next on the list to complete is my sisters autographed wedding quilt.
Take care and have a great week.
Barbara in the VERY WINDY TEXAS PANHANDLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Winner of my quilt giveaway!!!

I drew the name tonite and the winner of my quilt giveaway is Karen from karenskraftkorner.blogspot.com I will put the finishing touches on it and get it in the mail by tuesday if you will send me your snail mail addy at daisey_clover@suddenlink.net.

I just finished the best movie and if you haven't seen it you really need to rent it and watch it. It is called Fireproof and it tells how two people in a marriage are splitting and how with the Lords help they are brought back togather. It was sooooooooooooooo good I was crying at the ending.

Hope you enjoy your quilt Karen and that you have a little lady in your home who might like it.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Wedding quilt is finally finished!!!!!!!!!!!!!!







Well, my quilt is finished and my nephew is finally a married man. I hope the bride and groom like the quilt I finished to celebrate their love. Her colors were red, black and white which are also her favorite colors. They were the colors of the wedding so naturally I made the quilt in the same colors.


The bride as usual was beautiful and the groom as he watched her walk down the aisle had a look that was so full of love that I knew these two were meant for each other. Her choices of the dress and than the little bridesmaids all looking the same was pretty unusual to my point of view. I always thought the bride was to outshine them all but all in all it was a very pretty wedding.

I will have to add this finish as number 1 on my febuary list, with many more to come. The bride and groom leave on their honeymoon to NYC tomorrow.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Busy in my little sewing corner!







Well I have spent the last week piecing my nephew Jason and new wifes wedding quilt. I will go to the quilter on friday and I hope to have it ready for them when they return from their honeymoon the following friday. They are going to the big apple for the honeymoon. That is one place I have always wanted to visit but never to live, it is just way to big. I really hope they both have a wonderful time.


The backing on this giveaway is pieced from several different pieces and patterns.


Here are the official rules for my giveaway. Each comment recieves 1 chance and if you mention my giveaway you will recieve an extra chance, post a link to my blog and you will have another totalling 3 chances in all. Giveaway will close at midnight next thursday, the 5th and I will draw the winner around noon on the 6th.


Good luck to one and all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1






We had some cold weather come thru on Mon nite and it has been cold with a little snow for the last two days but it got up to 62 degrees today. I think tuesday nites low was 9 degrees.






Tomorrow I celebrate my first year of blogging and will be doing a giveaway of a childs sized lap quilt. It is done in pinks, light blue and black with a really cute cat print. I hope people will spread the word and I will get lots of visitors. I have posted some pictures with this post. It looks more red in the picture but is actually a raspberry colored pink.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Picture day for Nana!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!







Well, I took my grandkids to the new picture place in town and came out with some really cute pictures. I have included a few in this post. Forgive me for whipping out the wallet and showing off my pictures. Isn't she a beautiful little redhead?




These two are my son's girls and the smaller one is our little preemie. She weighed in at 3.2 lbs when she was born and she is finally up to15 lbs and is now about 10 months.
I have spent the weekend working and will be quilting again by tomorrow nite. I definately miss my sewing when I am not doing it. I am working on another of my UFO's and will add it to my project a month challange when done. One more that I need to finish is my sister and her husbands wedding quilt. I recieved all her autographed squares 3 yrs ago right after her wedding and the top still sits and waits. I have it about 1/2 of the way finished and that will be on next months list.
Gotta go to work in the morning and have to go to bed. I will do another post in the next couple of days, till than keep stitchen.




Chanelle reminds me so much of myself at her age. My hair was carrot red and curly just like hers.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Girls Day Out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




I had a girls day out today with my SIL Sheila and best friend Paula. We went to see the movie


Marley and Me. What a wonderful movie, it celebrates the life of a dog with his family and friends and I heartily recommend you all to go see it, but bring tissues in your pocket because you will need them at the end. We went to On the Border first for our favorite, Tortilla soup.


We than hit a book store and target and finally the movie. I can't believe I sat thru that whole thing without popcorn or coke, but I was really full from the soup.




I am in a row robin with my online quilt guild and I worked on it last nite trying to get it done so that I can get it in mail tomorrow. I am also working on a wedding quilt for my nephew that will go on my one project a month challenge if I can get it finished in time.




I have seen all the pretty jewelry on ebay and etsy and wanted to try to make something. I went to the library last week and checked out some books on jewelry making and made this necklace yesterday. I am really quite proud of it. Now I must make something to wear with it.
Be watching my blog because next week I will be posting a giveaway to celebrate my first year of blogging. It will be a pink, black and blue kitty quilt that is crib sized. Take care guys and live life to the fullest.