Saturday, December 22, 2012

Merry Christmas, Everyone.

I, as so many of you, am going to be taking a break from blogging for a few days in order to celebrate Christ's birth and enjoy some family time. I wish all of you a blessed Christmas. May you enjoy your family and experience a peaceful Christmas.

That is all.


Thursday, December 20, 2012

One-Flower Wednesday Somewhere?

Encouraging Words of the Day:

Surely is it still Wednesday somewhere. Maybe? Anyway, you know how much I enjoy "One-Flower Wednesday" and I did prepare my flowers on a recent road-trip to New Mexico. Here are three little 1/2 inch hexie flowers hanging out with Santa on my Christmas tree.

As always, thank you Karen from "Journey of a Quilter" for providing the linky. You can go to her blog to see the hexie flowers others have made.

The only other sewing I've done are these aprons I made for my three college-age nieces. The three say they're interested in cooking....

That is all.


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Blog Hop Party Winner

Encouraging Words of the Day:

Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God. ~ Ephesians 5:2, NLT

Blog Hop Party and Giveaway Winner!

I should have chosen the winner on Sunday but circumstances have kept me from my blog. I'm back now and want to thank all my loyal and new followers who entered the giveaway. I ran the little random number generator and ...

the winner is Becky from the Quilting Booklady blog. Congratulations and thanks for entering. Becky, I'm sending you an email and as soon as I get your address the goodies will be off to you.


That is all.


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Making Venison Jerky on One-Flower Wednesday and My Jane J-9

Encouraging Words of the Day:

"Pray without ceasing." ~Thess. 5:17

I know we're all busy this time of year but repeatedly, throughout the day, we can turn quickly to God to praise and thank Him, and to ask for His help. God is interested in everything we do, and nothing is too great or too insignificant to share with Him.

It's "One-Flower Wednesday" once again. Wednesday is more than half-way gone here but I did have my flowers done, just haven't had a chance to post them. Hubby and I have been making venison jerky all morning, then off to run a few errands, a hurried lunch, and back home again so here I am, finally posting my 1/2-inch flowers.

I've also managed to get a block made for My Jane. J-9 was paper-pieced and then the little, and I mean little, melons were appliqued onto the block. Those little melons are about 1/2 inch long and were hard to do. I used the needle-turn applique and finally got them on.

I'm off to check the jerky, wrap some gifts, and my sister suggests I use the exercise bike she gave me. I put it up in the living room, in front of the tv so I could use it easily. I've gotten so used to not using it that I don't even see it any more. I think I'll go check the jerky.

That is all.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Blog Hop Party and Giveaway

Encouraging Words of the Day:

Advent is a time of quiet preparation for the birth of Jesus. We reflect on those aspects of our lives that are in need of renewal, and offer our gratitude for the many gifts we experience each day.

Long ago the prophet Isaiah promised that “the Lord himself will give you this sign: the Virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel.” Jesus is that sign for us. He dwells as God among us, the center of our faith and the foundation of our hope. May your prayers bring you blessings this Advent.

Blog Hop Party and Giveaway

To celebrate their 5th birthday, Michelle at the Quilting Gallery is hosting another fun Blog Hop Party with giveaways from all participating bloggers. The Blog Hop Party lasts from December 9th through December 15th.
I will be giving away a book called "An Apple a Day" by The Quilted Fish. It has 9 projects for the daily life of quilters, sewists, and crafters. Also included in the giveaway are 3 fat quarters to get you started on a project.

This giveaway is for followers of my blog so follow me and leave a comment telling me you follow. The giveaway closes at midnight on December 15, 2012. I will ship internationally so all are welcome to enter.

Check out this link to find the list of bloggers participating in the Blog Hop Party by hosting a giveaway. The list will be posted on December 10.

That is all.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Thrift Shop Haul and One Flower Wednesday

Encouraging Words of the Day:

"And the King will say, 'I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!' ~ Matthew 25:40, NLT

We are in New Mexico for a few days visiting my parents. Mama and I "shopped til we dropped" today. We got some Christmas shopping done and then I had to go to the AT & T store to have my contacts and "stuff" transferred from my old iPhone to my new Samsung Galaxy S3. They told me it would take about 30 minutes so Mama and I decided to step into a nearby Thrift Store while we waited. Well, that was a great decision. We found a bin full of fabric and had a wonderful time looking through it!

Great day. We got all that fabric for $5.00.

Today is also "One-Flower Wednesday" when Karen at "Journey of a Quilter" provides a linky for us to show off our flowers each week. I sewed up two flowers for my December swap partner in the "Inchy Hexagon Flower Swap" so that was cool. She asked for pastels with a white center. Both centers are white although one does look yellowish.

That is all.


Monday, December 3, 2012

Letters From Home and 3rd Annual Neighborhood Party

Encouraging Words of the Day:

The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. ~ Psalm 28:7, NLT

About a month ago, I entered a giveaway for a very interesting book. Ellie at "Craft Sew Create" offered a giveaway of a book written by her mother who had a terrible accident at work that left her totally immobilized. As she struggled with what was happening, she longed to find comfort in her beloved scriptures, but wished it had been easier to quickly access her favorite verses. She searched for a book that could give her just that, but it was nowhere to be found. So with the time that her recuperation gave her, she wrote the book that she longed to have. I didn't win the giveaway but Ellie's mother was so generous that she gave a copy of the book to everyone who entered the giveaway.

The book is compiled from the best-loved verses and stories in the King James version of the Bible. It's organized by the different roles our Father in Heaven has in our lives: Creator, Deliverer, Lawgiver, Father, Savior, Comforter, and Teacher. There is also an area where you can add your favorite scriptures to truly personalize it. I was so happy to find my favorite Psalm 91 on page 52. The book is called "Letters from Home" and is available at this link if you're interested.

Thank you so much Ellie and Mrs. Fitzell (author). I can see already that this is a book that I will be using over and over.


On another topic:

Oops, I did something dumb again. Why is no one surprised? I was sewing my house block to enter the "Third Annual Neighborhood Party" hosted by Beth at "Love Laugh Quilt." Well, I had finished my block and had started making an extra block for a charity quilt Beth is planning along with the Neighborhood Party. I was happily snipping away the extra fabric from paper-piecing the charity block when, all of a sudden, the fabric layers seemed too thick. Here's what I did:

Darn. How do I keep doing stuff like this.? Fortunately, the cut was in a place where with a little zig-zag stitching and creativity, a clothesline was created. "All's well that ends well."

And here's the charity block created. When I chose the fabric, it looked like it would work, but now it looks kind of busy. I think I still like it.

That is all.


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Southwest Snowman Entry in 2012 Christmas Quilt Show

Encouraging Words of the Day:
God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can't take credit for this; it is a gift from God. ~ Ephesians 2:8, NLT
Ok, so I made these little mini quilts as Christmas gifts a few years ago and gave one to my sister, Ida from "My sister made me do it...." Well, now Ida "made me" enter one of the little mini quilts I made in the "2012 Christmas Quilt Show" so here it is. I called it the "Southwest Snowman" and being from Texas where it rarely snows, it is quite appropriately named.

It was quite easy to just cut the pieces out "free hand" and applique them on a sandy-looking background.
Visit this link and see all the beautiful Christmas enteries in the "2012 Christmas Quilt Show." There are also lots of prizes being given away and you don't even need to enter anything in the show in order to win.
That is all.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Back in El Paso on One-Flower Wednesday

Encouraging Words of the Day

We're back in El Paso. We didn't do well hunting during November. Hunting season will continue through the second week of January so we may have another chance to return to the Texas Hill Country to hunt whitetail deer or feral hogs.

I did a lot of hand-sewing on the 6-hour road trip back to El Paso. I worked on applique for my entry in the "Third Annual Neighborhood Party" which is a house block lotto. This is the second year I've entered. Participants send in a house block. There are usually about 3 winners who receive enough blocks to make a quilt top. I believe it's not too late to enter yet. Picture in a future post...


Then, of course, I worked on my flowers for "One Flower Wednesday" where each week Karen provides a linky for us to show our flowers. Here are 3 little 1/2-inch hexies made of 1930s fabric.

That is all.


Saturday, November 24, 2012

Still Hunting and Travelling PicStitch Bloghop Hexagons

Encouraging Words of the Day

Don't love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, I will never fail you. I will never abandon you. ~ Hebrews 13:5, NLT

We've had no luck hunting this week. My husband, grandson, and son-in-law are off to the blind right now to continue trying. My daughter and I are definitely not "morning hunters" so we're staying home this morning.

I've gotten a little sewing done, very little but I did find time to work on my entry for the "Travelling PicStitch Bloghop."

Here's what this is all about:

Take a photo of somewhere you've traveled to.

I took this picture when we visited our daughter in October. The photo was taken in Clovis, California. I love the rock formations.

2) Create a palette from the colours in the photo. (You can do this by eye or you can use something like Degrave's Color Palette Generator or Play-Crafts - (there are a number on the web.)

Here's my palette.


3) Pick a selection of fabrics which match the photo palette (name it if you like).

I'm calling mine the "Clovis Rocks," makes it sound like Clovis comes alive when it's actually a quiet little town.

4) Choose an English paper pieced block and sew it in those fabrics.

I sewed up two hexagon blocks. I will use them along with my other "Hexathon" blocks. I can't decide which I like better. I tried to get the sky and rock formation effects in. Whatever.... (Don't you hate it when someone uses that word? Me too. Sorry.)


5) Write a post or flickr post it.



For now, wishing all of you a happiness during this Thanksgiving holiday.

That is all.


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Early Thanksgiving and One-Flower Wednesday

Encouraging Words of the Day

Thanksgiving is almost here. It's one of my all time favorite holidays. I love sharing a meal that I've prepared with my loved ones and just being together is a big plus. My daughter and family are with us this year. Each year, we have too much food left over at the end of their visit so this year, we prepared the "big meal" on Wednesday so we have more days left to finish leftovers. So from today through Sunday, its turkey and all the trimmings every day for every meal. We all love it that way. No more cooking and lots of good eating.

Yesterday we drove to Del Rio, Texas, the closest bigger town, and picked up a few things. It's a 2-hour round trip so I was able to sew two hexie flowers to show you for "One-Flower Wednesday." These flowers will be for my November partner in the "Inchy Hexagon Flower Swap." She asked for a fussy cut stripe so I hope she will like these.


We've had no luck hunting so we're off to try again.

Wishing all of you a "Happy Thanksgiving" full of love and happiness.

That is all.


Monday, November 19, 2012

Little Coin Purse on a Monday

Encouraging Words of the Day:

Our daughter, son-in-law, and grandson arrived last evening. They're all getting dressed and getting ready for the day so I have a few minutes to write something for my blog. Well, what I really want to do is show you this little coin purse I made. My sister from "My Sister Made Me Do it" kind of made me do it. She made a beautiful coin purse, showed me how it's done and even gave me the hardware to make my own so, what could I do? It looked like a lot of trouble but wasn't much trouble at all. The only frustrating part was sewing the little frame on but I finally figured it out and I'm ready to make another one. I was wanting to make something for the "Carol Doak It's in the Bag Challenge" where you have to make a purse of some kind using a Carol Doak paper-pieced block. I chose this little doll from "Carol Doak's 300 Paper-Pieced Blocks" book. Anyway, here it is. My next one will be better.

Now we're off to go hunting so...

that is all.


Saturday, November 17, 2012

Waiting for Company and My Jane RS-2 and G-2

Encouraging Words of the Day

I am leaving you with a gift-peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don't be troubled or afraid. ~ John 14:27, NLT

Yes, we've had a lot of company lately and next my daughter and her family are coming for a week-long Thanksgiving visit. They'll be here tomorrow so we're excited. This visit will include our daughter, son-in-law, and grandson. Between the visit of my sister and my daughter, I've gotten in a little sewing time. I worked on "My Jane," too long neglected, and produced 2 blocks. I have RS-2 and G-2 to show you.

 RS-2 looks better than shown in photo. Really.

I've also started working on a quilt that Mama is making. Her arthritis is acting up so I offered to help her quilt it. I told her that lots of people send their quilts out to the long-arm quilter so it still counts that she made it if I help her quilt it and she finally gave in and let me help. She has the top all put together (beautiful appliqued leaves) and has her batting and backing I go. Just look at this gorgeous top.

 Close-up of the leaves.

 Now I hope that I can do it justice....

 That is all.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

My Sister’s Visit and One Flower Wednesday

Encouraging Words of the Day:
For the Lord God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. ~ Psalm 84:11a, NLT

My sister Ida from "My Sister Made Me Do It...." and my nephew Josh visited us at our little ranch in Rocksprings.  As usual, she came bearing gifts!  Look at this loot:
She brought patterns, quilt labels, fabric and charm squares,  hardware for me to make a little coin purse, and a great gel-roller pen for writing on fabric.
We had a great time.  We went out hunting trying to find feral hogs but had no luck. Of course, with all the socializing going on in the blind, any game around probably knew it was not wise to venture into our vicinity.  We did take time to take photos and here we are:
Yes, it was cold in the Texas Hill Country but you can see by those smiles that we were not bothered by the cold.

It's  “OneFlower Wednesday” and I made these little flowers.

That purple and pink looks somewhat LOUD for my delicate little 

1/2-inch 1930s quilt but, oh well.  You can check out some more 

hexie flowers at the linky Karen graciously sets up for us each week

That is all.

Monday, November 12, 2012

A Mini Quilt while waiting for my sister...

Encouraging Words of the Day

It's getting cold in the Texas Hill Country. Yesterday it was sunshiney and beautiful, today it's cold. A bright spot in the day, My sister Ida from "My sister made me do it..." is on her way to Rocksprings along with my nephew Josh. I've got stew going in the slow cooker and I'm wearing out my eyes looking out the window even though I KNOW it's a 6 1/2 hour trip from El Paso and they won't be in until late afternoon. I'm excited.

I've been getting my little 2.5 inch squares ready to mail for a swap I'm in with the Curious Quilter Postage Stamp Swap so I guess I'll drive into town and mail those. I also finished my mini quilt for the "It's a Mini Quilt-Along." This one is called "Flying Around in Circles" and is made of flying geese. I'm not real good at making flying geese so this was somewhat of a nightmare. I finally finished sewing and un-sewing and re-sewing it. A few of the points got sewn over but, oh well, here it is. It looks real good from a distance :)


That is all.