Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Feral Hog Down and One-Flower Wednesday

Yes!  Our hunting was finally successful.  We had put the game camera out and saw that they were coming to the blinds in the morning so this morning we got up and there they were.  I killed this big hog this morning at 8:30 am.  Reminding you that feral hogs in Texas are out of control.  They tear up the land, destroy property, and will kill the whitetail deer.  There is no hunting season for feral hogs since they are considered predators.  Here’s a photo.

And I made these little flowers while we’ve been on the road.  

There's a "make-do" flower amongst them. I keep saying over and 

over but it bears repeating, “I just love these hexie flowers.”  Here 

are my flowers for this week.  Thank you, Karen for keeping us 

on-task with our flowers.

We’re on our way back to El Paso on Wednesday (today) so I’ll 

catch you later on the “flip side.”

That is all.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Slow Monday and My Jane C-12 and RS-8

I’ve been sewing like crazy.  Well, kind of.  Camp Wood is a little town 30 miles away from us that’s even smaller than Rocksprings.  On Thursday we drove there because they have a fabulous LQS that I wanted to visit.  I asked them how they were able to have all the inventory they have in this little out-of-the-way place, population about 800.  The secret is that they do most of their business online.  While I was there, I discovered the “Quilt Across Texas” Shop Hop that’s going on during the month of September.  As big as Texas is, I’ll never be able to even visit all of the shops in one of the 10 regions.  This shop is in Region 9 so I was able to visit one other shop 84 miles away from us in Kerrville, Texas.  We went to that one the following day. Would you believe that there are NO participating shops in El Paso which is 10 times as big as either of these little towns?  Oh well.  I’ve forgotten why I was telling you all this but anyway, it was fun to visit those two shops.  And yes, I bought a few things at each :-)

I’ve been working on “My Jane” while at the ranch.  I have two toshow today.  C-12 was little-bitty paper-pieced blocks.  The photography, as usual, is not good.  The print is a pretty brown and the little squares line up pretty well and are of a uniform size, unlike what the photo shows.


 RS-8 is a beautiful blue color and was appliqued during one of our road trips.  It also is prettier than shown in the photo.

Then I’ve been working on some Christmas stuff and a couple of birthday mug rugs so I have been doing something.

That is all.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

One-Flower Wednesday and My Jane C-10 and RS-7

It's  One Flower Wednesday. I'm ready because I did a lot of hand-sewing on our trip out to the ranch.  I made lots of 1/2 inch petals.

And I made these little flowers.  I think there's a "make-do" flower 

amongst them, easy to sew "make-do" flowers when you're 

traveling since these petals are so small and so easy to lose.  Funny 

thing is I never seem to find the pieces.   One of these days, when 

we clean out our pickup, the lost pieces will all show up and I'll sew

them into a scrap hexie flower.  Here are my flowers for this week. 

Thank you, Karen for keeping us on-task with our flowers.

We've had no luck hog hunting.  The days here, however, are now 

beautiful autumn days.  It's not cold and not hot.  It's just perfect 

weather so that is good.

I've been working on "My Jane" blocks.  One I’m showing you 

today is easy paper-piecing.  Well, it was time-consuming because 

the pieces are so tiny.  Anyway, here it is looking funny because of 

the photographer.  It's really not as crooked as it seems to be.


This other block is an appliquéd triangle block I worked on while traveling.   


That is all.

Monday, September 17, 2012

My Jane C-8 and TR-12

Encouraging Words of the Day:

We arrived at our little ranch in the Texas Hill Country on Thursday.  We’ve enjoyed a gentle drizzling rain up until today, Monday.  Today we have sunshine.  We tried to go hog hunting yesterday evening since the rain seemed to be clearing up.  By the time we got to the blinds, we were drenched.  So much for our weather-predictions.  And the hogs had better sense then we did since none showed up.  But today is another day!

I’ve been sewing a little.  I finished a couple of “My Jane” blocks.  C-8 is a block I sewed here and TR-12 is a block that I appliquéd on the trip out to the ranch.  C-8 looks hard but was actually easily paper-pieced.


TR-12 has a beautiful oak leaf and was easy appliqued and yes, I made it the correct size :)


Just before we left El Paso, we stopped by the post office.  I had this nice package from my partner in the “Rugs With Friends” group.  Wendi sent this gorgeous autumn mug rug, pretty autumn buttons and a hexagon-shaped needlecase.  Funny how I always seem to make a needlecase for someone else and never make one for myself.  Well, Wendi made one that is SO me.  She must have been visiting my blog and seeing all the hexies I make.  Thanks so much for everything, Wendi.
That is all.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

One Flower Wednesday

Encouraging Words of the Day:
I took my troubles to the LORD; I cried out to him, and he answered my prayer. ~ Psalm 120:1, NLT

Today is One Flower Wednesday,” that day of the week when Karen from Journey of a Quilter” provides a linky for us to share our flowers with you.  Here are three of my little flowers. 

I’m more boring than usual today since that’s all I have to post.  We’re all packed and now getting ready to go to our little ranch in the Texas Hill Country.  I’ll be doing some hand-sewing so I’ll have some things to show you later in the week.   

Oh, wait.  I just remembered that I finished my needlecase for a swap on “The Quilting Board.”   My partner requested fall colors so I sewed this up for her.  Notice that I used a 1/2 inch hexie on the front.  I used one on the back as well :)  I'm working on a tutorial for this little needlecase as I am so happy with the way it turned out.  I hope Melissa will love it too.

That is all.