Wednesday, October 31, 2012

One Flower Wednesday on Day 31 of Blogtoberfest

Encouraging Words of the Day:

It's "One Flower Wednesday" and I didn't forget it this week. Here are three of the flowers I sewed on the trip to Tucson. I managed to hang on to all the pieces this time. One of them looks like a make-do flower but is not. That big blue flower amongst all the little ones in the red hexie flower was part of the fabric I used for that flower.

Last call for giveaway. Just click on this link:

"Blogtoberfest Charms Giveaway." This is the last day to enter for a chance to win 42 charms cut from my stash.

Blogtoberfest is done with this post. Yay! Today we also leave Arizona to return to El Paso but look what we saw outside our hotel this morning. That's a javelina. It looks like a hog but is actually a member of the equine family. They are quite tame around Tucson and we've seen them often.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Husband's Birthday on Day 30 of Blogtoberfest

Encouraging Words of the Day:

Today is my husband's birthday and we're enjoying the celebration with our "Old Fart Friends." Here's a photo of us at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.


Today we're off to San Xavier Mission and Tubac. I'm not sure what all that entails but will know by the end of the day.

Oh, here's a hexie I finished for the hexathon on the drive to Tucson. Here's Hexathon #5.


I also sewed several hexie flowers on the drive out but I'll wait until One-Flower Wednesday to show you those.

Reminder about my follower giveaway which ends on the 31st. Click here to enter:

"Blogtoberfest Charms Giveaway"


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Monday, October 29, 2012

Beautiful Quilt at OFOF on Day 29 of Blogtoberfest

Encouraging Words of the Day:

We're still hanging out in Tucson with our OFOF group. My sister Ida gave me the idea for what to post on this 29th day of Blogtoberfest. I mentioned before that our OFOF group had met in El Paso before. When my husband and I hosted the group we had everything planned for the meeting. The hotel reservations had been made, side trips planned etc. About a week before the meeting we received terrible news about a tragic accident in our family and were unable to remain in El Paso and host the event. Four of our good friends offered to take over hosting duties and the group was able to meet in El Paso that year without us. We had planned the decorations in a southwest theme with tablecloths in a bandana pattern and barbed wire decorations etc. Favors for the participants were different colored bandanas. Long story short, one of our friends is a quilter. She gathered up the bandana tablecloths and retrieved the bandana favors from everyone and designed a gorgeous quilt for us from the bandanas. She embroidered the participants names onto the bandanas and incorporated photos that were taken during the event. We brought it to Tucson so I took photos of it on our bed in the hotel. Here it is:

Today we're off to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and Old Tucson so for now...

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

OFOF Get-Together on Day 28 of Blogtoberfest

Encouraging Words of the Day:

We enjoyed the 5-hour drive and arrived safely in Tucson, Arizona for our OFOF Meeting. Some of you have asked what type of meeting this is. It is an annual get-together of retirees who previously worked together. All of the couples know each other well and each year we meet in a different state hosted by a couple residing in that state. This year, Arizona was chosen. Previous years have been spent in El Paso and San Antonio, Texas; Maryland, Alabama, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Tennessee.... Oh, and the name we've chosen for the group is OFOF which stands for "Old Farts and Old Friends." We have a fabulous time together reliving the "olden days" and talking about what we do now-a-days. We also play cards and eat and drink too much along with some sight seeing in the chosen state. So, dear "Blog Friends," that's where I am right now and so I'll leave you with this photo I took this morning outside our hotel room.

Before I go, I'd better remind you about my follower giveaway which ends on the 31st. I'm giving away a charm pack of several 5-inch charms from my stash. It's composed of 42 scrappy charms and will be for one of my followers. Just click on this link to enter:

"Blogtoberfest Charms Giveaway"


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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Needlecase on Day 27 of Blogtoberfest

Encouraging Words of the Day:

And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. ~Philippians 4:19, NLT

I recently participated in a needlecase swap. Here's a photo of the needlecase I sent my partner.

Mine looks pretty ordinary compared to the beautiful needlecase I received. It is so unsual, at least I haven't seen one like it before. This first photo shows how it looks like a little purse when it's closed.

Then it opens out like this and shows the needles etc. I'll have to try to duplicate this. Hmmmmmm...I'll have to try to figure it out.

Well, we're off to our OFOF Meeting in Arizona so wishing you a wonderful day.

That is all.


Friday, October 26, 2012

Pretty Hexie Flowers on Day 26 of Blogtoberfest

Encouraging Words of the Day:

I'm meeting myself coming and going since I just got back from New Mexico and am getting ready to go to Tucson, Arizona tomorrow. When we return from Arizona, we will be going hunting the following day so I'm getting stuff ready for that too. Arggggg. Ok. Now I've calmed down and decided to unwind with a little computer time. That always relaxes me, second to sewing, but I'm packing the sewing stuff to take with me when we go to the ranch to hunt.

On another topic, I received beautiful hexie flowers from my swap partners in the "Inchy Hexagon Flower Swap."

These pretty flowers are for September and are from Linda who is from Canada. I just love the colors she chose. They will fit perfectly in my scrap GFG. Thanks, Linda.
And these are the October flowers that Terry sent from California. I love that unusual southwest-looking one and the blue one is perfect for the wall hanging I'm making from hexie flowers. Thanks, Terry.

Now, off to do some more organizing of stuff and finish packing on this 26th day of "Blogtoberfest."

That is all.


Thursday, October 25, 2012

One Flower Wednesday and Day 25 of Blogtoberfest

Encouraging Words of the Day:

What? Today is Thursday? What happened to "One Flower Wednesday?" OMG! I can't believe it got by me. Well, it must be Wednesday somewhere so I'm posting my hexie flowers today. Here are 3 little half-inch flowers.

Now I'm off to check the other flowers at the link Karen provides for us to show off our flowers and you can too. Just click on this: "One Flower Wednesday."

And it's Day 25 of Blogtoberfest. How many days in October? I'm faced with all sorts of challenges lately so I'll quit now.

That is all.


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A Finish on Day 24 of Blogtoberfest

Encouraging Words of the Day:

We're still in New Mexico with my parents. Mama and I will probably do a little Christmas shopping today since I will be hunting the whole month of November and won't have a chance to shop. Mama is a good sport and will go with me and probably get a little of her Christmas shopping done as well.

But I have a finish to show you today. I finished this large lap quilt for my daughter and took pictures of it before leaving El Paso. It's about the size of a twin quilt. It was a beautiful day yesterday so I hung it outside on the clothes line. There was a little breeze but I think I got a good photo. My daughter is an entomologist (among other things) so I appliqued several butterflies, dragonflies, and bees on it that I cut out with my Accuquilt Baby-Go. I usually don't sew with flannel but I had collected several pretty pieces so those were used to make this quilt.

This next photo shows a close-up of the bugs.


And that's it for Day 24 of Blogtoberfest so...


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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Off to New Mexico and Day 23 of Blogtoberfest

Encouraging words of the day:

It's Day 23 of Blogtoberfest!

We are in Southern New Mexico visiting my Parents before starting our Hunting and Holiday season travels.....we are having a good time here.

That is all.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Day 22 of Blogtoberfest and Happy Mail Day

Encouraging Words of the Day:

We finally got our mail today after being gone for two weeks. We came back to El Paso on Friday night so, since the post office was closed over the weekend, we weren't able to get the mail until today. There were lots of packages to make me happy :) Just look at all of this:

There are four hexie flowers, over two hundren 2.5 inch squares to add to my "Someday Postage Stamp Quilt," Civil War fat quarters, patterns, and a needlecase from a recent swap. I'll post photos of some of this loot later but for now, I'm getting ready to watch the Presidenital Debate so thanks for visiting my blog...

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Day 21 of Blogtoberfest and Mini Quilt-Along Update

Encouraging Words of the Day:

He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding. ~ Ephesians 1:7-8, NLT

Grace is God's voluntary and loving favor given to those he saves. We can't earn salvation, nor do we deserve it. No religious, intellectual, or moral effort can gain it, because it comes only from God's mercy and love. Without God's grace, no person can be saved.

I've finished my second mini quilt top for the "It's a Mini Quilt-Along." This one is called "Fire and Rain." These little quilts are made from charm squares. I used Moda Adoring by Sandy Gervais. These are 2 charm packs and a layer cake I purchased a couple of years ago and had been wanting to use them so I've used this fabric in both of my mini quilts for this quilt-along. I still have some left so maybe I'll continue using them. I had some trouble with this little quilt top because the pieces have to match up correctly in order to form the design and I kept sewing them together wrong but finally...

This is Day 21 of Blogtoberfest.
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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Day 20 of Blogtoberfest in El Paso

Encouraging Words of the Day:


It's Day 20 of Blogtoberfest and we're back in El Paso.


We've been busy all day catching up with what needs to be done after being gone for two weeks. My day started at 7:30 am when one of my favorite visitors stopped by. My sister works the graveyard shift so she came by on her way home. We had coffee and caught up on all that's been going on while we've been apart. We love our "together time" so this was a great way to start the day.

Then I've been in my sewing room cutting postage stamp squares for an up-coming swap. I was anxious to cut into some of the fabrics I bought in California.


I haven't had a chance to do much else, so for today...

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Winging Our Way to El Paso on Day 19 of Blogtoberfest

Encouraging Words of the Day:


Today we spend the day in airports and winging our way back to El Paso. We weren't too sad leaving our daughter since we will be seeing her and family in a month for Thanksgiving. They will be coming to our ranch in the Texas Hill Country to celebrate the holiday with us.

So here I am writing my 19th post of the month high up in US airspace. It's interesting thinking about all these people accompanying us to Denver for so many different reasons. We all have our itinerary, don't we? Ours, as we reach Denver, will be to spend our 3-hour layover having lunch, probably an alcoholic drink, and posting this on my blog. I have my little hexie-making kit along so I'll be able to do some hand-sewing too. So, dear friends, wishing you a wonderful day.

Day 19 of Blogtoberfest


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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Day 18 of Blogtoberfest and Worst LQS Experience

Encouraging Words of the Day:

Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me. ~ Psalm 103:2, NLT

I went to a beautiful LQS store here. I was so excited since my experience in the Clovis LQS had been so positive It is just full of beautiful fabrics, sample quilts, sewing machines, and patterns. Most of the fabric is $10.95 and up. Fat quarters are $3.25. They do have a little corner full of little bags of what they call "snipppets" and those were a good deal and full of different fabric scraps perfect for my hexie flowers. There was a woman there buying fabric for the backing on her GFG. She had the scrappy quilt top with her and I proceeded to "gush" over it because it was so beautiful. She was not interested in anything I had to say about it although she did let me look at it. It seemed she was on a mission to get her backing and didn't want to talk about her quilt top. Maybe it's just me, but every quilter, up to now, that I had ever met wanted to talk quilts. My experience with the shop keeper was not much better since she saw that I was just looking at "snippets" and she was involved in selling the $12.95 a yard fabric. While I was looking at the lady's quilt top, she asked me if I need help so I asked her for a book or pattern for the clamshells I'm interested in making and she asked, "Well didn't you see any in the clearance area you were looking in? I know we don't have any in our regular priced books." Ummmmm, I just told her I hadn't seen anything, thanked her and bought my snippets and left. At least the "snippets" were plentiful and pretty and I'm glad I bought them. All I have to say about that now is, "Oh well. One less store I ever have to visit."

Here's another hexathon I've finished. This is #13. It kind of looks like a regular hexie flower I once made since I used the same fabrics.

Completed post # 18 for Blogtoberfest.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

One Flower Wednesday and Day 17 of Blogtoberfest

Encouraging Words of the Day:

“One Flower Wednesday” and time to show off my little flowers. I've been making 1/2-inch hexie flowers. I'm pretty proud of the fact that I completed three flowers since our grandson keeps us pretty busy. I was able to sew during football practice :)

Click on “One Flower Wednesday” to see flowers others have made.

And, this is my 17th post for Blogtoberfest. We're over half way there, Blogtoberfesters!

Today we'll be busy doing odds and ends before leaving for home on Friday so for now,...

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