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Mar 28, 2017

Newbie's New Name

I wish I could have taken a video of this one but she only posed for a second. Mr. Cowboy has allowed me (ha ha) to name her. I chose "Show Girl" because she's always showing off her running skills with her little tail in the air.

Mar 25, 2017

Newbie & a Finish

Look at this little cutie. Mr. Cowboy has forbidden me to name her ( some of you may remember Buzzard Bait, who still lives somewhere safe & sound).
Secretly, I think I'm naming her anyway....wink!!
I finished the string quilt. This is not a good photo. I'll get a better one when I add a border.

Mar 22, 2017

The Right Fabric for The Right Job

I found this wonderful fabric on the sales bin & snapped it up. As soon as I saw it I thought, it's time for another "strip" quilt.
I carefully cut the parts I wanted to use for this project & stored the rest. I cut 36 muslin squares at 12 1/2" & went to work.
This is how far I've gotten thus far.
Close up 1
Close up 2
I hope to have the top finished by early next week!!




Mar 18, 2017

National Quilt Day Part 2

I decided to piece the backing together in groups so this was group #1.
I then sewed on some Tumbler pieces from my UFO stash. Then added the small Disappearing Nine Patch quilt to that. This was group #2.
Group #3 came from a Nickel Square project from several years ago. To which I added more Tumblers.
Group #4 is a small quilt I made awhile back from my own design called Fractured Star. 
I don't have a big enough display board to show the final piece but I'm so happy to have finished in a day. It measures 65" by 75" at this point which is big enough for a couple of quilts.
What did you do for National Quilt Day?




National Quilting Day!!


It's National Quilting Day, I hear, so I've decided to take on a new challenge. The above photo is a partial view of one of  Mr. Cowboy's pastures. He loved the sky background with trees and some of the cows in the foreground. He asked if I could make a mini quilt of it.
OMG!!! He doesn't ask me for much usually so I was happy to try to do my spin on the photo.
I found some green fabrics to play around with and got started.

Here's what I have so far minus the trees and cows.  I'll probably work on it a bit more today.
 
Then it was on to my backing quest. Some of you may remember that my "Wacky" friend Molly challenged us to make our own backing instead of purchasing it. So I dug through my UFO blocks and small quilts and found four that will work as a new backing.
I will be sewing most of today to get these four small blocks and quilts into a big enough backing. Cross your fingers.



Mar 13, 2017

Backing?! Arrrragh!

My girlfriend Molly has invited the rest of her "wacky" girlfriends to make instead of purchasing our own backing. This is a good thing & a bad thing. Good because backing is expensive; bad because it takes nearly just as long to make backing, for me, as it did the top. Laugh out loud! I just cannot willy-nilly sew pieces of fabric together that aren't to my liking/color coordinated......just can't!!! So this process is probably my fault. But I must say that if/when the back finally comes together I'll be very happy. Stay tuned for more on this slow journey!

Mar 8, 2017

Mini Wednesday

The Navy is my last Armed Services block. I will be adding some neat additions to the overall theme in the weeks to come.
This block's color scheme was too fun because I got to use several landscaping fabrics from my stash.
Interesting fact #1 If  Naval personnel area assigned to submarine duty, they are asked to do so first due to claustrophobia concerns and the technical nature of service.  

Interesting fact #2 Bravo Zulu means "Well Done!"


Interesting fact #3 Bell Bottom trousers worn by naval personnel, can be used as a life preserver by knotting the legs and swinging them over the head to fill the lets with air.

I know it's hard to see but above are the letters, in reverse, I'll be placing around the ship.

Interesting fact #4 Scuttlebutt is the Navy tern for "rumor!"

 


Here are all five blocks. I'm so happy with them all. Now onward!!!
 







Feb 28, 2017

A Fun Saturday

Last Saturday I was invited to teach a mini class for some wonderful & funny ladies!!
You may remember this Texas with bluebonnet a & eagle I did months ago. I did another Texas & added a star & lettering to the latest one. I also decided to use shades of brown for the eagle.
The following are just a few minis that the ladies did:
I great time was had by all!!









Feb 23, 2017

Mini Wednesday

Oops! It's Mini Wednesday on a Thursday.  Sorry, I got busy with Mr. Cowboy, the warm weather we're having and cattle......sigh!!!
As you can see, I've chosen the Marines to do next. I've enlarged, cut and taped what I want to use.
With all these colors to choose from it should be easy to come up with a good design.

 
I decided to tackle the second inner circle with the lettering first because it's the most work with cutting and placing all the letters.
Here's a bit of trivia: Marine recruits are finished eating the moment their drill instructor is finished. That's why they eat so fast.
The beginnings of the eagle.
Eagle body all done to lay aside.
This next part was easy.....the globe and the western hemisphere (land mass).
Trivia again - Fewer than 100 people have ever received the title of "honorary Marine," which can only be bestowed by the Commandant of the Marine Corps. Here's just a small list: Chuck Norris, Bob Hope, Bugs Bunny, Jim Nabors and Gary Sinise.

Preview of how the eagle will be placed over the globe.
Eagle in place, holding a ribbon in its beak. I've also added a bit of highlights to the land mass.
The anchor and more ribbon are now pressed down. The ribbon has the Marine Corps motto "Semper Fidelis," which means "Always Faithful!"
More trivia...A 3-volley salute performed at funerals is sometimes confused with the 21 gun salute. The 3-volley salute is the firing of three rifle rounds over the graves of fallen armed forces members and political leaders.
I used a very pale green as the outermost circle and a mottled off white as the background.
Now there's four wonderful blocks done. I have at least one more before I decide if I want to finish everything or add some surprising blocks to the quilt.











Feb 15, 2017

Mini Wednesday

👀👀👀👀With two blocks under my belt, I decided on the US Army emblem to focus on next.
There were several emblems/seals for the Army. I chose the one below because it had the least amount of parts.

This is the clipart image that I chose to work with. I enlarged it 135% then traced on the back with a Sharpie. Remember if you're planning to do something like this, you will be working/tracing off the images from the reverse side.
Here's a bit of trivia about the Army. The Army was the last in the Armed Forces to adopt an official song. Can you guess what it is? 
"The Army Goes Rolling Along" of course!!!
Here are all the fabrics I've pulled so far to use in this block. Most are small scraps from the previous blocks but I did dig up some larger pieces from my stash.

Another tidbit about the Army, some are noted as "Rangers." These are considered the elite light infantry soldiers.  Their motto is "Rangers lead the way!"
As I work my way thru the design, I like to make as many of the smaller pieces before adding them to the larger component.

Did you know that the Army is the oldest branch of the Armed Forces? The Army was officially formed June 1775 by the Second Continental Congress.
Now the eagle is nearly completed. All I need to do is add the items held in its claws.

I will need to make an olive branch and 13 arrows. These two symbols mean that America has a strong desire for peace but will always be ready for war. 

If you're wondering why there's a hole in my blue fabric, not to worry!! I like to keep the heaviness of the adhesive down to a minimum. By cutting away the center of each circle then pressing each into place, the allows for that outcome.

In the eagle's beak is a ribbon which has written on it "E pluribus Unum" which means "Out of Many."

Finally managed the olive branch and arrows. Next step the outer circle and then I'll mount the whole thing onto my background fabric.
It took several auditions before I was happy with this background which a pale, mottled taupe. 

Here are the three completed blocks. Only two more to go before I choose a proper setting!!





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