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Oct 17, 2017

And I'm Back To The Minis

So, I've had this guy in mind since before I lost my mojo. Then when I got my mojo back, I was off on another tangent but I had already pulled several fabrics that could possibly fit.
Using my favorite fabric adhesive and the chosen fabrics, I set to work pressing, cutting and sorting each piece.
I use a non-stick pressing sheet to arrange things.
The rabbit has come together very well.
Here is where I went off the deep end. I have some great brick fabric that I wanted to use and a neat sky piece.
I placed the rabbit atop the background to see if I like what was going on. So far so good.
I took great pains to make the pocket watch. I used a fine tip permanent marker. I'll add the chain to the watch when I quilt the piece.
As I stood back things looks really good but it needed something else. The sky area was missing a little something.
I've added a tree trunk and might add a few leaves but not sure at this point.
It measures 12 1/2 by 17 1/4 inches.







Oct 13, 2017

Celebration At Last!

Bells are going off!
Confetti is floating in the air!
Hooray!!!! Post 1600 is finely here!!!!
I'm doing a happy dance right now and Mr. Cowboy is laughing his cowboy hat off watching me.
If you have stuck with me this long, you have definitely gone on a wild journey. Thanks for hanging around.
Now, let me give you an update on my venture into making quilts for the Veterans at my Senior Community Center. I have eight quilt tops made, four are already quilted so I've been on my knees getting the others sandwiched and ready to quilt.
My goal is to have them ready by November 1st. I can do it because these are small quilts. Just a token of my appreciation for the service of some wonderful men and women.
This particular quilt top I've had for many years with no real idea of what to do next but it's a great one to give to a Veteran. The photo is fuzzy for some reason....must be camera error!!!
This quilt I made last year and it's quilted as well. It's from my Fractured Star design. I added the white stars to give it a different look.
The winner of the final FQ is Joyce Carter whose favorite color is RED!!!!! Mr. Cowboy sends his congratulations because he was getting a bit worn out from pulling names from the old cowboy hat each week......LOL.  It's been so much fun doing these quilts for the Veterans and I thank each and everyone for participating and lending your suggestions.
I'll have photos in November of the festivities for the Veterans.
I hope everyone enjoys their weekend!!


Oct 10, 2017

Celebration Part 6

Warning, this post is photo heavy!!!
I've chosen a close up of an eagle.

 
I enlarged it & outlined the parts I want to really stand out. Next I'll choose some fabrics to make the magic happen.

These are just some of the fabrics that will be used in this endeavor.




The eyes are looking good.

I've gotten the beak in place & need to stitch around the parts before I can stitch everything together.



Here's a close-up of the eagle's face. I've used crayons & markers to highlite the feathers & will use threads to further add to the coloring when I quilt the piece.

Little Firecracker is all kicked back playing some sort of video game. I don't know how her parents got her to sit still for any period of time!
Oh, I nearly forgot about the winner of the fat quarter. It's Vicki H. Congratulations to you. Her favorite color is orange.
Please leave a comment to participate in the give-away. I do believe that the next post will be #1600. Oh boy I can't wait!!!


Oct 3, 2017

Celebration Part 5

Onward!
Someone asked about the design I used in a previous post. I'm freely sharing it today. It's mostly half-square triangles with a few, what I call, blank squares added. You can use any size HST.

This Fractured Star design is perfect for the eagle I have in mind. The design for the Fractured Star, which I've used many times, you can probably find if you do a Search of tutorials on my Sidebar.
Just wait until you see the eagle I'll be using. It's perfect!!!!
Here's sort of hawk in the hay field waiting for the balers to scare up a mouse, rabbit or snake. No need to soar overhead & wear out the old wings....laugh out loud! 
WINNERS!!!
I'm still waiting to hear from Needled Mom who won the last fat quarter. Her favorite color at the moment is yellow. Mr. Cowboy was anxious to pick the latest name from the old cowboy hat because he needed to get back to the hay fields to move those bales into storage. So the winner for a fat quarter this post is Gene! Congrats to Gene who has requested blue
Leave a comment to participate in the fat quarter give away. I think I have a couple more post before the 1600 mark.


Sep 27, 2017

Celebration Part 4

So, after several nights sleep I decided Log Cabin blocks would be the perfect solution. Of course I made a few to see if my thoughts were on point. 
Yep! So off to the old stash I went to find more blues/reds/creams.
I feel really good about this one. I might sew on a border but maybe not! At the moment it measures "51 by 45."
Thoughts??
Now for the winner of the FQ this post. It's Needled Mom whose favorite color at the moment is YELLOW! Congratulations to you. I must tell you, Mr. Cowboy gets to pull the names from the hat and always comments about the blogger names. I just laugh and send him on his way. That reminded me of when me and my brother were children and dad had a CB in his truck. Some of you may remember those which were a way to communicate back in the 70s. Truckers had them in their big rigs and when regular drivers discovered that CBs were a great way to outwit the Highway Patrol.....well you see where this is going.....LOL!  Dad's handle was Rancher on the Road. David and I loved to hear him talking with everyone on our road trips to Galveston. Mom was not so happy with all the chatter.
Sorry, I got off topic for a moment.
Remember that if you've won a fat quarter you can still participate. Just leave a comment and mention your favorite color. I'm very close to the 1600 post mark!!!
 
I'm already planning the next quilt. This process has been very therapeutic and has made me very happy.

Sep 23, 2017

Celebrate Countdown Part 3

Slept on what to do with this eagle. I added a light brown border then found some patriotic fabric in my stash to dress up the block. So far so good!!
However, my mind has gone in yet another direction. So that eagle is tabled for the moment. 

Here's the eagle I'm working on now.
The star design is one that I've use many times and is perfect for what I have in mind. I've use several shades of greens and golds on my HST and tone-on-tones.
I really like this eagle with its beak open. I've used permanent markers and crayons to highlight feathers and the bold brow on the eagle.
Here's the finished top measuring 54 inches square.
Next......
Magpie's Mumblings is the winner of the second FQ!! Congratulations to you. Blue and purple are her colors for now, so I'll be sending out the color BLUE to her as soon as we talk via email. I don't have much purple in my stash, if you can believe that.
Remember to leave a comment and mention your favorite color to participate in the give away. If you've already won a FQ, you can still win again.

Here's another pic of the little firecracker!!
Have a great weekend everyone.

Sep 14, 2017

Celebrate - Change of Plans

Oh, don't worry. I'm still counting down to the big 1600 post.
I'm referring to my changing the eagle for the second Veterans quilt.
I finished highlighting the eagle, changed his brow & stood back for a look-see.

But when I auditioned it at the top of the quilt, I didn't like the proportions one bit. So back to the drawing board.
The quilt needs a narrower eagle. 
I came up with one in flight. Now on to my stash of fabric to pick just the right colors.

Much better, don't you think?
I needed wording and Mr. Cowboy came up with "Freedom Isn't Free"
I like the way that sounds.
I've auditioned it above the scrappy quilt & it looks good. Now to figure out how I want to attach it. Maybe a strip between the quilt and eagle.

Not a very good photo but another quilt top finished!! I might try to take a better pic this weekend.
Now, for the first winner of the FQ.
The Left-Handed Quilter/favorite color at the moment RED!!
BTW, if you don't here from me after you leave your comments, please know that sometimes I just can't get to everyone. But I do read all comments and am so appreciative of everyone's time.
Alrighty, leave a comment, mention your favorite color to win a fat quarter.



Sep 11, 2017

Help Me Celebrate

Greetings Everyone!!
I was looking over my blog the other day and discovered that I'm 9 post shy of 1600 posts. OMG! I can't believe it. I've been blogging since 2007 & through many ups and downs in my farm-girl live, I've enjoyed every minute of getting to know many of my fellow bloggers.
So I decided to do a count down & some give-aways to build up to the number 1600.  I'm giving away a fat quart (the winner choses the color) each post until 1600. All you need to do to participate is to leave a comment and in said comment mention your favorite color starting with this post. I'll gladly send to my international friends as well.
Now, onto my next Veteran s quilt. 
I made this HST quilt last year & it just sat on a shelf collecting dust bunnies.
I'll be placing a close up of an eagle at the top. I really like it so far but I'll need to add more details.
Stay tuned for more FQ give aways toward my 1600 posts!
Finally, here's one of my grandbabies. I can't believe they were able to snap a photo with the hat still on her head. She's a firecracker!!!



Sep 6, 2017

Veteran's Quilt Part 2

Sorry about the view of my toes....lol!!
I finished stitching down the eagle for the most part & decided to have a look at the other part of my project that spurred me to take this on in the first place. It's from a Bargello leftover. These days I don't throw anything away. After looking at the two together I knew it needed something. Mr. Cowboy strolled by & also noted that it needed something. So I decided to sleep on it. You know that things come to us quilters while we sleep.....hehehe!
After a couple of nights sleep I came up with the solution below.
I added a strip withe the words " Land of the Free" to divide the two. Mr. Cowboy was pleased & gave me two thumbs up.
All I need to do next is add a border. Stay tuned.
I saw this little funny on someone's blog & thought I'd re-share it.


Sep 3, 2017

Another Veteran's Quilt Started

I'm thinking of making eagle blocks to go on each quilt because many aren't going to be red, white & blue themed. So I want something patriotic on each.
I found a clip art image to work with, enlarged it & traced the parts that I wanted to use onto Heat n Bond & pressed those into my fabric choices.
So far......
Got the eagle in position & added feather markings.
I've started making HST to highlite the eagle.
More progress to come soon!





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