Saturday, June 1, 2019

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

2019: Facing Loss and Counting Gain

Mental and emotional barriers go up...… as I try to release the tensions in creative ways... with the help of the Lord.... my strong tower

Nine - - Nineteen

Jauary 9 --- 2019        

9-19. . .  is what captures my mind.   I dreamed of Big Mama's house in Chickasha OK -- all thru the night.   I need to go see me mom today.   Hubby and granddaughter have plans for the evening.   

Monday, December 31, 2018

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

A Kitty Quilt

Selected the Kitty for our BOM quilt guild project

I bordered the 8.5 Kitty in order to have sashing added to make a 12 inch block

Wednesday, October 31, 2018






Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Thursday, April 5, 2018


An eagerness to live life abundantly....

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Doomed to Bloom

That's me..... doomed to not following the rules.  But there is NOT even a tiny bit of dissatisfaction within my heart and soul.

 When I do as I please...... so be it.I'm ready for BLOOM..... the opposite of the WORD OF THE DAY!!!

I've THUS missed the first 3-days of April 2018 A-to-Z.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Monday's Plan forA Quilt

Now-a-days......   making a quilt starts with an idea.... a vision.....someone's wishful statement....  "I wonder if ....."

So, a dear friend presented the idea as a finished display of a full size artistic quilt which would be placed under glass and permanently displayed in our church foyer!    And the date ?   January 2019!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Merriam Webster Word of the Day...... is. MEANDER

meander Audio pronunciation
verb | mee-AN-der  
to follow a winding or intricate course
to wander aimlessly or casually without urgent destination : ramble

Soooooo .....  here is my visual representation of MEANDER!

It's my only son's 36th BIRTHDAY and of course I've made him a memory T shirt quilt!!!

I Choose Sunday "Serenity"

But I must do a confession --- as it is a Spring Forward (time clocks) Sunday for 2018....  

I really plan to give this Serenity Prayer Wall Hanging to a dear sister friend.   I'm going to order two more panels.... to give to my daughter... and then to post for sale via Bquiltin Studio!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

SaveTime Quilt Tip: Hanging Sleeve Should Be Made Early On....

Thus.... I'm gonna cut basic white fabric (from Goodwill decent cotton sheets)   I cut them 9 1/2 inches..... in order to make the 4" sleeves that will be needed for the upcoming SJMBC Centennial Quilt Show (December 1919 - December 2020)   A year of celebration!!

Hanging Sleeves and Quilt Labels !!!..... the basics.   Now I know it.... Like I learned my lesson about the binding.   Do it  plzzzzzzz  -- Save time and put away procrastination.....   Do the Hanging Sleeves, labels and binding....  the last three steps....   Have it done before I quilt the quilt on my longarm  machine !!!


Thursday, March 1, 2018

Today is a THUNDER QUILT Achievement!

Here are pictures for the start ......

 Midway -----  On the floor backing and batting being pinned down.

Onto the quilting frame....   An All Over-Meader quilt design

I'll soon be ready for the hanging sleeve ......  Ooops!  Always a label.

(Finished quilt/binding and label measure 64" x 81". odd huh....???   Just the way I like!!!)

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Chevron Comfy Throw

Red white and blue fabric makes this blue and white/Chevron panel a real jewel!!  
It measures.  54 1/2" x  74",  The outer red border 3 1/2" .... and the first and second inner borders measure 1 1/2".   I used my Pounce template for a specialty spiral on the outer border.... and then changed to a large circular quilting design for the inner portion of the quilt!

Almost completed --  binding matches the second inner border!  ... now for a label and a  possibly a hanging sleeve (should I want to hang this in a display)!!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

St John MBC Centennial Quilt

OK... while I'm waiting for my iPhone to talk to my Mac....   I'll post these pics

Monday, December 25, 2017

Small -- Great -- Things

My end of year read .......  a bit of ongoing espionage and savage killing by Lee Child's "Night School" by the bedside each night....

Then there is my BOOK ON CD -- listening in my car driving adventures about town ...Small Great Things by    ....  I checked up on the Goodreads as such....
.........Ruth hesitates before performing CPR and, as a result, is charged with a serious crime. Kennedy McQuarrie, a white public defender, takes her case but gives unexpected advice: Kennedy insists that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy. Conflicted by Kennedy's counsel, Ruth tries to keep life as normal as possible for her family—especially her teenage son—as the case becomes a media sensation. As the trial moves forward, Ruth and Kennedy must gain each other's trust, and come to see that what they've been taught their whole lives about others—and themselves—might be wrong.
With incredible empathy, intelligence, a
nd candor, Jodi Picoult tackles race, privilege, prejudice, justice, and compassion—and doesn't offer easy answers........

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Count the Time-Cost of Quilting Process

....hmnnnnn.     Previous post today,  I talked about the process of completing the quilt

Here's the finished product !!

Learning How-to's on my Baby Lock Coronet

I just finished an overall meander (edge to edge) quilt design on my girlfriends quilt which will be featured in an upcoming St. John MBC Centennial Quilt show!

I fiddled a bit with the correct the stitch tension.... I made the meander large scale since her four biggest blocks were a sixteen inch pieced star pattern.

Recently... a blogger challenged me to COUNT THE COST.....  the time it takes to Quilt a queen size quilt !!  The unusual size for this one was 68" x 92" (finished/binding)

After saftey-pin layout of quilt-batting-backing :  I loaded the frame at bat 5:30pm and quilted till about 10pm. I was quite relaxed (TV in background), and I had thread breakage/bobbin out ONLY apt three times!!! 

Since the frame is 5ft.... the overhand remained as I rolled forward.....   Since the throat area of the longarm is approx 15 inches, I quilted a first row-meander from right edge --turned and moved into a second-row meander ending at the right edge again!!  KOOL...

Back to timing..... I shut down the evening and finished in abt another hour/half on the next day.

Next in line... was "SQUARING UP" my little-big pretty.   I'm pretty good and swift in gauging the whole process in art 30-40 minutes.    I did transport this quilt to our Church Meeting Room.  We assemble TWO 8ft tables and stand waist high.   This is great to move and measure successfully.   

The next COUNT THE COST item was cutting, sewing, ironing (sew-down again) and then sewing to attach to the quilt!  

Friday, October 27, 2017

GOOD MORNING October Quilts Galore

Yes, I retired.... and I'm living the PRESENT part of my dream.... my passion.... my deep satisfaction!!!!!

A happy mini-placemat..... a mug rug indeed

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Finishing Hexies A Must April 2017

Somehow.... I cannot....CANNOT quit .....cannot QUIT. . . the exchange process and the swapping of one-inch hexagon... with THE INCHY HEXAGON SWAP

Therefore.... I also must finish and catchup.    Something won't let me break the connection.... the commitment... and the simple joy of receiving fabric from Canada or Australia and/or all across the USA!!!

So here's my finish....I was all of six months lagging...  I did three and mailed.  Now I've finished the last three.

I also like to do a little extra.... I've been collecting pretty cards/envelope sets from estate and garage sales.   Our tech world today seldom takes the time to write a letter.... txt, txt, txt Iphone

I walk my backyard every day or so.... and the infamous garlic is growing and will bloom beautifully.

Within my own small way,
turning on a small light in a dark room ~ ~
April 2017     

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Hexie Exchange..... Still at it!

the new leadership.... came up with the idea to allow US GALS... to go on vacation!  For me to take a break to catch up to the ladies I've missed.... I can't bring my self to say it.... YES... it is a six month backlog of SEPT, OCT NOV and DEC 2016.....  Jan and Feb ladies in waiting.

So.... on today I went to the post office and LALALA... three sets of hexies were mailed!

A few times... and a few weeks ago -- I stumbled (quite purposefully) onto a garage sale table that had a beautiful set of card/envelopes...  a set of twelve!   I know it was a dollar or less.   And this has really been my motivation to share a card/envelope with each lady (as she will be sending out hexies in this exchange group) !!

Now.,,, its back to my TV time to stitch a bit!

Even in the midst of everything else…. Have a wonderfully serene day – today!   


Monday, March 27, 2017

Binding.... Sew It ASAP

I'm refining my techniques.... I'm listening more closely.... I'm learning from my friends who quilt...who quilt really slowly and well!

Truth be told.... even when I'm with my guild friends today.....  I kept sewing... didn't stop when told.  I had to take out a few corner stitches in order to make perfect corner turn....
. . . .  why I rebel... I don't know.  But the day was fun filled and productive!

Another quilter girlfriend made a comment.... she is a by the book woman........"I always cut and fold and save my binding (2 1/2 inch) before I finish my quilt..... at same time I'm stitching my blocks....."
She is one ready sister   and I wanna be like her!

HMNNNNN.... I've been just barely getting a binding done!


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