“Last time”…………for this year……

To be with my dear quilting ‘buds’ at a Killer Bees gathering. No one likes to say ‘Farewell’ but it must come. Though numbers are dwindling, the sharing time is quite amazing and the workshops continue. These gals are firm believers in truly finishing a quilt. More and more are doing their own machine quilting and using up what could be termed possible “orphan components”. You know….those leftovers that are stashed for the “future”(!?). These first 2 quilts are definitely reversible!!!!……………front view:IMG_8607      and back view: IMG_8608    Again, front view: IMG_8623       and back view:  IMG_8624 IMG_8609IMG_8610 IMG_8613IMG_8617     

A darling baby quilt with a companion bunny! IMG_8612IMG_8611IMG_8618 A pillowcase to go with this quilt (shared a couple weeks ago).IMG_8554 IMG_8613IMG_8616 IMG_8620IMG_8622   Finally….it’s never too early to begin those Christmas projects and this one definitely is taking time & patience!!!!!! All the individual leaves were positioned on the wreath but the placement of those fun figures is yet to be made permanent!!!!! IMG_8627  Following this time, there were those participating in a table topper workshop. IMG_8550 IMG_8628IMG_8629IMG_8630     And…..so I must leave this industrious group til next January……sigh……

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One Word Wednesday……….TEXTURE…..

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April is sliding by……………….

Or is it “racing”?? Hmmm…… Since I’m not at my Minnesota home (where this little wall quilt ‘lives’), I’m pulling from the project photo archives with this one. 009   Just sandwiched, this fusible top is loaded with wildly fun techniques. To continue the journey……006  This packet of patterns contains a ton of seasonal patterns and ideas…..well worth a purchase! 016    After stitching around each of the appliques, there just HAD to be rain!!!! Easily accomplished with some very free-hand fmq! Quite effective, don’t’cha think???? Then the umbrella needed definition/ribs. Couching with perle cotton gave the perfect result…..013011   The #10 (edge-stitch foot) worked very well on the Bernina 440.017    The border was a SID (stitch in the ditch) and stitch around the appliques project. And the finish…………015    Since there were such a variety of fabric colors used, I quilted this using Fil-Tec “Essence” monofilament, which has a lesser “shine” factor. I think, when I get home, I may stitch some rain drops in the border. We’ll see………stay tuned………. This drippy wall quilt is appropriate for our current Texas day, as we are having some very minor sprinkles to begin the morning. Til next time………now, let’s go have some stitchin’ fun………

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Feathers……feathers………

Now that I have your attention, I will do a quick recap of last Thursday’s Killer Bees quilt group’s sharing……….IMG_8581Another “sip and paint” finish (several of the “KB”s got together for a workshop of wine & brushing).   IMG_8582Another “Twist N Shout” finish!!!! Yay! And…another…….IMG_8586 with a “One Block Wonder”, too!!!! IMG_8588 Plus leftovers……..IMG_8587 IMG_8584 The “dimension” that was in this pieceIMG_8584 - Copy was wonderful……trapunto will do that!!!! AND…..it was quilted by her, also!!!!! Yay!!!!         IMG_8591 This week’s workshop……with 60degree triangles and easy stripping!!!!!! LOL!

Now….on to the feathers! My vintage w/coral fmq piece, from this post, is coming along nicely.IMG_8592IMG_8594IMG_8595 - Copy    Just 3 more corners to do. I had better get stitching as I only have 1 week left in this fab warm Texas climate. Today, we’re off to Mexico for the morning. Til next time……………..

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He Is Risen………………..

Alleluia   May the reality of this eternal life-changing event be known to you in a new way!!!! Blessings, with hugs, Doreen

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It’s Friday, BUT………………………

Empty tomb

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Beginning to wrap things up………..

The resort/park is fast emptying out.IMG_8565My view to the West. IMG_8566And to the East. Only a couple more weeks………….but……there’s still a small swarm of Killer Bees meeting each Thursday—with workshops planned and ‘finishes’ being shared so, let’s move forward with yesterday’s KB meeting/shares………IMG_8543 IMG_8544  IMG_8545IMG_8546   And a close-up. I think the pinwheels are around 4.5”. The rest is squares & HST.IMG_8547IMG_8549 IMG_8550

A mini-workshop for this one in a couple weeks.

 

 

 

 

 

Next are 2 “finishes” from a “Sip & Paint” event some of the gals attended…….IMG_8551IMG_8552 The blocks that Della shared over the past months are assembled (above), with a back view (below)……IMG_8553IMG_8554 A special gift for a granddaughter who’s off to school with a music major (flute).   IMG_8555    Diane recently saw this idea displayed at a shop and thought,surely, she could come up with the pattern on her own…..success!!!!! (and a future workshop????????)  IMG_8556IMG_8557

The perfect backing, don’t you think??

 

 

 

IMG_8559IMG_8560 IMG_8561IMG_8562IMG_8564   Jan never tires of doing the “One Block Wonder”……the outer border is the fabric used!!

Last Saturday, a small group from the park met to clean/pick up the ditches in the 1 mile stretch of road that fronts the resort…….IMG_8540    Very thankful for the morning clouds as temps rose quickly towards 90F once the sun burned through!!!!! IMG_8541

Til next we come together………..I wish you peace……………….with hugs, of course!

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Another “packed” Killer Bee meeting…….

One would think that, as the “Winter Texan” season is drawing to a close, the Killer Bees (whose numbers are seriously dwindling) would settle back a tad…………not so!!!!! Yesterday’s meeting was filled with a variety of business items, including next year’s exciting line-up of programs, events, retreats, workshops and show. Wow!! We will truly be busy bees! After the meeting, Rita Watts (left, in photo below) from “Upbring: Foster in Texas” gave us some insights into how at-risk minors, who have found themselves “in the system” for a variety of reasons, are placed with loving temporary-care families who open their homes and hearts to these fragile little ones. IMG_8523     The presentation was heartrending! Many/most children come with owning nothing. This is where our group will be able to help with quilts and teddy bears which Rita’s group can give to each one to call their own. If you haven’t already, please, go to the organization’s link near the beginning of this post and read further about the hope, love and care this “.org” is able to provide.

Next, we moved on to our regular time of sharing all things “quilty”…………IMG_8524IMG_8525 IMG_8526IMG_8527IMG_8529IMG_8530IMG_8532 IMG_8534IMG_8535 IMG_8536IMG_8537IMG_8538     And, this time, (our “fearless leader”) Jan, managed a couple pics of yours truly……….Killer Bee share 2 Killer Bee share That’s it for another week…….our Texas stay is definitely on the wane. Til next time….let’s go stitch!!!!!

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One Word Wednesday………….

ProgressIMG_8515IMG_8510IMG_8513   FYI Note: This piece is a combination of 2 vintage pieces: a smaller scalloped edged eyelet piece (with coral fabric beneath) atop a plain centered Battenberg lace edged piece. 

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Continued vintage progress on 2 ………..

Pretty little pieces. The first is now ready for a border and maybe a little bling…………………. (link to post showing previous status….)….IMG_8477IMG_8478       and little piece number 2 which has a ways to go before I will call it ‘done’……..IMG_8475IMG_8476     This post shows the above a tad earlier in the process.

Both pieces are being stitched (top and bobbin) with Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70 wt, and has Hobbs Heirloom cotton/poly (80/20) batting.

Micro-stippling is a relaxing pasttime for me and one that suits these pieces beautifully. Onward to the rest of the weekend…………….

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Winding down………well, SOME may be……..

But, the Killer Bees are still going strong!!! One of the members arrived for a 3 week stay recently and gifted us with her “trunk show” of quilts completed in the past few months. So, once again, I will urge you to grab a “cuppa” and be inspired……………IMG_8435IMG_8436IMG_8439IMG_8442IMG_8440IMG_8443IMG_8445IMG_8446IMG_8447IMG_8449IMG_8450IMG_8452      Remember, to get a close-up, just ‘click’ on the photo!!! Next up, a couple from Della……………IMG_8432   Yup, another workshop finish (above)….yay!!!!IMG_8433 IMG_8428IMG_8456IMG_8459IMG_8460IMG_8461IMG_8462IMG_8463

Always fun to work with panels!!!!!

 

 

IMG_8464IMG_8465IMG_8468IMG_8469IMG_8472IMG_8473   Tne front (above) and the back (below)…..IMG_8474 

And so ends this week’s “show”. Another weekend is upon us…..Have YOU made time for stitching????? Inquiring minds want to know…………….

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It’s “Taco Tuesday”…………………..

And that is exactly what we had from sweet Dora’s Tacos Y LonchesPhoto of Dora's - Harlingen, TX, United States, located on 77 Sunshine Strip in Harlingen, Texas.Photo of Dora's - Harlingen, TX, United States  Oh my!!!!! No sauce drenched meat, tomato, cheese concoction placed in a deep fried tortilla! Uh uh. This is fresh beef, white Mexican onions, cilantro, avocado and shredded crunchy jicama(?). Served with fresh lime…… YUM!!!!!! IMG_8426   I’m sure you recognize the tacos on the left but, what are those sweeties on the right!!?? IMG_8427    I’m here to tell you that those are THE BEST lunch eats ev—aaaa!!!!! The filling is the same as the taco but the “vehicle” that will convey all that goodness into your little salivating mouth is a wee little bolillo (yeast bread) that is lightly deep fried and has a thin crispy fried exterior with a moist, ever so slightly sweet interior. AMAZING!!!! OK, enough with the superlatives, right??? Her menu is simple and straight forward…….. Photo of Dora's - Harlingen, TX, United States     And……..I’ll move on to my afternoon! Ha!

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Not an “ordinary” Monday………………..

(Referring to my yesterday.) Nope!!!! Extraordinary!!!!! Any time I’m gifted with time to spend with others who share my passion for quilting……well…..those moments are special! The place was at nearby Mercedes, Texas, at the Llano Grande Park & Resort The gals were among the most enthusiastic and inquisitive quilters I’ve had the pleasure to meet. The presentation was a (relatively?) brief one, split between moments explaining just what it is that I do…..er….am addicted to…… passionate about(!) and a FMQ demo on Ms TX Juki (who was in admirable form, I must say!!!!). These segments were at 2 different nearby locations which worked out very well! And, now, to the photo “documentation” (insert a huge shout-out to group member, Elly, for the wonderful photos!!!)……………a few IMG_8424moments of intro….. and on to my sharing time. Yes…….”U R Unique”!!!! 32    My new BFF, Carol, who led me through the resort’s maze of streets to the appropriate locations (my exit from the premises was much easier!!!! LOL!) 33    Continuing the “show”, meet Monica (the sweet leader of this fab group) whose invitation brought me to this day/opportunity. 34    For those of you who have been long-time visitors to my little bloggy corner of the world, these quilty finishes probably look a tad familiar….hmmmmm?????35 36   Above….samples of vintage before/after stitching. Oh, the difference some thread makes!!!!!! Let’s hear it for “texture”!!!!!!37   Leaving this meeting location (and the significant number of gals in attendance!), I hopped into Carol’s golf cart to arrive at the group’s “stitching/workshop” location…..AND to find that most all the gals had made the location change, also!!!!! Approximately 50 of them!!!! 383940414342 Hints and techniques were shared, questions answered. AND, many thanks to Inspired LED for the 3 machine light kits(link to earlier post with my experiences with the lighting strips) (& info they provided), to the delight of 3 lucky winning gals!!!!! (sorry….missed that photo op!)

Now……on to the day………..”see” ya soon. Sending reeeeeeelly toasty South Texas hugs out to y’all!!!!!

 

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A wee bit of Saturday stitchin’………..

Hmmmm……I think that “wee” part was a leftover from yesterday’s St. Paddy’s Day!!!! A breezy sunny 84F day here in the Rio Grande Valley and I’m INdoors enjoying some vintage stitching…………….IMG_8423       This is the 2nd “in-process” vintage linen I’ll be using as a demo piece……needed very soon!

The afternoon is fast coming to a close. Now to find some of that great Texas brisket………………

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A fantastic quilt/trunk show……..

Came to the Killer Bees last Thursday!!! We were kept oohing & ahhhing for the whole time!!! Susan, and hubby Tim, are the “WAZOO!” team of their longarm quilting service. Susan was a total delight as she talked through the treasure trove of quilts she had brought along. So…..grab a cuppa (you might just need to make a whole pot!!) and get comfy….the photos are set to begin. But first….say hello to our guest….IMG_8358     and we’ll begin. Note…..click on any photo to enlarge! Photos that are side by side will, hopefully, be the same pattern used in 2 colorways!!!!! IMG_8363 IMG_8360IMG_8362IMG_8364IMG_8365IMG_8366IMG_8370IMG_8368IMG_8369IMG_8371IMG_8372IMG_8377IMG_8378IMG_8373IMG_8364IMG_8383IMG_8390    Please, note her “run away” pineapples with escaped ‘rings’!!!!! Susan embellishment creativity kept us in giggles! The back of the above quilt with 2 “orphan” pineapple blocks.…IMG_8391IMG_8393IMG_8399IMG_8401    The above 2 quilts, once again, show Susan’s creative “add-to-it” artistry. Directly above……she added the Mom & Papa birds, additional squirrel, dimensional leaves that go off the upper right corner of the quilt. The quilt above that one, she add the graceful border applique…..all original.IMG_8396       To finish this mini-show (there actually were more quilts!!!!), I’ll leave you with a close-up of the blue/white quilt (1st photo)……IMG_8349    Want more of Susan’s talents??? Please, hop over to her blog: “WAZOO! NEWSBITS”. Lots of inspiration there!!!

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Keepin’ it “green”……………..

Free Shamrock Clipart                                 Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!! The day when everyone is Irish….for a few moments, anyhow!!  Later, many of us will gather for the obligatory corned beef & cabbage dinner. The large dining area will definitely be a “study in green”! Here’s some photos from last year’s ‘par-tay’……………IMG_5409IMG_5410IMG_5412IMG_5414IMG_5415IMG_5413IMG_5411    If some of these folks look vaguely familiar it’s because this is our “Happy Hour” group here in the park. I’ve shared other, more “private”(?) gatherings here.

Well…..I had better gather my Irish duds together!!!!!! Til next time………..

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A moment of doodling…………

And thread tension testing sometimes results in some pretty neat ideas. I’m always in need of a ‘fill’ for narrow borders/sashings that are asking for just a “little something”. Do you find that to be so?? My last couple of quilts had narrow 1st borders that I left unstitched just for those “eye resting places” that are sometimes necessary. Here’s an example of what I mean…….IMG_6151 - Copy    Other times it’s those narrow spots that are crying out for something a little special. Anyhow, “doodle stitching” on muslin is always a fun pastime and, many times, has some useable inspiration!!! IMG_8342IMG_8343     I drew 2 lines, 1” apart, and came up with these. I think I prefer the center line (without the 2 little added plumes) design. It’s less “muddy” and cleaner. IMG_8343 - Copy    So, the next time you have a few moments to do some random stitchings…….maybe that “perfect ‘something’” will be what emerges!!! BUT……even if it doesn’t…….you will have had time to further “bond” with your machine……and that’s always a “good thing”!!!! Off to the Killer Bees and a trunk show this morning. Have an awesome day and I’ll see y’all later………..

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Each Texas event seems to include………..

FOOD!!!!! LOL! Yup…..and the breakfast yesterday was so excellent! It was omelets with a “camping” twist. Maybe some of you are familiar with the technique…..take 2 eggs and crack them into a Zip-Lock quart bag that has been sprayed with cooking spray/oil. “Moosh” them about a bit to break up and add your fave omelet ingredients: browned sausage, bacon, onions, green peppers, tomatoes, salsa, cheese, etc.IMG_8337 Securely close the bag…**squeezing out all the air you can!!!!!! IMG_8338 Place the bag into boiling water for 13 minutesIMG_8339 and you have a wonderful breakfast. Just add toast, etc. IMG_8340 Sorry for no “after” shots of the plate, as its contents disappeared faster than it took to create!!!!!! 

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Once again, it’s (fun) Stitchin’ Saturday!!!!………..

The morning was time enough to take care of the ‘must-do’ tasks which left the afternoon  fa-reee!!!!!!   Ms Texas Juki and I and a lovely little vintage linen piece. Let the micro-stippling and feathers(!!!!) begin……………..IMG_8334 - Copy (2)      I’m not exactly sure how this piece would have been used (a vanity?? small side table?? buffet/hutch??) but it’s in perfect condition so it’s time to transform it. The dimensions are 10”x 17” with one narrow edge having this sweet detail…IMG_8334 - Copy (3) I placed it directly on the batting and will bind it (very narrow!) with a pale color which will, also, be slipped behind that small lace piece. Once again I must say—-I’m blown away by the “life” that appears with this stitching technique (note the first photo….left vs right side of the embroidery).IMG_8335IMG_8334

Thread: (top and bobbin) Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly-70wt. Batting: Hobbs Heirloom cotton/poly-80/20 (single layer).

Now…..back to the fun. What’s up in your world this afternoon???? Warm Texas hugs comin’ at y’all…………..

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Winding down……….

Yup…..that’s what’s happening here. Our Texas park/resort is thinning out. Most all the RVs that have left are French Canadians who have been here for several months and must get back across the Northern border or put their medical insurance enrollment at risk. Even the Killer Bees have a bit less to share as many are prepping for the trek home, or elsewhere. BUT, inspiration is still to be found and UFOs/WIP (Unfinished Objects/Works In Process) are being moved closer to the finished category!

  A couple more Bargello/jelly-roll photos……IMG_8322IMG_8333    AND “Twist & Shout” projects are still making an appearance……..IMG_8324IMG_8330   The 2nd photo is pre-“slicing” as it was to be done/finished once the process was shared.                  Moving on………… IMG_8320IMG_8323IMG_8326IMG_8327IMG_8329

 

“Block of the Month” blocks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and…………an “oops” ‘Block of the Month’ block ‘whanna be’!!!!!IMG_8332 A bit of ‘frogging’ (‘rip-it; rip-it’) in this one’s future.

IMG_8331  ,          A beautiful raw-edge applique to finish up this post.

Have an awesome weekend with, possibly, some stitchin’ for some??? “See” ya back here on Monday with what’s up in my world. Sending hugs…

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50s Vintage Cloth continued………..

You may remember this from here. Since this is being used in a talk I’m giving on Vintage FMQ, I’ll be leaving part of the cloth unstitched to show how fmq changes, and gives ‘life’, to these pieces. IMG_8299IMG_8301IMG_8302IMG_8303   This is another stitching that is being done on my Juki 2010Q. For details on thread, batting, etc, see the post link here. Now……let’s go quilting…………..

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One Word Wednesday: POUTINE………………

Yup……that’s the word and that is what my lunch consisted of!!! Pronounced…poo-teen…..it is the national dish of Canada and is not on any Weight Watcher’s diet……guaranteed!!!!!! IMG_8298  A further Merriam-Webster definition:

Whether the gravy came a few years later or was present ab ovo is disputed. Also unclear is the origin of the word by which the dish is known. Some assert that poutine is related to the English word pudding, but a more popular etymology is that it’s from a Quebecois slang word meaning “mess.”

Whatever its origin, it really is yummy! Only 3 ingredients……..crispy French fries, (squeeky Wisconsin) cheese curds and the best brown gravy ever!!! All served screaming HOT!! And, yes, those are Wisconsin cheese curds!!!!! I’m not sure knowing/having the recipe is a good thing, though, so I will leave that pursuit up to you, the reader!!!

Bon appetit!!!!!!

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