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. Just sandwiched, this fusible top is loaded with wildly fun techniques. To continue the journey…… This packet of patterns contains a ton of seasonal patterns and ideas…..well worth a purchase! 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….. The #10 (edge-stitch foot) worked very well on the Bernina 440. The border was a SID (stitch in the ditch) and stitch around the appliques project. And the finish………… 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………
May the reality of this eternal life-changing event be known to you in a new way!!!! Blessings, with hugs, Doreen
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. 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”………… And, this time, (our “fearless leader”) Jan, managed a couple pics of yours truly………. That’s it for another week…….our Texas stay is definitely on the wane. Til next time….let’s go stitch!!!!!
Pretty little pieces. The first is now ready for a border and maybe a little bling…………………. (link to post showing previous status….)…. and little piece number 2 which has a ways to go before I will call it ‘done’…….. 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…………….
And that is exactly what we had from sweet Dora’s Tacos Y Lonches, located on 77 Sunshine Strip in Harlingen, Texas. 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!!!!!! I’m sure you recognize the tacos on the left but, what are those sweeties on the right!!?? 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…….. And……..I’ll move on to my afternoon! Ha!
(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 moments of intro….. and on to my sharing time. Yes…….”U R Unique”!!!! 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!) Continuing the “show”, meet Monica (the sweet leader of this fab group) whose invitation brought me to this day/opportunity. 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????? Above….samples of vintage before/after stitching. Oh, the difference some thread makes!!!!!! Let’s hear it for “texture”!!!!!! 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!!!! 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!!!!!
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……………. 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………………
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…. 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!!!!! 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.… 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. 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)…… Want more of Susan’s talents??? Please, hop over to her blog: “WAZOO! NEWSBITS”. Lots of inspiration there!!!
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…………….. 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… 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).
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…………..
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…… AND “Twist & Shout” projects are still making an appearance…….. The 2nd photo is pre-“slicing” as it was to be done/finished once the process was shared. Moving on…………
“Block of the Month” blocks
and…………an “oops” ‘Block of the Month’ block ‘whanna be’!!!!! A bit of ‘frogging’ (‘rip-it; rip-it’) in this one’s future.
, 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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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!!!!!! 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!!!