MORPHED!!!!!!!!

I mean really!!! From an innocent, sweet “Lollipops and Lemon Drops” (dontcha just luv how that rolls off the tongue???!!!!!) to a bursting with energy presentation that exudes a spirit of life that was not anticipated! OK, that may be a wee bit “over the top”, but let’s see the current status of “Galactic Explosion”. Here is where it began….IMG_8669          An odd, random 9-patch, set in a yellow & white leafy print batik, with instructions to “quilt as desired”. This “Challenge” project was given to the S.E.A.M.S. (SouthEast Area Machine Stitchers) group I belong to. The finishes will become a traveling group of quilts that will be in state quilt events in the upcoming months. Next came some texture lines and feathers……..IMG_8672     And this afternoon, this piece’s  personality truly began to emerge……. IMG_8674       Hmmmm……kinda hard to really see………IMG_8678     A bursting star of……9-patches!!!!~!! Yup. The darker stitching is the result of a switch to my fave metallic thread! Now, a bit of a move to the background fill……………….IMG_8684 

See this post for details on products used in this project…..with the addition of the latest thread: Superior’s Variegated Gold Metallic (#025)!!!!!

More updates forthcoming……………

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Design Wall meets Ms Sweetie………….

That is, what was on my design wall last week…….IMG_8669   now has the beginnings of some action of the feathered kindIMG_8673  ………..ummmmm….c’mon, you had to have known I would get some featherin’ in this one somehow, didn’t ya????????? Stay tuned….more “action” to come!!!!!

Thread: (top) Glide, 40 wt, (bobbin) Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70 wt. Batting: Hobbs Heirloom cotton/wool.

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Requests……..

For the Rhubarb Cream Pie recipe and the Hamburger Baked Beans have been received and here are the answers!!!! The pie recipe is in this post, from a few years back.IMG_8661  And the Baked Beans recipe follows: IMG_8653    1/2 pound bacon, cut up (I used 1#)

1  pound ground beef or venison (I used venison)

1 onion, chopped.

1/2 cup catsup

1 tsp salt

1/4 cup brown sugar

2 tsp white vinegar

2 cans (#20) baked beans

Brown bacon, remove from pan. Remove all but 2 tbls of bacon grease and brown/fry the onion and the beef or venison. Add the bacon back to the pot, along with the rest of the ingredients. Simmer a bit to blend flavors. Amounts may be altered to taste (I don’t really “measure” any of the ingredients!).

Let me know if you have further inquiries. Both these dishes have been family “faves” for…..um…..decades (yikes, did I say “decades”???!!!!!)……..   

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“Lollipops and Lemon Drops”………….

Also referred to as the 2017 S.E.A.M.S. (SouthEast Area Machine Stitchers) Challenge…….the top is pieced,IMG_8669        the backing is prepped,IMG_8670 binding is cut…..now, on to the “sandwiching”…… This story has 2 previous “installments”….here and here. More in a bit…………..

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“Some assembly required”………….

How many of you are familiar with that statement……er…..’warning’?? Well, the ‘challenge’ has begun……IMG_8667      The background is cut and labeled……….IMG_8666 IMG_8668    The 9-patch blocks are made and squared…..IMG_8665 To be continued…………….

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Catching up????……….or sidetracked????…….

I guess it depends on what the goal was, hmmmmm?? It’s already 10:30a.m. and here’s what’s happened so far……..working on a “touch” of Texas……….IMG_8651 See that can of beans??? Somehow(?) a case came home with us. Why?, you ask. Well HEB is the absolute BEST grocery chain ANYwhere and their store brand (of anything) is superb!!! So, onions cut up, burger meat at the ready, beans, hot sauce….and…….IMG_8652 a full pound of bacon….just waiting for the others in the “pool”!!   IMG_8653 The aroma in this house is amazing….but, wait!!! There’s more to do…IMG_8655 IMG_8656  Yup, needed to use the rhubarb left from the last recipe……   IMG_8654IMG_8661    Rhubarb Cream Pie…..done! The gardens have some welcome returning members……IMG_8662IMG_8663IMG_8664     Freddie Flamingo has returned with some of his friends, along with my sweet firefly boy…………………Now, on to the next task on my list……a wall quilt for the long-arm group I belong to……IMG_8660     Please, note the due date in the upper right corner of the directions…..it’s due May 20th, the next meeting. What am I doing writing this post?????!!!!!!!! See ya later with an update……………yikes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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It’s a May Wednesday!!!!!!!………….

And we’re back in Minnesota!! Slowly getting back on a “northern track”….and I mean slowly!!!! We ventured north between major weather systems (snow to the west and massive rains to the east) and, after some brief days in the Northern Black Hills, arrived home Sunday evening. Today is warming nicely and the sun is finally shining!! This is a beautifully Spring photo-heavy post…………IMG_8631IMG_8632     Don’t’cha just love a “cuddle moment”?? Last year we had a significant snow event the first part of May, so………………………….  IMG_8633     Cherry tree (pie/tart) in bloom (above)……….    IMG_8635   Strawberries did well over the winter!!  IMG_8636    Rhubarb!!!!!! Major “YUM”…………IMG_8637   Garlic coming along nicely, with horseradish in the back upper right. IMG_8639      Ferns in the windbreak doing their unfurling “thing”.  IMG_8641    Spring little flowers everywhere in the woods!!!!! LUV………… IMG_8646    Of course, a great batch of perennials!!!!!   IMG_8649 Our little garden cart at the ready…..and, of course, there’s laundry that will bring a bit of Springtime INdoors!!!! IMG_8647

Back to getting my sewing area cleared to get down to some serious stitching!!!!! Hugs to all and thanks so much for your sweet comments and frequent visits. Do come again!!!!!!!

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“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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