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Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Weather, Gypsy Quilts, and Other Quilty Things

Here in far north Texas we have been dodging EF3 tornadoes, hail, lightning, and floods. Somehow our area has remained unscathed with a little bit of hail and wind, but mostly good spring rain. Some of the communities to the west were not so lucky! The radars above were from four days of Radarscope screenshots as weather approached, and the radar capture on the right shows velocity radar just about the time an EF3 was hitting the town of Celina, 30 miles southwest of us.

In between checking the radar, life in the sewing room continues with fits and starts, and here are two flimsies made from the Gypsy pattern from Villa Rosa Designs. This was one of the patterns available for the Villa Rosa Fast and Fun Blog Hop. If you like fast stash busters, I highly recommend this pattern. The pattern has been renamed as "Onstage", and you can find it right here.

For the first Gypsy, I centered my choices around a dark blue floral from the Riley Blake Indigo Garden collection, some Decostitch by Art Gallery, and the rare and wonderful PB&J collection by Basic Grey. (Side note: I recently saw a PB&J jelly roll on Etsy for $140.00! - gasp!) I made the flimsy bigger with borders. You can see the batting and binding ready to go in the photo above.

For the second flimsy,I was inspired by Kathleen at Kathleen McMusing, who made a blues-y version of Gypsy. I decided on blue-ish purples with a bit of green thrown in. I left it at the original size, and I am hand quilting it. Slowly. And with huge stitches that are intended to be small and even. But this is a good quilt to experiment with hand stitching, because it is going to a sweet, wheel-chair bound lady who will simply be thrilled to receive it.

Since I finished my Villa Rosa Blog Hop quilt, I discovered an HST that decided to go another way (see above photo inside red heart), and so I have affectionately chosen the name Rogue Star for this quilt! I refuse to say it is a mistake. It reminds me of me, as I have so often decided to go another way rather than do the "expected" thing - lol!


I continue to lag behind on two of my sew-alongs. In the photos above:
1) Pieces Of My Life by Melva at Melva Loves Scraps - a post is coming soon!
2) I only have two blocks for the Mercantile Sampler SAL I am doing with Karen, but there is no hurry!
3) A BOM (Block of the Month) by Joy of Days Filled With Joy called Say It With Flowers, and I am caught up with it!



I am thinking about starting another SAL - I've had total fail on my vow to stay away from sew-alongs in 2024, so I might as well add another - right? This one is called Ticker Tape Heart. It is a 3-day challenge starting May 31, and it just looks different and fun. The block reminds me of Diann's pretty Crumb Hearts quilt!
Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Family News and Sewing Stuff!

Grandson Brandon and Raegan are engaged!

Brandon said she started crying as soon as he got down on one knee

Proud parents! That's our son and daughter-in-law on the right.

THE ENGAGEMENT
Our grandson Brandon surprised his sweetheart Raegan with a  proposal in the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Golden, Colorado on March 17! Both sets of parents were in on the surprise.

Raegan recently graduated from Oklahoma University law school and is studying for the Bar. In August she will begin a job in Dallas, where Brandon already lives and works. She is such a sweet girl! They are planning an April 2025 wedding!



THE GRADUATION
Our beautiful Granddaughter #1 - Sydney - graduated from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX last week. We drove down to our old stomping grounds, attended the ceremony with our son and family.

Our oldest grands - Samantha (Sammy) - soon to be 21, Sydney - 23, and Brandon -25
All of us ate at Olive Garden, then we spent the night with our son and daughter-in-law in The Woodlands.


Not sure why poor Papaw was shoved over to the curb to awkwardly straddle it - lol!
A FINISH!
While we were there I was able to give #1 Grandson Brandon his Texas A&M quilt before he headed back to Dallas. He graduated Summa Cum Laude back in 2021, so this is overdue! He was very pleased and even texted me late that night to tell me how much he loved it - words a grandma loves to hear!

#1 Quilt Holder on duty

The back was (obviously) a Texas A&M print

I used this disappearing nine-patch pattern. I struggled with the layout for this and did not want to add more blocks, so the quilt only finished at about 55" x 70" after laundering. It is not quite long enough for Brandon's tall frame, but I have a feeling it will be used as decor rather than warmth! The binding (didn't get a close-up) is the same as the block background pictured above, and I used Spirit #805, a red and black variegated thread by Superior Threads, for quilting. I used the Drift panto  from Urban Elementz for a quilting pattern, although I widened the area between the rows.

 
Birthday Cake block and Angel Star block

SEW-ALONGS
In spite of my resolve to not engage in any sewalongs this year, I have succumbed to three! These are my blocks for the Fat Quarter Shop SewAlong Mercantile. I am joining in with Karen at  Quilts Etc. Karen is a great resource for me (thank you Karen!) as I try something new-to-me. Lori Holt is hosting the sew-along and has tutorials available on her blog.

These is one completed block and the start of the next one for Joy's block of the month and my second sew-along, Say It With Flowers. The little centers are easy to embroider. I hope to have a quilt from this, but I have a concern. Have any of you had any color-bleeding with floss when it is laundered? I have color catchers and wonder if that would keep that from happening.

My third sew-along is Pieces Of My Life with Melva at Melva Loves Scraps (see below)

Left - Flimsy sneak peek and Right - Pieces of My Life blocks
COMING UP
One of my Villa Rosa Quilt Hop flimsies will be a quilt soon. And I plan to catch up with Pieces of My Life memory blocks this week. You can find details of my first memory block post right here.

Hope you are enjoying your week!


Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Quiltmania: My Thoughts


The quilting world was recently stunned by the closure of Quiltmania, Inc., publisher of Quiltmania, the wildly popular quilting magazine. The editor, Carol Veillon, wrote more of a lament than an apology on their Instagram post (pictured above), simply thanking those who had a part in the success of the magazine and not addressing the thousands of loyal readers who were left with unfulfilled subscriptions. Along with the announcement came the website shutdown and no direction for customer service. Many of the comments on the post are painful to read. One woman had received a subscription as a gift from her teenager, and she was heartbroken. Several others received theirs as gifts, and many had just recently subscribed and had not even received their first issue. What is even more upsetting is the non-response of Carol or anyone from the magazine in addressing these subscriber concerns. In the well-spoken words of Shania Twain, "That don't impress me much".
I purchased one issue of Quiltmania years ago (not the one pictured), and I thought it was pricey even then. After reading through it, my overwhelming feeling was that I wasted my $13.99. It just isn't my kind of magazine, but apparently I am in the minority. I have no idea what the individual cost is now, but I did see one mention of $160 for a subscription. While reading through the comments on the Instagram post, I was struck by the one common thread. All of them, whether unhappy about their subscriptions or simply eulogizing, were remorseful about the magazine closure, and I am sad for all of them and the loss of their "happy mail".

Here is the link to the PDF of the final issue: QM Issue 160 and the mystery patterns may be found at this link: Free Quiltmania.

In other news: Hopefully before the weekend, I will have another post up, with a big family announcement and a finish or two. Here is a sneak peek!

Saturday, March 16, 2024

Villa Rosa Blog Hop - My Day - Rogue Star

Welcome to my day for the Villa Rosa Blog Hop - Fast and More Fun! If you have missed any of the posts, you can check below, where I have a clickable list of all participants. A big pat on the back to our hostess, Tricia at Villa Rosa Designs! I am so appreciative of her putting together this blog hop with such amazing prizes and a list of 28 participants! Thank you Tricia! And thank you Jeanna and Wendy for the reminder that today is National (aka Worldwide or International) Quilting Day!

NOTE: If you were unable to find the post for CT Publishing yesterday, they were experiencing technical difficulties with their Comment section. I have added their link to today's list. Be sure to note the link in their post to enter their giveaway!

You can win prizes!
OK first let's talk about prizes! Each participating blogger gets to select a total of 7 winners, including three Individual Prize winners, one winner for a set of the Blog Hop patterns, and three names for entries into the Grand Prize drawings!! That means that seven of you who comment on my blog will have a chance to be entered into the giveaways! I will do a random drawing at the end of the blog hop and send a list to Tricia. If you win, you will be notified by email. Please note that if your comment posts as "Anonymous", please put your name and email address in your comment so you can be contacted! You may find a list of sponsors toward the end of this post.

This is a quilt I made in 2017 with Tricia's Akito pattern. You may read the details in this post.


Tricia's patterns are on pretty cards or you can purchase the digital editionFor this blog hop, Tricia generously offered us these five Villa Rosa patterns from which to choose for our creations, or we could make all of them. I had trouble making up my mind, but ultimately I chose Twinkle (on the right), with Gypsy running a close second. The set of five patterns is only $8.95, and you may purchase the set right here, or you can find information on the individual patterns below:
For this pattern I chose fabrics from a kit I bought in 2014 - Elementary by Basic Grey - and for the sashing a I used a fabric I purchased from That's So Janice on Etsy - a floral from 2013, "Serenity" from Riley Blake Designs.

My favorite quilt holder skillfully tamed the quilt in the breeze
The kit I bought contained a layer cake and a jelly roll, along with yardage. I used the yardage for part of the pieced backing and jelly roll pieces for the scrappy binding.

Pieced backing (Same favorite quilt holder, different shoes)

Quilting was with a free panto from Urban Elementz - Lisa's Raindrops. I absolutely love how it turned out.

Backing

The "rogue" HST

UPDATE: Since publishing this post, I discovered an HST that decided to go another way (see above photo inside red heart), and so I have affectionately chosen the name Rogue Star for this quilt! I refuse to say it is a mistake. It reminds me of me, as I have so often decided to go another way rather than do the "correct" thing - lol!

Toby had to step in for quality control before I sewed on the binding

Jack likes the colors with his ginger handsomeness

Gypsy
This flimsy was made using Gypsy - I love the name and the pattern! This one may end up larger with borders like Cheree's version, and I have started a second one with colors inspired by Kathleen's beautiful version! It is an easy pattern to put together, and I really enjoyed choosing a variety of fabrics, and I see more of these in the future.

PRIZE INFO:
  • There will be prizes from sponsors: Hoffman, Moda, Timeless Treasures, Jaftex, Electric Quilt, Banyan Batiks/Northcott, Benartex, Hancock’s of Paducah, Fox Chapel/Landauer, and C&T Publishing.
  • Plus a complete set of the patterns used in this blog hop from Villa Rosa Designs.
  • And the grand prizes: Kaffe Fassett Precuts Collection, $100 digital gift certificate for Hancock’s of Paducah, A Big Mystery Box of Quilting Goodies, and Download of Electric Quilt 8
Prize registration closes Sunday, March 23 2024

Here is a list of participating blogs (with clickable links) for the week and today's links in BOLD:
Thursday, March 14:

Friday, March 15

Saturday March 16
Valerie at https://www.ctpub.com/blog/ (The link to enter their giveaway i
Linda at https://www.texasquiltgal.com/ (YOU ARE HERE)

Sunday, March 17

Monday, March 18

Tuesday, March 19

Wednesday, March 20

Thursday, March 21

Be sure to leave a comment if you'd like a chance to win a prize!
Friday, March 15, 2024

Villa Rosa Blog Hop - Fast and More Fun!- Day 2

This is day 2 of the Villa Rosa Blog Hop - Fast and More Fun! This fun hop is hosted by Tricia at Villa Rosa Designs. Head over to the blogs participating today, listed below in BOLD, and enter drawings for chances to win some really great prizes. Be sure to come back here on Saturday, March 16, for my day!
Thursday, March 14

Friday, March 15 - today!

Saturday March 16
Linda at https://www.texasquiltgal.com/ (YOU ARE HERE)

Sunday, March 17

Monday, March 18

Tuesday, March 19

Wednesday, March 20
Thursday, March 14, 2024

Villa Rosa Blog Hop - Fast and More Fun!- Day 1

Welcome to Day 1 of the Villa Rosa Blog Hop - Fast and More Fun! You will find the first post at the blog of our wonderful host, Tricia of Villa Rosa Designs. Be sure to follow each day for chances to win prizes, and come back here on Saturday, March 16, for my day! Tricia kick-started the hop this morning with a post detailing sponsors and prizes - be sure to head over to her blog and register for prizes!

Below is the list of participating blogs, in BOLD for today, with clickable links:
Thursday, March 14
Tricia at https://villarosaquilts.com/ - head over and register for prizes!

Friday, March 15

Saturday March 16
Linda at https://www.texasquiltgal.com/ (YOU ARE HERE)

Sunday, March 17

Monday, March 18

Tuesday, March 19

Wednesday, March 20
Saturday, March 9, 2024

Pieces Of My Life SAL

Melva at Melva Loves Scraps has the most purposeful sew-alongs - Pieces From the Past, Pieces of the Santa Fe Trail and Pieces in the Garden - and her new one is no exception. Pieces of My Life is centered around stories and memories of our families, where we are from, our parents' stories, meaningful events, etc. Along with a pattern, Melva provides a guide for documenting details of our lives into a memory book that can accompany the quilt. Melva titled the Block #1 pattern simply "The Bow" and has a lovely story to go with it on her blog right here, where you can also find details of the sew-along. 

Block #1 The Bow made with HSTs

My Mom in her yellow dress about 1933
My first block represents a special yellow dress. The story behind this block actually begins with the story of my parents' courtship, and you may find details of that sweet story in this blog post I made in 2021. One of the details of their first meeting was that Daddy said Mom was wearing a yellow dress. And the black and white photo above is one that she mailed to Daddy after they started dating, and she told me that her dress was yellow (and that she had made it), so it must have been the same one.

Many months after Mom died, I had a dream about her. She was sitting on some kind of almost throne-like chair, and she was wearing a yellow dress. , but not passionately happy like she used to, if that makes sense. I got the sense that although she seemed happy to see me, she was so joyful and content that she had no desire to be anywhere else. That dream was very comforting in my grief.

I am excited about this SAL. It is comforting to remember these stories and challenging in a fun way to translate that story into a block. I am linking with Melva's Pieces of My Life linkup right here.