Friday, May 29, 2015

Lunch with Another Blog Buddy!

Hi everyone from wet and rainy Oklahoma! I've been doing a few blocks just for fun. Here's some of the blocks from the Vintage Girl Fridays QAL. First my 6" Chicken Foot block from last week:

 Then here's my 6" Churn Dash Block from this week:
For these blocks I'm using mostly dots for the background. Then one more, the 12" Churn Dash block from this week:

For the 12" blocks I'm using solids for the background. But here's the real news! I had lunch with a blogging friend Annette! It was so much fun! She lives in Edmond, Oklahoma, where I am from and is from Oklahoma City where I live now. She asked me not to show her picture which I totally relate to since I don't want mine on here either. But she brought her Gypsy Wife quilt top and I got a photo of it:

I took several photos with my cell phone but this is the only one that I have been able to transfer to the computer. I couldn't get them to transfer so I just started clicking on stuff and this one worked. Then, sadly, I could not remember what I did. Curse you old lady brain! Anyway, isn't it great! I love that scrap quilt look and think she did it perfectly! And you're not going to believe this but it's only her second quilt top! I just can't get over that. Her blocks are perfect. So now I've met 3 of my blogging buddies! Anyone else? I'm free for lunch! It's just so cool to actually meet people you've emailed with and talked on the phone with. So that's my news. I'm working on finishing that accursed yellow quilt and then also working on a top that someone is buying so I am working. Hope you have a great weekend! XO from Bev

Monday, May 25, 2015

More Fun on the Farm

Happy Memorial Day! Thinking today of all the sacrifice that both the military and their families make. My grandfather was in WW1, my father was in WW2 and my ex was in Vietnam. Lola and I were invited to a Mom and Doggie picnic today but it has been postponed because we have had so much flooding rain! Also, it's supposed to rain like crazy AGAIN this afternoon! We have an all time record high rain amount for Oklahoma City and the month isn't even over! Yikes! I did another block for the Farm Girl FridayQAL, the Chicken Foot block:






and the Canning Day Block:



I also made an updated collage:

Well, I have a lot I can work on today. Hope you are having a great celebration! XO from Bev

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Go to The Lake? Not Me! I Can Just Go Into My Back Yard!

It's rained for days. In the last 2 hours, it's rained 2 inches more! Here's a photo (through the window-sorry) of my back yard! I've not seen this before!
I don't know if you can tell, but the brown is water! The entire back yard is flooded! And we are going to get 2 to 3 more inches of rain! The big mall, Penn Square, is flooding on the lower floors! Of course, Lola had to go out....sigh. She did hurry though-lol. We also have a tornado warning. Never a dull moment in Oklahoma! Hope your weekend is going better than mine! XO from Bev

Friday, May 22, 2015

Hillside Houses BOM

Greetings from wet and windy Oklahoma City! Our Memorial Day holiday weekend will include more rain! Of course, we can't complain about the rain because our dangerously low water supply lakes are almost full again! I'm working on several projects to sell, as well as some BOM's that will eventually be finished to (hopefully) sell. Here's Block Two of the Hillside Houses:
I took it outside to get a photo and the wind started whipping it around...oh well. This is a fun block but I started it with solids and I find now that I don't have that many solids in my stash. I'm using the backs of some prints. These blocks are 20" x 20" so they are really big. So what are your plans this weekend? I hope it's something fun with the people you love! Let me know how you're doing! XO from Bev!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

This and That....

Hello! I've been so busy! How about you? Does it ever seem like you're crazy busy but not much seems to get done? It's raining again! We now have officially had the wettest month on record!  22" and it's only the 20th! So I made a collage of the Farm Girl Fridays blocks so I can see how they look together. I think it's easier to do that than it is to lay the blocks out somewhere. Here are the 12" blocks. In keeping with the solid background trend, I need an orange background next.
and here are the 6" blocks:
I like to make collages because I can audition sashing colors too. I use Picasa 3 because it's free. One of my granddaughters, Zoe, has a birthday tomorrow. She will be 19! She goes to school at OSU and is a sweet, sweet girl. I still think of her as a little tow head that is busy arranging her play kitchen and cooking her play food while her cousin, Austin, sat a the little table talking into his play cell phone...lol.
Hope you have a wonderful Thursday! Take care everyone! XO from Bev!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Quilt That's Taking Forever....

Hey cyber homies! How are you guys doing? I am trying to finish the basket quilt that has become just a monster... but it won't let me! As you recall from my former whining, I quilted the background with a tiny pattern...don't ask me why...I'm just crazy. So, I was going to leave the inner border plain and just do a cross hatch in the border. But now I'm thinking that I need to double the cross hatch and add a pattern to the inner border.
I have tons of other things to work on and need to get this finished and on eBay. Why am I like this? Ack... I also found this on Pinterest which I think is very interesting, especially now that I'm trying to sell quilting:
I'm not sure who should get credit for this cause I can't read the fine print on the bottom right which is where the maker's name probably is. Again, I wonder why people will buy paintings for a lot of money but not quilts. I know that the stars in the quilting field get good money for their quilts but I am not in that category. Oh well, I have one commission (thank you--you know who you are!) and have the blocks finished for another top. So I'm busy. That's a good thing. What are you up to? What are you working on? Something fun I hope! Well, I'm off to work. Have a great Tuesday! XO from Bev

Sunday, May 17, 2015

I'm Entering the Blogger's Quilt Festival

Hello on Sunday! What are you up to this weekend? I am entering the Blogger's Quilt Festival hosted by Amy at AmysCreativeSide.com. Twice a year this festival is held online for those who aren't able to make it to quilt markets.There are some nice prizes but the viewer's choice gets cash! Boy do I need that! At any rate, I figured it wouldn't hurt to enter. I decided my first entry would be in the Art Quilts category that is for quilts designed by the entrant. I'm entering my optical illusion quilt:

and I'm entering my Dresden Flowers quilt in the Original Design category:
 As always, I wish I could get a good photo. Voting will be open in 5 days or so and I'll do a post then to let you know. You can see all the entries and get the scoop on the Spring 2015 Blogger's Quilt Festival HERE. There are so many talented quilters that the odds of winning cash are slim but if you don't enter, you won't win for sure (that's how I justify buying a $1 lottery ticket). Let me know what you're up to this weekend. XO from Bev


Saturday, May 16, 2015

Buttern Churn Blocks for Farm Girls Friday QAL

Hi everyone! It's Saturday afternoon and we are going to have another round of spring storms this afternoon and evening. I'm not a fan of tornado warnings but everything is such a lovely green and the flowers are everywhere because we've had so much rain. I've just sort of vegged out today. I did do the Butter Churn blocks from Lori Holt's Farm Girls Friday. Here's the 12" block:





And here's the 6" block:
I don't know why but I didn't love making these. I measured and trimmed everything but they were still hard to fit together. Anyway, no more blocks from Farm Girl Vintage until next Friday. What are you up to this weekend? Hope it's a good one! XO from Bev

Friday, May 15, 2015

Farm Girl Fridays Baking Day Block

Good morning! Today is the Farm Girl Friday Sew Along from Lori Holt's book Farm Girl Vintage. I sewed this morning at 2 AM because I could not sleep. I just can't lay in bed and start thinking about things because I always go to the worst case scenario. I'd love to be all positive and sunny but I don't think it's going to happen soon. Do you ever have trouble sleeping? What do you do for that? Anyway, I got up and made the Baking Day blocks. Not the best idea to cut and sew in the middle of the night! Here's the 12" block:



and here's the 6" Baking Day block:



I added the rick rack because by 3 AM I thought it was a brilliant idea-hahahaha. So today I have errands to run which means I have to take a shower and all that good stuff because I will be around people. I'm also going to try to get that yellow quilt finished. I'm going to try doing that two-color binding that makes it look like there's piping. I just don't want put any more time in this than I have to. I never intended to spend this much time on it and I'm not going to make any money on it even if I sell it. So that's my Friday. What are you going to do? Hope you have a great day! XO from Bev

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Hillside Houses QAL Block One

Woo Hoo! I finished Block One of the Hillside Houses QAL. The photo is not true colors. It's cloudy here--maybe that's why. This is a much more contemporary quilt than I usually make. Maybe it will sell-lol.


The house looks gray but it's blue and the roof is gray not brown. This block is HUGE so the quilt is going to be really big. She's offering 3 sizes and I'm doing the largest. If you want to check it out (it's free), I have a button on the side bar of the blog that will take you to her website. You should see all the beautiful blocks people are doing. There are five of the block patterns available now and I think there are 12 total. I'm also working on the yellow basket quilt that is taking SO LONG to finish. I've marked the border and started quilting that then there's just the binding. I have so much time in this quilt....sigh.... So what are you guys up to? Are you doing any quilt alongs? Which ones? I hope you're having a happy Thursday! XO from Bev