Thursday, March 5, 2015

Lola Got Her Car Ride and I Did Some Fussy Cutting

At last! Today it's 71 degrees and the snow is melting! Last night it snowed 3 inches more and I was pretty bummed but the sun is shining and Lola is happy. She finally got her car ride! It was just to the post office drop box but it made her happy. She doesn't look happy in her picture because she is a dog that never looks happy, even though she is.

Lola was rescued from a puppymill along with 59 other doggies. They were all in such bad shape that 30 of them had to be put down. She had lived her life in a tiny cage made of wood and chicken wire. She never had toys or got to run around. I adopted her sight unseen because the rescue group that helped the police called me and asked me to please take a dog. They knew me because I had adopted Charlie from them and I volunteered there. The people that owned the puppy mill ran from the police. Apparently they would take the puppies to a residence and pretend to be the family that just raised one litter of puppies. I won't go into detail about the condition of the place but it was horrible. Lola didn't know how to drink from a water bowl, go down steps or what grass was. Having Charlie to teach her helped a lot but Lola will never be a "normal" dog because she missed so much socialization. She has come a long, long way and I'm crazy about her. See that little bit of foam on her lower lip? She loves to go but she gets anxious too and she sort of foams at the mouth-lol. She has a car seat to help her feel secure. So I did sew some today. Pam Kitty Morning had a challenge on Instagram - the #stopdropmakeablock challenge. So, I made a couple of blocks:


I fussy cut these blocks because, of course, I have nothing better to do....sigh.... Why do I get so easily distracted? Oh well, I have to work with what God gave me and, if I am a crazy woman, that's what I'm working with. Hope you're having good weather and a happy Thursday! XO from Bev

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Ice, Snow and Frigid Air--Tomorrow 70 Degrees!

Hi guys! I'm just staying in today because we have ice, sleet, rain and snow today. It is SO cold and windy. As is typical for Oklahoma, tomorrow it will be sunny and 70 degrees. My sinus cavities are going crazy. Lola is mad a me because we aren't driving anywhere today. She sat and stared at me until I got up and followed her and she went right to the door to the garage and sat there. She thinks I'm slow and just don't get it. I'm finishing the rows for the Tulip Patch quilt--here they are just hanging . I only have one more tulip row and 2 more filler rows to go and then I can put it together. 

It's so cheerful and bright that it makes me think of spring. I'm also doing more blocks for the FlowerBoxSewAlong from Lori Holt. The link to her blog and that pattern is HERE. It's a fun, quick block to make. 

That's about all I can handle right now although I have tons of things I can work on. What are you doing today? Do you have a Wednesday WIP? Well, take care! XO from Bev

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Stash Bee Block Do-Over

I just hated the Stash Bee block I showed you yesterday! So I made another. I'm sure the March Queen Bee, who requested a block with half square triangles in aqua and white, will be glad I did. If you haven't checked out Stash Bee, it's a great place to find tons of free tutorials that you can find HERE. Here's my block:

So I'm off to do some cleaning. Hope you are enjoying your Tuesday! XO to you all from Bev

Monday, March 2, 2015

Stash Bee Block for March

Hello everyone! Today I stitched up the March Stash Bee quilt block. Robin is the Queen Bee this month and she requested a block with 16 half square triangles in aqua and white. I made one using ombre fabric that goes from dark to light. I'm not too keen on it though. What do you think?

As usual the photo isn't the best quality. I may end up making another block for her and letting her choose or sending them both. So who watched Downton Abby last night? It was amazing and a very satisfying end to this season. Anyone who is not watching is depriving themselves of a wonderful experience. The dresses, the hats, the decor, the servants and society's all very authentic. There is a man who is an expert on that time in history and he coaches the actors in everything they do to make it conform to the times. For example, the ladies had to sit with their backs perfectly straight at all times. At the big dinner table, when the hostess talked to the person on the right, all the ladies at the table talked to the person on their right. When the hostess turned to the left, so did all the other ladies. It's just so interesting to see how they lived. The story line is good too. Honestly, I never have gone on and on about something on television before. If you haven't watched it and you get a chance, I hope you'll treat yourself! So what's on your plate today? We still have snow and are expecting rain which will turn into ice. I can't wait for spring! Well, have a great week! XOfrom Bev

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Snowed In

I'm having a relaxing Sunday..snowed in. It's only about 3 inches but it's been alternating snow and freezing rain so this Grammy is not going to drive. I am almost out of dog food for Lola (bad planning) so I hope it's better tomorrow. She's not a fan of the snow. I followed her into the kitchen this morning and she was standing with her head out of the doggie door contemplating whether to go out or not. I've been doing Flower Box Sew Along blocks today and some work on the tulip quilt.

I like the fabrics I've chosen but there are some people doing some awesome things with this pattern. There is a lady doing a Christmas quilt and one doing black, white and red.  Lots of people are using Lori Holt's new Flower Box fabrics. It's a fun project. You can get the pattern free at Lori Holt's website HERE. I'm waiting for the last episode of the season for Downton Abby tonight. So what are you guys up to today? Hope your weather is better than ours and you have a great Sunday! XO from Bev and Little Lola

Thursday, February 26, 2015

A Tulip Quilt In Progress...

I stubbornly cling to the belief that this winter is going to end and that spring is going to burst forth in all its glory! This little tulip quilt is a bright, happy reminder of that even though it's dark, gray and going to snow.

Here are the first 3 rows. See those colored squares between the tulip blocks? There are 190 of them in this quilt! Youzer! I just finished cutting them! Thanks to everyone who has written to encourage me through this tough time in my life. I really appreciate you! I was feeling pretty good this morning and then my daughter called and said her dog, Daisy, had died today. Daisy was a beloved family dog that Gina has had since she was a tiny puppy. She was 14 which is old for a big dog. Here is a photo of her 7 years ago when Austin was in junior high. He's in college now.

Here's a photo of Daisy this last Christmas. Wasn't she sweet? She was a good sport:

We knew that she was old and not going to be around much longer but it still hurts. I hope she and Charlie are playing together somewhere. Charlie loved Daisy. We all did. I thought about not blogging about Daisy but this is my life right now. I know followers are dropping away from the "negative old lady" blog. Thanks to those who are staying.Thank you--love you all! XO from Bev

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Low Volume Plus Swap

Hi everyone! Remember me? I haven't blogged in a while because I haven't had anything to say. I've been missing Charlie, been depressed about no money and no job and on and on. I have been on Instagram though and found this fun block swap. It's the Low Volume Plus Swap!

A super easy block that is quick to cut and piece that makes a wonderful looking quilt! You can swap as many blocks as you want and there is no commitment. You just send the amount of blocks you have finished by May 10th (Mother's Day) and you'll get an equal amount back. If you do a block a week, you'll have 12 blocks.  Head on over to Lindsay's blog HERE and see samples of some of the gorgeous quilts people have made using this block. The pattern and swap details are there too. Hope you're having a good week! XO from Bev

Friday, February 20, 2015

Flower Box Sew Along with Free Pattern!

Good morning! Hope you are all doing well. I had my MRI and it wasn't bad at all. It was an "open MRI" which means the machine has no sides. I really freak out with enclosed spaces so I was really apprehensive but it was a good experience. I did keep my eyes closed because the ceiling of the machine is about 5 inches above your face. Also, the technician did 1 to 2 minute sessions with rest in between. The machine wasn't loud either. Some of the MRI machines have a really loud knocking but not this one. So, if you have to get an MRI, I recommend the open MRI. Now, to the fun stuff! Lori Holt has a new Sew Along with Flower Box blocks.

I don't know how she keeps coming up with these easy sew along projects. She is one creative quilt designer. And I'm so proud because this was first on Instagram and I found it. I'm slowly learning about Instagram. Please visit me there-I'm Fabric Woman (I couldn't get my own name..there must be another person out there with my name). Anyway, these are my first blocks. When you cut these blocks, you get two blocks to make with these same fabrics. This is a good pattern to use up your Layer Cakes.

This is really a fun block to make because it's so easy. Lori's directions are very clear and detailed and you can find them HERE. You can go to Instagram and enter #FlowerBoxSewAlong and see everyone's blocks. I hope you have a great Friday! Most of the fabric in the shop is still half price or about $4.50 a yard. Check out the sale stuff HERE. XO Bev

Monday, February 16, 2015

79 Degrees to 21 Degrees in 24 Hours

Have you ever experienced a drop in temperature of 58 degrees in 24 hours? If you have, you might be in Oklahoma! I went from walking around barefoot to being stuck at home because of the ice. sigh... So what to do to raise my spirits? Make some bright, cheerful tulips that remind me of spring!

I feel so sorry to my blog buddies who have tons of probably don't feel sorry for me at all! Thanks to everyone who left their opinion about the border fabric for my Great Granny quilt. It was so interesting to see what you do in that situation.

Lola's collar was getting pretty gross so I made her a few more yesterday. I used to sell them but some people were having them made in China and they became hard to sell for the price I needed. I thought I'd show you some of the ones I made for Lola last week.

 Something bright for spring.

Something for when it snows.

One for the Easter season:

Another for summer:

I've been spoiling Lola because Charlie's final sickness took up so much time. I thought about trying to sell collars again but I don't know if I could make enough money to make it worthwhile. Well, I'm off to try to figure out how to make some money. Etsy sales are way off, even though almost everything is half price and my Farmer's Wife quilt hasn't sold. Well, have a wonderful day! XO from Bev

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day! I have a question for you!

Happy Valentine's Day! I hope you have something romantic planned. I know you're probably sick of seeing my Great Granny blocks but I have a question. Please let me know what you would do because you are the experts in the field of quilting (you know you are)! Here's a collage of some of the blocks:

I'll be using a border fabric that has a directional print. My question to you is, when you use a directional print on the border, do you cut it all in one direction (which will give the quilt a top to bottom look) or do you run it parallel to each side? I hope that question make sense. Here's the fabric I'm using for the border:

So what direction would you cut the fabric to border this quilt? Thanks for helping me out with this! What have you been up to? Today the temp is going to be 70 and tomorrow it's going to be 30. Crazy weather. I haven't had my MRI yet because of the way things are scheduled now. I cannot get an MRI in a regular machine! So I requested an Open MRI. Well, that's not in my "system" so my doctor had to make a special request and it's taking forever. It finally was scheduled for Wednesday. Things are getting more complicated every day in the medical field from the patient's point of view. 

Have a happy day! Please visit me on Instagram (click on the little camera in the left column at the top-I'm FabricWoman) and follow. I'm trying to get the hang of it. The biggest issue for me is getting decent photos on my phone. I know, story of my life. Thanks for helping me out with my border issue! XO from Bev