We are On Fire! Fire Island Hosta “part 2”

For those of you that follow the blog you will remember I taught a fabulous group of quilters way back in January at The Wimberley Quilt Ranch.  Our quilt of choice was Fire Island Hosta.  If you want to re-visit that blog post click HERE!

The end of June found me back at the Quilt Ranch and this will be a 2-part post.  This is part 1 (well part 2 of the Fire Island Hosta, part 1 of the June Retreat!)  This retreat was for “Beginners and Finishers!”  We had 2 finishers from our January retreat and I would like to highlight those quilts here along with “Lucy’s” Fire Island Hosta which is HOT OFF the Long Arm!  I had so much fun quilting her quilt – I love whimsical quilting and her quilt was just the key for some of that fun!

So here is to our Fire Island Finishers!

Click here to get your pattern!  What to join us for a retreat?  I have several on the schedule!

Mary's finish!  I am so excited for Mary!  Her 2nd Paper-pieced quilt!  She also got her borders on her quilt during the retreat but I did not get a photo!  (She also started another quilt - see part 2)

Mary’s finish! I am so excited for Mary! Her 2nd Paper-pieced quilt! She also got her borders on her quilt during the retreat but I did not get a photo! (She also started another quilt – see part 2)

Diane's finish!  Her colors were scrumptious!  She added a little 3d accent around her leaves to make them stand out a little more!

Diane’s finish! Her colors were scrumptious! She added a little 3d accent around her leaves to make them stand out a little more!

And now to "Lucy's" quilt.  Lucy is also known as Ronda!  She is the fuel provider at our Wimberley Retreats AND she is the owner of a fabulous retreat center in LaPorte TX - learn more here!

And now to “Lucy’s” quilt. Lucy is also known as Ronda! She is the fuel provider at our Wimberley Retreats AND she is the owner of a fabulous retreat center in LaPorte TX – learn more here!

Quilting Photos!

Quilting Photos!

Quilting Photos!

Quilting Photos!

Quilting Photos! - See the dark outline around her leaves?  That is piping!!!

Quilting Photos! – See the dark outline around her leaves? That is piping!!!

Quilting Photos!

Quilting Photos!

Quilting Photos!

Quilting Photos!

Quilting Photos!

Quilting Photos!

Sometimes I think I must have the best “job” around!  Thanks to all of you for being part of the fun!

Dee

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Into the Woods!

Once Upon a Time – a long, long, long time ago……..

Well really it was just May, but that seems a long time ago!  Where is 2015 going?

Oh yes, back to my tale…..  Little Toot was in a PLAY!  And she had not one, but TWO minor parts!  And she was the cutest bluebird and granny I ever did see!

In Webster, TX there is a hidden treasure for aspiring young actors and actresses – Upstage Arts!  You should really check them out!

Hubby and I were quite impressed with several of the young voices in this group – these kids were really amazing!

Not acting!  Just Snarky!

Not acting! Just Snarky!

Hamming it up when she sees us taking photos!

Hamming it up when she sees us taking photos!

Jack needed an old-fashioned toy - my daughter-in-law pulled out a little horse grandpa had made for Little Toot a few years back!

Jack needed an old-fashioned toy – my daughter-in-law pulled out a little horse grandpa had made for Little Toot a few years back!

When she exited the tent; her wig stayed inside so she was trying to adjust while saying her lines.....

When she exited the tent; her wig stayed inside so she was trying to adjust while saying her lines…..

Hoping no one notices!

Hoping no one notices!

In character - well being a character!

In character – well she is being a character!

This cow costume was resurrected from a years-old performance - it reminded us of our old dog - I LOVED the COW!!!

This cow costume was resurrected from a years-old performance – it reminded us of our old dog – I LOVED the COW!!!

The cow tries to take a bow!

The cow tries to take a bow!

Grandpa goes behind the scenes to capture some of the group cast shots!

Grandpa goes behind the scenes to capture some of the group cast shots!

Grandpa goes behind the scenes to capture some of the group cast shots!

Grandpa goes behind the scenes to capture some of the group cast shots!

Grandpa goes behind the scenes to capture some of the group cast shots!

Grandpa goes behind the scenes to capture some of the group cast shots!

Grandpa goes behind the scenes to capture some of the group cast shots!

Grandpa goes behind the scenes to capture some of the group cast shots!

Precious!

Precious!

She is a hammmmmmmm!

She is a hammmmmmmm!

Grandpa goes behind the scenes to capture some of the group cast shots!

Grandpa goes behind the scenes to capture some of the group cast shots!

Granny with Granny!

Granny with Granny!

What!?

What!?

The girl loves flowers!

The girl loves flowers!

I love to watch her interact....

I love to watch her interact….

and just watch her.....

and just watch her…..

It was late; she was tired! The adrenaline was wearing down....

It was late; she was tired!
The adrenaline was wearing down….

Theatrical words to live by......

Theatrical words to live by……

Life is short – do what you love and love what you do!

Dee

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When it is raining in Houston………

Get on a boat! And sail the high seas with a bunch of fun quilters!

A special thanks to Veronica Cox of Bear Threads Designs for coordinating of our Quilters Cruise!

I would also like to acknowledge the minute of silence held on the ship to remember the reason we have Memorial Day!  Several tributes were held through-out the ship during our week on board!  The folks in TX were always on our mind as the state experienced un-precedented flooding over the Memorial Weekend and days that followed!

Our view as we were getting ready to leave Galveston in a drizzly rain on board The Navigator of the Seas for 7 days of fun packed sewing, sight-seeing and sipping!  (Be sure to read to the end as you will not want to miss the final photo!)!

Who else sees flying geese?

Who else sees flying geese?

Our first full day at sea was a class taught by Winnie Fleming.  All of her kits were pre-cut and the students got right down to sewing!  Our machines were Janome Horizon machines and were provided by Scott from Citrus Sewing Center of Ocala, FL.

The blocks and setting for the quilt Winnie chose for her class!  Made with Hoffman Bali Pops, pre-cut by Winnie to the perfect size for piecing the blocks!

The blocks and setting for the quilt Winnie chose for her class! Made with Hoffman Bali Pops, pre-cut by Winnie to the perfect size for piecing the blocks!

Another pretty one!

Another pretty one!

This photo is straight - the quilt on the design wall?  Not so straight!  Were the seas that rough?

This photo is straight – the quilt on the design wall? Not so straight! Were the seas that rough?

Kat photo bombing!

Kat photo bombing!

One of 7 Linda's hard at work!

One of 7 Linda’s hard at work!

Sara's quilt is going to be fabulous!

Sara’s quilt is going to be fabulous!

The evening class was taught by Susie Seed, she is an educator for Sulky!  She had a fun project called split personality and students were able to try all kinds of threads and stitches while constructing their projects.

Susie Seed - Sulky Educator!  And a fun lady!

Susie Seed – Sulky Educator! And a fun lady!

Split Personalities - make two faces, slice them down the middle, swap them around and you have a split personality!

Split Personalities – make two faces, slice them down the middle, swap them around and you have a split personality!

Split Personalities - make two faces, slice them down the middle, swap them around and you have a split personality!

Split Personalities – make two faces, slice them down the middle, swap them around and you have a split personality!

Split Personalities - make two faces, slice them down the middle, swap them around and you have a split personality!

Split Personalities – make two faces, slice them down the middle, swap them around and you have a split personality!

Split Personalities - make two faces, slice them down the middle, swap them around and you have a split personality!

Split Personalities – make two faces, slice them down the middle, swap them around and you have a split personality!

Split Personalities - make two faces, slice them down the middle, swap them around and you have a split personality!

Split Personalities – make two faces, slice them down the middle, swap them around and you have a split personality!

Split Personalities - make two faces, slice them down the middle, swap them around and you have a split personality!

Split Personalities – make two faces, slice them down the middle, swap them around and you have a split personality!

Split Personalities - make two faces, slice them down the middle, swap them around and you have a split personality!

Split Personalities – make two faces, slice them down the middle, swap them around and you have a split personality!

My day to teach did not arrive until day 5 of the cruise, after 3 port days, Cozumel, Belize and Roatan.  I was worried my students would be worn-out by this point as they had had a busy several days so far.  But, my fears were quickly set aside, they were all excited and ready to jump in and learn something new!  Only 1 photo from my class because I was having too much fun sharing my passion for paper-piecing!

The quilt I taught on the cruise.  Landscape Table Runner - The only photo I took during the class!

The quilt I taught on the cruise. Landscape Table Runner – The only photo I took during the class!

There is so much to do on the ship!

When we weren’t sewing or sleeping, we were sight-seeing or enjoying ship performances. I did not take photos at most of the performances, we saw an ice-skating show, a tribute broadway, karaoke, comedians and lounge acts.     My favorite was when the staff performed on the promenade with a tribute to the 70’s including The Village People!  If I had not been laughing so hard I might have been able to snap some photos!

On the promenade getting ready for the circus parade

On the promenade getting ready for the circus parade

One of the interior cabins, someone was peeking out to watch the parade.  Hubby and I had a cabin on deck 2 (by the ice-skating rink)

One of the interior cabins, someone was peeking out to watch the parade. Hubby and I had a cabin on deck 2 (by the ice-skating rink)

Some of the circus parade performers

Some of the circus parade performers

The camera setting was just a tad off!

The camera setting was just a tad off!

Highlights from our excursion to Cozumel….

Our first port was Cozumel, I had been here a very long time ago, probably over 30 years ago.  The island has really grown up.  It has a community college, a Sam's store and lots of restaurants and shopping.

Our first port was Cozumel, I had been here a very long time ago, probably over 30 years ago. The island has really grown up. It has a community college, a Sam’s store and lots of restaurants and shopping.

We chose a short Mayan Ruins tour and scenic overview.

We chose a short Mayan Ruins tour and scenic overview.

We chose a short Mayan Ruins tour and scenic overview.

We chose a short Mayan Ruins tour and scenic overview.

All of the stones for the ruins were "mined" from underground tunnels!  There are miles and miles of tunnels under the island where the stones used to be!

All of the stones for the ruins were “mined” from underground tunnels! There are miles and miles of tunnels under the island where the stones used to be!

The scenic overview!  This side of the island is still in it's natural form except for a couple of roadside tourist shops.  No resorts etc.

The scenic overview! This side of the island is still in its natural form except for a couple of roadside tourist shops. No resorts etc.

My handsome man!

My handsome man!

We are back on board the ship - watching other passengers que up to board.

We are back on board the ship – watching other passengers que up to board.

2 smaller carnival ships were also in port.

2 smaller carnival ships were also in port.

Our group after the 2nd formal dinner.  A big thank you to my husband for being our photographer!

Our group after dinner Friday evening!

Our group after dinner Friday evening!

Our group after dinner Friday evening!

Our group after dinner Friday evening!

 

Our group after dinner Friday evening!

Our group after dinner Friday evening!

We skipped early dinner one evening which meant I got to see a sunset!

I may not have dipped my toes in the ocean or the pool BUT I did see ONE sunset!

I may not have dipped my toes in the ocean or the pool BUT I did see ONE sunset!

Sipping with our 3 favorite bartenders!  Thanks Alice, Elle and Juana for keeping us entertained and “hydrated!”  Our favorite place on the ship was the R Bar winding down with friends!

Alice!  Classic beauty and charm!  And a GREAT bartender!

Alice! Classic beauty and charm! And a GREAT bartender!

Elle preparing cocktails!

Elle preparing cocktails!

Shaken!

Shaken!

Double-Time!

Double-Time!

Juana - the boss!  After giving the girls several dark chocolate bars we were in big trouble because they stayed up til the wee morning hours!

Juana – the boss! After giving the girls several dark chocolate bars we were in big trouble because they stayed up til the wee morning hours!

A whole lot of shaking going on!

A whole lot of shaking going on!

They know when to stir it and when to shake it!

They know when to stir it and when to shake it!

The essence of Juana!

The essence of Juana!

Winnie, Linda and Me posing in the big framed chair - time for a little unwind!

Winnie, Linda and Me posing in the big framed chair – time for a little unwind!

Kat joins the party!

Kat joins the party!

Then we added Kathy!

Then we added Kathy!

And the party just keeps growing!

And the party just keeps growing!

Hubster was feeling left out!

Hubster was feeling left out!

What a fun time we had!

Now who is ready for the next cruise?

When?  May 28, 2016

Where?  ALASKA!!!!

 

 

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What is Red and Black and Quilted!

Debbie’s Quilt is…..

A friend and piecer from Clear Lake made this beautiful quilt top and asked me to be her quilter!  Her quilt was flat and very well pieced and pressed nicely too!  3 of my favorite things when I am getting ready to quilt a quilt.

Her backing was also large enough which ALWAYS makes me happy!

I love feathers, in case you have noticed!  And of course Debbie’s quilt spoke to me and said “feathers please”.  How could I refuse?

The overall quilt - fabulous!

The overall quilt – fabulous!

A second view of the overall

A second view of the overall

Closer up of the center

Closer up of the center

Quilting in center setting squares

Quilting in center setting squares

The center stars

The center stars

Outer setting squares and borders

Outer setting squares and borders

Happy Monday!

Dee

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Woolgathering on a Tuesday

I have a few random thoughts and photos to share with you today!

First sending thoughts and prayers to those who are struggling with things that are beyond their control.  You are loved and it will take some time, but it will get better.  Life is truly good!  But dang some of those bumps in the road are extreme!

I am constantly reminded how amazing God is – we see evidence all around us, but it is the daily reminders that I cherish!

On Monday, March 16th we closed on the sale of our “old” house.  We lived there 18 years and made so many memories there!  As we drove east on I-10 towards Houston there was the most amazing pre-sunrise.  The sky was red in between the clouds.  Hubby was driving so I pulled out my camera and tried to capture it.  You can see the color even with all the noise in the photo.

Sunrise traveling east on I-10 in the early hours of March 16th.

Sunrise traveling east on I-10 in the early hours of March 16th.

Later that week I was invited to my friend’s house for a quilt retreat.  There is nothing like time spent with friends that are family!

Each time this little guy would come out we would stop sewing and chatting to just enjoy him.

Swiper!

Swiper!

Swiper!

Swiper!

And the sunsets at her house are phenomenal

Here is the first evening

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And here is the second evening – caught at the perfect moment!

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While I was there I worked on my Paradise in Blooms Quilt – my goal was to have it done!  Ha Ha Ha – I did get the center all done, not completely assembled yet though.  Now I am piecing the outer border to make it queen size.  Maybe this weekend will see a finish!

Laying it out after adding the appliqué

Laying it out after adding the appliqué

Stamp of approval from Ripsy!

Stamp of approval from Ripsy!

Had to move to the other room to see it with the baskets - Ripsy likes this too!

Had to move to the other room to see it with the baskets – Ripsy likes this too!

This past weekend I was teaching at a quilt til you wilt at “Country Living Quilts!”  To see photos go check out their Facebook page!  (Or mine, I will post some phone photos there too!)  I arrived home early Sunday evening, as hubby showed me what he had worked on I noticed the moon and Venus? Grabbed the camera and caught this.

A sliver moon and is that Venus?  I know nothing of astronomy!  Sorry folks!

A sliver moon and is that Venus? I know nothing of astronomy! Sorry folks!

And then this morning as I stood at the quilting machine I spied with my little eye the red stag deer.  They were playing on one of our sand piles.  I hope you enjoy!

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Now that I have shared these I can gather some more wool to share later!

Have a great week and maybe I will see you again here in the cyber world before the week is over!

Dee

PS – Timeless Treasures shared my blog tutorial – they have a very nice blog here is the main page so you can see the recent topics!

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A little bit of amish – with a twist!

Earlier this week Shirley and I met up at the dealership while I was waiting for them to complete my oil change and a minor recall issue so I could give her a quilted quilt!  That means now that she has it in her possession I get to share with you!

Full view of the quilt - lovely batiks!

Full view of the quilt – lovely batiks!

Some of the individual blocks....

Some of the individual blocks….

Some of the individual blocks....

Some of the individual blocks….

Some of the individual blocks....

Some of the individual blocks….

Border applique

Border applique

Border cornerstone

Border cornerstone

Feathers in the border with variegated thread - king tut!

Feathers in the border with variegated thread – king tut!

I love quilts with dark backgrounds – Amish with a Twist is a great quilt and this one was done as part of the block of the month program at Pinwheels and Posies in Dickinson, TX.

What are you working on this weekend?  I will be at a retreat with friends working on my Paradise in Blooms.  Stay tuned for photos next week!  Would you like more information on Paradise in Blooms?  Click HERE!

Dee

 

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Paddlewheel Part II

This post is part II of II, to view the first post click HERE.

Today we are piecing our “paddlewheel” blocks, adding our accent border and assembling our quilt top.

The complete written instructions were included in 2 fabulous magazine articles for spring 2015.  The articles introduce you to Quiltworx.com and the Niemeyer family.  All fabrics for my quilt top were donated by Timeless Treasures and part of the “Reclaimed West” collection designed by Judy and Judel Niemeyer.

Now we will continue with the tutorial…

You need (12) 6 1/2" squares in varying colors per your color layout.  These MUST be cut accurately, they are not for paper-piecing.

You need (12) 6 1/2″ squares in varying colors per your color layout. These MUST be cut accurately, they are not for paper-piecing.

You need (8) 1 1/2" x 10" strips - these are the accent pieces for the paddle's.

You need (8) 1 1/2″ x 10″ strips – these are the accent pieces for the paddle’s.

8 1/2" square - you need a total of 8 of these in various colors per your color layout.  These are used for paper-piecing so they can be approx. 8 1/2"

8 1/2″ square – you need a total of 8 of these in various colors per your color layout. These are used for paper-piecing so they can be approx. 8 1/2″

Cut the 8 1/2" squares once on the diagonal

Cut the 8 1/2″ squares once on the diagonal

Take one of your triangles from your 8 1/2" squares and lightly glue the WRONG side of the fabric to the WRONG side of the paper.

Take one of your triangles from your 8 1/2″ squares and lightly glue the WRONG side of the fabric to the WRONG side of the paper.

Using your folding template, fold on SOLID line 1, then use your add-a-quarter ruler to trim away the excess fabric and create your 1/4" seam allowance.

Using your folding template, fold on SOLID line 1, then use your add-a-quarter ruler to trim away the excess fabric and create your 1/4″ seam allowance.

Slide the accent fabric (1 1/2" x 10") under the piece you just trimmed.  This fabric should be RIGHT side up!

Slide the accent fabric (1 1/2″ x 10″) under the piece you just trimmed. This fabric should be RIGHT side up!

Go to your machine and sew on SOLID line 1

Go to your machine and stitch on SOLID line 1

Then press - this is what it will look like.

Then press – this is what it will look like.

Using your folding template, now fold on SOLID line 2

Using your folding template, now fold on SOLID line 2

Use your add-a-quarter ruler and trim away the excess accent fabric.

Use your add-a-quarter ruler and trim away the excess accent fabric.

Slide the appropriate color triangle RIGHT side up under the piece you just trimmed (in my example this is the yellow with trees).

Slide the appropriate color triangle RIGHT side up under the piece you just trimmed (in my example this is the yellow with trees).  Stitch on SOLID line 2.

Press  and now you are ready to trim.

Press and now you are ready to trim.

Carefully trim on the outside line on all sides of your block

Carefully trim on the outside line on all sides of your block

The finished block

The finished block all trimmed up and ready!

On the design wall (or floor) layout your quilt - adjust the blocks as necessary.  At this point I like to take a photo with my phone; just in case I mix something up!

On the design wall (or floor) layout your quilt – adjust the blocks as necessary. At this point I like to take a photo with my phone; just in case I mix something up!

Now you are ready to start pulling paper off.  Start with Section 10 and work your way back to section 1.  I like to use my fingernail to hold the stitches at the beginning so they do not pull apart as I remove the paper.

Now you are ready to start pulling paper off. Start with Section 10 and work your way back to section 1. I like to use my fingernail to hold the stitches at the beginning so they do not pull apart as I remove the paper.

Carefully progress through the block.

Carefully progress through the block.

Once the paper is all removed; I place my block back on the design wall in it's proper place.

Once the paper is all removed; I place my block back on the design wall in it’s proper place.

Sew the first 2 pairs together and press counter-clockwise from the back.  Now sew the 2 pairs together to make a 4-patch.  BEFORE pressing you need to "unsew" a few stitches so we can spin the center so it lays very flat and will nestle with the next set of seams.

Sew the first 2 pairs together and press counter-clockwise from the back. Now stitch the 2 pairs together to make a 4-patch. BEFORE pressing you need to “un-sew” a few stitches so we can spin the center so it lays very flat and will nestle with the next set of seams.

Carefully unsew to the seam you just sewed and now you will be able to spin the center and ALL of the seams can be pressed counter-clockwise.

Carefully un-sew to the seam you just sewed and now you will be able to spin the center and ALL of the seams can be pressed counter-clockwise.

Another sample - prior to "spin"

Another sample – prior to “spin”

Un-Sew to the seam you just stitched and now you can spin - I like to leave the threads to prevent the threads from attempting to un-sew themselves anymore.

Un-Sew to the seam you just stitched and now you can spin – I like to leave the threads to prevent the threads from attempting to un-sew themselves anymore.

And here are your 4 quadrants all sewn

And here are your 4 quadrants all sewn

You will repeat the "un-sew and spin" step as you sew your quadrants together.

You will repeat the “un-sew and spin” step as you sew your quadrants together.

Now we have 2 halves

Now we have 2 halves

And with our final seam the center is done.  Don't forget to "un-sew and spin" this final seam.

And with our final seam the center is done. Don’t forget to “un-sew and spin” this final seam.

NOW for my favorite part!  I use this technique anytime I want to add a “skinny” accent border.  I don’t have to do any math as I am not changing the size of any existing pieces, I am just overlaying an accent piece.  Find a project and TRY THIS – you will love it!

Take your 1 1/2" x 27" strips, carefully press in half lengthwise - WRONG sides together

Take your 1 1/2″ x 27″ strips, carefully press in half lengthwise – WRONG sides together

Pressed

Pressed

Line up the raw edge of your quilt center with the bottom raw edge of your accent and glue (or pin) together

Line up the raw edge of your quilt center with the bottom raw edge of your accent and glue (or pin) together

This photo shows the two glued together - do not glue the accent closed!

This photo shows the two glued together – do not glue the accent closed!

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Go to your machine and with a normal stitch length - sew right in the fold

Go to your machine and with a normal stitch length – stitch right in the fold

See my stitches?  Once you have completed the sewing on 2 sides of your top, press accent in half again so it lays flat.  Then add the last 2 sides of accent to your quilt center

See my stitches? Once you have completed the sewing on 2 sides of your top, press accent in half again so it lays flat. Then add the last 2 sides of accent to your quilt center

Here I am getting ready to glue the last 2 sides to the quilt center

Here I am getting ready to glue the last 2 sides to the quilt center

This photo shows the center with the accent pieces added.

This photo shows the center with the accent pieces added.

Now sew the side blocks together and the top/bottom blocks together.

Now stitch the side blocks together and the top/bottom blocks together.

Sew the sides on to your quilt center

Sew the sides on to your quilt center

Add the last 2 borders and you have finished your quilt top.

Add the last 2 borders and you have finished your quilt top.

I hope you find this tutorial helpful!  I hope you will no longer be intimidated by paper-piecing!  You can click here to shop for a pattern and get started on your project today!

Dee

 

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