Thursday, January 16, 2020

Urban Log Cabin FINISH

it is another Finished ( or Not) Finished Friday - and!!

My Urban Log Cabin... now fits in the FINISH category!!

 Ta Da!!

I even made my Quilt Holders help me take its photo in the wild.... okay... really on the ranch - but you know....

It's wild right??

This pattern is called Urban Log Cabin

By Atkinson Designs

I used a Kaffe Fasset Jelly roll and black as the background.

I just love those bright colors!
They make me happy!
and they make me think of spring
( don't laugh - we still have snow and Ice from our Thanksgiving Blizzards around here

I had 6 extra blocks
I don't know if that was my math or just extras - 
so I put them into the back!

and a close up of the quilting
you know you wanted to see it!

Many of you know I run a Mystery Quilt of Valor group
Our group had problems on the Yahoo platform so we moved
you can now find it here:
You may want to come join us - a new mystery
( only found on the Groups page)
Starts next week

And now!
It is time for you to link up!!

1. Link up your own Finish ( or almost finished) 

2. Please don't link things that aren't even a project that you are working on.

3. Use the direct link to your blog post or IG photo - generics will start to be removed... sorry about that - but it is hard to search for the correct post later in the week.

4. Play along and visit other pages - I try to visit all of them! its fun to see so much quilty inspiration!


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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Hugging our Veterans ( with a Quilt of Valor)

Colorado has started 2020 with a Bang!!
We have been hugging and wrapping Veterans Touched by War with their Quilts of Valor right off the bat!! I LOVE it!! and I LOVE the opportunity to thank our Veterans!

this group of Veterans ranged from Korea to our Current Conflicts - and we love hearing their stories.
One gentleman met his wife through his combat buddy while in Vietnam - and they were so sweet. The Veteran on the far right has 4 sons currently serving!

This group ( above) are all Vietnam Veterans. And they were AWESOME!!!  It was fun for me as a lot of the quilts awarded were former Mysteries that I have written - Big Star County on the far right, The Patriot ( two times, right and left side) as well as Mosaic on the sitting Veterans Lap.....  It made my heart double happy.

This man stole my heart
I decided he should be mine! This gentleman was so kind and sweet and he told us the story of his service during WWII. I tell you what! That was a treat. 

Jan ( a group leader in Aurora) and Sandy ( a group leader in Parker)
Put on an award ceremony too - and I was lucky to invite a Veteran and get to attend.
Oh My Stars

It was awesome.
There was a family of 4 Combat Veterans ( Mom and Dad - Airforce - the 2 sons - Marines)

This image was send to me
and It touched my heart.

If you are looking to make a Quilt for a Cause this year
I suggest Quilts of Valor

I have been involved now for 16 years almost 17 ( since late 2003)
And it floors me - I don't think I have stuck with one other quilt thing that long - 
But I have made a ton of Veteran Friends
and knowing how much these quilts have helped them heal, helped them deal, and given them a hug

Makes me want to award as many Quilts of Valor to as many Veterans touched by war as we can.

Linking to:
Mid Week Makers

Friday, January 10, 2020

SSSSQ Scrappy Finish - a TRUE COMPLETE Finish this time!!

It's a real finish, a complete finish, a ... I put it on my bed last night finish!!! Yay!!!

This is the Super Summer Sensational Scrappy Quilt designed by Kevin the Quilter... 

I bound it, and I photographed it in the Wild, and I washed it -
Just so you know - this tree was not very helpful in holding the quilt up - But I wanted an outdoor photo before the temps started dropping.

And now - I have one more complete finish on my list!
Let's see yours!!


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Can I get a Whoop Whoop
TGIF Friday at Slice of Pi

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

30's repro Scraps for you?

You will not believe this... but !

I started organizing under my ironing board
( Because I couldn't stuff another thing under there and I really wanted too!)

And I found these:

My friend Deb made a Quilt - I made a quilt - and now ... I think YOU should make a quilt with them..

Anyone interested?

If so leave me a comment - if you are the only one they are yours!
More than 1 person - I will draw Thursday at 3pm
and they will be winging there (their??) to you.....

PS Comment must be made here ... on this blog... not a private message, or a fb message or an IG message... I am too NOT organized for that ;-)

and thank you for helping me create a hole to be able to put my RSC 2020 projects in .... and my husband thanks you so that I don't make him build more storage ....

Entries are closed!! Cathy at  they are all yours!!
Thanks guys!!

Monday, January 06, 2020

Barton Family Wineries

One of the trips we went on sent us in to the wine county of California- Paso Robles CA!

And here was the cool thing.... a friend that I grew up with.... Tammy... met up with us, and she was telling us all about her family winery! we went to elementary school together ( altho I am certain that she and I just graduated from 8th grade!!!)

Tammy and I had a great catch up and since we were heading over to the coast - we stopped at her Family Winery - called Barton Family Wineries. Oh My Gosh!! This was so fun!!!

I am not a professional Wine Connoisseur at all - but we had the best time at their place!

Doesn't that just look Inviting?
It felt homey and relaxing to me!

We settled in to the tasting room and tasted 5 different wines - all made there on their campus.
They explained how they made each one, and what grapes were in which, and why.

All of them either grown on their farm or sourced from farms right near them
Too Cool!

We got to sit out on a deck and see the grapes grow.

Just so you know we live in farm country and farmers tell us they can hear the corn grow...
I believe them - so Why not grapes??

We are still learning to take selfies without  Little bit, who has selfie sticks for arms

isn't that just relaxing?

Oh my gosh - and the funniest thing?
We are doing our little wine tasting
Another couple comes in and they start talking about where they are from.
the man is a teacher and he is talking about where he teaches
So very cautiously I say 
Do you know  DP?
And he says Oh my Gosh!! I love him - I have learned so much from him!!

So I text my Cousin DP and tell him who I met....
Small world right?

( and also good to know that people like DP ... ha ha)

We bought a few bottles of wine
and brought them back with us to Colorado to share with my Parents

My Dad and Mr Barton were long time friends
and that was fun to have a little bit of the Old Home
brought to the New Home

Friday, January 03, 2020

Quilts in the Wild

Happy New Year!!
and Welcome to the first Finished ( or NOT) Finished Friday for 2020!!

How many of you have already written 2019?
It takes a while 

This is my Finish for this Friday

and I am Subtitling it 
"Quilts in the Wild"

And of course!
there is a story.

For Christmas I asked for a Backpack. The one I use for our trips is 100 years old ( sorry Dad... didn't mean to throw you under the bus haha) and an external frame, and I think it might be old.

So I asked for a fancier internal frame, and that is what I got.
( exactly what I asked for too , I should add)
BUT! you have to start testing your equipment early, and practice adding weight to it.

So I did.... with this quilt!
and when we got to a spot that had not been touched - 
I made the guys go one way, and I went another
and  then I took its picture!

And they all laughed at me and said 
Did you really pack that along just to get a photo?

how little they understand us quilters right?

See them trying to not drop it?
Well! That is because it is for Wrangler Man.

When all of the kids were home, we pulled out their Christmas quilts and they all snuggled in them, and my poor dear Husband said.... Whaaaa - I need my own quilt. 

Years ago ( I am not telling how many years ago - but.... well the 32nd NFL team was added)
I participated in an NFL teams swap
I , obviously, was the Bronco person.

and I remembered all of these 10 inch squares
so!  I pulled them out and said - will this do for a quilt? 
and he laid all the block out according to something to do with the AFC and the NFC 
and now!!
He has his own quilt!
( which by my count is actually his 4th quilt... but he says who is counting!)

Now!! it is your turn - share your finishes with us all  - and let us Ohh and ahh
Please remember to provide a direct link to the specific blog post please ;-)   ( and ... it would be great if you would link back to this page for others to see too )


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Linked to TGIF Friday at Devoted quilter
Can I get a Whoop Whoop  at Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Monday, December 30, 2019

Christmas Horses ( or chore time on Christmas Day)

Event though we think we are on vacation... the animals do not agree, and they still demand to be fed, and worked , and given some attention to..... So while my Nephew and Brother in Law were training some of the colts.... I attracted them....

He thought I had food!  He was orphaned when he was 3 days old, and I think... he doesn't remember that he is a horse, and he comes so close!  ( he also tries to eat your jackets.... just beware... he is still being trained about that!)

Working the colts in the round pen.

My Nephew needs to get 30 rides on him this month,
and this was ride 3 on this colt.

He does a lot of ground work before getting on them,
and it totally pays off

He had this colt stopping and backing really good after only 3 rides.

Then we have to head out and feed all the mares.
The mares stay in closer pastures during the winter so they can be watched more.

but!!  They like to go over the ditch ( for water) and play hide and seek
so we drive the truck towards them,

and then they come running to our side.
Goof balls

Most of all the young colts were born in May 2019
but somehow this mare escaped the breeding program
and her baby was born in September (above)- so she is special ;-)

I was still in the truck and this one wasn't sure what to make of me
She didn't know if I would feed her from the seat, or if she should ignore me!!

and this one just made me laugh!
She sorta has an attitude right??

I wish that I would have taken my big camera this day...
It was just beautiful and sunny out - but, All I remembered was my cell phone.
And they are not too bad, but you know... I just love that big camera!

Hope you all Had a Merry Christmas!!

We took a special trip to Denver to see a Special Santa's Helper.
This year, my Horse Shoer got into the act,
and you know - he is pretty much family - I have known him forever and a few days,
so it was fun to get our photo with him

You can learn more about them at Come to the Source sale if you want. If you are into blood lines - they are all Blue Valentine and Joe Hancock Horses... and they are hard working horses.

Linked to:
Our World Tuesday

Friday, December 27, 2019

Patriotic Eagle is now.... a Top!!

Happy Friday!!
I hope you all have had a wonderful week and!
maybe even had a special Christmas Dinner ( or two!)

and maybe you even have a Finish to brag about???

This is my Finish... It is just a top - but hey - that's a finish of a stage right??  I really like how this one turned out - I sorta had the vision in my head.... but the colors really make that Eagles Flag pop! 
( okay that is my opinion... ha ha ... maybe you don't agree!)

and you will note!  I have a trusty Quilt holder back in my life.... I actually have 3 of them for a short period... kinda makes me wish I had more finishes to photograph......

Alright! It is your turn - Link up your Finishes... and please provide a direct link so those slowpokes like me can go to the direct post ;-)


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Linking to:
Confessions of a Fabric Addict
TGIF Friday at Anja Quilts
From Bolt to Beauty

Thursday, December 19, 2019

A Quilt of Valor Finish... for Finished (or Not) Friday!!

Happy Last Friday before Christmas!!!

This means - you are ready, you are done, you can sit back and have some fun.... or at least that is what I keep telling myself ;-)

Welcome to Finished (Or not) finished Friday!!

This is my Finish for this week!  I kinda like it! I love Eagles, and funnily enough - before I took this photo an eagle was flying overhead , but he wouldn't land for me! *sigh*

This is a Quilt of Valor

We still have snow on the ground from our Thanksgiving Blizzards
and in the afternoon when the ice on the roads ( dirt roads on the backside of the ranch)
has turned to water..... your white car gets REALLY dirty!
( just thought you would want to know)

Now it is your turn!
Link up your direct post
and it would be great if you included a link back here 
so that others can see all the good things!!


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Linking to:
Confessions of a fabric Addict
TGIF at Home Sewn by Us

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Patriotic Eagle .... a Panel

A way long time ago.... but at least it was in this year... I showed you some panels that I had purchased for Quilts of Valor....

Here is where I am on this one:

I think I know where I am going with it.... you better stay tuned to see if that is really where I end up going with it!! .... right?

I am really starting to like these panels for the Quilts... I have always admired what others can do with them.... hadn't really thought much about what I could do with them.....

linking to:
Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt
Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts

What I made Monday