Saturday, November 11, 2017

Barbara Hartman - Transcendent Quilting

Our next stop on the Cross Timbers Artists' Studio Tour is at the home of Barbara Hartman.  I have my fingers crossed that it will not be busy here either and we will get a chance to really spend some quality time together.  My wish is granted and when we arrive, we are the only ones touring.  I am able to hand over the cheese from Richard Gatti and watch as she lights up when she realizes what it is.  How fun.  She then takes us into the front room where her quilt (that I JUST saw in Houston) is proudly being displayed.  It is entitled Autumn Evening and won the blue ribbon for Art-Naturescapes.  Woohoo.  I did take a picture of it while there but held onto it hoping to use it in this post as today has been planned since October.  All the stars aligned and I am able to take another picture with her in it.  Perfect.  I ask if I can touch it as no one gets to do that at Festival.  She gives permission for them all to be touched, turned over, and thoroughly learned from.  I am in heaven.

Lake Trail Studio Handwovens Tour

At the end of last month, we discovered the  Huffhines Art Trails Festival and met Richard and Gloria Gatti.  It was such a treat and they invited us to tour their studio today.  Ya'll know I am not one to turn an opportunity like that down so after a quick breakfast at home, we are on the road up to Double Oak.  They are part of the Artist's Studio Tour that is taking place in the Cross Timbers area and I have my fingers cross that if we get there right when it starts, we will have some time without crowds around.  It works and ours is the lone car in the driveway.  Let's go learn about weaving.

The entrance to the studio is at the back of the house where a wonderful garden and greenhouse occupy space on the property.  Oooooh, I wish.  As we walk up to the door, many of their products are displayed for sale.  It is those dish towels that I am really after.  I have wanted one every since Huffhines.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Houston!!! Year Two Day 3

And just like that, it is our last morning here.  Goodness but that time flew by.  We are already talking next year though and that makes my heart sing.  Debi has joined us for breakfast and we are literally chomping at the bit for the show to open.  Why is time standing so still?

Okay, that's it.  We can't take it anymore and it's time to walk over there.  A quick picture by the elevators and we miss not one, but two different ones and have to wait again.  Two more minutes killed.  Yeah, we are just that good.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Houston!!! Year Two Day 2

Although the clouds are hanging a bit low this morning, it's time to get up and get moving.  We have shopping to do and quilts to see.  It's gonna be a FULL day of fun and joy to our eyes.

Houston International Quilt Festival - Eye Candy #3

This is post 3 of 3 on this years Houston Quilt Festival.  If you missed the first two, please go check them out.

First up is Diamond Effervescence by Beth Nufer and Clem Buzick of Brookings, Oregon.  "The inspiration was the silk fabric.  The background fabric is a gradated cotton sateen.  I wanted to incorporate the two fabrics together."  I think they did a great job and as I stood looking at it closely, I love the way the neutrals play together going from light to darker and back to lighter.  The piecing is wonderful but the dots, oh the dots are just magnificent.

Houston International Quilt Festival - Eye Candy #2

This is post 2 of 3.  Please check the blog for the others if you wish to see all the quilts that I captured.

Let's start with the winner of the Founders' Award.  This is called Fantastic! and is by Junk Fujiwara of Narashino, Chiba, Japan.  Junko writes, "I began this work to celebrate the birth of my first granddaughter four years ago.  I was excited I made 16 blocks, especially with the flowers that I love.  I used a lot of cloth.  By combining small pieces, the leaves and flowers all look different."  It is outstanding to look at and four years just makes my mouth fall open.  I don't think I have enough years left to do something like this.

Houston International Quilt Festival - Eye Candy #1

I took way more pictures at festival this year than last so am posting the eye candy a bit differently.  They will use 3 posts and not be included in the daily journal other than through a link.  Please check on the regular post to see all the fun we had today.  Here's your LINK.

Now, onto the eye candy and please remember that I am not going to spotlight very many of the blue ribbon quilts unless I am absolutely in love with them.  I keep this blog to remember the things that really touched me in one way or another and am happy to share it with you.  These are my loves.

The big winner of $12.500 from Handi-Quilter is this lovely sampler by Janet Stone of Overland Park, Kansas entitled Garden Variety Sampler.  She says, "This quilt is a nod to my love of antique samplers.  The layout was loosely inspired by a page from an antique children's book by Walter Crane from 1878 entitled The Baby's Bouquet.  The color palette was inspired by the beautiful Japanese taupe quilts.  This is number 17 in my "Alphabet Quilt" series."  The techniques are machine piecing and applique, fused applique, hand embellishment and I absolutely am drawn to it.  The details are just tremendous.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Houston!!! Year Two Day 1

It's NOVEMBER!  That means the time for Houston's International Quilt Festival has arrived.  When tickets are purchased a year in advance, waiting for this seems to take forever and I'm thrilled that today is the day.  Lydia arrives at my house by 5:30 a.m. and within 10 minutes we are off and on our way.

It's nice to reconnect along the way and share what has been happening in our lives.  I so love this time together and for the chance to help one another out.  I am wondering if we will get a view of a beautiful sunrise but my hopes are dashed as the clouds are just too thick this morning.  A couple of hours into our trip, this is the best that happens for us.  I'll take it.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

October Quilt Update

Welcome to the Monthly Update.  What does that mean?  Well, it's just little ol me trying to recap what took place during the month so that I can keep track.  I kind of use it like a journal.  Please sit back and enjoy a peek into a month of my life.

Any links that you click in this post will open in a DIFFERENT window, allowing you to continue reading this without losing the page.

The previous 2017 monthly update links are located at the end of this entry.  I hope that you make it that far.


Easy Street (ES) - bound - YES
Garden Party (GP) - quilted and bound - 
Midnight Flight (MF) - blocks made
BOM (blue) quilted and bound -
BOM (Thimbleberries)  quilted and bound -
BOM (pink) quilted and bound -

1st  -  It's October!!!  I truly think this is my favorite month of the whole year.  The weather is cooler and, well, it's anniversary month.  What could be better?  It's also Mystery Reveal month.  That means I have such excitement all around me.  It would be even better if I had my quilt finished, but this year has just been crazy for me.  I'll stay ahead of ya'll, but just barely.

Mister and I are starting out the month by attending the fair.  Yes, it was even his idea this year.  What that means for us is checking out all the vendor booths and the exhibits.  What is doesn't include is the midway.  We stay as far from that as possible.  You can read all about our day in this FAIR LINK but I will share the quilts here.  Just the pictures, as the fair really doesn't offer up much information.  I did get each person's name in their picture and I only took pictures of some of the blue ribbon winners and the Best of Show.  Enjoy.

The one I REALLY loved is on the left - the log cabin Christmas Tree.  This is a small wall hanging.  The logs are so tiny and, oh my, the time that had to have gone into planning out each one so that the candles landed in just the right place.  I absolutely am in awe of this.  Oh to be good enough to replicate it.  Perhaps some day, when I grow up.

On Ringo Lake - Summary - Bonnie Hunter - Mystery Quilt

Bonnie Hunter's Winter Mystery has started once again and I am gathering all of my On Ringo Lake posts and placing them here so that you can link up and find what you want easily.  They will each open in a new page, leaving you access to this post.  You can always easily find this post by clicking on the tab at the top of the blog.  Please become a follower and you will always know when the new post is up.  Welcome to you all and comments are ALWAYS appreciated.

If you wish to play along with us, PLEASE click on THIS LINK to get directly to the Quiltville site and all of the information.  It'll be fun, I promise.

Post 1:  Introduction: Colors and Yardages

On Ringo Lake - Introduction - Bonnie Hunter - Mystery Quilt

It's here, it's here.  I feel like a little girl who was just given the toy she wants oh so much.  It's time to play.  Well, alright.  It's time to start thinking about playing.  Happy Halloween to us!  (You can read all about it on Bonnie Hunter's blog at this LINK.)

The name of the mystery is On Ringo Lake --- I know -- you never would have guessed that without me telling you.  It's only in the title of the post AND on her picture.

I LOVE the colors and the serenity of it all.  The best part is that I have had my fingers crossed for something with dark brown in it and my wishes have come true.  Throw in the aqua and coral and oh my goodness, how lovely is this.   The worst part of today?  I don't have a car and can't go running straight to Lowe's to get my paint cards.  Arghhhh.  What to do?  What to do?

A nice surprise happens around 3 when my sweetie says he is coming home from work early.  Woot woot.  I'll have time to run to Lowe's and still get back in time to hand out candy to the trick or treaters.

At Lowe's, I am a woman on a mission.  Straight to the paint department -- quick scan and five of the 6 cards are easy peasy.  The last one is out of stock and with a quick glance, I spot a folder that has all the whites in it, snag it and out the door I go.  No, I don't feel guilty.  I spend a ton in that store each month.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Huffhines Art Trails Treasures

We are out and about today at a new-to-us art festival.  Huffhines Park in Richardson has been hosting this for 41 years now and I'm excited to see creativity in abundance.  As usual, there are two posts about this and one is in my personal blog and will highlight different things than this one.  You can access it HERE.

Friday, October 27, 2017

A Day At The Beach - Clue 9 - Finale

WOW!!!!!  WE have made it to the end.  Together!!!  I hope you have had a great time and that you are just one to two afternoons from being ready to quilt this beauty.  Well, at least I think she is a beauty.

I'd love to tell you not to scroll to the end, but I know you've already been there.  I'll even bet you didn't pay much attention along the way so, PLEASE READ ALL THE WAY TO THE END before starting this last clue.

I would REALLY like to see your finished tops/quilts.  Please email me at and attach the pictures.  I'll share them on the blog.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Billings Quilt Shop Return

A couple of years ago while up in Montana, I did a shop hop around Billings and found some great little quilt stores.  Four Winds Quilting was one that I stopped in back then and wrote a a post about it that you can access through this LINK.

Today, I have a few hours to kill and decide to stop  in again.  It truly is a fun shop and I always come out with new ideas.  Upon entering the store, I spot a fall wall hanging right by the door that is super cute.  With fingers reaching out, I'm not sure it is cotton (although I am assured that it is) as it has the feel of brushed corduroy.  Not matter, it's very eye-catching and the pattern finds it's way into my arms.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

A Day At The Beach - Clue 8

This week is going to be oh so fun!!  We are winding down and putting all those pieces together.  It's about time, right?  Welcome to Clue 8.  I am up in Montana enjoying grands along with a son and daughter.  What a perfect way to spend part of October.  Now, back to the beach.



Using Color 4 (med. blue), cut 16 - 2" squares AND 32 - 1 1/4" x 5 1/2" bricks.
Using Color 5 (dk. blue), cut 16 - 3" squares
Using Color 7 (if doing this) or Color 6 (if not), cut 16 - 2" x 4 3/4" bricks 

Saturday, October 14, 2017

A Loop Around the City --- What Can I Spy?

A day with my sweet man is always fun and full of surprises.  Today, the mission is a loop around the city and stopping in at various events along the way.  Coffee first and then we are ready to go.  The first stop is at the downtown Garland Urban Flea Market.   You can check out ALL that we do by clicking on THIS LINK.  This post will highlight different things.

Check out this basket of pin cushions

Friday, October 13, 2017

A Day At The Beach - Clue 7

In the words of  the Steve Miller Band, "Time keeps on slippin', slippin', slippin' into the future."  At least it feels that way for me right now.  It seems like each time I blink, another clue is being released.  Am I typing fast enough?

Welcome to week 7.  I bet you're thinking that we must be getting close now.  Well, we are, but not just yet.  This week we are going to put some of those bits you've been working on into use.  I can see you nodding your head.  Yep, I'm glad too.


Cutting Directions for Clue 7:

Using Color 3 (light blue) cut FOUR - 3 1/2" squares

Sunday, October 8, 2017

October Brazos Retreat - Our Witchy Quilt World

It's been almost 5 months since this wonderful view was mine.  Hello there, old friend.  It's so good to see you again.

The time has come for our October retreat entitled, "Our Witchy Quilt World."  With a late arrival, I arrive around 10:30 and start racing like crazy to get set up by noon when the ladies will begin walking through the door.  Luck is on my side and I make it just in time.  As soon as most of the participants are there, we are off to Babes for lunch.  Imagine our surprise when we discover that a table is already being held for us and occupied by Jennifer M. and Jennifer S.  What crazy fun is this?  They decided to drive down and have lunch with us.  I LOVE IT!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

A Day At The Beach - Clue 6

Clue 6??? Is that right??? WOW -- It's getting close now.  The little bits are all starting to come together and we are going to build some blocks.  Woohoo!!!!


Cutting:  Using Color 1 (lt. green) cut 32 - 1 1/4" x 5 1/2" bricks.  I know the sizes in this clue are odd, but it can't be helped.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

September Quilt Update

Welcome to the Monthly Update.  What does that mean?  Well, it's just little ol me trying to recap what took place during the month so that I can keep track.  I kind of use it like a journal.  Please sit back and enjoy a peek into a month of my life.

Any links that you click in this post will open in a DIFFERENT window, allowing you to continue reading this without losing the page.

The previous 2017 monthly update links are located at the end of this entry.  I hope that you make it that far.


Easy Street (ES) - quilted, bound -  QUILTED and binding is attached!!!
Garden Party (GP) - quilted and bound - 
Midnight Flight (MF) - blocks made
BOM (blue) quilted and bound -
BOM (Thimbleberries)  quilted and bound -
BOM (pink) quilted and bound -

1st  -  It's MYSTERY DAY!!!!  Here is your Clue 1 link.  Oh Wow.  I can't believe that it is already September and I have had these same goals for MONTHS now.  What on earth is up with me?    I am recommitting to being more organized and staying home more.  Now, with that said, I have a beach retreat lasting 10 days this month, but that's all.  I hope I can get a grip on things again.  At any rate, let's get this party started.

Friday, September 29, 2017

A Day At The Beach - Clue 5

Hello, Hello, Hello, Hello . . . . I am glad to greet you ... (did you sing?)  Welcome to week FIVE!!  That's right.  FIVE!!  I have been home from the beach for 10 days now and still have that lovely relaxed feeling going on.  Do you believe me?

At any rate - are you ready to get started?


Cutting Directions for Clue 5:

Friday, September 22, 2017

Estate Sale in the 'Hood

As I am busy working away on the Surfside Beach blog posts, my sweet Mister asks if I'm going to run over to an estate sale in the neighborhood.  It's 8:45 and it opens at 9:00.  I'm still in my pajamas.  Of course I was planning on going.  Silly man.  I had forgotten all about it and since it is day 3 of the sale (he forgot about days 1 and 2) I'm pretty dang sure that the little Wilcox and Gibbs he wants is no longer there.  However, "Yes dear, I'll dress quickly and walk over there to check it out for you."

I arrive and am surprised that there are not more people in the house, assuming that most of the sewing stuff would be long gone.  I was wrong and the amount of machines and supplies still remaining make me think that two days ago this would have be so fun to see.  Oh well.

Naturally, the machine he was interested in is no longer there but I peek around anyway.  The first room has these toy machines in it.  They are cute but I certainly don't need to start a new collection.  Onto another room.

A Day At The Beach - Clue 4

Clue FOUR means that we have been together on this journey for a month now.  Say it isn't so and that our lives are not racing by that quickly.  Please.

I am back from a wonderful time at the beach with ladies that are so near and dear to my heart.  We have laughed til our bellies hurt, cried a few tears together, and formed bonds that will hopefully never die.  However, now it is time to get back to the real world and I'm ready, although reluctant.

I know it's repetitive, but PLEASE read all the way through the clue before starting.

This week are two tried and true units for you but first, let's do some cutting.

Using Color 1, Light Green, cut 128 - 1 1/2" x  3" bricks.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Home from Surfside

Lydia and I have said goodbye to Surfside and are on the way home.  Hello Mr. Austin.

On the way down, we decided that the return trip would take away our Buc-ee's virginity.  Yep, that's right.  Neither of us have been to one yet.  Today is the day.

We take the Madisonville exit and voila -- it's right there.  In we go.  Oh, it's lunch time too.

First things first.  I've heard they have the cleanest restrooms and it's true along with them being super huge, but what I hadn't been told was about all the pictures lining the walls as you enter and the cute signs right before the turn.  I adore these.

We decide to go our separate ways and as Lydia heads to the grocery end of the store, I go the other way.  I'm checking it all out as quick as I can and know I am missing a ton, but a few things do manage to catch my eye and are deemed picture worthy.

These signs may show up in future emails for group posts.

Surfside Beach Retreat #2

We are now in the second half of day 7 and our numbers are increasing again.

Our first-timer, Gilley has joined in and is followed up by a carload of four more.

I love that before they have barely arrived, Stephanie is heading for the beach to get her feet in the water.  YES!  Setting up can always happen, but we're at the BEACH!

There is a group of tweeners heading out for their afternoon walk and as I watch from the deck, Stephanie just joins right in -- padding around with her shoes in her hand.

Friday, September 15, 2017

A Day At The Beach - Clue 3

Hello there!  Week 3 is upon us and you will find that it's almost a repeat of last week.  Yep - more Birds in the Air variation units.  Same bat channel, different bat colors.  I didn't time the cutting part of this, but started sewing the entire clue at around noon and was totally finished by 3 and that included photographing and writing as I went.  You've got this!


To start:  Cut 32 - 2 1/2" squares from EACH of colors 4 and 5 (medium and dark blue)

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Surfside Beach Retreat - Tweeners

It is day 5 at Surfside and some of the Group 1 people have left.  Two more are leaving tomorrow morning so we still have a full house, but it's much more laid back.  No one is racing around preparing meals and play is all around.  At one point, I am talking to Debi in the kitchen and I walk into my room for a split second and return to an empty kitchen.  After asking all around the room as to whether she went outside, no one claims to have seen her.  I start walking back towards my room and hear this faint knock.  Okaaaay.  It happens again and I stealthily follow it.  I'm sure to anyone else this would have looked super crazy but no one was paying any attention at all.  Finally, I come to a stop outside the pantry door and open it.  There she stands with her finger to her mouth going, "Shhhh."  I'm trying so hard not to laugh but I close the door and go looking for someone to pull a prank on.  I know --- Sharron.   I ask her to get me something from the closet but she gives me this really weird look and say, "There isn't anything in there that I can reach that you can't.  I smell a rat."  Well, dang it anyway.  Without giving anything away, a few minutes later Maria walks in and I ask the same question saying it's on the top shelf and that I need help.  This time it works because she is actually taller than me.  (Note to self:  remember this type of stuff when messing with people.)  She goes to the door and opens it.  Debi is standing there and say, "I needed a plate."  In reality --- it's a good place to escape and take a chill pill now and then.