Agent Wade Struck Again! One More UFO Down For The Count!

Agent Wade of the UFO Department LFALA Division came today to the house and we worked on UFOs.. Well actually my project is not a UFO it is a project I am working on.. She is quilting one of about fifty quilt tops she has. We plan on getting a lot of practicing doing away with the UFO population in our area. So watch out!

Oh how she is doing just a wonderful job on her techniques. She works that machine like she was born to do this. It is a natural to her.

I am enjoying the company of Agent Wade and also I am learning. I have been quilting doll quilts . Today I finished two before she got here. I let her use the machine all by herself on Sunday. I figure I can work it all week long and she can use it when she is off.

I truly look forward to Sundays.  We always have a lunch. Gary joins us.  She left her next top with me and I plan on having it loaded ready to go when she gets here so she can waste zero time. You all should see this beauty. I would sneak you all a peek but then that would not be fun would it?  It is an oriental pattern. GORGEOUS. You know how it is when your UFO population is overrun.. YOU HAVE TO GET BUSY TO ELIMINATE THEM! SO Agent Wheeler about to sign off and call it a night. Agent Wade is on her way home.

Here are some pictures. The quilt is called a Gordian Knot. Which number I do not know. There are about 10 different patterns.  I know she left a huge book of patterns here and I plan on looking through them. When I get my project finished LOOK OUT.. You will not hear a peep out of me. Hush up I heard you say “Thank you Lord under your breath.”

Somehow WordPress loaded the pictures in a funny order. But you will get the idea of what is going on.

Until next time….

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Agent Wade, Agent Wheeler Heads Of The UFO Department, Locust Fork, Al Division, aka Cray Cray Girl Quilting!

Well in charge of our UFOs.. UNFINISHED OBJECTS. We are head of that department.  Agent Wade came up today and decided she was going to quilt on a top we made several years ago in a class.  I have all blocks  finished on mine put together and now I need to finish the border with the piano keys. That will be coming soon. I can not think of anything but this patriotic quilt design I am making for a friend, Janus to take to a raffle for a very good cause I will tell you all about it later and show you the finished project. Until then you can see it in parts.  Here is a picture of the first few sections.

DSCN0707Those are my pieces. I am just pinning them to the door. I have a shoe rack on the back of my doors going in to the room that Lizzie is in and I just decided what a good place to pin to keep out of the way. I can’t think about my next project. I have to concentrate on this one and this one only. I am sticking to my guns.

Agent Wade is busy eliminating her UFOs. Linda has been a friend of mine for a ton of years. I know at least fifteen. She was one of the culprits that was responsible for rolling my yard when I turned fifty and then my husband thought I would be mad and he cleaned it up before I got home from work. Dang it.. My first roll every in my life and I missed it.. I’d been so happy!  Well anyway here I go again in Edith Bunker mode. Getting back to the story…..

Linda came today and brought some beautiful tops. She decided to work on this one. It was The Puzzler and neither one of us can remember what book it came out of. When we do I’ll tell you all. It is a lovely pattern and it was very easy to put together. Mine is totally a different color scheme.  Here is Agent Wade ( we say that because we are in the UFO Dept.)


She was like “did you just snap my picture?” Well yea. She is really concentrating here in this scene.

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The can of beans you see above is what we found that we love to let roll on the quilt to help us out. Sometimes we use our hands sometimes we use the beans. I told her if this can was missing next time she knew I decided to cook and I better pick up something I do not care to eat. STIFLE EDITH! Back to the story. I ramble on sometimes worse than Edith Baines Bunker.

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Here is it  on our bed.. Not mine and Agent Wade’s but mine and Mr. Wheeler’s. I wanted to clarify that..HAHA.  Well anyway I think Linda did a wonderful job. It will be week after next before anyone of us is able to do anything together. I have a birthday party next week for Little Precious..My husband who is turning seventy this week. I can not believe Little Precious is deciding to leave the sixties heading in to a new decade. I am right behind him. Well I still have a good bit of my sixties left.

Oh I think Linda did wonderful.  She is very happy with her quilting I am very happy Lizzie is getting a workout after all these years and I enjoy Agent Wade’s company.  She is an excellent quilter, can sew up a storm, a wonderful friend and just all in all rolled up in one a perfect person.  No I am not sucking up to get her to help me with my quilt I am working on. She would without even asking!

Good job Agent Wade, I can’t wait until our next meeting until then,

10-4 Over & Out,

Agent Wheeler

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Lizzie “Shug” And I Are Bonding Nicely.

Well you do not know but I have this saying “I’ll have it when I need it.” Almost six years ago I bought a long arm Tin Lizzie 18. Now it could be more than six years I am just guessing. I bought it new . Never used it.

I was terrified of it. You see all my life I have been insecure. My work was not perfect, nor did it look as good as this persons or this and that and this and that and I was insecure. It never occurred to me that my work was not suppose to look like others it was suppose to be me. Good or bad it is me.

I took some classes on the Lizzie but the timing was not right. I was terrified of it. What if .. That should be my name, What If Wheeler. My famous two words I say more than anything. I am about to eliminate those two words out of my vocabulary.

I walked around the machine like it was a rattlesnake about to strike.  I had to make a decision. Never mind I was giving an ultimatum by my Feng Shui consultant Katie Rogers, that if I did not use it I needed to let it go. I needed to conquer it or give it up. We do not need things in our lives that bother us or keep us from being happy.  Lizzie was keeping me from being happy.  I needed to get rid of her if I was not going to use her. One part of me wanted to and the other part of me was like “DON’T DO IT.” I knew if I did I’d be back in the stores hunting another one. I am bad about that. Letting something go to the donation center I truly love only to go search and search to get it back.

I have tossed and turned and tossed and turned and weighed one side against the other. It was like I was living with two different people. This one person inside wanted me to sell it this other one wanted me to keep it.

I studied and studied I read everything I could get my hands on about long arm quilting and the Lizzie.  I joined groups I asked questions.. I WAS STILL AFRAID.

Then a lady from a shop that has her own long arm business was gracious enough to come and show me how to operate it. IT CLICKED. I was no longer afraid.

Well the machine was a mess. After sitting there for all those years a part went bad. Yes a part went bad. I had not used it but one time so it was not like it was getting a workout.

Ok I took the machine in the hospital. It stayed a few days brought it home and every time I would sew three seconds the thread would break. My husband counted the times we threaded that machine 65 times in a couple of hours. With the needles eyes getting smaller(older human eyes) it was getting to be very aggravating. My back was hurting me so badly I was having spasms.. I was determined NOT TO QUIT THIS TIME.

I took it back to the hospital it stayed a few days and knock on wood came home and is working like a charm. NO BREAKAGE. I am holding my breath crossing my fingers.

A friend of mine left a quilt over here when we were trying to practice on it and it kept breaking.  Well when I got “Shug” home I called her and asked her was it ok if I tried to quilt some on it. Sure was.. well then I got to finish it.  There is about a 4 inch area we are going to have to take out all the way across. But that is ok. Tomorrow she’ll pick up the quilt take out those stitches and Sunday we will be able to put it back on the frame and finish that one tiny bit and she will have a quilt.

She is going to bring a couple more to get started on.  I am working on a quilt for a raffle so I will be sewing on one machine and she will be quilting on Lizzie aka Shug!

Here are some pictures. The machine is not computerized and to be honest I do love the quilts that are quilted on the computer but I also love the way I can freehand and do any design I feel like at the time.

Please be critical if you find anything that you need to say to me. I welcome all comments. I hope you enjoy and if you all know a really great thread to quilt with let me know.  First picture has the messy problems that are going to go away this weekend.


The above blue has to be picked out.DSCN0688

I just love all the different designs.DSCN0689

If I felt it I did it.DSCN0690 DSCN0691 DSCN0692 DSCN0693 DSCN0694 DSCN0695 DSCN0696 DSCN0697

Look above to the right. I missed one part.. When we put it back on the frame to quilt where the blue was I’ll pick that up and finish that one part.DSCN0698 DSCN0699 DSCN0700 DSCN0701 DSCN0702

DSCN0686I truly like the design. It is me.. Just going all Willie Nilly like I do in life. If the short route is to the left I take the right.  I just love being different and doing different things. I am sure my quilting will always be different and I just love it. I am so glad I did not get rid of Lizzie and NOW I HAVE IT WHEN I NEED IT!  I am in love!!!!!!


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I Have Become A Ninja Warrior! Well Of Sorts… Cooking Ninja That Is.

I have discovered the Ninja. The three in one cooking system.


Here you have a stove top, an oven, plus a slow cooker ALL IN ONE.  I am in NINJA HEAVEN.

First of all I am a pitiful cook. I hate to cook nothing I make looks like the pictures, fitting to eat, I usually throw out more than I keep but not with my Ninja! I am cooking like a pro. If we had a dog it would have already been dead from eating my cooking. PITIFUL….

I am happy, my husband is happy. Finally his wife is cooking. I had to laugh tonight. We eat out basically at one place. Red Lobster. Why? We love the coconut shrimp. We go in and here is how we order. “No bread, we want to share one coconut shrimp dinner with coleslaw, baked potato with butter and sour cream, extra Pina Colada sauce and I’ll have a Boston Raspberry tea with an orange slice and he will have ice water with lemons.”  THAT IS IT!!! Never sway away and get anything different. Ten shrimp come to the table with the dipping sauce and I am not talking about tiny baby shrimp I am talking about big shrimp. Filling you up so there is no way we could eat a dinner by ourselves so we share. Two times  a week. Well tonight Gary gave me the best compliment ever. “We should take that Red Lobster money and put in our food at home money because this is good!” No we will not quit going to Red Lobster maybe just not two times  a week but we still will go and get the same thing we do every time.

Well I decided I was going to learn to cook and operate my Tin Lizzie Long Arm Quilting Machine. Not at the same time but you get the idea.  That was two projects for my new year.  I have been sewing on Lizzie and now I am best buds with my Ninja. I have used it twice. First time I cooked baby back ribs. They were absolutely wonderful.  I used The Wright Rub. After using that I would not think of using anything else.  It is absolutely divine. I am going to use it this week on some fish on the grill.

Ok now getting back to my next item. Beef Stew. It was in the cookbook that came with Ninja. I decided to give it a try today. Now I followed the recipe basically to the letter but I did use celery in mine. Something just wanted me to add the celery so I gave in.  Of course I gave it. I love celery and I thought it would be a great addition to the stew and it was.

Please excuse that baby cutting board. It is about as big as a wallet. I need to get another one but I will not cut meat on a wooden one. It is not safe so do not do that. I am going to have a wooden one made and then I will get a bigger plastic one for my meat cutting. Those knives came from Costco. I really like them. They have a shield they go down in so there is no way in getting cut if you reach your hand in a drawer to get something.


First  I chopped veggies like a mad woman. DSCN0588

I put the Ninja on the counter by the stove. There is only ONE thing I am not crazy about. Now do not get me wrong it would not keep me from buying one but the cord is a bit shorter than my liking. So instead of going on my bar it had to go over by the stove which worked out ok. That will eventually work out. I plan on getting an electrical strip thing that I can take out of the cabinet when I use my Ninja and be able to put it on the bar.DSCN0589

I put a tiny bit of oil in the bottom and some garlic. I am not a big fan of garlic so I just used a tiny bit. DSCN0594

First as you can see below I floured the meat and then cooked it a bit on stove top setting.DSCN0595 DSCN0596

Then came the broth. Yes that is “Him” in the background watching. I have a life size Jesus in my home. Oh I try to use low sodium. My husband needs to be on a low salt diet. I am amazed at products in the stores. Look at the label.. Read how much sodium. So dangerous.DSCN0597

Gary and I have started adding this Great Lakes Unflavored Beef Gelatin to our coffee and today I added it to our soup stock. It is good for you.DSCN0598

Close up of all the chopping I did. I think the colors are so pretty. Eat the rainbow!DSCN0600

Here is what it looked like when I mixed it up and before I put the lid on.DSCN0601

I started with 8 hours low. I knew it would not take that long but I decided to start with that and then determine how I would do it in the future. ON LOW.DSCN0602

It looks so pretty sitting on my counters.DSCN0603

Fireplace going, food cooking life is so good.DSCN0615

I got brave and made cornbread out of the norm for me. I used some canned corn and cheese . It turned out pretty good. That is one thing I have ALWAYS been able to make.. Good cornbread.  How I do not know but everyone that eats it loves it. I just use cornmeal and milk. That is it for me. It rises perfect.  I have even used meal that was just ground up as I stood and watched with milk.. No baking soda, salt or anything and it worked perfect.  I NEVER put an egg in my cornbread.DSCN0629


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I can’t decide which one I like the best.. the picture that is.DSCN0635You can check out Ninja’s on the website or if you are on Facebook we have a Ninja Group. Just put in the word Ninja and it will pop up. We trade recipes and show the food. I must have gain 100 lbs looking at the food! Just kidding. But all looks good.   You can click here and read more about the Ninja.

Here is the best FB site to date for Ninja recipes and ideas       Laurie’s Ninja/Crockpot Kitchen.    Just log in your Facebook and look for the name.


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Working On A New Project It is A Mystery Of Sorts.

Working on a new project. Started yesterday. I was going to go to knitting today but it is sleeting here and it is cold so I’ll be here working on the quilt.  I’ll show you pieces of it but not going to show you the full pattern until the quilt is finished. So I guess you could say it is sort of a mystery. Stayed tuned.

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Cleaning Up My Sewing Studio To The Tune of 27 Days Of Feng Shui With Katie Rogers!

I am taking a 27 Days of Feng Shui class with Katie Rogers. We are on day two. So far I am caught up. Tomorrow may be another story.  I have gotten to know Katie over the last two years and I just adore her. She is such a nice lady, very knowledgeable and her goal for her life on this earth is to make ours more fulfilled , uncluttered and happy.  It will be a life time work in progress to get to that point but hey all we have is time. Life is a journey and you may as well go the best route on the trip. Katie is showing me that route. All you have to do is listen to her and her instructions follow them and it is true, Feng Shui your life and you live a better way of life. I am not 100 percent there but I am working on it. Enjoying every mile.

You can read more about her here

Ok to my original idea of the post and I got sidetracked. I find that I have a disorder I mean to write one thing and get totally off on another. Kind of like Edith Bunker did when she was trying to explain something. Went totally around the corner to tell you how to get across the street. Good name just came to mind. Edith Syndrome.

DAY TWO OF FENG SHUI I spent my five minutes which turned in to 2 hours organizing my long arm room and when you see it you are going to want me to stand up and say “I am Chris and I am a hoarder of fabric.”  Well that is true and not true.

How it is true is I DO HAVE A TON OF FABRIC.  I had to strike while the iron was hot. By that I mean I was at places at times when they were going out of the fabric business and I bought fabric that had been more then $5.00 a yard originally for twenty five cents. Yes a QUARTER.. $.25 .    Now knowing over the years I was going to spend my golden years and yes I can not believe I even said that.. I always scream and kick and holler I am middle aged but I am going to continue to think that, but in all reality I am in the fourth quarter of the football game and I just called a time out and going to hold that time out for at least 50 more years. I used to ask the good Lord to let me live to see 100 and since that is only 39 years from now I am upping the number.  Give me 110.

Ok see how my Edith Syndrome just appears without warning. Now back to the original post.  We have daily projects with Katie. If you want to know how this works then go to her page email her and possibly sign up for the 27 days.  This is twice I have participated and I will participate next year. It sure has helped me.  (Edith get to the point.)

Today tackled the room where my long arm which is going to be another story and my fabric and supply stash is.. it was not really all that bad but it was bad enough it was getting on my nerves. The long arm is another story. Maybe tomorrow.


I have such a great view while I am in here working on the long arm when I get unafraid of it.


This will NEVER look perfectly uncluttered which it is not really cluttered. I do not really know what to do here to hide all this? At one time at our previous home I hung up quilt tops that I was never going to use to make it not seen. Now they are in the bucket to practice on the long arm.  I wonder if I took those metal grommet things and put them in fabric cut and hemmed to fit these cases it would look better. Suggestions please.  You know that is an idea. I am going to have to think on this.DSCN9998

I am so dang short I have to have a ladder in here to get items off the top shelf. I was carrying it a country mile across the house to the laundry room and I decided to leave it in here. I am tired of bruises on the legs.DSCN9999

I guess get another glimpse of another addiction I have.. Knitting.DSCN0002

I love the way I have my fabric color coordinated to the best of my ability. Gary was kind enough and smart enough to stand up the bolts on the top so that we could get more up there and easier to remove when I need some of the fabric.DSCN0003 DSCN0004 DSCN0005

MMM what can I say? I love to knit.DSCN0006

I have tried to keep my fabric color coordinated and themed. I am a big time lover of African fabrics. You can see here. I have some pieces you can not find anymore. I am thankful I stocked up when the getting was good as we say in the South.DSCN0007 DSCN0009

My speciality fabric. DSCN0010


See how I try to keep all the same colors together? The color family?DSCN0012

I am really becoming a lover of pink and this rose color.DSCN0013

Confession time.. Shelf one and three where you see the peace fabric. I may have to go to therapy and let the therapist hold my hand while I cut anything off those two shelves. Do you all have fabric you just can not stand the thought of putting scissors to it? I do.. I need intervention.DSCN0014

Some of my blues. I got the blues.. I love BB King.. See there goes the Edith Bunker Syndrome again.DSCN0015

I see some football fabric.DSCN0016

Well hello Maxine. If anyone needs any Maxine fabric these are practically full bolts. 15 yards come on a bolt. DSCN0017

Wizard of Oz.  I have a ton of this. This will be really  hard for me to let go of. After I get a couple of quilts finished I may try to sell this fabric or some of it. However you can not find it anymore unless you find someone that bought all the bolts of the collection or almost all like I did. I told you I have a fabric fetish.  Well not so much that I just get what I like before it is gone. So many times I have wanted something in the fabric line and not gotten it only to have to spend all my time hunting for it later on and can’t find it.DSCN0018

Pizza anyone?  Take out or eat in.. Well these are pizza boxes but nothing has ever been in them nor is there any advertisement on the front of the box.  I use them to store left over blocks and pieces.You can see on the boxes I have written what is in there and I see or I think some of the boxes are upside down. I’ll have to adjust that tomorrow. I can’t stand anything that is not the right side up.  I have some more boxes over in storage at our previous home we have. I need to remind Deara to bring them over or remind me when I go over there to get them. I can use them in my sewing area.DSCN0019

BOOO BOOOO BOOO  my sister and my favorite time of the year. Halloween. I have a lot of Halloween fabric.. AND SOME GLOWS IN THE DARKS…… WWWHHHHOOOO .. is that not scary????

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Fall and some Halloween mixed. That is ok.. I’ll find it when I need it.DSCN0023 DSCN0024 DSCN0025

Three pictures of patriotic fabric. I am about to start on a quilt next week for a donation to a Vietnam Veterans meeting coming in June in Branson, MO.  I will keep you posted on the pictures. I already have enough of the fabric and I am so in love with the pattern I am going to use.. I’ll be blogging a lot about it.DSCN0026 DSCN0027 DSCN0028 DSCN0029

Gary stacked the batting on top of the bolts. First that is a good idea for several reasons. Get it out of the way does not take up space and helps keep dust off the fabric. I do not know what I would do without my Little Precious as I call him. He is a blessing.DSCN0031

I made this quilt. I plan on having an old fashioned bed turning. That is where the bed is stacked so heavy with one quilt on top of the other and they used to just flip them back to show them. I’ll stack them photograph them and put them online . I have some quilts I want to put online to sell and I figure the best way to show them is put them on this bed and take pictures. Stayed tuned. Got to run. Games on.. My favorite player is on TV! Stay tuned for more quilting adventures.  BE SURE TO READ MY MESSAGE AT THE BOTTOMDSCN0032 DSCN0033***MESSAGE***   I in the past sometimes have been intimidated about posting. I never wanted to sound ignorant or put the wrong pronunciation or ….. I so so bad at doing…  you know that thing.. Those line of periods…… But I have decided.. I am what I am, I am who I am.. I have a HS  diploma and 6 months of college. That was 43 years ago. I have forgotten more than I have ever learned. I am not a professional writer nor do I claim to be one. I try my hardest to say and do what is proper but it “ain’t” going to happen and that word is not in my vocabulary I just put it here for special effects. I have a hard time with affects or effects until I got a formula to figure that one out. So I hope and pray you like my blog and if I get on your nerves with anything I say like some of my friends who say “IRREGARDLESS” that is equivalent to hearing teachers fingernails going across back and forth the black board.I have bit my tongue so badly it needs stitches but I love them so I say nothing to them because frankly they have not asked me to correct any of their vernacular. ( you were surprised I knew that word were you not?) Please feel free to correct me. My email is and you can put CORRECTIONS in the subject. I am learning. I have two special people in my life with tons of degrees. One has about 15 letters after their name and I always turn to this person and ask “do I say it this way or that way.”  So please feel free to say to me what I should say or not say.. Until then.. EDITH SHUT UP!

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This Is Not Your Normal Post.

I am looking for someone that can take your design and enlarge it and put on fabric. I am not sure if Spoonflower does this but one time I read a post on another’s blog and failed to keep the post of someone that took pictures and put them on fabric and then quilted the pictures.

ALSO to the home crafters that do their own what kind of printer do you suggest?


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