Auction Quilt

Well I do not know how the pictures came in this order but there is a story to tell here. A childhood friend of mine and her husband will be going to Branson this summer to his meeting of the 591st  Engineer Department of a group he was in during the Vietnam war. They will be taking this quilt to auction off for the group.  I am going to explain the pictures in order they posted here but not necessarily in the way the quilt was made.  This was just three sections of the quilt. I could not wait to put it on something to see how it looked.DSCN1437

A close up of one of the blocks and yes I know the PEACE SIGNS ARE UPSIDE DOWN because the block is upside down. Not in the quilt but when I was making a photo of some of the blocks.DSCN1438

At one time this was how it was looking.. ALL A MESS on the tableDSCN1439

Here it is in the floor minus the borders on the outside. They are a beautiful navy blue.DSCN1441

The peace signs are in proper order now!DSCN1444

I really loved this quilt. All the gorgeous fabrics.DSCN1445

I had to take this picture. Sunday I woke up early in the AM 3:00 am I think it was or 3:30 I am still so tired I can not remember to work on this quilt and we stopped at 7 pm finished. I had Gary here cutting and Linda my friend was also cutting the borders and checking to see if I had everything that was suppose to be. She had already made one for her and you all should see it … GORGEOUS.. Well it was funny that evening I had Gary aka Little Precious in the kitchen cutting up veggies for our salad and Linda moved over to my machine when I went to check on Precious and I came back laughing. I said “I have one in the kitchen cooking and one in the sewing room sewing. Life is good! I could have not finished this quilt without Linda or Little Precious. That is one sweet husband and one sweet lady friend. I am blessed.DSCN1446

Here it is all finished out on mine and Gary’s bed.  I have never been so glad to see something finished in my entire life. It is not due to be auctioned off until June or July I can’t remember which but I wanted it finished and then off to the long arm lady then back for the binding and locked back up in our steel storm shelter inside our home. I am NOT TAKING ANY CHANCES.DSCN1447

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In my previous posts about Agent Wade I carry on things for fun and yes we do get work done.. I however this time am very serious, if it had not been for Gary doing all the cutting and at the end Linda helping me put it together I still would be working on it today. I truly appreciate having both of them in my life. Oh did I mention Linda made one of the blocks? One was giving me trouble she stepped up used her own fabric and came back the next Sunday with it.. Now that is a friend!

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WELL HELP MY TIME. I JUST LEARNED WHAT THE RED BALL ON THE SEAM RIPPER IS FOR!

WELL HELP MY TIME. After using a seam ripper for 50 years or so it seems.. As long as I can remember.  I finally learned today how to use one properly.

This is going to make life a little easier here at the Wheeler Household for Little Precious. He is known as  “Precious The Ripper” here on Rickey Road.

http://www.keepnuinstitchesquilting.com/the-great-seam-ripper-controversy-just-how-do-you-use-a-seam-ripper/4/

I am appalled.. I just guess I figured that red ball was for looks or an ornament of sorts.

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Another UFO Down For The Count!

First of all thanks to the thousands that have read my blog and continue to read it. I appreciate it. I go daily and look at the total.. A BIG THANK YOU.. I will try to post more. I am truly busy in our life and we are having a wonderful time so I do not get to blog as much as I do. When I do and you read.. That makes me very happy. Now on to the story.

Agent Wade of the LFALA UFO Division decided to eliminate the world of another UFO. She worked on this beautiful quilt today and we totally were satisfied with how it turned out. We started around lunch and ended at ten tonight. It sure was fun and a gorgeous quilt. Linda did a wonderful job.

This is called Stack and Whack. Now Agent Wade will have to explain sometimes how that works. I have not made one ……yet. You see the YET.

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Here are some pictures. I hope you enjoy. It was a wonderful day with a truly friend I am blessed with. Well actually two. Little Precious helped us all day long. He hung in there without fussing.

Ok I worked on this block of the patriotic quilt I am almost finished with. Well I have three sections left to do, then sash it, quilt it, bind it, deliver it.  I’ll be done! It is going to a raffle for a good cause. More on that later.

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Linda is getting really good on the flowers. DSCN1417

Linda is making a statement, she decided to add a tree on every one of her quilts. I have a hidden message in mine also. That way if they are every stolen or “misplaced” I can prove they belong to me.DSCN1430

.DSCN1424It sure looks good on the bed.

DSCN1433The back of the quilt.
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I like the way if it felt good she did it.

Agent Wade left oh maybe brought ten quilt tops . I have not counted them but close to ten.  I will do some this week and she will be back next Sunday. I look so forward to Sunday’s.

Oh I almost forgot. Linda has FIVE of her quilt tops finished in to quilts and I have one PLUS eleven doll quilts. I would say pretty dang good for two “mature aged” women!!!!

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It’s My Quilt And I Can Do What I Want To, Do What I Want To!!!!!!

Well another quilt bit the dust today. I got up this morning and went in the sewing room and Lizzie looked so sad sitting there all empty.

DSCN1329I looked through my many tubs of tops and found one I wanted to quilt. You see Gary aka Little Precious made this top for me a long time ago. It is called the Postage Stamp Quilt pattern. Or that is what we call it. Well I was going through my tubs and found it. Notice I said TUBS.

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I was placing it on the frames to see if I have enough of the backing batting. I did.

To all you  non quilters you want to see what the back of a top looks like. A MESS.  To be such a mess only to have the front turn out so beautiful. That is like life. You may be gorgeous on the outside but a mess on the inside!

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HHMMM I wonder if I have enough fabric for the back. This is one out of 25 bookcases!DSCN1338

FOUND IT.. see it on the photo. It is face down. That is because when I finish quilting I do not want the good side on the inside and the inside on the outside! I am getting more and more like Edith Bunker by the day! I just ramble on. Help me if I start singing like she does.DSCN1341

It is rolling up nicely and the stitching looking great. I love the back as well as the front.DSCN1345

You know what this means??? All finished and ready to take off the frames.DSCN1355

The finished product. No it will not be used on a bed. It is mine all mine and I am going to as my Deara says “wad up in the recliner with it.” In other words I am going to use it in the winter when I am in the recliner relaxing.DSCN1359

I really like the quilt.DSCN1362

I know you will not be able to see the quilting and all different colors of bobbin thread I used. What I did was I had about six bobbins that was either full or a little bit on the bobbin and I used them regardless of the color. I did not care about all the different colors of thread, it is mine and colorful like I am. It worked out well. I used up the bobbins only to turn around and fill them back up with my stand alone bobbin winder. I laugh sometimes at the garb I put on to go out somewhere. I just grab anything. Nothing matches and then I get a glimpse of myself in a mirror and think “girl you look like a rodeo clown.”DSCN1365

Front and back.  I am crazy about it. Now I have to put the binding on. I will do that in all colors. Hey I may even take the back fabric and make a binding. I like different. Thanks Little Precious. I now have a treasure from you to me to keep forever.DSCN1368Agent Wade will be here tomorrow.  I can’t wait.

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Another One Bites The Dust.

Nothing like your dear friend handing you a bag and saying “here you quilt this.” I can only imagine the look on my face when Agent Wade gave me one of her prized tops to quilt. I figured I’d be banished from the UFO LFALA DIVISION or at least lose my rank!

Did I take the challenge? I sure did. I took the quilt top and backing, came home and loaded it up on Lizzie.  I just finished the top tonight. Agent Wade gave me full permission to just quilt as I felt like it. That is what I like. Those free as a bird quilts. You do whatever makes you feel good.

Here are some pictures. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed quilting the fan quilt.

Until later,

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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.)

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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.

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The above blue has to be picked out.DSCN0688

I just love all the different designs.DSCN0689

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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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