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

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

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

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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.  http://www.wrightbbqco.com  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.

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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.

http://www.ninjakitchen.com/ninja-cooking-system/   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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Get Your Knit On With Free Knitting Patterns

http://knittingfever.com/free-patterns/

GREAT SITE!

 

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