Another UFO Bites The Dust.

I can not begin to tell you how much I enjoy Sunday’s.  It is mine and Agent Wade’s day to spend together.  She is a delight. My husband Spanky also participates in the action if nothing more than being in the sewing room using his computer and watching TV. Just the fact he decides to be “one of the girls” for the day. He is a wonderful husband.

Yesterday was a fairly good day. We did have some issues. First I was starting a UTI and we all know that is not a good thing. I got that under control really fast. I felt terrible but I trekked along. It had been two weeks since Agent Wade had been here eliminating UFOs and I was determined to enjoy the day. I did.

She brought her son’s quilt and for the record we’ll refer to him as “J.”   Well as she worked on J’s quilt we discovered several things about our Tin Lizzie 18 LS. One she does not like old thread and I do not mean really old just a few years old and two she did not  like Agent W’s Alabama quilt. Do you all think because this is an Auburn University house and Lizzie was working on an Alabama quilt she decided to cut up!!!

I think it was a variation of a couple of things. The King Tut thread I have had for several years and then the fabric some of the pieces was not  100 % cotton. The tread broke about twenty times we adjusted tensions time after time and then after she finished with her beautiful quilt for J we loaded a practice test piece on it and it worked like a charm. Go figure that one. So we just assume it was the old thread since on the practice piece we changed threads and the type of fabric.

Well we got through it and I always prepare us something for dinner and we had the best taco salads I think on earth. Good company, three great friends and one beautiful quilt and it is so hard for me to say that because I am an Auburn Fan. Just kidding. I did really think it was lovely and she can quilt all the Alabama quilts on it she wants to. That is what friends are for! We put our differences aside when it comes to friendship and quilting.

I guess one really good thing I like about Agent Wade and our Sunday quilting is when she walks through the door we leave politics, religion, football preferences (I do not even know what her favorite team is) anything drama at the front door.  We just enjoy each other and our learning process.

I have found so many times when you get involved with guilds,classes or whatever the hobby you may choose and you decide to go be a part of something it is drama.  I wonder why a bunch of women think when they get together to sew, knit, crochet, embroidery, cook or whatever they have to always discuss politics, religions, family, DRAMA, and such. Why can’t you just go enjoy being there working on your project and leave the rest of the crap where it belongs.. ON THE OUTSIDE.  I have decided I am going to go on a drama diet. I am not listening to it or participating in it.  Oh I did not mean to get off on my rant! I just wanted to express how much Agent W and W enjoy each others company and the only thing we discuss is what we are going to work on next and our currents project. HEAVEN ON EARTH.

This was really a beautiful quilt. The glitter part was not glitter it was gray polka dots but I think the camera captured it at an angle and it looks glittery. And that does give me an idea about another quilt using glittery fabric.

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I opened the shades in the room a tad and the light shown in but still you can see how pretty the quilt.


It is only apropos to have a UFO landing site outside your home if you are going give them a place to land.  This is our pond and a night shot of the solar lights we have around the pond. Wait I see one landing now!!!!!  Until next time. Be happy go on a DRAMA DIET and enjoy whatever love you have.  DSCN1657


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Eliminating UFOs

I tell you it has been a sewing frenzy this past few months in Locust Fork, AL. I sure am enjoying my Tin Lizzie 18 LS. It is a wonderful machine. Not many bells and whistles to tear up so that in my book is worth a lot. My father was a sewing machine mechanic back in the 60’s and he told me when I went to purchase anything even a washing machine get the one with the least items on it to tear up. My Tin Lizzie is basic with the stitch regulator and it is the cats pajamas. Has anyone ever seen a cat wearing pajamas????

Well here are two quilts that were quilted in the last few weeks. One by me and one by Agent Wade second in charge of the LFALA UFO Division.

Our spokes model Deara will be showing one. She is trying to act like it is hers but it belongs to Agent Wade. You’d just have to know Deara!

Linda quilted this flag quilt. I am really crazy about it. I like the way it looks like it is waving in the breeze.. Nothing like the good ole USA flag!!!




Deara is showing us the quilt.  Vanna White comes to mind on this. I quilted this for Linda. I really enjoyed it. It was a challenge and I am beginning to love challenges in the quilting world.




At first we thought these were orchids but looking closer they are tiny monkey’s that look like orchids.DSCN1585

This says it all.. I LOVE MY TIN LIZZIE.  Great company, great customer service. When you are in the market for a long arm. Please consider them. You will not be sorryDSCN1624

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Will The Real Betty Boop Please Sign In.

What’s My Line……….Will the real Betty Boop please sign in.


That girl has a serious gambling issue as you can see on this quilt. Not only does she play a lot of Bingo, she rolls dice!!  Betty, Betty, Betty! Shame on you fun girl!

Linda , I mean Agent Wade made this top. It is a Stack and Whack. Now to date I have not made one but I am going to be out looking for the ugliest fabric I can find with repeats to make me one. I want Linda to get me addicted to something else. I only have FOUR quilts started not counting all I am working on the Tin Lizzie putting them together.

From my understanding you find the ugliest fabric you can find with repeats stack it and whack it (cut it with the rotary cutter) and when you put together you get these wonderful kaleidoscopes.

When  Linda showed me this top (she only left about ten here to be quilted) right out of my mouth first statement was “you have to quilt her I can’t stand Betty Boop.  Someone one time told me I looked like her.”  Well how soon did my words change. Never say never that will be the first thing you do.

Here she is all loaded just making the first stitch.  See the border fabric. That is how it looks before you whack it!

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This woman Betty Boop has some gambling issues.  These dice I drew off with washable ink that disappears when wet OH LORD HOW I HOPE!DSCN1612

This is the border fabric. See how it turns out just by where you cut it.DSCN1613

Well she has to know what her last name is!DSCN1614

This girl is a mess!DSCN1615

TMI I know.. I live in a gown! If I am inside I have a gown on. I have various colors. I think this one matched up nicely with the top!DSCN1616

It is really pretty. This is only about two rows I have finished so far.DSCN1617

Another view of how you stack it and whack it!DSCN1620

This girl is a mess.. Did I already say that?DSCN1621

I AM IN LOVE WITH MY TIN LIZZIE 18.  I found this pin today while I was looking for something in my tool box and it says it all.DSCN1624

Well you can see I am about half way through.DSCN1625

The back looking as good as the front. I did make about a thirty five mile trip for these stones to put on the dice. This was just a test to see how it was going to look.. They are not glued down yet.. Well they are now but not here in the picture.DSCN1627 DSCN1628

I always keep a test piece on the frame while I am quilting. I make sure I leave some fabric wide enough to put some batting and a top on it so I can check my tensions. I love quilting my name. Tensions looked pretty good also. If now I could have adjusted and not had to start on the quilt row get the mirror bend down and look under the quilt with the mirror only to have to pick out. This way I can adjust any problems before I get started.DSCN1629

It does looks good. I love it.DSCN1630

Oh Betty you are something else!DSCN1631

Look at this piece. In the center if you look close it is her arm and one eye. It sure makes an interesting piece just by cutting a different way.DSCN1632


Thank to You Tube and Jamie Wallen I tried some Piano Keys stitching.DSCN1633

Oh my Linda, I mean Agent Wade really got a good cut out of this.DSCN1634


I really liked this one.. Her waving all that money. I tell you this girl has issues.. Needs intervention!DSCN1636 DSCN1637

Linda even captured her cute little bows that was around her waist.DSCN1638 DSCN1639 DSCN1640 DSCN1641 DSCN1642 DSCN1644 DSCN1645 DSCN1647

The owner of the quilt also needs to know her name!DSCN1648 DSCN1650 DSCN1651 DSCN1652 DSCN1653 DSCN1654 DSCN1655

I hope you enjoyed all the pictures as much as I enjoyed quilting this top. I LOVE BETTY BOOP!


Betty Boop Chris


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How To Care For Self Healing Cutting Mats – No Need To Throw Out Those Cutting Mats.

Well this one is a new one on me.  Learn something everyday. I have thrown my mat out time after time.. I saw this on Sew-Fantastic this morning and today my mats will be getting a much needed bath.


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Work Work Work

Linda came today. Some of you know her as Agent Wade of the LFALA UFO Division.  Deara came over also and brought us both two beautiful golden seam rippers.  Lord only knows we needed them a couple of times.  Deara ironed. That was a miracle in itself. If she keeps it up she’ll have to be Agent Deara.

Linda brought some of her gorgeous quilts. Here is a few pictures to enjoy.

I think she called this pattern “Thirty Something.”

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Another set of fabrics but same pattern.DSCN1510 DSCN1512 DSCN1514

Boy does my Tin Lizzie frame look lonely. I only lacked about two feet to go of this quilt and it was finished when the machine got sick. It has been gone three weeks and the sewing machine place has not even started working on it. I tell you my patience is running thin. I am hanging in there and eliminating UFOs here in Locust Fork, AlDSCN1516

You’ll have to wait till later for this picture and post.. STAY TUNED.DSCN1517


The ripper. If Deara continues to help us out we may make her title “Deara The Ripper.”  DSCN1520

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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. 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.

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.

DSCN1394DSCN1396DSCN1399DSCN1392Lovely fabric.


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.


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.

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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