Friday, July 29, 2011

Wizard of Oz

Finally got the Wizard of Oz quilt finished!
I divided the pics up so you can see 
how it's just like watching the movie.
Click on the photo to enlarge.
I quilted rainbows and tornadoes in the sashing
and outlined the pictures

Check out the rainbow and tornadoes at the color/sepia split on the last row.
I'm pretty proud of that! lol

Overall a very beautiful quilt by a fairly new quilter!

For those of you that live here in the area of  
Central Oklahoma,
there is a 
Quilt and Car show this evening at 
Harmony Christian Church
7100 South Choctaw Road. Choctaw OK
That is just north of I-40 on Choctaw road.
Can't miss it because of the cars.
The quilts are inside with the air conditioning

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Okay, I know I keep talking about this, but let me tell you, it is worth talking about,  so listen up, again, and start spreading the word and get ready to win BIG if you Want To Be a Quilter!

 This new campaign starts on MONDAY  over at one of my favorite blogs (Sew We Quilt at Stash Manicure) for new Want To Be Quilters who are just getting started out in the wonderful world of quilting.  The idea is to spread the joy of quilting (so that you can think about quilting as often as I do ;-D) And the best thing about it is you can win big!!!  Oh, and I should mention when you win, I win too  (and you all love me and want me to win too, right :) 

So what can you win . . .
They are having quilting supplies to giveaway 5 x a week for 12 weeks.  From sewing machines to irons, to die cutters, to mats, to rotary cutters, sewing baskets, scissors, batting, needles, rolled sewing machine bags, patterns, books, magazines...everything you could imagine to assist you in being a NEW Quilter.   (I will mention though, if you do win . . . you have to pay for the shipping of the prizes, as the organizer is doing so much she would go bankrupt in shipping costs.  But trust me, these prizes will be worth the shipping.  However, if you win something that you don't want to pay shipping for, you can just not claim the prize.
So what qualifies you to be a Wantobe Quilter . . . 
You do not have your own machine, tools, notions, or fabric stash.   Basically, You could have made a quilt once with a Mom, Sister, Friend, etc. but you loved it, and want to do it more, but you don't have your own tools.  Or maybe you never ever tried to make a quilt, but always wanted to but thought,  ..."geez, I'll never be able to afford all the crap I need to do this!"
So what do you have to do . . .
FIRST - Email me your name, email,  and phone number sew I can submit this to the organizer.  (These won't be redistributed and you can email them to me at
 matate10 (at) yahoo (dot) com )
SECOND - Make sure you are a follower at my blog  and a follower at  Sew we Quilt at Stash Manicure.  To follow, just click on the join this site  button on the left hand side of the blog :) 
THIRD  - Go to Sew We Quilt at Stash Manicure EVERY Mon Wed and Fri between Aug 1st and Oct 15th and leave a comment.  (That enters you in that day's drawing.)

Doing these three easy steps qualifies you to win!!  Pretty Easy Right!!! 

 There are over 49 Sponsors involved.  And oh my goodness it is going to be a blast!! I am pretty excited to be part of this, sew should you. I love being a QUILTER and I hope that a few of you can maybe win big and start down your own path of having quilting on the brain 24/7.   So if you are interested, just follow the three steps above :)  
This all starts August 1st so make sure to send me those emails by then :)  It is going to be so much fun!!!!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Wantobe a Quilter Campaign

"Hello friends and followers, I would love to welcome you
to a Wantobe Quilters Campaign over here. (
 They are having quilting supplies to giveaway 5 x a week for 12 weeks. 
Supplies that will have you quilting
before you know it...From sewing machines to irons, to die cutters,
to mats, to rotary cutters, sewing baskets, scissors, batting, needles,
rolled sewing machine bags, patterns, books, magazines...everything
you could imagine to assist you in being a NEW Quilter. 
Even if you are already part of this community you can win
quilting stuff too...Tuesday and Thursday are days for us..
All you have to do is give me your name and phone number 
and email sew I can submit this to the organizer, because if you win
anything I can win something too. 
All you have to do is be my follower and a follower
That is all! There are over 49 Sponsors involved.
I am pretty excited to be part of this, sew should you.
I love being a QUILTER! 

( p.s you will not be eligible to win anything if you do not register
with a blogger where you see this message)

Happy Quilting!!

Friday, July 22, 2011

More quilting

Been quilting this week and finished this little quilt, plus another one similar to it that I didn't photograph.
Click on the pic and you can see the leaf meander I did with the leaf border.

Here's a big one I'm working on for Robini.
It's the most beautiful Wizard of Oz quilt I've seen.

I'm putting tornadoes and rainbows in the sashing and meandering around the pics

It's also huge!
  I'm about 1/2 way done.
The way she has it arranged, it is almost like watching the move!
It starts at the top with the sepia tone and goes through the story just as the movie does.
She put all the leftovers on the back and it's as pretty as the front!

Happy quilting!

Monday, July 18, 2011

It's looking More Like a Quilt

I must say that it's looking more like a quilt!

I started collecting fabrics for this quilt about 3 years ago, cut it out in April 2010 and My brother's 60th birthday is Aug 30th.
I'm getting down to the wire and still have 3 borders one of which is pieced.
But, man that Daiwbo fabric really made a beautiful 
Oklahoma Dugout, if  I do say so myself!!

Have to put it away for a bit to do some quilting and pay some bills but, I think I'm on a roll here.

Happy quilting!

Friday, July 15, 2011

My brother's quilt

Last Saturday night when I went to SEAM 
(Sewing Eating And a Movie) night
at Quilters Corner I managed to get all the rest of the blocks made and put up on the design wall to decide how to place them in the quilt.
Did I take a picture of it?
Of course not!
Did I think about it?
Did I have my camera?
Am I a dumb a**?
Most definitely!!

I carefully took the blocks off the design wall,
pinning them together in rows so I can put them together in a twosy foursy type configuration, rather than the usual row by row way.

The above is the extent of my design wall at home.
Great for my foursy but not much else.
This next pic is how I organize a lot of my piecing.
If you don't recognize it, it is a pants hanger hanging on a towel rack!

For this particular application I put the top foursy on the top rung, the next foursy on the next rung and so on.

It'a also great for organizing strips and doesn't cost an arm and a leg at discount stores.
I only have one because I'm really, really cheap, but you can have many if you need them.

Happy quilting!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

It rained today!!

Can't believe it actually rained this afternoon for about 30 minutes.
It was Glorious!!
It might rain again!

We haven't had rain since mid May and have had 20 some odd days of 100+ temps in a row.
It has been miserable.
Right now it is 85!

Just had to say.

Happy quilting!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Completed Tequila Sunset

Here is the completed
Tequila Sunset!

It is a beautiful quilt and I had a great
fear of quilting it because of the immense beauty!
I hope I did it justice.
When Trish saw it, she was pleased so I did okay.
(Whew,  big sigh!)

This is a horizontal pic of the back, so turn your head sideways.
(I didn't flip it sideways because it always seem to make it small and skinny.)

Boy it was a hot one here today!!
We had to run a couple of errands this afternoon that just couldn't be put off and when we returned our thermometer said 111 degree F.
That's just too ding dang hot.
The official temp at the airport (in the shade over grass) was 108.  
I live in the sun next to a parking lot.
And the pool was closed!!!
Someone pulled off a loose tile and brick and they had to close the pool to repair it.

Happy quilting!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

More Tequila sunset

I made good progress today and hope I can
finish this quilt tomorrow.

Here you can see the back:

And here you can see the upper part where I started doing some spirals to look like galaxy wind.
(My own interpretation)

Happy quilting!  

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Birthday USA!!

Here's what I'm working on today.
Finally got over my angst about it.
It is such a gorgeous quilt that I didn't want to do anything to take away from the beauty!

As it moves up to the top it turns to dark purples. 
Trish calls it Tequila sunset, thus the sun rays in the lower left hand corner.
I'm using a variety of threads: yellows, pinks, purples, rust, varigated and solid.
I started by stitching with my edge foot with the needle a couple of clicks into the sashing.
Even with the edge foot, staying right in the ditch is hard, so that solves the problem for me.
That stabilized the quilt so I was free to start with the free motion, skipping over the sashing.
I want it to look like looking through a window.
Hope Trish likes it.

Well it's the 4th of July.
As a child our family always went to Spavinaw creek in Eastern Oklahoma on the 4th for our annual sunburn, mosquito bites and sparklers.
We have wonderful memories.

What memories do you have of 4th of July's long past?

Have a safe Holiday

Happy quilting

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