Friday, February 22, 2019


There is a 12-week challenge with 6 quilt projects over at Kim’s Project Quilting 10.
We’re on PQ10.4 this week and the project is pixel play.  Which is hard. And very time consuming. And something way beyond my thinking, I think. But I did my version of it from start to finish in the 7 days allowed in the rules of the challenge, For some reason I have to do a bed size quilt or at least a large throw size for any quilt I do. I don’t know why. That’s my own challenge I guess. The only subject on my mind for a pixelated project was a penquin. I couldn’t let go of not doing a penguin in some shape or form.

If it looks like a penquin, has the colors of a penquin, and surrounded by snow and a blue sky, then it must be a penquin.

It’s not a highly pixelated resolution, just a bare minimum pixelation. I don’t know if that is even the right jibber-jabber for pixel talk, but that’s how I’m calling it any way. Everything used was from my stash and measures 47”x54”, which is a great size for a baby to play on and kick around with.

Thank you PQ10 for pushing our limits on these challenges.



Monday, February 18, 2019

Show Your Wings Bloghop

Winner, winner, chicken dinner. No, we're not going to eat these chickens that I created for the Show Your Wings bloghop. We've always had chickens on and off thru the years. We just had family Christmas Day at one of our sons house and he brought out Chicken Ginger to hang out with us. Yes, their chickens are named after family members, thus Chicken Ginger. And they have Dixie, Louise, and Blondie just to name a few. All was fine and well till she pooped on the carport and was taken back to the coop.


Some others in the family have ordered baby chicks for the spring and are they just arrived flapping their little wings . Sister says I should make a chicken quilt. Then along comes the Show Your Wings bloghop and I was brainstorming what to do for it. So its chicken wings for Show Your Wings with these whimsical chickens.

I used fabric I had in my stash and was surprised to find a yellow/tan that looks like chicken wire that’s good for the background. There was only enough for eight big blocks, no more. So I made it work.

The backing is a kind of a toille farm scene with chickens and goats and barns that I had from who knows when or where. And I had just enough red to put around the huge blocks. The blocks range from 8x16 to 12x12. The reds weren't measured to any specific size. They were cut to fit between the blocks. It came together without a pattern or plan. I just "winged"  it as it evolved along.

The chickens body parts are cut from a free-handed drawn template. The bodies are from different black fabrics to give them a cohesive look. Then different wings and feathers. The beaks, combs, and feet are all matching. Some do look as if they may be a rooster.

The baby chick blocks are just hatched and still in the cracked egg. 

They are appliqued to the tan/yellow and then surrounded by random size red fabric to offset each in the lineup

It's a finished measurement of 50"x78. I'm thinking it will be a cute throw for a farmhouse sunroom.

Thank you for stopping by to visit the chicken wings in Show Your Wings bloghop.
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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Another Win

You can say we have a dirt bike racer pro in the family. Another race this week and he placed 1st in the PeeWee Beginner Division.

It’s not if you win or loose, we know. It’s sportsmanship, competition, fun, and surely a learning experience in every way. But when giving it your all it sure is fun in the reward of 1st place. This is his second race in his lifetime of 6 and 1/2 years. It seems it’ll be a monthly event for sure from now on.

Last month he had a blue bike. This month an orange bike. His  dad is a dirt bike enthusiast since he was a kid, which we instilled in him growing up by buying him his first several dirt bikes as a kid. The dad has several dirt bikes in his collection over the years so he had the next size up to put Cohen on after his first race last month.

Call it a tight race. It was close. I was not at this race. But there in spirit with the pictures I was sent. Another race coming up. It has me on pins and needles wanting win after win after win now. I have to remember it’s fun for all no matter the results.


Thursday, February 7, 2019

Hanging Out

Here is my January quilt projects. The bright sun makes them look twice as nice and the light breeze had them floating in the air. It was kind of a wild theme quilting month. There's a sleepy fox group and a bird gathering.

The only real pattern used was a fox face pattern from online. I made the template, cut the pieces and sewed them together to make the fox faces come to life in a quilt block.  The bird block is just a free handed bird i drew on paper to make my template then cut and appliqued it on strips for the quilt.

First, the  bird gathering. Its made from fabrics I already had except the backing fabric which I bought just for this. I free handed the bird pattern silhouette and appliqued them on. Then just added the border strips and called it done.

It measures 68"x78" and makes for a nice size. It can't get any easier than this. Just cut and sew straight lines. Except the birds were a little time consuming.  I used a spray adhesive (for sewing) to put the birds in place,  then appliqued around each one.  The back is bird themed also.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Race Day

The new season for dirt bike racing has started. Cohen has signed up and is making his debut. Last year he watched and cheered his older cousins on and this year he’s starting in the peewee beginner.
He’ll be racing once a month for the next ten months. Each race counts toward the end of the season for the placing in your division.

He’s not new to riding. He’s been riding at home for several years. So he has the riding basics behind him. He just has to get the competition part down.

He did great the first half keeping his place in second and third as we watched the laps. He had a spill and that put him back and couldn’t get back in the front.

He was sad at the end of the race knowing he didn’t make the top three. For his first race he finished and no injuries is a winner for us. So he took home fifth place for Round 1 and knows the next race is another chance.

We only stayed for the morning races to see Cohen and his older cousin race. The teenagers and adults races were next. As we were leaving, this is the view of the racers lining up. It was a sea of racers waiting their take offs by divisions.

The next one is February and I so plan to go and cheer my favorite racer.