Thursday, February 6, 2014

100th Anniversary Quilt, Greenlee County Cattle Growers

 I volunteered to make this quilt for the 100th anniversary of the Greenlee County Cattle Growers.  It will be auctioned on February 15, 2014 at the centennial celebration at the Greenlee County Fair Grounds.

This quilt sold for $1000 to Judge Monica Stauffer, superior court judge and a rancher in our county.

As president of the Greenlee County Cowbelles, I knew I was going to have to help with the celebration.  I decided that I would help the way I wanted to, so I volunteered to make this quilt.  The first day I joined Cowbelles 7 years ago I bought two blocks on the quilt for$10 each, backwards BL and 7L.  These are our brands.  I waited and waited, but no one ever made the quilt.  When we were planning the celebration, I decided to offer to make the quilt myself and so I did.
Click on any of the photos for a close-up view.
I wanted fabric that everyone would be proud to have in their homes.  My sister, Adele, had seen this fabric at the store in Miami, AZ so I went to "Julies'" and bought it.  The color isn't true in any of these photos.  It is a taupe color.  I like the barb wire on the fabric and there is barb wire quilted into the quiet strip.
 After collecting brands, I realized there were to many for the pattern I chose, so our 7L brand went on the back of the quilt.  It is sort of like a signature on the back.  I think it fits well there.  The pattern is "Circle of Nine" by Janet Houts and Jean Ann Wright.  I had to adjust the pattern to fit my design, but credit for the layout goes to them.
 I asked my quilter, Kathy Wolfe, to stipple around the brands.  I wanted the brands to stand out.  
 Kathy chose to quilt different cowboy designs in the inner taupe sections.
This gives an idea of what the back looks like.
A picture of the full back.
No quilt is finished without a label.
I'll post later what it sold for.

Monday, December 2, 2013

2013 Quilting?????

Some of you may have wondered what has happened to my blog this past year.  Sometimes life just doesn't turn out the way you have planned.

Last year my husband lost his job.  The first 6 months of 2013 I spent most of my time hanging out with him.  I just enjoyed this special, yet difficult time we had to spend together.  We tried to count our blessings in the midst of some very difficult personal challenges.  We did find many blessings to count, among them our friends and family.

We always thought that people who didn't have jobs just weren't trying.  We applied for so many jobs and were rejected.  Some of the jobs we were especially well qualified for and still did not get.  Other jobs were new to us.  We even applied for a job where the only qualification was that you speak English, and we still didn't get it.

Finally on June 17, 2013, with much help from loyal friends,  Richard went to work for Freeport McMoRan, a mining company, in our area.  He was hired as a repairman in the Crush and Convey department.  It is very good job with good benefits.  He also has some really good men to work with.

The day Richard went to work, I left to take care of my daughter in law who was very ill.  I spent the next 5 1/2 months traveling 5 hours to care for her and her family while my son worked, and then traveling 5 hours home again on his days off. One of the hidden blessings was that I became very close to my daughter in law and her three small girls.  I was able to become someone my grandchildren actually knew and I feel they love me just a little bit more for my having been with them so much.  My good son still loves me too!

I was able to quilt some during this time, but I didn't have many finished projects.  I plan on getting to work on them now.  I also am currently finishing a quilt I have made for our Greenlee Cattle Growers 100th Anniversary Celebration.

The jest of all this is that I am back in the Quilting business and plan to start posting on my blog again.  Thanks for all of you who stop by and look at my quilting.  I enjoy your visits and your comments.

Happy Quilting to all of you and a Happy Holiday Season!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Denim Rag Rug Charity Quilt

 The Relief Society, our church's charitable organization, has some 6 inch blocks of denim and corduroy that had been cut from pants.  They asked us to make rag quilts to put in the New Mexico State Trooper cars for the homeless and others the police officers thought needed them.   When I was choosing my squares I went for the colored ones.  I wanted a colorful quilt.  This is what I came up with. 
The denim from the front have different colors on the back to make this pattern.  I was limited in my design by the colors I had.  I did not enjoy making this quilt.  Denim is hard to sew.  However, I really love the way it turned out.  Just a tip...I turned the denim wrong side out so the quilt looks more new and not worn out.  

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Audra's Doll Quilt

 This Doll quilt was made as a sample of a quilt done by Missouri Star Quilt Company.  They have a video on line showing a whole quilt done with this method here.
 I have chosen my quilting from a book by Angela Walters.  I love her quilting.  It is modern, fresh and youthful (all the things I am not!)
 This is the quilting on one part of the star.
 Angela have this beautiful fern type quilting.  I put it in this spare triangle.
 I quilted the date right into the quilt.
 The label shows I made it.
 I quilted her name on it so years from now she will know I made this quilt for her.
 More quilting.
 The back of those side triangles.
The quilting on the back.
I hope Audra will love this quilt.  I can't give it to her until I have one ready for her sister. This was a fun quilt to make.  I hope you all enjoyed looking at it.
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