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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Flag on a Stick Giveaway Winner!

   I must say the Flag on a Stick blog hop was so much fun! I really enjoyed seeing all of the creative and beautiful flags. I don't know if I could pick a favorite if I had to do so.

 Thanks to everyone that took the time to stop by and comment. It means a lot to me!

 I printed out the list, and crossed out the extra comments as I counted each person one time. Random number generator picked No. 35  out of 55 entries. 
  Soooooooooo the winner is.........................
Celynn of Celynn's Sunflower Patch
 Congratulations Celynn! I will be sending you an email to get your mailing address!

 Thanks again to everyone! I hope you will come back and visit! 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014


  Only two more days to see more beautiful flags waving!
 I am sorry I have been out of touch. I had to go out of town overnight, and now for some reason, I can't comment on any of the blogs. 
 If anyone knows why, please let me know. I've checked my settings, and I cannot figure it out.
 I'm way behind on replying, but I'm trying to catch up! 
 Have fun viewing all of the neat flags in this hop!

April 2nd
Thimblemouse & Spouse
Stitchin' By The Lake
Just One More Stitch
The Quilting Queen Online
Selina quilts
Whims And Fancies

April 3rd
Just Keep Swimming
The House on the Side of the Hill
Texas Quilting Gal
Madame Samm

Monday, March 31, 2014

FLAGS ON A STICK - Today's my Day!!

 (First, let me say, I'm so sorry my post didn't go out as I thought it would. I forgot to hit publish after I scheduled it to post.)

I have had so much fun looking at all of the flags that have been created! Oh gosh! They are all incredible! 

  First I want to give a big hug and thank you to Madame Samm of Sew We Quilt for arranging all of the details of these wonderful blog hops. Also a big hug and thank you to Thearica from Pigtales and Quilts for being our cheerleader and fabulous helper to answer all of our questions. I know we all had great inspiration to make our flags from our sponsors Flags on a Stick and Flag-Outlet.

 I really thought I could do this fairly quick as I made a burlap flag in January just for fun. I think I thought wrong because it took me several days to get it done and all put together. 

 My first thought was to take pictures as I went.  Like I said, it was a thought. I forgot to take pictures beyond the first day in which I started embroidering the front side of the flag. 
 When I was in Hobby Lobby one day, I found this bright yellow burlap in the remnant bin! Woo hoo! First inspiration! 

 In case you didn't know, to get the sides, top and bottom straight, just pull the strings and slice off what you don't want with the rotary cutter. 

 This was just my first pile! The best thing about dyed burlap is that it's not as dusty, and doesn't make my nose run like the real stuff. However, it all gets a toss in the dryer before any project to get out as much dust as possible. 

 Then comes the spray starch! Lots of it will help to stabilizer those fibers. 
 Of course, it took me days to decide on what to do, but I knew I had to use something bright on this yellow burlap. I went through my stash, and I had some 5" charms that were the perfect colors. 
 So here it is ready to start embroidery, and that, my friends, is as far as the step-by-step pictures evolved! Ha Ha! Now to the finished product! I know it's hard to see, but I added a little bee on one flower, and a ladybug flying up the side of another flower. It is spring, you know!

My only disappointment is the back side. I didn't line the inside with a stabilizer that would block out the front side. Oh well, live and learn. I love the big "C", and I wanted something that would last all summer. The "C" is from Ageless Embroidery, and it was a free alphabet collection. It stitches out so nice! (I really need a new flag stand. Oh, why didn't I think of doing the tabs like some of the others did? Duh!)

  So now have you noticed my little "danglies" I added. They fly when the wind blows as you will be able to see in the videos. Don't worry, they are both really short.

 Of course, my nosy Maggie had to get in the picture. She came running and barking at my flag like it was an alien or something! 
  I made the dangly flowers sort of like making ITH frames or tags. I used a washaway stabilizer, and also put some stiff interfacing inside so they would be stiff. It took a while to do them even though they look pretty simple. 

 To give credit to the embroidery sites, I used a combination of flowers from Planet Applique, Embroidery Boutique, and the butterfly is from Embroidery Library. 

 I must show the first flag I made in January out of plain burlap. The design is by Sonia Showalter which was a free alphabet. I just love it too! This flag held up during the ice, snow, and bitter cold. I sprayed it with some acrylic spray, and I had joined the front and back with Heat-n-Bond Lite just like the yellow one.
 I know this is a long post, but since you made it this far, you might want to make a comment to be entered in my little giveaway. I have a Stack 'n Store Bobbin Tower by Nancy Zieman, and a cute notepad by Mary Engelbreit. Plus I may throw in some other little something.

 Just one comment is all you have to make. I'd love you to follow me, but it's not necessary to win. 

 Be sure to visit the other blogs to see their flags. This is the schedule for the rest of the week.

March 31st
Grandmama's Stories
More Stars in Comanche 
Pampered Pettit
Farm Gate Creations

April 1st
Sew Incredibly Crazy
Quilt Doodle Designs
Buzzing and Bumbling
Why Knot Kwilt?
Creatin' in the Sticks

 Happy Flag Flying!
Shirley Clark

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Some In The Hoop Projects....

  I love doing In The Hoop projects on my embroidery machine. I think it is because they are usually pretty quick and easy. 
 It's sort of an instant gratification seeing a project done so quickly.
  I like making felties designs for hair clippies. They are very easy, but I like to do the ones that only have 2 or 3 color changes. 
 These little flip flops and bunnies were made for a teacher friend of mine for her reward store in her classroom. 
  The next ones are some felt lips and mustaches that were used for some Valentine favors. You punch a hole in the middle to stick a Dum-Dum sucker inside, and they are so funny on the kids.
 This is a modeled picture of my grandson! 
 Next are some things I made for Shelby's doll for her birthday. I used an ITH Apron design from Genniewren Designs. She makes great doll clothes patterns, and I went a little further with this one and used it for an outfit by making a front and a back, and tying them together. The design includes the little pocket, and the kitchen designs that fit the pocket. I added the bird on the bottom apron.

 This is one of the generic dolls Shelby let me borrow for a model. I made her some bloomers to wear under her aprons. 
 These aprons were sooooo easy to make! You can use scraps of all kinds. I made the front and back insides all different. I think she will have fun with all of these!

 Thanks for looking! Comments are welcome!


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

She Shall Rise Again!!

 In the early morning hours of December 24, 2011, our church burned to the ground. We were on vacation in Nashville, but we received some early phone messages that it was burning. 
 I got on my computer to see pictures and videos of the devastation.  It was horrible! It was sad! It upset the whole town! This was the old church.
 After the fire. So sad!

The Fire.

The Groundbreaking for the new church last spring. It was pouring rain!

 God has a plan for everyone and everything. This is the new church in which we are hoping to move into by Easter.
 We are all excited to move into the new building. I can't wait to see it all!  Sunday School classes have been being held all over town. At least we had the old gym that was refurbished to use for a sanctuary in the mean time. 
 Thanks for looking!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Doll Quilts

 My granddaughter will have her 7th birthday in April, and I've started on some things to put in her birthday box for her American Girl dolls. 

 I love quilts, and I love piecing them, but I'm certainly not a quilter. However, I do like to play around a little with free motion quilting. I'm glad you can't see the details on these quilts, because they are not up to par. They were still fun to make.

 The embroidered blocks came out of the stash of a sewing friend. She had made 7 so I made one more in order to have 4 for each quilt. 

 The sashing came from Hancock's clearance bin for $2.00 a package. I didn't use them all plus there were some aqua fabrics in it also. The best thing is they were already cut! :)

 I had the pink backing in my stash, and I didn't even use any batting because I didn't have any. I just put a piece of muslin in between the layers. After all, they are for "dolls"! 

 Please come back to visit!

Friday, January 24, 2014

A Little Snow in the South!

  It doesn't happen too often, but when it does, we all get excited!
 We were only in the edge of the cold front that went through, but we got about a half an inch! Some places further south got nearly 2 inches. That is really unusual!
 The kids here in my parish got a snow day off from school so everyone is happy!
 Poor Maggie didn't know what to do. It covered up all of her favorite places to sniff!

 I know most people are sick of snow, and I don't blame them. I wouldn't know what to do if it was much more than this! 
Thanks for stopping by!