Quilting

Tour(still playing catch-up ;) )

So, I promised you a tour…  Don’t let it be said that I don’t keep my promises. ๐Ÿ˜‰

What does a momma who loves some fresh venison, appreciates a good shot, but has no desire to sit in a deer stand do in the “deer woods”?  She quilts!  I made a crazy quilt the first two years we went, and the last two years, I’ve worked on my “Green Quilt.”  Why green? Well it’s my favorite color, of course! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Aaannnddd…where else can you have army trucks and flowers right next to each other?

In the morning, you’ve got to have a little comfort. So, remember my eggnog milkshake?  Well, how about eggnog coffee?

I had my Daddy try it.  Lol! His response was, “That’s TERRIBLE!”  Well, I like it!  Yummy :))

You saw what we did when we drove up in the night, here’s what it looks like in the light of day.

And where the momma and girls stay….Thank you, Daddy!! (complete with working plumbing!!)

And a few more sights….

Know what this is for?  Don’t worry, by the time they get here, they don’t feel a thing…hehehehe…

Yeah, if you’re a bambi lovin’ tree hugger…. you might want to stop reading this….NOW  ๐Ÿ˜‰

You gotta appreciate a good group of men with a great sense of humor….

For the “harvest”, and just in case you can’t read the sign…

Lol!!!  Is that not hilarious?  Love it!  LOVE a man with a sense of humor!!!!

What do you do if it’s drizzling and you’re bored in the camp house?  You talk your Grandpa into going outside and letting you shoot the BB gun…

Okay, you’ve been warned once, but I’m telling you, DO NOT read further if you are opposed to blood, guts, or dead deer…

My Little Guy got his first deer!  Well, he might have had some help, but please don’t tell him!  He and his Grandpa had a very productive morning!

๏ปฟOkay, there was one more pic I wanted to share, but even with my warnings, I’m afraid it’s just too graphic for some of my readers.  It is of a 13 year old girl getting a lesson in cleaning and dressing out a deer.  Why would I want to share that?  Because 30 years ago, that was me.  No, I’m not 40….yet!  But, I got an earlier start. Hehehe…
The take was great!  Archer got two, Daddy got one, Brother took two, and, of course, Little Guy got his first!!  Way to go Guys!!  Lot’s to be thankful for!

Brown Baggin’ It….(almost done;) )

Here we go…..one…more…time.   Hate to tell you, but it won’t be the last.  ๐Ÿ˜‰  The back of my Brown Bag quilt is done!  But……I don’t have a picture of it, completed.  I will show you what I do have pictures of. ๐Ÿ™‚

I saved this as blue and green make neutral. ๐Ÿ˜‰  See I found some black with leaves(the pic refused to upload :-/ ), and saved it as “closebutno”, you understand. So to make my back the size it needed to be, I simply added this allllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll the way around.  It’s not too bad, if I do say  so myself.

 This is what  it looked like before I added the “blueandgreenmakeneutral.” 

 And….if it’s not lying perfectly flat, *ahem-clears throat*, it must be because my youngest, decided it was a great spot to take a rest. ๐Ÿ˜‰  She would be the reason I HAVE to use a cutting table.  Like her momma, she loves fabric, in fact, it must call to her, as it does me, because if a piece is spread out or put down, she is gonna be on it! :0)  Her name is Ella, and she is my cuddle buddy, nap partner and co-fabric hound.  Hehehe

My First Quilt

I started quilting in the summer of 1999, the quilting bug bit me good.  At that time I was VERY into rubberstamping.  I have a dear sister friend, Ms. Sarah Kate, who at the time was interested in my hobby.  So, one afternoon, she and her two littles, at the time, came on over and we set to stamping!  It was fun on overdrive.  When it was time for her to go home and get supper started, she invited me over for a quilting lesson the next week.  Well, I thought I’d never be able to figure it out, but we’d had such a good time that afternoon, what could it hurt?  Hehehe…. little did I know!!!  Seriously, stop and laugh here!  The next week I took my two littles, at the time(the one in the oven, too ๐Ÿ˜‰  ), and headed on over not knowing what to expect.  I was in wonder at her quilts, and at that time she was even selling to a gallery in Chicago.  HOW would I ever learn to DO that?  Weirdest thing happened…she pulled out a piece of paper.  Then she told me I was going to sew the fabric to the paper, and that would make a quilt block? Really?  I had seen my grandmothers and great-grandmothers quilt, and that was NOT how they did it.  But since I knew nothing, and it looked like she did, I decided to trust her. ๐Ÿ™‚  Ever so glad I did.

Paper piecing was a perfect way for a young mom to learn to quilt.  It required no math, even though I thoroughly enjoy that aspect of the process now, when your about brain dead from pregnancy and preschoolers, it’s kind of nice to just enjoy the creative process, without too much critical thinking. ๐Ÿ˜‰

She kindly sent me home with patterns and fabric.  Sarah Kate, have I ever said, “Thank you, truly, from the bottom of my heart.”? 

Well, it wasn’t long(read *within the next two days) before I was out buying fabric, and I haven’t stopped yet!  Hehehehe…..

And, so, within a couple of weeks, I had made my first quilt… and it is entirely paper pieced, borders included. Lol  This quilt has been loved, washed, dried, thrown up on and I don’t even want to know what else…  So, the colors are a little faded, and my color choices certainly have changed, but here it is…

And the girl I made it for “then”…

And “now”….

My sweet Bonnie Love!  Who just happened to turn 13 last week.  Oh, how time goes by…
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