Friday, December 26, 2008

Virtual Wannabee Pincushion Challenge



http://www.craftstylish.com/item/945/how-to-make-pretty-pincushions
http://www.purlbee.com/very-easy-pincushions/
http://kootoyoo.blogspot.com/2008/07/how-to-make-pincushion-by-hand.html
http://mimikirchner.com/blog/archives/2006/10/make-a-make-do-pin-cushion/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/verybigjen/sets/72057594099768007/
http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/cr_needle_arts/article/0,,DIY_13768_5148242,00.html
http://www.hgtv.com/crafting/make-do-pincushions/index.html
http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Felt-Rosebud-Pincushion
http://www.stresslesscountry.com/pincushion/index.html
http://mybyrdhouse.blogspot.com/2008/01/year-of-mouse-ppp-pincushion.html
http://loopylace.com/anniescrazyworld/?p=709
http://www.joann.com/static/project/0705/PA00239.pdf
http://tipnut.com/22-free-pincushion-patterns/
http://www.scribd.com/doc/2087389/Make-Do-Pincushions
http://www.knittingdaily.com/blogs/patterns/archive/2007/10/14/a-pincushion-to-make-in-irish-crochet.aspx
http://www.bhg.com/crafts/sewing/projects/wild-flower-pincushion/


One of our Virtual Wannabees asked me if it would be possible for the Wannabees to participate in a Pincushion Challenge. After thinking about it of, oh, a few moments, I, too, thought it was a great idea. The Wackies had a great time with the project, hunting patterns, trying to keep each design a secret......you know, the things girlfriends love to get into. Anyway, the "Wackies" came up with a way for the Wannabees to participate and join in the fun.

First and foremost, you are under no obligation to participate, so don't feel pressured.

This challenge will start after Christmas and will end on February 5, 2009, 8PM.
Wow, that's a long time, someone might think but if you are like me......the longer you have to ponder, make a few pincushions just to get your feet wet, change your mind on a design.....etc., the better it will be in the long run.

Above are links on how-to make pincushions. Mind you, these are only suggestions for the challenge. We tried to find tutorial and lots of pictures with instructions.....LOL.
The challenge is to step out of your comfort zone and try something that you would normally shy away from. The links will help you get some ideas on what to do.

Rules/Conditions:

You may enter up to 3 pincushions. Your pincushion(s) may incorporate techniques such as cross-stitch, needlepoint, crochet, quilting, embroidery and/or bead work, for example.

Pincushions must be made by you not store bought.

A picture of each pincushion will need to be posted on our Virtual Yahoo Group with a description of the method used. (More on how-to post your picture later)
Your pincushions will be posted on the WackyPac blog by a "WackyPac" member. We love showing off great work!

A Viewers Choice Poll may be used as a tool for judging the pincushions. This process is just for fun with no real criteria involved other than inviting your friends to pop over here and vote for your "pincushion."

All pincushions will need to be finished and posted by February 5, 2009, 8PM. (No exceptions)
Virtual Awards will follow the final results.
Sign-up by leaving a comment.
If, you are not yet a Virtual Wacky Wannabee, there's still time to become one of us by leaving a comment as to why you want to join in the fun then go to the sidebar copy & paste our logo to your blog and link back to the "WackyPac" blog. One of the Wackies will contact you very soon.
And if you'd like to sharpen your talents in hand embroidery or by machine but you are not a Wacky or Wannabee........that's alright, join in the fun in making pincushions anyway. We'd love to have you. Sign-up by leaving a comment and your blog address to get started. Also, copy and paste the image of the pincushion onto your sidebar and link back to the WackyPac blog.


Saturday, December 20, 2008

Oh Christmas Tree


Christmas trees come in all shapes and sizes, including the 1 dimensional kind. This is a quilted tree made by Kathy L. last year for a class she and Patty were teaching. Kathy was playing around with the design and attempting to lessen her fabric stash.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Kit It


Our "wacky" pal, Kath loves kits. She bought this one a few months ago at Common Threads in Waxahachie, Texas. The directions were easy to follow and the quilt went together like a dream. Of course the fabrics are ThimbleWar and CivilBerry. If you're confused with the fabric description........so am I.......LOL.......I can't tell them apart unless I read the side labels.
BTW, no, this is not Kath's sewing studio. This was taken on a recent retreat.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Crazy Quilt


Kathy L., one of our Wacky members who doesn't have a blog.....I know it's crazy but she doesn't......anyway we did a little show & tell at our Christmas Party and this quilt Kathy made in no time. She is our fastest member when it comes to making a quilt. She is also our long-arm quilter. Very convenient for us. Kathy is a sweet soul who would bend over backward to help with any project we get into.
Of course, the picture doesn't do this Thimbleberry fabric justice.....or is it Civil War fabric......no, I know it's ThimbleWar/Civilberry. I always get them mixed up.
If you'd like to see more of all our fun and laughter, pop over to HumbleQuilter. She'll give you the low-down.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

The Art of Pincushions


Today the "wackies" celebrated our annual Christmas party. As you can imagine there was plenty of food, much laughter and a few tears. Molly challenged us to make pincushions this year. Trust me, this was much easier that her previous ideas. Here's the results from those who chose to participate.



I am very proud of our efforts and I think I'll make a few more as gifts. Who know, one might be coming your way.









Friday, December 12, 2008

"Elf" Yourself

Amanda's blog posted this site for sending neat Christmas e-mail cards or to post on your blog. You and your kids will love it.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

And The Winner Is.......


And the Christmas Tree Table-runner going to.............Sue!

Yippie Skippy for Sue C. Your table-runner will be on its way to you ASAP!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Attention!!!!!

By Wednesday morning the Give-away Christmas Tree table-runner will be on its way to a luck recipient. Will it be you or you or you.

Don't miss out........there's still time to leave a comment to enter the give-away which will end Tuesday, Dec. 9th @ 11PM.

Take a look on our sidebar to get a gander at the cute table-runner. It was loads of fun making it and only took a day. A tutorial on how-to is provided in previous posts. Follow the link to view where to start.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Last Minute

Are you looking for last minute activities or gifts or stocking stuffers for Christmas? Well pop over to this blog and check out all the possibilities. This gal really knows her stuff.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Link-a-licious

I popped in on "Wannabee Monica" to see what she was up to and she had a link to a recipe that you won't believe but it is out of this world. So, pop over the "MUG" which by the way is not her name but I thought it was appropriate for what you will need is the best thing and the quickest.....well that's all I'm saying. Grannie G really knows how to cook!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

No Cheating...Let's Have Some Fun & LOL

One of your "Wacky" members sent this survey, of sorts, to me the other day and after reading through it to answer 1 question, I felt I had to share it with our blogger friends, because my choice was right on the money. Here goes...you'll be as amazed as I was......BTW, leave your answer in the "comments" section.

If all the 8 desserts listed below were sitting in front of you, which would you choose (sorry, you can only pick one)! This is said to be very accurate. Pick your dessert and then look to see what psychiatrists think about you.
Remember - No peeking....Make your choice before you check the meaning.
Here are your choices:

  • Angel Food Cake
  • Brownies
  • Lemon Meringue Pie
  • White Cake with Chocolate Icing
  • Strawberry Short Cake
  • Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Icing
  • Ice Cream
  • Carrot Cake



Now, don't change your mind one you scroll down, so think carefully about what your choice will be!!!

Have you chosen yet?

Good!

Now, this is what the researchers say about your choice.................................






  • Angel Food Cake -- Sweet, loving, cuddly. You love all warm & fuzzy items. A little nutty at times. Sometimes you need an ice cream cone at the end of the day. Others perceive you as being childlike & immature at times.....but you know yourself well.

  • Brownies -- You are adventurous, love new ideas, & are a champion of underdogs & a slayer of dragons. When tempers flare up, you whip out your saber. You are always misunderstood with a unique sense of humor & direction. You tend to always be loyal, beautiful, best kind of friend & lover, very mysterious & huge sex appeal.

  • Lemon Meringue Pie -- Smooth, sexy & articulate with your hands, you are an excellent caregiver & a good teacher. But don't try to walk & chew gum at the same time. A bit of a diva at times, you set your own style because you do your own thing. You shine when it comes to helping others & have many friends.

  • White Cake with Chocolate Icing -- Fun-loving, sassy, humorous, lacking motivation at times. Everyone enjoys being around you, but you are a practical joker. Others should be cautious in making you mad. However, you are a friend for life.

  • Strawberry Shortcake -- Romantic, warm, loving. You care about other people, can be counted on in a pinch & expect the same in return. Intuitively keen. You can be very emotional at times but a true person in every way. You like to do things for yourself & help others learn about themselves.

  • Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Icing -- Sexy; always ready to give & receive. Very creative, adventurous, ambitious & passionate. You can appear to have a cold exterior but are warm on the inside where it counts. Not afraid to take chances. Will not settle for anything average in life. Loves to laugh.

  • Ice Cream -- You like sports, whether it be baseball, football, basketball or soccer. If you could, you'd like to participate but you enjoy watching. You don't like to give up the remote control. You tend to be self-centered and high maintenance at times but that's who you are. But your friends love you.

  • Carrot Cake -- You are a very fun loving person, who likes to laugh. You are fun to be with. People like to hang out with you. You are a very warm hearted person & a little quirky at times. You have many loyal friends. You were meant to lead & teach others. A wonderful role model.



Remember to leave a comment listing your dessert!
I picked Lemon Meringue Pie.
Frankly, I think someone has been talking to my mom about me.......LOL!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Christmas Give-away


This table runner could grace your table, mantle or be draped over the back of a sofa in time for the holidays. All you have to do to get your name in the hat, so to speak, is leave a comment on this post. If you, also, copy and paste a picture of the runner onto your sidebar and link back to this blog, you name will be entered twice more. Hurry, because is give-away will end December 9th at 11:00PM, just in time to be mailed to its new owner in time for Christmas.
(8 1/2" X 40" roughly)

Quick Table-runner Part3

Stitch around trees and trunks before you sew all units together. It's easier to manipulate that way.










Next, choose a fabric for the ends of your runner. Cut two 4 1/2" by 8 1/2" and sew to either ends. Note the creased area. This will help with the next step.










Using a ruler with a center angle line, place ruler onto the center fold and the edges of the ruler will match the edges of the fabric. Trim off.










Edges should look like the picture. You can round off the pointed edges, if you like.










Now, choose a backing and of course the batting. Suggestion: For table runners, a thin batting is recommended. This makes it easy to set objects on runner that are flat.









Layer the top, batting and backing together. Secure them in place in order to quilt, using pins or clips. An alternative is a bonding spray as shown in picture. It is fast, doesn't gum up your needle and will evaporate within days.







Quilt table runner in desired method. This picture shows machine stitching every half inch or so. The trees and trunks are not quilted, lending the puffy effect.








Finally, bind the runner in matching backing fabric or a contrasting fabric. Runner measures roughly 8 1/2" X 40".







If, for any reason, these instructions are not clear, please pop over to Rhonda's blog and leave a comment about your concerns. You will receive a timely response.



Monday, November 24, 2008

Quick Table-runner Part2



(1) Sew the units of twos into units of fours as shown in picture.

(2) Choose four shades of green from your scrap bag. Press.

(3) Trace or draw your own version of a pine tree. Remember whimsical is just fine.

(4) Using Steam-a-seam, trace tree pattern onto adhesive leaving enough space so that each tree can be cut apart for one another.

(5) Follow the manufacturer's instructions and press each tree pattern to the back of each green fabric. Cut and place onto the 4 units of tone-on-tone.

(6) Choose a brown fabric for the trunk. Use Steam-a-seam again. I did not use a pattern for the trunks. Just free-hand it or use a ruler.

(7) Place each trunk with each tree. When you are happy with placement, press. You now have 4 units as shown in picture.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Wannabee FQ Winner



Congratulations to Lani! Your FQs are waiting for you to claim them.

Welcome WP Wannabees

A BIG WELCOME to all of you Wacky Pack Wannabees! I'm so excited that sew many of you are wanting to be a virtual member of our group. I hope you realize what you are getting into! LOL! It's a CRAZY group. I don't have any blood sisters, but these girls are as close as they come. We have lots of fun together and you never know what will happen next. We love to quilt, share ideas/projects, laugh (to the point of moistening our underlayers--LOL), and just have FUN. I hope you enjoy your time with us.
I want to publicly thank my WP Sisters, Molly and Rhonda, for all the work they have been doing on our WP blog. Ya'll are doing a FANTASTIC job. When my turn comes up, ya'll have created some really big shoes to fill!
Happy Quiltin'
Kathy E (have to put the "E" 'cause there are TWO Kathy's in the group!)

Friday, November 21, 2008

Quick Table-runner



Let's make a quick table runner for the holidays. Our project will measure roughly 8 1/2" X 34". Remember, I said roughly. We bloggers understand that terminology, right......LOL The construction of the top should take about 3 to 5 hours. But if you have little interruptions such as making dinner, shopping for groceries or the daily chores of cleaning, as I often do, this may take several days. With that in mind, I have designed this project to stretch out over a few days.


(1) Choose several tone-on-tones to beige. Starch and press; (2) Cut sixteen 4 1/2" squares from chosen fabrics. (3) Sew the squares into units of 2 and press seams down. So may prefer to sew the seams open, whichever you prefer.

Stay tuned for the next steps tomorrow. BWT ...... For your "Virtual Wannabee," the FQ drawing is tomorrow, as well.
And there's still time to become a Virtual WackyPack Wannabee. Come on join in the fun. Just click on the Wannabee logo on our sidebar to find out if you qualify.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Fat Quarter - Wannabee Drawing



We've had several ladies who have joined our "Virtual Wacky Pack Wannabees." We are so excited to have you all in the group. To kick off our new group, the "Wackies" are having a Fat Quarter drawing.

Sorry, this drawing is only for our "Wannabee" members, which, if you aren't, you still have time to become. Just leave a comment on this post expressing your "wackiness" and we'll get back to you very soon. It's still possible of a newbee to get in on the drawing.

Six FQs are up for grabs. They are from Chateaux Rococo by Robyn Pandolf for Free Spirit and Timeless Treasures Fabric, Inc.

For their prompt actions of placing the "wannabee" picture on the sidebar and linking back to the WackyPack blog, Gina, Debbie, Karen, Toni and Cindy have gotten their names in the hat, so to speak, 3 times. So, come on ladies, get those requirements done in order to be entered in the drawing. The deadline is Saturday, November 22, 2008. Let's get busy!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Trunk Show




My "wacky" friend Jerri talked me into showing off some of my quilts to a group of warm and friendly ladies from a local extension club. I teased the President of the club about her voice which, when she first contacted me, sounded very much like a telemarketer. You can imagine that I was going to hang up on her when she finally mentioned Jerri's name. Anyway, we made quick plans to meet. When I hung up, of course I called my good friend Jerri who promptly apologized and offered to help. However, things didn't work out that way and I wound up doing the trunk show alone but with the full support of the "WackyPac" group from the night before. (Ladies Night Out)

Sorry, I don't have pics of the quilts I showed but the ladies were happy to pose and said that they enjoyed seeing all the quilts and wondered what I did in my spare time.....LOL

Ladies Night

Seven of the nine met at our local eatery last night. And of course, we had a blast. It was non-stop at one point. We always sit in the back, in a corner. Trust me, it's better for everyone. We eat, drink and are very merry. Throw in a little Show & Tell, discuss what we want to do for the next couple of months and we all walk away refreshed.


Some of the words we live by are: Keep only cheerful friends because the grouches tend to pull you down; Keep learning all the time. Never allow your mind to become idle because an idle mind is the devil's playground whose name is Alzheimer's; Enjoy the simple things, you know flowers, nature, a sunrise, the full moon. The next one, we really take to heart .... Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you can't breathe and if you have friends who laugh....spend lots and lots of time with them; And surround yourself with what you love.
These are just a few things that keep us young.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Congratulations To........


I am so happy to announce that we have 4 new members to the Virtual Wacky Pack Wannabees. These ladies are very brave and very talented. We welcome to the group:
Hop on over to their blogs, congratulate them and check out what they are up to.
Being a Virtual Wacky Pack Wannabee (VWPW) simply means that you get a front row seat and open invitations to sew along with "The Wackies." At this time, as some of you know, we are working on Patriotic quilts. The idea steams from our Fisher House Quilt featured in a previous post. Our new members will have a chance to join in the fun and make their own. We will share block patterns, ideas for center blocks and there will be plenty of laughter in the process.
There's plenty of time to become a Virtual Wacky. Leave a comment stating something interesting about yourself. Maybe refer to the post below this for clues and a "Wacky" will get back to you very soon. Don't be intimidated, you'll love the ride!

Friday, November 7, 2008

WOULD YOU LOVE TO BE A WACKY PAC MEMBER?

So many have yearned to be a member of the infamous "Wacky Pac". We thought it would be fun to form a VIRTUAL group of all the gals who WANNABEE WACKIES. So we came up the Wacky Pack Wannabees. BUT---------there is certain criteria that must be met. You may be a Wacky Pac Wannabee if--------

1. You are in AWE of the Wacky Quilting Group.

2. You know or want to know the meaning of "MINE"S BROKE".

3. You like to talk about alcoholic drinks more than you like to drink them.

4. You would be willing to crowd into a photo booth with 8 other Wackies.

5. You would perform a group cheer in a crowded elevator.

6. You have ever wondered where the term "Ape S__t" comes from.

7. You take your medication and then wonder what you just swallowed.

8. You love to laugh to the point of moistness.

9. You own 2 to 10 sewing machines and know how to use them.

10. You are gutsy or stupid enough to ride a zip line in Honduras.

11. You perform best when surrounded by all Wackies.

12. You know the meaning of true friendship and value that more with each passing day.

Well, you may not REALLY be able to roll with the Wacky Pack, but now by the virtue vested in me, I now pronounce you a Virtual Wacky Wannabee. This may not be the REAL THING, but hey, it's the best we can do. Now, leave a comment and then copy the sidebar button and link to this post. You will then officially be a WACKY PAC WANNABEE. CONGRATULATIONS!!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Fisher House Donation Quilt



This is the Wacky Packs current donation quilt. Blocks were made by the pack earlier this year on a retreat. Random Red, white, and blue blocks were made and put together by all members. The quilt will be quilted soon and donated to Fisher House, which provides free or low cost lodging to veterans and military families receiving treatment at military medical centers.

This quilt spurred a desire to make Red, White, and Blue quilts for ourselves. We are swapping blocks in February and then each Wacky will make her own quilt for her retreat bed. See some of the members blocks below. These overachievers are finished way before the deadline. We will use for the center a rendition of ourselves using a book by Amy Bradley called Quilters Yearbook.





Using the components of many different drawings of quilters, you make a likeness of yourself. It
will be fun to see the Caricatures we create of ourselves.

--------------------------------------------------------------Kathy's Block













Rhonda's Block







------------------------------------------------------Jerri's Block












Molly's Block














Annale's Block









Kathleen's Block

Monday, November 3, 2008

MORE RETREATING FUN

Our Halloween Weekend Retreat is over. We are back to the grind stone, so to speak. Working, whether doing laundry, housework, household chores, or jobs, it is definately not the fun time we had at our yearly Quilty gathering. We all got lots done. Some finished Red, White, and Blue Blocks for our swap, some attached borders, and some wrapped up other swap obligations. We also learned some blogging skills from each other. We all assume that we all know what the others know until we get to gether and begin to talk and then we start saying, "WHAT---HOW DO YOU DO THAT?" Also we made a pact to keep up with our group blog better. Each will be responsible for it in a designated month. I am the first one for November so here is my first attempt.
The retreat food was great as, usual. Several recipes were requested to be posted. I will do that as they come in. Here are the first ones:

ANNALE'S POPPYSEED CAKE
1 YELLOW BUTTER CAKE MIX
4 EGGS
3/4 CUP OIL
1/2 CUP SUGAR
8 OZ. SOUR CREAM
1/2 CAN POPPYSEED
JUST MIX ALL TOGETHER AND POUR INTO BUNDT PAN GREASED WITH BUTTER AND SPRINKLED WITH SUGAR INSTEAD OF FLOUR. BAKE AT 350 50-60 MINUTES, DEPENDING ON YOUR OVEN
ANNALE'S
ZUCCHINNI AND CORN QUICHE
4 TO 6 EGGS
1 1/2 CUPS CORN BREAD MIX
1/2 CUP OIL
1/2 ONION, CHOPPED
1/4 CUP JALAPENOS, CHOPPED
3/4 CUP WHOLE KERNEL CORN, DRAINED
1 CUP CHEDDAR CHEESE, GRATED
1/2 CUP PARMESAN CHEESE
1 CUP THINLY SLICED ZUCCHINNI
PREHEAT OVEN TO 350. GREASE OR SPRAY WITH PAM, A 9X13 PAN. LIGHTLY BEAT EGGS. ADD REMAINING INGREDIENTS. SPREAD EVENLY IN PAN. BAKE 35 TO 40 MINUTES UNTIL GOLDEN BROWN.
MOLLY'S CORN SALAD
1 Family sized bag of frozen corn
Red, Orange, Green, and Yellow Peppers, to taste, Chopped
1 small onion, chopped fine
1/2 cup Picante Sauce
1/2 bottle of Paul Newmans Sante Fe Salad Dressing
Add Cheese to your taste. I used Chipolte flavored.
Crumbled Fritos would also be great added just before serving.
More to come soon--You come back now, hear? We would love to have you follow us. Soon to be posted will be Photos of our Red, White, and Blue Blocks that we will swap in February.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Opening Deer Season Retreat

We felt so privileged to retreat at Lakeview Methodist Conference Center. The grounds are scenic, the lodging comfortable and the people friendly.
This area is called the Prayer Circle. It was very peaceful there as you could imagine.

I love birdhouses and found this one unique. To see more pics of what went on at the retreat visit Kathy, Kath, Rhonda, & Molly.


Saturday, October 18, 2008

Copyright Stuff

The picture has nothing to do with copyrighting link but I liked it and wanted to share.
This link will explain alot. We Wackies don't retain info for very long so this is a great referral.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Toast A Rising Star Block Winners

I wanted to post these pictures and thank our wonderful Wacky friend Molly for encouraging us to participate in the TDA (Texas Department of Ag) quilt block contest. As you all have read from our perspective blogs, the contest is held every two years and offers a different theme each time. The wine industries of Texas was the theme this year. Molly prodded, push, cajoled and dragged us along to make blocks. I, for one, just want to participate for the fun of it. I had no illusions of even placing but I didn't want to let Molly down by not even trying.
Low & behold, 3 "Wackies" were accepted and it's all because of Molly. I salute you, Molly.