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Thursday, March 23, 2017

BBQ at it's best!

Tuesday  was another night of eating out...I know 'suprise'!  Anyway, we headed to Brick City  Southern Kitchen & Whiskey Bar, which is located in the downtown square in Ocala.  They don't have a website or the the Ocala restaurant listed yet (they are part of the MoJo group, so I've linked to their FaceBook page.

The food was delicious!!!!  We went with Jan and Larry and shared an appetizer of Kansas City Burnt Ends, which was SO good!!!

I had their brisket sandwich and collard greens....

and Bob had their Dry Rub Ribs that he said were also good.  And  I took off some of my brisket (there was so much on the bun) so we both have leftovers for another dinner this week!!

 We were all licking our fingers and enjoying their sauces!  The Chipotle BBQ sauce was spicy and very tasty as was their sweet BBQ sauce.  A combo of those two were delicious!

One of their main features are the 327 bottles of whiskey they have!  WHAT!  Who knew you needed that many different types of whiskey!  They also had a whiskey that sold for $600 a shot!  That is in the red box, top shelf on the right!   Enough said on that!

I know we'll be least I hope so!  I just need to keep my freezer and frig empty so we can continue to eat out!  HA

Today, I'm headed over to Peggy's, my painting bud, to play with alcohol inks on paper.  Our fiber group is doing this same project in April but on fabric.  It's going to be fun to see the difference between the different media.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Who knew trying to find the right 'blue' beads for a squirrel would be so difficult!  Last week I stopped at my favorite bead shop here in Ocala! and picked up some lighter shades of blue/grays for my squirrels chest/belly area.   See the arrows...I want those a different shade from his body...Of course, the beads were not the right color so on Sunday, my bud Sally and I headed off to the bead store.  I exchanged the beads for a few different colors...still not sure it's going to work...but in the meantime....

I decided to remove the beading from around the little guys head.  Kate, from Kate Boyan's Gallery, gave me a great suggestion a few years back to outline bead my piece before I start the 'real' beading.  This was and still is a good suggestion but for this little guy I want his 'fur' beads to be more fur like?  OK, I can't think of a good word for it but I think it will work out.   So I did some unbeading...a little like 'unsewing'!   And then I started beading his little whiskers and his eye.  I'm happy with the eye and add'l whiskers will be added after he's attached to a quilt.

I finished his back/tail area and started on his shoulder area. He's coming along!!!  Slow but sure!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Not a lot going on here...although, I'm never home so one of us is busy!  We've had some great meals this week!  I what else is new!  We've been having dinners at the new restaurant in our community.  Taco Tuesday, which was delicious!  Two tacos, chips and salsa and a Corunna beer for $6!  Yep!  Only $6!
The week before Bob and I had their 'Italian Night' which was lasagna w/small piece of garlic bread and a glass of wine!  Again all for $6!  It was so good...not a huge portion but perfect size!  Same with the Fish Fry Friday...$6 for piece of fried fish, french fries and a drink!  You can't beat that nor make a meal at home  for that price (along with the drink!  HA).

Wednesday we had a great meal with the gang at Dan Zano's in Ocala!  WOW!  What another great meal.  I had cheese pizza and a side salad which was GREAT!  Salad so fresh and pizza delicious.

 Others had spinach stuff shells and vegetable lasagna and they all said the dishes were wonderful.  We will go back...and the service was fantastic!  Robbie Jo waited on our table of 12 (along with the rest of the restaurant!!) and all our dishes came at the same time and they were all hot!  Just great service!  And food!

Last night we headed back to the cafe here in the community and Bob and I each had 'two sliders with fries' and they were, once again, really good!  I think they were $5.95 each but no drink included. We were  still quite happy!  Tonight I was a good wife and made dinner!  Woohoo!

I am busy working on my 'Communciation' theme quilt for our online challenge.  Due date is the 31st and I'm hoping to have my piece finished by this Sunday or Monday.  Of course the 'squirrel' is getting two beads added slowly but surely!  In fact, I picked up some grey/blue beads for his chest and belly area.  I think they'll look much better than the lighter beads I've tried using 3 or 4 times!  I'm getting tired of 'unsewing' all those beads!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Another 'point' of view!

So in my last post, I showed the collaborative quilt that I participated in.  Kay posted on Face Book another 'look' at our quilt.  I think it looks rather interesting this way too!  Always fun to look at your work in different ways isn't it!

It may not be easy to hang on point since Kay already put in the sleeve and had a board cut to fit.'s just another point of view!

And my squirrel is coming along....slowly...I know they are fast little buggers but I'm not!  HA

On Monday, my bud, Susan and I headed off to the Suwannee Valley Quilt Shop in Trenton!  We both really like this shop...they have over 7,000 bolts of fabric.  Yes, that is 7,000!  It's a great shop that is also organized so well!!!  And they have a restaurant in the front of the you can look at fabric, have lunch, then go back and purchase lots!!!

I bought four 1/2 yard pieces of fabric...this is usually the one quilt shop I visit each year!  I don't shop at quilt shops back home...just too many fabrics sitting and waiting for me to use in my own house!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

The Big Reveal - Finally!

Last winter, Kay (Quilts+Color) challenged three of us (she did ask first if we were up for it!) to collaborate on a project.  As Kay put it, "add our own personal touch" to one quarter of her iced dyed Mandala fabric.  Of course we all gasped at the thought Kay would cut up such a wonderful dyed piece of fabric! 
This was the Mandala piece Kay cut into four sections.  You can see in each corner a  white square which had on it a #.  We each drew a # and that was our square to enhance!  Seems to me each square was around 22".  Can't remember...but you get the jest!

Kay did a blog post last week, which you can see here, on the completed quilt.  But we thought it would be a good idea to also share some closeups of each piece, which I'm going to do on my reveal post!   

So, starting with the upper left corner #1, I present to you  Beth Sherman's square! 

Beth did a fantastic job creating movement with her flowers and the detail she added with the leaves and stitching were perfect!  Her flowers are 2D and she added beading in each center.  Beth also added free motion quilting to fill in the space.  Just perfect!

Next up is  #2 upper right and it belongs to me. I wanted the fabric to be the focal point so I tried to enhance it with adding hand stitching.  I use the opposite color of  thread in each section (red on green, green thread on get the picture!).  

Perle cotton was used for all stab stitching (not quilting stitch) and invisible thread to outline around the hand stitching.   

The bottom left #3 is by Nancy Halstead Burkhalter.   Just look at the depth Nancy got with her machine stitched flower!!!  She printed the flower on fabric then, once stitched, fused onto her  quilted background.  

The detail  and depth Nancy got was amazing!   This flower looks so real.  She quilted diagonal lines vs quilting which was perfect as to not take away from her flower.  
Also, as you look at each section, note the diagonal stitching we each did!  Interesting.

And last, but not least!, bottom right is Kay's section #4!

Once again, the detail to enhancing her Mandala fabric was awesome.  Kay added some floral pieces from a vintage table linen she had  iced dyed.    The colors were awesome and fit in with her iced dyed Mandala perfectly.
And notice the diagonal lines Kay painted on!  So interesting we each had those same directional lines!  Kay also painted fusible web to create her leaves.  I love the subtle look it gave her section.  Just wonderful!  

And yes, I will say it for you!  Some great minds think demonstrated with 3 of the ladies doing a floral theme!  Yes, I am the black sheep...but we say my section is the 'sun' shining down on the piece.  HA...OK, that's what I said!  

We finally had our  sections revealed at our last get-together in February, which was so much fun!   
 We all agreed on the name....I present to you!

Collaboration of
Beth Sherman
Robbie Payne
Nancy Halstead Burkhalter
Kay Sorensen
March 2017

Kay so graciously volunteered to put all of the sections together, backed it and added the facing.  She did a wonderful job!!!  And so glad she volunteered!  Not a job I would wanted to do!    Nancy volunteered to create our label using her embroidery machine!!  

This was really fun to work on and even though a tad intimidating...I would do it again with these talented woman!  Thanks again to Kay for allowing us the opportunity to collaborate on a project with her!! Hope you all enjoy and maybe you will even be inspired to work on a project with your fiber buds!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

More talent

I posted back in February about the Fairy doll given to us by Beth.  She makes the best dolls!

You can see that post here.  This is a closeup of  the Fairy Beth made for me.

I asked Beth if she had any more Fairy dolls or if she could make me one.  I wanted to give one to my Florida bud, Sally!  And this is the doll she made!   Kinda looks like me!  HA

Beth does such a great job and adds so much detail to her dolls.  I wish I had pictures of the Christmas dolls she makes!  Maybe she'll allow me to share pictures when I go to her house next month.

I think she's adorable and now when I'm back in Michigan Sally can look at the doll and think of me!  I'll always be by her side!

When Beth brought me Sally's doll, she had another one in case I didn't like the first one!   How could you not like her dolls!

Well, I thought this one was as adorable so I'm giving it to Sally's grand daughter Alexis!  Isn't she cute too!!  I hope Alexis likes her Fairy doll and she and her grandma will each have one to remember me by!

Alexis was up visiting her grandma (they now live in Florida!!) and she gave me a ring and a bookmark she made from the rubber bands!

Ignore the old bent fingers!  But wasn't that sweet of Alexis!!  

I look forward to seeing her again and will post a picture of this adorable young lady, once her grandma and mom approve!

And a huge thanks again to Beth for sharing her talent with my friends and I!!!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

A Show and Tell

The past two posts have been on stamp carving and printing on fabric.  When these talented ladies got together there was also show and tell.  I'm finally getting around to posting what these ladies have been up to!

First off, as most of my readers (as well as Kay's readers), know that Kay has been quite busy the past year getting ready for her quilt exhibit (you can read about that here and on Kay's blog).  There is another project that Kay has been working on but I can't share here!  BUT we will be sharing it on her blog and then I'll share on my blog!  Hope your interest is peaked!!!

Here's some wonderful show and tell....In alphabetic order.....Beth is up first!  Beth is now a full time Floridian!  She was spending summers in Michigan but no longer!
Stencils and alcohol inks

Stencils and alcohol inks

Purse/wallet Beth is going to make

Cork fabric in colors that will be used in the wallet/purse

Beth makes the best dolls!!!

Look at the detail in her face!!! Adorable!
Kay had a FaceBook challenge to color one of her Mandela dyed fabrics that she converted to b/w.  Bonnie and Beth each colored one and gave them to Kay for 'judging'!


I'll be posting on some of Beth's other work in the next week!

Until then.....

Next up is Bonnie.  I mentioned before that Bonnie is here visiting from Michigan and is staying with Beth.  They are having a ball attending quilt shows and playing!!!

This is a shibori piece Bonnie made.  She fused the center shibori petals so it looks 2d...nicely done!

Check out this hex quilt Bonnie is making!!  First off, I love the color combo!!!  And her hex design is fabulous!!!  How cool!!!
While back in Michigan, Bonnie said she was inspired by Kay's ice dyeing so she decided to play.  She made each of us a fiber card using her ice dyed fabric!!  How cool are these!
She made them two sided!  Hence, the six pictures....

Nancy is another full timer here in Florida and has a wonderful area that she allows us to make a mess in!!!  Nancy also does beautiful, machine embroidery work.  I heard it took her quite sometime to create this beauty!
 I've enlarged this picture so you can see all the detail embroidery Nancy stitched.  It's a beautiful piece and was on display at the large quilt show just held at the Villages (it was also 'held' for further judging too!).   Just a beautiful quilt!

And just my little squirrel and dog!

 Although Gigi loved Nancy!!   Nancy's husband was told he was replaced! Gigi actually curled up next to Nancy and slept!
I am lucky to surround myself with so much talent!  And have fun besides!!