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Fleeting February

February 28, 2017

How can this be the last day of February? Yes, it’s a short month, but so much of significance happened during this month. It has been a roller coaster ride with happy times, disappointing times and times of serious decisions.

At the beginning of the month, I spent a few days making 20 various Valentines for my etsy shop. Spending time in my studio is one of my happy places. It was invigorating to sell more than half of those hearts. Thank you to those who purchased my creations of love.

hearts

Created 20 Hearts

Decorating our house for the different seasons brings lots of joy to me and to those who enter our home.

table

Our Kitchen Table

Valentines

Vintage Valentines

Round Robin

Round Robin Heart

The incentive for decorating for February was hosting a sit-down dinner party for 32 Sunday school class members. We provided the house, and the kind members provided the pot luck dinner. Then they cleaned-up everything before they went home. The class members are so caring and supportive of the health issues I have been facing. They are a meaningful part of our lives.

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Loving Class Members

party

Sunday School Party at Our Home

Another happy time is spending time with our children and their children. Tyler Murrah made the Varsity baseball team for Jesuit in Dallas. We joined his family this past weekend in Austin for a round-robin. Madison came from College Station with her precious boyfriend, Jack. It’s the first time we met him. So much fun to be with all of them for a couple of days.

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Murrah Family

Back in Houston we support the Huebner kids in their selected sports. Sydney’s competitive cheer team won National Champions in Dallas this past weekend. Her bigger sister, Lindsey, is playing tennis and softball. Here we are supporting Ashton at his basketball game.

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With Sydney and Lindsey at Ashton’s Basketball Game

My husband spends much time with Ashton and Lindsey at their practices. He coached our boys when they were in school.

coach

Granddaddy Still Loves to Coach

Our 21 month old grandson in California loves playing sports, too. His daddy is his coach unless he’s with us. Then his bigger cousins love to teach him how to play anything that includes a ball. He thinks he’s a big boy, too.

Our Three Grandsons

Our Three Grandsons

So you ask what are the disappointments and big decisions.

Today was the last day for Shannon McGaw at Quilts, Inc. She has taken on a dream job for her as manager of a new quilt shop to open in April. I came to depend on her for many aspects in the Education Department and innovative ideas for the company. I will miss her every day, but wish her well. Thank goodness we still have Barbara, Jill and Marcia to carry-on.

Shannon

Shannon McGaw (in white shirt) Moves On

 

And yesterday was a huge decision-making day. I was released from my oncologist, Dr. Guillermo Garcia-Manero, at MD Anderson Hospital. For two years he has tried to get me into remission. At one time I lived without any transfusions for seven months. That hasn’t been the case for over a year now. So all that is left for me is to try stem cell transplant.

I will be moving to Methodist Hospital because my insurance will not pay for stem cell transplant at MD Anderson. Next week I will go through two days of heart, lung and viral testing to determine if I am well enough to go through with a stem cell transplant. So our prayer is that I will pass these tests so I can move forward.

It was hard to tell Dr. Garcia-Manero goodbye. He has been a hard-working, intelligent, and caring presence in our lives. Our daughter-in-law, Julie, Tommy, me, Holly, and Kelly Yeger, my PA, have been present at so many of my MDA visits. They have been such a great support system. I can’t thank them enough.

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Dr. Garcia-Manero in center

And thanks go to you, my friends, for all your love, support, interest and prayers. I’ll keep you posted. Much love to you all, Judy

 

 

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Saturday’s Simple Recipe Page 25 Wausaukee Gullion

March 5, 2016

This is the last recipe in my family favorites recipe book. You have a total of 26 recipes in all. Remember, I gave you page 26, Hot Wassail, in December 2015.

Today’s recipe came from Carrie Dee Murrah, my husband’s mother.

Carrie

Carrie Dee and Tommy

She gave it to me at a recipe shower before Tommy and I were married. It’s one he liked as a child. It’s so easy to make for a newly wed. And it is so quick when you have hungry children at dinner time.

Wausaukee Gullion Alaskan Dish

Ingredients

pan

Ingredients and Frying Pan

1 pound of ground beef

1 can 16 oz. whole kernel corn  (do not drain any of the cans)

1 can 28 oz. diced tomatoes

1 can 16 oz. Ranch style beans or Kidney beans

½ onion chopped

2 slices of bacon

Instructions

Since we were married, I have used an electric skillet to make many of our meals. Over our almost 50 years of marriage, I have probably replaced our original electric skillet four times. This was a typical wedding gift in 1966. Now many young women haven’t even seen an electric skillet. I make Wausaukee in my electric skillet.

Fry bacon. Remove from skillet. Add chopped onion and sauté. Add meat and brown. Break-up meat and cook until no longer pink. Season with salt, pepper, and minced garlic to taste. Break-up fried bacon into small pieces and return to skillet. Add beans, tomatoes, and corn. Simmer for 30 minutes.

Wausaukee

Wausaukee Gullion

You can serve with rice and a salad for a hearty meal.

Eat

Dinner is Ready

That’s it, folks. When we meet again, I will have Play Date #15 for you. Learn how to embellish a vintage glove made for hanging. A small card for Mother’s Day is inserted in the top of the glove. Oh, so sweet. I’ve made six of them for the Texas Quilt Museum and three for my etsy shop, which I’ll add to the shop tomorrow.

glove

Mother’s Day Glove

My mother and mother-in-law are no longer living, so it makes me happy to be making these mementos for someone else to give to their mother. Think of your mother today.

Mother

Mother Love

Love and hugs to you until we meet again, Judy

Play Date #11 The Stockings Were Hung

October 6, 2014

by the chimney with care in hopes that St. Nicolas soon would be there.

Family Stockings

Family Stockings

“Use it up. Wear it out. Make it do. Or do without.” is a quote I grew-up with in the 50’s. Being the fourth born of five children, I knew what hand-me-downs, cleaning your plate, share with your brother, etc. meant. Therefore, it’s easy to realize the origin of my game of using every little scrap of fabric, taking what someone else has discarded, and making it into something desirable. For Play Date #11, come along with me to make a one-of-a-kind Christmas stocking.

To create a stocking foundation on which to embellish, you can do one of three things:

  • Cut a stocking from an old damaged quilt. You may need to piece sections together to get a piece large enough for your stocking size.
  • Use a quilt top and add batting to the wrong side of the top before embellishing it.
  • Piece fabric scraps onto batting that has been cut into a stocking shape.

The stocking I’m showing you here was made from pieces of a vintage quilt. The ten stockings pictured below were made from the same quilt.

Multiple Stockings from Same Quilt

Stockings from One Quilt

Santa won’t be able to resist filling these vintage-looking stockings. They are fun to make in different sizes and shapes and easier than they look. A unique construction method makes them a cinch to line, sew and turn.

Finished Stocking Measures 7" Across top and 17" tall.

Finished Stocking Measures 7″ across top and 17″ tall.

Materials

  • Backing and lining for stocking, 1/2 yard for a stocking approximately 8″ X 18″, much less for small or tiny stockings
  • Assorted small pieces of trim, lace and ribbon
  • Jingle bells and other Christmas trinkets
  • Photo transfer and quote transferred to fabric
  • Vintage quilt or quilt pieces
  • Stocking pattern of choice

Instructions for Stocking front

  1. Piece together vintage quilt scraps or use a piece from a damaged quilt. My sister gave me these scraps she had left-over from one of her projects.
    Scraps from a Vintage Quilt

    Scraps from a Vintage Quilt

    I pieced them together and ironed the piece flat.

    Scraps Pieced and Ironed

    Scraps Pieced and Ironed

  2. Cut stocking pattern from quilt piece.
    Cut Stocking

    Cut Stocking

    There are stocking  patterns to be found on the internet. Or, you may have one in your pattern collection. You could use my pattern pictured here. It is possible to use a copy machine to enlarge or reduce the size of your pattern to get an assortment of sizes.

    Stocking Patterns

    Stocking Patterns in Various Sizes

  3. Embellish seam lines with lace, ribbons, and trims. Sew trims in place by machine whenever possible. Some will require stitching along both edges and others through the center only. If there is a row of visible stitching in the trim design, try to stitch on top of it with matching thread for the most invisible application.

    Embellish Stocking

    Embellish Stocking

  4. Embellish the stocking to your heart’s content.

    More Embellishing

    More Embellishing

Magic Lining

  1. Cut 2 pieces of lining fabric, right sides together, the same shape as the pieced stocking, but 1″ longer at the opening edge. Choose this fabric carefully as it will show at the top edge on the outside of the finished stocking.
  2. Place the finished stocking front face down on top of the backing fabric (the back side of the stocking) and cut the backing piece.

    Cut 2 Lining and 1 Backing Fabric

    Cut 2 Lining and 1 Backing Fabric

  3. Layer the 4 pieces in the following order and pin together:
  • Patchwork stocking, right side up.
  • Backing, face down on right side of stocking
  • Two lining pieces right sides together on top of backing.

4. The two lining pieces will extend above the stocking. Stitch 3/8″ from the raw edges through all layers, leaving the top edge unstitched.

Layers together

Stitch 4 Layers Together

Clip the curves to the stitches being careful not to cut the stitches.

5. Turn the backing piece over the stocking so the backing is on the outside and lining is inside. Use a long, blunt tipped tool to push out the edges for a smooth, rounded finish.

6. Turn the lining down over the top edge of the stocking and turn under at the raw edge. Tuck decorative piping, lace or ribbon under the turned edge, if desired.

Turn Lining to Front

Lining over top

Edge stitch along the fold through all layers using a decorative stitch, if desired. A free-arm sewing machine makes easy work of this on the larger stocking. The smaller stocking you will need to stitch by hand. Press carefully.

7. Attach 4″ to 6″ long piece of trim or ribbon to the top corner edge for hanging. Hot glue or stitch any additional embellishments to the stocking front until you are pleased. Isn’t it darling?

These stockings are so much fun to make! Once you’ve made some for yourself, you’ll want to make them for everyone on your gift list this year. The tiny ones are precious on packages and the medium size ones make great hostess gifts. I’ve used them as place cards for dinner parties with the guests’ names peeking out of the stocking. Your guests will be so delighted when you tell them to take their stockings home.

Tiny Stocking

Tiny Stocking

2" Across Top and 5" Tall

2″ Across Top and 5″ Tall

Tiny

Great on a Gift Package

 

Check-out my etsy site for more ideas. Go to judymurrahdesigns.etsy.com.

Merry Christmas everyone from the Christmas Angel. Love, Judy

 

I Cannot Tell a Lie

August 3, 2014

 

As I think about the upcoming feature of my studio in the November issue of Where Women Create, I cannot tell a lie. The photos Jo Packham and her photographer took of my studio show it in its best light. It’s kind of like the lyrics to the old song, “If I Knew You Were Coming I’d Have Baked a Cake.” Many of you will remember this song, but you young ones will have to Google it. Well, I knew they were coming and I didn’t bake a cake, but I did spend time preparing my studio for them.

Studio Ready for Company

Studio Ready for Company

I love my studio. It’s my sanctuary. I love to create. It sustains me. However, my studio is a working studio. It gets messy and unorganized and I love it just the same.

Cutting Table During a Project

Cutting Table While Assembling Design Packets

It is the truth. I am highly organized, and everything does have a drawer, or a plastic container, or a shelf or a slot, etc. Everything is labeled and put away neatly AFTER a project or order is complete. However, in the midst of a project, containers come out of the closets, down from the attic, off shelves and onto the floor or on to one of my work tables. I need it all there and easy to choose from as I work. Sometimes I have multiple projects going on at the same time. That’s not my favorite way to work, but it happens when I have more than one thing going on.

Studio Work in Progress

Studio with a Work in Progress

Having a reason to go into my studio each day, even if it’s only for an hour, energizes me and gives me purpose. I’m grateful for the orders I receive from the Texas Quilt Museum in La Grange, Texas. Each time I get an order from Julie Maffei, the Museum Director, I’m delighted. She’ll order 24 of my embellishment packets at a time and almost apologize, but I love it. Being able to coordinate threads, trims, buttons, yo-yos, silk flowers, vintage photos, quotes, trinkets, etc. is fun. I love choosing the elements and attaching them to a card covered in a piece of silk, sliding them into their cellophane envelope and sealing it for someone else to caress and love.

Design Packets

Design Packets

Also, the Museum has been selling my one-of-a-kind collage greeting cards since the day it opened in November 2011. To date, I have made over 200 cards for them to sell in their gift shop. I LOVE making these cards. I am thrilled when I get another order from Julie. Each card I make is a special little collage with sentiments from my heart for someone I could know. Two of the workers for the Museum have told me mine are their favorite cards to give to family and friends. That made my day.

If you want to know how I make these cards, go to my blog post on January 6, 2012, to Play Date #1, Making Valentines. The only thing I do differently now is to use Temtex or Peltex as the foundation and zig zag the outside edges. Following are a few of the cards from the Museum’s most recent order. Maybe they are still available.

For a Good Friend

For a Good Friend

Seriously?

Seriously?

For Life

For Life

Miss You

Miss You

Happy Anniversary

Happy Anniversary

It’s just about time to gear-up for making pumpkins from dyed vintage quilts, dyed chenille bedspreads and from white candlewick or chenille bedspreads for a more elegant look. My sister orders the latter from me for her booth at the Houston Fall Quilt Festival and her shop, Apples of Gold, in Artisans Alley. If you refer back to my August 13, 2013, post, Play Date #7 , there are instructions on how to make the chenille pumpkins.

Chenille Pumpkins

Chenille Pumpkins

Smaller Pumpkins

Smaller Pumpkins

Starting in September, I’ll also have the white pumpkins and orange dyed pumpkins in my etsy shop and my booth at the Old Alvin Emporium in Alvin, Texas.

Orange Pumpkin Family

Orange Pumpkin Family

Pumpkin Assortment

Patchwork Pumpkin Assortment

Last October, I started renting a tiny booth in Alvin, Texas at the Old Alvin Emporium where I can play shop owner on a very small scale. I sell things I’ve made, but also things I have collected that I no longer need. Yes, I’m a collector of stuff other than things for creating. My husband also loves to collect. God bless our children when the time comes to get rid of all our stuff.

Tommy, my husband, is so kind to humor me in  my passion for creating. He patiently looks at my latest projects and tells me his favorites or comments on the bright colors or the humorous vintage photographs. He also carries, loads and unloads for me without a single complaint. Last Friday he helped me move a new shelf into a vacant spot in my little shop booth after a display piece sold.

Tommy, My Helpmate

Tommy, My Helpmate

After moving the heavy pieces around for me, he left me alone to sort and play. He knows I can concentrate and enjoy much more if I don’t have any distractions. He doesn’t even warn me of the time or that we need to be somewhere. He’s a kind man. When he returns, after I’m finished, he says it looks great and takes my picture.

Ta-Da. It's finished!

Ta-Da. It’s finished!

What do you think? Sometimes I like something I’ve made so much that I shop in my own booth for a gift. Silly me.

Come See It!

Come See It!

My thanks to you, dear friends, who support my creative spirit with your compliments, your purchases, and your interest. May your creative juices flow. Love and hugs, Judy

Open for Business

July 21, 2013

It’s been many months since I have put any items in my etsy shop until this last week. Recently, I’ve had a burning desire to get back in my studio and cut, paste, stitch, paint and design again.  I love all my toys and treats for creating which I’ve collected over many years. Here’s my sewing studio today in disarray, but I have a lot going on in there right now. I have so many ideas and so many supplies, but I just need more time. Does that sound familiar?

Studio in Disarray

Studio in Disarray

Besides feeling the love to create, I need to be prepared to be a vendor at our church’s 19th annual “Country Affair.” I will be sharing a booth with Joan Hill, another quilter/sewist and also fellow Stephen Minister. Our Fall Festival is on Saturday, November 9, 2013 from 10-4. It includes 90 craft vendors, outdoor games and rides for children, a food court, clowns, entertainment, Hattie’s Home Baked Goods, a Silent Auction and a lovely Tea Room. If you live in the Houston area come to First United Methodist Church of Missouri City at 3900 Lexington Blvd. There will be something  for the whole family.

So,  back to my etsy shop.  The kinds of things I like to make will usually fit ten categories.  I’m trying to put something in each one.   Take a look.  There may be something you like for yourself or a loved one. Everything I make has been created with love and joy.

In the Holiday category, I completed several boot stockings from repurposed jeans for the cowboy or cowgirl in you. I love making stockings from vintage quilts and dyed chenille bedspreads, too. Christmas happens to be my most favorite holiday all year long, and I love to decorate everywhere in anticipation of celebrating with family and friends this joyous season.

Repurposed Jeans Boot Stocking

Repurposed Jeans Boot Stocking

In the Pillow category, I have made several patchwork pillows from old and new fabrics, ribbons and laces. Each has a removable posy that you can wear. The pillows can also be used to pin on more jewelry for added embellishment and for ease of finding when you are ready to wear it.

Vintage Quilt Hearts and Flowers

Vintage Quilt Hearts and Flowers

Check out the Necklace Eyeglass Holder I made from a vintage Crazy Quilt Piece and old costume jewelry piece. You’ll find it in the Jewelry category. You might have caught a theme here in what I use to create. Yes, I do love to recycle when I design something. I grew-up with a quote from my mom that goes like this. “Use it up. Wear it out. Make it do or do without”. We pretty much lived that way with 5 kids in the household.

Vintage Eyeglass Holder Necklace

Vintage Eyeglass Necklace

For years, I have collected wooden boxes and have tried my hand at making assemblages/collages with them. It’s exciting combining my love of quotes, old photographs, and vintage lace to create little stories in these boxes. This one started with the photograph of the three young ladies in their white dresses standing before the dapper guy in the corner. There’s another guy looking on behind the ladies. I can only imagine the ladies sitting at their vanities preparing for this evening of suitors.

Country Chic Collage

Country Chic Collage

Now here’s a blast from the past…a pattern I designed many years ago that was also in my book “More Jazz from Judy Murrah.” My seven books in the “Jacket Jazz” series are out of print, but I do have a handful of the Tabard patterns, but none of the others. Amazon. com has many of my books and patterns for reasonable prices, if you are interested. Just Google my name once you go to Amazon.

With Modern Quilting all the rage, I have had several people ask me to get back to designing wearables for them. This would never work because I am not a minimalist by any stretch of the imagination. However, I think this pattern would be a great foundation for building a wearable for the Modern Quilter. It has only shoulder seams and is three flat pieces on which to sew your patchwork or just strips of fabric. The pattern has cutting lines from size 6 to 24 and easy to fit because it ties at the sides. In the book, the pattern is made from coordinated patchwork pieces. It does not have to be a Christmas design.

Tabard/Tunic Pattern

Tabard/Tunic Pattern

Also in the Pattern and Supply category, I will periodically put together design boxes or, as in my recent inventory addition,  Craft Supplies Bonanza Boxes. I could never live long enough to use all the buttons, beads, fabric, ribbons, laces, books, vintage pieces, patterns, etc. that I have collected over the years. So periodically I will put coordinated Design Boxes together as well as larger Hodge Podge Boxes of whatever’s on my work table that I can part with when I’m clearing off for the next project.

Craft Supplies Bonanza

Craft Supplies Bonanza

I love making Collage Greeting cards.  I have made hundreds.  I’ll get some of those back in my shop soon. Periodically I will make  quilted and bound collage cards  which I call “Love Notes.”  These were  featured with instructions in one of my last published books, “In the Studio with Judy Murrah.”

Thank You Love Note Quilt

Thank You Love Note

So shortly it’s back into my Studio again for the rest of this evening, because tomorrow it’s back to the Quilts, Inc.. office. Last week we had our 5, 8, and 10-year-old grandchildren here for a few days, and I helped the girls create their own designs when we weren’t at the pool, movies, or out to lunch. Sydney designed a little tote just her size with gigantic artificial flowers glued to one side. Lindsey worked with a packet of Riley Blake squares to design a quilt on which she plans to machine applique on her next visit. Until you and I visit again, keep having a great summer.  Bye for now.

Sydney, Lindsey, Ashton

Sydney, Lindsey, Ashton

Love and hugs, Judy


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