Friday, March 20, 2020

A Quilt for the Bunny Bed

So. I've been playing with my toys again.
 
I decided Miss Bunny needed a quilt for her bed.
 
I sewed lots of one inch strips together, and added a backing.
 
And then for more fun I machine appliqued some pieces of a couple of different fabrics to the center.
I think she likes it.
 
Dinah, of course, is not terribly impressed with anything.
 
I am impressed with everything growing out in the back. The tomatoes are doing very well that I started from seed a while back. Matter of fact, some of them are in the garden which Mr. Muddling tilled up for me. I got two more blooms on a different Christmas cactus this week!
 
I am so thankful I feel more able to do things out in the yard this year. I missed it so much! There is something very therapeutic about playing in the dirt. For me, at least!
 
It seems the whole world is going through some trying times right now. I am thankful that I do not have to worry about any of it. Our wonderful God takes very good care of all of us. And maybe it would be a good time to get back in touch with Him if you've wandered away.
 
Hugs and kisses,
Elailne
 
 

Monday, March 9, 2020

Rail Fence Baby Quilt

Another niece had a baby - a girl this time. Her colors are pink, purple and teal. This is the result, a rail fence with some Go! Cutter die cut animals appliqued on with multicolor thread. It IS colorful, isn't it!
 
The back is this sweet vintage look print surrounded by pink, which is also the binding fabric.
 
Here's a close up of the backing print. The required colors are all there, and it is sweet, too! Haven't heard yet, but we hope they like it.
 
Since we had no real freezing weather here this year, our Spring started off with a bang! I am loving every bit of it. That's Dinah there in the top row. She looks a little ominous, doesn't she? And it amazes me that our little Meyer lemon tree is loaded with flowers and still has lemons on it from last year! And the little greenhouse is coming in very useful. I have started lots of seeds.
 
Our daughter Mary graduated today from welders' dive school. So incredibly proud of her. Mr. Muddling was there in Charleston to see it happen!  Our son is keeping a close eye on me while Dad is gone.
 
I think we may get our garden planted soon. I am already looking forward to fresh veggies.
 
Now I am back to working on the third Sew Many Strips, a Quilt Along from American Patchwork and Quilting. Can you tell that I really like this pattern? This one will be going to our daughter Mary - the underwater welder -  whenever I finish it.
 
I do hope there are exciting and challenging things (in a good way) going on in your world!
 
Hugs and kisses,
Elaine
 
 
 
 

Friday, February 21, 2020

Two for the USO

I finished this patriotic quilt for the USO Lounge at our local airport. It makes me happy to give our soldiers a little comfort on their journey from here to there.
 
Lots of red, white and blue in this one. But notice that the sixteen patches are a little bit of everything. I love that!
 
Here it is all crinkly and cuddly after its run through the washer and dryer.
This little red and white one will be going, too. It should be nice for a child.
 
Doesn't it make you think of cupcakes?
 
Still lots of pretty things outside! As you can see, we have not had the brutal cold this year.
I bought one of the amaryllis bulbs to force inside. That's it in the top center. That is the second stalk of four blooms! Mr. Muddling and I bought the little anthurium, the red heart shaped flower lower second from left.  It was sort of a Valentine's gift from us to us. 
 
I do love seeing all the pretty things God has put in this world for us to enjoy!
 
I hope there are lots of those in your world.
 
Hugs and kisses,
Elaine
 
 
 

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Happy Valentine's Day!

I decided I wanted a little Valentine wall hanging and made this one to hang in our hallway. I like that little galvanized house, too. I found it online at Walmart. There is a jar candle in it and it's a very pretty little bit of warmth when it is lighted.
 
I do know that you are not supposed to touch the quilt art, but I do it all the time. Mr. Muddling has confessed to the same fault. It just cries out to be touched, there is so much texture to it!
 
I made this quilt as an experiment.
 
I used this pattern from Kim Diehl's book, Simple Whatnots. I liked the cuteness of it in the small size she made and wondered what it would look like if I made it bigger.
I did not like it at all when I first laid it out and began sewing it all together, but after it was done I liked it a lot!
 
Here is another shot of it outside. The colors are very saturated.
 
This is a closer look at the binding and the backing I used was this brown print from Mary Fons.
The quilt has been gifted to a friend of ours and he seemed to like it.
 
This is the design wall behind my sewing machine. I have plans to expand on all these thoughts hanging there. When?  Who knows?
Right now I have a red, white and blue quilt to get loaded and quilted. It will be going to the USO Lounge at our local airport. There always seem to be so many things I want to get done. But at least I am not bored!
 
I hope you have lots of pleasant and enjoyable plans for yourself today.  There are so many possibilities in this world of ours to explore!  God is good. All the time!
 
Hugs and kisses,
Elaine
 

 

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Happy Rainy Day

It is a gloomy, rainy, cold day outside, but in here it is warm and dry and pleasant!
I finished another quilt for the USO Lounge at our local airport. I bought this panel from Connecting Threads and looked at it for a long time. Finally I decided what to do.
 
The backing makes me happy - blue and red stars! Seems fitting.
 
And here it is cuddly and crinkly after washing and drying.
 
I also completed this table runner for a precious lady we love. I could not bear to cut up this pretty Valentine fabric, so just quilted it whole.
 
I've had to temporarily retire my little green Japanese machine until it decides to act right. Fortunately I had this one waiting for its turn to work.. Isn't it pretty! I love these old machines. They are such beautifully made creations.
 
This is a sweet little present I bought for myself. I bought it from maileg.com
 
I was so agreeably surprised at the quality and workmanship of this little mouse. And I love her matchbox bed, which is very sturdy.
Yes, I know I am far too old for toys. I do not care. I like things that make me happy, and things like this do!
 
I am working on a little Valentine's wall hanging now and hope to finish it soon. No pictures yet.
 
These pictures were taken on Monday when the sun was shining. As you can tell, we have had no major freeze yet this year. See the chickens there on the top? After this I let them into that garden they are gazing at so longingly. They pretty well demolished it, and that is okay. Bugs and worms had beat them to a lot of it and the chickens thoroughly enjoyed cleaning it all up for me!
On the top, second from left, is something I saw online. I cut holes I the bottoms of egg carton cups and put that on the top, which was solid. I put the root portion of a green onion in each egg cup and water in the bottom tray. As the article said, green onion sprouts are now growing! How neat is that!
 
I hope there are things in your world today that are making you happy! God is so good to us all, and I am thankful.
 
Hugs and kisses,
Elaine

Monday, January 20, 2020

It's A Maze

Isn't this a fun quilt?  I had so much fun making it. The simple rail fence blocks look like a maze to me, and the fabrics are so bright and cheerful.
 
I had this piece of flannel in the stash which is just perfect for the backing.
 
Mr. Muddling tried very hard to convince me that he should keep it, but I was strong.
It will be going to the USO Lounge in the next batch.
 
I saw this spray paint art on our friend Cass's post and told her I wanted to buy it. She refused payment, but sent it to me just in time for Christmas. Mr. Muddling hung it for me in the sewing room. Now I get to look at it every day!
 
AND.............I finally finished this king size quilt for our son and daughter in law. It is too big for even Mr. Muddling and son Larry to hold up in all its fullness!
But they were kind enough to send me this photo of it in its rightful place. The layout is a little different from the one I used for our queen size and I added an extra set of borders all around, which made it the perfect size.
 
Now I have to get another one made for baby girl, our daughter. But that will have to wait until I recuperate from this one!
 
Isn't it a blessing to finally accomplish a big goal? I am so thankful!
 
Hope you are accomplishing lots in your world.
 
Hugs and kisses,
Elaine
 

 
 
 
 

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Happy 2020

First of all I want to document what I made or helped to make this year. Of these twenty projects, ten quilts went to the USO Lounge at the local airport! That makes me happy.
 
I promised both our children quilts for Christmas (you know - last week).I may have been over-ambitious.  The first one is almost done. The second has many miles to go yet!

Today I've been making candied orange peel. I've been buying it on Amazon, but the homemade is so much better, and the only ingredients are orange peel, water and sugar.
 
That candied orange peel along with dried cranberries goes into these Cranberry Orange Scones.
 
Along with a nice hot cuppa tea - life is good!
 
I hope your New Year has started off with only good things, and that you have lots to look forward to in the coming year.
 
With all its challenges, I'm thankful for this life God has given me!
 
Hugs and kisses,
Elaine