Friday, July 13, 2018

Two More from Sandy for the USO

Isn't this a pretty jelly roll race? I really like how it's come together.
My friend Sandy has been very busy, not only making quilts, but lots of other things, too, including an Alaskan cruise! I hear they all had a good time!

Sandy also made this rail fence. Love the minion fabric!

She used this red for backing on both quilts. These will both be going to the USO Lounge at our local airport. I hope our service members will enjoy the use of them! We like making the quilts for them. We want them to know they are appreciated!
I have no finish to show this time. I've been working on this one, which is Bonnie Hunter's Blue Ridge Beauty. Sometimes you just need sort of mindless sewing, and lots and lots of four patches and half square triangles just fit the need!

I've also been working on this variation of the rail fence block. Donna Jordan has a video showing how she worked out this pattern. It was a lot of fun to put together. Still working on borders.

My friend Phyllis gave me a cutting of her plumeria several years back. It is doing well this year and actually has a few flowers.

Aren't they pretty! You should smell them! Heavenly. These are one of the flowers commonly used in the Hawaiian lei necklaces used to welcome visitors. They are a very tender plant, but believe it or not, you can even just pull the plant out the soil, put it in a place that won't freeze over the winter and then just replant it in the Spring. I just put this whole pot in the garage for the parts of the Winter that were extremely cold.

The flowers that I'm enjoying the most right now, though, are these orchids in the office window. I don't have to go out in the heat to enjoy them!

I do hope there are lots of things in your world that give you joy, and that you remember to count those blessings!

Hugs and kisses,

Sunday, July 1, 2018

A Ranch Style Disappearing Nine Patch

I'm calling it a ranch style, because it is going to a ranch, and she asked for colors suitable for that. 

It looks pretty happy here in the big city, too, though, doesn't it?


I like it. And I hope our friends will as well. They are starting a new venture - a boys camp, than will also be a pastors' retreat, and now I hear there will also be a church there. Exciting times! This one will be for the pastors' retreat. 

Mostly the top is batiks. The inner border and binding are regular black cotton, and the outer border is a Jenny Beyer print.

The backing is this swirling design, and don't you love that I was sewing the binding on with my American Beauty vintage machine which is absolutely color coordinated! I do amuse myself sometimes.


Lots of pretty things growing and blooming and living out in the back yard at Muddle Manor. Look at the lower right - don't the chickens look disappointed that their watermelon is all gone? I am letting them out for a couple of hours each evening to maraud in the back yard. It is so hot, I like to give them an opportunity to get out and run around a little once it gets closer to dark.

Mr. Muddling has been concocting these wonderful salad meals for us lots of days and they are perfect for a hot summer day!

I hope all is well in your world. Sorry I've been a bit slow with my posting. I just couldn't seem to make myself do it!

Hugs and kisses,

Friday, June 8, 2018

I Spy A Flowering Snowball

My sister Sue asked me to make a quilt for her service organization to auction in the Fall.


It was to be white and yellow with some of Sue's favorite, green.

I decided to make the Go! Flowering Snowball. There is a tiny little yellow square in the center of each flower. That counts, right?

I made up for it with a totally yellow backing and binding. I hope they raise lots of money with this one! It was fun to make. I was surprised how easily the blocks went together.
This was my inspiration picture. The Marguerite is the official flower of her service organization. If you squint just right, you may be able to see this in the quilt.  (Yes, I do make myself laugh all the time.) 


I even sewed a couple of little daisies into the quilt as I was quilting it.


It is Summertime and it is Houston, so of course it is hot. It's dry now, too, so watering is happening.

I like to let the chickens roam a little out in the yard when it is so hot. They've found that under the fig tree is the coolest spot out there!

I hope you're having a wonderful week and doing lots of things that make you happy! I am so thankful for this life.

Hugs and kisses,
 

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Two More for the USO - Made by Sandy


Since I have nothing completed to share, I thought I would show the two quilts my friend Sandy has made for the USO Lounge. I shared two that I made for the same purpose here and here.

The backing for this first one. Isn't it pretty!
This is Sandy's second for the USO. This one, too, is really pretty! I do love having a friend who enjoys doing the same quilty things I do.

 
This is the backing for Sandy's second quilt.
A little peek at what's going on outside at Muddle Manor. It is so hot already, but there are still some determined things blooming out there.

I am working on this blooming snowball design for my sister Sue. Long way to go yet before it's finished. The pieces for this one are all cut with the Go! Cutter. They go together really quickly.

I hope you're having a good weekend! It's beautiful here, even if it is hot.

Hugs and kisses,

Friday, May 25, 2018

Nicely Framed On Point Sixteen Patches

This is another one that will be going to the USO Lounge at our local airport.

I backed it with the same fabric I used for framing the sixteen patches on the front, with the added bonus of a spare block I somehow made.

This quilt makes me so happy for so many reasons.

Here at Muddle Manor, if it's not Mr. Muddling trying to claim every quilt I make, it's Buddy! 

I know I'm weird, I've gotten used to it by now. But it makes me happy to use up little bits and pieces left over from other projects. I had these little half square triangles from long ago that I had kept and now they are in this quilt! The half square triangles are an inch and a half and the finished pinwheel in the quilt is two inches. This is just a little progress as the quilt grew.

And probably no one but me would so enjoy these little squares that found their way into the sixteen patches. I know the quilt is intended for rough, tough soldiers to cover themselves as they wait for the next leg of their journey, but I hope some of the little happies sewn into this quilt may give them a tender thought of home and family.

We have had glorious rain here lately and I am thankful for every bit of it! The result has been lots of new growth. Dinah is still trying to take over the world and the chickens find their way into most places. Still, I wouldn't trade a bit of it. I am so thankful for this life and for our home.

As we celebrate Memorial Day here in the States, please take a moment to remember the brave men and women who gave their lives that we might enjoy the life we have here. We are a blessed people!

Hugs and kisses,

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

A Quilt for our Neighbor

My friend Sandy and I recently learned that our neighbor had lost her mother. Like most daughters, Angela loved her mom a lot and the loss hit her pretty hard. Naturally Sandy and I thought a quilty hug would be a good thing for her.

I used my Go!Cutter again to cut more of the half hexagon blocks and Sandy sewed them together with design advice from her husband. He did well, didn't he!

I quilted it. This is a shot of the back.

And with the binding.

It's a pretty one, I think, and it blessed her, which is the main thing. I love it that we can do things together to let a friend and neighbor know we love her and are thinking of her and praying for her and her family.

And now in the never ending saga of life at Muddle Manor, I am pressing and trimming leftover half square triangles trimmed from another project. These are being trimmed to an inch and a half then four of them sewn together into pinwheels. They will be cornerstones for an idea I had. 

This year we are trying some of the grow bags out in the back yard. There are pimiento peppers in the bag in the foreground and they are growing splendidly!  Not too excited about that corn back there though.  We'll see. 

I hope your week is going well and that there are lots of things to make you smile!

Hugs and kisses,

Friday, May 11, 2018

A Friend Rediscovered

Mr. Muddling and I recently started attending a new church and were delighted to discover there a couple we had known years ago. We were not delighted to discover that Karen was fighting a return bout of cancer. 

I made this little quilt for her as a reminder that she is loved by so many people, and also as a quilty hug. Somehow there is just something so comforting about a quilt, isn't there!

This one went together really quickly and easily, always a good thing! Here's a look at the backing and binding. It seems a happy quilt to me, and I pray that it blesses her.
Lots of pretty things out there in the back yard of Muddle Land. It is already Summer here, but there are still times of day when it is so pleasant to be outside. I'm enjoying each and every one!

One of the Silver Laced Wyandottes longing to get into that garden!

This picture is a bit blurry, but I just had to share. Isn't it hilarious to see these two marching along in lock step!

Happy Friday! I do hope there is lots in your world to make you happy and maybe give you a laugh or two. 

Hugs and kisses,
Elaine