Saturday, April 18, 2015

Dancing Nine Patches

The Dancing Nine Patches quilt is complete! This one went together very quickly, thanks to a stack of nine patches I had ready to go.

I like it, and I hope the very nice man receiving it tomorrow will like it, too.

I had ordered this flannel fabric a while back with nothing particular in mind for it, and it arrived just in time to be the backing. It is a good quality flannel and that makes me happy.  It was on sale from Connecting Threads! The binding is this nice black and white stripe.

We are still getting lots of rain, but the gardens seem to be enjoying it. 

I hope your weekend is just bursting with happy things for you.

Hugs and kisses,

Monday, April 13, 2015

The Good Thing About Having a Cold

You KNOW that's a joke, right?  There's nothing good about having a cold!  However, in my never-ending quest to redeem the bad things that seem to happen to us all, I spent my weekend cooped up with a cold - - - sewing. I had bought a jelly roll of "Glow" by Gudrun Eria fabrics a while back, and though I had also bought a pattern to use with the jelly roll, I decided I'd better not get too ambitious. So I stuck with the very easy rail fence. I just added in a one inch strip of solid brown in each block and also as the first thin border. The outer border is a Jinny Beyer print.

Here it is outside on the patio with the sunlight playing off the fabrics. It seems a happy quilt to me and that is always good.

The backing is this Jinny Beyer print.

And my very favorite shot of any quilt - the morning sunlight  showing off the freshly washed cuddliness of it.

I also have started using up my nine patches that I have been using as leader/enders. This will eventually be Dancing Nine Patch, a free pattern from Bonnie Hunter. I like accumulating a pile of units to use in another quilt with very little extra effort.

Somehow I had the foresight to make an applesauce cake before the cold hit full force. Thank God!  It was necessary. Really. Cake is good for what ails you, don't you know?

I hope you are having a perfectly WELL week!  Because not being well is just no fun. Me?  I'm thankful to be feeling better!

Hugs and kisses,

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Pin Up

Lady is sure of her place in the world. And she has absolutely no qualms about making herself comfortable on our bed (and on the Grand Illusion quilt!). But we do love her. She is such a sweet loving little girl. And she would make a pretty good pin up girl, wouldn't she? And after all, we make quilts to be used.

I've been pinning up quilty parts on design walls. I'm actually working on three right now. Making progress, but none are finished yet.

Mr. Muddling and I (mostly Mr. Muddling) finally got the fence finished in our back yard. It is really pretty. 

I can't leave without giving you a glimpse at the beautiful flowers and growing things out there in the yard at Muddle Manor. You should be able to enlarge the picture by clicking on it.  I do love Spring. And I fully intend to enjoy it while I can!  That last little photo in the bottom right is cucumber seeds that sprouted overnight. There are peaches, plums, lemons, and blackberries growing a little more every day. I am such a country girl at heart. I love seeing these things growing. I love the idea of being able to eat things we grow right here. It's probably a very good thing that we do not have lots of land. I might hurt myself!

I do hope you are having a really good week and that you are finding things in your own world that give you joy! Our Heavenly Father has given us a beautiful world to enjoy, and I am thankful.

Hugs and kisses,

Friday, April 3, 2015

Making Quilts to Donate

My friends Phyllis and Sandy and I have been busy making quilts to donate to the USO here at Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. There are a lot of service men and women transitioning through here going to various destinations. The people I've talked to who are in or have been in the armed forces have all told me that the USO is the one organization that has been the most helpful to them. I like to help people who are getting it right.
I know these are big, grown up men and women, but sometimes even tough guys like to remember sweeter things.

I think we all tried to include things that might make someone smile.

Or reminisce. 

But mainly we want them to know that we value their service, that they have not been forgotten. Hopefully they will feel the love and the prayers that went into each of these quilts as they rest under them on their way from here to there.
I am playing with these pretty fabrics now. Because of course there are always more quilts to be made. The flowers are Phillip Jacobs prints. I always enjoy playing with these bright vivid colors. The pale green in between is a Kaffe Fassett Liberty print. This particular project has gone through several false starts. Just when I thought I had it all figured out - I didn't. But I think I have it now. Perhaps it will find itself assembled soon. One hopes!

It has been so pretty here. I finally got our little garden planted with some tomato plants and cucumber seeds yesterday. I'm already looking forward with eager anticipation to fresh produce!

There are always things that can bog you down and make you fearful in this life if you allow them to do that. I choose to focus on what is good. God has been mighty good to me even in the midst of challenges. I am thankful for His many blessings. Most of all I'm thankful He loves me, even in my imperfection!

I do hope you're having a wonderful weekend, and that there are things that make you smile.

Hugs and kisses,

Friday, March 27, 2015

At Last

I know!  I can hardly believe it either, but the Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt is finished. Totally finished. Glory to God! 

I had a lot of fun making this quilt and enjoyed the surprise of how it all came together. I wasn't sure that I would. It was a challenge for me. Bonnie Hunter did a wonderful job on creating this mystery. I appreciate all her hard work.

This is the backing. I found this flannel print, which suits the colors on the front pretty well.

Here I am sewing the binding on with my 1930 Singer Model 99 with the knee control. I really like this machine.

Sewing it together with the Singer 301. I'm not showing the Singer 201 again, which is the machine I do most of my piecing on, because it is a little under the weather right now. Mr. Muddling worked on it and it seemed to make a full recovery, but there has been a relapse. Back to the work table for her!

We have a beautiful day today, and I thought you might like to see some of what's growing out there in our yard. I did not get photos of the azaleas in full bloom this year. Sorry!  I've been an absent blogger. No excuse really, just slack on the posting.

Here it is again on our bed. I really like this quilt.

Can you tell?

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and that you find time to do something really nice for yourself. Because I love you!

Hugs and kisses,

Friday, March 13, 2015


Technically, I guess it is Spring. I guess. Mostly it's been raining here. A lot. We are saturated. Good news is, I took the dogs outside a little while ago and I saw a clear sky with beautiful stars! And I can still see the prettiness out there from in here, and I can bring in a little of it to enjoy. It's just really messy outside.

Of course I have a new project. First of all I want to show you the backing fabric. Notice that copyright date - 1999! It is some that was given to me and I like it a lot. It's very soft.

Here it is all quilted and bound.

And here is the full view of the front of the quilt - a ten minute block. This one should have been oh, so quick to quilt, but my thread kept breaking. After re-doing lots of things and changing the needle, it did better.  Just took a little longer than I expected. I do enjoy these blocks. They are huge - almost twenty inches square - and go together very easily.

I am once again working on the Bonnie Hunter Grand Illusion mystery quilt tonight, or I was. But I noticed my machine was running slower and slower and slower, so I took it apart a bit and look what a mess! That is all cleaned up now, so hopefully it will be back to its usual perfection.  If not, Mr. Muddling is standing by to render aid!

I do hope you are having a wonderful weekend and that you are finding plenty to make you happy. With all its problems and challenges, it's still a wonderful life!

                                 Hugs and kisses,

Friday, March 6, 2015

A Wedding Gift

A friend of ours is getting married this month and I told him I'd like to make a quilt for him and his bride. He asked her what colors she'd like and she said "patriotic". Perhaps because he is an Army veteran.  Anyway, this is the finished product. It is definitely red, white and blue!

I've had this flag stamp fabric for a long time, and it seemed to be the perfect backing for this quilt.

Here's a little closer look at the backing in all its quilted, washed and dried and crinkly glory.

Since it IS all about love, I replaced the blue star in the center with this little heart in a red star.
I really like how this one evolved and became. I hope they like it!

We have had cold weather here that seems to keep coming back, just when you think it's gone! I know a lot of you have had more of that than we have, but still. Enough is enough. Thank God for flowers in the house! I love the little African violets. They bloom several times a year, usually just when I need a spot of beauty They're nice that way.

I found this beauty hidden away in the back yard. I had no idea there was a bloom on that rose bush. I brought it in just before the latest round of freezing nights. Another spot of brightness and beauty here inside!

And speaking of brightness and beauty, would you look at what Miss Ru's friend Dawn sent all the way from the UK!!  She make a couple of bracelets and a key chain for me and another key chain for Mr. Muddling. They are gorgeous!  Each one has little commemorative touches. And what makes them even more precious to me is the fact that Dawn battles MS. I know it was not easy for her to make these and when I mentioned that to her, she responded, "Pain is a reminder I'm lucky enough to still be alive."

Dawn is a beautiful lady, just as Miss Ru was. They met on a chronic pain online group. Looking at Ruthie before she become so ill, you would never have guessed the pain she endured on a daily basis. Because she did not talk about it unless she just had to do it.  I know that there are many who have even worse struggles that are not visible to those with no knowledge of their situation.  I try to have mercy on those I encounter who may not be the kindest ones around. After all, I don't know. We could all use some mercy, couldn't we?  

I hope you've had a wonderful week and that you have a great weekend in store! I am thankful for each and every one of you.

Hugs and kisses,