Friday, August 7, 2020

Where Have I been


Most of the time I've been right here. I have been doing most of the things I usually do, except for getting out and about much.
I spent a lot of time working on this quilt for our daughter Mary. As I mentioned before, this is the third of these quilts I've made from the Sew Many Strips sewalong, a Tara Baisden pattern from American Patchwork and Quilting. I made a queen size first for Mr. Muddling and me, then a king size for our son and daughter in law and now another king for our baby girl. 

This is the original size.

Lots of pretties outside and inside. Flowers just make the world a better place, don't they?

This is Mr. Muddling's birthday cake. We had a sweet celebration with family enjoying barbecue and cake. Delicious!

Next, the figs ripened and I canned enough fig preserves to send some to each of my siblings and still have plenty for myself. Mr. Muddling does not like them.

Next, back to Mary's quilt and another couple of borders added to bring it up to king size.

Here it is after quilting.  I do love that wavy line quilitng. On pieces this small (each strip one and a half inches wide before sewing!) I want a lot of quilting and this seems to do the job.


Here it is getting its binding. Now it has been boxed shipped and has safely arrived in upstate New York and is on the bed!  Hurrah!  And Glory to God!
Next I had a birthday. Our sweet Houston children came over bringing Mexican food and we enjoyed a feast and good company. Yes, I made my own birthday cake and I don't mind a bit.

Now I've cut a new project with my Studio Cutter. This will be the Hugs and Kisses quilt from The Quilt Factory. My friend Sandy is going to sew this one for the USO Lounge at our local airport. Hopefully they will soon be able to reopen.

Sorry I've been so long away. I just was not in the mood to post. And if you can't find much good to say, sometimes it's better to say nothing. But I'm back now, and God is still good  and we can still trust in Him!

I hope all is well in your world.

Hugs and kisses,
Elaine

Friday, May 29, 2020

Two Finishes

The quilt is finished! It is a little too heavy to be on the bed right now, but you know I had to see how it looked.
It looks pretty happy.
As I said earlier, this is a quilt design and a free pattern from Donna Jordan of Jordan Fabrics. I really like the little extra detail she added to the borders on all four sides. It was a very easy pattern and went together quickly.
Right now it is living on our sofa in the den. I just like looking at it!
Project number two is the little fabric panel wall hanging. It seemed like time to get the Valentine hanging down and put up a new one. I just quilted a very simple design and put it up. Seems perfect for summertime.
More sunshine is the plumeria flowers in a pot on the front. And the chrysanthemums. 
What I really like about the plumeria is that you can just pull it out of the pot before it freezes every year and let it rest in the garage, or someplace where it will not get too cold. Come springtime, put it in fresh potting soil and it will leaf up soon.
We have had lots of rain this week, but it seems to be over for now. So back to the heat!
 
I hope you are having feelings of completion and happiness. This is a beautiful world the Lord has given us.
 
Hugs and kisses,
Elaine 
 
 
 
 
 

Friday, May 22, 2020

So Thankful!


I've been enjoying taking the time to stop and smell the flowers.. A lot. There are so many things going on in this world that try to worry me. But I absolutely refuse to worry. I choose to think about the many good things we have instead.

Here is a glimpse into the world at Muddle Manor. It has somehow turned into Summer around here, but morning and evening are still bearable.
 Did you know that if you plant the bottom of an onion instead of pitching it into the garbage green onion shoots will appear? That's one in the middle on the left. I just stuck  it into a flower pot. Free food!
Aren't the flowers and vegetable garden gorgeous! I do so love it! And I am so thankful.

I have that quilt from last post on the quilting machine. Hopefully I will finish the quilting today. It has undergone lots of design changes along the way, but that's what makes quilting fun, isn't it?

This beautiful blue butterfly wandered into the little greenhouse in the back yard a little over a week ago. It stayed inside there for three days and the fourth day it was gone. I have no idea why it was there or what it was doing. I do not close the greenhouse now since it's so hot, so it could have flown away at any time.
I was thinking. I know, always a dangerous thing! How often have I permitted myself to stay in a situation that was not what it should have been when the door was open all the time?

I hope you are having many good times! Even in the midst of all the craziness in the world right now, God is still good!

Hugs and kisses,
Elaine

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Absolutely Loving It

Spring, after a very light Winter, is delightful! There are angel trumpets dripping all over our yard.
This is a hibiscus that survived the Winter. It has to be over 15 feel tall!
 
And lots of other pretty things to see, too. The vegetable garden is coming along splendidly, and the flowers are oh, so happy  I am trying to enjoy every little bit of it all I can, because I know that the heat of Summer will be here very soon. Matter of fact, it's here already some afternoons. It is important to enjoy the fresh beauty while it is around.
 
Something else I'm really enjoying is our new baby chicks! I have no idea why I love them so much, but I do! Mr. Muddling just shakes his head and loves me anyway, thank God!
 
Buddy is watching over them, and I am watching him! LOL!
 
This is a not-yet-finished Ribbons quilt. It is a Jordan Fabrics free pattern. You can see a video here. It was originally posted in November, 2018.  I am making mine a queen size. The center portion is all sewn together now and I just have to make decisions about the borders and get them attached.
 
I wish I could share some of the loveliness here with you all, but I hope you have lots where you are that is making your smile!
 
Hugs and kisses,
Elaine
 
 
 
 
 

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Glorious Spring

One of the first things that tells me Spring is truly here is those tiny little figs appearing on our fig tree. I eagerly look forward to the day they will start to ripen. We had to prune quite a bit of damaged wood from the tree in the Fall, so there will probably not be as many figs as usual. That won't stop me from loving those that do appear!
 
Getting our garden up and running again for another season is another thing that brings me joy. Mr. Muddling and I got all the tomatoes tied up and the cucumber vines trained up their strings. Lots of anticipation here, too.
 
A very pleasant fragrance refreshed us as we worked out there - the jasmine in full bloom!
 
Lots of pretties out in our very own back yard. It is not very big, but it is absolutely full of things we love.
 
I picked the borders for the friendship star variation quilt, got them sewed on, and the quilt quilted and bound.
 
And here it is out in the back yard! I just needed a bright colorful quilt and this one filled the bill.
 
I hope you have a full measure of things to delight you, too. This is a beautiful world the Lord has given us to enjoy. Even with the challenges we've all had to face recently - life is still good! And I am thankful.
 
Hugs and kisses,
Elaine
 
 
 
 
 

Saturday, April 4, 2020

So Many Things

First of all, we are getting rain, which we need. It is a nice slow rain and everything outside seems to be soaking it up with joy!  There are plenty of pretty things to enjoy inside, too, even if it's just looking out the window. Outside yesterday, upper left, you can see chickens if you look closely. I have to watch them very carefully when I let them into Ruthie's Garden. They are extremely destructive! But they have such a good time, I can't seem to resist letting them in sometimes.
 
I started another quilt. This is a friendship star variation.
 
 
Here is my darling Mr. Muddling modeling a face mask I made yesterday.  As you can see behind him, the quilt grew.
 
This was last night when I quit. I fully intended to do a lot of sewing today, but it just didn't happen.
 
 
 
Instead, I did a little cooking, including these rolls. They are SO good!
 
I also made a Pumpkin Cranberry cake, and as you can see, we have already made a nice little dent in it.
 
What can I say? Stressful times call for baking. And eating said baking!
 
Seriously, there are so many things that can make you totally crazy if you let them. I am a firm believer in doing what I can and then leaving the rest to the Lord. He is much wiser than I, and does a much better job of handling all those things.
 
I hope all is well with you and that you are not letting things make you crazy! Trust in the One who is well able to help.
 
Hugs and kisses,
Elaine
 

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