Thursday, January 12, 2017

2016 Recap

I believe I actually finished thirty quilts in 2016. I had an idea at the first of the year that I'd like to finish a quilt each week, but that did not happen.

I had some minor surgical procedures done and there were no problems with that, but the enforced rest after each of them allowed arthritis time to try to jump on me with a vengeance! It slowed me down considerably. I am still working toward getting my mobility back where it belongs!

We had some cold (for us) weather here earlier in the month, but I'm happy to say things are back where they should be, and we've been enjoying time outside, as least as far as the patio!

I did not protect our outside plants as well as I should have and we lost some. Time will tell how many. Probably time to replace some of them anyway. I'll look forward to plant shopping when warmer weather is here to stay. 

It's good to look back at what we hoped to accomplish and what was completed. I'm happy and thankful for so many things. I love that I can do what I enjoy and be a blessing with the quilts I make. I look forward to doing a lot more of that this year!  I hope you have plans for good, too!

Hugs and kisses,

Monday, January 9, 2017

Another Cooperative Quilt for the USO

My friend Sandy pieced this jelly roll race and I quilted and bound it.
White dots on red for the binding,
and happy red pinata fabric for the backing (thank you, Deb!).
Buddy has approved the finished, crinkly, freshly washed and dried product. It and several more will soon be on their way to our local airport USO lounge.
I finally finished the Christmas Dancing Nine Patch top. I sewed that last border on with my vintage Singer 301. Such a sweet machine! This top is pressed and waiting for me to get the backing fabric sewn together. It is a big one!
Winter got here last week and wreaked havoc on our outdoor plants and shrubs. This was the pink angel trumpet. We'll see if it survives. I know we're not through with Winter yet. 

This is a close up of Marilyn from the above picture. She is the lone chicken left, and has decided that she will start gifting me with eggs again! We got three last week. What a lovely surprise in the midst of all the weather destruction!

I do hope you are all having happy, happy surprises, too. It helps, doesn't it?

Hugs and kisses,

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas!

Christmas greetings to all of you! I hope that you are all ready for the holiday, or even enjoying it already. 
As usual, I was a little optimistic about finishing this one before Christmas. Not going to happen, but I DID at least get the center portion all sewn together. I've also got the first border cut. At some point I'll get it sewn on.

The second border will be a piano key of different size strips. I'm very sure I don't have enough of these done, but It will happen! 

Meanwhile at Muddle Manor, Mary is here for Christmas, and we've had a wonderful time so far. Lots of taking it easy and enjoying our time together. Dinah and Buddy are hilarious. Neither of them will give an inch, and neither is intimidated by the other. 
We've had very mild weather here this week after a cold one last week. Mr. Muddling and Mary are out and about right now and I am supposed to be baking. Going to get started with that soon! I just wanted to pop in and wish all a very Merry Christmas!

Isn't it funny how one small baby born so many years ago could still have such an impact on our world today! Unto us a child is born!

Hugs and kisses and lots of love to you,

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Lots of Good Things

Well, let's see. I know I've been absent from here for far too long. Absolutely no excuse. But I'm back now! First of all, there is a new quilt to add to the stack we are getting ready for the USO at our local airport. This is a Disappearing Nine Patch of mostly 1930's and 1940's reproduction fabrics along with some red. It makes a happy quilt, I think. The backing is a diagonal stripe flannel and the binding is a different red and white stripe.
Dinah took advantage of my absence from the sewing machine to enjoy that flannel backing!

There is still plenty that is pretty outside, and it's always a joy to me to see these things.

There has been plenty of cooking of all sorts going on here. My sister Sue and her husband visited for Thanksgiving. We had a good time catching up and she and I did a lot of baking. She's the one who formed all those crescent rolls! (They were delicious!)

Buddy is still very intent on finding out all about everything he can. He's a curious boy! His vet report was a good one. I take him back at the end of the month for another blood test, and that should tell us that all heartworms are gone! Then we can get back to our walking. I'm looking forward to that.

We've had some rain, and if you have to go outside in lots of water, which I did, it sure makes it more fun to have cute boots! Splashing is still fun, even at my age!

But, the best surprise of all was that our daughter Mary got home for Thanksgiving. She surprised us and it was one of the best surprises ever! As you can see, Ruthie's dog Ariel was very glad to see her, too.

When Mary was a little girl she used to draw these little mouse creatures for us often. We have a white board in the kitchen and it was so good to see the little guy back again!

There are always so many things for which to be grateful, not just at Thanksgiving, but every day of the year. I purpose in my heart to look for them! God is good. All the time!

Hugs and lots of love to each and every one who reads this!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Red and White with Blue on the Back

Yes, I got off the track again. I started a jelly roll race of some fabric I had bought a while back from Connecting Threads. I bought several of the strips sets and couple of fat quarter packs of the same line. Typically, there is only one of each design in the set, so it's not that many per sampler.  I do like red, as you know and with this blue Jinny Beyer backing, it should be fine for the USO. We are still trying to get more made for them. Cold weather is coming. Even to Houston!

Overall, I'm pleased with how it turned out. I think soldiers will enjoy covering up with this one. At least I hope they will.

Buddy had his two week check up and is doing very well indeed. I am so thankful.

Marilyn the chicken may not be doing so well if she doesn't learn some caution around young Buddy. He's pretty sure she would be fun to play with, but I doubt she would survive it!

Please ignore the rampant weeds underneath, but isn't this poinsettia pretty! It was one of last year's Christmas decorations. Afterwards I planted it outside and it seems to be in a spot that lets it color up nicely.

Mr. Muddling discovered this little crab spider when he was walking Miss Lady. When he (who HATES spiders) says it's pretty, you know it's got to be pretty special.

We are gearing up around here for Thanksgiving. My sister and her husband from Colorado will be here to help us feast. I'm looking forward to a good time and plenty of good food!

I do hope you are having a good week so far, filled with lots of good things to do, see, and eat!

Hugs and kisses,

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Quilt Festival Houston, 2016

Mr. Muddling and I took a little field trip to the George R. Brown Convention Center this morning to take in at least a little bit of the Houston Quilt Festival. It really made me laugh that this was one of the first quilts I saw. The title is, "Make More Qlts - U and I Can Do It!", by Cathy Fussell. I definitely agree!

I have to be real honest and say that the Kaffe Fassett, "Bold Blooms" display was my favorite of all. The quilts and the fabrics from his collective are just always so happy to me, and I like happy!

This one was gorgeous! It's "Leafy Applique", a collaborative effort by a group of expert appliquers here in Houston to realize Kaffe's vision for a traditional applique quilt based on a Bird of Paradise antique quilt.

There were also clotheslines full of exquisite antique children's clothing.
For you hexie fans, this one is called, "Happy Birthday", made by Yumiko Tanaka of Tokyo. She said she made it in gratitude for her husband's healthiness on his 75th birthday. Just stunning!
Also on display were ten of the sections of the 9/11 Victims Memorial Quilt. 

There are so many wonderful things to see, If you ever get a chance to take it in, I strongly recommend you do!

it's another beautiful day here. We have some rain forecast for the next few days, but that's okay - we need it. I hope you're having a really good weekend full of things that make you happy! It's a beautiful world the Lord has given us to enjoy. I'm thankful.

Hugs and kisses,

Monday, October 31, 2016

Hello, There

I really wish I had something finished to show you, but I just don't. Here in the land of Muddle it is still very warm during the day, but we've had some cool nights, so the promise of Fall is in the air! Do you notice that my swing on the patio will even open up to be a bed? We won't talk about how much time I've wasted spent enjoying the lovely weather out there.

Buddy has completed all the injections to kill off the heartworms. Now we try to keep him contained and peaceful so he doesn't hurt himself until the are all dead!  He is the funniest thing to watch with a new bone. He is SO serious! You might be able to see Miss Chloe out on the patio giving him the evil eye. Our pets are just continually entertaining to me.

All of the 4 1/4 inch squares have been sewn into nine patches and then cut in half side to side and top to bottom, giving me four blocks from each nine patch.

I started sewing them together Saturday, but I haven't made a huge amount of progress.

These are still on the design wall.

And I probably have about half of the sashings sewn on the Dancing Nine Patches! Soon these will be going on the design walls. It will take both walls for this one!

This last part of the year always seems to fly by, doesn't it? There are so many things I want to get done.Time will tell how many of them actually happen. I'm going to try to have fun with it all anyway!  I hope you are doing that, too. Having fun. It's a good thing!

Hugs and kisses,