Friday, October 2, 2015

Not Much Happening

This little one has been quilted for almost two weeks. I still haven't made a label or chosen fabric for binding.

There are still pretties to be seen outside.

And our pets still lead a good life.

I've made some star blocks for a quilt I'm making for Mr. Muddling's sister. She loves purple. I was just going to sew the blocks edge to edge, but then.......

I tried adding some sashing and I think I like it better. What do you think?

And just so you know, we use our quilts around here. With three dogs and two cats, we try to keep as much covered as we can! Quilts are much more washable than upholstery. 

When I woke up this morning I was so pleasantly surprised to find real Autumn weather - cool air and brilliant blue skies. It's hot again now, but it was nice while it lasted. It will be cool again tonight. Hoorah!

As I said, not much happening here, but that's all right - more time to sew and play in the stash.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs and kisses,

Friday, September 18, 2015

Evolution of a Quilt

I've been seeing Jelly Roll Race quilts for a while now, but never tried one. Then I saw a tutorial on Missouri Star where Jenny Doan told about one made with batiks and black blocks between each strip. 

Of course you know I wanted to try it with red blocks instead of black. So I did.  Here's how it looked. All right, but nothing to get too excited about, right?

So I added a couple of borders. Better. But still not there yet.

Then I had the idea of adding that big Dresden plate I made a while back. Oh, yeah!

When I moved that plate to the top left, a scripture came floating up to my mind, Malachi 4:2, especially the first part of the verse.

So I put it on the label and now I know where it is supposed to go.

The colors are so vibrant, these pictures really do not do them justice.

But I am so pleased with the final outcome. Isn't it fun to watch the journey to a completed quilt? I know I had a lot of fun with this one. The couple to whom it will be going have had some struggles, but I believe this will be a reminder to them of how very much our God cares.

I hope you've made that discovery, too! I would not like to be in this troubled would without Jesus!

Have a great weekend!

Hugs and kisses and lots of love,

Monday, September 14, 2015

Absent Without Excuse

Well, let's see, what have I been doing all this time I've been absent? One Saturday we spent the afternoon with our son and his beautiful wife on their boat on Lake Houston, and then had a very nice dinner at a restaurant on the water. Nice outing and really good company.

There has been a trip to Culver's. Well, actually two. And yes those are all three dogs in the back seat. There may have been chicken tenders ordered for them.

There has been some sewing.

LOTS of cutting,

and MORE sewing.

And even a finish! This one was sort of an experiment. I was curious how it would look to combine the more elegant fabrics from designers like Kaffe Fassett, Phillip Jacobs and Martha Negley with men's shirting fabrics. I think it worked out rather well!

The backing is some more of this wonderful Connecting Threads flannel, and the binding is a Jinny Beyer print. Altogether a most pleasing to me experience!

Here's a look at it in all its crinkly delighfulness in the early morning sunlight. (For some reason spell check is telling me delightfulness is not a word. Nonsense. If it isn't, it certainly should be a word!)

On my design wall are nine patches and rail fence blocks in the 2 1/2 inch size. There are also a couple of complete quilt tops that I need to get quilted. I will try  to do better about staying up to date.

I hope you have been finding lots of things to keep you busy and happy. Here in the United States, Fall is approaching. It cannot arrive soon enough! I've had enough of Summer, thank you very much. It's time for some cooler weather. I'm thankful there is usually a change in circumstances, just when we think we can't stand it one more minute! We awoke yesterday to temperatures in the upper fifties! Heaven!

Hugs and kisses,

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Four Patch Stars

You may remember that I have been making four patches and turning them into sixteen patches and then making them into these four patch star blocks from a Missouri Star Quilt Company video. (Thank you Jenny Doan!) I was glad to have so many made already.

Our great nephew and his wife recently lost a newborn baby boy. I got this one finished up and we gave it to them.

This is the backing.

And a little close up of a section that includes the border. I liked the cloud fabric. It reminds us that we have treasure in heaven. I cannot imagine how they must be feeling, but I hope the quilt will help a little.

I'm still playing with the kite blocks. I had put some of them on this fabric on the design wall, but that will not be the one I use. Still pondering. You know how that goes!

Mr. Muddling gave me a food saver vacuum system for my birthday and I made a big batch of salad the other night and put some into quart jars.

Isn't it pretty! I have to say, it works pretty well. The vacuuming keeps the ingredients fresher. Now I have several salads left ready for eating!

Here's another little thing on the other design wall. The dresden plate blades are not sewn together, nor is the kite block sewn on, just playing. But it is pretty, isn't it?

And then, Bruno and I have to take a break sometimes!

It does seem to be taking me longer to blog this summer. I'm doing things, just don't seem to stop and document them. I need to do better. It's good to have a record of what I've done and when.

I had such high hopes for our little vegetable garden this year after all the rain we had in the Spring, but it just didn't happen. I've replanted cucumbers, so we'll see how this bunch fares.  You really do have to be an optimist to garden. But I am so thankful for our little patch of earth and the things growing there.

I hope you have interesting things going on in your world and that you are finding much for which to be thankful. With all its trials, it is still a good life.

Hugs and kisses,

Friday, August 21, 2015

Two New Quilts and a Lovely Gift

I finally got the binding sewn on this one this week. Mr. Muddling has claimed this quilt for his very own, so it will live here.
The backing is a mottled blue with these sweet patriotic teddy bears. 
I also finished this one that our pastor asked me to make for a young girl, the daughter of a friend of hers. It turned out even better than I had hoped! 
The backing is this wonderful paper doll fabric I've been saving for just the right project. It's bordered with a Laura Ashley print. I think it will be a happy little girl when she sees this!

My so sweet sister-in-law Karen made this thread catcher/pin cushion for me. It is just perfect! And it's a bright red, which I seem to be unable to capture with my camera.
It's been getting a lot of use.

My faithful helper Bruno. He is always at my side.

And believe me, chocolate chip cookies help a lot, too!

Now, just for grins, here's Miss Dinah this morning being her usual cute self.

Hope you're having a truly wonderful week.

Hugs and kisses,

Wednesday, August 12, 2015


First of all, let's do a little catching up. This is finished now and waiting patiently for us to take it to our son and daughter in law. (I made sure to put her name on it, too, or our darling son will claim it as his only!) Such a striking quilt, and yet so easy to make. I like it!

The backing is this Jinny Beyer print. This is also the border on the front of the quilt.
I quilted this one, which will live here. You know Mr. Muddling wants almost every quilt I make, and it seems only right to let him keep one once in a while. I still need to sew binding on it.

This is the beginning of a quilt requested by our pastor for a girl who likes pink and green.

I'm using the Janome for the slow process of blanket stitching around each heart. She's such a sweet little machine I feel bad for neglecting her, but the 1940 Singer 201 is just so much better for piecing. At any rate, she's getting a workout now!
This is Midnight. He lives next door, but refuses to live inside. He is also completed entitled to use our yard as his own any time he chooses. We don't mind. He's a pretty boy and minds his own business. Here he is enjoying the view from atop the chicken yard.

Last night we had thunder and lots of lightning and rain!!! It wasn't much rain, but what there was refreshed our world. Everything looks so much happier today.

I hope you are enjoying your day and that you have something going on around you that makes  you happy! I am so thankful for so many things. As Robert Louis Stevenson said, "The world is so full of a number of things, I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings."

Hugs and kisses,