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

Saturday, May 5, 2018

At Last


Mr. Muddling's quilt, Hot Houston Reds (aka Narragansett Blues by Bonnie Hunter) is finally finished!  Hurrah!  It's a pretty good sized quilt and I had to have him stand on a little stool to keep it off the ground while he held it up so I could take pictures.

Pretty nice quilt holder-upper, huh? Got to love him. He puts up with a lot from me!

And here it is in its intended place, being a chair cover. It is working really well. Mr. Muddling says it's the first one that has not tried to slip and slide. Yay!

I mostly just quilted it in wavy lines, at least until I hit the middle and then I got bored for a few minutes and did some meandering. What can I say?

I think Summer may already be here. It has been hot, but I know it's just the start. Good thing is, we got our first tomato from the garden to enjoy today! Lots going on out there and lots to enjoy. The chickens certainly do when I let them out. I've had to curtail their outside the pen time or there would be no green grass in the back yard. They are more than a little destructive, but I love them anyway.

Yes, I've started another half hexie quilt. I do love how simple the Go! cutter makes it to put them together! And I needed an easy one after the Reds.

While I sew, Mr. Muddling has been keeping himself busy and productive painting. He's finished the dining room and it is mostly back together again. It looks so fresh and clean! Love it!

I am so thankful for so many things. God is good to us all whether it always seems like it or not. I'm so glad to know that I can trust Him to know what's best for me.

Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

Hugs and kisses,

Friday, April 27, 2018

This One Is Taking a Long Time

I am making a quilt for Mr. Muddling's chair. With a house full of dogs, we have quilts everywhere!  Mr. M needs a new quilt. The one on his chair has been there for years and with frequent washing and drying, not to mention Miss Lady hopping up on there with him all the time, it's tired. 
(Yes, I know she looks oh, so innocent.)

Anyway I decided to make a version of Bonnie Hunter's Narragansett Blues from her book More Adventures with Leaders and Enders. Since I'm making mine predominately red (surprise, huh?) I'm calling my version Hot Houston Reds!

The main center part is done now and I'm working on the pieced borders.

Mr. Muddling has been creating a border around this flower bed made of some bricks our son gave us.
Looks really good!

Lots pretty out in the back yard, and on the right in the center are two pictures of our office window - one looking out and the other from the outside. I do so love all the beautiful flowers and look at those tomatoes!

Another gratuitous pet/quilt shot. Ariel taking it easy, with Dinah trying to find something in that mirror. These were Miss Ru's two babies who are obviously managing to survive quite well, thank you very much!

Life is good here at Muddle Manor and we are thankful. I do hope there are lots of things to enjoy and even to laugh about where you are!

Hugs and kisses,

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Cool Aqua Cream Dreams


I finished this half hexagon quilt for a friend of ours on Monday. I'm just a little slow getting it posted.

The backing is this Martha Negley print. I got a LOT of it a long time ago and I am so glad, because it is nice! Isn't it always so good to have the perfect fabric for the backing?

Here it is in all its crinkly wonderfulness after a run through the washer and dryer. It is extremely comfy and huggable!


If you look closely you may notice something in the lower right corner.

Yep, it's Buddy. He worked so hard helping me that he just passed out. I am so thankful for him. He makes me laugh each and every day and that is a very good thing!

I wish I could share the fragrance of the jasmine with you, but you'll just have to make do with pictures. Everything is happy and doing its best out in the yard to put on a show. I do love the parade of Spring flowers. We've spent a lot of years here planting things and this is our reward. I am trying my best to enjoy it now. All too soon it will be so hot out there that outside time will have to be limited. But for now, it's playtime!

I do hope you are finding plenty to make you happy and to make you laugh. Even with its trials and tribulations, this is still a good life our good God has given us to enjoy!

Hugs and kisses,

Friday, March 30, 2018

Patriotic Rail Fence Quilt


I finished this rail fence quilt this week. This is one of the easiest and quickest quilts to make. And I think it turned out pretty! 

It's a beautiful day out there for quilt pictures.

This one will be going to the USO Lounge at the local airport.
Crinkly and cozy. All ready for some serious comfort!

Lots of pretty things outside here at Muddle Manor. Mr. Muddling and I have been outside today enjoying the beautiful weather and getting some yard work done.

Happy Weekend to you! Hope it's a good one full of fun and happiness.

Hugs and kisses,