Sunday, June 26, 2016

Busy, Busy and Yet Nothing Finished

At least nothing finished by me, though I do have three quilts in the works. By all that makes sense I should have finished at least one of them by now, but no, I started others. What can I say?

My friend Sandy, on the other hand did have a finish! This one will be going to our local USO airport lounge. Isn't it pretty and colorful! I think it's wonderful, and I like those tropical Mustangs on the back.

We had a wonderful time with our Mary who got to stay with us almost a whole week this time! Ruthie's birthday was last Monday, so we decided to combine that with the Father's Day celebration and had a family get together on Sunday. Mr. Muddling and Mary went and got a birthday cake and some flowers.  More pretty flowers and a happy balloon arrived later in the day from Ruthie's (and our) dear friend Dawn in the UK! So sweet of her to remember us. It is almost two years Ruthie has been gone, and it is still hard at certain times. It helps though to be with family who feel exactly the same feelings. I am so thankful for the many good times we have shared over the years. God is good!
Another beautiful floral arrangement arrived on Monday from a couple of Mary's friends in New York. We have enjoyed all those flowers!

I know you know I really, really like vintage machines. This one, a Japanese model from the 1950's or 60's, hard to tell, arrived last week. You might be able to see the disgusted look on Dinah's face at the state of its case when it arrived. The wiring was bad, too, but it's such a beautiful machine. Perhaps you can click on the picture and see those decals. Mr. Muddling got it all rewired and serviced for me today and I've already given it a little run of sewing. Perfection! I know I'm going to have fun with it.

Life does stay pretty busy around here, but sooner or later I will finish more quilts! 

I hope you're having a really good weekend and finding plenty that is making you happy!

Hugs and kisses,

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Another One Ready for the USO

This one is finished. It's a very simple pattern, just alternating neutral rail fence blocks with nine patches. It's still pretty, isn't it!

The backing and the front border are very similar fabrics, and I used the same blue with white dots for the inner border and the binding.

I do appreciate our service men and women, so i decided to just sew a thank you in there, too.

Here it is in its crinkly shot! I hope they will enjoy this quilty hug.

Summer has arrived in Houston. During the day some of the vegetation just wilts. I understand that is a way they conserve moisture and stay alive. It still makes me a little sad to see it though. Plenty of things are still thriving out there, even in the heat.

Our daughter is here for a visit over the weekend. There are things planned  with our son and daughter in law, too, to celebrate Father's Day. Our granddaughter may even make it in for that, we'll see.

I hope you have good things planned for your weekend and that you are blessed in every way!

Hugs and kisses,

Thursday, June 9, 2016

With a Lot of Help from Friends and Family

Another Dancing Nines, a Bonnie Hunter pattern. This one will be going to the USO airport lounge here in Houston. Super easy pattern, especially since I am always making four patches and nine patches as leader/enders.

The backing I think suits it quite well. This plaid fabric was a gift to me from my sister in law, Gloria. She is such a blessing to me, always finding fabric to add to my stash!

I didn't even try to resist taking pictures of this one all over the place. That cat is Midnight. He belongs to the next door neighbors, but feels perfectly at home here, too, as you can see.

One more! I do like red, did you notice?

My friend Sandy made this one following instructions for Mary Johnson's Autumn Leaves. Mary has so many free patterns available on her website. This one is really striking. It, too, will go to the local USO lounge at the airport. Deb, these are your fat quarters you so generously sent! Thank you so much.

The backing was in the latest batch of gifted fabric from my sweet sister in law Gloria. It is perfect for this one!

All the growing things in our yard are showing off their beauty after all that rain we had.

There are so many things for which to be thankful in the wonderful world the Lord has given us to enjoy. I hope you've found plenty of them!

Hugs and kisses,

Friday, June 3, 2016

Sweet Little Baby Girl Quilt

The sweet little baby girl quilt is finished. Again. Remember, this is the one I had tension problems with. There was lots of unsewing. Mr. Muddling helped me with that. He's a keeper, for sure. For so many reasons!

Here it is in all its soft and crinkly freshly washed cuddly-ness.

Chloe was on quilt inspector duty, but she didn't seem to be interested in doing her job.

I found some of this fabric with scriptures a while back at a local quilt shop, and cut this one out to add to my label. 

This panel is in the middle of the backing. It's just a sweet, sweet quilt. It will be going to a niece of Mr. Muddling's co-worker. She has a little girl due next month. I hope she likes it.
I've been making lots of four patches and nine patches in red/white/blue for more USO quilts. Of course Dinah decided the ironing board was the perfect place for her nap.

Not happy at being told she'll have to move.
While we have had LOTS of rain, the growing things seem to be happy about it. We have not had any damage here, though there has been plenty in the area. I am so thankful!

I hope you are having a really good weekend and that you have plenty to make you thankful, too.

Hugs and kisses,

Saturday, May 28, 2016


Sometimes, you just want to lay around in the sunshine and be glad it's stopped raining.
We've had a lot of rain here. None in our house, thank God, but plenty of people have had that awful experience. Our patio got a bit of water, but that's no biggie. It's gone now.

I pulled a bunch of 2 1/2" strips Tuesday night and started sewing them into units of four and then sub-cut them into squares.

Before long they turned into this. Mr. Muddling asked me to make a quilt for a little girl on the way to a niece of his coworker and this is it. I got it all sewn together and quilted. Then I took it into the cutting room (aka, the dining room) and trimmed it, never bothering to look at the back until I took it back to the sewing room to sew the binding on it. 

Big mistake. Now there is lots of ripping to be done and re-quilting before it will be ready for that binding.

I am working on that, but in the meantime I thought I would start putting these houses onto blocks. I've used the Go! cutter to cut these and ironed them on to 10 inch squares with Heat n Bond Lite. Of course, I still have to sew all around them. I may have bitten off a little more than I want this time, but we'll see.

I had a very sweet email from the Volunteer Team Leader at our local airport USO this week. They only have two of our quilts left and she wondered if we could make more for them. Of course we can. 

I had this one done except for the binding, and now that is done. I have more ideas and will try to get more made in a hurry. It helps that I have some components done and ready to put into new quilts.

A closer look at some of the fun in this one. I like to think of a soldier getting a smile from some of these. It makes me happy!

It is a beautiful day here after all that rain. Mr. Muddling has been out mowing the lawn and making everything look wonderful again. He's a blessing to me!

I hope you are having a weekend that makes you happy. There are always things for which to be thankful, aren't there?

Hugs and kisses,

Friday, May 20, 2016


I made this one by combining two ideas from the book, Quilts for Scrap Lovers by Judy Gauthier.  As I was making it, I had that "knowing" that it was to go to a man who has been going through a horrific battle. He's been given up to die more than once, the family called in to say goodbye, and yet he's still here. God has truly done more than one miracle for him. He still has a long way to go, but I am so happy for him and for his family who have stood so firmly by his side through it all.

There are such fun little houses throughout the quilt. They are a tangible reminder to him of all the households who have been and still are praying for him. His daughter has done such a remarkable job of rallying people through a facebook group to pray for him.

I especially like this reminder that we are all HIS sheep! I am so thankful He hears when we cry out to Him and that He is still in the healing business!

Lots of happy pretties out in the yard, including lots of weeds. We'll just look at the flowers though! At the top left is a picture of the packaging of the new bird feeder we just bought. It works!  When squirrels try to get seeds out of it, it closes. You can see the one we hung in our yard in the third row. The last picture on the right includes a very nice surprise Mr. Muddling brought me yesterday - carnations! They are so pretty! The picture just before it is of some of the gardenias from our garden. They are now busily perfuming the sewing room. Oh, how I love that fragrance!

There are so many wonderful things in this world of ours. I know there are bad things, too, but I choose to put my attention on the good ones!

Have a blessed and happy weekend, my friends!

Hugs and kisses,

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Happy Spin

This is the quilt I couldn't show before. It was a surprise for a friend of ours, and it was delivered on Sunday. She likes it!

This is my take on Katy Doughty's pattern Vintage Spin from her book Adding Layers. I'm calling my version Happy instead of Vintage Spin. 

The backing is this Jinny Beyer print that seemed to me happy to play along.
I had a lot of fun making this one. The blades are a mix of batiks and Kaffe Fassett/Philip Jacobs fabrics.  I fussy cut flowers from Kaffe Fassett's Suzani Embroidered, and used a machine blanket stitch to applique them to the center of each block. I made my blocks a bit bigger at 14 inches instead of 13 1/2, and made this one of 20 blocks instead of the original pattern's thirty blocks. It's still a good size to snuggle!
Lots growing and blooming (and just hanging out!) here in the land of Muddle. We've had some nice rain the past couple of days and we can see the plants are happy about it! 

I have now trimmed this one, but it still needs a binding sewn. I think it will probably go to the local USO when they need more quilts.

And this one has had borders added and is now loaded ready to quilt. Hopefully I'll have these two finished and get another post up soon. I have been busy, just not busy posting!

I hope all is well in your world, and that you have plenty of HAPPY where you are. With all the bad things we see and hear about, there are still a lot of good things, too. Lots of blessings for which to be thankful, and I am.

Hugs and kisses,