Friday, September 15, 2017

Patricia's Quilt

Patricia is a very sweet lady at our church. I've been promising her a quilt for some time now, and it is finally finished!
The backing is this delicious bright pink! I used more of it for the binding.
Our friend Patricia likes bright colors and lots of them! I think she will really enjoy getting acquainted with this quilt.
After its trip through the washer and the dryer. Doesn't it just look so cuddly? It is!

The pattern is one I've made several times before. I make four patch units all the time. Some, like these I join into sixteen patch units. I used the Go! Cutter to cut half square triangles (die #55031 4 1/2 inch) out of Kaffe Fassett and Philip Jacobs fabrics. I alternated white-on-white backgrounds with beige tone-on-tone backgrounds. The sashing is a Kaffe Fasset print and the aqua cornerstones ( 2 1/2 inch square) are mirage fabric from Connecting Threads. The outer border is also a Kaffe Fassett print. I am very pleased at how this one finished!

Pretty flowers outside are in short supply. All the heat followed by lots of water, followed by more heat has just about done it for a lot of them. The chickens, however, are still having a wonderful time!

I lost a little bit too much weight, so I am trying to get at least some of it back. Ice cream always helps.

That look on Buddy's face when I tell him he's not getting any of it! LOL!

With all its trials and struggles, life is still good, and there are always so many things for which to be thankful! I do hope you're having a really good week!

Hugs and kisses,

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

After Harvey

This picture was taken out our front window at eight o'clock Sunday morning, August 27th. The street in front was already flooded.

This was taken at 4:55 that afternoon. As you can see, the waters had continued to rise. It was a little bit scary for a while, but thank God, we had no damage at our house. No water came into our home and we didn't even lose electricity. We were extremely blessed and fortunate.
This was taken Monday, August 28th at  2:48 p.m. The street at that point was no longer flooded. It took several days for the water to go down enough to get out of the neighborhood, and several more days for stores to be open and stocked. 

There are LOTS of people who have lost everything in this storm, not just here but all along the Upper Gulf Coast. There are have been so many wonderful stories of people who came from all over the country to help in our time of need. Many of them are still here. However, I am pretty disgusted at some of the big name charities who have raised millions and will take most of it with them when they leave. May God have mercy on them. 

I haven't share these two quilts that my friend Sandy made for the local airport USO lounge. They are made with the same pattern, different fabrics, and of course different backings. Aren't they pretty!

Here are three of our little girls. They are growing up! I think they will probably start to lay eggs sometime around the first of November. I'm really looking forward to that.

I've been working on this one for a dear lady at our church. There's a border yet to be added and then it will be ready to quilt.

And this is another of rail fence blocks being sewn together. It will be going to the USO lounge, too.

Thank you so much to those of you who have inquired about our safety. I appreciate your care and concern. There are always so many things for which to be thankful, aren't there?

Hugs and love,

Friday, August 18, 2017

The Red and Black Quilt

I have finally finished the red and black quilt for our niece! This has been a fun quilt to build. I will not even talk about how imperfect I have made it, but will say that a lot of love went into it.

The backing is a red tonal fabric and the binding is a red and black wonky stripe.

Love the crinkly-ness of it fresh out of the wash and dryer. We'll deliver this one tomorrow and I believe she will be pleased.

Here it is again, just sort of rumpled up on the porch swing. Doesn't it look cuddly?

We are hunkered down in the August heat here in Houston. Nothing new, you just have to live through it! Thank God for air conditioning!

As you can see, small chickens take up a good part of my attention these days. They are just endlessly amusing and entertaining to me.

My young friend Buddy is impetuous at all times and last month he rushed out past me, knocking my knee sideways. Not good. I've been going to physical therapy. Thank God, there is no major damage, just a strained tendon. No fun, but with continued diligence on my part to continue the exercises, all will be well.

I do hope all is well with you and that you have plenty to amuse, entertain and make you happy!

Hugs and kisses,

Friday, July 21, 2017

Dog Days of Summer

This is Mr. Muddling's Lady most every morning She does NOT want to get out of bed. As a matter of fact she moves right into his spot as soon as he gets up and leaves the room.

We lost one of our baby chicks, a Black Australorp. No sign of what did it, just gone. This little Buff Orpington was poorly at the same time, but we have been giving her special attention and she seems to be one the mend. We had to remove her from her sisters. Chickens believe in the rule of survival of the fittest even at a young age. It is never a good idea to leave one with the flock that is even slightly sickly!

The rest all seem to be healthy and happy and we are trying to give them extra cold things to eat and drink to help with the heat. I don't want to lose any more!

The is the progress I've made on this one. I plan at least one more row of black and neutral blocks on each side. I'll sew it all together then and see if I need to add more. It IS fun and it IS easy, but it is taking forever!

There are still pretty things outside, front and back. A lot of them are in pots though! But still, life is good and there is always so much for which to be thankful. And I am. God is good!

I hope there's lots good going on where you live!

Hugs and kisses,

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Space Sock Monkeys

Sometimes you just need to finish something, and I did! I've had this little quilt cut out for a while, and it seemed like a good time to get it finished. I think this one will go to the USO lounge at the local airport.  The volunteers there tell me parents really appreciate having a quilt to put down on the floor and let little ones stretch out and play a bit.

It is bright and colorful all over. There is a diagonal stripe for the binding and I've just about used up all this wild flannel stripe on the back.

Nice and crinkly after it's trip through the washer and dryer.

I've been working on this one now. I saw the pattern originally on Jordan Fabric's YouTube channel. I was intrigued and tried to figure out how to cut it. I failed. Then she added instructions and told what ruler to use to do the cutting! Yay! 

Here's a link to the sewing instructions. This one shows that you can use the same block to make two different quilts, but it also shows the ruler and the cutting instructions.

Whenever I finally finish this one, it will be going to our niece. She said she wanted one in red and black. Lots more blocks to make, but it IS all straight line sewing.

Summer has arrived in Houston. Some time ago, actually. Not that much exciting going on outside, but there is always entertainment in the chicken yard. Buddy wants to play with them so bad!

Finally, I think I'm all caught up! I hope you're having a wonderful week, full of good things to see and enjoy!

Hugs and kisses,

Mike and His Drunkard's Path

Here is a little better look at the quilt I posted in my last epistle. I was inspired by Wanda's Bouncing Balls. I love reading Wanda's blog and seeing her artistry combining color and pattern. I, unfortunately, have not reached her level of color sense. Not even close, But I have fun anyway!

Mike has a diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes. According to all medical prognostications, he should have been dead long ago, but he's not and we are all glad!  Especially his sweet wife Tracey!  Mike has been having some new challenges lately and our pastor asked me to make him a quilt. Mike ONLY wears plaid shirts and jeans, so this seemed like a perfect fit for him, and sure enough he loved it. I am extremely thankful I can do this, make these quilts, to gladden hearts and comfort and hopefully always impart the love of God.

And yes, the JOY of the Lord is our strength. Even if you have to go down a drunkard's path to get it! 

You can't see it really well, but even the backing is men's shirting, a pinstripe this time.

I'm doing a little catch up blogging, so get ready, there will soon be another!

Hugs and kisses,

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Where Do I Start

 I have been absent from my blog for so long. What can I say? Life has just interfered with my blogging!  First of all, the baby chicks have moved outside to their big girl house. Mr. Muddling worked very hard to divide the chicken yard and house, for now, into a condo each for Marilyn - our one remaining old chicken, and for the young chicks! The picture on the lower right was where I tried putting Marilyn in with the littles. It did not work well, so she was banished back to her side of the world of chickens!

Outside, there are lots of pretty things and interesting things to see. As for Buddy, the chicks are the most interesting thing he has EVER seen. He is sure it would be a lot of fun to play with them, but that is not happening!  And yes, Lady (center bottom row) really does think our bed belongs to her.

Ruthie's and our dear friend Dawn from the UK, sent a lovely balloon bouquet to help us celebrate Ruthie's birthday. Not a day goes by without her in our thoughts, but we are not in distress or gloomy. We just miss her.

What helped a lot was that our dear Mary came down for a visit with her boyfriend (whom we like a lot, by the way). They were here for Fathers Day and Ruthie's birthday.

The day to day life of household maintenance has gone on, too. Our washing machine decided to go on strike. Fortunately, we have an extended warranty and it was well again and back in action in a very short time. The water heater thought that with the washing machine up and running, it would be a good time to deprive us of hot water. Mr. Muddling to the rescue! Brand new one installed and working wonderfully. The old one was well over ten years old, so no hard feelings there!

I've been very busy for quite a while working on this one. I will do a blog post on it soon. 

In short, life is good. There will always be trials and temptations to lose heart, but we are just not going to do that! God is so good to us all and I am eternally thankful.

I hope you are having a successful and overcoming time with whatever is trying to give you trouble!

Hugs and kisses,