Tuesday, July 31, 2012

It Came to Pass

Years ago we had a pastor who told us that in the storms of life we should remember that it came to pass, it didn't come to stay.

I was reminded of that today when I read this post by Jenny of Elephantz.  It will surely bless you if you take the time to read it.

We all go through things.  That's just life.  People hurt us.  We are betrayed by those we trusted.  We are falsely accused.  That's just life.  It shouldn't be, but it is.

I just trust God.  He sees it all and He will balance the scales as He sees fit.  I trust HIM to set it all right.  Every single time.

Pictures on top are another mug rug I put together from leftovers from the sewing machine cover.

Hope you're having a wonderful day!

Hugs and kisses,

Sunday, July 29, 2012


My little Singer 99K was getting terribly dusty sitting around in the sewing room.  Not good.

So I set to work: sewing leftover batting into a useable size,

 sewing together leftover quilt parts and finding a backing fabric that would work.  This is the inside of the new cover.

And this is the outside.  Now my little baby is nicely covered and safe from all that nasty old dust.

Of course now the workhorse of the sewing room, Miss Janome, is complaining.  Although she does have her very own custom fitted table (and it IS red!) there is still no cover for her.

There were also chocolate chip cookies made this weekend.  And too many of them eaten by me.  But we won't talk about that.

I do hope your weekend is going well!

Hugs and kisses,

Friday, July 27, 2012


I finished the little mug rug I was working on earlier.

Then my eye fell on a pile of leftover bits trimmed from a quilt I made long ago.  That particular fabric happens to be one of my favorites of all time.  And I do so hate waste.

I started sewing the strips together, making them fit somehow.  I think cobbled is a very accurate word for what I did with them.

But it was a lot of fun!

And now I have another mug rug to stay right here and make me smile every time I see it.

I do hope you are doing something that makes you smile!!!

Hugs and kisses,

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Here and Now

Bruno and Ariel are keeping a close eye on things.

Because yes, the chickens are once again marauding in the back yard.  They do so love being out and roaming around to see what is new and if any of it is edible.

They have assured me that since they are indeed birds, they should be fed bird seed occasionally.  Actually they'd like me to just leave a very large bag open for them at all times.

And inside, I've been cutting lots of squares and triangles.  This is just one possibility.  There are oh, so many more!  I do love to play with fabric, don't you?

Hope you're having a wonderful day.  Mine is going great!  Glory to God!  He works all things out in His own time.  And I trust Him to do that.

Hugs and kisses,

Monday, July 23, 2012

It's a Jungle Out There!

I am SO thankful for the rain we've had lately, and so are all the growing things in our yard.  The flowers and trees and gardens are all so much happier this summer than they were this time last year.

Here's a closer look at the Angel's Trumpets outside our back door.  You really have to be quick to get any photos taken because as well as the trees and plants and flowers, the mosquito population has also been happy with the rain.  They are fat and sassy, and there are a LOT of them!  As I saw on Pinterest, it's too bad mosquitoes don't suck fat instead of blood.  Seriously, they would have taken a few pounds at least off me by now.

So, this is another view from inside where it's safer.  lol

There is progress on the string quilt.  Those flower cuts are just sort of sitting there right now.  Still thinking about them.  And I've got more.  I sort of like them.  What do you think?

And while I know it's not the best example, I did have fun playing around with some of my smaller strings last night.  That's batting peeping out beneath it. I'll maybe get it quilted tonight.  Should make a pretty good mug rug, huh?

I just clipped Chloe's claws.  Can you tell that she is NOT amused?

There have been some things going on in our lives that have not been pleasant in the least.  Nothing any of us have done, just what's being done to us and by people that we've loved and trusted.  Oh well.....

Sewing is good therapy, as so many of us have discovered.

Hope you're being treated well and having fun!

Hugs and kisses,

Thursday, July 19, 2012



I should really be ashamed to show you this, but the reality is - this is how my sewing room looks when I'm making string blocks.  I start out organized and controlled, but as I'm looking for that perfect strip this is what happens.

Bruno has learned to sleep through most of it.  As long as he's where I am he's happy.  My buddy!

Oh, and that wadded up neatly folded little quilt at the upper right is the plaid one I've been working on.  I got it quilted the other night and I sort of a little bit messed up right at the last.  So I have to rip the last bit out and do it over.  You can see that it's still sitting there untouched.  I went for a new project instead. I know.

So far, I've made these eleven blocks.  They are smaller than I usually make.  These are nine inches.  We'll see how it goes.

I've also been cutting triangles with my Go cutter and strips with the rotary cutter. I think I know what I want to do with them, but as usual - I AM muddling.

I had a friend here yesterday quilting a quilt she made for her son on my frame.  It's the second one she's completed and I am so impressed with how well she's done.

I think I should go to bed now, so hopefully this all makes sense!

Have a great day.

Hugs and kisses,

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Another One

 All that was lacking on our niece's quilt was the binding and I put that on today.  Yippee!  Another one done.
Isn't this polka dot cute with it?  I'm happy with this one, too.  Maybe that's one reason I sew people's names into their quilts - so I won't be tempted to keep them for myself.  

Meanwhile, outside we've had rain again today - though not as much as last week.  The good thing is that the plants seem to be thriving with the cooler temperatures and moisture.

See, happy faces all around.

And.......I've had this Paddington Bear fabric for quite a while.  I think it's about time it grew into something.  Don't you?

Hope you're having a wonderful day!

Hugs and kisses,

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Two Finishes

I know.  I already showed this one on Thursday, but I wanted to put a complete picture on here, my quilt record.

This one is now completely finished, too.  I really like it.  Why is it that I always want to keep every quilt I make?

Here's the back.  I love these old fashioned flowers.  I can remember seeing prints like this all my life.  I know both grandmothers had similar ones in their homes when I was a child.

I'm working on the men's shirting prints quilt now.  It's coming together pretty quickly.

And as you can see, Chloe just wants to be left alone, thank you very much!  Yep, I know that feeling.

Hope your weekend is going well!

Hugs and kisses,

Thursday, July 12, 2012


We are still having rain.  It seems to be either feast or famine sometimes, doesn't it?  

So far, the plants are all still loving it.

Although I did notice a little toadstool village has sprung up in the front yard. 

Of course, rain means I have to stay inside more and that means more sewing, so it can't be all bad.  I finished this little quilt for our niece's youngest daughter, Miranda.  It's been quilted for a while now, I just needed to add the binding and I got that done last night.

I've had this fabric for a long time.  There just didn't seem to be the right project to put it into, but I think it works well for the backing of this little girl's quilt.

I also got our niece's quilt quilted last night.  I'll try to get the binding on tonight.

And I used my Go cutter to cut some of the men's shirting prints I was given recently.  I've got them up on the design wall.  I think they'll turn into a quilt for a little boy who is still living in his mommy's tummy.

There is another quilt I finished recently, but I'll save that for another post.

I hope you're finding plenty to keep you busy!

Hugs and kisses,