Friday, July 26, 2013

Update from Muddle Land

Lots of pretty things growing and strolling through the yard.  If you look closely you may see a little bit of construction going on out there.

Inside, I've been cutting 2 inch strips.  You can see my toes peeking out standing on the wonderful mat I got from my son and his sweet wife last year.  It really helps to keep my feet and legs from getting tired when I'm doing those marathon cutting sessions we're all so fond of. The other set of feet on the mat are Lady's.  When Mr. Muddling is not at home, she stays very close to me.

She is usually a very big help, but she has been known to nibble on fabric if it tempts her enough.  This one obviously did!

The strips are going into a quilt for Miss Ru's new bed.  I put a one inch solid black strip in each block.  Wait till you see what else she wants in there.  Later for that.

And yes, Miss Ru is back home.  Glory to God!  Thank you so much to all my dear blog friends who prayed for her and who wrote and told me they were sending good wishes her way.  It really blessed me and Miss Ru, and Mr. Muddling, too!  When she went into the hospital, things did not look good.  At all.  But God.  He truly is faithful to all who will take Him at His Word!  There are still challenges to be overcome, but things are certainly looking a lot more hopeful.

And Mary, our other daughter, is home for a visit from New York state!!!  Happy days!

Back outside, Bruno is checking the construction to be sure it is done right!

And I spotted this squirrel in the fig tree eating ripe figs.  Even after I chased him out of there, he just crossed the fence into the yard behind us and sat there mocking me.  I do NOT like squirrels.  

John 10:10 says, The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:  I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.  You know, that's Jesus talking.  He wants us to have abundant life.  I'm for it!  How about you?

I do hope you're having a really good weekend and finding lots to fill you with happiness, 'cause I love you!

Hugs and kisses,

Thursday, July 18, 2013

A String Finish

My friend Phyllis made most of the blocks for this one.  Don't you love the BLUE of it?  I had just enough of the blue Martha Negley "Veggie Leaves" for the side borders.

Mostly, I just had fun with the quilting.  There is a little bit of everything in there - stars, swirlies, squiggles, you name it.

This sort of neutral fern fabric is the backing with an acid yellow green stripe for the border.  I think some child will really love it.

Miss Ru was admitted to the hospital through the emergency room over the weekend.  Symptoms seemed to indicate a collapsed lung, but thank God, it is not.  It is her old enemy  pneumonia sticking its ugly head up again.  There is lots of pain and not a lot of fun, but she will win this bout, too!  I've spent the last four nights there with her. 

I've come home during the day and done little bits and pieces of things.  I got these blocks sewn together one day and pressed the next.  Even a little bit of sewing is remarkably good therapy!

Yesterday I went out in back and played in the dirt.  That's good therapy, too!  We've had some nice rain this week and everything out there has enjoyed it immensely. 

 I am so thankful for the goodness of the Lord and for the many ways He helps me and our family.  I can't honestly say that it's always fun, but even in the worst of times, there is still fun to be had.

I do hope you're finding plenty to keep yourself busy and out of trouble.

Hugs and kisses,

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Catching Up

I am way behind in my blogging, so thought I would catch up a bit.  As you can see in the pictures above, we still have plenty growing and blooming out in the back yard.  My darling Mr. Muddling has been working making the patio bigger.  He has plans.  I'm excited!

Here is the first completed quilt for Quilts Beyond Borders.  They want smallish quilts so that makes them easy to do.

A view of the back

And here is the second one.  Same type blocks with some larger squares of fabric thrown in for fun.  I'm still learning with the new machine.   I am SO glad the quilt police do not know where I live.
This is the back of the second one.

And I do hope these will be a blessing to those children.

I have another I've almost finished.  These are also a collaborative effort of a couple of friends and me.  It's fun to work on projects like this together.

I hope you're finding plenty to keep yourself busy.

Hugs and kisses,