Friday, April 21, 2017

Nothing Finished, But Still Plenty in the Works

A few more of these Winding Ways blocks have made it up onto the design wall. They are really fun to make.
And I've put these half square triangle blocks back up on the other wall. I think I may try to get them all sewn together and see if it is going to be big enough. 
Our girls gave me this bear one Christmas long ago. I put one of the old t-shirts from their baby days on him today, just for fun. He is showing some of the strip leftovers from when I cut the rail fence quilts. I do hate to let these little bits and pieces go to waste. I think there may be some more added and they will eventually turn into a quilt.
Lots of pretty things out in the back yard, and the African violets in the upper right are, of course, inside. They are not an outside plant! I do love the flowers everywhere right now. I plan to enjoy all of them I can before the real heat of Summer gets here!

I hope there are plenty of things for you to enjoy where you are. Our wonderful God has given us so many beautiful things to see and appreciate. I am thankful!

Hugs and kisses,

Thursday, April 13, 2017

USO Delivery Today


I'm making delivery to the local USO lounge today and I almost forgot one of the quilts! Sandy brought this one over that she finished a while back. Isn't it pretty! She is really good at putting together those string blocks. I love the colorful, happy fabrics. I'm sure it will be enjoyed!
Here is a little collage of the ones that will be going today. As always, if you click on the picture, it will enlarge. I am so thankful we can do this to be a blessing to our soldiers and also to the sweet staff there at the USO Lounge at the airport.

SO many pretty things going on outside! I do love this time of year. I got a lot of weeding done yesterday, but there is still plenty to keep me busy for a long time.

More of the Winding Ways have been completed, but this is another of those projects that will take a while. Can you see the circles? This is far from the finished layout, but I love that you can already see that secondary pattern. To me, it is just fun! And I do like fun.

Our sweet baby girl Mary is planning a trip to visit in June with her fella! We can't wait to meet him. So thankful for our family. They are the best!

I hope you are happy and full of joy there in your world. You know, it's a choice lots of the time, and remember - the joy of the Lord is your strength!

Hugs and kisses,

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Two New Baby Quilts and Two Deliveries

First of all, please allow me to apologize for my slothfulness in posting. No excuse whatsoever, just lazy about getting it done!
I have finished two little rail fence baby/child quilts. They will also go to the USO lounge at our local airport. The center volunteer leader tells us that the parents like to put a quilt on the floor for their little ones to play on safely. 

Both of these are colorful and both have some interesting to children prints in them. I also think those rails might make pretty good car tracks! I hope they enjoy them.

This pretty purple on that I posted about here was delivered to the lovely lady it was made for this morning at church. She loved it and was so touched that I had made it for her. 

This one, posted here, I had fond hopes of keeping, but today it went to live with our sister in law, and it was the right thing to do. 

I guess I'll just have to try again. I liked this one so much, I may just duplicate it somewhat. We'll see!

Lots of pretty things going on around here, inside and out. Can you believe that purple orchid is still in glorious bloom? I posted a picture of it last month when the first bloom opened.   It is a beautiful world we've been given, even with the bad things that happen. I'm thankful.

I recently purchased the Winding Ways die for my Go! Cutter. I've cut a number of the block components and have started sewing them together. They really go together easily (as long as I'm reasonably awake, at least!).

I have been peeking in to see what some of you have been doing. You continually inspire me! Thank you for being faithful to blog about your makings!

Hugs and kisses,

Monday, March 20, 2017

Pinwheels and 36-Patches

 
I finished this little lap size quilt today. I should have finished it last week, 


but bad things happened. The thing is, I knew something was wrong, but I just ignored it. I do know better, and it cost me a couple of hours to rip out all those stitches.

Up to that point, it had gone together really quickly. I sew 2 1/2 inch squares together all the time as in between sewing, or when I just want to sew something. I had a stack of 16 patches I had put together from those squares.

All I had to do then was add two 4-patches to the bottom of the 16-patch and another three 4-patches to the side, which made a 36-patch block. The 36-patch block is the same size as a pinwheel made with Jenny Doan's method of sewing two 10 inch squares of contrasting fabric together, directions here. (She is making hers with 5 inch squares, but I made mine with 10 inch squares.)

I used another of the big backing fabrics I bought recently from Marshall Dry Goods on the back and also for the binding. Here it is after its run through the washer and dryer in all its crinkly wonderfulness! This one will go to the USO Lounge at our local airport. It's about time to make a delivery there, as a matter of fact. I'd just like to add a child's quilt or two. They like to have those on hand for little ones to nap on while parents are waiting for a flight.

Lots of pretty stuff out in the back yard, and inside - the purple orchid opened its third bloom!
 
It's a beautiful sunny day here today. I was working out in the vegetable garden this morning. I may get out in the flower garden soon. There is always so much to be done, and I do love playing in the dirt!
 
I hope you're having a really good week and finding plenty to make you happy and thankful!
 
Hugs and kisses,
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Another Rail Fence - Purple This Time

Now that this one is complete, I'll show the front! This one was so much fun to make, it just about made itself. Don't you love it when all the components for a quilt just come together perfectly? That's what happened here. At least I think it is pretty well perfect! 

I bought this purple backing fabric from Marshall Dry Goods. It is one of the 108 inch wide backing prints, and I have to say I'm impressed with the quality. Plus, I'm lazy enough sometimes to enjoy a backing that didn't have to be pieced!

This was the start of making this one. I chain pieced all the rail fence pieces into blocks. It was fast!


And now for some really good news. I took Buddy to the vet Friday for his final heartworm checkup. He is totally clear! I am so happy and so thankful. God is good!

The little purple orchid now has two blooms, and there is another bud yet to open! 

We've had rain today, but I got twelve tomato plants set out in our little garden last evening, so they should have a good start! The rain has stopped now and the sun is peeping through.

I hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

Hugs and kisses,

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Sweet Little Rail Fence Baby Quilt


This little quilt made its way to a baby boy born on Friday! The baby shower for his mom took place on Saturday, but since she and the impatient little man who had decided to come early were still in the hospital, they were not able to attend. The quality of this photo is not great, it was a cloudy, rainy day. 

This picture is before it was trimmed and bound, and you can see the colors a little better. The backing is a solid blue soft flannel. It should be big enough for young Daniel Roy to enjoy for some years to come. He is already a charmer from the pictures we've seen. 

This is a teaser of the stack of purple strips I showed in my last post all sewn together, but from the "wrong" side.  I ended up swapping one of the strip sets for a different fabric I think works better with the others. I'll post again soon with the completed project, just have to get the binding sewn on!

We've had some very nice Spring weather here lately. There's been rain, but not excessively, just exactly what the slowly coming back to life again plants and flowers crave. One of orchids inside has decided to come into bloom, too. There's Chloe inspecting it in the center right photo. Cats always have to be a part of everything, don't they? If you look on the bottom left, you'll see our neighbor's cat overseeing Marilyn (our last remaining chicken) at her work in the garden. Thank God, there's always something to laugh about around here!
Speaking of which, I must show you this shot of Buddy. He was patiently keeping watch over me, but got so tired, he had to lean against that door frame to hold his head up! I do love that dog!

Mr. Muddling and I have almost recovered from an unpleasant little upper respiratory thing that dared to attack us over the past week. We are both SO glad to be back feeling good again!

I hope you've had a good week, with plenty of things to make you laugh and make you happy!

Hugs and kisses,

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Quarter Square Triangle Hourglass Blocks

So, this is the finished product of my idea with using the Kaffe Fassett/Philip Jacobs floral blocks alternating with red and gray hourglass blocks. I like it a lot. So much, in fact that it is going to live here! I backed it with a cozy fleece I picked up at JoAnn Fabrics a couple of weeks ago on sale. The batting I used on this one is Hobbs 80/20 blend, and it is very light. The whole quilt is lightweight, but still warm enough for a lap quilt.

Here are a few more views of it. You KNOW I like red! The one on the lower right shows what a good size it is for covering when you're on the couch. This was before I sewed the binding on it.

I had a lot of fun with this one, and I am so happy with the way it developed and grew and finished. YAY!

There were some oatmeal raisin cookies made here and Mr. Muddling and I both sinned mightily. Someone........me, even filched a piece of one before it made it off the cookie sheet!

I am supposed to be working on a baby quilt, but I had another idea, so I cut 48 each of these 2 1/2 by 8 1/2 inch rectangles. And now I've started sewing them together. I just don't resist the impulse to "go with it" when I get an idea. I've switched up some of the fabrics since I took the picture. Who knows, I may have another one to show you soon!

And Spring is in full glorious bloom around here and I'm loving it! I was taking pictures in the front yesterday and when I turned around, there was the neighbor's cat on our roof supervising! He is a funny boy.

I hope you're having wonderful ideas and lots of pretty things to see and enjoy!

Hugs and kisses,

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Cooperative Jelly Roll Race

My friend Sandy finished this jelly roll race quilt top several weeks ago. We decided that I would quilt it, but I have been a little slow getting it done. it is finished now though and I think quite an effective quilt!

I gave it a split personality backing - a little over half tropical birds in jungle trees and the rest underwater life. Buddy thought it would be all right. 

Here you can see both sides of the backing with the front. It IS a colorful quilt!

I stopped work on the half square triangle quilt top because I had an idea. I read on Bonnie Hunter's blog about her setting blocks alternately with hourglass blocks which formed an on point setting. Of course I had to try it. I used my Go! cutter to cut quarter square triangle blocks which I am alternating with 6 1/2 inch blocks of colorful Kaffe Fassett, Philip Jacobs florals. So far, so good! I do love it when a plan I try works! Bonnie's alternate blocks were her Chunky Churn Dash, but I cheated and just used fabric cut to size.

Mr. Muddling is especially fond of this light wheat bread, so I try to keep it on hand. It's really easy since it's made in the breadmaker. I know I cheat!

We had some really cold weather here earlier and it damaged some of our flowering shrubs, but some of them seem to be making a pretty good display anyway. I think I may have lost the pink Angel Trumpet by the chicken yard, but the yellow one on the other side of the back yard is already starting to put out new growth. The azaleas in the front are not nearly so fully bloomed out as in recent years, but I'm still mighty glad to see what's there. Springtime is such a hopeful time of year, don't you think? I am always so optimistic. That's a good thing!

I hope your hope meter is high with lots of good things being expected by you for you. Because you deserve them!

Hugs and kisses,

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Sandy's Three


I thought I would share today the three that Sandy could not get to me before we took that last batch to the USO. These three will be going on our next trip there! 
First is this string quilt. Isn't it gorgeous!

The backing is really fun and I like that purple binding, too!

Next up is this sixteen patch stars quilt. I made the sixteen patches and Sandy put it all together and quilted it (and the other three as well!). 

She used that same fun fabric for the backing on this one, but changed up the binding, using the same stripe as the outer border. Very effective, don't you think?

This one is a red/white/blue nine patches and neutral rail fences. I love it!

And look at this backing! Just perfect, along with that dark blue stripe for the binding.
Thank you, Sandy, for all your hard work. We make a pretty good team, don't we?

I have now started sewing these half squre triangles together, I like them. Can't wait to see how this one grows. 

I sort of lost my quilting mojo for a while there, but I'm happy to report that it is back - and that makes me happy! I hope you have lots of happy-makers happening there in your little corner of the world, too!

Hugs and kisses,