Sunday, January 9, 2022

Quilts of 2021

Here are my finishes for 2021! Some of these projects are really big, and some are really small, with a lot in between. But they were all completed in 2021. Fourteen of the twenty-four were given to someone, which always makes me feel good. I am so thankful I can bless someone else with the work of my hands and heart. Mr. Muddling is just as happy as I am to give them away, even though he says he wants to keep every one I make for himself!

There has been a bit of rearranging going on around here.

But most things are now in their new place, and we like it!

It's fun to change things up now and then.

I started another quilt. 
I know. 
One of our friends visited recently and she has a delightful new baby boy. He needs a quilt, and Bitcoin seemed like a good idea. I made one of these Bonnie Hunter cuties last year. Matter of fact, you can see that one in the collage of 2021 quilts at the top of this post.  I love the idea of putting lots and lots of surprises for a little guy to find in his quilt. The pieces are small, but I have an Accuquilt Studio and the dies to cut it, so not that hard to do!

There may be a few Christmas things still out, but that's all right. I love Christmas all year long!

I hope your year is starting off happy and healthy!

Hugs and kisses,
Elaine









Friday, December 24, 2021

Merry Christmas



From our house to yours and with all my heart
I wish each and every one of you a very

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Hugs and kisses,
Elaine

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Getting Ready for Christmas


I decided to hang the little red truck quilt I made last year along with the new Christmas Quilt. They are playing nicely together and I like looking at them!

I finished my second clamshell quilt. I gave the other one to our daughter when she came last year for Christmas, and I missed it so much I had to make another.

This is after the binding was finished.

After a run through the washer and dryer. I do so love the quilts freshly crinkly and cuddly!

And yes, I have another project in the works. Just playing around and seeing where it goes.

We are still loving the flowers growing outside and the ones my sister sent inside! Waffles may have been enjoyed, too! 

Our baby girl is coming for Christmas again this year and we are so excited! There will be extended family get togethers and lots of good food! Can't wait!

I hope there are lots of things making you happy and excited this magical time of the year.

Hugs and kisses,
Elaine



Thursday, November 25, 2021

Happy Thanksgiving



Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you've had a really good one, for those of you who celebrate. There is so much for which to be thankful!

Buddy looks a little perplexed there and I think it might be that he was trying to figure out what Mr. Muddling was doing. He was placing some concrete pavers upright to border that bed along the fence. We planted some bulbs in there, and I am hoping for some pretty flowers come Spring!  In the meantime, there are still plenty of pretty things (and chickens) to see. Life is good!

Hugs and kisses,
Elaine


Sunday, October 24, 2021

Autumnal and Christmas Around the Corner

I was thinking of a design for a Christmas quilt, and I settled on using more of the 49-patches of 2 inch squares alternating with a Christmas tree. I like it. The trees are made with GO! triangle dies and zig-zagged onto white squares.



Now it's all snuggly crinkly and ready to decorate for Christmas. It is an unusual thing for me to be ahead of time! YAY!


Right now I have another little panel I quilted on the curtain rod in the hallway with the pumpkin quilt I made last year. Recognize the 49-patches?  Hey, it worked before, and it worked again!

Meanwhile out in the back yard there are still lots of pretty things to see, including belll peppers and banana peppers in the garden. Notice, I've moved my rooster to peer into the kitchen window. I know. I'm silly sometimes, but I do have a good time!

Speaking of a good time, my friend Sandy gave us an oatmeal cookie mix which of course we had to try.  It made some delicious cookies!

I hope there are lots and lots of things in your world that make you happy!  We  are all so blessed in so many ways, even when things are not exactly as we want them.

Hugs and kisses,
Elaine


Saturday, October 9, 2021

Bitcoin


Here are some process shots of Bonnie Hunter's pattern, Bitcoin. When I saw it, I HAD to make it!  I'm really thankful for my Accuquilt Studio cutter. It made it oh, so much easier. I did not make my version as big as her pattern. It is more a lap size, but that is what I wanted.

And as you can see, it looks right at home on the swing on our screened patio. I foresee some serious lounging out there!

Of course I have started a couple of new projects. Our darling Mary took the clamshell quilt I made earlier with her when she was here at the beginning of the year. I like it so much I had to start another. I'm also playing with 2 inch squares, sewing them into 49-patches. Now I just need to figure out the alternate block to go in between them.

So many beautiful things outside in the back. We are enjoying all the blessings!

This morning Mr. Muddling was working out in the back assembling a new swing for the back yard. He said that he noticed a spider web stretched across one of our pathways and had been avoiding it. When I went outside the spider had decided it was time to pack it in and rest a while. If you look very closely at the end of that big green leaf, you'll see a little critter with a lightweight web blanket covering it. 

I thought how very sweet that the Lord had enabled that spider to create its own little safe resting spot. And then I realized He has also enabled each one of us to do the very same thing. Even in the midst of turmoil and uncertainty we can still bow our head and ask HIM for help. He always hears and answers our prayers. And we can rest in His love!

Hope you are doing just that!

Hugs and kisses,
Elaine

Friday, September 17, 2021

Peter Rabbit and Friends

Another baby boy quilt for a different girl at our veterinarian's office!

I do love the  Beatrix Potter illustrated tales, and this fabric line, which I've had for some years is so pretty. She asked for baby blue with red accent, and this seems to fill the bill.

I used this Mary Fons pale blue print on the back, and light blue binding.

Here is its crinkly shot.

I am so happy with this one, too. I hope she likes it as much as I do.

Mr. Muddling put up a curtain rod for my bluebonnet wall hanging. I'm pretty happy with it, too!

And here in the Land of Muddling, there have been nighttime shots of the moon, beautiful RED hibiscus, sweet smelling four o'clocks, comfort food, and a new project started. The two pictures on the lower right are the beginning of a Bonnie  Hunter pattern, Bitcoin. It called my name and I answered!

The rain finally stopped, and we had no damage at all from Nicholas, which did come ashore as a hurricane. I'm so thankful! I hope all is well in your world.

Hugs and kisses,
Elaine