Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Hello Again!


I know. I've been absent again. I'm sorry. I'll try to catch up a little. I don't know what those birds are, maybe geese? I had never seen any here before. Lots of cucumbers! And flowers everywhere! I love it!

The cucumbers are transforming into pickles. I'm using my grandmother's sweet pickle recipe, but the dill ones I'm making up as I go along. You know - muddling!


I made this sweet little table topper for Mr. Muddling's chair side table. Isn't it pretty!

Mr. Muddling and I got the old disintegrating greenhouse disassembled and out of the way and put together our new one. It is almost the same. I have the top covered with several layers in an attempt to keep the sun from destroying this one, too. They are not the most long lasting, but the price is right!

I have already got all the pretty plants into the new greenhouse. It helps so much to have a place that is not so sunny for the baby plants to get a good start.

Ruthie's garden is looking good!

And of course I have a new project in the works! This one is from the June issue of American Patchwork and Quilting. Easy and fun. Two of my favorite words!

Hope you are having a good start to your week and that the rest of it will be wonderful! There is always so much for which to be thankful. And I am!

Hugs and kisses,
Elaine

Friday, April 22, 2022

A Quilt for a Rock Star

Here is the completed "slice and dice" project I mentioned in my last post.

Last week our son was visiting and told us how very concerned he is for his friend who is battling lung cancer. His friend is a gifted musician. He is well known and respected in the rock music scene here in Houston and beyond.  Our son Larry has played in a number of venues with him. Larry is a talented musician as well. 

I asked if he would like me to make a quilt for Todd. He got all excited and said he knew exactly what he would love if I could make it.

What he had in mind was something to represent Eddie Van Halen's famous "Frankenstein" guitar. Being fairly ignorant of that stage of rock music I had no idea. but with the aid of the ever helpful internet I found numerous pictures of the many variations and copies of that guitar there are in the world.
I went to work with a solid red background and integrated slices of white and black.
Our son was pleased. He said what I had done would be instantly recognizable to anyone familiar with that guitar. Yay!
He delivered the quilt to the hospital yesterday. Larry was not allowed in the room, but did get messages and a picture of a very happy Todd with the quilt over him.
For those who don't believe as I do, not a problem. But I believe that when we pray God hears. I truly believe it makes a difference. I always pray over the quilts as I make them, and I prayed a LOT over this one. I continue to pray for strength and healing for Todd and for grace for his wife.


Meanwhile here at Muddle Manor flowers are rampantly blooming everywhere and we love it! Lots of them come inside to bring happiness in here as well.

I hope everything and everyone is happy and healthy in your world, and that you are finding ways to spread joy wherever and however you can!

Hugs and kisses,
Elaine

Saturday, April 16, 2022

Happy Easter!

I wish you a very Happy Easter! I recently finished quilting this Lion and the Lamb panel.  We are loving seeing it hanging in the hallway. It seems to say so many things about The Lion of the Tribe of Judah, who is also the Lamb of God who took away the sins of the world.


In much lighter news, I've been playing again, this time with decoupage. These are a few of my finished projects. It's fun, and I guess it keeps me out of trouble! There are Facebook groups aplenty and lots of tutorials on YouTube as well if you're interested..

This is a little "slice and dice" project I'm making for a friend of our sons. More about it later.

A block I made with a new GO! die, Goose Tracks. I like it! I'm sure there will be more of these showing up around here in the near future.

I hope you have a wonderful Easter, and that you celebrate the life you've been given!

Hugs and kisses,
Elaine. 


Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Happy Days

What a lot of pretty things going on here - inside and outside. I am loving the flowers! They seem to have been extra pretty this year. Or maybe I'm just glad to see them. Anyway, I have surely enjoyed looking at them 
As you can see there is a bunny who has moved from place to place to get in the picture. He was a happy find while we were out shopping one day.

I finished this little green quilt. It was one of those "just because I could" quilts.  I've been making those scrappy blocks for a while, just enjoying putting them together, and it seemed good to me to put some green blocks in between and make a quilt. So I did.


Now this one is something extra. I have a friend who allowed me to choose one of the antique quilt tops she had been given for myself. I chose this one. I've always liked those 1930's/1940's fabrics, and I really like this pattern, so it was quite a blessing to me. The green fabric in the sashings is not as strong as I'd like it to be, but perhaps with the backing and simple meander quilting it will survive and be happy for a while. It is living in the office right now.

I have more things to share, but I think this is enough for one post. I'll be back soon with more.

I hope you have lots in your world that is making you feel happy and blessed!

Hugs and kisses,
Elaine



Sunday, March 27, 2022

Is It Spring Yet?


I've been trying to convince myself that Spring has arrived. And there are lots of areas that agree with that thought. I'm ready for flowers and fresh veggies growing in the gardens.
I've been playing again. I took some of the height off a birdcage I bought when I thought I would get a canary. (I thought about the mess I would have to clean up and changed my mind.) Anyway I decided it would make a fun Easter display. It does!
Mr. Muddling and I wandered around a favorite antique mall last week and found that sweet pair of white rabbits that are now residing in the candle holder, bottom left. I added a ceramic tree that had belonged to my grandmother and they look all cozy and comfortable. I am incredibly silly sometimes, but I have fun!

I have been working on another quilt. Of course. It's on the quilt frame and I might finish quilting it tonight. Or not. We'll see. Those pieces on the upper left are 1 1/2 inch strips. the ones on the upper right are 1 1/2" X 2 1/2" before I sew them into the quilt. The Accuquilt dies and Studio 2 are really lifesavers for cutting and trimming.

This is a little table runner I made recently. I quilted it on my Singer 301. Now it lives on top of  a bookcase in our den.


Here it is in place, with some happy things on top. The watercolor is a download I purchased on etsy from a Ukranian artist. Obviously they cannot ship things right now, but downloads are possible.

The world is so crazy these days. I am glad this world is not my home!

Hugs and kisses,
Elaine





Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Another Half Square Triangle Quilt

I bought some Kim Diehl flannel fabric a while back, and I decided it was time to use it.

Once again I used the offset pattern

and worked away at it until I got it where I wanted it.

After washing and drying, it is SO soft and cuddly. 

Here are some "in progress" shots to give you an idea how the quilt grew. Yes, I know I should have posted them as I worked, but frankly - I'm doing good to get them up now!
It was a fun quilt to make and I know we will enjoy using it. We are still having some cooler weather, so it will definitely be used this year!

I am so thankful for flowers and plants inside and outside that bloom and keep our spirits happy!  A couple of the Christmas cactus even decided to re-bloom! 
The gardens are beginning to show signs of waking up and starting their new Spring growth and I am oh, so ready for that. I'll try to get the roses pruned tomorrow. We have to get busy and get as much done as quickly as possible before the heat of Summer gets here.
Life IS a challenge, but it sure is fun!

Hope you're having fun and finding things around you that give you joy!

Hugs and kisses,
Elaine



Thursday, February 17, 2022

Another Purple and Pink for our Niece

Our niece is expecting a baby girl this month, so of course she has to have a quilt. I made a purple and pink quilt for their first daughter. You can see it here. She wanted a purple and pink quilt for this little girl, too, so this is the outcome.

This is the backing.

I do love that crinkly, cuddly look and feel after a run through the washer and dryer. It is on its way to her now!

While I had the quilt machine loaded, I quilted some little things I had made.

Two little mug rugs.

An orphan block, now quilted makes a good tray mat.

And this one I had a lot of fun building. It is 20 inches square.  The nine patches are 1 1/2 by 2 1/2 inch strips sewn by two's to make 2 1/2 inch squares. The four patches are 2 1/2 inch squares bordered with 1 1/2 inch strips. Don't ask what the quilting pattern is - I was just playing !

Lots of pretty things have been salvaged from the cold and brought inside or onto the patio. Ruthie's Dinah (lower right) of course feels it is her duty to superintend everything.  Mr. Muddling's hand is "stirring" the dominoes for a game of Mexican Train. What a fun game!

I've been cutting half square triangles with my Studio Cutter from flannel I purchased earlier this winter and getting them put on the design wall. I've already changed them around a number of times since this photo, and I'm sure they'll move around a lot more before I'm finished. it is fun to play!

I hope you are finding some fun in your part of the world and helping someone else to do the same!

God is so good to us all! And I am so thankful.

Hugs and kisses,
Elaine