Friday, March 30, 2018

Patriotic Rail Fence Quilt

I finished this rail fence quilt this week. This is one of the easiest and quickest quilts to make. And I think it turned out pretty! 

It's a beautiful day out there for quilt pictures.

This one will be going to the USO Lounge at the local airport.
Crinkly and cozy. All ready for some serious comfort!

Lots of pretty things outside here at Muddle Manor. Mr. Muddling and I have been outside today enjoying the beautiful weather and getting some yard work done.

Happy Weekend to you! Hope it's a good one full of fun and happiness.

Hugs and kisses,

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Red and Brown Half Hexagon Quilt

The half hexagon quilt is finished and I like it. It was really easy to put together and a lot of fun, too. You know  we have to have fun!

I did not manage to get a very good picture of it, but you can get the general idea. The wonderful Wanda at Exuberant Color gave me the burning desire to make one of these a while back when I saw hers. Wanda is such a generous person and I have been inspired and instructed by her many times.

Soft and cuddly, crinkly after a run through the washer and dryer.

Kind of makes you think of boxed cupcakes, doesn't it? 

The oh-so-innocent Chloe enjoying the log cabin quilt on my chair. By the way, the rug mat I put under it is doing a marvelous job! No slippage at all yet.

Outside, Spring is in full sway out in the back yard. I do so love this time of year.

I saw the other day our "goony bird" has returned. It's actually a gray night heron, but it took a while to find out what its species was, so we all just called it a goony bird. My neighbor Eva and I always look forward to their return each year. Our neighbor Sandy - not so much, mainly because they always build a nest right next to her carport. When you get droppings from these's pretty massive! Not a lot of fun to clean up that kind of mess.

So, we take the good with the bad and just try to enjoy it all!  I am so thankful to be feeling so much better this year and to be able to work outside in our yard. I do love playing in the dirt!

I hope there are lots and lots of wonderful things in your world and that you are enjoying each and every one of them!

Hugs and kisses,

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Glorious Springtime

I finally got the binding finished on this log cabin quilt I made for my chair in the den. Mr. Muddling gave me that chair for a birthday present. And it's red.

I had the bright idea that one of those rubber mats you put beneath a rug to keep it from slipping would probably work to keep the quilt from sliding around on this faux leather chair. So far it is working quite well!

And this is the reason I needed a quilt to cover that chair. Cats!  Good thing for them we love them. That's about all I have to say about it.

I just did a wavy line all over. I wanted something fairly dense since it will be sat upon quite a lot. The backing is flannel, so a heavier quilt when you take into consideration size, lots of 1 1/2 inch pieces, batting and backing. Hopefully it will hold up to the job!

This one is next in line. It is cut with the half hexagon die for the Go! Cutter. Very fast and easy to put together. I need to add borders, get the backing together and it quilted! I have had my eye on this new line of fabric at Connecting Threads for a while. When I saw they had the fat quarters on sale recently I got a set. You can read more about the fabrics here.  It IS very nice to work with and seems to be high quality.

I cut another set of half hexies for my friend Sandy to make a quilt. Lots of pretty fabrics in here. I think she'll have fun with them!

And outside my favorite time of the year - Springtime in all its glory! There is such a sense of anticipation and hopefulness. Gardeners, it is said, are of necessity optimists and I know it's true. Every year we plan and we plant and we wait with hope. There is still a LOT to be done outside, but I am so thankful that I feel so much better this year and can actually work out there. God is good!

I hope there is plenty of hope where you are and lots pretty to see, too!

Hugs and kisses,