Monday, February 18, 2019

Staying Busy

Here is the completed quilt happily doing its job on our bed! I do love it. 
I again used Bonnie Hunter's pattern, Narragansett Blues. I used mostly reds, and between each vertical row I added a one inch strip of red. Gives it a totally different look!

I used this sweet fleece as the backing and the batting is Hobbs Tuscany cotton/wool blend My aim was a warm quilt without all the weight. We tried a couple of my other quilts after my knee replacement surgery and I could not stand the weight of either. This one is so much better, and since I have the other knee scheduled for replacement early next month, I'm glad to have it finished!

American Patchwork and Quilting magazine has a quilt in their latest issue (April, 2019) that I like, so I had already decided to give it a shot. Then I noticed there is a quilt along starting today.  The strips are all one and a half inches wide, but fortunately I have the Go! Cutter strip die in that size. Yay! Makes it go so much faster.

Here are the first three blocks. It's going to be a time consuming project, but that's what I need right now. Quilting really does help me to stay sane, and not to think about things I cannot control.
Lots of pretties out in the front and the back yards! The chickens are having a marvelous time whenever they get to roam. Chloe, of course, is not impressed. 
I'm really enjoying our little patio. We've had some nasty, cold and rainy weather, but when the pretty days come along, those are all forgotten. It is joy to have the back door open and enjoy the birds and the chicken songs. Mr. Muddling is sure it's not singing, but I know better!

Isn't it good to have fun? I believe in it! And I hope you're having a lot of fun where you are!

Hugs and Kisses,

Friday, February 8, 2019

Lots of Good Things

This was Monday's page from my Mary Engelbreit daily calendar. I have to say, I am enjoying these pictures and sayings every day. This one really made me laugh.  But. I think a lot of the time, we are the ones who stop ourselves. Something to think about.
This is not a very good picture, but I wanted to share with you how strange our weather has been.  It is not usual for a hibiscus to be still alive outside in February. They are a tropical plant, and for one to still be blooming is really unusual. Add to that the narcissus blooming right under it!
                                                            The angel trumpet is still blooming
and in the front yard this little yellow rose is in full bloom. 
Seems to be a little difficult to see what season it is out there!
The most exciting thing to me is that I'm quilting!!! It's taking me much longer, but I am doing it and I'm happy and thankful!
I'm also thankful for a husband who after almost thirty-eight years still brings me flowers!
Life is good, even with its challenges. God is so good to me.

I hope you're having lots of things to rejoice about, too. You may have to look a little harder for them, but they are there!

Hugs and kisses,

Friday, February 1, 2019


Almost unbelievably to me, this has become a quilt top!!! Hopefully it will actually become a quilt sometime in the near future. One lives in hope!

Isn't it funny what you'll find out in the yard? I do love our very own fresh flowers.

Buddy feels absolutely entitled to spread out where ever he chooses. I do love that dog!

And just for grins, a friend shared this with me and I thought you might like it, too! I did laugh, I'll admit.

I don't know about you, but I enjoy finding things that make me laugh. You know, the Bible says that a merry heart does good like a medicine. And doctors say that patients who have a positive attitude do better overall and recover more quickly than those who don't. Plus, it's fun! And we do like to have fun, don't we?

I hope you've found some fun for yourself. Have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs and kisses,