Sunday, May 30, 2021


I finished another little quilt last night. Orange seemed like the way to go, so orange it was.

I still have LOTS of the little 1 1/2 inch strips sewn into pairs making a 2 1/2 inch square. I used these sewn into sixteen patches alternating with 8 1/2 inch squares of orange batik all set on point and with a four inch border of the same all around, bound with yet more of the orange.

Yes, I put orange on the back, too!

Meanwhile out in the back yard at Muddle Manor, it is still a muddy mess. We have had rain every day. Hopefully it is finished. For the most part, the flowers love it. I still have lots of them in pots, which is probably a good thing!

Buddy does not seem to be terribly impressed.

But the cheering section near my sewing machine say it's great!

I hope you have a cheering section in your world. Mr. Muddling is my greatest encourager. I am so thankful we live a life in one accord. It makes life so much more pleasant!

Hugs and kisses,

Thursday, May 20, 2021


This story starts with a piece of beautiful fabric that came in the mail last week. It is a design by Philip Jacobs, one of my favorite designers. I did not order it. I had no idea where it originated. But I decided the best thing to do was to put it to use. I washed and dried it.

And then I cut it with the half hexagon die. I also cut some solid brown to go with it. I thought that would be a good idea.

I decided it was too boring, so I added lots of different colored half hexies. Much better!

Oh, so happy with it now.

Isn't it pretty!

And very cuddly!

Mr. Muddling and I delivered it this morning to a precious neighbor of ours who is fighting a battle with cancer. She and her husband of 65 years are just adorable. And she loved this quilt so much.  I am so glad.

I had called to let them know we were coming, and while we were on the way, she had her husband go outside and cut some gardenias for us. Aren't they gorgeous! Our house smells wonderful.

And before we leave the saga of that quilt, I had an email from a long time blog friend asking me if I had received her gift. YES! I like to know who blessed me! Thank you so much, dear wonderful Deb!

Our next door neighbor gave me this plant this week. I had never seen one like this before.  It is a zamioculcas zamifolia Raven, or zz black raven. The leaves are so dark a purple as to be almost black. We have really good neighbors!

There has been lots of rain falling around this area lately and it's not over yet. We had a break today and it has been nice to see no rain falling for a change. The plants outside are loving it though, even if we do have a muddy mess!

I do hope there is lots of beautiful where you are!  God is so good to us all!

Hugs and kisses,

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Three Cheers for the Red, White and Blue

I saw this one and just had to make it. So quick and easy and so pretty!

For now it is hanging in the hallway where we can see it every day.

But, it is soft and cuddly and crinkly, so who knows where it may go!

Summer has arrived here in the Land of Muddle, and compared with bitter cold, I'll still choose heat, especially as long as the air conditioner blows cold! I am so happy to see that the angel trumpets have come back. It really looked like they were gone for good, but they are back!  And I know that's not flowers there on the lower right, but I did NEED to buy a little extra fabric!

Buddy says, Yeah, Mom. Sure.

I do like to have fun. I'm sure you've noticed.  I hope you are having fun, too. There are always so many things to make us happy if we look for them!

Happy Mothers Day tomorrow!

Hugs and kisses,

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Things That Make Me Smile

All of the growing,, blooming, flowering pretty things out in our yard make me smile on a daily basis. I love them!

Mr. Muddling's dog, Lady, makes me smile all the time. Last week we gave each of our three dogs a new bone. As you can see, Lady collected all three of them and lined them up on HER bed! She honestly believes every bone that comes into this house belongs to her.

My sister, Sue, gave me chicken themed "sloggers" for Christmas! Can you say perfect!

Those very rare occasions I take a perfect picture. 

I smile at myself most of all. Here you can see I've used fabric selvedges between the fence around the garden and the wire that runs around the top. Two fold purpose. Eventually something will be growing up them, but also to keep my ravenous chickens out of that garden!

Another really big smile came the other day from our sweet neighbors. I had told my friend and fellow quilter Sandy that I really would like one of her husband's paintings.  Shameless begging brought me this beautiful oil painting. I do so love it!

A finished quilt folded in a gift bag and ready to go makes me smile, too!

Sandy says this one makes her think of a field of flowers. That's not a bad name, is it?

This is its backing.

And you know this is my favorite, fresh out of the washer and dryer and all comfy, crinkly and wonderful! It is on its way to the lady for whom it was made. She has had some serious health issues. I hope this will provide some comfort for her. I always like to think of these quilts as being a hug, from me, but also from God!

I hope you are finding lots to smile about in your corner of the world, and that you are also spreading some of those smiles around!

Hugs and kisses,