Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Blessed beyond believe...

My husband went to Texas for work to move a family. They had items they no longer wanted. And the Mrs gave them to my hubby.   You aren't gonna believe this.  
This machine was taken off the table to bring inside. Check out the size of this spool. And the is a larger on in brown.  

He didn't even tell me about the dress form. What a surprise. 

Now I am going to church to praise our Lord for such wonderful gifts. 

I can't wait to PLAY.   We might have to move quilting to my house so everyone can play. My 10x11 sewing/office now is housing 5 machines.  I do t know where we would all sit but we can sew up a storm.  

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Scrap Challenge:January

This is a quilt I put together as a scrap challenge at She gave us a block and told us to create a project using our scraps. I had two blocks done and due to time issues, didn't know what I do with them. Then, due to circumstances beyond my control I found myself with a lot of time on my hands. So, I made 12 blocks and sashed it and made a cute little baby quilt. Ready for the next challenge so I can use up some more of these scraps!

Tell It To The Stars: Block 1

My first two blocks for the new mystery at I love the colors I chose for this one. Was afraid that teal was too bright but it looks real nice. I am excited for the next clue on February 1.

Maybe I'm a WIMP!

I hate to miss any Tuesday night bee but I really don't want to get out in the cold tonight!  So, I'm going to be a wimp and stay home tonight.  I'm tired of cold weather but know it's part of God's seasons.   I guess I'll just work on hand quilting my butterfly mini-quilt.

I'm excited about getting new vinyl flooring in kitchen and downstairs bath.   It's scheduled to be installed on Friday.   I'll be especially glad to get rid of the old green floor in the kitchen.   Now I can go back to my blue and white with some red accents here & there.   The red will mostly come from small "Ladybug" items and a somewhat large painting of the Purinia Feed store that my daddy-in-law built and owned many years ago. My mother-in-law painted the picture using an old black & white photo of the feed store as inspiration.   Some of the blue & white will come from a few vintage dishes with bluebirds on them and some gingham valances over the 2 windows.   I love eastern bluebirds!

This weather makes me want to do nothing but quilt.   Maybe this is the day I'll get my Pink Breeze basted.

Quilting is the thread that holds us together.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

My heart is heavy as I write this post...

I once again ask for your prayers as my son and daughter-in-love have suffered a third miscarriage.  It is more difficult after hearing that prescious heartbeat last month. 

Thank you for you love and support. 


Wednesday, January 8, 2014


I had a good time at our Tuesday night get together last night.   This is the first time we met since before Christmas and it seemed like a really long time had passed since our last meeting.  Sharon's quilt looks even more beautiful in real.   Susan's radiant star is now quilted and it too is lovely.   Some are working on mystery blocks and of course they are going to make a great quilt - makes me wish I had participated.   Marilyn's mother (age 97) passed away last Sunday and Marilyn was getting ready to go to Colorado for the burial.  I know we all extend our sympathy to Marilyn and family.

I've started working on a miniature 1930's Butterfly quilt.   I love this pattern.  The butterflies measure about 1 1/8" X 1 1/8" including the antenna.   I'm planning to use solid yellow for sashing and set the blocks side by side and will probably include cornerstone posts.  I haven't planned the border(s) yet but have some curves in the back of my mind  -  maybe some gentle scallops or just curved corners.   Time will tell.

My wish for everyone's new year is "Time" - there's never enough of it.   If you have a good time-saver tip, please share it with us.   My tip is to set aside one day per month to cook extra and freeze in recipe size portions - Start with 5# of ground beef  & onions & tomatoes & bell pepper.  Brown beef & slightly cook veggies.  Add canned tomatoes (or sauce) and freeze in 1# portions.  Later you can thaw and add the proper seasoning for Italian, Mexican, Sloppy Joes, Beef & Beans or whatever.   The night you use it can be your designated "quilting night" or the night you have more time for family or yourself.   Next month, boil chicken and freeze in broth for future meals - Chicken spaghetti, King ranch chicken, Chicken pot pie, etc.

Looks like we may be in for another cold spell with some ice.   So please drive carefully if you have to be out and about.    P.S.  I have a small design board with black flannel.   It's nice for blocks with light backgrounds.

Monday, January 6, 2014

And I couldn't resist these

Baby quilt

Here are baby quilt fabrics

Quilting tomorrow..yeah!

Even though we are meeting tomorrow I have no idea what I want to work on...  I have been doing a little crocheting in preparation for spring retreat door prizes.. But I haven't sewn much of anything.  I somehow hurt my wrist and couldn't. But I did finally get my sewing room/office cleaned. And made a very small attempt of organizing for taxes.. Of course, this is probably what hurt my wrist..

Even though I have not sewn much I am looking forward to seeing everyone's projects...ladies remember to bring your mystery quilts....  I need some motivation...

I have purchased some fabric for a quilt for my new grand baby that is due in August.  We do not know the gender but my kiddos are country so I'm good with my fabric choice no matter what.

Stay warm........