Saturday, November 28, 2015

Patriotic Block Quilt #2......28 Nov 2015

...and somewhere I have a photo of #1.  

Who belongs to the "oh good grief - why didn't I see this before I got this far" club???  I'm sure you'll discover the layout had a bit of a glitch.   Hmmm...perhaps if I just rotate the top to the right.  Or stand on my head.....

Next step - find backing.   No worries.  The organized chaos in the sewing room will allow me to find backing in less than a month.    

No clue as to what is next on the design wall.  Lots of UFQs....and not enough time to fulfill my 2015 Resolutions.  Not even close.   However, there is always 2016!


Friday, November 27, 2015

Thankful For.......

The day after.....Black Friday Sales....serious thoughts of never eating again....

Thanksgiving dinner was amazing.  Sister's and BIL's invite was very much welcomed....despite the urge to follow with my original plan and arrive in my pajamas.  It was a lovely dinner....and good conversation....and the realization I have so many blessings and much to be thankful for:

God whom I can trust and put my faith in Him for every detail of my life

Despite a good number of excess pounds (and no, excess is a good enough description), I have my health.  

I have a wonderful church family whom I know I can (or in this day and age:  text) just to chat.
 I have a wonderful husband who, despite the good number of excess pounds, believes I am quite exceptional.  44 years plus and he still has that great smile that warms me down to my toes.

We have four exceptional grandkiddos who let us know we are special to them every time we see them

We have exceptional grown kids who have managed quite well in providing us these wonderful grandkiddos (in the world of grandparents, that's a high compliment)

I quilt.

I know there are so many more blessings I can list but for now, that's pretty good.

On my LIST for 2016:  lose this excess weight....exercise more with that wonderful husband....and quilt more.  

And always....continue to discover more about my Lord who continues to amaze me with His unfailing love, grace and most of all: patience.

Ah yes...the quilt.  This one went to a member of a yahoo group.....made with 6 1/2" square "heart" blocks.  There is something very comforting about wrapping one's self with a quilt - especially one made with blocks made by other quilters.  Working with the blocks sent in from various states (and from Canada!), it struck me just how generous most quilters are with their talent, their time and compassion.  Quilting is more than just sewing two squares together.  It's an expression of love. 

Today....I will quilt.


Thursday, November 26, 2015

Mug Rug Mania on an early Thanksgiving Morning......

After reading several Facebook postings (a morning habit that doesn't seem too harmful.....),  I took stock of the Thanksgiving posts.   All is good.  God is good...and He is in control.  I can rest comfortably in His care.


Two pies are comfortably resting on the kitchen counter.  Yes, homemade. Do I have to count the crusts as not being homemade?  That aside, two gluten free pies were baked by me.  Not to mention, the oven not only got a thorough cleaning (ewwww), but a nice oven liner was placed lovingly underneath the heating coils with a stern warning: you better do your job or else.  Okay - back to the pies.  One pumpkin pie - made with coconut milk.  Canned coconut milk.  Looked all over creation in the two stores for this ingredient.  Ha - it was hidden all along next to the condensed milk.  So much for the meager shelf area that proudly proclaimed GLUTEN FREE.  Somehow I have assigned GLUTEN FREE products to an area of their own.  The other pie - an apple crumb top pie.  I sure hope they taste better than they look.

Now - the Mug Rug Mania.  Mug Rug swap on a yahoo group.  The one made for me arrived in yesterday's mail:

Is that not lovely!  Mine was sent awhile I imagine it would be okay to post a photo of it here:


"BACK SIDE"       


It was an adventure looking for mug rug ideas (Pinterest!)  and printing out a few patterns.  I think a few more mug rugs (I like one friend's suggestion:  Mug "Mats" !) will be tackled in the next few weeks.  Nice idea for Christmas presents......

May today be an especially blessed day for you.  I am so thankful.



Monday, November 02, 2015

Is there such a thing as a ORGANIZED sewing room? 2 November 2015

I think not.  Not for me.  Not now, not ever.  So many projects, so little time. 

However, I did spend quite a bit of time reorganizing the room.  An entire day and then some.  While there are probably a few BEFORE photos hanging around, it's best to just share the NOW photos. was truly a terror seeing those BEFORE photos.  And why the need for organizing?  Design wall.  There wasn't a clear pathway to the one wall that would suffice for a design wall.  Sometimes it just takes a nudge (or in this case, a push off a cliff) to realize something has to change.

So a few photos of the NOW.....

First - a shot of the mid arm and the beloved quilting frame.  Or maybe it's the beloved quilting frame that houses the beloved mid arm.  At any rate..... Finally pulled the entire set up out from the wall....just so I can now order a second set of handles for Mz Bailey.  Time to branch out and use pantographs.  (See how confidently she phrases "time to branch out").  (Fingers actually shook when typing "time to branch out").

 Second - a shot of the sewing table.  Yes, there truly is a sewing machine on that table....  I know, the wall area kind of draws your attention away from the sewing table....But I do so love those Command Strips.  OMGosh....there are so many to choose from.  I think I have them all.  So Mz Janome (I have a gift for naming my sewing pals) sits serenely here and I am trying to find the time to serenely sit in front of her....soon, I hope. 

And this is a shot of the cutting table, design wall on the left. Design wall to be worked on at a later date.  Right now, it sort of leans to the left, stumbles to the right and wrinkles in the middle.  However, it shows promise.  And yes, that is a window above the cutting table.  We live in converted office space - commonly referred to as the "mezzanine" or as we call it "The Treehouse".  The window looks over the chess club.  Yes, a chess club.  Someday a real house...but this has been home now for over 4 years.  The cutting table is remarkable...with nice storage underneath.  Thank you dear Pinterest.  

And then there are the UFQs.  Unfinished Quilts - I have never been fond of the acronym "UFOs".....Objects?  Small wonder they have remain in the state they are in for months and months (okay - some have been languishing for years!). You got me.  I figure if UFOs became UFQs, then I'm ahead of the game.  I'll get back to you on that one. 

Yes.  There are UFQs in those plastic storage containers.
Orphan blocks .... sigh
And more UFQs....

And latest project:

Hopefully will turn into a quilt for Ft Hood ..... they do such a wonderful job of taking care of our soldiers from overseas.

Perhaps I should seriously think about getting out of this chair and into the sewing room....which still does not have a name.  Mz Sewing Room doesn't quite hack it.


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Best of Intentions.....September 22, 2015

You would think in a period of 24 hours, the very least that could have been accomplished was to iron the backing and the quilt top chosen yesterday.


3.2 mile walk.

Lunch at Uno's after the walk  - which went fairly well until the lunch crowd decided to have lunch with two elderly walkers in sweats....aka. myself and dearest husband.  Goodness, women still wear heels. 

I digress.

In lieu of preparing quilt top and backing....

 8 of 10 small blocks were framed.  Partial seams.  I am not a huge fan of partial seams but am getting the hang of them.

Ten of ten would have been completed....but alas, when one runs out of steam, one should simply stop, reflect and be happy for what was accomplished.  Translation:  I misplaced the two blocks - which were discovered after photographing the 8. 

Babysitting either one or two grands perhaps on Thursday quilt top and backing will find themselves ready for the adventurous quilter after meeting a friend for lunch.

All in all, not a bad day.

Monday, September 21, 2015

21 September 2016

Already September 2015 and while I feel there is not much to show for it (translation: at least 40 quilts done), I am sure there is much to show....

Instead of focusing what's in the past, I intend to do my best to focus on today....and let tomorrow worry about itself.

Mathew 6: 34
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

So no worries....just focus on today.

Have finally decided to focus on goals for the remainder of this year - and on to 2016.   Quilty goals.

One finished quilt a month.  

That's it.  

Seems simple enough.

September 2016

The "Amy Butler" quilt....

 Quilt top:

....and quilt backing......

21 September....9 days to go.  

And penalty for not completing?  Absolutely none.



Friday, May 15, 2015

A Quilt From So Many Hearts

I belong to a yahoo quilt group:  Quilters Who Care.  

Every so often a member of the group loses a mother...or a father...or a brother....or is just having a difficult time.

When facing a difficult time, quilters have the same thought....make a quilt of comfort.

Email goes out....send heart blocks!  

Nothing beats a comforting quilt.  This one will go to a member who lost her mom a short time ago.  

When my dad died a few years ago, I received a heart many hearts, so much comfort. 

Of this I am sure:  when in doubt when grief strikes someone you know - consider a quilt.

Sew on!


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

An Attempt to Write Weekly......

I won't even look back to check when was the last time I blogged.  Gasping is probably not good for the soul.

Quilting and quilting and quilting....and more quilting.  Not true.  Some quilting.....but not nearly enough to be content. 

What does it mean to be contented quilter?  For some, happily sewing away 24/7.  For others, maybe an hour a week.  I'm somewhere in the middle.

Blocks are slowly becoming quilt tops....Quilt tops are slowly becoming completed quilts.  
I'm slowly getting there.

This is the Pocketful of Mysteries (Mystery?  I'm always confusing the name of the yahoo group) quilt.  Each block posted by the owner of the group - each representing a letter of the alphabet.  Four corners are the Friendship Star.  Bless EQ7 for making it easier to come up with a layout.  

Oh yes, EQ7.  That has consumed a lot of time ... sometimes, frustrating.  Other times, not so frustrating.  It's a learning process....and I enjoy the heck out of figuring out how to use it for not-so-common ideas in my head.  

Back to the PFOM quilt.  A border has been cut...and there it sits patiently across the bar on the quilting frame, waiting for the border to be sewn on.  

I love patient quilts.  Others that are waiting are not so patient.  They are the mouthy quilt tops that need borders.....or are ready to be sandwiched and quilted....or .....

So what's on the docket today?  A heart block quilt....and it is coming together nicely.  I discovered EQ7 allows one to scan in a block and EUREKA!  - it becomes part of one's block library.  Okay, not quite so EUREKA! took quite awhile before the EUREKA could be uttered. Other words were quite rampart at the time.  

At the same time, must remember to fit walking in on a daily basis.  I could be content to sit and sew most of the day.  The body says otherwise.  

Sew on!


Saturday, January 03, 2015

3 January 2015

It took awhile to unearth my password to this blog.  Shameful.  Two years of MIA???  Life has a way of taking unexpected twists and turns.  How we twist and turn is either a testimony to God's grace....or not.  

I have noted that many quilters take on a word every year.  A word that defines...or a word that one HOPES will define....or a word that one prays will keep them on track.  I like that.  

2014's word was:  Acceptance.  Didn't do too well with it.  Much as I would lovvvve to go into each and every story, I'll spare the details.

2015's word IS:  Encourager.

That's a word I often overlook.  How many times have I looked at others' quilts (usually posted online with a yahoo group) and wrote nothing.  Zip.  It dawned on me recently that a word appropriately spoken could have spoke volumes to that individual.  Encourager.  Yes, I think that is a word I will have to print out in very large letters and post them everywhere in the Treehouse.

2015 is the year of accountability.  I took the time to dig out every single unfinished quilt top....every kit....every group of block-of-the-month I started and would finish "someday".....and every block that didn't make the "grade" (too small, too large, too....well, you get the idea)....and the results were very revealing.  Maybe 2014's word "Acceptance" meant I was to start tons of project and accept the fact I'd never finish???

Without going into detail...the number of kits and quilt tops numbered 43.  FORTY-THREE.  And yes - I truly do not care if you believe a kit is a so-called UFO - and why don't we use UFQ instead....UnFinished is not an is QUILT - where was I?  Darn those squirrel moments.  Okay - a kit IS a UFQ (I'm feeling pretty righteous if you must know).  So 43 is the number....and I have yet to separate those orphan blocks...and that will be for another time.  They did look as if they measured around 4" high....  Do I hear a YIKES???

With spreadsheet in hand, my goal is to complete 10 - yes, TEN - UFQs....and my way of dealing with accountability:  blog it.  

I'm feeling pretty good about life right now.

Could be the Starbucks Chai Latte though.... and seeing my DH's face across the table. 

Quilt on!!