Saturday, December 29, 2007
I sat down to post some pictures of what's going on in my sewing room today. I was about to post a picture, when I noticed that the cord (don't know what else to call it) to my camera was missing. I have a new Canon camera and in order for me to transfer pictures, I need this white cord. I looked through the drawer where I store my camera paraphernalia, looked through the box where I tossed all the stuff off of my sewing table for Christmas. I looked in drawers, cabinets, nooks and crannies.
So, next, logically, I called my children. First my Younger Son, he has no idea. He didn't move it. Next, Older Daughter, she doesn't know. She takes my "card" out of my camera and steals my photos for her website! She doesn't need my cord. Now, my Older Son is a tech wizard. He doesn't live here. He just came home for Christmas. He has lots of cords, cables, and stuff...so much, that there's no reason to think that he might have my cord. But I call him anyway, and guess what? He has a Canon camera and while he was home, he "borrowed" my cord! And then he politely packed up all his stuff and my cord and drove back to his ministry home. (This is not permanent, so I'm not calling it his HOME.) Oops! He feels badly. He'll mail it. But, he's leaving tomorrow to make a drive to Georgia and then on to South Carolina, where he will be meeting my other two children. They'll be gone until the 6th!
Being a nice mom, I don't want him to go to the Post Office on Saturday afternoon or drive around on his trip trying to find a P.O. So, I 'll wait until my other children bring the cord home on the 6th. So, you know what that means? Yep, no pics....because I don't have a cool computer that I can insert my memory card into! Oh well!
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
The thing I like most about this top is that I used up quite a few of my 2 1/2 inch strips making the Sawtooth Star blocks. No new fabric for those. I did have to buy the two brown fabrics since I really don't have large pieces of fabric in my stash. When I first started quilting, I bought 1/4, 1/2 and 1 yard pieces of fabric...not realizing that you have to have larger pieces to actually finish a top! But, I have learned and it's really been kinda nice. I have excuses to go out and buy large pieces of fabric, but still get use up my stash!
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
I've been thinking about Christmas. Usually, Christmas is a time of gift making, cookie baking, shopping, decorating, planning the big meal, sending out cards, Christmas concerts, and hectic schedules.
This year, for us, things are a bit different. Our family is suffering through the trials of life.....not just our "immediate"family, but our extended family as well. In each family, there is a trial. A death, a difficult pregnancy, a chronic illness, an impending move, financial struggles, life adjustments. It's all there. And, for me, Christmas isn't looking like the fun family holiday it has been in the past.
Sure, we've decorated, and the meal is planned, I'm even attending a Christmas get together with my quilting friends....but Christmas isn't the sparkle and sunshine time it once was. I am not alone. We know so many who are suffering, and usually, this time of year causes us to reflect on what we do have and to give to those in need. They are all around us. Maybe "they" are us.....do you find yourself in need this Christmas season? Maybe, if we really think about it, we all have needs, some of which we never share with others.
I suppose what we all need is a dose of JOY...not fleeting happiness, not a fun time for one night, not another trinket or toy to add to our collection, but genuine JOY.
How can we find JOY this year, in spite of difficulty, in spite of the needs we see all around us? How can we find something that brings joy to our heart and puts a song in our heart? There is only one place....
As the old Christmas hymn states:
Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven, and heaven, and nature sing.
Joy to the world, the Savior reigns!
Let men their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy.
No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found,
Far as the curse is found,
Far as, far as, the curse is found.
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders, of His love.
JOY to the WORLD, the LORD is come! JOY can only be found in arms of the Christ-child. Jesus is JOY!
Matthew 1:23 reads, "Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us."
This Christmas, my focus will be on Jesus. In Him alone, I can find JOY. God with us, JESUS Himself, JESUS alone.....
May you find the JOY of JESUS.
Any one can sing in the sunshine. You and I should sing on when the sun has gone down, or when clouds pour out their rain, for Christ is with us. - Anon.
Monday, December 17, 2007
She's daring, bold, adventurous, organized, loves children and babies, and can clean faster than anyone I know. She can always find a way around an obstacle and is a great person to talk to when you can't figure out what to do. I remember times when she was 11 or 12, when I was stuck on what to do next, she would come up with ideas, make a list and get everyone motivated to complete the task! I didn't ever tell her, "Let's get this done and then we'll do that", unless I was REALLY wanting this done NOW!!!!!!!!!! Not one to put things off, she would have all her chores and home school work done by noon, "So I'll have time to play!". She loved to sit in a tree to read, eat lunch and just imagine things!
Erin has become a wonderful woman who is now a great friend. Now, if I can only get her to sit still long enough to tell her this!
Happy Birthday Erin!
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Ok, I know that cold is a relative term.....but here in Southeast Texas, this is a cold spell. It's 38 degrees outside and it's feeling like winter. We won't get snow and we haven't really seen any white stuff since 1978, but I'm feeling like we're in the middle of winter. The cold spell will probably only last a few days, but for just a moment, I can pretend that we may get snow!
are hoping for a nice cold winter!
Merry Christmas and
Happy Snow Days!
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Can you believe it? My Trees on the Table Quilt was just returned to me.....FINISHED! Yippee! It's done and it's beautiful. Thank you Ms. H, you did a great job! I absolutely love it. Here is a picture of it in it's new home on the sofa table. I replaced that small little tree quilt and it's wonderful!
Here is a "Low Fat" version of the Turning Twenty Around the Block quilt that I made last year after the International Quilt Festival. My Dear Sister in Law has a website where she sells her hand dyed fabrics and she calls on me to help her get her sample quilts ready for Show. I used her fabrics called "Bold and Beautiful" to make this "Low Fat Version" little quilt. It is 34 x 42 inches.
I also used this book to make Dear Friends tote bags for Christmas last year. They were a hit and while a bit time consuming, not difficult at all. Here's a picture of the one I made and kept for myself!
(Back and Front, Thirty's Fabrics)
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
I was reading through the quilting forum recently and read up on the noodle swaps that are coming for 2008. It reminded me of the swaps I participated in for 2007 and gave me a bit of a thrill thinking about the ones I hope to participate in for this next year.
I thought I'd share some pictures of tops I've made from noodles I received in several swaps. I participated in the Brights Swaps (2 different ones) and in the Brights Tone on Tone Swap and lastly, my favorite the Thirty's Swap.
Hope you enjoy the pictures...
Sunday, December 9, 2007
I did have to make a run to the quilt shop this week. Dear Mother is making Dear Sister a baby quilt, and we needed some fresh fabrics to work with. So, off we went to a very nice quilt shop nearby (ok, 25 minutes away, but worth the trip) and I happened to find a piece of sale fabric which complements the fabric I picked up last time I was at a quilt shop!
LOL....these two pieces will be used for the alternating HST's for my Country Stars Quilt! I am so excited that I found them both, and at different shops. Here's a picture or two for those blog readers, who like me, love pictures.
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Since blogs are boring without pictures, I thought I'd show you something I made many moons ago. Yes, I made the pattern myself, and that is why is seems a little out of balance. One word sits all alone. But I fancied myself a great artist at one time. LOL I have learned a bit more since I first made this. Please no ugly comments on this poor little top. The words are true, even if the presentation isn't all that great!
I suppose a virtuous woman would be better prepared for Christmas! Oh well.....
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
|You Are Thanksgiving|
You are a bit of a homebody who enjoys being in the company of people you love.
It doesn't take a lot to make you happy. You're enjoying life as it is.
You have many blessings in your life, and you are grateful for each one.
You believe that life is about what you *do* have. You feel like you have enough of the good stuff.
What makes you celebrate: Family, friends, and the changing of the seasons.
At holiday get togethers, you do best as: The host of the party
On a holiday, you're the one most likely to: Spend so much energy preparing that it's a full time job
1. My relationship with Jesus Christ
2. My Dear Hubby and Dear Children
3. My Dear Extended Family
4. My Dear Friends
5. Dear Friends I have yet to meet!
Thanks Sweet P for sharing this on your blog!
Monday, December 3, 2007
Sounds of Christmas music playing in the background and people calling out, "Do we have more lights?" and "Where are the stockings?" filled the air. I pitched in once in a while, but as little as possible. I just don't have the Christmas decorating spirit I once had. I must say, it is wonderful having adults in your home. Young, energetic adults who enjoy making huge messes and will even clean them up!
The finishing touches were done tonight. The house is all decked out and the yard is draped in lights. Now, we can sit and enjoy a cup of coffee and take in the sights, right in our own living room. If only we could find those stockings!
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Marcie requested a better picture of my Primitive Christmas Quilt. I'll pretend that the reason it's not quilted is that in Cheri Saffiote's book, 301 Country Christmas Quilt Blocks, she did not quilt hers, but framed it. I really like the way it looks, but honestly, I don't know that I'll hang a framed top at Christmas....maybe I should just quilt it! Oh well, I'll think about that tomorrow.
And, BTW, no comments on the fact that it looks crooked. It's primitive and I really worked hard to get that quilt top crooked. Not easy when you've been trained otherwise! It was fun to make. I just love looking through her books. I want to make one of everything in them.
Saturday, December 1, 2007
The orchestration was beautiful and it reminded me of how much I truly miss live orchestra music. I really should do things like this more often. The choir was exceptional. The wonderful Christmas hymns and carols made me ready to "deck the halls". So, to the three of you wonderful (adult) children, I say, "Thank you, it was a very special evening."
Friday, November 30, 2007
Each month, each lady brings 3 1/2 inch strips to share and that's what you see in the picture below. The other fabric (1/2 yd. cut) was a surprise, as Mrs. F brought one for everyone, straight from the Houston International Quilt Festival. I happened to choose a very special reproduction, hmmm. Who would have guessed that? And included is a picture of the book we are using for our devotional time.
The meal was delicious and the fellowship was even better. An added bonus? We actually got an entire quilt basted and ready for hand quilting.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Today was the day for cutting....lots and lots of 3 1/2 inch squares. I can't reveal much, but here a few pictures of some fabric I cut. Making gifts are such fun. The majority of people in my life are crafters or quilters and understand the investment of time when you make something to give. All my gifts are always appreciated. A lot of love goes into making things, don't you agree?
Speaking of making things, I can't believe only one person has signed up for my Pay It Forward Challenge. I sure would like to make something special for you, so comment on my Pay It Forward Challenge post and let me know would like to participate. You must have a blog.
And lastly, here is a little snowman that I made last Christmas. I wonder if the look on his face is frustration at having to sit on a shelf for a whole year. Poor little guy! I sure hope he enjoys his time out.
I signed up on Jeanne's Blog for her Pay It Forward offer. I will make a gift in the next six months for the first three people who leave a comment on this post requesting to participate. They in turn need to post the same promise on their blog. Who wants to play? Let's keep the Challenge going!
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Dear Older Daughter, with time to spare before work, asked if I would like to run around with her for a few hours this afternoon. We headed over to the getting places and found Tuesday Morning and a few fabric stores, including a favorite Quilt Shop!
I did well, only buying what I actually needed to finish up some projects. One yard of Kona Cotton for yet another baby quilt (isn't it fun being an Aunt all over again?), a 3 1/2 yard piece of brown, green and red fabric you see in the picture for my Scrappy Sawtooth Top, (which can to be put together now), a couple of swap fabrics (those don't count....they are for someone else) and batting.
Here is a picture of my Scrappy Sawtooth Stars. I pulled out my overflowing 2 1/2 inch strip basket and started sewing. Even the star points are made using 2 1/2 inch strips. I just sewed across the diagonal, pressed and didn't even cut off the corner. I'm going with the theory that it stabilizes the fabric. I stopped when I got near 70 or so! The quilt will be named Country Stars....so, be looking for some progress.
Ms. H. will be getting a special squishy in the mail soon. A Dear Friend who reads my blog, asked for a Trees on the Table Topper, actually she begged! So, I made a sweet deal with her. I told her I would make her one if she would hand quilt mine. She bit! Hooray! I've seen her mother's quilting (exquisite!) and now Ms. H. tells me she is even better than her mom! Yippee! Here is a top that may actually get quilted!
I picked up the 100% cotton batting that she prefers, and just as soon as I can get to my local post office, two Trees on the Table Tops will be on the way to Latte Land aka Seattle! Can't wait to see mine completed. Thank you Deary.
Then, Dear Hubby took me to Starbucks and I got a very nice and warm latte. Hey, is this the first latte I've posted? I suppose it is! Another blogging milestone for me. Here is a Christmasy (is that a word?) picture just for you!
Just in case you can't tell, the two books under the latte are by Cheri Saffiote. Don't you just love her primitive Christmas quilts and blocks? The unfinished top in the background is a small quilt from one of her books that I made a few years back.....I know, it's STILL unfinished. I just get distracted easily! LOL
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
My Dear Sister is expecting in a few short months and the new baby inspired an idea. I am feeling the urge to make the child everything imaginable. I mean, don't all babies need 4 or 5 quilts? I find something that inspires me and I just have to make it "for the baby". So, I pulled out the two pieces of fabric (and a few more) and started sewing yesterday afternoon. By bedtime, and yes, we go to sleep very late around here, I had the little quilt finished (36 x 42 inches approx.)....binding and all. And since this is for the baby, I can't show you all of it, but here's a sneak peek. (I know that Dear Sister reads my blog, and I want it to be a surprise.) Don't you just love this fabric???
Today, after piddling around the house and getting everything settled, I pulled out some stash fabrics and began cutting out the Trees on the Table Topper from Patchalot Patterns. It's a free pattern and I've admired all the little quilts posted on blogs recently! I started sewing, thinking I would sew on it a few days, but it was so simple to put together and I was enjoying seeing it take shape, I just couldn't stop. I got the top finished in record time. So, here is my version of Trees on the Table. Thank you Marcie for sharing your pattern with us!
Monday, November 26, 2007
Well, it's done! At least the top. And I used only stash fabrics to do it. The HST's (half square triangles) came from my 4 inch strips and the borders came from my stash.
I decided to use the outer fabric even though there was only one yard. I did the math and math told me that one yard would be enough. When I started piecing the border and sewing it on, I did get a bit concerned when all I had left over was a 2 1/2 inch strip. Would seven pieces be enough? Then as I pieced the border......this was all that was left, a small 6 inch piece. Talk about getting your money's worth out of a yard of fabric. I really liked that piece.....wish I had some real scraps to work with!
So, another UFO marked off my list! (Don't even talk to me about quilting it!) And, I'll have to pick another one to work on. Maybe later in the week. All this sewing has given me a backache. I'm off to spend some time running errands with Dear Younger Daughter. Fun, fun.....I bet we end up at McDonald's. LOL
Sunday, November 25, 2007
I spent the day today working on my Depression Blocks while Dear Hubby rested up after the crazy weekend. I got a lot done, and finished up all 30 Depression Blocks. I couldn't wait to see them put together, so I worked until I got the top put together. I even added the first small border, but I was too tired to take a picture of it. I'll finish up the outer border at some point this week and I'll post another pic. It sure felt great pulling out that UFO and making such progress in finishing up the top! I don't know how long it will have to sit unquilted, but at least the top is about done.
I hope everyone had a great Sunday, and here's looking forward to a great week.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
I'm really glad to have my sewing area put back together. As I set the machine back on the table I felt inspired to pull another UFO (unfinished object) out of the cabinet. I already had 19 blocks completed and worked until I completed a total of 25. Now that they are all out on the floor, I'm thinking I need to make several more. This just won't be big enough for a queen sized bed, and that's my goal for all these scrap/stashbusting quilts. As I stated in an earlier post, the children, their future spouses and all my future grandchildren will need quilts! And they will want quilts to put on their beds, I'm sure! I better get busy.... I am really enjoying making quilts from my stash and from my baskets of strips, etc.
I found this Depression Block online where so many others get inspiration! Marcia's website is full of ideas just waiting to be created! I decided that I would use my 4 inch strip basket to make these blocks. Once the HST (half square triangle) is made, I just trim them down to 3 1/2 inches and make the blocks. I have decided that since I'm not the most accurate piecer in the world, I'd rather make them too big and cut them down than fret the entire time I'm sewing that they will be too small. Anything that makes me enjoy quilting more and stress out less..... I'm for it!
Thursday, November 22, 2007
I would like to say that this year is going to be the best Thanksgiving we've enjoyed as a family in quite a while! There are just a few family members missing this year, but most of us are home. There are very few families who can say, "We truly love and enjoy each other's company." Each one is a special blessing....
1. my husband, the resident preacher, who is an example to all of us of patience and endurance....running the race daily, and planting himself deeper and deeper within my heart, a man I dearly love and respect more than words can say.....
2. my brother who cares for us - takes care of us, even the day before Thanksgiving (fixing some light fixtures and the dishwasher without a complaint)
3. my sister who has become a wonderful friend, wife and mother to be, who will never change who she is for anyone, but has grown so much, we barely recognize her!
4. my mother who serves the family selflessly, day after day, a woman who gives the best hugs and doesn't mind fixing each family member their own favorite dish!
5. my sister in law who cracks us up and accepts us as a part of her family (quirks and all), and even puts up with my brother....the only one who could handle the job
6. my brother in law who is quiet, takes such good care of my sister and is the father to be of our newest family memeber!, and even though he thinks we're too loud, hangs out with us and is our resident go to man....
7. my children who are adults that I am proud to call my friends, who make their mother smile at their individuality as well as their similarities....each one different, but yet the same, who live their Christianity in serving others and loving their neighbors, and inherited their grandmother's work ethic! And one child who is still growing and changing, who is the sweetest little girl in the world.
8. my niece and nephews who were babies we held in our arms and have watched them grow into adults, children always (in our eyes) but yet great men and a great woman who loves family....and are single by the way! Call 1-800-FIND THEM A SPOUSE for more info. (right Alan???)
9. my mother in law who has taken such good care of the men in her life, leaving me a wonderful example to follow as I care for her son!
These are the wonderful people that I call family and friends. So, to you I say, I am thankful for each of you and the place you have in my heart. May the Lord bless us with another year together and may He continue to draw us closer to each other (and here's a prayer that our family grows by leaps and bounds!!!!).
Monday, November 19, 2007
This "Spring Trip Around the World" was made from a fat quarter bundle I got from our Quilter's Group Fat Quarter Club. It measures 27 1/2 inches square. Hand pieced and hand quilted April 2001. The colors looked so springy and happy, I couldn't wait to cut into them. Turned out pretty cute, even if the colors aren't typical me!
I made this wall hanging about two years ago, and it turned out looking a bit like Christmas. I pulled fabrics from my stash and Dear Sister in Law helped me pick out the border fabrics. I hand pieced and hand quilted it and it measures 31 inches square. I call this small quilt "Lone Star Christmas".
The next picture is a wall hanging that I started on Election Day November 7, 2000. As the craziness of the election continued (George Bush vs. Al Gore), I worked on the quilt, eyes glued to the television. It is hand pieced, hand appliquéd and hand quilted and measures 31 inches square....and it was completed on December 13, 2000, the day Vice-President Al Gore conceded the election and President-elect George W. Bush gave his acceptance speech. I call it "Tulips in a Flower Pot....2000 Election Quilt". Fun memories! (Can you tell I was thinking spring when I started it???)
The little patriotic quilt is a panel with the "Pledge of Allegiance" on it. I added the borders and little flag buttons in the corners. Hand pieced and hand quilted July 2001, and measures 20 1/2 by 24 inches.