Sunday, April 6, 2014

Keeping Busy

I am still here and enjoy reading other blogs.  I stay busy babysitting about 3 days a week with my beautiful Granddaughter, Gracie.  She is almost 8 months now and everyday she changes.  She does the Army crawl on moves forward and backwards, plus going in circles. I think she will be walking before accomplishing the crawl.  Shown here is her pushup trying so very hard to stand up. We play patty cake and learning where our nose is. 

 Gracie and I did a selfie.  LOL

 One of the projects I did was to make a bag.  It was for a retreat the beginning of March and we had challenge fabric which is the pink/black,  It is always fun to see what others have done with the challenge fabric

I finally broke and bought the AccuQuilt. I was nervous about buying it because of the cost.   However, my scraps have become overwhelming and with the AccuQuilt maybe I can get a handle on the scraps and be more organized.  I emptied one tote bag of scraps since last night and I am feeling good. Little by little I think I can do this and make more room  for yardage (LOL).

I took a longarm class in January and in March I finally got around to do my free 2 hour practice time.  I was able to get a lap top quilted.  Now for the label and binding. Right now I am trying to decide on the fabric for the binding.  I will take a picture when it is done.  I made the top from scraps.

That's a little catch up on what I have been up to.  Keep on quilting and enjoy all the days you can.


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all
Our most precious gift is 4 month old Princess Gracie.  She is the joy of our lives.


Friday, December 20, 2013

Christmas Stocking

Today I finish the Christmas stocking for princess Gracie's Mama.
Now I can move on to finish a Christmas table topper for me.


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Gracie's Christmas Stocking

My Granddaughter is 4 months now and this will be her first Christmas.  I am so excited about it.  I made her a Christmas stocking in honor of her first Christmas.

I am also working on one for her Mama.  I made one for her Daddy several years ago (he was single then). So now everyone in the family will have a stocking.


Sunday, December 8, 2013

More Mug Rugs

I made a couple more mug rugs for family

And now I am off to make Gracie her Christmas stocking for her first Christmas.


Saturday, December 7, 2013

Very Long Time Posting

I know it has been many months since I last posted.  I have been busy and haven't taken the time to blog. First and foremost Our first Granddaughter, Gracie, was born in August.  She is a blessing for sure.  I have two Grandsons that are in their 20's and two Great Grandsons that are five.  As you probably can tell it has been all boys.  This includes my two sons.  I keep busy playing with Gracie (I don't call it babysitting.)  Gracie makes my each and every day a joy.
I haven't quilted much, but that mini quilt I posted with the flower--well I won a 2nd place ribbon in the Grady County Fair. I really enjoyed making it. 

I made a mug rug for Gracie.  In fact it is my first mug rug.
In between I started knitting socks again.  I have one sock done and have to do the other one to make the pair.

Thanksgiving was wonderful as there were eight of us and the food was good (I made most it, LOL) .
Others brought food and oh my gosh did we fill up and then some.  It was a wonderful visit with family.

I do have to sew a couple of Christmas stockings for Gracie and her Mama.

It's pretty cold here in Oklahoma with some ice and snow.  We are hibernating in the house this weekend watching college football.

Until next time stay warm and safe during this winter season

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Upcoming August Retreat

I finally came up with a project for the challenge fabric in August.   I was doing a monthly BOM with my Renegade Quilters small group and decided on this sunflower shown here.  So I am happy to be a step ahead on my monthly BOM. I almost forgot to mention that the challenge fabric are the petals of the flower and it does not even look like flames.


Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy July 4th

Happy July 4th to all.  I have progressed very well with my fractured pelvis and I am feeling more energy each day.  Getting back to my quilting slowly.  Right now I am working on a challenge for the quilt retreat in August.  May not make it though as our first girl Granddaughter is due to be born about the same time.  I do not want to miss her being born as there are mostly boys in our family.  But I will get the challenge done to send with someone.  The fabric is orange "flames" and I still don't have a clue as what to make with.  Any ideas out there are welcome.  So I am back to putting my thinking cap on.  Enjoy your 4th of July everyone.


Friday, June 14, 2013

My thoughts

I am so thankful that Jesus is my Savior and I count my blessings as I heal from my fall and fractured my pelvis.

"The body heals with play,
the mind heals with laughter
and the spirit heals with joy.



Monday, June 3, 2013

Out of Commission

A week ago I fell in the kitchen and had to be taken to the ER.  The result is I fractured my pelvis and it is painful.  Dr said surgery not required and it will self heal.  How long I don't know.  So it has really slowed me down in everything to include quilting  ARRRGH.  DH is a good nurse and I am trying to keep a smile on my face.  So until??? Happy quilting.


Saturday, May 25, 2013

On The Bright Side Of Things.

Beautiful morning and day. So glad to have had rain, but not so glad for the devastating storms. Make the best of every day and try to have a song in heart. Life is too short not to.  Here in Oklahoma those storms are always out there and our weatherman tries to give us warning ahead of time.  I am fortunate to be blessed.  The storms have come sometimes within a half a mile to a mile close to us.  This time it was less than a mile where it started and headed to Newcastle and on to Moore.   I am not going to say it is not scarey.  I can only imagine how scared the children were, not to mention the adults.  My heart goes out to them.      The teachers were heroic trying to save the children at school.  Our first responders, EMT's, police, fireman are extraordinary people.  To have to deal with everyday things is something to think about, but to handle the devastation in Shawnee and Moore is another thing.  What they see is hard and it is hard for them to carry home to their loved ones and to have a restful sleep at night.  That is to say that they have a home to go to when the storm is over. They always put others first.   It will take a very long time for all involved to recover from this.  But those of us who live here are OKLAHOMA STRONG.  Please pray for those who lost so much in the storm.  Thank you for letting me say what I have had on my mind.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

My Exotic Garden Plant

I have a rare exotic garden plant this year and it has grown past my height nearly.  Some people may not appreciate my exoctic plant, but I have had a laugh or two watching it grow.  I am looking forward to the bloom.  Everyone needs a little amusement  once in a while and the garden fairy has done just that.  So won't you join me and enjoy what Mother Nature has given me.

By now you should have guessed that my exotic plant is a thistle.  But it must have known I could see the beauty in it.  Thank you Mother Nature for giving me this joy.


Friday, April 5, 2013

Love to Quilt

Yes I love to make quilt blocks, quilt tops and try my hardest to quilt them on my sewing machine.  But quilting my finished pieced quilts is harder for me to get done.  First I have to decide what design to choose, then the color of thread to use and being able to actually quilt them.  I used to hand quilt, but that took me a long time to finish.  I know patience my dear, patience. It seems that I got a lot more done when I was working, but that was 9 years ago and now I barely get any of the quilts quilted.  Oh well, you know what, life goes on and as long as I am happy doing what I can get finished, it's OK.  After all it is not a race.  Right.  Right.  So here are pictures of what I am playing with right now.

My hexagons. 

And my Sister's Choice blocks.

I have sewn the Sister's Choice blocks the way Bonnie Hunter from Quiltville shows on her blog.  I just love her and she makes blocks easier and logical.  I am even doing the leader ender thing to work in another project on down the line.  I keep saying that this year is the year for using scraps.  Believe me I have plenty of them everywhere.  As the nation is talking about cutting down the budget, I am also by using what I already have.
Although that thought probably won't last long as I am addicted to fabric, I will try. Well I have rambled on and must get something done, whether it be making blocks, starting a new quilt or finishing one, my quilting life goes on.