Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Back in the Game.

Encouraging Words of the Day:

He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will never be shaken. - Psalm 62:2 (NLT)

Thank you, my friends, for all your prayers and words of support. They have certainly been a comfort.

I've gotten back into my sewing room and that is a comfort as well. I dug out my "Farmer's Wife" blocks, something that is definitely a UFO. I thought I had completed 7 blocks and was pleasantly surprised to find that there were 15 completed blocks so I completed 2 more. Here's what I have so far. There are 53 blocks to the quilt so I have 36 more to sew.

I've been sewing as we've traveled about and completed these blocks for my partner in the "Inchy-Hexagon Flower Swap." She requested red petals with a white center.

Also completed are several of my 1/2 inch hexies which I'll show you in my next post. Yes, I plan to get backto blogging. In the meantime, I'm off to change my blog photo to something more current than the month of July.
That is all.

 

 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Things have happened in my life that have just left me reeling.

Hello Friends,

You never know where life is going to take you. The last time I posted to my blog (other than my entry to Jess's Orange Peel Quilt-Along) was just a few days after my family 4th of July Celebration. Even my header shows fireworks surrounding my little pink house. Life seemed "normal" then. But, since then, things have happened in my life that have just left me reeling.

My sister-in-law, Kathy's dear mother had died in the spring and I felt her grief since Eva had become a big part of our lives and our traditional 4th of July and Christmas celebrations. I know now that I didn't fully realize the extent of Kathy's grief until August 11, 2014 when the first man that I ever loved passed away. My Daddy. Life has been so difficult with him gone and I had so many questions for God. All the whys just didn't seem to get answered.Then 3 days before Christmas, on December 22, 2014, the most horrible tragedy happened. My nephew found his son, my 17 year old dear great nephew dead. A few days later, on December 29th, our friend Bobby called to tell us that his wife was on life-support after having surgery and was not expected to ever get better. A week later, our life-long friend died. On top of grieving for Eva (Kathy's Mom), now I had Daddy and and a dear, dear nephew, plus my friend to add to what my heart was already feeling. We all hear that God doesn't give us more than we can handle, well, my take on that is that God didn't give me all this. I know that God is good all the time, and I am confident that all 4 of these very special people are now with God.

I never thought about death like I do now. When it was other people's death, it made sense. I don't know what else to say, except that I will forever believe in God and I know that he is looking after us through all of this. I just need to find a place to get started again. I have a beautiful family. I have my wonderful mother, 3 wonderful children, 4 grandsons, a large extended family, many friends throughout the country and you, my blogging friends. I love everyone so much and I pray for them all the time. I trust that they are in good hands with God looking after them and believe that God is going to show me how to get through my sadness, and keep on living. I have so neglected my blog and my blogging friends and and one of the ways I intend to find my "new normal" is by getting back to my sewing machine and my blog. Thanks for bearing with me as I poured my heart out to you and know that you were often in my thoughts during the last 6 months.



Sunday, September 7, 2014

Orange Peel Quilt Along

Almighty Father, Eternal God, Give Dad eternal rest, O Lord, and may Your light shine upon him forever.

 

Jess at "Quilty Habit" has invited us to learn a new skill, i.e. making orange peels to use in our quilting. My "Orange-Peel" cushion has been finished in memory of my Dad who showed us how to make the diagram shown on the cushion without lifting our pencil. The outline goes around each orange peel making the diagram shown. I've embroidered a pencil at the starting point. Follow the dotted line and arrows around each orange peel without lifting the pencil.

Go to this link to see items others have made with their orange peels.

That is all.

 

 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

One Flower Wednesday in the Texas Hill Country

Encouraging Words of the Day:

Those who listen to instruction will prosper; those who trust the Lord will be joyful. - Proverbs 16:20 (NLT)

"One-Flower Wednesday" this time finds me sitting in a hunting blind at our little ranch. We're hog hunting but have thus far been unsuccessful. We haven't even seen a hog. I'll be putting a game camera out tomorrow to see if maybe they're eating at night. Anyway, since I'm just sitting her waiting for a hog, I decided to write my blog post since I have my iPad. I always bring it with me so I can play my games, read my books, or write my blog posts. Here are two "sunshiney" flowers, one with a rabbit running through it. AND, I just saw a jackrabbit go hopping by so that seems appropriate.

Go to this link to see what others are doing with their flowers.

Here are a couple of photos of what I'm seeing outside my blind:

I haven't done much sewing. Here's what I did most of the day:

That is all.

 

 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

One Flower Wednesday and Quilt Show Lovelies

Encouraging Words of the Day:

"No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what He requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God." - Micah 6:8 NLT

"One-Flower Wednesday" finds me sitting in the doctor's waiting room. Nothing wrong, just a check-up to get my prescription updated, but I guess it's a good time to write my blog post since I forgot my hand-sewing but brought my ipad. Here are the flowers I have to show this week:

It's hard to see that there's a little blue elephant head under the umbrella but he looks kind of cute once you figure it's an elephant and not a table under the umbrella. Go to this link to see what others are doing with their flowers.

 

I also have a few photos to show you of lovely quilts my Mother and I saw at a recent quilt show we attended. We thoroughly enjoyed our day viewing the amazing and beautiful job some people do.

I know I won't be making anything like these two any time soon....
I've been in love with Sunbonnet Sue for the longest time and this was a gorgeous quilt.

I absolutely fell in love with this Butterfly quilt made of folded handkerchiefs. I will definitely be making something like this in the future. I even have a pile of vintage handkerchiefs so...soon.

That is all.

 

 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

It's Nearly One Flower Thursday

Encouraging Words of the Day:

I will walk in freedom, for I have devoted myself to your commandments. - Psalm 119:45 (NLT)

I hope all enjoyed "4th of July" activities. We spent the time in New Mexico with our large family and had a wonderful time. Now back to my sewing room.

These are my flowers for "One-Flower Wednesday." I think they look bright and summery.

My total is now 232. I keep saying I'm going to spread those out and see how much space they cover so I'm off to do that now....That took longer than I thought it would.

My total is actually 253 so that's good :) Dimensions are 47 inches by 50 inches. So...it looks like about 1/4 of a quilt. I guess I'll continue sewing hexies. Maybe I'll start sewing some of them together. Or, maybe not...

 

Go to "One-Flower Wednesday" to see what others are doing with their flowers.

 

That is all.

 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Happy 4th of July and One Flower Wednesday

Encouraging Words of the Day:

For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don't use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. ~ Galatians 5:13, NLT

 

This "One-Flower Wednesday" I'm sharing a couple of flowers in patriotic colors.

These bring my total to 230.

 

I've also been working on the wall hanging made of hexies surrounding our little ranch house which my sister made for me. These are one-inch hexies.

Some day I WILL complete this wall hanging.

We'll be traveling to New Mexico tomorrow to celebrate Independence Day with our family. My parents will also be celebating their July birthdays. We are so blessed to still have them inour lives. The'll be 92 and 93 years old and are still quite active.

Mama still sews and recently presented me with this beautiful quilt she finished. She sewed this up using orphan blocks.

Now she's working on one for my sister Ida. She never slows down and neither does Dad who can often be found sculpting in his workshop.

That is all.