Wednesday, December 18, 2013

One Flower Wednesday in Texas

Encouraging Words of the Day:

I think it's "One-Flower Wednesday." It's been crazy around here. We've been enjoying our unpredictable Texas weather in El Paso. One day we're wearing coats and the next day we're shedding those coats. Yesterday was a beautiful day in the 60s, today it is predicted to be 66 degrees. Then it will cool off on the weekend. But, back on topic. Here are my flowers for the week; yellow, purple, and orange bringing my total to 161 little 1/2 inchers.

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This is all I've done in the sewing department. I can't even find my sewing machine. It's lost in a clutter of wrapping paper, bows, and scotch tape.

That is all.

 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

One Flower Wednesday

Encouraging Words of the Day:

Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

~ 1 Corinthians 13:7, NLT

Hello again "One-Flower Wednesday!" I've been busy trying to "turn our house into Christmas." All of you know what this entails with boxes and ornaments all over the place. My sewing room is a disaster since it seems like everything lands in there. Good thing I sewed these flowers up on our trip back to El Paso so I have something to show today. AND, I lost a petal so one of these flowers is a "make-do."

 

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That is all.

 

Monday, December 9, 2013

Back Home in El Paso and Enjoying Lovely Gifts

Encouraging Words of the Day:

Pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. ~ 1 Timothy

We're back in El Paso and have been busy catching up with all that needs to be done when one has been away from home. One of those chores is going through the accumulated mail but I did have a couple of nice packages.

This pretty needlecase from my swap partner in "Sewing With Friends" is just lovely. Krista from New Mexico, the state of my birth, also filled it with some fabulous goodies like a wonderful pair of embroidery scissors and a seam ripper, something that gets a lot of use from me. There are also some beautiful golden needles, pretty pins, thread and some cute little clothespins that are just perfect for holding my fabric and template together when I sew my hexie flower petals. Oh, and she also included a package of little note pads called page flags and perfect for little reminders. Thanks, Krista, for all the lovely goodies.

I finished my homespun ornaments and hung them on the Christmas tree before remembering to take a photo. BUT, I did remember to take photos of the gorgeous ornaments that my sister, Ida, made for me and gave me when we spent the day together on Friday. We had a wonderful day shopping and then visiting over lunch. We had a fabulous day. Here are my new ornaments.

Just beautiful embroidery of things I love, things like "Peace on Earth," "Joy to the World," thread, scissors, and WINE!

That is all.

 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

On the Road to El Paso on One Flower Wednesday

Encouraging Words of the Day:

The Lord gives his people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace ~ Psalm 29:11, NLT

Our Thanksgiving company has returned to Virginia (grandson) and California (daughter and family). It was wonderful having them at the ranch. Our grandson from Virginia was lucky hunting and killed this 7-point whitetail buck.

 

Now we'll be making jerky from the meat when we return to El Paso. We're returning today, "One-Flower Wednesday." We'll be on the road for 6 1/2 hours but I'm posting this just before we head out. Here are some flowers I sewed on the 2-hour trip to and from San Antonio to pick up and drop off our grandson at the airport. That's all the sewing I've done since family kept me away from my sewing machine and needles. Can't wait to see what others have sewn this week.

That is all.

 

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

One Flower Wednesday and Happy Thanksgiving

Encouraging Words of the Day:

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. ~ Ephesians 3:20, NLT

Happy Thanksgiving. I again show you the photo of the beautiful card I received from my sister Ida and wish all the best for you and your family. Along with all that I'm thankful for my friends and family, I've included all of my blogging friends. I'm so thankful that I've found you in cyberspace.

Hello "One-Flower Wednesday!" It's good to be here when it's actually Wednesday. I have three little flowers to show you and yes, one is a "make-do." One of the perils of sewing as you travel is losing one of the petals. I was working on this flower as we drove to San Antonio (a 2 1/2 hour trips for us) to pick up our grandson. I looked everewhere for my petal to no avail. So, looking in my little bag of left-over and extra petals, I found one that looked close and my "make-do" was born. Can you find it? (Sounds like a Sesame Street song.)

I've also finished a block for the November Bee Queen in the "Get Your Hex On" sewing bee. Celine requested a snowflake in Christmas fabric. It was fun block to sew composed of hexies.

And, here are two hexies for my partner in the "Inchy Hexagon Flower Swap." Krystyna requested red and/or black petals with a while center. These will soon be on their way to Middlesex, England.

That is all.

 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

One Flower Wednesday. What? It's Thursday?

Encouraging Words of the Day:

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. ~ Ephesians 3:20, NLT

It's "One-Flower Wednesday" once again. What? It's Thursday already. How did that happen? Well, I've been waiting to post my hexies on "One-Flower Wednesday and then I missed it. Well, here they are on Thursday.

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No luck hunting in the Texas Hill Country. We've only seen doe out at the blinds. I guess the bucks are waiting until my grandsons arrive on the weekend. And since I've been busy hunting or getting ready to go hunting etc., I haven't had a chance to use my sewing machine. Instead, all my sewing has been done on the drive to town and back.Our ranch is 12 miles from town out in the middle of nowhere so I get a chance to sew during the drive to town. Ummmmm, my husband drives and I sew. It's not like texting and driving, I don't sew and drive, jaja.

So today is Thursday. We drive to San Antonio on Saturday to pick up our grandson. I hope we get there on the correct day...We will.

That is all.

 

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Hill Country Fall and a Little Bit of Sewing

Encouraging Words of the Day:

Publish his glorious deeds among the nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things He does. ~ 1 Chronicles

It's a cold,dreary day at the ranch today. According to the weather report, it should warm up into the 80s today but it's looking pretty doubtful so far. Our son is here and we're absolutely enjoying the weekend anyway.

Baby quilt completed and donated to the hospital where my sister works. As usual, my photos don't seem to do justice to the items I'm trying to show you. I should probably invest some time in a photography class. Yeah, right. Anyway, those little squares have pictures of Raggedy Ann and Andy.

Front
back
Raggedy Ann and Andy Squares

Something else completed, well started, are homespun ornaments that I want to decorate our Christmas tree with this year. Two are finished...it's going to be a boring tree so far with just two ornaments.

AND, when we finally got around to checking our mailbox in Rocksprings, I found this absolutely fabulous Thanksgiving postcard from my sister, Ida. It's made from pretty fall fabric with a gorgeous embroidered Thanksgiving design on it and sent it in time for Thankgiving. I rarely get fun mail in Rocksprings so this was PERFECT! Thanks, Ida.

That is all.

 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

One Flower Wednesday from a Slacker in Texas

Encouraging Words of the Day:

Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. ~ Philippians 4:6, NLT

I've been on a 2-month hiatus. I mentioned on the last blog post I made on September 18, that I was in a bit of a blogger's funk. Well, yes indeed, I just dropped out of the blogging world; no posting and no reading blogs. I have not been ill or anything like that. Nothing was wrong with me except that I just couldn't find the time to write up a blog post. I felt guilty reading all the posts of those of you who were managing to get this done so I dropped out until I got my mojo back. I found that I wasn't sewing much either without reading the ideas of my blogging friends and I missed your input. We've just left California after spending 2 weeks there with our daughter and family. Now we're off to our Texas Hill Country ranch to hunt for a couple of weeks before returing to El Paso to get full-swing into our Christmas preparations.

That said, I'm posting on "One-Flower Wednesday" which has long been a favorite of mine. Karen provides a linky for those interested in posting the flowers they make and I was pretty faithful in sewing my little hexis although I didn't post them. Here are six of them.

This first set of orange flowers came out a little blurry in the photo and a lot ugly in that navy blue with circles. I don't know why that looks so awful in the photo. It doesn't look that bad in "real life."

I think this next set of three looks pretty good. I really like that precious little white chicken in the blue hexie flower.

There were two hexie flowers and several hexie templates waiting for me in my mailbox when I got back from California Just look at the beautiful colors in the flowers sent to me from my September swap partner in the "Inchy Hexagon Flower Swap. Shannon, they are gorgeous and I thank you.

Now, I'm off to pack for the ranch. I'm taking my Christmas fabric to finish up a little Christmas quilt I've been working on and hoping to finish before Christmas so I can display it for a while.

Click on “One Flower Wednesday” to see flowers others have made.

That is all.

 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

One Flower Wednesday in the Texas Hill Country

Encouraging Words of the Day:

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can't take credit for this; it is a gift from God. ~ Ephesians 2:8, NLT

I've been reading a few blogs posts lately about bloggers in a funk; not much sewing and not much blogging. I can say that I can definitely relate. I've been feeling the same way. I've managed to post once a week on "One-Flower Wednesday." Karen provides a linky for those interested in posting the flowers they make and she does keep us on-task. In my case, she also keeps me posting once a week. That's the only sewing I've been doing. We're at our little ranch in the Texas Hill Country and I sewed hexie flowers on the 7-hour road trip here. We live 12 miles outsite of town so I also sew on the ride to town and back so I've made several 1/2-inch hexies. I've made 15 flowers but consider that I've had to do all the prep work and then sew them into flowers. I say that like no one else has to do that so nevermind. Now I have 143.


I have to save the rest of them for other "One-Flower Wednesdays" in case my sewing really slows down. Here are 3 of them.

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I'm going to try to get my mojo back by sewing a little baby quilt while at the ranch. This will be donated to Linus at the hospital where my sister works.

That is all.

 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

On the way to Texas Hill Country on One Flower Wednesday

Encouraging Words of the Day:

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing. ~ Psalm 143:10, NLT

It's "One-Flower Wednesday" and we're on our way to the Texas Hill Country. We spent a week in El Paso, well almost a week. We spent a lovely weekend in New Mexico visiting my parents, brother, and sister. I made three hexie flowers on the trip to New Mexico. Here's a little 1/2-inch flower. I know have 128.

Then I made these two flowers for my swap partner in the "Inchy Hexagon Flower Swap." She requested flowers made of red, taupe, and/or brown Civil War fabric with cream centers. Here they are:

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Short post today since we're getting ready to leave on this 7-hour road trip. I'll make some more hexie flowers.

That is all.

 

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Nothing But UFOs in 2013

Encouraging Words of the Day:

For the Lord God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. ~ Psalm 84:11a, NLT

 

I've got 3 finished UFOs to show in Carrie's "Nothing but UFOs in 2013" group.

First of all, the ugly maroon quilt is finished. My sister assures me that it's pretty. I think I just got tired of the "sameness" of the colors. Here it is in all it's glory:

Then I'll have a little wall hanging for Christmas. This has been two years in the making and ended up with an acceptable (to me) flaw. It signifies the 12 Days of Christmas with the first block being composed of 1 piece, the 2nd block is made up of 2 pieces, the 3rd of 3 pieces and so forth. Somehow, in my "hurry up and get it done" manner, I managed to sew the last row which should be blocks 10, 11, and 12 backwards. They will forevermore in this wall hanging be blocks 12, 11, and 10. Well, block #11 ended up in the right place.... Here is is:

And my third UFO was the Flower Ball. My friends in the "Get Your Hex On" Quilting Bee helped me finish it by making the various flowers. Then I finished putting it together and quilted it by stippling.

That is all.

 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

On the Way to El Paso on One Flower Wednesday

Encouraging Words of the Day:

Through Jesus, the entire world can come to know God. Acts 10:35 says, "In every nation God accepts those who fear him and do what is right." God accepts all who worship him; he works through people regardless of their race, gender, or nationality.

We're leaving Fresno today after spending two wonderful weeks with our daughter and her family. As usual, the time went by too fast and the good-byes were no fun. Now my husband and I are sitting in the airport waiting to board our flight back to El Paso and it's "One-Flower Wednesday" in California again. I made one lone hexie flower for this week. The picture I've taken in the airport is not too good. You can see our plane in the background and part of my little flower.

 

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Short post today since we're getting ready to board. See you in El Paso.

That is all.

 

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

One-Flower Wednesday in California

Encouraging Words of the Day:
For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. ~ Philippians 4:13, NLT
"One-Flower Wednesday" in California. We're having a wonderful time but it is just going by too fast. Here it is 8:00 pm in California and Thursday in many other places. I'm sitting under a tree, enjoying a cool breeze, watching my grandson's football practice, and finally writing my blog post on my iPad. I sewed up two little half-inchers.


Before we left El Paso, I sewed up these little hexie baskets. They're portable as you can unbutton them and they lay flat. Nice for carry-with-you needlework to hold whatever. I use them to hold my "hilachas" (thread snippits) when I travel.
Thanks as always to Karen for keeping us on task sewing flowers. Click on “One Flower Wednesday” to see flowers others have made.
I'm off for more family time. I hope everyone is enjoying what they're doing. Happy sewing!
That is all.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

California, here I come on One Flower Wednesday

Encouraging Words of the Day:

Always be joyful. Never stop praying. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17, NL

 

Hello, "One-Flower Wednesday." Hello, California (in about 4 more hours.) We're on our way to visit our daughter and family but I wanted to get my "One-Flower Wednesday" post done. Here are 1/2 inch hexies #127 and #128. That's still a long way from the Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt I will someday complete.

Thanks as always to Karen for keeping us on task sewing flowers. Click on “One Flower Wednesday” to see flowers others have made.

These lovely flowers arrived in the mail this week. Coralie from Canada is my August partner for the "Inchy Hexagon Flowers Swap." Coralie said she made the one composed of stars for Texas. That's quite appropriate since we're the Lone Star State. The other made up of browns and grays for the up-coming fall season which will soon be upon us. Thanks, Coralie. They'll look great in my "Flowers of the World" project.


Catch you later from California.

That is all.

 

Friday, August 16, 2013

Christmas Quilt and Josh's Kitty Quilt

Encouraging Words of the Day:

Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.~ Isaiah 41:10, NLT

Finished are blocks #5 and #6 from Beaquilter's Sampler Block Quilt-Along. You can go here to check out blocks others have made. I'm making mine in Christmas fabrics so that I'll finally have a Christmas quilt.

Oh, my sister Ida at "My Sister Made Me Do It..." made a gorgeous quilt for her son Josh. She's entered it at Pet's on Quilts at Quilting Gallery show which begins today! Just click on the photo below to go ther to see here pretty quilt and maybe vote for it if you think it's as fabulous as I think it is.

That is all.