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. 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.



Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Hexies, Hexies, Everywhere.

Encouraging Words of the Day:

Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. - Romans 12:12 (NLT


"One-Flower Wednesday" doesn't describe all the hexie flowers I have to show you. Of course, here are my usual two, one surrounded in leafy fabric and the other plain but bringing my total to 228.

Then, when I arrived back in El Paso after our travels, I found flowers waiting for me from my partners in the "Inchy-Hexagon Flower Swap."

These beauties are from Pat who lives in England and was my partner for May. I love the colors she chose but that fabric with the grapes is "to die for" in real life. Thanks so much, Pat.

Then I had these two flowers in beautiful aqua and pink. The fabric my November 2013 partner Christine chose as the center are perfect for each. Thanks, Christine, they are lovely.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

One Flower Wednesday on the Way to El Paso

Encouraging Words of the Day:

For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago. - Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)


We're leaving the Texas Hill Country today, "One-Flower Wednesday." We had a marvelous time, had lovely weather for the most part. On Father's Day weekend we traveled to our youngest son's town of Keller and absolutely had a great time. Now we're on the way back to El Paso. I have a couple of flowers to show you, sewn on the way to Keller.

Total number of flowers posted is now 226. I actually have more since quite a few can be sewn on a 6-hour drive but have only posted 226.

I also have two one-inch flowers sewn for my partner in the "Inchy-Hexagon Flower Swap." She requested flowers in pink, red, and/or cream.


I finished Mama's tablecloth. I made this some time ago but was never pleased with the end-result so I unsewed some of it and re-did it to look like this.


That is all.



Wednesday, June 11, 2014

One Flower Wednesday in the Texas Hill Country

Encouraging Words of the Day:

"One-Flower Wednesday" finds us getting in the Texas Hill Country. It is beautiful around here since we've had a little rain but it is also HOT! Well, I love the summer best so I'm still enjoying it. Today's flowers are nestled in a beautiful yucca in bloom in our front yard.

Total is 224.

That's it. I've been sewing on a tablecloth for my mom but have not done a lot of sewing since we're mainly hunting feral hogs. My husband got one but I'm still trying...

That is all.


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

It's Still One Flower Wednesday Somewhere...

Encouraging Words of the Day:
He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds. - Psalm 147:3 (NLT
"One-Flower Wednesday" finds us getting busy to drive to the Texas Hill Country. The drive is long but the good thing about it is that I get a lot of hand-sewing done. I always enjoy making hexie flowers but this sewing the green leafy hexies around some of them is boorrriiinnnng. It's all part of the process I guess. Here's what I have to show you this week:
Total is 222. The sewing the leafy part on is messing with my numbers since I used to get 3 flowers done each week.
And surprise, surprise. My Christmas Quilt will be ready in time for Christmas 2014. Here it is!
This is a quilt I started in 2013 with Bea's Sampler Quilt-Along found at BeaQuilter. Thanks Bea, for some wonderful blocks.

Now, the question is: Should I now quilt my "Good-Night, Irene" quilt or start a new project? Hmmmmm, guess I'll take a rest from quilting and work on something new :)

That is all.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Hello, One Flower Wednesday!

Encouraging Words of the Day:

Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.

- Colossians 1:10 (NLT)


Hello "One-Flower Wednesday!" I've been busy quilting my Christmas Quilt on my sewing machine. It takes some muscle to wrestle a quilt while trying to move it around. I guess I can call that my exercise for the day, right?

I'm almost done, just need to quilt that last green border and then bind it.


I took time last evening to get two little flowers ready for "One-Flower Wednesday." Again I made one 1/2-inch flower surrounded with the green leafy fabric and one without.

Total is now 220. I know, I know, last week I said total was 209 but I re-counted and found that I had 220 so that's good news. Click on “One Flower Wednesday” to see flowers others have made.


That is all.


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Beautiful, sunshiney One Flower Wednesday

Encouraging Words of the Day:

Whoever pursues righteousness and unfailing love will find life, righteousness, and honor. - Proverbs 21:21 (NLT)

It's a beautiful "One-Flower Wednesday," full of sunshine and here are my flowers. Again I made one 1/2-inch flower surrounded with the green leafy fabric and one without.

Total is now 209. Click on “One Flower Wednesday” to see flowers others have made.


I've finally sandwiched my Christmas quilt so maybe I'll have that to show you some day. I started out by sewing the tag in upside-down but my sister Ida pointed out that if one is looking at the front side of the quilt and flips up the bottom edge, why then the label is rightside-up. Well, it made sense to me also so I'm leaving it. I'm also being optimistic in that I already embroidered the year 2014 on it so now I have to finish it up this year.

That is all.


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

It's still One Flower Wednesday

Encouraging Words of the Day:

So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.- John 13:34 (NLT)


It's "One-Flower Wednesday" and this will sound like a repeat of last week since I made one 1/2-inch flower surrounded with the green leafy fabric and one without.

Total is now 207. This is going to take forever.

I've also received these beautiful flowers from my February partner in the "Inchy-Hexagon Flower Swap." Thanks, Ros. They're gorgeous.

I've been busy finishing up the quilt I started in the "Pile 'o Fabric Quilt-Along of 2013." I finally got that done and gave it to my husband since he had been pointing out recently that I give quilts to everyone but he has never gotten one. Well, he can't say that any more. Here is "Johnny's Quilt." The quilting was quilt-as-you-go and I was pretty excited about how quickly it all came together.

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


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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

"One-Flower Wednesday"

Encouraging Words of the Day:

This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. ~ Psalm 118:24, NLT

Well, I did break my self-imposed plan to use only stash as much as possible. I had to buy the background fabric for the leafy spacers for my 1/2-inch hexies. So I cut several hexie shapes with my Go-Baby cutter and proceeded to baste several hundred of these. I have a pile of them which I baste while my husband and I watch our newly-discovered series of "Breaking Bad."

Then I decided that for this week's flowers, I'd sew a few of these leafy hexies around a flower. Man, is that a job! It takes 12 sides of sewing hexies together to make a little flower but 42 sides to make a flower surrounded by the green leafy fabric. Much longer this way! Here one I completed along with a regular flower.

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


That is all.