Wednesday, April 30, 2014

One Flower Wednesday in El Paso

Encouraging Words of the Day:

"You don't have enough faith," Jesus told them. "I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it would move. Nothing would be impossible." - Matthew 17:20 NLT

We're back in El Paso and, of course, I sewed hexie flowers for 6 hours. I made 12 but am only showing you these three today on "One-Flower Wednesday."


I've been looking for some light green fabric to surround my little 1/2 inch hexies with. I thought maybe a pale jade green but my sister suggested (insisted?) that I find a green fabric in a leaf print. I've been searching everywhere and finally found this:

There were 8 yards left on the bolt so I bought it all but only after taking the photo and sending it to Ida blogging at "My sister made me do it..." for her approval. Yes! She loves it too. (Sometime "she" makes me do stuff too.)

I found these beautiful flowers waiting in my mailbox. They're from Sandra from California, my March partner in the "Inchy Hexagon Flower Swap."

I love the colors she chose. Thanks, Sandra.

Now back to sewing and puttering in my sewing room which I miss so much when I'm gone. I guess I'll cut out a bunch of hexie shapes from the green print too.

That is all.


Sunday, April 27, 2014

Hands2Help Quilting

Encouraging Words of the Day:

And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. - Colossians 3:15a NLT

Sarah from "Confessions of a Fabric Addict" is once again hosting the Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge. This year there are three charities to choose from:

Option #1 - Quilts of Compassion makes and collects quilts that are then given to a wide variety of people, but most recently they have been handing out quilts to people suffering from the after-effects of the tornadoes that have hit the midwest.

Option #2 - Hurricane Sandy Survivors in New Jersey, helping Hurricane Sandy survivors rebuild their homes and lives.

Option #3 - Happy Chemo. You can choose to make quilts for Happy Chemo, an organization that provides quilts and comfort for chemo patients.

So far I have worked on this little quilt for Quilts of Compassion. I found the pattern called "What does the fox say?" in a magazine. It is quilted and ready to go except for the white tip of the fox's tail. Somehow, I left that piece out and found it later on the floor. So I just need to applique that piece and this little quilt will be done.

The other quilt was completed some time ago and will go to the Happy Chemo group.

That is all.


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

One Flower Wednesday in the Texas Hill Country

Encouraging Words of the Day:

For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. - Philippians 4:13 (NLT)

Thank goodness for "One-Flower Wednesday." Sometimes I think that I'd get no blogging done if it wasn't for "One-Flower Wednesday." At least I know that I'll manage to get a post done to show you my flowers. Here are three little flowers.

Total is now 200.

We've been busy. Our daughter and family came to the ranch to spend Easter with us. The days have been rainy and/or sunny. Today was beautiful. We're still in the middle of a drought so all the beautiful wildflowers we should have are not around. We occasionally find a few. Since there aren't wildflowers to show you, I'll show you this beautiful photo taken by Catherine at "Knotted Cotton."

These little flowers look exactly how I want my GFG with my little half-inch flowers to look. Catherine gave me permission to use her photo. Thanks, Catherine

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, wildlife is all around, birds going crazy eating corn in the bird feeders along with a squirrel who is enjoying the bird feed as well. We've seen whitetail deer at the feeders enjoying their corn and protein supplement but we haven't had any luck killing feral hogs yet. We're having a lovely time though so I'm off. Until later...

that is all.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Still Wednesday Somewhere

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)

We traveled to the Texas Hill Country yesterday. I was so excited to get here that I almost forgot that today is "One-Flower Wednesday" even though I sewed hexie flowers all day long on the road trip out here. Well, it's still Wednesday in Central Daylight Saving Time Zone so here are three little flowers to show you. One of them has a little rabbit on it wishing all of you a "Happy Easter."

This brings my total to 197. I have more than that since I sewed lots of flowers on the drive but I'm saving the rest to show you in future Wednesdays. Click on “One Flower Wednesday” to see flowers others have made.

That is all.


Sunday, April 13, 2014

"Good-Night, Irene" Top Completed

Encouraging Words of the Day:

Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take. - Proverbs 3:6 (NLT)

Some time ago, I joined the "Good-night, Irene" quilt-along hosted byTerry from "Terry's Treasures." I finally have the top complete and am quite happy with it, not only with the way it looks, but happy to have the top done as well. Now to the quilting. I need to quilt this as well as my Christmas quilt now, not my favorite part of this process. But, "oh, well."

Another topic:

I found this "lucky win" in my mailbox. This was a wonderful giveaway hosted by Jeanette at "Inch Worm Fabrics."

This includes a "Baby Drunkard's Path" pattern plus the fabric to complete it. The colors and prints are gorgeous. Thanks so much for the generous giveaway, Jeanette. I can't wait to get started on this mini quilt.

That is all.




Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Beautiful Spring Day for One Flower Wednesday

Encouraging Words of the Day:

Praise the Lord! Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. ~ Psalm 106:1, NLT

What a beautiful spring day it is in El Paso! Finally. Another big plus, it's "One-Flower Wednesday." The flowers I have to show have been sewn for others. My partner for April in the "Inchy Hexagon Flower Swap" asked for flowers in bright colors and solid centers so:

This time we've been sent our May partner as well and she asked for dusty pink, cream,and/or tan petals with tan, dusty pink, cream or brown centers so:

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


Since I've been doing all that sewing of flowers for others, I didn't add any half-inchers to my total of 194. We will, however, be traveling to the Texas Hill Country on Monday so I'll get a few done then.

I've also been busy sewing by machine as well. I finally got the top done for the Christmas quilt I was planning for last Christmas. Good thing is that I may have it done in time for Christmas 2014. Now to pick a backing and get it quilted....

That is all.





Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Windy and Warm One Flower Wednesday in West Texas

Encouraging Words of the Day:

He is my loving ally and my fortress, my tower of safety, my rescuer. He is my shield, and I take refuge in him. ~ Psalm 144:2, NLT

It's actually a nice day in El Paso although somewhat breezy, well windy but it's "One-Flower Wednesday" and I have two flowers to show you.

This brings my total to 194. I only made two this week because I've been busy playing with my new featherweight. Well, I made that sound like I have several featherweight sewing machines when actually this is my ONLY one and it isn't new. From what I've been able to figure out from the serial number, it was made around 1941 so it's older than I am! Nonetheless, here it is and I'm loving it.

It's in great shape, sews perfectly and everything seems to be working fine. The previous owner took terrific care of it. Well, off to play again so...

that is all.