"Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me." Psalm 51:


"Come, and listen, all you who fear God; let me tell you what He has done for me.
I cried out to Him with my mouth; His praise was on my tongue.
If I had cherished sin in my heart, the LORD woud not have listened and heard my voice in prayer.
Praise be to God, Who has not rejected my prayer or withheld His love from me!" Psalm 66:16-20

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Absent But Not Idle

I have been working on several projects at once, but I finally have one finished and able to be blogged.

I call this quilt, "Mooney Over The Mountain".

A string version of this block swept through a group on Facebook (Scrap Quilt Enthusiasts).  It was shared by Lorraine Mooney, and many, MANY versions of it are being shared there.  I made this quilt from a 7-inch variation of the block. Most of the fabric that I used was scraps sent to me by a very dear friend of whom you've heard me speak very often, JoAnn.  It is a big departure from my usual bright fabric creations, but I really like it.

I machine-pieced the top, and hand-quilted it, using a polyester batting for a change.

I hope to gift it to an acquaintance of mine that is wheelchair-bound.  It has finished at 41 inches square.

If you remember, earlier this year I blogged that my friend, JoAnn had passed away.   Her family had a sale recently, and picked through and saved many quilting items for me.  I received a surprise BIG BOX in the mail, and found lots of goodies inside.  More precious than that was the sweet grateful thought of them remembering me in this way.

Along with the quilting goods was a quilt top that I can remember JoAnn piecing probably 20 years ago, if not more.  Her daughter, Jen, has commissioned me to finish it for her dad, saying that it would be special to him.  Of course I agreed, and hope to be able to share the finished quilt with you within the next few months.  I managed to get it basted earlier this week.  I plan to hand-quilt it too, if possible.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

County Fair time !

Over the past year, I've developed a new friendship.  Having someone who enjoys doing the same things as me is something that I have DEARLY missed since leaving Oklahoma 10 years ago.

This lady, who goes to my church, approached me to accompany her on visits to the widows of our church, seeing as how I had become widowed myself and might understand their feelings and concerns.

Once I quit working at Walmart, I had free time to join her, and it has been a wonderful blessing to us both, and hopefully to our sisters in Christ.

When she discovered my love of quilting, she mentioned, enthusiatically, that she would love to learn to quilt.  I've heard this from many people, but in discussing it, I could tell that she meant NOW, not just 'someday'.   So I agreed to teach her.

Well, fast forwarding to this summer, and her approaching a finish on her first quilt, we had been talking about her entering it in the local county fair.   She was very much interested in that, and had lots of family support urging her to do so.

Monday, August 12th came, and we dropped off our quilts....mine got entered into a machine-quilted category, and hers in a 'first quilt' category.  Well, on Thursday, they let us in to view the judging results without having to pay a 'Fair' admission charge.  Imagine our surprise when we walked into the exhibit room and both had ribbons on them !

Darleene's first quilt won her a second-place ribbon, and you can just
SEE the joy on her face !   I was equally proud of and for my 'student' and new friend.

She rejoiced with me, too, as we saw that I had gained a first-place ribbon, and the overall "Best in Show" ribbon over the category of all of the Home Economics class.
You may recall me sharing the finish on this quilt a while back HERE

I love the tradition of county fair exhibits, and so hope that people will continue to support them and participate.

But in the meantime, I now have a new quilting buddy !

Friday, August 2, 2019

Finished.-- calling it "2 x 4, Squared"

I just whipped up this little 38 1/2” x 46 1/2”, two-sided quiltie.
I don’t know the name or source of this pattern, as I think that I saw this design in a bed-sized quilt on Facebook, in the group "Scrap Quilt Enthusiasts".

But it's just a simple block made up of rectangles.
Having said that, the block calls for 4 — 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” rectangles of two different fabrics, resulting in a block with a finished measurement of 8 inches square.
Detail....quilted by machine, obviously, in the ditch, both horizontally and vertically; plus, serpentine stitch vertically down the middle of the rectangles .

Making good use of my fabric stash, I also used up some 2 1/2” strips with a favorite hoarded print (I think that you may have given me the bigger piece, Wanda Gayle),  to make the back (which I like almost as much as the front).

Marley Jo volunteered her help during the hand-stitching of the binding.  Thanks so very much, Marley !

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Nice Cubes --- finished.

This quilt was started way back in Shawnee, Oklahoma, probably 15-20 years ago.  I really don't know when....maybe it's in my blog archives somewhere????

Anyway, I dragged it out, made a back for it and machine-quilted it.
I don't care for it anymore......haven't in a long time......but atleast it's not another UFO (unfinished object). 

I don't even have a photo of the back of it, but it's just a big piece of crossword puzzle-looking fabric bordered by a 3-inch strip of the same fabric as the binding strips.

The finished size is approximately 54 x 62, cotton fabrics, cotton batting.  Original design from pieced cubes inspiration....machine-pieced, machine-quilted.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Hand-quilting again !

I don't really feel like taking the time to make a long post tonight, but I've realized that I haven't been faithful in posting much at all.

I thread-basted my aqua and whites Orange Peel quilt last Thursday, and I immediately began handquilting it.   I quilted for atleast 5 days, maybe six, and have taken a break today as my under-the-hoop fingers are pretty tender.

But atleast I have some pretty progress to share. 

I was stressing over what to put in the white 'border' that goes between the peels, so I started my quilting out near the edges rather than in the center like I usually would do.  I just happened to have a stencil that fit well in the area, and I'm really happy with the look of it.

Lottie is enjoying the new addition to the house (Marley Jo),  and Marley Jo is fitting in really well. 

I still don't know what I will quilt in the final border, but will probably settle for a cable design that fits.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

They're friends !

Marley Jo has been at our house for a little over 3 weeks now, and peace has been restored.

Lottie started coming around after about a week and a half, and now they spend evenings chasing each other from one end of my mobile home to the other.  That's the kind of activity I was hoping to happen with Lottie.  She is HUGE, and the kitten was tiny (growing a bit already), but Marley has made up the difference by having claws to contend with....something that Lottie is lacking.

Also, my grandson, T.J. became a teenager this week, and my daughter turned 41.  I wanted to go up on Friday, but the younger grandson, Seth, came down with tummy troubles and a fever, so my daughter asked me to wait another week to come.  If I get to go this Friday, their Spring break will be coming to a very busy end.

I saw an orthopedic doctor about my shoulder pain, and he ordered 4 weeks of physical therapy for what he's called 'frozen shoulder'.  I've  been through 3 weeks already, and although they claim to see a noticable improvement, I know that I still have problems with the same movements as before.

Coming up on April 9th, I am scheduled to have my first colonoscopy.  I used the ColoGuard kit, and it came back with a positive reading (which I suspect always happens).  My friend Darleene is going to drive me up there and back (Columbia).

I know I'm all over the place with this post, but I'm just trying to document some of the many things that are going on in my life right now.

I also had a second mammogram, which came out with a clean report.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Quick Turnaround !

In my last post of a few days ago, I mentioned that Lottie and I still had not found a companion kitty.

Well, that changed a couple of nights ago, on the 28th, when a friend on facebook (who knew I was searching for a kitten) tagged me in a post about a kitten that had showed up at our local daycare center, and was in need of a home.

This is Marley.

I've named her for the swirls in her coat, on the sides of her body, and took the first 3 letters of my mom's name (Margery), and the last three letters of my daughter's name (Kelley).

Honestly, I have been trying to find a
'glam cat', because Lottie-dah is just so gorgeous to me, and I wanted my second kitty NOT to be known as "the other one".  At first glance, I wasn't interested in this one because tabby cats are just so common to me (no offense intended, just a personal lack of preference), EXCEPT FOR the ones that have the beautiful black swirls on their gray coat.  I've never had one like that before, and when I saw the swirls, I gave in.

So, I brought her home with me after meeting her on the morning of March 1st, yesterday.

What I didn't anticipate, though, was how antagonistic Lottie was going to be toward her.  This is Miss Lottie's attitude......
I just wish that you could hear her GROWLS.
I've purposely declined offers of older kittens, thinking that Lottie would only accept a baby that she could 'mother'.  But Lottie has never BEEN a mother, and, so far, shows no interest in that title or occupation.

But after an overnight of losing her place in bed (at my neck), and sulking at my feet, she did show a bit of interest when the kitten was wildly playing in the living room floor this morning.  She hasn't growled as much today, and even played with me a bit while keeping a bit of distance from Marley.....before both settled down for LONG DAYTIME NAPS.

So, stay tuned for updates and photos of our progress.  I'm trying to think of myself as a foster mother at this point, thinking that if Lottie doesn't warm up to Marley, I'll be looking for someone else to give her a truly welcoming home. 

But, really, I'm loving this baby a bit already.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

February quilting

I'd like to share and make note of the two tops that I've worked on this month.

A couple of years ago, I hand appliqued the peels for an orange-peel quilt-top, made in shades of turquoise, green, and blue on background squares of whites printed with grey tones.

After appliqueing, I cut out from behind each peel, leaving a white-print smaller peel.  The scrapper in me just wouldn't let me throw away over a hundred of these little peels.

So, when my friend,  Jodie Ann passed away last month, I ran across, in my shelves, some yardage of solid red that was left over from a project that she had me do years ago.

In remembrance of her, for my own grief-healing, I machine appliqued those leftover white peels onto the red yardage.  This is the completed top.

Then, this week, I just started playing around with a design that I had sketched up in my notebook years ago.  It involved these "shadowed blocks".  I'm disappointed that they don't look more 3-dimensional than they do---I think that I used too dark a shade of grey for the shadow.  Or, maybe I just made the shadow part too small    Hmmmm....I'd really like to figure that out and try again sometime.

Anyway, I'm trying to finish it as a large couch throw for one of my brothers (Jeff), and have been using stash.  I'm sorry to say that I do not have enough of the Riley Blake print to make the side borders match the top and bottom borders, and the vertical sashes.  If you  have it in your stash and want to share a yard, please comment here and let's see how we can make that happen !

I am enjoying  spending time with my new  friend, Darleene Easley, who has asked me to teach her to quilt.  I have turned her and her husband into huge antique Singer sewing machine fans.......he's buying them up to service and resale, which blessed her with the acquisition of a couple for her own use !

Spring is trying to stand up to this month's rains and say, "I'm coming anyway, ready or not !"
 And, Lottie-dah still hasn't found a companion (besides me), but the search goes on.....in the meantime, she's fat, if not so very sassy.

 So, that's all for now.....and about time to crawl back into my pajamas after this beautiful day !  God bless you my friends, til we meet here again !

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Sad news -- January 15, 2019--JoAnn Gilley's passing

2000 Outlaws Quilting Christmas Party at my house.
Back row: Terry L., Mary Ellen J., me, .........Joy Dell G.
Front row: Wanda R., JoAnn (in solid red), Mary B., and Terri G.
 One of my two best friends and favorite quilting  partners, JoAnn Gilley, died last night.  She has been battling health issues for years, and most especially for the last 2.  I am thankful for her being freed from all that, but my heart is broken to know that I will never visit her in her sewing room again.....never attend another quiltathon with her......never laugh with her again over one of her famous 'flips'. (She was alway putting quilt tops together with a flipped triangle or some such thing.)
2002 Weekend Quiltathon at bank room.
Back:  Terry L., JoAnn G., Wanda R., and Mary Ellen J.
Front: me
In the second photo, we are together in a room that included a kitchen area.  It was freely offered by a local bank, by reservation.  We used it atleast twice a year, usually for three-day weekends.  We would bring whatever we were working on, including quilts that needed basting (notice the frame in the background).  We would also bring food to cook, usually a big pot of soup with breads, so that we didn't have to interrupt our quilt-time until we had to go home and feed our families.  Before we had access to this room, JoAnn would open her home for a few of us for 2 or 3 days, while her hubby did the cooking for all of us.  Good times, and very treasured memories.

I love her dearly and am so very thankful to have had her in my life for so many years.  There will never be another 'Jodie Ann'.

Monday, August 20, 2018

2018 County Fair----and family !

Kelley and the kids came down on Saturday afternoon.  We had fun going around to most of the local second-hand stores.  We found some fun goodies and had a good time.  Arriving back at my house, Zoe talked her brother into a facial masque, telling him that guys, as well as girls, need to practice 'good hygeine' with a really clean face!

Then I fixed us all a little supper before we got ready to go to the fair.  It was funny to hear the two struggling to open their mouths wide enough to eat those burgers with that masque holding their cheeks tight !
Plain, simple fare to eat.......hamburgers, (boxed) mac n cheese , and, by request of my daughter, my fried potatoes (she says no one else's come out like mine).

This being the first time we've all been able to go to the fair together, we had a wonderfully, fun time!  Upon arriving there, I was immediately talked into going on a ride with my daughter (really, a pretty tame one), and it wore me out from trying to keep the centrifugal force from making me squish her!   That was enough riding for me !   But the kids tried most everything but the kiddie rides, had some lemonade and funnel cakes, and went with me to see the quilts that I had entered into the exhibits.

  It was demolition derby night, but somehow with the allure of the 'midway', we never made it over to the grandstands to watch the smash-ups.  I think the boys would have loved it, but it just couldn't compete with carnival rides.

I wound up bringing home a couple of ribbons for my quilts, but was very disappointed with lack of public participation in entering, and with the fact that the quilts that WERE there were not well-displayed.
Remember this 16-patch quilt that I made last year while working at WalMart?
It won first place in the hand-quilted category.
And this one, that was made for a friend's grandson, won second place in the machine-quilted category.
 Still, atleast my grandkids got to see good, ol'-timey fair exhibits, such as they were.

When we finally took time out for funnel cakes, the bit of spitting rain picked up until it was a steady downpour coming over us while we sprinted towards the other end of the park where we had parked the minivan.  More laughter ensued !  God is good !

P.S.  I got this quilt-top basted.  It was pieced so many years ago that I hate the fabrics that I used.  But it reflects the time period in which it was done, so I'm just trying to make it a finished work.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Prep work, Kelley's move, and Rod Stewart

I've been getting a bit of quilting done since I last posted.  One of the projects was a secret, and I haven't received word that it has been gifted, so I'd better not say more about it.  But it was a project that I had forgotten about, so it was good to be able to check it off of my 'to do' list.

Yesterday, I cleared the furniture away in my living room, and set up my basting frame for this quilt.  County Fair time sort of snuck up on me, so I don't guess I'm going to have an entry, but atleast it has motivated me to do a little bit of prep work this week.

I resurrected a batting (from my shed) that I have had in storage for

probably 20 years !  It is one of two that I bought at an estate sale back then.   They were both 'new' in the package, and I used one of them on several smaller projects many years ago.  It made the most drapeable quilt that I have ever produced, so I hoarded the second one, waiting for a very special project.  Well, time has gotten away from me, and I figure that I either use it or now, or it winds up in MY estate sale some day.  I

I bought a luscious solid fabric in coral for this backing, thinking that it will give me a nice option for flipping the quilt over and using it as a whole-cloth look sometimes.

On July 2nd, my daughter and her family moved to Clarksville as her husband has been restationed at Ft. Campbell.  It's so nice to have them so near to me after all these years of them being 12 or more hours away !
She had said that if she ever lived close to me, she would take me to see Rod Stewart live in concert.   Well, surprisingly, that opportunity presented itself on the first of August, so her husband drove down to take me up to their house for a few days.  She and I attended my first 'real' concert, and we had a WONDERFULLY MEMORABLE night !

It was great to get to spend some quality family time too, before Tim had to leave for a year in South Korea.  We played monopoly late into the evening one night, and really got to see each other's competitive side.  It was fun.

I like this photo of Tim and the kids at the airport.

Other big news..........ZOE GOT CONTACT LENSES !