" Do you not know?
Have you not heard???

The LORD is the everlasting GOD,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.

He will not grow tired or weary,
and His understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary,
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:28-31

"The Sovereign LORD has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary.
He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught." Isaish 50:4


Saturday, February 13, 2016

Quilt A-Peel

I'm setting out upon a new quilting adventure.

For many years now, I have been all about making quilts as quickly as possible, including switching over almost exclusively to machine-quilting.

But I am starting a new quilt that I intend to keep for my own bedroom.  It will be hand-appliqued, and may take a LONG, long time.  Then again, maybe NOT.  I don't know, but I'm fine either way.  I would even like for it to be hand-quilted, but that decision can wait awhile.

I've collected white/grey, and white/black backgrounds for awhile now, thinking that I was going to make some kind of PLUS quilt with them.  But now I'm cutting out Orange Peel pieces, and I am hand-appliqueing them to 5 inch squares of these white background fabrics.    

My main color will be a range of turquoise fabrics, but I intend to mix in some greens and blues along the way.

Here is my EQ5 mockup,


and here is my meager beginning.

I've spent the afternoon readying several blocks for needle-turn applique, so most of the blocks in the mockup are not finished.  I have a better mixture of fabrics than what are seen here, too.  I hope to have blocks ready for anytime I have a few minutes to sit down and work on mindless applique....including trips to doctor's offices, or whatever opportunity presents itself.

So..........here I go !  I'm EXCITED !

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Scattered Stars........Use it up !

When JoAnn asked me to make two of the "Hero's Tribute" quilt tops, she sent me an OVERLOAD of fatquarters to use.  Many of them were medium-browns that were too dark to be used for backgrounds.   When I finished the second top, I found that I still had about 15 good new pieces of these browns.

So I asked her if I could put together one more top for her.
Here is the design that I came up with, using EQ5.

I used the few pieces of reds, blues, and golds that were leftover from the earlier stars construction.  And I am amazed at how well the colors from EQ5 match the colors I had to use.
This is what I came up with, finishing the piecing today.  The final measurement of the top is 51 x 71 inches.  It could be quilted as is, or have a border added to it.

 Either way, it makes a generous-sized couch/nap quilt......my favorite type of quilt !  I hope she likes it.