Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Almost There . . .


It seems our move has been a loooooong process. When you are trying to coordinate a move with another family (my husband's Mom and sister) and roadblocks happen on both sides (we each had initial offers that didn't work out!), you end up living out of boxes. Our house did sell, but we had to put all our belongings in storage and are living out of suitcases in our son's upstairs game room. The household now consists of four adults, three teenagers, two dogs, and two cats - good thing it's a big house!



If everything goes according to plan, my husband's sister will close on the sale of her home at the end of this week, and we will finalize the purchase of five acres in Sam Houston National Forest. Hopefully next time I post we will all be in our permanent homes!



In the meantime, this little Punkin is growing fast - she is now four months old!



Fingers crossed that soon we will see this view every morning.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Update


I had to share this funny house plan that I found on Sewing Parts Online's Pinterest feed. Wishful thinking!

We have had numerous offers on our house, one contract that ended after one week, and now have a contract we feel is pretty secure (fingers crossed). The contract for our new place has been on hold also, and we are eager to get this done. My husband has been reading up on chicken and pig farming - lol! He wants half a dozen chickens and a couple of "pet" pigs. I am looking forward to finding the right place for a small garden. And one of the first things we'll do is build a deck on the back of the house - we can't wait!


This is how I feel since most of my fabric is packed in boxes,
and I've schooled myself to NOT look at any fabric online.


Our new granddaughter is thriving! She is already two months old.


I love this photo of her and my daughter.


Pool inspection yesterday, house inspection today, appraisal next week . . . hopefully the next time I post, we will be moved in and enjoying "the farm"!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Pink Is My New Favorite Color. . .and A Hiatus


Our beautiful third granddaughter was born April 12, and we are in love! The birth was one of the highlights of my life, and Delaney and my daughter are both thriving. I stayed a few days and got in all the cuddles I could and am now counting the days until we see them again.

She was 6 lbs 5 oz - a little bundle of pink joy!


I can't believe she has already grown and changed so much in 3 short weeks!



My daughter and son-in-law made the nursery so darling!

In other news...

We have an option pending on a house and a little piece of land about 100 miles north of us. We are keeping our house clean and "staged" for showings, hoping for an offer soon. I am going to become more and more busy, so blogging will take a back seat for awhile as we start on our next adventure!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

I'll Be Back...



Much to the dismay of my grown son and daughter, I still try to use my best Arnold Schwarzenegger voice to imitate his character in Terminator. It is a perfect fit for the state of my blog posting as of late.

Life has been a bit stressful and busy lately, with my daughter's delivery of her first child imminent, plus we are getting our house ready to sell. I'll be staying with my daughter a few days next week and will try to give a blog update as soon as possible on the new baby!

Hope all of you are doing well!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Debbie's Prayer Quilt


The prayer quilt for my niece is finally finished! My niece is a strong Christian, and I positioned the three magenta and violet crosses to serve as a remembrance of the three crosses of Calvary - I think she will like the significance.


Pattern illustration

As I mentioned when I blogged about it (almost 3 weeks ago!) I used a free Craftsy pattern, Plus Quilt by Jeliquilts. I loved the mix of colors used in the illustration so much that I duplicated them as closely as I could.


I pieced the back with some leftover cuts from the fabrics (listed below)



I particularly love this bird fabric and the bit of whimsy it adds. And it was very gratifying to audition it and see it contained the colors from the other fabrics.



I made a few errors and had to rip seams a few times, even with the binding! The Kona magenta fabric I originally intended for the binding raveled too much after all the chaos, so I looked to my purple stash to find something that would work. Lo and behold I had a 1/2 yard print that was perfect!

I stitched crosses in each corner

The quilting was mostly straight line, with some wavy lines on the border.


Last time I talked to my niece, she was feeling stressed about her upcoming treatments following her mastectomy, so my wish is that this prayer quilt will give her some comfort.



Quilt Details:
Finished size: 45"x45"

Quilt Front:
Collage Bird Dot Cream by Carrie Bloomston for Windham
Bohemia Teal Dots by Julie Paschkis for In The Beginning
Kona: Snow, Ash, Violet, and Magenta
On a String in Lime by Valentina Ramos for Robert Kaufman
Unknown dark eggplant fabric Made in Japan

Binding: Mosaic Purple by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery
Backing: Collage Bird Dot Cream by Carrie Bloomston for Windham, Kona Ash

Thread used:
Superior Threads So Fine Genoa Gray

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Cross Quilt Flimsy Progress


This pattern is actually called a "Plus" quilt, but my purpose for it is to become a prayer quilt for my niece, so I am terming it a "Cross" quilt. The front (flimsy) is finally pieced, and I am awaiting inspiration for a border. The pattern I (mostly) followed is Plus Quilt by Kelly at Jeliquilts. I love her patterns!



I am too embarrassed to tell you how long it took to choose fabrics and how many times I pulled fabrics only to put them away and start all over. I am hoping to finish it up by next week and mail it to my niece. I'll post the final result with more details!


Buddy just wants me to be done with it so he can go rest in his "TV" chair.

Tuesday Archives - Harvest Button Napkin Rings


Today's theme for Val's Quilting Studio Tuesday Archives linky party is "Buttons", and the photo above shows the Modge-Podged buttons I made for some crocheted napkin rings last November. My original post is HERE.


The napkin rings were a gift for a blogging friend, and they were the first crochet project I had attempted in years!

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