Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Happy Tuesday!

I pray you are having a good morning on this beautiful day. Of course, the sun may not be shining in your part of the world, but it is bright and beautiful here in Alabama. It is also cold. It was 44 when I looked at the thermometer when I got up this morning. I tried posting this on Sunday, but my Internet would not allow it to happen! I had wished a friend of mine on Facebook a happy birthday, but that was two days ago, so I will leave that off now. LOL

I  have several prayer requests this morning. Another friend of mine on Facebook has a granddaughter with a tumor on her leg. They are not sure, yet, whether is is cancer or not, but please pray that God heals her of this! She is only ten years old. I know a God who can take care of this problem without her having any surgery whatsoever! Also, a couple of the ladies' husbands are having health problems either with Alzheimer's, surgery, heart problems, etc. Please remember them all in your prayers this morning. I have a former student who is struggling taking care of her two little girls since her husband left her. Please remember her and the girls. My hubby started having back pain Sunday morning, and it is still hurting him. I would like for you to remember him, too. I hit the floor hard in my sewing room, yesterday, when my chair overturned with me while getting up to answer my cell phone. It was my sister calling, and I tried to get up to answer, but I hit the floor instead. I know, don't laugh too hard. I started paying for it last night, and today, the right side of my back is giving me fits. So, no Bama Belles sewing day for me. :( Bummer

Okay, projects I am working on include:
1. clipping the black and white rag quilt
2. getting fabric, etc. ready to make the crazy quilt
3. making a Secret Santa Sewn gift for my facebook group (done)
4. Making Christmas gifts for the grandson, daughter and daughter-in-law (if possible)
5. make myself a bears paw quilt using a variety of fabrics (scrappy)
6. finish quilting a Wrap Them in Love quilt
7. bind baby quilt that is quilted.(done)

I think that is enough to freak me out for now. LOL What are you working on? As you can see, I finished a couple of projects yesterday. I was so tired afterwards that I could hardly move. I know that isn't much, but with my health issues, I can't do a lot at a time.

Here are my recent purchases, but these are for the Crazy quilt I will be making for a Facebook friend.

What do you think? Aren't they gorgeous? I washed the ones on the ironing board. The blues ones tended to bleed pretty bad, so I am going to see how many 18 x 18" squares I can get out of the rest of it before I go to the blues. I don't want them bleeding onto the white sashing.

Well, I guess I will hush now. I wish you all a blessed, creative day!


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Wednesday's Work in Progress

 Donation Rag Quilt for Ogden House
Day 1

Day 2
Day 3/4 Front of quilt cotton
Day 3/4 Back of Quilt: Flannel and cotton
I post this as a work in progress because it still needs clipping, washing and a label. I hope someone cherishes this quilt.

Have a blessed and creative day!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Happy Sunday!

Good morning! Hope you have a wonderful Sunday. What is on your agenda today? Did you get much accomplished yesterday? I was able to cut out all the squares except for seven for a donation rag quilt. Here is the picture:

I think it is going to look great! At least I hope so. I pray that some child(teen) will enjoy this. I know I would have when I was a teenager. :-D

I will be working today on making my Secret Santa pal on Stitches From the Heart facebook group a gift where I can get it mailed by Nov. 1st. Have been mulling over a couple of projects to do. I will show you a picture after she receives it. Hope she will like what I make. 

Well, I am not going to post much today since I need to be looking up some patterns, lol. I will love to hear what your plans for future projects are. Have a blessed day. I will leave you with my favorite Bible verse:

 "Jer 29:11  For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end."

 I also love the NIV version of this verse. For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

Have a blessed day!


Saturday, October 13, 2012

Saturday Morning Plans

Good Saturday Morning to everyone! I hope you are all well and being crafty or at least spending family time. I have just sat down from breakfast and washing dishes and sweeping the floors. I had to sit down to cool. Sweat is pouring off of me. That isn't unusual. That is why I love the cooler weather. Not only did I get this sweating from my dad, but some of the medicine I take causes excessive sweating. Boy do I sweat. Some women perspire, but honey, I sweat with a capital S. LOL So, before I get into my sewing room and continue cutting squares and quilting, I needed to cool down and do a blog post. 

Do you realize how close Christmas is? It is getting here too fast for me! I have too much to do for it to get here this soon. What about you? Is it arriving at your house faster than you want it to, or have you already made or bought your gifts? I have a Secret Santa gift I need to get done today where I can get it in the mail. That is if I can figure out what I am going to make. Do you ever have that problem? Deciding on what you want to make someone? Especially someone you don't personally know? Well, I do. She loves country colors, so I am going with that. Now to someone I don't know, but making something for her? That is this king sized quilt I am making for a Facebook friend. It is my first try at a Crazy quilt, but thank the Lord it is quilt as you go, or QAYG. I went fabric shopping on Thursday and found some awesome fabric, but I need more. So, I will either return to Wilson's or go to Joann's and see what I can scatter throughout the quilt. I believe I will have good luck there, too. Here is a peek at the fabrics I've purchased so far:

I am so happy that she loves it! I feel I have plenty of green and rose, maybe a little more blue and butter yellow. I am getting excited about getting started on this, but I still need the backing and the few extra fat quarters. I may go to a quilt shop that I've heard has some pretty batik that is really wide. So, I am going to check that out. Otherwise, I will order what the lady found online. I just thought of a question to ask the author of the book Crazy Shortcut Quilts about the backing yardage. It doesn't seem to be enough.

If you look in the back left corner of the photo you will see the fabric for the project I will do before starting this quilt. It will be a rag quilt for a friend of mine, Gene Black, (his blog link is in my sidebar). He gathers donation quilts for a teenage house, so that is the fabric I will be using for that project. I'm really excited about that, too. 

What do you have on your agenda for this weekend? Please take the time to stop by and tell me what you are working on. I love your comments!

Have a blessed day,]

Thursday, October 11, 2012


Good Morning! I know, I know, I've been lazy about posting lately. I'm sorry. I've been busy working in my sewing room on Christmas log cabin quilt blocks, but I've put that away again for a little while. I have another donation quilt to make for the Ogden House in north Alabama. I have been wanting to do this for my friend, Gene Black, since I saw his first post last year. This year, with the help of Reba Bishop, another friend of mine who donated the fabric, I will be making a rag quilt for some teenager at the Ogden House. I sure hope he/she likes it. It is going to be black and white! I love these two colors together.

Reba and me when we met the other day

A baby quilt I've finished minus binding

Above you will see a baby panel I quilted for a friend of my son's. His baby was born in April, and I have been lax on getting it done. While talking to an old friend from my teen years, yesterday, I finished the quilting part. I was so excited!!! Now all I need to do is add the binding. That will be done today or tomorrow.

Next on my list of to-do's is a quilt that I've been hired to make by a lady in Virginia. It will be made using the techniques in Marguerita McManus's book Crazy Shortcut Quilts. I have never made one before, but I am excited about making this one. She has given me ideas of the colors she likes, and I get to choose along that line. I am thankful this is a quilt-as-you-go one because it is going to be huge! I will post pictures as I go, that is if you don't mind seeing the progress. LOL I am excited about doing this, but nervous, too. Keep me in your prayers.

Along with these two projects, I need to make Christmas gifts for my family, plus for the Secret Santa project on Stitches From the Heart on Facebook. Not quite sure what I am going to make, but I have several ideas in my head. It will be made from fabric I already have in my stash, more than likely. Any ideas will be greatly appreciated.

Hope you all have a blessed day. I have lots on my plate, but will try my best to keep up with this journal.


Thursday, October 4, 2012

Breast Cancer Rag Quilt Finished and Sold!

As you can tell, the quilt is finished! I am very proud of how it turned out. Even proud of the back. I am also excited to inform you that the quilt has been purchased and the money donated to my daughter where she can donate it to Making Strides for breast cancer. I am so happy that someone loved it enough to want to get it as a gift for a friend. Thank you, Michelle! I will be shipping, the good Lord willing, today. I woke up sometime during the night with another headache. So, I pray I will get to feeling well enough to take it to the post office to send to the recipient. Thanks to all who donated fabric, batting, and encouragement while I was making this quilt.

Yesterday, I worked some on on log cabin blocks for a Christmas quilt. It will either be mine, or my daughter's. Depends on how it turns out. I have to do some house cleaning especially dusting before I do much more. LOL I have many projects in my mind I want to do. First comes some Christmas gifts. I have been commissioned to make a king sized quilt for a lady. I am waiting on the check from Paypal to arrive where I can start on my adventure to purchasing just the right fabric. I am getting so excited!

 I have really been blessed this week. I thank God for His blessings. I want to continue to make quilts as a way to show His love to others.


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Breast Cancer Rag Quilt for Donation

Hi! I am posting this today in effort to help my daughter raise money. She is involved with walking Making Strides for Breast Cancer. http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?fr_id=47370&pg=personal&px=30006894

If you would like to purchase the rag quilt for a donation of $60, please contact me soon. I will see that the money gets to the right place. We really need to get this going, and I want to help her. I made this quilt for a raffle, or chance with donations to win the quilt, but it doesn't look like it is happening. So, I am offering you an opportunity to purchase this quilt for $60, which is not a lot, and I will donate the money to my daughters Making Strides page.  Please let me know as soon as you can. Thank you in advance.