Sunday, May 31, 2009


Jim is slightly improved! Keep praying! Thank you so much.


Saturday, May 30, 2009

Update on Jim

Jim made it through the night. He is responive to Dixie. He squeezed her hand. They were able to stabilize his blood pressure. The doctors aren't giving him much hope. BUT we know God is able. Keep praying.


Friday, May 29, 2009

Urgent Prayer Request!

One of my close quilting friend's husband is an amateur pilot and this morning his plane crashed. He is critical! Please pray. Thank you.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


In order clockwise: large plant-tomato-among first ones planted, zucchini squash, yellow squash, bottom photo-pepper plants, black-eyed pea, okra, and the tomatoes planted more recently.
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Featured Blog

The Featured Blog in the sidebar is one I read about at Patchwork Times. She is funny. Enjoy. Also in the Tutorials in the sidebar is a new addtion -- Quilt As You Go Row by Row Quilt. A very quick quilt for a charity.

We got MORE rain over the weekend. Yay! So nice.


It's Finished to Quilt top stage

I got the blocks sewn together a week or so ago and then Saturday at Paradise Piecemakers I got the borders cut and sewn on. This one will be tied or quilted and donated to C.A.S.A. in our area for a child they have been assigned.

And another for C.A.S.A. I pieced these blocks a year or two ago and they got put away. I got the backing pieced, too. Yay. If you're interested in the block pattern--I think I found it at I think. When I have some time I will look back and check on that. I looked and found it. Look here. I didn't have enough of the stripe fabric to follow the pattern exactly.

And may I introduce our new residents. Aren't they pretty? One boy and three girls. Yes, Donna, he is still a boy. Don't know how long.

What our grass looks like after all the rain we've had. God is so good.


Friday, May 22, 2009

Happy Memorial Day

How is everyone? Enjoying the beautiful weather I hope? I've been in the garden. Just checking on things. I had to replant cucumbers, green beans, and some of the squash. We received a big box of seeds several years ago from one of DH's co-workers. His wife had bought a seed display that was for sale at a garage type sale. He planted with it for two seasons and got frustrated the third season and gave the boxful of seeds to us. They are dated 2004. Sometimes some of the packets just don't work. So I plant extras. Then when they do come up sometimes there is an abundance. I can thin out really easy. I will try to remember to take my camera to the garden and show you the baby plants.

We went to San Angelo/Ballinger this past weekend. It was a very nice visit.

I go to Paradise Piecemakers tomorrow. I've got to decide what I'm going to work on and get it loaded.

Blessings and happy quilting,

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Down Under Quilts

A six months free online subscription to Down Under Quilts can be found here. Thanks, Mary, for the heads up. I can't wait to see what quilts there are.

I bought the peppers plants and got them planted right before sundown along with some marigolds around the squash. We've had some strong south winds and it's not doing the newly planted tomatoes very good.


Monday, May 11, 2009

A link to Wise County Quilt Guild

Here's a link to the guild I belong to Wise County Quilt Guild. We've just started a blog. Stay tuned for upcoming news.


Still Busy

No Swine flu here. Praise God! All the schools have reopened.

Pictures of DD's house.
Donna, if you're reading this--you would love her house!

This is the cabinet in her bathroom. Click on the picture to enlarge to see the glass knobs.

DD moved this weekend into their BIGGER house. I went Friday to help do some cleaning before the move. The house had been empty for awhile so lots of cobwebs and dust. I volunteered to clean her bedroom. Did I mention that this house is bigger? Oh yeah! They are going to enjoy it so much. Her regular housekeeper came in the afternoon and cleaned the kids bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchen. DD took on the living room, dining room and breakfast area. Then I did the laundry area. I wanted to share some photos. This is an old home with glass door knobs, wood floors, a huge pantry, pocket doors, and a beautiful cabinet in her bathroom. And she has all new cabinets in her kitchen! They moved from a little house and she loves to organize so she is going to be so happy. There is so much storage!

Saturday we planted our garden! Yay! There was preparation--not yay. We have those pesky sunflowers. I pulled all them up by the roots while DH tilled. Then he marked the rows and dug the holes for the tomatoes. We have planted a total of 42 tomatoes, twelve hills of squash, six hills of cucumbers, five rows of blackeyed peas, three rows of okra, five rows of green beans and I still have to pick up some pepper plants. DH wanted to know what army I was going to feed. Well, there are people out of jobs and some people we know have opened a food pantry at a biker church. Ya'll do me a favor will you? In July and August remind me why I wanted to plant all this will you? I have a canner, jars, freezers, and hopefully time and God willing we will all eat good. AND get this! It rained in the wee hours of Sunday morning. God is so good. AND it rained again this morning. DITTO! It's been a long time since we planted a garden and didn't have to water to get it up. God is so good. The muscles? Yes, the muscles are sore. You know the ones used to squat and bend over. DH was sore too. Just keep moving, just keep moving, just keep moving. Remember Dory in Finding Nemo? Except she said--"Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, etc."

Sunday we took a hog to the butcher for a customer. The wildflowers were so pretty. Sorry I forgot my camera. Ya'll please say a prayer for our butcher, please. He is having some health issues.

Some quilting stuff--

My basket for Saturday for Wise County Quilt Guild. I used Lite Steam a Seam 2 to fuse the flowers and basket. I machine appliqued the basket before fusing the flowers in place. My first! I have appliqued before using interfacing and turning and hand applique. This took some small sharp scissors.

The fabric I used to cut appliques from. (P.S. I have this for sale on the bolt.)

Below are blocks from part of my presentation at the April meeting of guild.

You can find the free tutorial here.

A close-up.

This is the fabric I used for the 4 Patch Stacked Posies.


Monday, May 04, 2009


Click on photos to enlarge.

We have been enjoying watching the hummingbirds at the feeders. Here are a few pictures I have managed to snap. They are fast! The best I can tell from reading online these hummers are Ruby-throated hummingbirds. If I'm wrong, someone please correct me.

We've received almost 4 inches of rain this last week. Three inches fell early Thursday morning and then another 3/4 inch came Saturday. Everything is looking so much better! The grass is growing (and the weeds, of course). I planted thirteen tomato plants a week ago. Two are Husky Gold and the other eleven are Brandywine variety. DH will get me some ground plowed and we will plant the rest sometime in the next week or so.

Most of our schools in the county are closed today due to precautions with the Swine Flu. Each have cases of influenza that are being tested for Swine Flu.

I have sewn all the 4 Patch Stacked Posies with their settings as the previous tutorial. I will be joining them together today or tomorrow. Then a couple of borders and either quilting or tying for a C.A.S.A. quilt. I have too many projects going right now and need to finish some just so I can think clearly. HELP!

Happy spring and good weather and happy quilting,