Wow! I can’t believe I have been away from blogging for so long. Last fall seemed to go by so fast and then the holidays and it is spring! Somewhere in between winter arrived and has now passed. Yay! No writing about the winter doldrums for me! So, I think I will just jump in like it hasn’t been that long!
I have done some quilting this winter and actually got a couple of quilt tops ready to be quilted. Lately I have been working on a wall quilt for my daughter Hannah. It started out as an experiment as I tried a new technique for me, inspired by a quilt book I bought. Modern Quilting by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pederson.
When I was in Burkina Faso a year ago last November, I bought some Ghana Batik fabric and now wanted to do something with it. So I looked for some fabric to go with it and here is what I found. The top piece is from Ghana.
I needed a neutral and found the gray material at my local quilt store, Becky’s Fabrics, and then started the process of basically sewing and cutting at the machine. I loved it and did make a few blunders from time to time, overall the process was pretty cool and I’m sure I will sew more of these quilts.
I have the top done, but forgot to take a picture of it before I pinned it to be ready to quilt. So you will have to wait until it’s done to see the whole piece. It won’t be 7 months, I promised my daughter I would get it done this spring!
I thought I would post a few pictures of my travels these last 7 months. These were taken at Clearwater Beach on the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Florida. I was told that the best sunsets are here and I have to say it is very true, they were beautiful and it was a lot of fun watching the pelicans catch their dinner!
It is good to be back blogging again. Next time I should be done with that quilt!
A few sunsets have gone by since I have written on this blog. The sunny busy days of summer means leaving the computer by the wayside except for those business things that just have to be attended to. A few BIG things have transpired over the last two months, the best by far is when our daughter Hannah arrived home from Burkina Faso. Just after her arrival, we hosted a Greene Family reunion, which involved eating, visiting, laughing, and just enjoying each other’s company. Soon after, we started harvesting the rapeseed and then we were harvesting wheat.
Now that ‘Harvest’ is over, I can catch up on a few loose ‘threads’ if you know what I mean. I did finish my watering can table cloth quilt that I blogged about in May. I machine quilted it and I must say that it was fun and the easiest one I have ever done. I think it was because I didn’t stress about it because it was just a table cloth! I was more relaxed and had fun making flowers and garlands of hearts. It turned out pretty cute and it was finished before our Greene reunion.
I’ve so much to say, but it will have to wait until next time and next time I will talk flowers!
Mark and I drove to the mountains the other day and I always bring my camera just in case. He is so nice to stop the truck and let me shoot some pictures. The timing was perfect, in the late afternoon and there was plenty of wildlife to see and of course flowers. Here are a few of my favorites!
Doe peeking out from the trees
A couple of elk
These last three pictures are from a sunset a couple of nights ago. After the sun set the sky turned a beautiful shade of pink and blue! God painted a pretty picture for us to enjoy!
May your week be full of God’s Blessings and Beauty!
Spring is finally here and I have tulips!
I’m trying to get in some sewing before I get too busy outside. I have been working on a tablecloth for our picnic table. I wanted it to be summer like and fun. I looked in my Floral Inspirations quilt book by Debbie Mumm and found a watering can block and thought it would be perfect.
I wanted something to go with the cans and thought about adding flowers and found three flower blocks in Block by Block by Lynette Jensen, that just happened to go perfectly with the watering can blocks. How sweet is that! I like not having to re size a block to make it work.
By using my left over stash fabric the blocks came together quite fast and now I am quilting it on the frame. I decided to use flannel for batting. I thought about not putting any in but wanted a little padding to weight it some since it was to be used outside.
I have had a few interruptions this last week, so I don’t have it finished. My son, Jesse, built us a new computer and I have been transferring everything from the old to the new. I have 2 computers running under the desk, two keyboards, two mice and two monitors. It gets kind of confusing sometimes when the mouse won’t work on the right screen and typing on the wrong keyboard.
Hopefully I will win this battle with the computers this next week. I will say that my most frustrating issue has to do with ITunes and syncing my IPad and IPhones. I never thought moving music and apps would be such a problem. Whenever I moved my CD’s I just moved them! They didn’t have to be compatible with one another or lose the ability to play because the original file wasn’t there!!!! What I want to know is where the original file went between one computer and the other! I will succeed at this game, even if it takes me into the dark of night!
I just had to take this picture the other evening while I was taking a break from the computers, it was just too pretty to not share. I love the sunsets off back road. These pictures that God gives us are a great reminder that He is in control and that the little frustrating moments we have are temporary. That is Good News!
I am planning a special blog for Mother’s Day. It’s about Mom, of course!