Thursday, January 29, 2015

Playing Catch Up

I have fallen a bit behind on blogging, but I have a really good excuse.  I spent last Thursday through Sunday serving at Girls' Chrysalis, a spiritual retreat for young women from 15-22 yrs. of age. It was my privilege to serve these young women, as well as the staff (about 100 people) as part of the Kitchen Team. We were up before six and back in the dorm after ten most nights. My feet and back were aching, but my heart was full.  What a privilege to serve the Lord in this way.  We had a great team, lots of laughter, and I became "Gram" to some of the teens on the team.
This is a photo they posted on Snapchat....yes, I learned something new....now I am on Snapchat ;-))


I have to admit, it has taken me a good part of the week to recover.  These old bones just aren't what they used to be.

I finished this Lucy block last night.......#12.  Found the center fabric with the woman in my repro stash.  It had no selvedge, so I have no idea what the line is, but I thought it was pretty cool.

I added the background to this one today.  I plan to go back and add background to the ones that don't have it a little bit at a time.  I do love how it makes the colors look so different.

Last weekend was Mother-Son Dance on Friday night, and Father- Daughter Dance on Saturday night at Macy & Jackson's school. 
Looking good!!

More catching up tomorrow. 

Great Advice.....some I could heed a lot of nights.

Take Care,
Jennie

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Hooking Progress

Yesterday was my monthly hooking day with three of my dearest friends.  It is lovely to share a craft.....and so many other things with such special women.....a true blessing.

I made quite a bit of progress on Oberly Tree.  
I had been struggling with the border. Barb had chosen the lighter border on the bottom, but there wasn't enough.  I substituted the piece that divides the two sections of the piece. While the colors were good, it was just too dark, too strong for the subtle colors in this piece.  Kathie had enough of a very similar wool to add to what Barb had chosen, so I will switch back to that.

Diane gave all of us early birthday gifts....
Mini pottery yarn bowls to hold our Valdani Perle Cotton. How darned sweet is that??

Did I mention that grooming day is exhausting??


Good advice ......

Take Care,
Jennie






Monday, January 19, 2015

January of the Dresdens

More scrappy Monday progress on the Dresdens.  I now have fourteen of the plates pieced and all of the wedges stitched, turned and pressed.... Ready to finish the remaining six! WooHoo :-))

And this is the next part of the plan.
I want to move out of my comfort zone a bit and give these very traditional Dresdens a more modern setting with the gray background and black and white polka dot centers.  The sashing will likely be the black and white dot, too.  I think that the gray takes the edge off the mish mash of blues, too.

I can't decide whether to machine buttonhole stitch or hand applique the blocks to the backing.....I am leaning towards machine stitching as I am not sure if I want to commit the time it takes to hand stitch this particular project.

Hope all of you got a little stitching time in on this bright, sunshiney day.


Take Care,
Jennie

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Slow Stitching Lucies

It looks like the Lucy Boston blocks are going to be my go to for Slow Stitching Sunday(click the link and see what everyone else is doing).

I finished this one up....#11....

And am working on #12.....

I have been studying my Lucy book and perusing blocks online recently. What I realized is that most of my blocks read as darks....no lights and only one that  I consider to be a medium. The other thing is that I am doing blocks that are the 4-4-8-8 configuration almost exclusively. Block #11 is an exception as it is 4-8-12.  My goal will be to attain more variety in the blocks. I have one that is already cut that will either be light or medium when pieced, but the other one that is cut is another darker one. I will be working on this so that I can get the balance I want before I get too far along as well as some variety in configuration.

My firstborn celebrated her 44th birthday today. I really don't know where the time has gone. I do know that this daughter is an incredible blessing...actually, both of them are. Love you dearly, Miss Lady!
Celebrating last night with her sister and brother in law.

And here, today.

Words of Wisdom....

Take care,
Jennie
Slow Stitching Sunday

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Another Blue ScrapHappy Saturday

As I visited the blogs of other participants of RSC2015, the Wonky Star block kept popping up. And the more I saw it, the more I liked it.  I found a nice tutorial over at Flutter Kat's Blog.  This is a big block.....20" finished.  Each of those squares are 4" finished.  And those are some ugly fabrics.  They came from swaps way back in the early 1990s. I can't believe I kept them. That being said, I think they look rather nice in this block.  The star is Snowmen A-Z scraps.  Can't wait for next month's color.
I am linking up to ScrapHappy Saturday with this post.

I finished binding Meadow Cosmos, but haven't had an opportunity to photograph it yet.  And I have another project underway that will be ready to show soon.

Words of Wisdom....

Hope you are staying warm where ever you are.

Take Care,
Jennie

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Binding and Buddy

I am about half done binding Meadow Cosmos. I love to bind and this is perfect weather for it........a warm and snuggly quilt over my legs.

Yesterday was the first anniversary of Buddy's adoption. In some ways it seems like yesterday, and in others like he has always been with us. He still has some quirky ways, but we love him dearly and work around them. Wouldn't trade adding him to our family for anything.

Tonight was Bible Study at Kathie's. What a blessing this group of women are! We have been meeting together for about 3 years now and our relationships have really grown.


Take Care,
Jennie


Monday, January 12, 2015

More Dresdens for ScrapsMonday

I am joining Sherri again for ScrapsMonday (go visit and see what everone is doing) with more progress on the blue Dresden plates.  All of the wedges are cut, some are turned. I have partially assembled several sections of four. And I have 6 completed Dresdens, ready to be applied to the background blocks, which are cut.  Making progress here!

Last night I cut a couple of yards of the Lucy Boston background into 2 1/2" strips and then rotary cut a lot of background honeycombs.  It will be nice to have them available to baste when mindless stitching is called for.


Rob could use some extra prayers tonight.  He was diagnosed with flu, acute bronchitis, pharyngitis and sinusitis.  He looks so good that it is easy to forget what the chemo does to his immune system.


Real wisdom......

Take Care,
Jennie