Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Some Stitching and Everyday Stuff........

Last month's Quilt Doodle BOM was a tree.  I think that mine needs a little more contrast, but I will chalk it up to a lesson learned and won't remake it.  Still have April's block to finish.


This is the second Mr. Bluebird on My Shoulder CQ block.


And this is the first month's blocks of Homestead Hearth's BOM, Forever Christmas.


Spring has arrived in Georgia, despite the cool temps today.  Our flowers are so pretty and we enjoy them despite all of the pollen that plagues us.

 Dogwood

Azalea

Of course, the post wouldn't be complete without an animal photo.  Miss Daisy is really growing up.  And just look at those ears and eyebrows.....she is a tricolor.  What a sweetie she is!!


GRATITUDES:
Small town life.
Woods abloom in dogwood blossoms.
The ticking and chiming of clocks reminding me of those who heard them before me.

Take care,
Jennie

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Babysitting

Babysitting the grands for a couple of days so that their parents can enjoy a day at the Masters with old college friends.





Took Daisy to the vet yesterday. She has almost doubled her weight! She and Buddy are now sleeping in his bed together when they nap during the day. Too darned cute!

Buddy still loves his loving ;-))


Molly, the grand dog has a nice, new haircut.


The pollen down here in the South is killing us. Despite the beautiful weather we don't get to spend much time outdoors. 

That's it for now, folks.

GRATITUDES:
Teenager talk.
Snuggling with granddaughters.
Dogwood trees in full bloom.

Take care,
Jennie

Monday, April 7, 2014

Where to Begin

It has been almost two months since I blogged.........for countless reasons, none of them bad. So much life happening......memories being made, business, and some plain old lethargy. The longer I have waited, the harder it has been to restart. Where do I begin, how can I possibly catch up?? Sunday night as I was waiting to fall asleep I pondered this. The answer was pretty simple.  You just start again. You don't worry about what you missed.....you can add it whenever....but you just need to start. So here I am.

A few weeks ago we (actually it was me who decided, but don't tell Blake) that Buddy seemed depressed. He wasn't  playing and spent most of his time in his bed. He was accustomed to being around other foster pups, and our old ladies wouldn't play with him. I bet you know where this is going. Three weeks ago someone offered us a seven week old cocker spaniel puppy and the rest is history.  Buddy is a great big brother, and he and little sister Daisy play until they are completely worn out everyday.  These are early pictures.....newer ones later, of course, if I can get her still.





In February Christi and Rob renewed their wedding vows with Robert and Sara Ashley as their attendants.   They had their service in the same church where they were married and still attend today, followed by a great dessert reception.  It was beautiful, sweet and full of love. The bride was gorgeous and her groom handsome.....perhaps even more so than the first time.  Afterwards they invited extended family to spend time with them in the North GA mountains.



In March "Can't Never Could" had their first fundraiser. It was both successful and inspirational. A lot of work, but worth it.  Visit CNC here ( http://www.cantnevercouldinc.com/ )and be sure to click on the top video. It was produced for the Marketing Department of Piedmont Hospital and tells the story of their cancer journey and the beginning of CNC.  

Rob's March MRI was the best yet, praise God! This photo is of Rob and UGA's football coach, Mark Richt, made last week when the NHS tennis team visited UGA.



Robert made the Varsity tennis team as a freshman and has really been enjoying it.



Christopher and Dillon celebrated April birthdays on Sunday at Chili's. Dillon got his Learner's Driving Permit.....Yikes ;-)



Matt, Ashley and kids are spending Spring Break at the beach.



As for Blake and me, we are good.  Happily busy, enjoying our retirement and being able to choose the things we do for the most part. Yesterday was my birthday. I will spend most of the week celebrating with various dear friends and family. I am blessed beyond measure.

Will follow sometime soon with some stitching "catch up".

GRATITUDES
Spring Rain
Dogwoods blooming
Family and Friends
Doggies


Take care,
Jennie


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Comfort & Joy

Block 2 of Comfort & Joy is done except for button eyes for the snowman, which will come after quilting.  I love this quilt.  It is so warm, inviting and fun.  I can hardly wait for the next block set!



The embroidery for Mr. Bluebird is done for February, and I hope to get the block constructed and ready for embellishment to day.


Sara Ashley and Dillon had their Winter Middle School Dance last weekend.  It is hard for me to believe how they are growing up!!!



We are anticipating an ice storm here in Georgia.  So far we are good with minimal ice on some trees and power intact.  We pray this continues.  Our children all live in other parts of the county and they have been without power for several hours.  Hopefully this is only temporary.  We are staying put here.....we have food, flashlights, lots of quilts and our doggies.  We are set :-)

GRATITUDES:
A warm house.
Watching Buddyboo get braver each day.
Talking to my friends worldwide with the mere tap of fingers.

Take care,
Jennie

Monday, February 10, 2014

Country Threads BOM 2014

Recently I was gifted with a lovely set of blocks from last year's Country Threads BOM by quilting friend Debi.  This year I thought that it would be fun to participate.  Lots of wonderful, scrappy blocks; free patterns; great stash busters.  In this particular BOM you make two blocks each month.  They are the same block, but in different sizes and with different scrappy fabrics of your choice.  At first I had intended to be totally scrappy, but in the end I went with planned scrappy.  I have been wanting to make a brown and red quilt for awhile, so this quilt offered the perfect opportunity.......and it is scrappy and all from stash.

January BOM; sizes 20" & 10":


February's blocks; 12" & 6":



The background fabrics range from lights to golds.  Most of the fabrics are from my reproduction fabrics stash.  They were both fun and challenging to construct.


GRATITUDES:
Living close enough to be able to spend time with our children and grandchildren.
Doggie snores.
Lip balm.

Take care,
Jennie

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Quilt Doodle's 2014 BOM

I always say that I AM NOT going to do more than one Block of the Month a year.  This year started with good intentions.  I would make Comfort & Joy with Debi.  She is a great enabler.....um, encourager :-)) and I would surely be able to finish it.  Then I saw the CQ Journal BOM and it just called my name.  And then Quilt Doodle and Country Threads were offering free BOMs, what better way to use up stash with free patterns.  Need I say more????

At the beginning of February I had done nary a stitch on the Quilt Doodle blocks.  And they are so darned cute, so I had to get busy, I just couldn't pass them by.

January's Row of Snowmen......with no eyes.  Buttons to be added after quilting.


 Close up of fabrics.


 And February's Cozy Cabin.


So, now I am up to date on two (I will show you the other one tomorrow) of the five BOMs I have committed to.  Where is my brain?  And all of those UFOs##*!!  Oh, my.

GRATITUDES:
Optimism.
Sunshine.
A tidy sewing room after a whirlwind weekend of stitching.

Take care,
Jennie

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Crazy Quilt Journal Project 2014

I have always had a passion for Crazy Quilting and many years ago I pursued it avidly.  Somehow, though, I had moved on to other things and left those projects behind.  At the first of the year I saw a CQ challenge, the Crazy Quilt Journal Project 2014 (see the button on my sidebar), and decided that this was the perfect opportunity to get back into the swing of CQing.........with little thought as to what that project might be.  I knew that it needed to be something that would hold my attention for a year.  And I have always wanted to make a CQ using quilting cottons with washable embellishments (my friend, Sandy, was the inspiration for this).  But, somehow, I just couldn't narrow it down.  So, I busied myself with other projects and let the deadline for January slip up on me.  I finally came up with this.....

Embroidered bluebirds (one of my favorite things, as you can see on my Pinterest folder Mr. Bluebird on My Shoulder) will be my theme.


Using these fabrics that I had stashed away for another project that no longer interests me......


Resulting in my January block.


It took longer to stitch the block than I had remembered, but I enjoyed it.  Maybe I was just out of practice.  And I had to dig deep into an upstairs closet to find the embellishments I wanted to use.  My requirement is that the whole thing will be washable, so I am going for simpler embellishments and buttons.

GRATITUDES:
A new vacuum cleaner that actually picks up the Buddyboo hair.
Sweet doggie bellyrubs.
The fresh smell of a clean house.

Take care,
Jennie