Friday, July 11, 2014

Another finish...

With this summer of weddings...

This finish was for my dear friend Patty's son 
Josh and his sweet soon-to-be bride that will marry in August. 

Bride Karlie had pinned a beautiful quilt from Pottery Barn on Pinterest
that was a beautiful mix of fabrics all in a mixed square pattern.
The problem is that it was an older season buy 
and isn't available any longer.

YAY! Then I can just make one!


Forgive the quick phone photo!!! It's been raining here sooo much!



I went to Joann's and brought home
 this lovely selection! You know I hate
fabric shopping...




I did end up adding some squares from
 my own stash just to keep it interesting.



I had a set of vintage sheets that were so soft and warm,
I decided to use one of those for the back of their little quilt.

Well, I say little...
This quilt was a queen when I was finished.


It slid easily over both sides of my queen bed.
Loved the size, but oh the quilting!
You definitely get a shoulder
workout feeding it through the machine!


I just happened to have this 
material for the binding... and it was perfect!




Oh the joy of a perfectly folded FINISHED quilt!


I did have photos taken of the kids
with their wedding quilt, but haven't received
them, so I can't show them with
their quilt, but I can share them with you.


They are counting down the days...

Happy Friday Finish Ya'll!!!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Cutie Patootie...

If you want a giggle today...
Let my little GB Grayson put a smile on your face...
He's doing so well after his surgery!!!
I think he ALREADY knows what he doesn't like!


video

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Hidden treasure...




After cleaning out a closet last week,
I came across this quilt and realized...
why am I hiding these?
This is a Texas Star quilt...
all hand stitched...with the faintest of battings...if there even is any...

I had the perfect place to highlight this....
Sew...I  prayed and washed it.

What a resilient piece of quilt history..
.and quite the beauty...
My grandmother...
a former wing walker in the 1920s...
an avid antique collector, the perfect hostess...
the Mama to my sweet Mama...
the one whom my middle name comes from...
and an avid quilter.
So many talents...more than I could ever share here...
now prominently lives on in my home...
Why was I saving this in a box in the closet? 
Do you have something hidden away?
  
Take time today and go on your own treasure hunt...



She added all the Texas towns she either had lived in or visited...








I can only imagine those buttons served as a reminder of where the middle of the quilt was located...








Thursday, June 26, 2014

My cup runneth over...

What an amazing time we have had this last few months!
Graduations, weddings and now the announcements that these two little guys are getting SIBLINGS!!!!
We are so happy around here we are about to burst!
Both new Grandbabies aka GBs are due in January 2015! #s four and five!!!!!
Truly our cup runneth over!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

The guest book...

When my daughter...(aka baby girl) said yes...a plan was set in motion.
A wedding was in the works!
As any new bride knows...Pinterest is the place to go!


She found a wonderful quilt pattern called HST Love by Sew Katie Did...

The colors and pattern were just perfect for what she was looking for in a signature quilt.
We just modified it on the back to allow for the guests to sign it.

Her request was to have a throw quilt that they could have out in their living room in their new home.



Samantha chose almost the same colors..
but added the colors of mint green and salmon 
to match her wedding color choices...As you can see above, 
I bought all the fabrics...cut out all the triangles...
and then set about making this beautiful quilt pattern. 

Then the problem arose.
Katie's quilt wasn't made with triangles.
I only had her photos on her blog to go by and although it was made with HST's ...
my brain translated it to me as triangles.

WRONG!

So, I set all those triangles aside and went to re-buy the fabrics.

PROBLEM.

I found them all again, except the salmon color.
SIX FABRIC shops LATER...
all I could find was one with a very muted print.
I prayed and then sent a photo of it to Samantha...
SHE LOVED IT!
WHEW!

So, armed with this new fabric, I went about re-cutting!
Oh, did I mention the wedding was now a week away???
How hard could it be to make this simple pattern?
Goodness.



It wasn't hard to put the blocks together...
What WAS hard was figuring out the pattern.
I even had to pull my sweet man in on the job.
After nearly an ENTIRE day,
We came up with the above photo.



Samantha chose the back fabric for the subtle gray and it's pattern.
Great choice!
I just had to figure out all the measurements for the white fabric that people would sign.
"HONEY....Please come back and HELP!!!"
(isn't it great when you have a husband that is a math guru?)



Now to sandwich it.
Not an easy task when you live with a bad back.
Lucky for me, I found this tutorial literally minutes before on Pinterest 
from Color Me Quilty on Board Basting!!!!

So again...enter sweet man to the rescue.
He cut two boards for me and I added one little touch to make
 it easier to wrap the boards with my quilt.
I wrapped my boards with batting so it would 
cling to the quilt top/back without sliding.
I was hoping it would help me "load" my quilt top/back 
a little straighter and without any creases.
IT WORKED!!!!


Thank goodness my Janome is so easy to quilt with!!!


And there you have it.
With two days to spare!
(is it just me or is it everyone's favorite part of quilting
 when you finally get to trim the quilt for binding?)



I was in love with how it had turned out...
and I already knew what binding to use.
Kona Cotton Charcoal.
Enough said.



The day of the wedding was lovely.
But nothing out-shined the beauty of my youngest daughter.
To brag just a bit...
This young lady went from graduating with her Master's 
just a month earlier to preparing for an entire wedding...
and she did it wonderfully and it was amazing.


Once the wedding was over and the honeymooners returned...
The newlyweds finally had the opportunity to
 read all the well wishes on their 
wedding "guest book". 
What an amazing moment...
These wishes from friends and family
 will live on this quilt forever.
They were so excited to get back to read them
 and to hug on their new quilt.
(I can't remember being anxious to get home from my
 honeymoon just to look at my guestbook...were you?)

I think they had a very wonderful idea to do this.
These two always think outside the box...
You gotta love that!



Aren't they adorable?


And look at all those well wishes and signatures...
Most treasured I am sure are those from people
 like her 83 yr young grandfather...that, with her Dad
walked her down the isle.  It was a beautiful moment.



I say this often, but this quilt really was a hard one to let go of...
maybe mostly because it was wrapped around a daughter I dearly love and her new love.

The next day, this quilt and these two
 lovebirds left to move to Ohio for his new job
and their new life...



Sunday, June 15, 2014

Our Stories...

You have a story to your life...
You have dreams...hopes...wishes...maybe even moments you can picture in your mind right now that changed your life.
Where did those moments send you? Do you keep track of them? Where are you now in that journey?
I was 18. I was loved. I was in love. I married. I looked forward to a new life...and then it was gone.
His name was David and he was murdered....along with four others.
Life changing.
My world stopped,  but the world around me did not.
Our son was born six months later...and  joy returned...
Nearly 25 years later...those responsible were convicted. Years of work, tears and waiting ended. Relief set in...and forgiveness took hold.
All the while, God went about His restoration of all that was stolen.
Sometimes resistance on my part changed my course, but He continued to pursue me...He had so much more to give me.
Sometimes shame blocked those gifts. Sometimes my stubbornness kept me from His goodness. Most times, I thought I could do it alone...
But God has loved me so much He waited.
He worked behind the scenes. He set people around me that nurtured my soul...held my hand...and looked at me with love.
How do you comprehend that sort of love from a Father when you barely knew your own?
You can't.
God never expected me to comprehend it.
He did it all for me.
The greatest Father gave his very own son for me.
He knew my pain of loss. He felt the anger of the crimes against His own son. He GOT me.
and He possesses the ultimate ability to shower forgiveness.
Today He's reaching to you too...to shower you with His goodness...

He knows your story and wants you to know His thoughts of you are of your value...your worth.

Because YOUR story has worth...

Happy Father's Day to my most precious Father who knows me and loves me...and who continues to write my story...





Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Surgery...

UPDATE:

Our little GB is raising his hand in VICTORY!!!!  He sailed right through!!!!


Today our little grandbaby Grayson is in surgery as I am writing this to repair his cleft lip and nose. This is the first of two surgeries he will need ...the second one will be to correct the hole in his palette once he stops drinking from a bottle.
Sometimes it's hard being a parent...and grandparent...but he will be glad we did it someday....
We will miss his sweet smile that we have grown to love so much...but know that God is guiding his doctors hands...and  little Grayson's new smile will be just perfect too!