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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Stand Aside, This Is A Job For Chocolate

Busy days - got all my blocks done for The Garden of Contentment, now to put them together.

I have no idea how.  They're all different sizes, so I'm going to wing it and see what happens.  I may or may not have decided on a loose layout....

We'll see.  Meanwhile, I'm running around here like a chicken with it's head cut off.  Our hot water tank is leaking, we have a cookie sheet under it to catch drips, so I have to keep the hot water turned off, unless we need to shower  - then I turn it on, bail out the cookie sheet with a sea sponge, and turn it back off.  By the way, did you know Tarpon Springs, Florida is the sea sponge capital of the world?  I love sea sponges.  40 years ago it was a pretty place, I'd love to go back.

Not much else new, today I'm quilting, and filling water bottles.

We have a reverse osmosis filter under our sink, and purify our own water.  I fill one every 11 minutes or so.  Which really cuts into the quilting time!

Took mum out to eat the other day.  She's a very naughty girl.

When the gal asked what she wanted to drink, of course she said hot chocolate with lots of whipped cream.  She probably ran out of insulin after that.  See that look?  That look says "MINE, you can't take it away from me, I will turn you into a crime scene if you try".

Back to my water bottles and putting a quilt together - see you soon!


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

In The Garden Of Contentment....

there is Gratitude.

(Hebrews 13:5) "Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."
(1 Timothy 6:6-8) "But godliness with contentment is great gain. {7} For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. {8} And having food and raiment let us be therewith content."

(Philippians 4:11) "Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content."
I've been thinking a lot about contentment lately, and this latest little quilt I'm working on reflects that. It's like a journal of what I've learned from God's word, and the fruit that's come into my life from following Jesus.  To me, it's like being in a garden....the flowering of peace that only Jesus can give.

I'm using a beloved fat quarter bundle of Aloha Girl, that has been marinating on my shelf for a few years.  I washed it before beginning, and some of the dark blues bled, but there's enough to be usable.  I'm only using the light prints.
I'll show you more blocks as I finish them.  I'm quite pleased with the first one.

I stopped using my ironing board, as it's warped, and tends to warp my blocks as I press them.  I'm back to using my ironing table.

But I couldn't find my large piece of ironing board fabric that I used to cover it with, so I've been using this small piece - it's too small!  Yesterday I bought a yard of ironing board fabric to cover it.

Just have to bind the edges somehow.  I was appalled at the price - $14.99/yd!  It's gone up!  I'll hang onto this piece with both hands, lol.  Fortunately I had a coupon!

I don't think I've showed on my blog this little quilt I finished before mom's party.

It's from a vintage sign.  No pattern, I just winged it.  Brightens up my kitchen!

We're having a warm-up at the moment, the snow is melting and icicles are dripping, it's lovely.  But it won't last.  I've come to the conclusion that the only good thing about winter is a) less bugs, and b) I can wear clothes that hide my extra lumps.  However, when it's this cold, you have to wear layers, and that makes me look even bigger.  
Apparently I'm not the only one with extra layers in winter.
At least I'm not sharing my house with this little guy this year.
Off to do housework - people around here use far too many dishes - be well, be safe, see you soon!


Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year

And just like that, we turn the page on another year - seems like it went pretty quick, doesn't it?

I'm not going to indulge in reflections of the past year, or take a look at what I accomplished - too hard to remember, haha.  I can remember what I accomplished today though, I managed to clean and re-arrange my sewing room!  I like starting a new year [or a new week, or a new month] with a fresh clean layout.

It looks a little crowded in the pictures, but it's really not.  There's room to walk around everything, and I don't have to lean over anything to get to the windows.  Not in the picture is my exercise bike, which I'm determined to get on more.

And yes, I had so much fun - watching a Bob Newhart marathon, changing furniture around, and just generally staying indoors.

As I was cleaning, I had the feeling I was being watched......

Do you see the face in the tree?  Creeped me out no end.  I can only hope it's Santa.

It's just a little after 8pm here, not quite the new year yet, but I'm planning on being asleep for it - so I'll take this opportunity to wish you all the best in the coming year, health and happiness and all the blessings you can handle.  


Wednesday, December 27, 2017

More Coffee....

I hope every one of you had a very Merry Christmas, we sure did although all the white-knuckle driving had me a little sore, lol!  Lots of snow to play in, and so many accidents on the road, I hope everyone made it safe.  I don't think I've ever seen that much traffic on Christmas Eve!

I have to show you a lovely surprise I received in the mail, all the way from sunny Spain and my lovely friend Agueda

The sweetest little doll, dressed in a traditional costume of her area.  Isn't she so sweet???  The detail blows me away.  I just love her so much!!!  Thank you Agueda!!  She sits by me while I'm stitching to keep me company.

It feels good to be stitching again, I've been too busy.  I drew up a new pattern, one that is very dear to my heart.  I was going to do needleturn, but decided that since it will be hung on the wall I'd do fusible.  I prefer wall quilts to be a little stiffer than bed quilts.  If I ever make it larger, for a bed, I'll do the needleturn.  

With all the cold and snow, I'm dreaming of a garden.

My oldest chick has bought himself a house, and will be moving out soon to his new nest.  He'll only be the second owner of this home!  I was going to take over his room for a winter sewing room, but decided against it - it's too hot upstairs!  It's 20 degrees warmer up there, almost too warm to sleep.  We really need to fix that!

And now I really do need more coffee, so I'll leave you with the hope for many blessings in the new year, may God richly bless you all, my friends...


Sunday, December 17, 2017


The birthday girl enjoyed her party - thanks everyone for the well wishes and prayers!  

My boys shuttled everyone from the shopping center, so my driveway would be free of cars, and she wouldn't suspect.  Everything went splendidly.  My aunt had made her wear an ugly Christmas sweater, and our friend Shirley got her a nice birthday hat to wear.

Just a great day all round.  

Now - to think about Christmas - been too busy!~


Sunday, December 3, 2017

Moving Right Along

Hi everybody, I'm missing you so!!!  Things are shaping up at Chez Allie, may I say I had no idea my house was so dirty - I am not the housekeeper I used to be, that's for sure.  Which almost kills me to admit, but it's the truth.  Having a party is a good incentive to clean it up though!

We've had some chilly mornings, but afternoons have been pleasant and mostly sunny.  Took a picture of the frost the other morning - you can see where the shadow of the "shed" kept the frost sticking around.

In my brief resting moments, I've been trying applique methods.  Needle turn did not go well, it never has, but I think I found my new favorite - starch and freezer paper!!!

I use the little flathead screwdriver to help turn the fabric under, while I press it dry, keeps my fingers from getting burned.  I'm going to use the bias tape marker for stems and lettering.  I watched this video

and oh is it good.  Now to see if I can get it stitched on the background fabric successfully, lol!  I may be moving to more applique and not so much embroidery - I've had trouble with double vision in my right eye lately, it's very annoying.  Before the end of the year, I have to find an eye dr. that takes my insurance.  We'll see if it will be worth all the trouble, lol!

I have to show you a picture that Carol sent me, she made my free Cup Of Kindness mug rug for a craft show - didn't she do a lovely job!!!

The dresdens are her own design!!  I was thrilled to see her beautiful work.  Thank you Carol, for sharing!

I think that's it for now, I'll leave you with an unsatisfactory picture I took of the moon the other night.  My camera wouldn't focus on the moon, just the trees - the moon had a HUGE halo, it was so pretty.

Be well, be blessed.....




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