"I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth." 3 John 1:4

Friday, January 29, 2010


I spent some fun time with some of the grandbabies this week.  First, on Tuesday, I kept Georgia at her house.  She’s so sweet!  I can ask her to give me hugs and kisses and she lays her little head on my shoulder.  Sometimes she gives kisses or offers you her cheek.

Georgia Chubby ChinGeorgia Funny Georgia Funny MouthGeorgia ReachingGeorgia TeethGeorgia Sleeping

Yesterday, while Noah & Maddy were at school, I met Melanie, Jack and Luke for lunch.  Luke enjoyed finishing off Jack’s ice cream cone.   

Luke Eating Ice Cream Luke Ice Cream Mouth Luke Looking at Ice Cream Cone Luke Looking Away

Jack enjoys chewing ice…Jack Chewing Ice2…and taking pictures with my camera:

Artsy Pic of Playroom Sad Face Lukey BalloonsThose are their balloons up on the ceiling

 Ben 10 Omnitrix DaniUnflattering picture of Dani (sigh…)

 Ice in CupI really like this one…it’s inside Jack’s drink cup.  Pretty cool, huh?

 Kids Meal 2 Luke's Sippy Cup  Luke and MommyPretty Melanie

Future Quilt for Our Bed!!!

I am member of an online quilting bee and my month won’t be until December! I know that I still have 11 months to decide what type of blocks I’d like the other participants to make for me…but I’ve already decided that the quilt will go on our King-size bed. This is the Queen size quilt I finished over 20 years ago…

Grandmother's Fan- Blue Queen …it was my very first quilt ever. I used Georgia Bonesteel’s lap quilting method and it was hand quilted. It took me about 6 years of starting and stopping to finally finish it!

But, alas! We have had a king size bed now for several years and it needs a quilt!

Sweet daughter, Melanie, gave me a gift certificate to my favorite online fabric store, Hawthorne Threads, for Christmas and I decided to take advantage and start collecting fabrics for this quilt. I decided on browns and teals and here they are!!!

Our Bedroom Quilt 1 What do you think??? Should I add some green?

Monday, January 25, 2010

Sewing in December and January

I’ve really been wanting to make a string quilt for the guest bed at our house.  After seeing this post and this one on string quilting, here’s what I came up with. 

I think I have about 30 5” squares and would like to make a queen size quilt.  It will take me a while…  I’ll post pictures one day when I finish it!

String Blocks You may have noticed that there are several very old, very traditional (country…yikes!) pieces of fabric here.  Yes!  I am using up fabric from very old stashes.  I’m not kidding…some of those pieces are at least 20 years old.  Isn’t that ridiculous?

I went through boxes, plastic bags and containers, paper sacks…you name it!  I spent the better part of 2 days pressing and folding that fabric and couldn’t believe how much I actually had!  Here are my old pinks…I know, they look peach.  I’m not a great photographer, sorry.Pink FabricsI have several ideas for quilts and sewing projects requiring new, cute fabric.  But this string quilt will definitely be made of (dare I call it?) vintage fabric. 

Here’s a lap quilt I also made with old scraps.  I used Sharyn Craig’s book, “Layer ‘em Up”.  So fun and easy!  This is a gift for a friend who helped in our mission work in Honduras.

Layer 'Em Up

Here’s my little tote I made from a charm pack of Mary Engelbreit’s “Recipe for Friendship” by Moda.  Notice the cute little bottom corners?  Yeah, they were supposed to be boxed.  I totally sewed the corners the wrong direction.  Oh well, I like it anyway.  I lined it with denim.  This is based on this tutorial.


Thursday, January 21, 2010

Family Photos from Christmas

Nearly a month later…here are pictures from our family Christmas Eve celebration.

Melanie got a new fancy camera for Christmas, so all the rest of the pictures are ones she took.

Melanie New Camera

All my precious grandchildren!

All the Grandkids

Philip & Sarah  David Maggie Georgia

Smalling Family

David & Noah

  Maddy Noah Jack Opening Presents Georgia 3 Georgia 4Steve & Jeanne

…and here’s all of us!

Whites & Smallings