Monday, June 13, 2016

Calling All Prayer Warriors!!!

Folks, we have a great need of prayer in my family. My great niece, Ayda Jo Grace Edgerly (a.k.a. A. J.) arrived in this world last Saturday, June 11, 2016 by emergency C-Section. Her mother, Maegan, was minutes away from death, due to sudden onset of Pre-Eclampsia.

A.J. is three months early, and weighs only 1 lb. and 6 oz., but she is a fighter.
Her chances are better than we expected but she has a long road ahead of her. She can't leave the hospital until she weighs 4.5 lbs, and that will probably take three months.  This first week is critical for her prognosis and we are praying there is no bleeding in her little brain.

We have witnessed a sequence of events (which I won't go into detail about here) that has proven to us that God DOES exist and He DOES hear our prayers.  There is no other explanation for both Maegan and A.J. to be alive.

Maegan has improved so much, that she may be released from the hospital today.  She has a long road ahead as well, living about 40 minutes from the hospital and having a toddler to take care of as well. She's gonna need all hands on deck for time to come.

If you are a believer, please help us pray that everything works out as we would wish, and that A.J. improves daily. If you aren't a believer, please consider the possibility that God is real. We have proof!!!  Remember to pray for Ryan, A.J.'s Daddy as he tries to support his little family at work, while wanting desperately to be at the hospital.

Monday, May 30, 2016


Yes, I went awol, but I'm going to try to get back into the groove.  I believe that my hourly daily, ahem...scrolling on facebook took a huge amount of my time. Time that I used to read blogs and post on my own. I have decided to take a break from that monster of wasted time, and maybe I can get back to where I once was in blogging land.

So, what have I been doing you ask? Well, I've been REALLY busy.  My in-laws' health has slowly been declining and the hubs and I have spent a great deal of time helping them.

In February, my beloved brother-in-law, Tim, passed away in his sleep at the ripe old age of 57. We were shocked and devastated, to put it mildly.
Tim is in the middle.

We've been spending as much time as we can with the grands as well. They are such a blessing to us. Win finished his first year of school last week. Klaire attended Mother's Day Out, and Kyndall began walking. Where does the time go????

I'm so very proud of my kids!!!

As far as sewing/quilting/craftiness is concerned, I sort of fell into something unexpectedly. A friend of mine asked me to create a paper doll quilt for her granddaughter. When people saw it, I started receiving order after order. Wow!!! I know at some point, they will cease to be a "thing" but for now, I have several orders to fill.
I also created a Star Wars quilt for Win's birthday. He is BIG into SW and needed new bedding.

I purchased a new sewing machine in the hopes it would be easier to quilt on, (not being able to purchase a long arm for more than one reason, even if that would be a dream come true).  The one I bought has more decorative stitches, and a wider throat. The automatic threader works much better than on my old machine, and I like the adjustable tension on the pressure foot. Aside from that, it's not much better than what I was using. For what I paid, it should be magical. It's not.  But, I'm trying to be thankful for it. :)

Ok, I think I've caught up for now.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Another Year's Over, A New One Has Begun

Sorry, John Lennon's song is rumbling around in my head.  But, it is true.  Christmas was great and made all the more special by grandchildren.  The gifts I made were well received and I have plans for more home made gifts for next year, so the fun never stops. *grin*

The muscle car quilt for Isaac was a huge hit. Gosh, I even got an ovation for it by family members. That's never happened before.
At one time last year, LeLe made the comment she loved a bookshelf quilt she saw. Mom couldn't let that go unanswered, so here is her quilt.
Zippered, quilted and monogrammed bags for my sisters and nieces.

I'm working on something for my little Klaire's birthday, but no hurry since it's not until April.

Here are a few recent pics.

What a blessing these children are to me!!!
I hope and pray only good things for you and yours in 2016! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Neutral Christmas Quilt

I finished my Neutral Quilt and am pretty happy with how it turned out.
I quilted it as I went in strips and that was a challenge since there was no sashing. I'm not sure I'll do that again.
Don't look at the wrinkles, I had it folded up weird before I took the pic. I do love an Irish Chain pattern and love the softness of the palette. And I love how the embroidery made a simple square a bit special.
I also tried my hand at a design on the border, but just used my walking foot. It's not perfect, but after I washed it, you couldn't tell. Don't you just love how a quilt puffs up and hides imperfections after it's washed???

Friday, November 27, 2015

Aaaaannnndddd, We're Off!

Thanksgiving is under our belt...literally, and I turn my energies to decorating for Christmas. I'm just getting started, but have the last Christmas quilt I made on my bed. I had no idea I'd made that thing so big, but it's the perfect size.
More to do....

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Christmas Quilt Progress

This is the neutral Christmas quilt I mentioned in my last post.  Row three is quilted and only two more to go. The first two rows I did are the outside edges with borders.
As you may can tell, it's an Irish Chain pattern. Here is a close up of one of the embroidered blocks.
When the rows are quilted, I will join them and then add a border strip to the top that matches the sides. I'll quilt that after I add it. I decided to try something a little different on the border and drew out a curved motif to stitch. When it's all finished, I will spray the ink to wash it out.

I'm anxious to get it finished and I know I'm going to love it. I've also decided to do a neutral tree this year. I'm interested to see how that turns out.