Friday, July 31, 2009

Bear With Me

Today I started another journal of Mom's. It is very hard to read her words and think back to those days. It makes me tearful to think that I was so blinded by so many things. God surely must have been with me and my daughter during those days. I am so blessed to have her in my life and so proud of the woman she has become.

My relationship I now have with Mom is special. I will always cherish the hours we spend together. One day I will look back on all of this with a smile and thank God again for giving me the family I have.

Here is something that Mom wrote in July 1996:
Another new book. I wonder what these pages will hold? Only time will tell.
Go with me through the days to come ---
Bear with me if times are bad or hard---
Steady me if I need it---
Always be my friend---- Mom

May you always cherish your family and be grateful for the times you have.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Isn't This Beautiful!

I was walking out to the barn this morning and noticed this rose. Wow! It just took my breath away. I am amazed at the way they look so delicate and this one still had the dew drops on it. I had to take a picture of it and I think it will be my next oil painting. We always seem to be in such a hurry that we seldom stop to "smell the roses". Make sure you take time to enjoy what God has given us and have a great day!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Let Me In!

Today we have a steady rain falling. I have the windows up and the breeze is quite nice. I looked out from my shop and saw our little Yorkie, Will, hiding under the car. He looked so pitiful sitting there that I could not resist taking his picture.

I let him in the house because of the rain and the first place he goes is our bed. So, here he is sitting there, looking at me wondering if I am going to make him get down.

He is the sweetest little thing. I told him I was going back outside so he decided to follow me. Now he is going in and out of my shop. I think he wants to go back to the barn where our other dogs are at. They love to hang out there with Ricky. Maybe if the rain slows he will venture back that way.

I'm getting ready to load a quilt on the frame so I will check in later. Have a great day!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Ready for Quilting

I have worked on this quilt since March and I am finally ready to load this on my long arm. I remember saying that Ricky should be careful what he asks for when he wanted a quilt to cover the bed. I said okay and went to work. This quilt is 94" x 107" and I am a little concerned about loading it on my frame. When I started this quilt I did not have my long arm so I had a good idea about the cost of having it quilted. Now, it's up to me, but I am loving every minute of it. I am up to the challenge and look forward to throwing this one on the bed.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Dear Jane Blocks & Mother's Journal

Today I finished 2 new blocks for my Dear Jane quilt. The pink one is Old Windmill and the blue one is Hanni's Crown.

I have also started my journey down memory lane with my mother's journals. It was something to read her words and wonder how she was really feeling that long ago. I don't know how long it will take me to get through 24 journals but at least I have started. I'll keep you posted on the progress and throw in some of her words along the way. I've been thinking about starting a blog with her writings, that way you can keep up with the progress. What do you think?

Here is a sample:
The tree of life is within each of us for it is the ones who come after us. We are each a tree and our children and their children are the branches. Then, same as the tree grows, we grow old and frail but the branches become stronger and make new branches and continue to grow and do well.

Mom, at times, had such a way with words.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Our Anniversary

Good morning to everyone! Today is our anniversary & it's hard to believe that we have been married 14 years. I jokingly tell people that Ricky "dumped" me for another girl when we were in the 3rd grade. Now look at us, years later & still having fun. I am truly a blessed person for having him in my life. Of course we have our disagreements but who doesn't. I look forward to another 14 years & sometimes wonder what it will be like when we are "old & gray". But for now I'm going to enjoy my life to the fullest and I hope that you do too!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Emma's Quilt

Here is a quilt that I have just finished for my niece, Emma. She will be going to Middle School this fall so I wanted to give her something to let her know how proud I am of her accomplishment. I titled this one "Spring Time". The actual pattern is called Spring Break from Adkinson Designs. This is a shot of the front and back. I hope you can see the quilting. This is the largest quilt that I have quilted with my new long arm. It is a Homesteader 19" and I really like it. I am still getting used to the way it moves but so far it is going okay.

This is the label that is on the back. I really had fun coloring this one.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone

Have you ever stepped outside your comfort zone? I can say I did when I decided to take lessons in oil painting. Up until that day I had never drawn a picture, wanted to paint a picture or considered the fact that I could draw or paint. Now 3 years later painting is one of my favorite hobbies and each time I finish a painting I can't wait to pick something else to start working on. When my mother saw my first painting she said, "you must have some of my genes after all." She was the one that did all the art work, even up to the day she retired as a teacher's aide.

Now I am getting ready to take another step. For years, close to 20, Mom kept journals and I now have them. I have not read through all of them but I am going to start a memoir of my mother's words. With God's help and help from family and friends I am going to tackle a great task. I know there will be times when I will ask myself why she wrote that but I can get through it. Hopefully, in years to come this will become a treasure for my family.

Here is something she wrote in May 1981 which is the start of her journey.
"Who ever should take the time to sit and read this journal & the ones to follow, there was at no time any intention of causing any hurt to any one. The things that are written here are my thoughts & feelings. Sometimes they are not to great & sometimes I am down on everything & everyone."
And then she wrote:
"This is a journal about my family, friends & my thoughts as we slip through the days of the summer. They slip by so fast, we can't go back. Times maybe we wish that we could, but we can only have them just once & sometimes we lose more than we gain. We should treasure our time for it goes so quickly."

The day mother wrote this she was 51, she is now 78, still living but in a nursing home unable to walk. She has Parkinson's, Diabetes and the beginning of Alzheimer's. There are days she doesn't remember, but lately she has been good. I pray that I will be able to do justice to her thoughts and words.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Dear Jane Blocks

I started the Dear Jane quilt in April & I have changed my mind about my fabrics 3 times. I finally abandoned the idea of making 2 different quilts. I don't know where my brain was at that time. I have completed 8 blocks so far. I really like the fabrics, still using Civil War & I changed the background so I thought I would post some that I have completed.

This one is titled "Rayelle's Fence" and has 25 pcs.

This is "Trooper Green's Badge" with 13 pcs.

This one is "Four Corner Press" with 9 pcs.

This is "Florence Nightingale with 11 pcs.

And this is "Uncle Homer with 9 pcs.

Monday, July 6, 2009

The Bull is Out & Blackberries Are In!

Today our young bull got out and joined the neighbors cows. The phone message said they were headed for the creek. I guess he wanted to take a dip to cool off. Apparently our pond is not good enough. Ricky is working on the fence and we will try to get him back in our field in the morning. I imagine he will be ready for breakfast and a rest by then.
The blackberries are beginning to ripen so I am off to pick what are in. We have an arbor in our yard with thorn less berries growing on it. It sure makes it easier to pick them. These berries will be great in a cobbler!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Independence Day!

Today has been quite productive for me. Washed clothes, washed windows, trimmed my horses manes, confirmed my booking for a cruise (yea!) and now I am getting ready to play in my studio. I have a Dear Jane block to complete, a quilt on my long arm ready to complete & I have a shirt to embroider for a friend of mine. This evening Ricky & I are grilling and enjoying our time at home. I hope everyone has a great Independence Day and I'll be chatting with ya later.

Friday, July 3, 2009

House Quilt Update

I am still working on my house quilt. This is the first shot of my sewing cottage.

I have the pieces taped down because I wanted a test sample before I used any fusible. I think I will go with this one. Next comes the house and then all the extras along with embellishments.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Back in Art Class

Well, this morning I was back at art class. Here is a sneak peek at what I am working on now.
This one is a study of an original that I just fell in love with when I saw it. After drawing (tracing) it on the canvas, with the help of a projector, I looked at it and thought what the h-- was I thiking. That was about 2 months ago and I am so pleased with the way it is turning out. It's going to look great hanging in my living room.