Friday, June 20, 2014

His Sheep Am I ~


 Loopy quilting with "Love" and a heart ~

Summer is finally here for Mrs. Davis the teacher! We leave tomorrow for 3 weeks in Nebraska to visit with Papa -Larry's Dad- between Larry's next semester of school and the finish of this one. Larry is in the 4.0 for his grades, btw, and I'm so very proud of him! 


I have been very slow to post, such a pokey thing to do! This is the most recent finish to share, it's for Ginny B's grandson, born yesterday. Quilted with loops, words, hearts, and love ~


 

                                                         the back                                    piano key border with lambs added


On my last post, I shared some stars made from a charm square swap in my quilt class. 




Well, with any spare sewing minute this is what is what's happening with those:

 Next up for this one is a border, and I'm planning a pieced one ~

I hope you are all doing well, I do not know how much keeping up with others will happen with only an ipad, but I'm hopin' to try. I am missing my friends in the quilty web world! Hugs to you all ~






"Know ye that the LORD He is God: it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His  courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name.
For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endures to all generations." Psalm 100  


Friday, April 25, 2014

Two Quilts Off the Frame ~

 I love sewing!

 Debi's Modern Rectangles



I wanted to share the latest two finishes for this week- love the week home from school! First was Debi's Modern Rectangles Quilt for her granddaughter. It was stitched with a horizontal loopy stitch, like a water motion.
 

     I failed to get a good picture.




Next up was this Poppies quilt by Kathy, oo-oh, I wanted to keep this one! I love poppies and red is my favorite color. M-m-m-m, yummy!



 




 Kathy backed it with a rich blue plaid. Her thread is blue variegated, perfect ~






We had a charm swap in our quilt class this week, the theme was patriotic design. Here's what's happening with my blocks ~

 


 

 On a personal note, dd Lydia is in the hospital due to an infection that she didn't get taken care of soon enough. She is healing slowly. We would appreciate your prayers. Her hospital is 25 miles away, and it looks like rehab will be even further away. 

"Trust in Him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before Him: God is a refuge for us. Selah."  Psalms 62:8 
sigh.


 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

B.O.O.K.S. and Time ~


Stars for April's BOM with Quilt Doodle Doodle

It sometimes is a challenge to juggle a balanced life. I think that is how to label the season I'm going through right now. There, how is that for being positive!  insert sarcasm :-}!  School has been a consuming work. Besides the lively group of students that I call mine, our school took on a new reading program which required all books to be given codes. 



I'll compare this to doing an inventory. It needed to be done this year so that the kids could know which books qualify and were at their tested reading level, 




and the testing could be activated by the fourth quarter.  That fourth quarter is here. Being the OCD person that I am, this has gone on for the last month, almost all free time. (Oh, that's where quilting, sewing, blogging time went!) I did ask for volunteers, and there was one of my former students that came for an afternoon and got the ball rolling. I asked him to please write down the step-by-step directions, and bless his heart, it was perfect.
Larry made the cute labels


 I've shared those steps with other teachers in my school, since it was such a daunting task! After that, I started pulling the books, 

 

 I see a Highlights in this pic, we didn't include any magazines in the count.



filling my wheeled carts, and hauling them home.   It was too much to try to spend the days at work, so bringing them home each day worked best, and then sweet daughter worked on it also. Lydia and I have worked and touched almost every book in my personal classroom collection, and I am pleased to see that there is more than 2500 books there!
The students are really enjoying the program, and I'm seeing great growth in the desire to read.





 
this is the tree for March BOM with Cindy of quilt Doodle Doodles,

and this is the April strip of stars. Both have been my little bit of sewing therapy for the last 6 weeks ~




Our Easter break is coming up, and I'm so-o ready!


"May the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus…perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you." 1 Peter 5:10










Thursday, February 27, 2014

February Finish




 This is a comfort quilt made for our dear friend Jeannette after her policeman husband was killed. His death was in September, 2011.


Larry, Jerry and I sat several evenings and cut apart Jesse's shirts so they could be useable for sewing. Jeanette had asked for her 2 daughter's quilts to be completed for Christmas that year, and somehow even with a full time work schedule, and Larry being hospitalized that holiday, the goal was accomplished.





 
Jeannette's quilt has truly been a challenge; I wanted to make it something special for her. You can read more about this quilt here.
This is an absolute favorite finish, I think because of the reason it was created, and for the artistic requirements to complete it.

 






There was no pattern. I used random placing, and made additional blocks and pieces to pull it together. I wasn't sure how it would look, 


and started with big 4 patch blocks and the few 9 patches. 

I knew I wanted to use the pockets*, and so the need for keeping them whole motivated the star blocks. 


 
I had really intended to complete the quilting before now, but all in all, I am most happy with it's finish. It was a challenge, and stretched my creativity. For that I am grateful, and humbled.







This is my completion for February, and I'm Happy!!






 



 the quilting on the back shows where the pockets are :-}
The binding was made from four different shirts, two are from the youngest daughter's blue and yellow quilt.










*Jesse's heart was right there under those pockets once, and it's a place she can put her hand to remember that his heart is still with her here.















"Oh give thanks unto the LORD, for He is good: for His mercy endureth forever. " Psalm 107:1