Sunday, March 15, 2015

March Progress

This top is made from the Wonky Checkerboard quilt blocks that I won years ago (2011) in Block Lotto. I love the colors and how they came together. It was sewn into a top, and then put away for a time . . . why do we do that?!? Well, this time there is a plan! I needed to have a fundraiser item at my school, and can you think of anything better for school kids than this fun, bright top? . . . now, I need to get it quilted . . . .





These blocks are the February and March entries for the Night Owls Quilt Guild, and I'm current, for the moment anyway.  

 


My goal is to have the white print and the black heath print in each block, and to add color that pops.

So far, only green and blue, but I haven't decided to keep with only those colors.











This is my latest photo of my sweetheart. 
He looks wonderful! He has so appreciated the drs. that he is dealing with, and the wonderful Christian brothers and sisters of Bethany Baptist Church of Makati, Philippines.   

AND, he is supposed to come home on Friday, YiPpEe!! EDITED TO ADD: Nope, the date is now Wednesday, 3/25.
Thank you for your continued prayers as there are still some things to work out, like the approval of a visa for his caregiver "Saint John", and other stuff. I say, God has shown us so many things that He has moved in, that this is the faith part that we need to have now. Thank you for praying!










"Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah." Psalm 68:19







Sunday, March 8, 2015

Quilt Finishes, and My Larry ~

I haven't shared these finishes on the blog, but I'm still quilting!

This is the quilt made from Lydia and Jeff's clothes;actually from the scraps. Lydia has sewn several shirts for him, with her a dress to match. I still do not have a finished pic, but it is bound, washed, crinkly, and they are enjoying it. I used Jenny Doan's Disappearing Hourglass pattern.

 


This was the quilt I worked on at Papa's this summer. He had just purchased a featherweight, and I had brought 2 1/2" squares from home. Little Julia helped me with planning what color went where, it became "our project" for the time she was there, so naturally, it became a gift at Christmas.




 




This was the quilt along Silly, Chilly Snowmen, Quilt Doodle Designs by Cindy. It was on the frame on Christmas Day, but I did finish for January! One of my additions was the snowflakes.


I cut paper snowflakes, traced onto the paper of Heat and Bond, and then cut them out. they are raw edge applique. We liked their twinkle so much that I made them fall onto the tree scene below. I also added the checkerboard border, red and white and blue happiness :-}



 I quilted different texture stitches on the faces, click to enlarge

 The candies have a swirl quilted on the "peppermint pinwheel"

blue and white pokeydot binding :-}


Here are pictures of Larry and his Papa while Gil was with us at Christmas.

Larry trying to do a "selfie", lol, Papa got the idea to smile, Larry's wondering if the picture is centered...that is when I took the camera ~
 

 At church on Sunday Morning December 28th, sporting their new shirt and ties ~
 This is Larry's new visa photo in the Philippines. He's lost about 48 pounds, needing to regain strength before the doctors will allow him to return home. God is so good to us! Pastor Nable of Bethany Baptist Church in Makita, Manilla has put him in the missionary quarters of the church. The church secretary and others are seeing to his needs, including the young man Larry has nicknamed "Saint John" that is ministering to his food, meds, and daily changing the surgery dressings, going with him to appointments, so many daily helps.
The rest of our church team has returned home, but Larry needs to stay until 4 weeks has passed from the major surgery, for better recovery. We are praying John will be his travel companion home. His sweet Auntie Nonnette is here in our church, and would so love him to come! 
So, I'm sending long distance hugs to my sweet guy ~

Friends, please forgive me for not answering each comment personally! We still appreciate your love and prayers, I asked Larry to read them so he knew he was not alone in the daily challenges, thank you!
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These are the most recent (today) finishes, both are for customers, and both are charity quilts. I mounted them together since they were both smaller. I'm hoping to get the binding on the watercolor purple quilt before tomorrow, so I guess I getter get going!






 (I've always wanted to do this, but really struggle with color value)
   Hurray for two more finishes!
"Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto Him be glory..."
Ephesians 3:20,21a



Saturday, February 28, 2015

Personal Events do Happen ~






My sweet husband Larry is in the Philippines. While on a missions trip, he became ill and had emergency, life saving surgery. He is still in Makati Medical In Makati, Manilla Philippines and receiving good care from the staff, as well as being ministered to from the believers at Bethany Baptist Church of Makati. The current healing progress is good, and he hopes to be released from the hospital on Monday, March 2. Because of the seriousness of the surgery, the 16 hr. flight home, etc, the drs. are unwilling to release Larry to return home before 3/21, a month post-surgery.
 

Through all of the events, we see God's providential hand. How can we not continue to trust Him for the unanswered questions to come? I miss my beloved terribly, but God is providing comfort to he and I both through the love and prayers of you all, and those hugs are pretty special, too :-}
 

"This is the LORD'S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes. This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118:23,24

"Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto Him be glory..."
Ephesians 3:20,21a


Thank you dear ones! love, Pokey

Monday, November 24, 2014

Square It Up ~


 

 Hi!


I'm doin' a little of this




















tryin' this layout




of a pattern found in here







- - - oops! I gotta turn Tweety Bird a bit, or the little white corner won't show!





More to come....!









 "And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him." Colossians 3:17




Saturday, November 1, 2014

Hello, Again!




It has been almost 4 months since last posting! I hope to connect with friends again. Summer passed,



 Papa working over his new toy, a featherweight I  sewed on during our visit back home in Nebraska ~


 "Eye of the Needle" natural rock formation, 
South Dakota.
Just one of the many fun places we visited ~

 

Larry loves the horses~









We enjoyed the break, 


school began,
Just a few of my 25 kiddos in our classroom library, first day of school photos ~



and then, I was not able to post anything because a widget took over the pokeydot blog! Naughty lil' widget!



Until I was able to get tech help, sharing was on hold. So, here are a few pictures of the creativity that continued even without posting. . . you know you don't quit making stuff when the sewing gene is in your DNA!

 

 can hardly wait to show this progress



 a baby quilt for Kathy




This Batik braid quilt was beautiful, and remained square! I was so impressed with Donna's piecing. I quilted it with a swirl pattern ~



 My sweet friend Nancy, and this lovely quilt she pieced, I quilted and bound it for her niece ~
















These are two small table toppers, about 36". Same colors,  pieced by Donna, and I quilted with a beautiful variegated thread ~

















Another of Kathy's that I was lucky to get to quilt. Can't remember the magazine she used, this was published this summer called "Rain Bows". The photo isn't true to color, it was stark white!



This sweet baby boy's quilt 
was for My bbf's grandbaby, 
Gavin. Beth did the embroidery, 
I pieced and quilted it. 
I can't find a finished photo!


This is Kathy, and her gift to her dd for her birthday in October. I quilted with stars,  the word "Boo" and a spiderweb here and there  


While in Nebraska, I was able to visit with fellow quilter and blogger, Elaine! Sorry that this wasn't put up before now Elaine, but I sure enjoyed our little visit. Go see her quilting skills here ~  











Hope to find other pictures and post them soon. Until then, good to be back!









"I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD." Psalm 122:1