Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love. I Corinthians 16:13, 14 NKJV

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Life and Antiques

Today I had a list of things to do at a nearby town, tomorrow I have a list at a different town. I was going to try to do them all today but just got too tired. I think it is this heat. I am SO ready for summer to be over with. I do have to say I am so thankful that we had that day or so of much cooler weather. And I am SO thankful that I changed some of my plans that I had for that day and got our yard mowed and a lot of it weed-eated. It has basically been hot ever since and so I am hoping that if our yard needs mowed again - that we will have another "cold' front come through. A lot of people believe that Labor Day week end is the end of summer - well I sure hope so. We will see...

Anyway today while I was taking care of errands, I went by a really cool car wash and had my car washed and then if you pay for the automatic car wash then you can use the vacuums for free. Well my car needed to be vacuumed out. So I got all of that done. Then after I had all of my errands taken care of I went by one of my favorite Goodwill stores. I found 2 tops that I really like, a book that I think will be helpful to me, and this cool mouse pad:

I thought for a dollar it was well worth it to have a pretty mouse pad instead of the thin, plain Dell one that I was using. It is really relaxing to look at it.


So I told you all about our trip to Granbury. Well on Friday my husband and I walked around the town square and went through a lot of the little shops they have there. They have 2 awesome antique shops. Well my husband found this treasure: It is sitting on our coffee table in our living room. Our living room is decorated in lighthouses and such. And this fit in perfectly. It is awesome! It is a Brass Binnacle Ship Compass. It has a little kerosene side lamp in the little box to the right. And the light - will light up the compass so it could be seen at night. The compass thing does lay flat but it also moves around different ways - as you can tell in the photo. So as the ship moved - the compass could still be read. We need to get some brass cleaner and clean it up. We love finding treasures like this!

I found these pretty doilies! I probably spent too much money on them but they were so pretty that I could not pass them up. Not sure where I will put them yet - I am thinking my Parlor. Yep - I am talking about my sun room. I am thinking I will be calling it my Parlor. I love the word!
On our way home from Granbury, We stopped at our local Antique Mall. I found a beautiful end table for our Parlor :O). I love the detail of the carved flowers, the shape of the legs of the table, and the marble top. If any of you know anything about this table or any of the things that we got - I would love to hear more information. We are very new to antiques and we don't know a lot about the stuff. I just pick out things that I REALLY like. You know when you see something and it takes your breath away - those are the things I really like to get. But unfortunately a lot of those things are TOO expensive and I just have to take a photo and enjoy them from afar.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Grace for You and Me

As I have been journeying through life, I have discovered that I am not lower than other people or higher than other people - we are all on the same level ground. But there is an area in which we are all at different levels and that is in our walks with God. I think too often we expect everyone to be at the same place we are and that is just unrealistic. The lessons that God is working on teaching me may not be the same ones that he is working on teaching you. We are all unique in our walk with God.

Sometimes this idea is hard for me. I was raised as a teachers child. And as you probably can understand - teacher's children are expected to be very, very good. So I learned at an early age that I needed to be perfect - oh I could not have expressed it in that way then, but now I know that is what it was because that is what I expect out of myself now- perfection (like that is ever going to happen - hahaha..:O).) Anyway because I was expected to be perfect then I learned to expect that from myself and also others. And as I know that I can not expect perfection out of myself or others - it is hard sometimes not to do it. I am trying to learn to have more Grace with myself and with others.

God is working with us all - in the exact areas of our lives that we need the work done. He knows what is best for us and if we will just turn our lives and our will over to Him - what wonderful things He can do in our lives.

I hope you all have a wonderful day. May God bless and keep you in His perfect will - this is my wish for me and for you. :O)

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Our Week-end Getaway

This week-end I was able to add another photo of a county courthouse. We went to Granbury Texas for the week-end. It is such a neat little town. They had Pirate Invasion going on - so had a lot of Pirate activities going on. We had not planned our trip with that in mind- we planned the trip then later found out that it would be the same week end. Here is the Hood County Courthouse:
There are a lot of really neat shops around the town square. At one of them my husband found this:
It fits him perfectly a lot of the time! So I had to get a photo. That way just in case some of you ladies out there have a husband that might also be suffering from the Fishing Pox! That's cool - now I am adding Public Service announcements to my blog. lol :O)
Speaking of fishing, my husband fished here several times while we were in Granbury.

There was a group of 7 little ducks that were hanging around that area of the lake. They were so sweet. So when we went out to eat - when we had left over biscuits or rolls - I saved them and took them to the ducks. They loved it!

This pier above was a pier that went around a special area of the lake that has been made into a swimming area. They have a sandy beach and huts. It is so cool! I think every town needs something like this. I took this photo from the pier. Wanted to give you an idea of what it looked like without invading any ones privacy.
Remember I said that it was Pirate Invasion Week end? Well we were able to watch a really funny act by these pirates! It was a lot of fun to watch them.

In the skit an apple and a cantaloupe where cut into two pieces.
They got a lady out of the audience to help them out. It was funny here because when the guy put his arm behind him that guy looking at his the other pirates hand - went to kiss it.
While we were there, we went to the Brazos Drive-In Movies Theater. It was a fun experience for us.

As you can see we got to see "Nanny McPhee Returns" and "Despicable Me." They were both cute movies. We stayed up way too late - the movies did not get over till after midnight.

I took this photo out the window of the car. We had a great view. It did not start till it got dark so we had to wait about 15 minutes or so.

Well I hope that you all enjoyed our trip to Granbury as much as we did. We also got to do some antique shopping. We found a couple of really cool things. I will see if I can get some great photos of them and post them later. Even though we did not get a lot - it was so fun to get to look around.

I should be back to regular posting now. I just needed a few days off I guess. :O)

Be Back This Afternoon

Good Morning everyone! Sorry I have not posted for a couple of days. It seemed like I did not think I had anything of real value or substance to share. And anyway my husband and I have been out of town this week end. We left Friday morning, so we would have a chance to do some antique shopping on Friday. We will be home later this afternoon -when I will be able to down load some photos and tell you about our week end! We love this little town that we came to visit.

I hope you all are having a good week end! :o)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Basic Tools Needed

For Quilting that is!
Have you ever thought that you would want to learn how to quilt? Well today is your lucky day. I am going to talk about basic things needed to start quilting. Some of these things are not things that you would have to have in order to start quilting but they sure make it easier.
First, you will want an iron. It does not have to be a high dollar iron but you will want one that does not leak water out of it. It is best to get into the habit of ironing your fabric before you do any cutting. That way it is nice and flat.
You will also want a cutting board. This is the size that I use the most often. I do have a smaller one and a larger one.

You will want a good rotary cutter. And you can buy replacement blade for it. A really good safety tip - is ALWAYS close the blade when you are not using it. EVERY single time that you set it down - close it. It is dangerous to keep it open. It is a little inconvenience that will keep you safer.

There are several kinds of rulers that will be very useful to have. This is one that I use quite a bit. It is 6X24.
It is very helpful to have these square rulers as well. But you don't have to have all of these to start off. I have a 6 1/2, 9 1/2, and a 12 1/2 inch square ruler.

To me- one of the most important things to have is a quarter foot for your sewing machine. It had a piece of metal that goes down on the right side of the needle that measures the 1/4 inch seam allowance that is used usually all the time in quilting. You can mark your sewing machine but this just makes it so much easier and more accurate as well.

Ok - something that is also important is what I call Sandpaper Dots. They are little stickers that have the sticky on one side and sand paper on the other side. I put these on all of my rulers. It helps them not slide. I still hold the ruler or square down firmly so that they do not slide while I cut. But these dots really help hold it still.

Last and certainly not least - a seam ripper. As with any sewing - there will be times when you will have to "unsew."
Here is a book that I have found quite helpful.

I hope that this has been helpful. If you have any questions I would be happy to answer if I could. Quilting is one of those things that you are always learning something new. It is a very fun hobby and I really enjoy it. :O)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Half Way Mark of the Week

This morning when I went out to let my chickens out and to get them fresh water - it was SO cool, like probably 75 degrees. It was so nice. I decided right then that I needed to get our yard mowed. It had been SO hot for so long so we had put it off for a while. So I got the yard mowed. Then I got the weed eater out and weed eated the front yard and by that time the battery died. Let me tell you this - it was so refreshing to have the cool breeze blowing. And it is so nice to have the yard mowed and looking nice.

I am so excited to tell you that there are NO triple digit temps in the forecast for at least the next 7 days!! And the lows are so much cooler than we have had in ages. Oh todays high - offically only 80 - it has not been that "cool" since mid May.

I also vacuumed my floors very well and then steam cleaned the carpet. We have light blue carpet and it was looking pretty bad. I had been waiting until we got our remodeling done around here but decided that I would much rather just get the job done and be able to enjoy our house now. So now the carpets look so much nicer. And it feels good to have accomplish most of the things on my list.

What I did not get a chance to finish I will just put on my list for tomorrow. :O)

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Love is a collection of everything good

Hello Everyone~ I hope you all have had a good day. My day has been pretty long but it has been pretty good. My sister's husband had surgery on his foot this morning so I went and sat with her. It was so nice to get to sit and visit. She works full time so we don't get very much time to visit but we are best friends just the same!

After I ran some errands - I had a little extra time so I stopped by one of my favorite Goodwill stores. I found a few treasures! A couple of years ago I bought a Bible - that you put into a 3 ring binder - it is really big - with really big margins - so you can write notes. Anyway the binder that I had it in was really too small. I found one twice as big today for $1.00!

I found a really cute figurine that plays the song - "Love Makes The World Go Around" from Heart Tugs - exclusively for The San Fransisco Music Box Co. I thought $3.00 was a great price for it.

I think this just might be the perfect place to put it!! I am so excited because I loved it but did not know where I would put it. And I am SO glad that I got it - cause I really like it here!!
I also found these 2 cute candle holders.

On the bottom of them it says, "Renaissance by Lefton made in Japan. They each have a number on the bottom of them. I paid $2.00 each. I think they are adorable.

Today my husband requested home made pizza. So I made us pizzas for supper. I was so disappointed in myself because I have been doing such a good job at keeping a good amount of cheese in the freezer. I find a good deal and I would get a little extra here and there. Well apparently I have not been doing very good at rotating the cheese and using the older stuff first. I found like 5 things of 2 cup shredded cheese packages that I had to throw out. Man...I know better than that. I have been working on getting more organized lately and I have been doing pretty good in a lot of the other areas. So the reason I am sharing is - be sure you are rotating any extras that you keep on hand - it is NO fun to throw stuff out.

I thought I would also share a photo of our sweet granddaughter!
I am tired today. I will have to get to bed at a decent time. :O)

Praising God

In line with talking about Praising God - here is a great song in which to do just that. Elvis Presley - "How Great Thou Art"

Monday, August 23, 2010

Not Complaining...Just Stating a Fact

This morning I "liked" and then shared info about a True Woman '10 on Facebook- trying to win a ticket to go. Here are some links if you would like to get information about this conference.

(by the way if you get the chance - read the True Woman Manifesto)

So now I will get daily messages from them, which I think is awesome. But look at the one that I got today!!!?

"...prescription for contentment: Never allow yourself to complain about anything--not even the weather. Never picture yourself in any other circumstances or someplace else. Never compare your lot with another's. Never allow yourself to wish this or that had been otherwise. Never dwell on tomorrow--remember that tomorrow is God's, not ours." --Linda Dillow, "Calm My Anxious Heart"

Now although I think that these are VERY wise words I just don't know if I can follow the first "Never." Why? Because I live in Texas - and today was the hottest day of the year- not only that but the hottest day in 2 years. 22 of the 23 days of August have been 100 or above. And this year - 29 days of triple digit weather. It is hard not to complain when it is SO hot and it has been SO hot this month. So maybe we can look at it as I am stating a fact - not complaining when I say it is HOT. What do you think?
Well last week I got some good news!! I went to see the eye Dr. and I get to go at least one more year without bifocals!! The Drs. have talked about it for the last 2 years so I was just figuring that this would be the year. I am SO excited about not having to get them so far.

While I was there I had a special test run - where they take a photo of your eye and can look and see if you have medical problems - I think hypertension, diabetes, and mac..degenerative disease. And the Dr said that my eyes look good! I had been a bit worried because I am sensitive to bright lights. And fabrics with gingham and polka dots - they make me dizzy to look at them. So I was kind of worried. I have no idea why I am so sensitive to this stuff now. It has not always been the case.

I should get my new glasses and contacts sometime this week!
I did not get my Block of the Month block made last night. I will try to work on it one day this week.

I hope you all have had a good day! :o)

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Happenings Around our Place

Guess what I finished last week?!!! It felt so good to get it done and hung up in the living room! At first I thought it was a little too much red - since our living room is more in blues but I really like it now. Sometimes it just takes a little getting used to. It was fun to move the things that had been on this wall and change up how we had our wall decorations. I was also able to bless my cousin with some wall scones that I had up on the wall on either side of a large painting that we have in there - that I was no longer going to use.

My husband came home from work on Friday sick - throwing up. It was a good thing that by Saturday afternoon he was feeling better because my cousin from Okla. came by to visit. We had a very nice visit. It was a hard trip for her - as her and her husband were here to help clean out her Dad's place. I probably won't get to see her for a long time now. Before the last couple months when I have seen her 4 different times - I had not seen her since 2000 - when we went up for a quick visit to Okla City for my Grandmother's funeral. It has been so nice to get to know her better.

Yesterday we were blessed with Thank you cards from special friends. And then my friend came by and gave me a nice gift! It was so neat. She gave me an Avon - AM and PM facial cleaning set. She is very sweet. God has blessed me with some very good friends.

I am so thankful for the friends I have. When I was growing up - we moved almost every year. So I made friends and then we would move away from them. And technology was not as good as it is now and so I would totally lose contact with them. So I do not have hardly any long term friends. One of my best friends that lived in this general area was killed in an accident back in 1997 -1998 area. Friends are hard to find sometimes. That is one reason why I love blogging because it has helped me to meet a lot of really cool ladies that I would otherwise never get to meet.

This has probably been the hottest week end this summer. It has been HOT! Here is what our week looks like:
I am SO looking forward to the highs only being in the middle 90's! And I can not believe that the temps might actually get down into the mid to lower 70's. To be honest - I will believe it ONLY when I see it. I am SO hoping that this is the end of the triple digit weather.

We were able to take care of our Granddaughter today! It was a lot of fun! Today when we went to Walmart - trying to take advantage of the Tax Free week end for Texas - Papa went and picked out a few outfits for her. He loves to buy her stuff!

And Papa barbecued chicken for us for supper and I made some home made rolls along with some corn and macaroni salad. We had our son and his wife and a friend over for supper. It was nice to have the house full of loved ones.

I think I might just work on my Block of the Month block tonight. I hope everyone has had a good week-end! And I hope you all have a good week as well!! :O)

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Come as You Are...

Sorry this looks all jumbled up- I tried to fix it and have it look nice but couldn't. This is Natalie Grant's Perfect People. I love the message of the song - We are not perfect people and the only way to be changed is by the Perfect God. Amen!! :O)

Friday, August 20, 2010

A Blog Award

Tracy at The Enchanted Cottage has kindly presented me with the Sunshine award. This is my first award. Thank you so much Tracy - you have certainly made me smile.

It is now my turn to pass this award on to 10 bloggers who have brought me sunshine...

1. A Home Away From Home

2. Anybody Home

3. As I See It Now

4. Can I Be Pretty In Pink

5. Clothes In His Beauty

6. Coffee Tea Books and Me

7. Gracious Hospitality

8. Paths, Trails and Journey

9. Susan's Spot

10. Turtle Cottage in the City

As you can imagine - it was hard to just pick ten since all of my favorite blogs bring sunshine into my life and makes me smile. I hope you enjoy these blogs as much as I do - don't forget to check out all of the blogs on the side bar - they are all great. Thanks so much for stopping by today! :O)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Journeying to the Promise Land

This morning as I was reading about the Children of Israel and their journey to the Promise Land - it hit me - we too are on a journey to the Promise Land! God wants so badly to take us there but in our complaining and our grumblings we end up having to take the "scenic" route through the wilderness. I am so glad that God is so patient with us. What other lessons are there for us to learn from the Children of Israel?

As I have been studying about the children of Israel and their journey to the Promise land, I discovered that God was also trying to teach them to TOTALLY depend on Him. That was very interesting to me because I have felt that He has been trying to teach me this very same lesson.

God brought them out of Egypt and took care of their needs and protected them. When they ended up having to wander around the wilderness for 40 years, God continued to take care of them - he led them, he fed them, and he fought for them. If you want to read more about what he did for them - read Deuteronomy 8:1-10.

He can and will do the same for us today. :O)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Just for Today

Lately I have been really worried about a few things in my life- probably a lot of the same things that a lot of other people are worried about - heath issues, financial issues, and other things. A lot of these worries are worries that have the "what if" with them. Worrying about how things will be in the future.

So I called a special friend of mine and was talking to her about what was going on with me. She shared with me something she had heard once. A friend of hers had said that every morning God gives me the exact amount of energy and ability for the things that she needed to do that day. That is a great way to look at it.

So we each are giving a special measure of what we need for each day. But sometimes with worrying about the past or the future we deplete the energy that is needed for today. So I have decided that I need to be more thankful that I have the things I need - just for today. Food to eat, a roof over my head, AC to keep me cool, and so much more that God has so graciously provided for us. I can trust God to take care of me - just for today.

Monday, August 16, 2010

A Look at our COLD front

I got so excited last week when the weather people were talking about a cold front coming into the area! Now this only meant that the highs would be in the upper 90's but still we were all excited thinking that at least it would be out of the triple digits. Well today it got up to at least 102.8 on our temperature gauge and here is what the rest of the week looks like:

Does this look like a cold front? No! And it looks like we will be moving up the record charts for the most triple digit weather in a row. Last week we were at like #10 but they said that over the week end we would be moving up. Well now it looks like at least 7 more days, and there is no guarantee that this will be the end of it.

Today we lost a chicken due to how hot it is. I will have to do better to get out there and run some water down the "creek bed." We are down to 20 chickens now. I really hate to lose my chickens. I cried. They are a part of our family. We have raised them since they were tiny babies - we doctored them through that sickness that took 3 of our baby chicks when they were only a couple months old. Anyway I will be more diligent to take better care of them.

Special Memories Shared

As you all know - we went to my Uncle Perry's Memorial Service this week-end. It was probably one of the best ones I've been to in a long time. I know that might sound weird, so I will explain. My heart goes out to his 5 kids and all of his grandchildren and great grandchildren. But what I loved about this service was the personal touches that were given to it. Several of the children had written out special tributes to their Dad. The ones that did not write it out told stories of their Dad. And they opened up the mic for anyone who had memories of Perry to share. And there were a lot of different people that shared special memories they had with him.
Three of his siblings who were there at the Memorial Service told special stories about him. My Mom shared how amazing that this tough teenage brother of hers at age 17 bought her a girls bike. This was a special memory for her, since up until that point she had only had boys bikes- probably hand me down bikes from her 3 older brothers.

I loved how the Pastor led out in the service in a special way. Not shoving religion down any ones throats. Don't get me wrong - I love the Lord and I want everyone to accept Jesus into their hearts but I also am old enough to realize that many people will only put up walls when others are trying to push their religion onto them. So there was no talk about Perry being a saint - No she said - God is the judge of that and we will let him do his job. She also was able to share that even though he did not go to church, he did have a relationship with Jesus and that he had accepted Him into his heart and that he would want everyone there to do the same.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

My Grandparent's House

This week-end my husband and I went to Oklahoma City for my Uncle's Memorial Service. We had a very nice drive there and back. I will share another post about more of the trip.

One of the main things that I wanted to do while we were in Oklahoma City was to go by my Grandma and Grandpa's house. It is no longer in the family. I was under that impression that the house was empty and had been damaged.

Anyway I had really looked forward to going by the house- pulling into the drive-way - getting out of the car and taking photos of it and looking around. Spending some time in my mind thinking of years past, holidays when all of my family would get together, of the times that my family and I went there after my Grandpa died, and then 10 years ago when my Grandma passed away.

As we drove up the street - I saw a lady in a pink top walking to the mail box. It hit me - someone else lived there. I was not prepared for that. It was so sad to think that not only were my grandparents gone but other people - that were not family were living in the home that was built by my Grandpa.

As I fought the tears, my husband turned the car around and got his phone ready to take a quick photo as we drove by. I, then shared with my husband my feelings of not liking other people living in this house. How in years past - people were born and died in the same house and once they died other family members would move into the house. Maybe this is just more of a fantasy but a nice one, I think.

If I had have had time and ability - I would have stopped and taken a photo of the concrete steps going up to the front porch. On the porch was always seating, where my grandparents spend lots of time enjoying fresh air. I would have taken a photo of the concrete wall that separated their yard from their neighbors and that us kids used to love to climb on. And the flower bed along it that my grandma would plant flowers in.

I was thankful to have the chance to go by the house and to see that it was in pretty good shape and now I am getting used to the idea of another family living there and making their own memories. I have my memories that no one can take away. :O)

Saturday, August 14, 2010

What a Great Worship Song

This is such a beautiful worship song. This is "You are my All in All" by Dennis Jernigan

Friday, August 13, 2010

A Link to a Great Sermon

I just heard the last half of a great sermon and I thought I would share it with you all. Here is the link to the sermon- "How to Find God When You’re Facing a Raw Deal"

And here is a link to the main website - with lots of great resources. This is Living on the Edge with Chip Ingram. He has some great sermons on here.

I just couldn't leave you with out some encouragement! :O)

Feeling Pensive...

Well this sure has been a busy week for us. And several things have happened that have put me into a mood that is more pensive. I am not quite sure what my problem is. I ended up having to work the grill with my MIL because my nephew's wife's cousin died in an accident. And I really do not like cooking french fries and such. Just not what I enjoy doing. So the extra work and especially doing something that is not my favorite thing to do. And it did not help that today when I made an Apple Cake, that I totally messed up the recipe because I put 1 1/2 T. instead of 1 1/2 tsp. of something in it. Now I get to make another one. I had been so excited because I was able to make it at the store and so I would not have to heat my house up - but now - I get to heat my house up. Oh boy - it is, of course, in the 100's again today. In fact, we are breaking records of days in a row of triple digit temps. And what is sad is that we will be like this at least a couple more days. And by that time we could have weather change and continue to be this hot. Anyway sorry for complaining about that.

I think another thing that has me down today is that tomorrow we will be going to Oklahoma City for my Uncle's Memorial. This will be the first time that I have been there since my Grandmother passed away in August of 2000- that was a quick trip. We were fixing to be moving to out present home. And my husband had taken that a couple of days off - then my Grandmother passed away - we drove the 3 1/2 - 4 hour trip up there for the service, visited with the family a bit and had to drive back - that same day. We had to - we had to get our moving truck loaded. We had to be out of the house the very next day. What a stressful time.

On this visit, we will be going past where my Grandma and Grandpa lived for so many years. All the great memories of the family get togethers for Thanksgiving and Christmas. This time however, it is no longer in the family. In fact, I don't think anyone is living there - we think that there was some water damage done to it. But anyway, I think that has me sad.

There are, of course, some other things going on that I really don't want to share here. I try to be as honest and open as I can. I think that is one of the best things I can do for myself. For too long, I tried to be a people pleaser and now I am trying to be me. I am the type person that - what you see is what you get.

Well I am sorry that this post will not be very encouraging or uplifting. I really want to be someone who is uplifting but just don't have it in me. I have been studying about Peace this week and will be writing a post on it. I think it will be quiet interesting. I have learns some things as I have been studying. I think it is awesome what gems we can find in the Bible when we take the time to look. Thanks for letting me share how I am feeling. I think this has helped a lot. Now to get that Apple Cake cooked! :O)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

In my sewing room-Civil War BOM

Several years ago, my husband schedule worked out that he could go to Block of the Month. Well he made his blocks for the whole year and put his quilt together. Actually he finished his first BOM quilt before I did. It is so much easier for him to pick out fabric, than it is for me.

I think I may have already shared a photo of the quilt he made, but just in case I did not here it is:
So the next year he started out doing a set of blocks. So he made the first 2 maybe 3. Then his schedule got changed and he was not able to go to BOM with me. His packets started piling up. So one time when we went camping - I took my cutting board and rotary cutter and I cut out the pieces for him. A year went by and I had ran out of projects to do so guess what I did?
I started making his blocks. Anyway all those blocks are done and I have ironed them up. I have the fabric that I am going to put it together with out and working on it. I have alot of it already cut into the pieces that I am going to need. And I am hoping to start sewing some of the sashings onto the blocks today. Slowly but sure I am hoping to get this quilt put together.

Picking out the fabric to go with these colors were so hard for me. I like civil war fabrics but it is really hard to get several fabrics together that I liked and also went together.

When I pick out my fabrics - I really like to actually like the fabrics that I am using. I loved the background fabric used for this block - with the little birds that are pink and blue. But by the time I started buying fabrics to put my blocks together - this fabric was gone. Apparently lots of other people liked it as well.

If you were counting, you would have noticed that there are only 11 blocks here. Well some how one of the blocks got lost. I have NO idea where it is. But it is frustrating because I really can not start working on this quilt before I find that block. Just my personality - I need to lay the blocks out and see how I would like it best. How the blocks would be most balanced. Anyway so this project will be on hold for a bit till I find that block - when I do - I will post it -might just run this post again with the missing block.
Good news is that there were some directions for a project that I had lost when we set up my sewing room. So I have looked off and on for these directions. Well today - I was looking for these directions and for the missing block. And lo and behold, I find the directions in the front of my top drawer of the desk that my sewing machine is on. They have been there the whole time and some how I overlooked it ALL that time. I am thankful that I found these directions.
I will probably sew the binding on my Sailboat wall hanging the next time I get some time in the sewing room - I think it will be at least Sunday - Monday before I get to spend any time in there. It will be pretty busy the next couple of day. :o)