Thursday, May 15, 2014

I felt like making a Quilt

Wow, that's a funny title for a blog post, isn't it?    Well, it will make sense in a few minutes.   ggg    I don't know about where y'all live, but here in my neck of the woods, today has been a really great day.    Y'all, this is my kind of weather.  Finally, it feels like Spring.   It was in the upper 50's most of the day!   Yay!!!!   There was a bit of rain and mist in the early morning, but, by afternoon, the sun had popped out and was "doin' it's thang!"   Such a beautiful afternoon!    I hope and pray that where ever all y'all live, it was beautiful there also.

I had an FCE meeting to go to today and we was all bringing different types of salad.   One lady brought chicken salad, another brought tuna salad, we had potato salad, a pasta salad and a congealed salad.   I brought a salad also.   I wanted to share with y'all a wonderful, healthy, fresh, vibrant salad that is really easy and nothing but "good for you" stuff in it.   Here's what it had in it:

Avo-mang-toes Salad

2 avocados, diced
2 mangoes, diced
2 tomatoes, diced and drained of any excess juices
1 tablespoon finely diced jalapeno pepper
1 large lemon, juiced over all of the above

Toss all of the above in a good sized bowl, stir well.   Refrigerate for a few hours or overnight.   Stir again before serving.

It is such a colorful dish.  It is really cooling.   Very refreshing.

This is what I call a "make do with what you have" salad.   I knew if I had anything to bring home, I wanted it to be healthy.   Now, don't get me wrong, I LOVE all the not so healthy stuff, that's why I'm a little too fluffy.   ggg

I hope if you try this, you will let me know what you think of it.

Now, about the quilt.   Last year I made a cardstock quilt for a swap.   I really liked it a lot and I wanted to make myself one as close to it as I could, so, I finally got around to doing that last night before I went to bed.   I was really happy with it and I hope you are too.
It is five layers.    I used a file from the Silhouette Store that was a card.   The top two layers was from the original card.
I brought the two pieces up in my designer software and enlarged it and then done an offset on it, and another offset, and then the final offset.   I finally got it enlarged to where the back white piece of cardstock would fit on the width of an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of cardstock.
I inked around all the edges and let that dry.  Then started putting the layers together, back to front, with my scrappy tape.
The very top piece was the hardest piece to place perfectly.   Believe me, it's not placed perfectly, but as good as I could get it anyway.
After I got all the layers adhered together, I took a white souffle pen and done my pen stitching around all the layers except the back white layer and the purple top layer.   I was really happy with the finished project.    I may try to age it a bit more and then put it in a frame.   I had been wanting to make one for myself ever since last year, but just hadn't done it.   It really helped me to just make something for myself and have fun with it.

I really hope that you have enjoyed my quilt project.   Quilts are very comforting for so many reasons.   My mother used to make quilts back in the day for utilitarian purposes, to keep us warm.   Then after we all got grown and had homes of our own, she made all of us a quilt.   She has made her grandchildren quilts.    I have made several quilts myself, over the years.  So, I love quilts and the ones that my mother made for me are very special.    When my father died in January 2012, a former Pastor's wife came to the funeral home to see me and brought me a quilt that her mother had made for her.   She gave me that quilt because she loves me and knew I would cherish it, and I do.   So, when I was making the little quilt last night, it made me think of all the quilts that I have been blessed to be given, and blessed to have been able to make the ones I have made.   I hope y'all have quilts that have special memories tied to them.   I hope you know the comfort of wrapping up in one of those quilts.   There's just nothing quite like it.

As I leave you this evening, I ask you this question, do you have any fears in your life that are unresolved?    There is stuff that comes up every once in a while, in our lives, that causes us to have fear, as a first reaction.   The second reaction we should have is to seek the Lord in prayer and turn those fears over to Him and He will see us through our fears.   We all know people who are going through uncertain days.   We just don't know what lies ahead for us, but, our Creator does.
Psalms 34:4  I sought the LORD and He answered my prayers and delivered me from all my fears.

When we have the uninvited interruptions in our lives that make us fearful, we need to seek the Lord in prayer first.   God never turns a deaf ear to someone who is earnestly seeking Him.   God is faithful and He does hear our prayers.    He will deliver us from our fears.   David knew about fear and he sure had his share of fear and he also had reasons to be afraid.   But, when he sought the Lord, the Lord delivered him from all his fears.

I hope you seen something here that you enjoyed and if you did, tell someone.   You can even leave a comment for me, if you choose to.   I would love it.

Ladybug, I hope you have had a spectacular day.   Sweetpea loves you!

Goodnight y'all.   I hope and pray that all of you have a wonderful night of refreshing, restful sleep.   God love y'all and so do I.   hugs, Patty


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    1. Thank you so much!!! I appreciate you looking and leaving me a comment. Thanks. hugs, Patty

  2. I love your quilt. As a quilter myself, I always enjoy paper quilts, too. Do you know about Ann Butler: I'm not an avocado eater, so I'd pass on your salad. LOL

    1. Hi Vic. Thanks for your visit and you comment on my quilt. Thanks for giving the url for Ann Butler, I will check that out. About the avocado, so sorry that you are not a fan. A lot of people don't like them, so I can understand that. Maybe next time, I will have a recipe that you will enjoy. LOL hugs, Patty

    2. Hey Vic, I checked out Ann Butler and that is totally amazing!!! Wonder how come I never knew about that till you shared the web site? hummmmm Anyway, thanks a lot for telling me about that site. hugs, Patty

  3. I was the lucky recipient of the quilt made for the swap. I love it and have it displayed in my guest room...which incidentally is full of cloth quilts so it was perfect. Thank you again! shirley

    1. Oh my, Shirley, thank you for popping in here and telling that! I am so thrilled that you love it and I do remember you telling me that, so that just tickles me pink that you are enjoying it. I'm trying to decide what to do with mine. I'm thinking of putting it in a frame and then on the wall in our bedroom, since I have two of my quilts displayed on the walls in there. Thanks again Shirley for letting others know you got the first one. hugs, Patty

  4. I love your quilt card and it reminds me of the double wedding ring quilts that my Mother used to make! Even after we got a TV she did not watch it much, she would sit and piece quilt tops while my Daddy and everyone watched their shows. Hope you have a wonderful day!

    1. Thank you Lenoria! That is what I thought also, the double wedding ring quilts. I love that particular quilt also, so when I found the file, I knew what I wanted to do with it. My mother used to do the same thing. She would piece quilts and crochet all the while the rest of us was watching tv. Thanks again Lenoria, for visiting and leaving me a message. hugs, Patty