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 


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