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Sunday, December 8, 2019

Sunday---Precious Promises

The Lord by wisdom founded the earth;
By understanding He established the heavens.
Proverbs 3:19

Monday, December 2, 2019

Shop Restock

With the gift giving season upon us and with my personal ongoing downsizing projects, I have decided to restock my shop.  I have a handful of Mini Quilts that need new homes.  Perfect for that little something for someone special.  I have given many of my little quilts to friends as Mug Mats, Blessing Flags/Prayer Flags, and Knob Ornaments.  

All orders will be mailed the next day, with the last day for delivery before Christmas being Thursday, December 19, 2019.  I offer Free Shipping and all items are $15.00 or less.  You can click on Patchworks Shop button on the side bar to go directly to my Etsy shop.  Thanks for stopping by the shop and as always Happy Quilting!

Sunday, December 1, 2019

I Don't Have That Soup

Have you ever had an idea for dinner and when you looked in the pantry,  you didn't have the ingredients the recipe called for?  Well, that's what happen to me tonight.  It is cold, damp and windy outside and I thought soup would be perfect.  I looked up two recipes on Pinterest and had a good idea about what I was going to put together.  Didn't happen.  I ended up combining and substituting to come up with a really good Chicken Soup. It had a Chicken and Dumpling taste.

32oz. Chicken Broth
Cooked Chicken (left over from a Crock Pot meal)
1 Carrot sliced
1 cup Frozen Peas -- Didn't have Celery
1 can Cream of Chicken Soup -- Didn't have Cream of Cheddar
1 can Skim Milk -- Didn't have Evaporated Milk
Parsley to taste
Pepper to taste
1/3 cup Instant Rice
Hand full of Egg Noodles -- Didn't have another  1/3 cup rice

Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until veggies, rice & noodles are ready to serve.
I made a fresh fruit salad and Hawaiian Wheat Dinner Rolls.  Everyone loved it.  May try that again.
Familypatchworks Happiness!

Sunday--Precious Promises

Friday, November 29, 2019

Quilt National 2019

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  We enjoyed a small family dinner and lots of football.  Short Stuff is now a #1 Football Fan.  Of course, that does not bother hubby at all.  Today,  we decided to go to Quilt National 2019.  I love seeing all the wonderful art quilts.  Short Stuff was with us.  The plan was for hubby and Short Stuff  to do a child friendly activity while I admire the quilts.
The quilt show was wonderful and I highly recommend seeing it, if near you.  The child friendly activity turned into hubby waiting in the parking lot with a sleeping Short Stuff.  We were able to drive through the quaint Old Town St. Charles and Short Stuff woke up and was able to see all the street activities that go on during this time before Christmas.   Short Stuff is still coughing.  The insurance card is now active again--so a doctor's appointment may be in the works for next week.  Familypatchworks Happiness!

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Sunday---Precious Promises

The light of God surrounds you;
The love of God enfolds you;
The power of God protects you;
The presence of God watches over you;
Wherever you are, God is!
I've always loved these words,
my Grandmother sent them on a little piece
of paper to my Father when he entered 
I still have that little piece of paper

Friday, November 22, 2019

Found--Feed Sack

With the help of a quilting friend, I found some feed sack fabric.  I've started my project of repairing  my Grandmother's Double Wedding Ring quilt.  I've run across some of the feed sack fabric that brought back a memory.
My family always spent Christmas at my Grandparents farm.  It was a magical place.  Grandpa would cut down a Christmas tree from the woods.  Grandma was a seamstress for Rawlings Sporting Goods, St. Louis, MO (back in the day).  So she could do unbelievable things with scissors, fabric and thread.  Anyway, she would cut from magazines and entire winter scene made of paper.  She would put together a village under the tree.  I remember it being so unique, as a child I could sit for hours creating stories around her little village.  One Christmas my Grandparents gave me twin dolls and Grandma made them both a matching wardrobe of clothes.  Some of that feed sack is in this quilt.  My Grandmother was great as she would say "making something out of nothing".
Wishing you a great weekend and Happy Quilting!

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Have You Ever Had One Of Those Days?

Yesterday was one of those days for me.  I don't think I ever had one so crazy in a very long time.  First, of all I had my day planned (in my mind).  Maybe my first mistake.  About 5:30am, Son knocks on the bedroom door, telling me that he thinks Short Stuff needs to go to the doctor, for a cough that he has had for a couple of days.  He tells me he will call.  Personally, I think it's allergies and will run its course.  Short Stuff has no fever and is acting just fine.  Coughing every once in a while.  So, here goes the day.

*Pick up, clean bathrooms, dust, make beds, vacuum, sort clothes and put in one load of laundry.  Because at 1:00 an appraiser is schedule to arrive to appraise the house.
*9:00am Realize I have not heard from Son, so text him about the doctor's appointment.  He says "can you do it".  Fuming a little, I make the appointment for 10:20.
*I had sold a Christmas Ornament and was packaging it for the mail, when I drop it and it breaks
*Then while trying to email the person about the broken ornament.  I get a phone call.  Breaks my train of thought.
*Look at the clock it is 10:00.  Hustle Short Stuff to the car and we are off.  Half way there I realize I did not download and copy his health insurance card.  His Dad has a crazy policy that has to be renewed every couple of months.  It is always a pain.  Anyway, no card--I'm just hoping the one on file will work.
*Wrong, the card does not work.  I'm totally frustrated, besides my arthritic knee is starting to pain me.  I make an appointment for 1:00, thinking I will just run off that card and we will be good.  Also called appraiser to see if we can change times.  Now he is coming at 4:00.
*Then we, run to the Post Office to mail some packages and stop by grocery for a couple of items.
*Get home, log on to the website.  Son's insurance ran out 2 days ago, and of course the reminder was over looked.  So, now I have to cancel the 1:00 appointment.  I'm so thankful Short Stuff was not horribly sick.
*Appraiser arrives, fix a light dinner for just Short Stuff and I--everyone else is working.  By this time my knee is feeling awful.  I'm feeling awful.  Short Stuff is yawning, it's 5:45pm.
*So I make the decision that neither of us can handle being vertical any longer.  Short Stuff takes a shower, brushes his teeth, takes some cough meds (over the counter), we read a book, he has his evening snack and is in bed watching PBSKids.
*I put on my pj's, let the dog outside for her evening run of the back yard, dog comes in, jumps in bed with the now sleeping Short Stuff.
*I texted my hubby and told him of my day and that I was going to bed.  It's 6:30pm!  Familypatchwork Happiness!

Life is a Patchwork

First photo posted August, 2009
I started this little blog in 2009.  I wanted to keep a journal of all my quilting activities.  I've done that and continue to do that, but things have changed in 10 years.  Besides being older.  I'm having to reinvent myself.  Ever been in that position?
Hubby and I both retired months apart in 2007.  Did some traveling, enjoyed meals out with friends, shopping, evenings at the theater.  Just nice retirement activity.  But, it doesn't last forever and life is a patchwork of ever changing parts .

In 2014 our Grandson Short Stuff was born.  Our first and probably our only.  We were so very excited and of course he is wonderful.  We baby sat a lot.  In fact, at times he was with us more than his parents.  His parents were trying to make a go of this new family and they were both struggling.  So, Hubby and I stepped in whenever we were needed to take some of the pressure off his parents.  But, as time went by we noticed that the new family was not doing well.  Our life started to center round Short Stuff more and more.  The new family did not make it and in 2017 Mom and Dad shared joint custody.  Which really meant when Short Stuff was with Dad (our son), he really was with us.  Dad was trying to start his own business and was always on the job. We worked out an arrangement. Hubby and I took on the role of substitute parents.

As time went by and our home started to become to large, the upkeep just to much.  We decided to downsize.  Was that ever a job.  You can check it out in my earlier posts starting around February 2019.  We are now located in a smaller 3 bedroom, 2 bath ranch with a privacy fence yard (which the dog loves).  The place is just easy.  Easy is what we all need now.  As our life style changed dramatically in June of this year.  After a long illness our Grandson's Mother passed away.  It was a shock to everyone.  Now our son has total custody of Short Stuff and they have moved into our little 3 bedroom ranch.  Even though our larger house in the woods would have been more spacious for 2 families, we did not have the access to the many activities a growing child needs.  Short Stuff is now able to play with the neighborhood children, walk to the bus stop and enjoy soccer, swimming and T-ball easily.

Life for me has changed.  I'm now a Mom again.  The everyday schedule and activities for Short Stuff is left up to me.  Arthritis has crept into my life these last 10 years, but running after a 5 year old keeps the old joints moving--sore, but moving.

 Familypatchworks has now taken on a new meaning.  Oh, I'm still quilting, but now I'm reworking myself and this little blog/journal.  So expect to see more conversation about raising a Grandchild, easy kid friendly meals, play dates, and living a not so quiet life after the age of 70.  Our family is a true patchwork of change and adjustments.   Familypatchwork Happiness!

Monday, November 18, 2019

It Sold!!

The closing bids have been posted and our Lydia Circle quilt sold for $450.00.  The high bidder had seen a photo of this same quilt in a magazine, admired it, walked into the church hall and there it was.  How great for her and wonderful for us.  We also had 3 Whole Cloth baby quilts that sold for $45.00 each.  Our stitches netted us $585.00 for missions.  It has been a good year.  Looking forward to another great quilting season.  Happy Quilting!

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Sunday---Precious Promises

Now who will harm you
 if you are eager 
to do what is good?
1 Peter 3:13
Lord Jesus we trust your word 
and instructions. 
May our lives reveal your
love and grace.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

On Display

Each year the quilting group at my church, Lydia Circle,  offers a quilt for silent auction at the annual Turkey Dinner and Bazzar.  This year our offering is a queen size Double Irish Chain and Star quilt in Red and White.  Perfect for the holidays.  Or with it's crisp and clean look perfect all year long.
I completed the binding a few week ago and chose a red on red print.  Love the way it blends with the solid red.  Presently, our highest bid is $275.00 hope it brings a little more.  As always, Happy Quilting!

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Sunday---Precious Promises

Work in a manner
worthy of the Lord,
to please him
in all respects,
bearing fruit in 
every good work and
increasing in the knowledge of God.
Colossians 1:10