Monday, December 30, 2013

It is time to close the 2013 posts and 
I cannot end the year without mentioning the annual JSS Christmas party.
I had an absotively posilutely wonderful day!

Here is a link to read Cookie's descriptive blog and
to see photography that speaks more than a thousand words:

I will share this group photo from Cookie's blog
because it means SO much to me and to our group!
And then I will post a few pics and share what they mean to me.

It is indeed a treasure to have a photo of this group called JSS!
Each and every one is significant to the group as a whole
and the blessings we share one to one are priceless!

At the start of the day, I had such good intentions to photograph
and document the day.
Dear Hubby took these pics of Phyl and I prepared to greet everyone.
Yes, we are sisters - separated by miles -
Phyl and her family live in Lexington, KY.
The love of quilting is one of the many ribbons that tie a tight bond for us.

This was the table before all the food arrived and
I did not even take a shot of the FULL table.

Gloria was one of the first to arrive and wanted to come upstairs.
The bean counter is a gorgeous piece of furniture that Gloria owned.
She wanted to see it settled in its new home.
O how I LOVE this treasure!

Downstairs the gang was gathering and Granddaughter Poppy is one of the youngest.

Well, Poppy is the youngest gal!
Grandson Brennen is the youngest male to come to the party.
Grandson Cameron was here too, but a photographer had to be quick
to catch him on one of his "fly-bys" to avoid the gathering of gals!

Blonde Mama Candice is introducing Brennen to Betty.
This is the first time for them to meet.
Candice has known Betty and her family for many years,
so this is a special moment!
I am glad those pictures of Betty and Brennen are good,
because the next two of Betty not so much.
But I have to share the show 'n tell that Phyl brought!

Isn't this intricately pieced bargello striking!

Lest we become too serious, one just has to look at Sally
with that Mr. Silly Snowman on her head!

And last photo, but not least is a quick glance at my WONDERFUL
"Buttons and Bling" blocks.
My request was that all fabric, buttons, bling be natural, neutral tone on tone, 
light muslin, dark muslin, burlap - please, no colors.  
Bling can be golds, silver, sparleeeee buttons too.

I absotively posilutely LOVE my blocks!!!!
Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU TO ALL!!!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

 "Over the River" is one of the many themes of our TXQuilt Country Living.  
This theme is represented in the front foyer by this quilt.
 This little wooden sign hung on the wall for years.
Even as a little girl I loved the sing song of "Over the River..."
The visions I dreamed from my childhood
growing up in America's midwest became reality in Texas
when we built our house two decades ago.

Now this favorite quilt fills my heart with gratefulness and joy! 

The quilt has needlework that repeats that phrase.  
My talented, meticulously creative friend, Jean Littlefield 
gave me the needlework as a gift!  
Then I made stars, stars and more stars.  
The finishing touches of quilting were added 
by my talented, meticulously creative, friend, Susan Corbett!
The pieced blocks divide the needlework.
The smaller stars are the border frame.
Yes, I love to piece stars!

The original design pattern is a published pattern by Crabapple Hill
Since I really, really really love stars,  I made some adjustments.

 See the deer in the quilt design!
See the stonework of the bridge!
 Yes, we have a 'waterway' in front of our home.  
I am not sure I would label it a river,
but here is a photo of the bridge we cross to our garage.

The detail of the snowflakes in the border is amazing!
You can see more of Susan's talent at

Susan studied snowflakes and quilted sparkling variety!
Can you see why this is one of my all time favorite quilts!
Yes, it was several years in the making, 
but it was SO worth the collaboration!
This quilt is an example of one of the many reasons
why I am SO passionate about quilting and
why I have been quilting for several decades!
Not only am I blessed to own this amazing quilt,
but I am blessed again and again
by the relationships I have with Jean and Susan!
My heart overflows with gratitude to them for this quilt!!!

 December 2013 will be remembered for a VERY cold Ice Storm!
 It was December 5 late afternoon when the rain began.
 Whereby the timing of rain may not be so important for many,
for our JSS Quilt Bee this timing was very important.
 The annual Christmas Party was about to wrap up 
another memorable time together.
Out of town members had flown in from 
California as well as Kentucky!
 So the JSSers were one VERY grateful group 
that the party took place!
The next few days Texas was ice, ice and more ice!
Travelers' flights were cancelled!

 Quilters were confined to quilting!
How good is that!
 Well, it would have been better if we could have gathered
together to quilt while we were iced-in,
but as these front steps show,
it was more than slippery!
 Yes, that is a sheet of ice on the water
that the ducks had to break through.

 North winds were blowing!
 The driveway did not have tire tracks!
This dove decided to settle at the spa!
The morning after the JSS party the front steps were thick with ice! 
 It took days for the ice in the rain barrel to melt!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

John 3:16
For God so loved the world that 
He gave His only begotten Son, 
that whoever believes in Him 
should not perish but have everlasting life.

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!
Hark! the Herald Angels Sing
Text: Charles Wesley, 1707-1788; alt. by George Whitefield and others 
Music: Felix Mendelssohn; arr. by William H. Cummings 

1. Hark! the herald angels sing, 
"Glory to the new born King, 
peace on earth, and mercy mild, 
God and sinners reconciled!" 
Joyful, all ye nations rise, 
join the triumph of the skies; 
with th' angelic host proclaim, 
"Christ is born in Bethlehem!" 
Hark! the herald angels sing, 
"Glory to the new born King!" 

2. Christ, by highest heaven adored; 
Christ, the everlasting Lord; 
late in time behold him come, 
offspring of a virgin's womb. 
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see; 
hail th' incarnate Deity, 
pleased with us in flesh to dwell, 
Jesus, our Emmanuel. 
Hark! the herald angels sing, 
"Glory to the new born King!" 

3. Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace! 
Hail the Sun of Righteousness! 
Light and life to all he brings, 
risen with healing in his wings. 
Mild he lays his glory by, 
born that we no more may die, 
born to raise us from the earth, 
born to give us second birth. 
Hark! the herald angels sing, 
"Glory to the new born King!"

 Angels grace the table.
China and crystal are set. 
Sun streams in the windows. 
Can hardly wait for Family to gather!