Thursday, February 21, 2019

A Time For All Season - A Piece of My Hearts

The February blocks are from Carol at Just Let Me Quilt and are really cute and so appropriate for the month of February... the month of love.

Ecclesiastes 3 has always been a favorite scripture of mine... 

There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

     a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
     a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
     a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
     a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
     a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
     a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
     a time to love and a time to hate,

    a time for war and a time for peace.

She and the other designers for this BOM have been kind enough to offer two blocks a month, one pieced and one that involves applique.  Maybe I whined a little to loudly last year about the amount of appliqued blocks... Sorry!  But you may also recall... I did eventually stop whining because the blocks in the It's A "Wild" Life BOM were just so darn cute!  

I love those little hearts!  They went together quickly and reminded me of my own Pieces of My Heart block that was part of Volume 8 in 100 Blocks published by QuiltMaker Magazine... 

...My Pieces of My Heart block also inspired the teeny-tiny quilt featured in my version of the Quilter's Laundry Day from two years ago.

I have stated before that I have a difficult time following directions for multiple anything!  And rather than make two pieced blocks wholly following the pattern's instructions I considered come other options...

Like doing string pieced like in the Laundry Day mini... 

or jumbled up with half hearts like this one that I included in my Bitty Block Quilt...

In the end, I decided that using some cute heart prints would fun too...

I especially like the conversation hearts... Though Valentines Day has passed, a local baker had been sharing some of her special treats she had available for purchase for your sweetheart...  This collection of cookies cracked me up!  Ok, so maybe these don't really send a message of love... They may have been more appropriate for my HS BF that had declared his love for me... you can catch up with the whole story over on my color challenge post

If you were having conversation hearts custom made, what sort of theme or sayings would you request?

Leave a comment... I'd love to hear from you!

Sew Sweet!

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Show Me Your Wings Blog Hop & Give Away

Welcome to Melva Loves Scraps and the Show Me Your Wings blog hop hosted by Carol at Just Let Me Quilt.  If this happens to be your first time visiting, welcome!  I hope that you will take a few minutes to look around my blog.  You can get a peek into my studio, learn a little more about what makes me tick, as well as check out my Gallery and the Quilters Through The Generations stories I have featured by following the links on the high-lighted words or by clicking on the tabs at the top of the page.

Details for the give away and the full list of hop participants will be at the end of this post. 

I really didn't think that coming up with a quilt for this hop would prove to be so challenging!  My first idea was a Birds In The Air quilt... or something with flying geese units.

I asked my fb followers what came to mind when they heard "Show Me Your Wings"... Responses included angels, butterflies, "Take off and fly" referring to children growing up and fleeing the nest, as it is intended, and "I believe I can fly".

I considered angels... I also considered butterflies... and normally I would have been excited about the butterflies.  But I kept landing back at Flying Geese.  Jumbo size, big block size

I pulled a few patterns. 

This one was a real possibility... I have made it a few times before as baby quilts.  it is always a fun one to make...

 I also considered the Dutchman's Puzzle with jumbo sized blocks...

It would make a nice sized baby quilt...

I pulled fabric that would work with either of these quilts.  While definitely not a baby print, the brightly colored lizards on a green leafy background that had been in my stash for a few years would be a fun quilt for a baby boy... I had located some coordinating solids to go along with them.

And then I started looking through the Civil War Quilt book that I bought when I made a quilt to commemorate our vacation to Gettysburg and the DC area in 2005.  Each block has a diary entry that highlights the events of the day or letters or new received.  

That was when I found Confusion and Turmoil!  As I reflect, it seemed  rather ironic that I use this block pattern since I had been completely undecided about what sort of quilt I make...  LOL

So, a few details... Each flying geese unit is 6 inches by 12 inches with an over all finished size of 39 inches square.

With this quilt completed and a few days remaining before the publish date for this hop, I started playing with a few angel ideas that I had... 

Because February plays host to Valentines Day and all things hearts... I wanted to make an angel with hearts.  

I may have used a similar project (from construction paper) as a Girl Scout leader or gotten the idea from some school project that one of the girls brought home from elementary school, or maybe a Christmas ornament...   

It doesn't really matter... I have learned that when an idea comes to me in the middle of the night, I must follow the inspiration...  

I had the opportunity to practice my free-motion quilting with the writing of the scripture from Hebrews 2:2 in the background.  

My other idea was to use prairie points as angel wings, a triangle as the body and a snowball block as the head.

<<<  The final result...  a cute little mug rug! 

When I first looked at it, it reminded me of some paintings by DeGrazia at the chapel in Arizona.  

I had a painting in my childhood bedroom that was done by my Grandma Teegarden with a similar feel and look of this one...

Give away time!  This sweet little angel with Prairie Point Wings is the prize.  Leave a comment before February 22nd letting me know...

 which one of my winged quilt projects is your favorite?

The Flying Geese baby quilt, the Angel of Hearts or the Prairie Point Angel?

Be sure to leave your email address with your comment if you are a no-reply blogger... It would be terrible if you were selected as the winner and I had no way of contacting you!

Quilt Happy!


Be sure to visit all of the other quilters that are participating!

Saturday, February 16, 2019

The Adventure Quilt - Blooms

Block three of the Adventure Quilt-Along - Road Trip Quilt, hosted by Kate & Tammy is all about blooms.  As Kate said...

"These Blooms blocks represent the sun that (hopefully) shines down on your journey and the flowers and plants you see as you travel on your Road Trip."

That is precisely what came to my mind when I saw the patterns!  

The sun and flowers.  

The Roadside Bloom made me think of the Indian Blanket flowers that grow along highways in New Mexico.  After dropping off our daughter to Girl Scout camp (about 15 years ago!) near Angel Fire, NM I made my husband stop along the road to "rescue" a few of the plants...  After all, the state may have come along at any moment to mow along the side of the road!

The tropical bloom block and the sun block >>> reminded me of a spring break trip to Tucson to visit my grandparents.  The whole family went - my parents, brother and my boyfriend (who went on to become my husband), who had never been to Arizona.

It was NOT the typical college spring break, but we had a great time!

Our college's baseball team was scheduled to scrimmage against the University of Arizona and we were able to be there to root them on.  We were ready to soak up some warmth and sunshine!

We visited Reid Park Zoo, Old Tucson, Saguaro National Park...  We must have worn them out!  With outings planned every day!  

Grandma and Grandpa had mentioned that the poppies were supposed to be in full bloom at Picacho Peak State Park.  We packed a lunch for everyone and headed out.  When we arrived we were in wonder of where the poppies were...

After wandering around on a few trails I remember saying... do you think these little tiny flowers we have been walking on are the poppies???

Turns out... yes, indeed, there they were!

We were all thinking poppies... big. red.  You know... Poppies!

And so fitting for the small poppies we saw at Picacho Peak State Park, this block is only 6", rather than 12 inches like the sun and roadside bloom blocks.

You still have time to grab the pattern for free - through Tuesday, February 18th (I think...)!

Did you ever take a spring break trip?  

Leave a comment telling me where you went and what you did... I love to hear from my readers. 

Quilt Happy!

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

2019 Color Challenge - Carnations - Pink

The February Color Challenge color is Pink.  It was one of my favorite colors as a kid.  When I was allowed to choose a color for my bedroom I chose pink!  What were my parents thinking when I asked for pink... and not a light pink... something subtle... like the carnations shown in the photo to the right. >>>

They let me get bubble gum pink!

I was probably about age 9 or 10... And the room remained that way until my parents sold the house when I was in my 30s!

It was a little reminiscent of the light pink in my block. Oh my... 

As I watched a story on the CBS Sunday Morning show about singing telegrams I recalled how student council, or maybe it was show choir, would hold a fundraising event on Valentines Day where students could order a singing telegram, along with a box of chocolates or a flowers, to a person in a specific class period.  

It was a way to "declare your love" for someone or just embarrass the tar out of them.  I don't ever recall being on the receiving end of one of these singing telegrams.  I was, however, embarrassed beyond  belief when my boy friend who attended HS in a neighboring town publicly declared his love for my by having a Valentine message printed in the town paper.  **Ugh** 

I mean, I liked the guy, and may have been on the verge of admitting some form of teenage love for him.  His message of love was supposed to be somewhat discreet... he claimed...  Supposedly, my name was not to be printed in full, nor his name... only initials.  He apologized profusely.  I must have forgiven him... we continued dating for a few more months.  He was going to go off to college in Denver and I would still be in HS.  

It was an awkward situation... I became painfully aware that he was much more in love with me and his public proclamation of love for me magnified the fact that I was not able to reciprocate the feelings.  I eventually ended the relationship... after Prom.  After all, a girl had to have a date to attend Prom and it was the social event of the year!

(Edit... Actually I remember getting this picture and being quite excited that we looked "so cute" together.  But somewhere between prom and his graduation, I wasn't comfortable knowing he had stronger feelings for me, therefore, I ended it.)

It is obvious to me now that he was never meant to be the love of my life.  Through that young relationship (and a few others) I was able to get a glimpse into what love really is and I definitely found that with Dave!

For better or worse... In sickness or in health... Until death do we part.  Thirty-three years and counting!

Have you ever been on the receiving end of a singing telegram???

Leave a comment - I love to hear from my readers...

Happy Valentines Day!

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BOMs Away at What A Hoot Quilts
Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts
TGIFF with Lisa at Port Hope
Can I get A Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
UFO Busting at Tish's Adventures in Wonderland

2019 Color Challenge at Patterns by Jen

Monday, February 11, 2019

The Adventure Quilt - Mile Marker

The Mile Marker blocks for the Road Trip Quilt by Kate & Tammy this week had me reflecting on life and how road signs and landmarks along the way are similar to mile markers.  

Mile markers indicate the distance to a town or rest stop or gas stations and restaurants.  They often indicate major rivers or bridges, state lines and rest stops.

Life is an adventure!  And in life there are milestones that we approach... sometimes enthusiastically, sometimes with trepidation.

A birthday is an annual marker... some seem more significant than others... a first birthday, the 16th birthday when so many of us were eligible to get our driver's license, the 18th (in my case for 3.2% beer) or 21st when you could purchase beer or alcohol or visit a bar to celebrate the occasion with long island iced teas...  and a few more mile markers along the way... like the 30th (mine came and passed inconspicuously because we were a little pre-occupied with a recent move and awaiting to hear the news that my MIL had "graduated" to heaven), 40th (when my sweet hubby planned a surprise party for me because my 30th had been overlooked) or 50th...

I think more importantly than a number (like actual mile markers), I think major events are representative of landmarks... You know like the Mississippi River, or the Grand Canyon.  In the adventure of life we have big events that help to shape who we are...

I outlined a few of these four years ago when I turned 50...  A few significant moments that I will never, ever forget...

  • My high school graduation...
  • The Freshmen-Sophomore mixer at TSJC where I first met Dave...
  • The day Dave and I made vows to love each other... in sickness & health, for rich or for poor, 'til death do we part...
  • The moment we found out we were pregnant!  
  • The moment we learned that the baby miscarried...
  • The moment we learned, again, that we were pregnant!
  • The arrival of our first-born child...
  • The moment we learned that we would welcome another baby!
  • Arriving at the hospital to deliver baby #2 and hearing the nurse run down the hall after examining me, yelling "Margaret!  We're going to have a baby!" (The Dr. was across town at the other hospital and they were concerned that I would deliver before she could arrive)... the Dr. did make it, btw...
  • The day Dave received a job notice for an opening in the Gunsmithing department at Trinidad State Junior College...  His interview day... The day he received a job offer...
  • The day we closed on a house that we had never actually seen...  Yes, we may be a bit crazy!
  • The day I moved our oldest daughter into her dorm room for the first time...
  • The day we became "empty-nesters"...
  • Seeing both of our daughters say "I do"...
  • Watching the birth of our first grand-child...
  • When we decided that being self-employed was  something we were being led to do and applied for all the necessary business licenses and zoning ordinances required

Thanks for joining on my little jaunt down memory lane!  

What are some of the significant landmarks in your life?

Leave a comment... I love getting to know my readers.

 And remember to slow down and enjoy the journey... not just the destination.

Quilt Happy!

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Wednesday Wait Loss at The Inquiring Quilter
Midweek Makers at Quilt Fabrication
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Friday, February 8, 2019

It's A "Wild" Life - Finish

It is with great excitement and a little sprinkle of sadness to say that my It's A "Wild" Life block of the month quilt is complete.

When I started it last year I was unsure and uncomfortable of the whole fusible applique process but as the months passed by with a little more applique included with each block my confidence grew.  

I enjoyed all of the blocks and the memories and stories that I recalled as I worked on the blocks...

From our "close encounters" with bear, to watching deer graze in our yard, and enjoying some mountain picnics... fishing as a child, our house with a view of the mountain range... enjoying a morning watching some fox at a state park, remembering how far we have come in our camping accommodations... stories of skunks and raccoons.  They included a few very hearty laughs, but all very good memories.  

I had fun creating the detail and movement in each block... every pine tree received stitching kinda like a Christmas tree...

 I added detail of a carving that Dave left behind on an aspen tree a few years ago, as shown in the photo below...

His carving actually shows '63 (his year of birth) but I put '83... the year he left the carving as well as the year we met. ๐Ÿ’•

 I created detail for the parking pad of the truck and trailer... 

(it is a little hard to see...) >>>

... and grass was placed in all of the blocks that had grassy areas.

 Again, it is a little hard to see, but there are leaves offering detail in the large trees in the Moose go camping block... 

and loops and swirls in all of the sky areas of the quilt.

And now these memories get to travel with us this year as we begin thinking of camping!

We are getting antsy! We are at the time of year that the temps can easily be 60 to 70 degrees during the day, but as soon as the sun goes down, they drop drastically... and there is a chance for a snow storm or blizzard every few days.  

Mother Nature is teasing us!  Spring is around the corner, but she can quickly remind us... NOT YET!  Like the day the sun was shining... and it was snowing and blowing and the highway shut down!

A few places on our wish list of places to travel to include Palo Duro Canyon near Amarillo, TX, The Great Sand Dunes and some remote places in the San Isabel National Forest.  

I am certain we will find many more great locations that are just a few hours from us and we can enjoy a few days of fun hiking or biking and unplugging and getting back in touch with nature.  

Where do you like to go to "get away"?

Leave a comment... I love to hear from my readers.

Quilt Happy!


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