Friday, May 19, 2017

Philippians 3:5 Part 2 To Do Tuesday - RSC 2017 Green!

Philippians 3:5 Part 2
Application
This is so simple, yet we make it so hard.  Many times, our own
lack of trust, 
history,
and misunderstood doctrine
can keep us from the 
life-giving,
liberating,
loving
hand of our Abba Father!

Prayer
Father, please loose the chains that bind us from simply trusting You.  Be it illness, pain, hurt, abuse, distrust, disappointment - whatever it is, loose those things in Jesus' name - that we may learn to lean on Your precious arms!  Help us to not get tangled up in the words of the "mutilators of the flesh", but to give You our hearts.  

Even tonight, as I struggled with fatigue, I know You have a purpose for that.  I can trust You because I've proved You o'er and o'er!

My trust is not in my flesh, but in You.
Amen.  

To Do Tuesday -  RSC 2017 Green!
Last week's To Do Tuesday List:
1) Keep up with my Quilty 365 Done!
2) Make my BOM's (Drunkard's Path and RSC), Done!
3) Charity Sewing - Dolls of Hope, (If you go to the beginning of her feed, there's contact info.)  Oh, Oh!  
4) Continue work on my Fabri-Flair project.   Done!

This week's To Do Tuesday List:
Lately crocheting and Slow Stitching seems to be more my style.  I'm going to go with it and my To Do Tuesday List reflects that!
1) Keep up with my Quilty 365

2) Pick the fabric for Covered in Love as well as Dolls of Hope.  I initially picked the wrong fabric for this project.  So, it's back to the drawing board and pick some new fabric.  

3) Continue work on my Fabri-Flair project.   

4) Crochet some more hexie for my hexagon afghan.  

RSC 2017 - Green!
Here are my May blocks - the color was green.  I learned something:  I don't like green!  However, I was pleasantly surprised at how much it calmed me to work with it.....interesting......
Here are all my bonus mini squares!
Can you see Baby C's chalk artwork
in the background?

Here are my four
RSC 2017 squares for May!

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Philippians 3:5 Part 1. A Happy Surprise! Hexagon Afghan.

Philippians 3:5 Part 1.
Scripture
Observation
Naturally, this verse needs to be read in context - especially with Paul's list of Jewish privileges.  
Remember, his reason for listing them is twofold:  
1) to serve as a warning against believing that circumcision and keeping of the Law was required to show we are "perfect" Christians, (Philippians 3:2)
2) that we don't need physical marks on our body as prove of our faith, (Philippians 3:3)
2) to remember to to show that he, especially, has reason to have confidence in the flesh (Philippians 3:4).  





As he previously stated, our confidence should be in God!  His message is clear:
A simple faith in Jesus Christ is all it takes to serve Him.
To Be Continued

 Happy Surprise!
Remember the Granny Square Cardigan I made?  
It was featured by Susie at Oui Crochet's Fiber Tuesday Link Up!  I almost fell out of my chair when I saw that!  Thank you again, Susie!  I'm still flying in the clouds!  :)

Hexagon Afghan.

Lately it seems I am returning to 
my comfort craft - crocheting.  
I ran out of hexies for 
my Hexagon Afghan, 
but a quick trip to Jo Ann's 
solved the problem!  
Though I couldn't find the exact matches, these are pretty close!  

I made a bunch of gold hexies 
and am now working on green ones!



 For now, 
the hexies live in this beautiful basket!

 

Eureka!  I found these flowers in the basket!  

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Philippians 3:4. Studio Tour Pt. 2 - Misc Storage Magic!

Philippians 3:4
Scripture
Observation
As we discussed during Philippians 3:3, we don't need physical marks on our body to serve Christ.  Our confidence should not be placed in such things.  However, for those who believe they have reasons to put their confidence in the flesh, Paul is preparing to strengthen his argument, as we shall see in verse 5.
Application
Our confidence should be placed in Christ, in our Abba Father, 
not in our flesh!  
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I would be utterly lost if I forgot this lesson!
Furthermore, we should listen to our fellow brothers and sisters who have travailed much in the LORD!  Their faith is has been proved over and over!


In now way am I saying that those who have not suffered have a weaker faith! NO!!!  
I am saying, that when 
He has been proved o'er and o'er, 
faith can grow.  
I truly believed my faith was strong 
in 2014 - until November 2014.  
From then until today, 
my faith has grown beyond measure.  
Yes, my dear, 
breast cancer was one of the biggest blessings - and trials - of my life.  
Now I can sing the above song 
with my whole heart - 
and know the cost.

Prayer
Father, I trusted You before, but now...
whew!  I really trust You!
I'm grateful for the opprotunity 
to grow in You!
Let us listen with rapt hearts and praise 
to those who have gone through so much, 
such as Paul, 
and come out stronger on the other side!

I'm also grateful for those who have not known great pain - though they may be few.  I truly believe we all have a story to tell and how I love listening to how You have worked in the lives of others!  

Life is good, Father.
You amaze me with Your ways and wisdom.  

I pray that I learn to listen to others
with deeper understanding
rejoicing with those who rejoice
and
praying with those who mourn.

I pray victory in the lives of all who read this!  

You're so awesome, Abba!  
You certainly are!
Amen!

Scrap Storage
I haven't been sewing a lot these days, instead I've gone back to my "comfort activites" - crocheting and organizing. Indeed they have brought me great comfort!

I'll share more about crocheting later, but for now, here's how I store part of my fabric.  I shared how I store my yardage and some strips for RSC 2017 here.  





This 10 drawer system is fabulous - lots of storage space that takes up minimal square footage!

Here's where I store my "One day I'll make a black and white quilt" fabric!

Here's my Christmas hand sewing projects.  Do you see that gingerbread man ornament?  Those were on last year's gifts.  

This drawer is my
"Charms" drawer filled with fabric
to be cut into charms -
perfect for hexagons - 

as well as pre-cut charms!  

I love me some "candy"
or mini charms!
My daughter uses them to plan her quilts
and I just admire them!
How do you use your 2 1/2" squares?

My yo-yo maker drawer!  
I love making yo-yos!

I hope you enjoyed this peek into 5 of the ten drawers!  More to come later!

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Philippians 3:3. Sewing Room Tour Part 1: Fabric Storage

Philippians 3:3.
Scripture






Observation
What a powerful Scripture with such clarification in the Amplified version!  Paul is saying we don't need physical marks on our body to serve God.  We serve Him spiritually with joy and praise to Him, not putting confidence on any part of our flesh!  
Application
This Scripture has ministered deeply to me today!  In spite of the fatigue and pain of fibromyalgia (the physical), I can still praise God and serve Him in my Spirit via His Holy Spirit!  I was up to the wee hours of this morning Netflix binging and crocheting.  But, in reality, I was spending time with my Abba Father trying to understand and truly make peace with my situation.  

I've been offered and accepted a nearly full-time position with our local university and am moving forward with the Spanish speaking Cancer Care Support Group - in spite of my physical challenges.  

God has confirmed that both of these opportunities are ministerial opportunities. I am relearning to 
focus on Him and not the challenges, serve Him in and via His Spirit, not in the physical,
have faith in my God dream situation.


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He will 
provide the physical strength I need 
or 
teach me to ask for help.   
A lesson in itself.
Either way, 
my spirit has been comforted and strengthened by His Holy Spirit today!


Prayer
Abba Father, how I love and appreciate You and Your everlasting presence in my life.  I realize that my physical body is what reaches out to minister, but my spiritual body is stengethened by Your Holy Spirit.  

I guess sometimes I have to rest.
Perhaps during these times of resting 
beside the still waters, 
You are strengthening by spirit
that my physical body may go forth
and serve Your people.

Thank you for helping me to see this.
Help me to maintain a positive attitude (Philippians 4:8)!

I love You and I trust You, Abba Father!
Amen!


Sewing Room Tour Part 1:
Fabric Storage
We all have various ways 
to store our fabric and 
I've tried many of them.
For now, this works for me!
I have a rather large cutting table 
that measures roughly 
5 1/2 feet X 4 feet with 
adjustable storage shelves underneath.
It faces my west window,
so it gets a lot of natural light.
Not to worry though, 
I share a solution below.

On right side I store my 
30's, 
Drunkard's Path, 
upcoming projects, 
children's
and other miscellaneous fabric.
Batiks, flannels and
 other miscellaneus fabrics
 are stored on the left side.
There is more "fabric-in-waiting" 
behind the stacks on both sides!
My Accuquilt, dies and
 scrapbooking punches
 are all on the bottom shelf.
Oh, and the Brown Bag?
It's filled with scraps too large to toss!

These scraps are becoming 
part of the Crazy Quilt
I'm making for my son.
He's amazing!
He took care of me 
for almost 2 years - 
when I was 
going through and recovering 
from chemotherapy.  

I posted about this solution before, however, these mini design boards
now serve a different purpose.
Remember when I said that in preparation for the 
RSC 2017, 
I cut strips of fabric 
from each bolt?

This is how I store them!
It really helps me to keep up with the monthly blocks!

I've always wanted to make a Strip Quilt
as well as to participate 
in the RSC Challenge.
I know it's a bit of a cheat......
but I'm having so much fun 
with this project
that I can't feel too guilty!

I place them in front of my fabric shelves.
So that my fabric strips don't fade, 
I simply turn them around when 
not in use!
Win, Win!

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

To Do Tuesday. Lunch. Drunkard's Path. A Song. Suzy Tat.

Hello There!
Today will be a quick post, but it will get your tastbuds going!  

To Do Tuesday
Last week's To Do Tuesday List:
1) Keep and keep up with my Quilty 365 Done!
2) Make my BOM's (Drunkard's Path and RSC), Oh Oh!
3) Charity Sewing - Dolls of Hope, (If you go to the beginning of her feed, there's contact info.)  Oh Oh!
4) Work on my Fabri-Flair project. Done!  

This week's To Do Tuesday List:
1) Keep and keep up with my Quilty 365 
2) Make my BOM's (Drunkard's Path and RSC), 
3) Charity Sewing - Dolls of Hope, (If you go to the beginning of her feed, there's contact info.)  
4) Continue work on my Fabri-Flair project. 

Lunch Today Is Comfort Food
Grape tomatoes, peas, carrots, gluten-free pasta,
tinydash of Consome de pollo, and 1 tspn
(Better Than Bouillien Chicken flavor).




Today is a slower day, perfect for some 

Mason 
Jar 
Soup!






Drunkard's Path Block
Though I didn't get this sewn up, I managed to cut out all the pieces!  I think it will be pretty once it's all sewn up!
A Song
I think I mentioned that my city doesn't have a Cancer Care Support Group for Spanish speakers.  Thankfully, the wonderful lady who hosts ours is willing to mentor me so that I can start one!  

I'm concerned that with these Fibromyalgia flare-ups, I may not be able to be consistent in my attendance.  Yes, there will be a co-host, (hopefully a nurse/social worker)but I want to be there as well.  It may seem arrogant because I'm sure my co-host will be able to take care of things.  But I do want to consistently be there for the participants.  

Then I remembered this song:


Suzy Tat
Last, but not least, is a cool little crocheting and knitting tool that I absolutely love!  
It's called a "Suzy Tat"!  I purchased it at Quillen's Fiber Arts and the owner, Diedre (she's totally cool), told me it's called a "Suzy Tat".  They are made locally by Jim Hurley, so if you support your local businesses this is a 2fer!


I love purchasing yarn from Quillin Fiber Arts, but here you can see that the Suzy Tat also works well with chain store yarns!  I've been using my Suzy Tat while making my Hexagon Afghan.  As you can see, it holds my hexies that are waiting for their beige borders, as well as scissors!


When I take those off, 
I have my yarn and crochet hook 
ready to stitch!  



Then, I simply pull up on my yarn, 
and wala!  
Tangle free crocheting!
Now, if you're using yarn 
that is wound into a cake, 
no problem!  
You just pull from the outside!  
The top part spins 
as you pull your yarn!  
Uninterrupted stitching!


I'm not receiving anything 
for sharing this product, 
except the joy I get from using it!  
If you like it, 
I'm sure she'd work with you 
to mail it out!
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