Monday, July 15, 2019

Monday's Strength. Morning Glory + New Projects. Book Date.

Monday's Strength
At my church, Heart for the World, Pastor Dale has some really cool sayings that I have begun to call "Daleisms".  When I told him about them, he laughed and said he'd never heard of them before.  I've decided to share a few from the June 23rd service which is part of a series titled "Loving Your Family On Purpose".  

"Success is having the love and respect of those who know you the best."

At the times all is right in his marriage, he feels like he can "charge hell with a water pistol!"

"When your purpose is bigger than you problems, your purpose overcomes your problems.  When your problems are bigger than your purpose, your problems overcome your purpose."

Let us go to our LORD and Savior that we may do all things through Christ!  As we lean on Him and work with Him we become more than conquerors in Him! 

Oh LORD, help us to remember to put You first that we may achieve the purpose You have for us!  Help us to lean on You, work with You and go forward with You leading our way!

Morning Glory Quilt
My Morning Glory Quilt  blocks are now finished!  Soon I'll be posting the finished flimsy!

I used two fat eighth bundles from Kate Spain's Early Bird collection.  I am excited that I have enough fabric to make this quilt, Garden Snails, in a twin size!  

Image result for pen and paper patterns garden snails
For now, I'm cutting out the fabrics and laying them out on my trays.  

But first, I am going to quilt (gulp!) this quilt for a friend.  
Her late mother-in-law made it, but passed away before she could quilt it.  It seems that she did a stitch in the ditch.  I'm nervous as I rarely - if ever- quilt my own quilts.  I've been fingers crossed it will go well!

Book Date
Current Reads

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Saturday's Song. Slow Stitching. Stash Report

Saturday's Song

I searched through the Earth 
for something that could satisfy

A peace for the hurt I had buried deep inside

Knees on the floor, I finally found everything I needed
You lifted my soul and opened up my eyes
And I never knew anything lasts forever

Till I found You, till I found You

I never dreamed anything could be better
Till I found You, till I found You
You're rewriting my story

And I'm brand new like a morning

Oh, I never knew anything lasts forever
Till I found You
Till I, till I found You
Till I, till I found You

Till I, till I found You

Till I, till I found You
Gone are the days I'm chasing after what won't last

I'm done with building these castles that crumble like sand

Oh, knees on the floor
I finally
Source: LyricFind
These lyrics describe my heart so completely.  Till I found Him, I was lost, angry, resentful, I find peace in the midst of the storm, more self-acceptance than I dreamed was possible, hope instead of despair.......I bet you could turn your life around if you trusted Him.  Here is a wonderful turnaround story!
Perhaps you relate to this song!  Perhaps you could share your story in the comments?
He is the God who turns around the lost and hurting that they may be found and healed.  
Slow Stitching
Today I'm hoping to continue stitching on this embroidery project.  You know, our hearts can sometimes mislead us, so I've decided to stitch "Jesus" in the middle of the heart....maybe in gold thread.  
Naturally, I'm hoping to make some guessed it!  Dishcloths!
Stash Report
Yea!  I finished my Morning Glory Quilt by Kate Spain!  I'll be sharing it later this week.    This finish  doubles my fabric usage!
Fabric Usage
last week - 14.75/100 yards  
this week -  29.05/100 yards
Yarn Usage 
Some more dishcloths were made up - and I just love them!  This seems to be the year of the dishcloths!

last week - 103.5/300 ounces
this week - 107/300 ounces

I hope you check out these parties!
Slow Stitching Sunday @ Kathy's Quilts
Sunday Stash@ Quilt, Paint, Create

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Jesus Asked It #11. I Like...San Diego! $7.50 Blocks!

Jesus Asked It #11
Jesus Asked Series: 1,  2, 3, 4, 56789, 10
As you may recall this series started when my Pastor mentioned this in church:  If you really want to get to know Jesus, look at the questions He asked.  Let's continue on our journey.  

How often I have been guilty of this very action!  
I guess I made the most progress at breaking this habit when I heard this in Al-Anon:  

Memes, Responsibility, and Back: Whenever you point
 the finger of blame
 at Someone
 notice the three fingers
 of responsibility pointing
 back towards you.
Dear one, it's a continual journey to improve ourselves, to live out God's Word, to become gentle with ourselves and others...progress not perfection...another Al-Anon slogan that impacted me.  It reminds me of Philippians 3:12.

Oh LORD, help us to focus on how we can better serve You by becoming the best women and men of God that we can be!

I Liked Loved Our Trip to San Diego!
What is amazing is that Daddy could go on vacation - and was well enough to enjoy it!  He hit many of his Bucket List dreams - and we (my sister, my brother-in-law, Daddy and myself) were blessed to be part of the dream with him!  He is weaker since his diagnosis, but his spirit and mind are willing!  Praise God!
Here's a few photos of the beauty we all enjoyed!
Mission Basilica at San Juan Capistrano

 The gardens were peaceful and filled with God's love.  I was reminded of our time in Okinawa.

 Even a nearby Starbucks was pretty!

Gotta love the ocean view!
 The view from our balcony....
such a beautiful place to lovingly crochet gifts...sigh.....
 I liked this hanging in our condo....
 My little sister staged this photo in a flash...such talent...such unity....we have the same feet!  :)

$7.50 Blocks
I've made some progress on my $7.50 blocks (updated to include link).  I'm only a month behind!  Yea!

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Sunday, June 30, 2019

Saturday's Song. Slow Stitching. Stash Report

Saturday's Song

Have you heard of the movie, "Yesterday"?  We saw it this past Friday and, though I enjoyed it, I was touched anew by the song "Hey Jude" that played during the credits.  These lyrics touched me deeply.  
"Take a sad song and make it better".
"And anytime you feel the pain
Hey Jude, refrain
Don't carry the world upon your shoulders
For well you know that it's a fool
Who plays it cool
By making his world a little colder"
As I listened to these lyrics as if for the first time, I realized that my "sad song" as an adult survivor of child abuse, can be made better.  I need not carry the world upon my shoulders, instead I can be real, be open to healing and be free.  
Philippians 3: 13-14 comes to mind.
Dear Reader, do you have old hurts that haunt you?  Try reading Philippians 3:13-14 several times a day.  Post it throughout your environment.  Take a chance and live it.  You might be pleasantly surprised at the results.  

Slow Stitching
I finished hand piecing Block 7 (Eula) of the Elm Street Quilts & Simple. Handmade. Everyday. hand pieced QAL!  These ladies have cleverly named the blocks after the characters in the novel Friendship Album ,1933 by Frances O’Roark Dowell.  I listened to this amazing work via Podcast while stitching.  Talk about inspiring!
I also finished these dishcloths.

Today I'll be working on some more dishcloths and my Grandmother's Flower Garden.  Here's where I'm hoping to spend several hours.  Mia, my poodle, will join me after I settle in.  
 Here's a bird's eye view of my little table/table.  

I'm so enjoying crocheting dishcloths with this newly discovered yarn at Hobby Lobby.  I have always enjoyed making dishcloths, but got hooked with the dishcloth challenge from 2018.  These dishcloths eventually become much appreciated Christmas gifts to my various friends in the various groups I attend.  

Stash Report
Because I used scraps, I'm guesstimating I used about .75 yards of fabric for both my pink and yellow sewing kits and the pink needle book.
Fabric Usage
last week - 14.00/100 yards  
this week -  14.75/100 yards

Yarn Usage 
I used roughly 10.5 ounces of yarn on those 7 dishcloths.  
last week - 93/300 ounces
this week - 103.5/300 ounces

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Slow Stitching Sunday @ Kathy's Quilts
Sunday Stash@ Quilt, Paint, Create

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Jesus Asked It #10. I Like Nursing Home Humor! Organizing Tool.

Jesus Asked It #10
Jesus Asked Series: 1,  2, 3, 4, 5678, 9
Ouch!  "you of little faith". How quickly we can forget who we are, who we serve, who our Daddy and Big Brother is!  
I've been facing medical insurance issues lately and guess what?  I'm almost as upset as I was when we were battling these same issues back in 2014/2015.  Almost as upset.  Almost.  Progress not perfection.  
"you of little faith."  
I've progressed, yet still have so far to go.  Don't we all?  
I can thank God for the insurance trails of this week because I not only see not only how far I have to go, but, more importantly, my progress, my growing faith, my growing strength - going from little faith to big faith.
Thank you, Jesus!

Thursday's Likes!
I've been eager to share pictures of my likes from San Diego and then I realized I don't many pictures!  I was too busy living to take them.  I'll be getting some from Daddy and then sharing them soon.

For some time I have been taking weekly pictures of some jokes that are written by someone in the nursing home where I sew with my friends.  My intention has been to share them on the LeAnn's I Like link up @ Not Afraid of Color.  Today's the day for Nursing Home Humor!
These signs have made me laugh every time!  

 I love this one - thought of my friend who says laundry is the bane of her existence!  

Here's an update on Chico and Kitty's budding friendship which thoroughly enjoy watching bloom!

I love them so much!

Sewing Organization
I spent a lovely few days with Daddy and Mama that resulted in sewing taking a back seat.  In lieu of showing you a project, here is an invaluable organizational tool I use that costs $1.00 a tray at Dollar Tree.  The time factor is spending a day/afternoon cutting fabric for my various WIPs.  After that, I'm off and sewing until I run out of trays!
 I cut my fabric and lay it out.  I'm making two versions of this block - 1930's and the fabric with the kit, so I stack them
 or lay them out like this.
I store them on my sewing chair with the pattern on top of the corresponding block.  This is a system I use with all my current projects and it works quite well and takes up less space than a previous system I used!  It's a win-win!

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