Thursday, July 20, 2017

Philippians 4:4. Part 1. I Like! RSC 2017

Philippians 4:4 Part 1
Scripture
Observation
Rejoice.
Always.
A message Paul deems worth repeating:
Rejoice!





Application
Really Paul?  Always?  Really?
Even in the midst 
of conflict?
of pain?

of bad news?
Yup.
Paul did.


So what is joy?

I was impressed by the part in red:
"the prospect of possessing what one desires."

We know 
that in all things 
God works for the good 
of those who love Him, 
who have been called 
according to His purpose 
(Romans 8:28). 

So, 
Friends, 
joy is a faith thing.
Therefore, 
it is God who gives us joy - His joy.

In the midst of our 
pain,
conflict,
bad  news,
illness,
all things,
the joy of the LORD will see us through.
I promise.
I've been there.

And His joy is our strength.


A lot to think about....
To be continued

RSC 2017 - Catching up!
How could I have missed the yellow month?  Yellow is my favorite color!  


So fun and cheerful!

Here's some 4" squares and a stack ready to be pressed!

I Like!
Today's I Like is dedicated the the wonderful puppy who saved my son's life - literally.  The details are not my story to tell, but the love this little baby has in his heart is obvious in these pictures.

Marley supervises my son as they work on landscapes.  I made him a couple of work blankets and a quilt to relax on at home.  

The pictures speak for themselves......

How I love this little baby!






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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Philippians 4:3. Patrick's Strength. To Do Tuesday

Philippians 4:3
Scripture
Observation
Paul is asking a mystery companion to assist in the reconciliation of these two ladies.  
Application
I wonder....if I was one of these two women, what would I do?  How would I feel after hearing Paul's plea?  

In a church we attended when my kids were teens, there was a time of contention between myself and anther person.  The conflict was regarding our kids.....

At that time, the mama bear in me was roaring to fight and defend my kids....

To this day I stiffen at how the whole situation was handled by our pastor.

Sure there are times when we are wrong and must take responsibility and ask for forgiveness.  But...what if we are the ones wronged?

First and foremost, God's Word and His work in me led to a new maturity.   The book, A Tale of Three Kings A Study in Brokeness by Gene Edwards helped me through this time.  Mr. Edwards' work helped me to heal and grow in grace.  
Finally, the slogans of a 12 Step Program have helped.  

We who make up the church are only human.
We will hurt others.
We will be hurt.

LET US NOT BLAME GOD FOR THIS!

He is not human and His heart breaks to see these situations!

If we hurt others, let us seek forgiveness and reconciliation!

If we have been hurt, let us seek healing and forgiveness.  

Let us remember:


Prayer
Oh boy, LORD!  That was a tough trip down Memory Lane!  Thank You for showing me how You have worked so diligently and deeply in my life!  You have brought me so far!

Those times still bother me, but I now know that if I were to see those people again I could genuinely smile and greet them with Your love and concern for their welfare!  That in itself is a great miracle!  

Thank You my LORD and Savior!  Bless those who are hurting/have hurt others.  Bring unity and healing to our country, hurting people and especially in our churches.  

I love You so, LORD!  Thank You for loving me - even when I wasn't very lovable!

Amen.

To Do Tuesday
Last week's To Do Tuesday
1)  Keep up with Quilty 365 Done!  See the Smilies on the black circles?  Here's why!



2) Finish hand quilting two blocks of the Panel Baby Quilt 
4) Continue working on Patrick's Strength. Done and finished!
I made his afghan a bit narrow to accommodate his hospital bed.  I'm hoping to get in the mail this week!  Yea!  

This week's To Do Tuesday
- Keep up with Quilty 365 
Finish Nicole's Squares Baby Quilt
RSC 2017 - yellow squares!  
 Finish hand quilting two more blocks of Joe's Baby Quilt 
-  Continue working on prayer shawl 
-  Continue working on donation prayer shawl



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Monday, July 17, 2017

A Sweet Gift with Hip Stitch's Help.

A Sweet Gift with Hip Stitch's Help
As a young mother of four ages one to seven, my daughter is an active young lady!  She quilts, sews, researches all manner of quilty and kid topics as well as makes me wonderful gifts!

Today I wanted to show off something she made me.  It was a Schlep Bag using the So Sew Easy Schlep pattern from Sentimental Stitches.   While in Albuquerque, I visited a cool fabric shop: Hip Stitch  (more on them later).  They had created an awesome kit for this pattern at an extremely reasonable price.  
The only change we made was to make the handles black.  



Look at what my daughter made for me!
Isn't the fabric so hip!
Ha!
It lives up to the shop's name:

The opening measures 20.5" and 
the bottom is 18".  
The depth is a generous 18.5".  
It's the perfect weekender, 
quilting bee tote
 or 
for just schleping around size!

Check out the lining fabric!

 We did go ahead and switch out the handles for black fabric.  
I love how my daughter 
used red thread to jazz it up a bit!
 She had a bit left over from these fabrics to create these pouches.  
I love me some pouches!
One day I have to show you my collection!
I am so grateful 
to have such a 
gifted and generous daughter!
As I said before,
she's one of the people 
who inspired me to sew!

Hip Stitch

Ok.  Hold onto your hats!  If you are in Albuquerque, NM and looking for 
- modern "hip" fabrics, 
- friendly, knowledgeable staff, 
- inspiration and 
- laughter, 
you must visit Hip Stitch!

While visiting Albuquerque, NM last fall we popped in and wow!  It was such an amazing experience!  How I wish I had taken pictures!  But there are plenty on their website, which by the way so accurately describes their fabrics as "sassy"!  Just look at my schlep bag!  They have an online store as well!



I purchased the kit for the schlep bag and this cool glasses fabric!The rest of my purchases was for my daughter. 

Oh!  Why didn't I take pictures of the  store as well as of the purchases I made for my daughter.  But, alas, it's all good.  Yup, you know what's coming:  

In my next post
I'll return to our 
regular programming schedule of our 
journey into Philippians and
sharing my own projects!
Thank you for allowing me to brag about 
my daughter 
and
share about Hip Stitch!

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Saturday Song. Scrappiness. Slow Stitching. Stash Report.

Saturday's Song
I heard this song and just knew it was Saturday's Song!  I hope you are blessed and encouraged!  Take a moment to Exhale!


New Scrappy Project
I started another baby quilt!  This little baby might be a scrappy one - at least his quilt is!  I'm adding two more rows and then tie quilting it!  :)

Slow Stitching Weekend
Patrick's Strength should be finished tonight! 
I'm looking forward to
1) mailing it to him and
2) taking the yarn ounces off my Stash Report!  :p

Stash Report
Fiber Stash Report:  July 9, 2017
(started 6/11/17)
Fabric used this week
0 yds
Fabric used to date
6  7/8 yds
Fabric Added this week
11 yds
Fabric Added this year
22 1/8yds

Net Fabric
-15 ¼  yds

Yarn used this week
0 oz  
Yarn used to date
21 oz
Yarn Added this week
19 oz
Yarn Added to date
46 oz
Net Yarn
- 25 oz
I bought this yarn to make a prayer shawl for yet ANOTHER friend recently diagnosed with breast cancer.  :(  
And yes
I'm angry.
I'll be searching 
for peace
as 
exhale.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Philippians 4:2 Part 2. To Do Tuesday. I Like.

Philippians 4:2 Part 2
Part 1
Scripture
Observation
As previously discussed, we know how important it it is to have unity in the church and among believers.  


Application
At the same time, we are human, with human traits.  Like I said before, when I feel so ill equipped to apply, much lest write to others about a verse, I can only go back to the basic question:  What would Jesus do?



As I thought about researching this topic, I found this article by James Jackson.  It's a tough teaching, but well worded.  Basically he's referring us to Matthew 5:23-35 and Matthew 18:15-17.  I thoroughly enjoyed his summary:

Four Steps to Resolving Conflict
1.  Quickly
2.  Face to face
3.  One-on-one
4.  Get help

Pretty clear, but can be difficult to apply and live out.  I plan to go back and read his series on this topic.  

As we resolve conflict, let us remember that forgiveness is NOT saying, "It's OK what you did."  Forgiveness is simply giving up our right to feel indignation and resentment towards that person.  

Finally, I have to post the daily verse my husband sent me this morning:



As always, 
it all ends with our LORD and Savior.  



Prayer
Thank you for guiding me along the way and for James Jackson's sermon notes!  I'm so glad that he posted them!  I know there are those of us who have deep wounds and scars from the past.  Help us to work through them and move onto forgiveness and resolution IN YOUR TIMING.  Thank you again, my LORD, for Your grace and mercy, which is new every day!

To Do Tuesday
Last week's list:
1)  Keep up with Quilty 365  
2) Finish the last $7.50 Drunkard's Path block.  Done!


3) Finish Panel Baby Quilt - As I am hand quilting this project, this was a totally unrealistic goal.
4) Continue working on Patrick's Strength. Done!
5) Crochet a scrubby dischcloths for my daughter's father-in-law.  Done!

This week's To Do Tuesday is going up late, so my list will be short!  My son's dishcloths will have to wait a bit.  
1)  Keep up with Quilty 365  
2) Finish hand quilting two blocks of the Panel Baby Quilt 
4) Continue working on Patrick's Strength. 

I Like Thursdays
I'm a bit late for this link up as my grandson and I were playing.  We decided he would chose his "I Likes"! So here they are!
He loves their playroom!

He loves the bay window 
filled with toys for his little brothers.









 He loves the kids' bookshelf!


Of course he loves their toy closet!

 This mural was painted by 
Victoria Culbertson in 1984 
for my daughter's nursery!
Of course,we love Legos!  
We're making this kit today!


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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Liebster Award!

Liebster Award!
Guess what?  Nancy at Grace and Peace Quilting nominated me for the Liebster Award! 

Liebster is a German word with many meanings some of which are sweetest, valued and kindest.  This is an award given to bloggers from other bloggers! You can discover more information here! Thank you so much, Nancy!  

As part of the process, I'm going to answer a few questions so that you can get to know me better!

If you could meet one quilting personality, who would it be?
I don't know a lot of the bigger names in quilting, but I would love to meet the lovely women I have blessed to meet since I've started this blog! 

Who inspired you to sew?
Two people - my aunt and my daughter.  When I was a young teen, my aunt made me a beautiful green dress.  I enjoyed every step of the process!

Later, when my daughter started sewing, I decided to jump in with both feet so that we would have even more to share!  

What do you like to do when quilting?
I binge watch Netflix series or listen to Postcasts.  When the going gets tough, I listen to music.  Every night, though, I call my dad.  I've learned so much about his life as I play in me sewing studio.  It's like he's sitting in my rocker keeping me company!  

Do you have a favorite snack while quilting?
Not really, but I do drink iced water or iced coffee.  

Do you look for quilts when watching movies?
Ha!  There's so much to do when watching TV!  I'm usually crocheting, hand sewing, responding to comments and emails, commenting on other blogs and posting on Instagram!  I try to limit my cruising the net time as I can lose track of time.  

Which comes first, fabric or pattern?
For me, it's usally the pattern.  My daughter finds great quilts for us to make.  I also enjoy picking my son's brain for quilts/projects he would like to have!

What is your favorite finish?
By far, my favorite finish is my 2015 $7.50 BOM quilt.  I made it while undergoing chemotherapy for Triple Negative Breast Cancer and presented it as a gift to my husband.  I wanted to thank him for the wonderful care he gave me throughout our journey.  


Quilt by hand or machine?
I really prefer to send my larger quilts to Stephanie and the smaller ones to my daughter.  Lately, I have quilted four pieces, three by machine for my "grand-doggy, Marley,  
and I'm currently hand quilting a baby quilt.  
Favorite color?
Yellow!  When I make a quilt, I love bright, cheerful colors like the ones I used in my Scrappy Sampler!

Favorite notion?
I collect pretty and unusual seam rippers.  If I have to rip, it will be with a fun tool!  :)

Do you work on one quilt at a time or many?
I used to work on a different quilt each day of the week.  I'm learning that for me, it's better to work on one quilt at a time.  I do try to have a day for my BOM blocks and charity blocks.  I slow the pace down on the weekends with slow stitching - hand sewing, crocheting and embroidery.

My current crochet project is for a young man who is fighting for his life as we speak:  Patrick.  Here is the progress on 
Patrick's Strength:




Do you have a blog that you just can't miss a post?

Yes!  I read the blogs that I link up to every week as well as a few others I have found via link ups! Today's link ups are also ones I read regularly!  










Hookin’ On Hump Day @ Petals to Picot and Moogly









Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts 


Mollie @ Wild Olive


Janice @ Color, Create, Quilt

Betsy at Faith Spilling Over

Who would you like to nominate for the Liebster Award?
We can nominate several bloggers.  I have contacted one and there's a few more that I'm contacting today.  I'll keep you posted!  

Again, Nancy, thank you so much for this wonderful opprotunity!  

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