Monday, June 12, 2017

Philippians 3:13-14 Part 1. Bag, Quilty 365 & To Do Tuesday!

Philippians 3:13-14
Paul concludes with such a humble admission and extremely sound advice.  He realizes that even he is a work in progress and he gives us a precious tool to win the prize!
Since almost the beginning of my walk with Christ, this verse called to me.  I had baggage, serious baggage in massive amounts.  But, here this man of God was preaching three points:
1) Forget what is behind,
2) strain toward what is ahead 
3) press toward the goal to win the prize God has called me to win.

Do you have baggage as well?  I bet most of us do - and that's ok.
When I would hear,
"Just let it go,"
"Forgive and you will be free,"
"Just stop thinking about it,"
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High Quality Frustration Blank Meme TemplateAnd then I would feel so alone...did not anyone understand my pain?

Sometimes, we unintentionally shoot our wounded.
But it doesn't have to be that way.

Brothers and sisters, 
I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: 
Forgetting what is behind 
and straining toward what is ahead,
14I press on toward the goal 
to win the prize 
for which God has called me 
heavenward in Christ Jesus.  
Philippians 3:13-14

This is a process - a healing process

that takes time.

Differing amounts of time 

for different people - 

for different traumas.

Let's be gentle with others,

and more importantly,

with ourselves.

To be continued in the next post.

Project Bag #1
Last Saturday was "Knit/Crochet in Public Day!"  I didn't know such a day existed, but, for me, I celebrate this day almost every time I go out!  Right?  

In honor of Knit/Crochet in Public Day, Bethany at Whistle and Ivy posted a cute little project bag to crochet!  Her pattern was easy to follow with no problems at all.  In case you're wondering if your crochet hook will slip through the holes in the bag, I make a habit of simply placing mine deep in the yarn ball when I crochet on the go!

So, yeah!  You bet!  I started it last night and just finished it this afternoon!  

My granddaughter loved it!  Her eyes were wide as she said, "It's so beautiful!"

For this first bag,
I made a few changes.
I love to crochet large scarves and also shawls.
I wanted to make sure 
it would be big enough to carry 
the yarn and projects 
as they grew.  
So, I used a "J" hook versus the "H" hook recommened in the pattern.
I also used two strands of 
Cascade Yarns Cherub Chunky in 
Hot Pink (#45) and White (01).
They were extremely easy to work with!
I used a total of 10 oz. of yarn.
This bag is roomy enough for 
a scarf that is 1/3 of the way done 
and three 3.5 oz. skeins of yarn!  
Sorry, I can't show you the scarf yet - 
it's a Chirstmas gift!  :)
 Did you notice I said, "For this first bag"?  Yup, I started one more for my smaller projects!  For this one, I'll be using the "H" hook as recommended.  I didn't have Caron Cakes, so I'm using another yarn from my stash.  I wanted to go out and buy one, but then I realized, "Hey, Sister, be wise. Use what you have!"So, I am.  Being responsible isn't always fun.....


Quilty 365Here's May's blocks....

I decided I don't like having my squares in rows of 19 (365/19=19 rows).  The quilt will be too huge!  I'm not sure what I'm going to do now, but I do know that for management purposes, I'm going to keep them in rows of six. Tonight I'll be seam ripping May's blocks and researching Quilty 365 quilts.  

I started this project on September 6, 2016 - can't believe it's almost over!  Time flies!

By the way, did you notice May had no black circles?  No Fibromyalgia pain for a month!  

To Do Tuesday!
Last week's list:
1) Finish sewing up the Pretzel Twist Unit 1 strips and maybe even get to the Unit 2 strips!  As you saw, I even got blocks #1-5 done!  Done!
2) Hopefully work on my tablecloth!  Done!

This week's list:
1)  Keep up with Quilty 365
2) Finish the $7.50 Drunkard's Path block.
3) Finish Blocks 6-10 of the Pretzel Twist.
4) Work at least 2 hours on my tablecloth.
5) Finish a new, smaller crochet project which I'll be sharing this week!

Because I am finally fully recovered from food poisoning/stomach flu, this coming week will definitely be more full than last week.  I'm hoping I can meet these goals! 


  1. I'm so happy for you - no fibro pain all month! That's definitely worth celebrating!
    I did "Quilty 365" last year, but I chose to make my blocks using the Dancing Plus blocks (tutorial here: I'm going to be able to make 2 or 3 quilts from my blocks...

    1. Thank you, Jannette! I'm so glad my doctor suggested a gluten free diet! I did cheat a bit at my grandson's birthday party and the pain started to wake up - but not badly - just enough to remind me to "be good!" :) I checked out your tutorial and have bookmarked it! Thank you for sharing! Yes, I'm thinking that this project is definitely one that will make several quilts!

      Did you happen to see Janice's comment about making a reversible quilt?

      Take good care and thank you for visiting and commenting!

  2. Eck. Food poisoning? Did I miss that in a previous post? Glad you are better and wonderful that you had a month of no Fibromyalgia pain! What a blessing! Wonderful projects! Hope this week goes well for you, crafty lady!

    1. I'm so glad as well to be feeling better! Yes, I had mentioned it before, but only briefly :) . Yes, a gluten free lifestyle is working for me! This weekend I cheated - and the pain started grumbling enough to let me know that I'd better not cheat very much at all! Take good care!

  3. Wow! You are a fast crocheter! Of course, I don't crochet so I'm easily impressed. :D For your 365 you can make a reversible quilt. Half the circles on one side and half on the other. Are there are enough to do that? I guess that would depend upon how you decide to arrange them.

    1. I've been crocheting 33 years and still love the craft! The pattern is so easy and fun! It goes up very quickly! That is a great idea for the 365! I'm so very glad you shared it! Between this one and your suggestion of using flange binding for the embroidery project, your influence will be in my home all over the place! :) That makes me happy! Thank you for your kind and thoughtful comments!

  4. That's so wonderful that May had no fibromyalgia pain! Yay! I love the crocheted bag, the color is awesome! Love it when you find a great pattern and it works out so well you want to make more!

    1. Right! So happy! As for June - it's looking good as well! Yes, I love this pattern! I wonder, do you crochet as well? Thank you for stopping by and commenting!