Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Philippians 4:5. . Prayer Shawl. Orange Peel Quilting. To Do Tuesday.

Philippians 4:5

So, Paul is saying, be free from harshness, sternness or violence toward all.  I wonder if he is thinking of the two women who were quarreling?  

Oh my!  In a past life I was so harsh and stern!  All that ugliness in me was simply a survival tool to hide the hurt and pain.  My attitude was, "I will hurt you before you hurt me."  
I can still fall back into that state, but not very often indeed!  It's a miracle of God that my spirit is now more gentle.  Praise Him for the slow, gentle work He achieves in our lives!

I wonder if our gentleness increases as we become increasingly aware that "the LORD is near?"  I believe so!  That is the only way I could be so drastically different!

Oh LORD, thank You for this verse!  I truly believe that Your faithful presence in my life has slowly and gently peeled away my layers of harshness and sternness.  You have wrought in me a new Spirit!  Thank You!

Prayer Shawls
I attend a cancer support group it's called Cancer Care that meets in a church.  At the same time we are meeting, a wonderful group of ladies meet to crochet/knit prayer shawls.  Every first time attender of our group get to choose a prayer shawl for themselves!  I have decided to support this wonderful cause and here's the first shawl!  
It went from this:
to this in less than a week!

My pattern is from The Crocheted Prayer Shawl Companion.  This book offers many different shawl patterns for all skill levels.  I used about 8 oz. of a Red Heart yarn from my stash and a "K" hook.  

I decided to use this yarn to make another one for my recently diagnosed friend. 

 It's a good beginning, don't you think?

Here's a close up:
The pattern is quite simple, yet so elegant!

Last Week's To Do Tuesday
- Keep up with Quilty 365 Done!
- Finish Scrappy Squares Baby Quilt Done and off to my daughter to quilt and bind!
Isn't she doing a fantastic job!!!

- RSC 2017 - yellow squares  Done!
- Finish hand quilting two more blocks of Panel Baby Quilt Done!
- Continue working on prayer shawl Done!
- Continue working on donation prayer shawl Done!

This Week's To Do Tuesday

- Keep up with Quilty 365
- Prayer Shawl
- Covered in Love/Crafty Cop Quilt Blocks
- Drunkard’s Path:  Pick layout, do the math, begin cutting fabric


  1. You have had a very productive week! Those prayer shawls are lovely in your choice of yarns. What nice gifts. While making quilts, I spend time in prayer for the recipient - does that make them prayer quilts?

    1. Thank you for your kind comments! Love you question! You know, I'm by no means an "expert", but, in my humble opinion, I would say yes! Don't you agree? I love that term! "Prayer Quilts". Sounds so soothing! Thank you for for visiting and commenting!

  2. A great reminder to be gentle. I tend to forget that with my own family. At times we treat acquaintances and even strangers nicer than we do our own family. Crazy, considering how much I love them. Just curious, what is the purpose of a prayer shawl?

    1. Hi there! It is so true - we do indeed treat acquaintances nicer than we do our own family! Good point! Thank you for sharing that!
      Prayer shawls, in my opinion, are prayerfully created to give to those who are hurting be it from illness or any situation that causes pain. My hope is that they will be comforted by the "hug" a shawl can give.

      On the same night that i attend a twice monthly Cancer Care group a group of ladies are meeting in another room crocheting and knitting prayer shawls to give comfort to hurting people. Each person in our group receives a shawl on their first visit. Mine was a beautiful shawl that blessed me richly.

      When my friend was diagnosed with breast cancer 8 weeks ago, I decided that I had to do something with my own anger at this insidious disease. So, I began prayerfully crocheting prayer shawls and donating them to this group. I also hope to make them for loved ones facing cancer.

      I am struggling not to let anger and bitterness at cancer fill my heart. Crocheting these shawls and Patrick's Strength help me so very much! Thank you for such a great question! :)

  3. Love the prayer shawls, and especially the yarn on the current shawl. Gorgeous! The orange peel quilting looks amazing, your daughter did a fantastic job!

    1. I am so tickled with the quilt! She delivered it tonight and it is so beautiful! I'm excited for the currrent shawl! The orange one was received with much love and gratitude....humbling experience!

  4. Love your two crocheted prayer shawls. The orange peel quilting your daughter is doing looks great!

    1. Thank you! I"ve started a third one! I delivered one and was so humbled by their gratitude! It was such a humbling experience! My daughter delivered the quilt to me today - it is even more lovely in person! Thank you for stopping by and commenting!

  5. The shawls are lovely in those colours! Your daughter is doing an amazing job with the quilting. It's beautiful!!


    1. Yes, I'm so proud of her! She is an amazing quilter! Thank you for your kind comments!

  6. Your orange peel quilting turned out great. Looks like you are making great progress on your list. Congratulations.

    1. Thank you! My daughter actually did the quilting. It's her first time experimenting with orange peel quilting! Thank you for your kind comments!

  7. Beautiful prayer shawls and a cute baby quilt. Happy stitching this weekend.

    1. Thank you! I did have a great stitching weekend! Hope you did as well! Thank you for stopping by!

  8. Such pretty yarns in those shawls - thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you for visiting! Crocheting those shawls makes me feel empowered somehow....Thank you for hosting the link up!