Sunday, August 20, 2017

Saturday's Song. Slow Stitching. Stash Report and An Invitation

Saturday's Song
This week was interesting, filled with challenges and victories! I was reminded of this song. 
  


God didn't mind my questions, but while we are on our journey of discovery and healing, let us remember to Just Be Held.


Slow Stitching
Kathy over at Kathy's Quilts hosts a Slow Sunday Stitching link up.  In fact she's the reason I learned about slow stitching and began dedicating Sundays (and now all weekend) to slowing down.  I so appreciate her influence in my life, her link up and her blog!  I have met other slow stitchers and been so inspired to continue with my own slow stitching projects!

She took a nasty fall last week which, naturally is resulting in a blogging break. I was sad and concerned for her! Imagine my joy to see her link up this morning!   What an inspiration!  Please take time to check out her blog, fill it up with encouraging words, pray for her, and do some Slow Stitching!

For my own slow stitching, I've decided to work on my Fabri Flair bowl.  I started the bowl for her and sense that it's time to send it to it's new home.  


I'm also adding some pockets to Prayer Shawl #3, thanks to a great suggestion from a friend.

Stash Report
Another one of my husband's co-workers had a baby!  Yea!  Mother and child are doing well!  Naturally, a quilt is in order, so I purchased all the fabric necessary to complete this panel quilt.  It will be fun and fast, so I'm hoping the yardage will be used up this week.  


Fiber Stash Report:  August 5, 2017
(started 6/11/17)
Fabric used this week
3  yds
Fabric used to date
20 1/8 yds
Fabric Added this week
3 ¾  yds
Fabric Added this year
16 7/8 yds

Net Fabric
3 ¼ yds

Yarn used this week
0 oz  
Yarn used to date
78 oz
Yarn Added this week
0 oz
Yarn Added to date
41 oz
Net Yarn
37 oz


For tomorrow's blog post I will be sharing how I figure out yardage for scrappy projects.  I'm not sure if it's accurate, but it's the best I could come up with.  If you have a chance to stop by, I would surely appreciate learning about your own processes!  
Blessings to all!

Linking up to
Sunday Stash at Quilt Paint Create



Thursday, August 17, 2017

Philippians 4:6 Part 2. RSC Catching Up With Blue! Book Dating. To Do Tuesday.

Philippians 4:6 Part 2
Part 1
Scripture
Observation
Before we present our requests to God, we should have an attitude of thanksgiving...interesting.
Application
I've developed the habit of begining prayer with praise and thanksgiving, but I didn't realize the implications of that.  For me, it means, 
- we know that God will answer; 
- before we even present our requests or receive our answer, we are thankful.  

This must mean we are trusting God with His will.

Wow....I never really saw it this way until now.  

God is good all the time.
All the time, God is good.

Prayer
Oh my LORD,  thank You for this revelation!  I am so blessed and encouraged on how You have grown me spiritually, emotionally and in all ways!  I'm humbled, grateful and receiving cuddles from You, my Abba, right now!  Thank You, Abba!  Thank You!

RSC Catching Up With Blue!
Granted, it's a little late in the year, but I realized that I can keep up with my RSC colors very easily!  Because I'm making strip blocks, they are now my Leader Ender project!   As the squares pile up, my excitement is growing!  This will be a colorful, beautiful quilt/quilts!  So exciting!

Here's my blocks!
Here are some of the 
blue mini's!
Aren't they so pretty?
I'm so looking forward 
to seeing what 
they tell me to do with them!


Book Dating

https://www.amazon.com/Own-
Leaving-Behind-Borrowed-
Faith/dp/1433682028
I'm reading Own It! by Michael and Heyley Di Marco.  So far it's o.k.  It's bringing up some good points about owning our own faith vs. renting or borrowing it.  I can see how in the past, I was definitely renting my faith.  Now that I'm actually owning it, my faith is stronger.  Consequently, I am stronger.  




Younger Next Year
https://www.amazon.com/
Younger-Next-Year-
Strong-Beyond/dp/076114773X
(Part 1, Part 2) 
was simply abandoned.  I posted it on paperbackswap and hopefully the recipient is enjoying it!  

To Do Tuesday
Last Week's To Do Tuesday
- Bind Baby Panel Quilt Done and finished!
- Keep up with Quilty 365 Done!
- Prayer Shawl #2 - make progress  Done and finished!
- Covered in Love/Crafty Cop Quilt Blocks Done!
- Drunkard’s Path:  Pick layout, do the math, begin cutting fabric 


This Week's To Do Tuesday

- Keep up with Quilty 365 
- Prayer Shawl #3 - make progress  
- Covered in Love
- Drunkard’s Path:  Pick layout, do the math, begin cutting fabric 
- Fabri Flair - make progress

Linking up to:






Sunday, August 13, 2017

Saturday's Song. Slow Stitching Sunday - Decisions? Stash Report. Crafty Cops.

Saturday's Song
Birthe from Birthes Room sent me this beautiful song in her comment and I was so touched I just had to share it with you! May you be blessed and encouraged!
 Thank you so much Birthe!    

Slow Stitching

I'm undecided as to what to Slow Stitch today. So here are the possibilities:
1.  Continue to work on and possibly finish my Fabri Flair project?


2.  Continue to work on and possibly finish my Around the House project?


or
3.  Play crochet with a Prayer Shawl?  

I'll let you know in my next posts who won!  :)

Stash Report
I made eight 12.5"  scrappy Crafty Cop Blocks* which used about 3/4 of a yard.  

I figured this yardage by using the "Quilting Calc" app by Robert Kaufman - which I use all the time! I am prepping a tutorial for this fabulous app for next week!


Fiber Stash Report:  August 13, 2017
(started 6/11/17)
Fabric used this week
3/4  yds
Fabric used to date
17 1/8 yds
Fabric Added this week
0 yds
Fabric Added this year
13 1/8yds

Net Fabric
4 yds

Yarn used this week
7 oz  
Yarn used to date
78 oz
Yarn Added this week
0 oz
Yarn Added to date
41 oz
Net Yarn
37 oz
I'm still in the black and very surprised at how much fiber I go through!


I realized I'm not even including my RSC blocks in "fabric used"!  I will next week though! Every bit helps!

*Christine at Stitch All Things wrote a great description of this wonderful charity which is run by Jessica @craftycop on Instagram.  Her account is private, but if you message her about your interest, she'll get back with you!  

Here are my link ups!  I hope you check them out!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Philippians 4:6 Part 1.Shawl #2. . Crafty Cops.

Philippians 4:6
Scripture
Observation
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  Philippians 4:6

Two absolutes:  anything and every situation.
Two attitudes:  anxious, thanksgiving.
One action:  present your requests to God.

Application
Again, I have to remind myself that Paul is writing these words as he sits in prison waiting to see if he will live or die.

Yet he writes, "Do not be anxious about anything."  Delaying getting medical tests done and then waited for the results were certainly anxious times for me.  How did Paul achieve this faith - being anxious for nothing?  How do people today achieve this level of anxiety free living?  

I know that I want to live this way.  So, to prepare for my next follow up with the oncologist and the tests required to monitor my status, I need to make a change.  

Remember these Alphabetical Scripture Cards?  I wrote a tutorial for my version.


It's time to implement them again so that I'll be ready for the next time I'm anxious.  I need my Sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17) to fight this battle against anxiety.

Not only that, we need to believe God's Word - not just in our heads, but in our hearts.  

Prayer
Lord, thank You for reminding me about these Scripture Cards.  As I reread my own words, I realized how much they helped me!  Father, help all of us to face each situation with courage, faith and hope which is based on You.  Let us not lose one more minute to anxiety!  Thank You, LORD, for Paul's example!  I love You, Abba!


Prayer Shawl #2
Another prayer shawl completed means someone else gets a blessing plus I get to take off 7 more ounces of yarn from my stash!  
It finished at 51" and here is a pattern for it.  


To Do Tuesday
Last Week's To Do Tuesday
- Bind Baby Panel Quilt Done and finished!
- Keep up with Quilty 365 Done!
- Prayer Shawl #2 - make progress  Done and finished!
- Covered in Love Quilt Blocks Almost done!
- Crafty Cop Quilt Blocks.  Christine over at Stitch All Things has written a great description of this wonderful idea!  Done and finished!  
Here are two of the blocks!


- Drunkard’s Path:  Pick layout, do the math, begin cutting fabric Nope!


This Week's To Do Tuesday

- Keep up with Quilty 365 
- Covered in Love quilt blocks - - Crafty Cop Quilt Blocks - get them to my daughter to mail along with the quilt she is piecing for them.  Jessica @craftycop on Instagram collects these blocks which are made into quilts for families of fallen police officers.  
- Drunkard’s Path:  Pick layout, do the math, begin cutting fabric 
- make progress on my friend's shawl
- make progress on Fabri Flair project

I'm linking up to:

Fiber Tuesday at
and






Hookin’ On Hump Day @
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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Health Update. Saturday's Song. Slow Stitching + a Finish. Stash Report.

Health Update


via GIPHY
Can you tell that all my exams went well?
Mammo: "normal and benign"
Bone Density:  "normal" - even after spending 2015 and most of 2016 in bed/a wheelchair!
Colonoscopy: I'm on the 10 year plan!
Survivors' Guilt:  Thanks to the encouragement from my friends in my Cancer Care Group (most who are dealing with incurable cancer, metastasis, recurrences or new diagnosis) , my family and friends, I am living life to the fullest!  

I see my oncologist this month and have a full physical next month.  For some reason, the imaging center I went to gave me the reports and CDs early!  :)

Saturday's Song
This song lists the basics I try to utilize.  If you're going through a hard time, you may want to consider them.....


Here is the list:

Be strong in the Lord and,
Never give up hope,
You're going to do great things,
I already know,
God's got His hand on you so,
Don't live life in fear,
Forgive and forget,
But don't forget why you're here,
Take your time and pray,
- The Words I Would Say by Sidewalk Prophets


Please know, God's got you. You will come forth as gold.
Trust Him.  (Job 23:10)

Slow Stitching + a Finish
I've been doing quite a bit of slow stitching in the form of binding the Panel Baby Quilt! The recipient was so grateful that he almost made me cry!
I can't believe I forgot to take a picture of the finished quilt!  

Here it is with the borders:
I machine quilted the borders and hand quilted the bears.  


I'm hoping to make even more progress on Prayer Shawl #2.  It's already about 48" long!


By the way, I saw this pattern on Fiber Flux.  Her directions are fabulous!  It's really interesting to see how different it looks with a bulkier yarn!  

High Quality Smiling Puppy Blank Meme Template
And here I thought I was so original!  

I'm also hoping I can make some progress on this Oldie But Goodie - the Around the House Stitching Club mini by Wild Olive!

Stash Report
Still in the black!
Fiber Stash Report:  August 5, 2017
(started 6/11/17)
Fabric used this week
4 ½  yds
Fabric used to date
16 3/8 yds
Fabric Added this week
0 yds
Fabric Added this year
13 1/8yds

Net Fabric
3 ¼ yds

Yarn used this week
0 oz  
Yarn used to date
71 oz
Yarn Added this week
0 oz
Yarn Added to date
41 oz
Net Yarn
30 oz

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