Thursday, January 18, 2018

Philippians 4:14. Tutorial: Making a Fabric Stash Notebook. To Do Tuesday.

Philippians 4:14
Let's look at this verse in context.  Paul softens the words in Philippians 4:10.  Don't you think?  

It reminds me of our current world where email and text messages are such a major part of our communication.  I have started to believe that we are best served by these tools by always - yes always - assuming the best in the tone of these communications.  I also am trying to learn not to take statements personally - but to try and receive them in love.  When this seems difficult, I go to a loved one and ask them to help me find the "best" in a message.  Life is becoming more serene as I am slowly learning to do this.

Another point I love in this verse it the entire verse - it was good for you to share in my troubles.  I get the sense Paul isn't saying this in the attitude of "misery loves company", but with joy and relief that he had prayer support, love and other support during his trials.  

I know that recently I have indeed rested behind the shield of faith of many loved ones.  I've needed to do that - 
Sometimes we all need to lean into His everlasting arms and into the arms of trusted loved ones.  

Thank God they are available to us!  

As I write this, I think of a precious little girl named Hazel.  She has leukemia - she's very ill.  Would you consider praying for her?  Following her mom on Instagram @veecrow?  Precious Hazel has taken my heart and I pray for her every day.  

Oh my dear readers, let's share in each other's troubles!  Let's build each other up with prayer!  Let'!

Abba, You know my situation. You know Hazel's situation.  You know each person's situation who is reading this.  
You hear our cries.
You hear our praises.
You know.
You hear.
You respond.
Thank you, Abba, for sharing in our troubles.
Hugs to You, My LORD and King.

Tutorial:  Making a Fabric Stash Notebook
My local quilt shop, Bernina Sewing and Design, always has a fabulous year end fabric sale.  My daughter gave me the great idea of purchasing the backing fabrics I would need for the foreseeable future.  Which I did as you can see here.  

I also wanted to fill in some "holes" in my stash as well.  Hence, my fabric notebook.  In all honesty, it's not pretty at all.  But, it's oh so functional.  Here's how it came together:

manila folders
fabric scissors
2 1/2" square ruler
double sided sticky tape
book tape

I have my fabric organized by sets, color and projects.  Yes, this is my entire stash.....except for precuts, fat quarters and backings!  :)
Every evening while on the phone with my Dad (we talk every night), I would pull a stack of fabric and cut a 2 - 2.5" square from each "bolt".  

Then I would arrange them in a pleasing order. 

After that, I placed a piece of double sided sticky tape along the top of my manila folder end to end.  Then I simply placed my 2" squares on the tape!  Wala!

I continued making rows of mini squares of fabric, 

using the next page as necessary!

When I came to a new section, I simply started a new folder. 

After all my fabric was cataloged, I used the book tape to tape two folders together.  Then I added the next folder and so on.  The book tape provided a strong "spine".

I suddenly had a visual library of all my fabric.  The "holes" in my stash were quite obvious, so it was easy to make a list and stay focused during my biggest shopping spree of the year!

The entire process took about 3 hours spread over a couple of evenings - a great investment of my time.  When I add fabric, I simply add it to that section.  

Now, if you wanted to, you could add the yardage of each fabric, but that wasn't my goal.  I know that most of my fabrics are 1-3 yard cuts.  I do have some exceptions, but very few.  

Now, when I'm prepared when I go on the hunt for fabric!

To Do Tuesday
Wow!  It's been so long since I've linked up to To Do Tuesday!  I've missed you so much!  

Here is my first To Do Tuesday of 2018!  It's great to be back!
1) Finish the Tumbling Blocks prototype.
2) Finish the first 10 squares of Maria's Blue Crayon Spring Granny Afghan Crochet Along!
3) Pray my prayer and memorize Proverbs 19:23.  
Linking up to:

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Prayer for the week:


  1. It's always nice to visit your blog and I like to read the thoughts you share from the Bible. Thank you also for sharing a link to Hazel's mother at Insta. I will follow them and pray for her and her family. It was a strong story to read. My husband died of leukemia, so I know a bit of how it seems to be sitting at the hospital bed ... but it's so hard to understand that a small child should experience this. I pray that they may be surrounded by God's care and blessing in this difficult period. I even got a drawing with the text: "It's good to be in the inner pocket of Jesus." He cares.
    So many sweet fabric you have. It was a good idea to make an overview.

    1. Hi Birthe!
      I'm so glad you enjoy the Bible study! That GREATLY encourages me! :) I'm so glad you will be praying for Hazel and her family! I don't know them, but their story certainly has grabbed my heart, too! I'm so sorry about your husband! Take good care and I pray you will be comforted as well! :)

  2. I've done something similar to this in the past - it definitely helps when out shopping for fabric!

    1. That's so awesome! Your blog inspired me so get so much done, your work is beautiful, your thoughts are written concisely, yet completely and your quilting is lovely! Thank you for visiting!

  3. I will definitely be praying for Hazel and her family! Thank you for sharing this need on your blog. I always find such encouragement and inspiration here; To-Do Tuesday missed you too!! I really love how you made a notebook of your fabric stash. This is an awesome idea, thank you for sharing!!

    1. Thank you, Christine! I'm so glad you enjoy reading this blog! I'm enjoying the Fabric Notebook. I'm thinking I want it to be pretty though. I so love pretty! Don't you? :)