Friday, March 16, 2018

Philippians 4:23. Still Stitching. A Finished Baby Quilt.

Philippians 4:23

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

Adding in those words - with your spirit - to me means to embody, envelope our very being with Jesus' grace.
Grace as defined by Webster's:

a unmerited divine assistance given to humans for their regeneration or sanctification
b a virtue coming from God
c a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine assistance

I hope and trust that you have been blessed with this study of Philippians.  

Thank you for your support, comments and acceptance.  

It's been just me, Jesus, you - my precious readers as well as my patient family and friends who listen to me brainstorm and offer their perspectives.  Please accept my heartfelt gratitude and thanks.  

Father, I pray, that as we conclude this study of Philippians that every being, every precious reader may accept and receive Your unmerited divine assistance  , the virtue of grace and knowledge that they are loved and forgiven as they accept Your gift of Your Son, Jesus Christ, as their Savior.  Furthermore, I thank You for Your graceful guidance as I wrote this study.  

You have grown my faith beyond measure.
You have lead me through the valley of the shadow of death.
You have proved Yourself faithful, even when I have failed You.
You have used this study to bless others.
My gratitude overwhelms me.
May You accept my praise and thankfulness as a sweet, sweet sound to Your ear.
Amen and amen.

Looking Forward:
Still Stitching
As we go forward with the new Bible study, Still Stitching, I ask for your prayers.  We will be addressing the issue of having loved ones with life controlling issues such as alcoholism, addiction and other life issues.  

As I discussed this new direction with a friend, she said, "Oh, Still Stitching!"  As you can see here, it is the perfect title.  Thank you, Friend -  you know who you are.

A Finished Baby Quilt
This quilt is done!  Ok.  Maybe not.  It needs a label.   But other than that - it's done!  I followed Allison's tutorial on her blog, Woodberry Way, and wala!  Easy peasy!  She called it a 1-Hour Quilt Top (Using the "Scrappy Trip Piecing Method) and I loved it!  
It was so easy - even for me!

This was my inspiration fabric.

These were the fabrics I chose.

 I put them order by taking various black and white photos 
which clearly show value.  

This was the last quilt that Sammy, 
may he rest in peace,
gave his approval.
 Here is the finished product!
 My daughter quilted it for me.

Soon it will be 
wrapped around 
the sweet baby 
it was made for. 

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Philippians 4:22. I Like! Abbey Bag Finish!

Philippians 4:22

I love how this sentence opens:  "All God's people".  We, too, are God's people!

According to my main reference for this study, The Layman's Bible Commentary, those belonging to Caesar's household servants - both slave and freemen.  Again, can you imagine their joy upon hearing those words as they circled around the one reading the letter?

 I am deeply humbled by the words, "All of God's people", especially as I realize I am one of God's people.  I am His.  
His child.
His child.
His child.
So are you, dear reader.
whatever we have gone through,
whatever mistakes we have made,
whatever traumas we have been through,
We. Are.  God's. Child.
LORD, thank you for adopting me as Your child, for sending Your love for me.   Regardless of ANY AND ALL circumstances, I know I have a Father who loves me - and my readers.

Abba, please make this knowledge real to them as well!

I Like!
Truly stop and visit LeeAnn at Not Afraid of Color to see the most interesting pictures and meet some amazing people!  
This first picture is from an "I Like" post I started last year!  Glad I found it!
I don't often name my pictures, but I'm calling this one "Potential".  I just love the potential these grape tomato flowers are offering.  It could be a metaphor for life - we are all beautiful creations of God bursting with potential!

I love taking walks with my grandchildren.  One is 8 and the other is 7.  I told them about LeeAnn's "I Like" Thursdays, and they wanted to participate!  Here are their likes!

Autumn leaves 
hanging around till now.
 A tree encircled by rocks.

A cactus waiting 
for water and Spring time!

A kind neighbor 
puts out fresh water 
for all the doggies 
who are walking their humans.
  Mia usually takes a long drink
 when we pass by her house.
The ramp on this house caught
my grandson's attention.
I've noticed that he 
immediately notices 
unique features in homes.  
Now, my three-year-old
 grandson wanted in 
on the action as well.  
He wanted you to see 
his motorcycle
 and the flower 
that he picked for me!
Here's a like of my own!

I made this cute little Abbey Bag at my sewing group on Saturday!  It's a great little pincushion, scrap bag and mini tool holder all in one!  The pattern is from Abbey Lane Quilts.  

 Now I have one on my sewing table and one on my cutting table.  

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Stash Report. Sunday Slow Stitching. One Year of Stitches. Saturday Song.

Stash Report
This week was a crafting bust due to pain...but I'm learning to stop and take care of myself.  Funny - pain seems to be my companion more after chemotherapy....I wonder if I will ever have a week - heck - even a day without pain?  I wonder if other survivors who had fibromyalgia pre-chemotherapy also experience increased pain?  

I finished an Abbey Bag which used a bit of yardage.  You'll be seeing it this week.  I also finished Prayer Shawl #7!  Yea! My yarn numbers are starting to go in the right direction!  

Fabric used this week
Previous total

To Date used

Fabric in this week
Previous total
To Date in
Net in the red (more bought than used!)
Yarn used this week
Previous total
To Date used

Yarn in this week
Previous total
To Date in
Net in the red (more bought than used!)

Sunday Slow Stitching
My hopes for Sunday are to finally complete the Felt Advent Calendar.  All that's needed is the stitch the numbers on and sew the fronts to the backs!  Yea!  
If that gets done, I'll also be pulling stitches from the #1 Year of Stitches (see below).  

Then, if there's time, I'd love to bind this CIL square turned potholder/hot pad.  I squared it too small, so now it has a new life!

One Year of Stitches.
I've been completely unmotivated to stitch on this project and today I realized why:  the red words in the stem stitch.  simply look messy to me.  I prefer the clarity of the back stitch.  So, I'll be redoing them.  
Can you see me smiling?  I love when I can figure out what's bothering me about a project!

Saturday's Song
As you know, this week we will probably be wrapping up our almost two year study of the book of Philippians.  My first post on Philippians was on July 20, 2016!  Wow!  

Lately I've been seeking God for a new direction for this blog.  He is faithful and has clearly led me to begin a study for those of us who have loved ones in our lives who are struggling with alcoholism, addiction and other life issues. It ties in with my Scripture for 2018:  
 My #1 Year of Stitches also began with this verse.  A dear friend and I were talking and I told her how my #1 Year of Stitches calms me as I focus on God's Word.  As the storm swirls about me, I'm learning to sit still and stitch, reminding myself that all I can do is be still and know He is God.  She came up with the title for this new series:

Still Stitching

For now, let's remember 
that He is the God 
of the hills and valleys, 
dear reader.


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Friday, March 9, 2018

Philipppians 4:21. To Do Tuesday on a Friday!

Philippians 4:21

To greet all of God's loving to let them know Paul is thinking of them.  Also, can you imagine the brothers and sisters who are with Paul, perhaps even listening as he may have dictated his letter?

I wonder if many of these had family who heard the greetings?  Greetings filled with love sent via the pages of a letter.  Beautiful.

In this age of technology, we seem to be losing the art of letter writing.  Perhaps I need to pick it up again....

Also, I've noticed that whenever I'm on the phone with loved ones, especially my parents, we end our conversations sending greetings to everyone in our two homes - as well as saying, "I love you."  In fact, during my daily calls to Dad, "I love you," are the last words we say to each other.  Greetings filled with love.

Father God, thank you for the word "greetings"!  I love envisioning Paul sending his greetings as well of those of the brothers and sisters who are with him.  I'm so grateful that I can still share greetings of love with my parents.  Thank you, Abba, for that gift.  Amen.

To Do Tuesday
Last Week's List 
1) Even though I'm working more this week, I think I'll be able to finish the second Tumbling Blocks prototype. This one is going much better!  Done!

2) Finish crocheting five blue and yellow flowers of the Maria's Blue Crayon Spring Granny Afghan Crochet ! I wonder if adding starting to join them is too much for my hands?  We'll see......  Done!

3) Use up the rest of the strings for the CIL blocks. Done!

4) Make progress on Prayer Shawl #7. This week our Cancer Care Group meets, so I'll be able to work on this one.  I usually reserve this project for this meeting night.  Done!

5) Pray my prayer and memorize Genesis 50:20a  A friend at church recommended using Post-It notes all around the house to memorize Scripture.  I'm going to try that.  LORD knows I have enough of them! Done!

This Week's List
Being that my last To Do Tuesday was 2 1/2 weeks ago - of course it got finished - thankfully!
Here's my new list which will be short because Tuesday is just around the corner!

1) Do a fabric pull for the new Y-seams Tumbling Blocks prototype with my new Accuquilt Die

2)  Finish joining Row 2 of the Maria's Blue Crayon Spring Granny Afghan Crochet.

3) Do a fabric pull for the new CIL block drive.  

4) Finish the Felt Nativity Calendar.
  I only need 3 more ornaments!

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

I Like Thursday! Finished Prayer Shawl!

I Like! Thursdays
You may want to have a cup of coffee or tea for these "I Likes" that are centered around one of my favorite restaurants - Le Rendezvous - a locally owned restaurant/French pastry shop. 
These decorations always draw my eye....
but oh! 
Their pastries are beyond delicious!

Here's what we ended up taking home....
And yes, we enjoyed every bite!

Prayer Shawl #7
I finally finished Prayer Shawl #7!  
I love the texture of the stitch! 
My husband cuddled up with it before I washed it and gave his stamp of approval for "snuggliness"!  

I used a 2 1/2 skeins of Caron Cakes yarn.  I like how the shawls come out with this yarn using a horizontal pattern.

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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Saturday Song. Sunday Slow Stitching. Stash Report.

Saturday's Song
As I get ready every morning, I usually call my sister-in-law.  Lately, however, God has been speaking to me about beginning my mornings with Him.  So, I play praise and worship music every morning as I get ready for the day.  

What a wonderful way to begin the morning - praising Jesus Christ, my LORD and Savior followed by a sisterly phone call!  I hope you are blessed by this week's Saturday Song!

Sunday Slow Stitching
I'll be working on Prayer Shawl #7 today.

The recipient is a very special lady who is quite ill.  Her faith is shaken - almost broken.  I wonder, would you pray for her?  
The pattern is in The Crocheted Prayer Shawl Companion.  

One Year of Stitches.
Not a lot of stitching was happening.  My poor husband was sick and, though he's an easy patient, crafting took a back seat to him.  After 14 years, we also had to put our poodle, Sammy, to sleep.  

My #1yearofstitches looks about the same.  You can follow my progress on my Instagram account.  I'm considering restitching the red stitches.  I experimented with the stem stitch, but it didn't come out as nice as I would have like.....
Did you notice the painting in the back of a Native American warrior?  He is my reminder to pray for an extremely special  young man in my life who is battling emotionally and spiritually.  

Stash Report
I've purchased 1.5 yard cuts of each of Marsha's at Bernina Sewing and Design Shop reduced 30's and 40's prints.  

This bottom one is supposed to read Back Porch Prints.  

Back Porch Prints by 
Kay England

Everything But 
The Kitchen Sink 
from RJR Fabrics

30's Playtime by Chloe's Closet for Moda

Quillin Fiber Arts closed on Friday, so sad.  

I've never crocheted with ribbon yarn, so I decided to give it a go with Deco-Ribbon (8.8 oz)  by Crystal Palace Yarns.  I found this red Cascades Sunseeker (3.5) quite by accident.  When I got home, I realized they go together quite well, so I'll give it a shot - one day....  :)
Deco Ribbon by 
Crystal Palace Yarns and Sunseeker by Cascade Yarns

Urth by Uneek 

My yarn usage numbers 
should go up now 
as I don't plan 
to buy any more yarn 
unless it is to 
complete a project.  

How are your stash numbers?

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