Sunday, February 10, 2019

Thank God For My Cancer Diagnosis. Saturday's Song. Slow Stitching. Sunday Stats

Thank God For My Cancer Diagnosis
Yes, you read correctly:  Thank God for my cancer diagnosis.  There's a verse that I remember when I am confused about my journey:  Isaiah 55:8-9.  When life hits, this is my go-to verse, my anchor.  Life has hit.  Dad has been diagnosed with METS (metastatic cancer).  He has advanced stage prostate cancer that metastasized to his bones.  In November 2018 his CT scan was clear, now it's not.  
We are very close - his role throughout my life has been both mother and father.  I thank God that I have been down this road, because I "get it" and understand him.  He also has tons of support from the rest of the family. 
This week I've leaned on my faith and family like never before.  A line from Praying Through Cancer: Set Your Heart Free from Fear: A 90-Day Devotional for Women by  Susan Sorensen blessed me during my journey:
The Big "C" is bigger than the Little "c".

I'm indeed "gracefully broken", but not destroyed.  Amen?  Amen!
Saturday's Song

Slow Stitching

As I'm spending time with Daddy (Yes, at the age of 56, he's still "Daddy" to me!), my Grandmother's Flower Garden has been put on hold as I work on portable hand stitching projects.
One is a Hand Pieced QAL dual hosted by Patty at Elm Street Quilts and Kristin at Simple. Handmade. Everyday.  

Here's my blocks thus far.
 Practice Blocks 1 and 2

Block 1
Block 2

I found this older QAL at hosted by Erin at Why Not Sew
I've prepped a few of Erin's blocks.  This is my "Year of the QALs and BOMs".  I needed a way to organize my fabrics and patterns.  Enter the 3-ring binder and page protectors!
A few hours dedicated to prepping blocks - choosing, pressing and cutting the fabrics - yields to optimized sewing time.  
When I'm home, I pull the sleeves and sew away on my machine.  I use this same system to have my machine embroidery projects ready.  That way, as I'm sewing one one machine, my machine embroidery sewing machine is hard at work as well.  It's the perfect 2 for 1!  
If I'm going portable, I take the prepped fabrics in my hand sewing kit.  A screen shot of tutorials guarantees I'll have access to the pattern regardless of WiFi connect-ability.  (Is that a real word?)
Being that I'll probably be spending time away from home, these hand piecing QALs are a special blessing to me.  God always prepares our path.  I'll be forever grateful to these hard-working hostesses of the hand piecing blogs.  

Sunday Stats
I want to thank those wonderful ladies have sent in ideas on how to figure out my fabric usage for BOMs.  I've fallen behind in commenting and fully reading comments, but am trying to catch up.  Therefore, fabric usage is the same.  
fabric usage - 3.45/100 yards  (same as last week)
yarn usage - 12/100 ounces 
I've made several dishcloths, so those numbers have gone up!  Yea!

This year I've decided to use the same basic pattern.  Thus far, my favorite yarn is Hobby Lobby's I Love This Cotton!  

I'm linking up to:
A Spirit of Simplicity
Spiritual Sundays


  1. My heart goes out to you and you father. Mine passed from the same thing 20 years ago. Those hand projects are a blessing, especially when you are sitting with someone that sleeps off and on.

    1. Hello Donna, I'm so sorry for your loss and grateful for your compassion and understanding. Yes, they are indeed a blessing. I'm grateful for the ladies that put so much work into those posts!

  2. I am in awe of your organization. I'm one to be organized in a messy sort of way. Others would have no clue what I've been up to or what projects. I have fallen behind for a bit with sewing. Have been learning and perfecting knitting and finished my first cable knit in a scarf. I shared about it on my other blog Peabea's Photography on wordpress. So sorry to read about your father. Prayers for his comfort and remission, and for you also. So enjoy seeing your visits to my blog so I can some see all that you've been up to. Have a nice week.

  3. Hello there! Life has been hectic, but seems to be settling down a bit. I am quite organized - only because I love to organize almost anything! Sometimes that love gets int he way of sewing! :) Congratulations on learning how to knit! I tried, but to know avail....those dropped stitches got me every time. My hat is off to you! I'll need to check out your Wordpress blog! Thank you for your prayers, they are much appreciated and have been effective! Thank you so much for you many kind comments!