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June 30, 2019
Saturday's Song. Slow Stitching. Stash Report from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Saturday's Song

Have you heard of the movie, "Yesterday"?  We saw it this past Friday and, though I enjoyed it, I was touched anew by the song "Hey Jude" that played during the credits.  These lyrics touched me deeply.  

"Take a sad song and make it better".
"And anytime you feel the pain
Hey Jude, refrain
Don't carry the world upon your shoulders
For well you know that it's a fool
Who plays it cool
By making his world a little colder"
As I listened to these lyrics as if for the first time, I realized that ...

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April 14, 2019
Vintage Quilts (love), the Current To-Do List, A Bit Of Humour from caledonia quilter

Several years ago I went on a road trip to the Shelburne Museum for their 100 Best Quilts exhibit.  So many of the quilts were tagged with the comment "maker unknown" that I was walking around with a kleenex mopping up my tears.  Yes, I'm a total crybaby.  I'm pretty sure I embarassed my friend Sue. The exhibit was fabulous if you're into vintage quilts.  Keep an eye out, they may do it again.  They DO have a quilt exhibit on from May through October.
Anyhow...I have a new customer who is loaded with vintage quilts ...

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April 10, 2019
Garden Paths from Ann Quilts

Here's the quilt currently on my work table:

Quite honestly, Grandmother's Flower Garden is not one of my favorite patterns.  And I do get quite a few of them coming in for repair, so I spend quite a bit of time looking at them. 

If I ever make one, which is not at all likely, it'd be like this one.  I like the addition of the tiny diamond paths between the flowers.  These hexies are about 7/8" inch on a side, and the piecing and quilting are quite nicely done.

Also, I really love this particular ...

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April 1, 2019
A Thousand Tiny Stitches… from a daily dose of fiber

… and the development of a quilt class!

Although I have been quiet here for a long while, I’ve been busy. I finally decided that I’d like to offer some quilting classes at the art center where I volunteer. Developing new classes of any sort takes a lot of time, energy and thought, but even more so when the samples are hand sewn. I finally got myself in gear and have offered several workshops at Greenville Center for Creative Arts  and much to my delight, most have had enough students to run! I wasn’t at all sure – at ...

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February 25, 2019
Improved 9-Patch from Ann Quilts

I really enjoyed working on this quilt.  It's a kind of quilt that I have dubbed a "quilt-y quilt" - meaning it personifies what lots of folks think an old quilt ought to look like.  A traditional pattern, scrappy, cozy and bright.

The pattern is called Improved 9-Patch, and with all the curves and narrow points, probably not a beginner's quilt.  The stitching, both the piecing and the quilting, is very well done.

Well at any rate, when I first laid it out to study it and make an estimate, we became friends right away! On top of that ...

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January 28, 2019
Saturday's Song. Slow Stitching. Sunday Stats. from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Saturday's Song.
This video of God Only Knows by King and Country is shocking, but so true.  I just read that a suicide attempt is made every 28 seconds!  Dear one, God knows you, He never leaves you.  People will let us down, but not God.  Try Him.

Let us all look around us and who kindness.  A smile, a prayer, a gentle touch of encouragement to a stranger/friend/loved one could change their lives.  
Take good care!

Slow Stitching.
My slow stitching project continues to be my Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt.  I'll also be choosing ...

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January 21, 2019
Saturday's Song. Slow Stitching Sunday. Sunday Stats from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Saturday's Song
Here is a love letter from the Savior who loves you.  

Promise Me

It's hard to imagine that
I've been there too
I've felt the passion burning in you
Every temptation, oh, I understand
Your Savior knows what it is to be a man
Promise me... promise me...
Before the passion turns to flame
Promise me you'll call my name
Promise me... promise me...
You'll remember these scars of grace
And remember I took your place
Promise me
I know what it's like when the
Nightmare comes true
Someone ...

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January 6, 2019
Saturday's Song. Slow Stitching Sunday. from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Saturday's Song.

Life Happens.  Believe me, I get it.  Been there.  Done that more times than I can count.  

Keep walking in your faith!

Slow Stitching Sunday
I spent all morning downloading my patterns and materials lists and instructions from Craftsy.  Now, I'll be onto sewing after I post this and visit a few party guests as well as my hostesses!  

My sewing plan for today is to connect these final flowers to finish the next row of my GFG.  
Here is the progress I've made on my "Prayer Afghan).  The recipient lost her husband to brain ...

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November 5, 2018
Hand Piecing Workshops! from a daily dose of fiber

Although I’ve been quiet on a daily dose, I’ve been working! It’s been a year full of deadlines for classes and workshops. All things that I wanted to do, but it’s kept me very, very busy.

I finally got myself in gear and offered two Summer workshops at Greenville Center for Creative Arts, where I volunteer. Much to my delight, I got enough students to run the class! I wasn’t at all sure – at present, most of the classes are of the fine art variety and who knew if anyone would be interested in making ...

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September 4, 2018
Late Happy Labor Day! To Do Tuesday. Book Date. from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Happy Labor Day!
Today's post will be short as I have enjoyed the last few days relaxing with my husband.  Last night my daughter and 8-year-old grandson came over to play with our new puppy, Chico, and Kitty.  
My grandson and I practiced lassoing each other's arm and playing chase in the yard.  I tackled and tickled him a few times as Chico licked his face!

I thought there may be some pain in this grandma's body this morning, but my pain levels are normal - no increased pain!  Praise God!  

Instead of a full Bible Study, I ...

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August 1, 2018
Thoughtful Tuesday. To Do Tuesday. OMG! & 1 Xmas a Month Done! from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Thoughtful Tuesday
"The Call" comes in.  We all know "the call"; the one that breaks our heart, sends on a tailspin.  What if we could remember all of God's promises in those first moments?  What if we had at the ready a tool to use to pray and fight the enemy.  
Kim Sorgious @ Not Consumed found an answer:  a Promise Box and an altar.  The altar is in the works, but I found an easy way not only to make the Promise Box, but also to maintain it as well.  
I used these supplies:
To make make this:
And ...

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June 17, 2018
My Design Wall is Full! from a daily dose of fiber

Here is what my design wall looks like today! There is a lot going on…

The right hand side has to do with my two upcoming workshops at Greenville Center for Creative Arts. The first, covering hexies and Grandmother’s Flower Garden is on Saturday. Six pointed stars is in July. Click here to get more info.

At the top right, you can see a quilt emerging, made up of (hand pieced) half hexagons. There are many ways to sew them together, but this is by far my favorite. It’s such a strong graphic design. The two plain colored ...

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May 21, 2018
Saturday's Song. Slow Stitching. from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Saturday's Song.
During difficult times, I pray - of course.  But now,  instead of praying forever (or so it seems) an interesting change is transpiring:  instead of crying the blues all day and worrying, I cry (because that's what I do) and earnestly pray for about 5-10 minutes.  Then I start to praise God as I listen to praise and worship music.  Last time a crisis hit, I heard this song: 
Wow!  Praise hit me like a ton of bricks.  
God is always with us, even in the depths of our pain and worry.  In fact, it's then ...

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April 30, 2018
Saturday's Song: Still Waiting. Slow Stitching Sunday.. Stash Report. from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Saturday's Song:  In the Eye of the Storm
So many times, we find ourselves in various storms wondering what is going on?  Where is God in all this?  I'm learning that He is with me - He is the eye of the storm.  When my life is falling apart, when my hurts are bigger than me, when I'm uncertain of my future, He is there with me.  

I enjoy learning about the backstories of hymns as well as newer songs.  These real life accounts encourage and amaze me.  The story behind Eye of the Storm is no different ...

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April 1, 2018
A Hand Quilt Along Goodbye… from a daily dose of fiber

… from me… My big handwork time of year is over and now the outdoors is calling to me. Time to weed and plant and dye and make the outside beautiful. I do intend to finish quilting that quilt, and when I do, I will let you know!

I do have some hand quilting for you to admire. My friend Louann (The Finisher!) has completed this lovely Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt that she began piecing some years ago. She started it when a friend taught us how to do English Paper Piecing, and she’s been hand quilting it on ...

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January 15, 2018
Label on Mom's GFG from Elaine Adair Pieces

I was asked to present a Quilt Trunk Show in December at a Christmas Tea given for all the churches.  What a lovely honor.  Here is just ONE of the quilts (until I remember how to do a Photobucket thing!)  That's me, talking.   I attached a lengthy label on this vintage quilt - below is what the label says. 

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