Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Lorilylee made this beautiful quilt for me for Christmas!

Thank you so much Lorilylee!!!

I was just reflecting on what would have happened if I had not said to her years ago "I have this cute snowman fabric...you make such pretty quilts, will you help me make a quilt with it????"

LOL, I am so grateful for her friendship!

Thank you Lord, Thank you, Thank you!!!

Monday, December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!
The Christmas Advent project is finished as of yesterday and I am waiting for the kids to wake up for our Christmas celebration this morning. I hope that you enjoy a wonderful and blessed celebration of the birth of our saviour!

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Christmas Advent Quilt progress

Here is a photo of the finished blocks.
It is still a mystery how they will be placed in the finished quilt.
I like how it is coming along and I think that I might make a larger quilt with this pattern someday!

Monday, December 11, 2006

First week of Advent

Here is a photo of what I have sewn so far for the first week of the Advent mystery quilt at the Quilters Neighborhood.I moved the blocks around to try to find some semblance of a pattern.
I still have black triangles and purple rectangles to sew into it somehow.
hmmm... What will it look like when it is finished? I wonder!

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Thinking about Service

We are studying Martha this week in the Women of the Bible online study and Mary, her sister, next week.

I have been thinking a lot about service and the bad state that the Martha in the book of Luke and John in the Bible worked herself into. I made a basket pinwheel block for her (pictured above) to put in my quilt. I can imagine her spinning around the baskets in the kitchen trying to get them filled. I can imagine her spinning around trying to get everything done and done well.

I can imagine the whole thing because I know what it is like when I have been the one spinning around the kitchen trying to get things done. I have so been there :trying to serve my family or my friends and I know how it feels when I hae started to get tired and I have felt the bitterness in my spirit and the wonder at why no one is helping me the way that I have thought that I ought to be helped…

I will honestly tell you though that the following thoughts have never entered my head:

” ugh…I have to sew again…I can’t believe that no one else is helping me…Doesn’t anyone realize that this is like the hundredth time that I’ve had to do this alone because no one else is stepping up.”

The fact is that I truly love to sew and I look forward to new projects. I love looking at quilts and for a pattern that might help that special someone feel better, a pattern for a quilt to give to my friend so she will know she is loved, a pattern for blocks that would make a cute baby gift, sewing blocks that will be used in a quilt for a wounded soldier, etc… What a blessing it is to me. What a creative outlet and I could go on and on…Pieces, pieces, pieces, seams, seams, seams, blocks, blocks, blocks, quilts, quilts, quilts, …you get the idea! There is not enough time to sew sometimes…

I truly love and totally get in to this kind of service!

However, I have had these thoughts or very nearly these thoughts at times about other church related service before. Replace the word “sew” with words like work, sweep, cook, clean, wash, host, scrub, etc… and well…you know…

Last Sunday morning, upon entering the church building a little early for the worship service, I saw a woman standing behind a table near the front door. I have seen her at church before, but I do not know her well. I approached her, eager to perhaps help her with what she was doing, get to know her, learn her name and to wish her a “Happy Sunday” so to speak.

I realized my mistake almost immediately.

Within moments of standing near the table, I became aware that she was doing a job that had totally and thoroughly exhausted her. I was told in her first breath that she had been doing this particular job for years. In the next breathe; I heard a list of all the people who benefited from the job she did. Then I heard about how those very people who benefited from her work had not ever helped her with it. When I asked her why she had done the job alone and why no one ever helped her with it she replied coldly that in previous years there had been a few people who had tried to help her but the most that she had ever received from their help was a bad headache.

“I prefer to work alone,” she said finally, looking over her spectacles with a cold, hard stare.

At that, I took the hint, turned tail swiftly and breaking into a near run, I moved quickly to a different part of the church building.

Reflecting back on all this today, I just wonder at how this might have happened to her.

Had she started doing this job those many years ago with a joyful heart, anticipating the good that she would do?

When did things go so terribly wrong for her and why?

Could this be a picture of me down the road?

Will I act like this sometime in the future?

Being a woman who does not like to make people unhappy, I have trouble saying “NO!”

“Sure, Sure, O.k.,sure, I can do that, sure…” is generally the given answer. Out of obligation sometimes, I say “Yes!” but I do like to help at other times.

This could explain my aversion to answering the telephone!

I just have not ever really considered that my inability to say “NO, that’s enough.” could be a sin.

That there is such a thing as the sin of doing a job that I should not be doing.

To think that I could potentially hurt people if that bitterness came out of me as it came out of that lady at church last Sunday. That would be a sin!

I am looking for some answers, I did a search for the word “works” and these are some of the verses that came up:

Ephesians 2:8 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. “

Titus 3:5 “not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,”

And of course what Jesus said to Martha in Luke 10 is important to consider also:

Verse 41-42 “And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”

He said there is only one thing is needed. What is it? Maybe just “look and listen” or “listen and look” are faith at work and are enough to “do” sometimes.

The verses that we studied at a bible study recently came to mind:

Numbers 21:8 “Then the LORD said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live.” So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.”
Jesus said in John 3:14 “Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,”

In this case Moses was given some specific jobs to do. God told him to “Make”, “Set”, and “Lift”…

The rest of the Israelites (who had been "bitterly complaining" by the way) were told to “Look” at the snake on the pole just as we are told to “Look” to Jesus and be healed. That's all they were told to do...That's all that we are told to do...

Maybe if God tells us to do something we had better get busy with it! Maybe if God has not told us to do something then we better high tail away from there saying “No!” as we go…

I don’t have a complete answer for the dilemma of church service or for the unhappy church lady either. It is God’s church after all. He will "work" it all out and finish the work too, right?

What I do know is that I want to do what the Lord wants me to do and I do not want to do what the Lord does not want me to do. I think that means that for now, I am going to keep sewing for gifts and charitable causes that interest me and I’m going to do the jobs at church that I am excited about. I think that if God gives me a desire to do something then He is “Making it a good work as I continue to be His workmanship.” I also know that if I ever start to act like that lady at church and start getting a headache because someone is or isn’t helping me with the job I chose to do, than I hope that someone will stop at my table, or sink or wherever I'm working and I’ll remember the events of last Sunday before they run away.

Lord, I never, ever want to be anything other than your workmanship and I don’t ever want to stop working on something that you are giving me to do until its done! It is so comforting to think that you will finish the work that you start and that I am your work after all…I’m glad that you aren’t finished with me yet! Thank you Lord, You are so good!…and please help me forgive “you know who” and not run away the next time I see her…Amen!

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

I am working on an online Christmas Mystery quilt at Kim Graham's Quilters' Neighborhood (http://members.shaw.ca/kigraham/mystery/Greetframe.htm.)
I chose the fabric for it and started sewing yesterday. I am using a Debbie Mumm black background and a few of the "Susanna" fabrics from Brenda Papadakis. I'll post more pictures as the month goes on.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Top Ten Finalist!

I'm just so excited! I made it to the top ten as a finalist in the ElmCreek.net quilt block contest!
I just can't believe it that my design was chosen as one of the ten best designs.
Yippee! just had to post the news.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006


I've had a terrible time getting anything to post so this is a little test post with a picture that I like to have on my desktop!

Monday, September 18, 2006

Dear Jane Update

I wanted to update my photo of the Dear Jane Chart. It is so much fun to make some progress on this wonderful quilt!

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Quilting the Psalms

The pieced block photo is a scan of my "Prosperity" Block that I made for my Psalm's quilt designed by Carol Honderich.
The Psalms Quilts are going well. I'm making two. I will hand piece the quilt that Carol Honderich is designing and I am designing an embroidery quilt on my own.
The embroidery block that I made for the Psalm Eight challenge is also pictured.
I have almost finished my embroidery block that was due today for Psalm One
and I have almost finished designing the block for Psalm Nineteen, which is this weeks assignment. More later...

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Women of the Bible Quilt so far...

Yesterday I put all the blocks out for the Women of the Bible quilt that I have made so far.
The blocks are not in the placement they will go in the finished quilt. I just spread them out to see them together...
The yahoo group is officially past the halfway mark now. I am all caught up as I made the three blocks that I was behind on. As I finish them, I have been tucking them into their folder and hadn't ever seen them all together.
I put away the block that I made for Rebekah, I want to make another one for her. Although the one that I made for Miriam is in the photo. the red "follow my leader" block towards the center, I think I will maker her a new one too, too much contrast or something just isn't right with hers..Dinah's "Broken Path" block may be the same way...the white one with the gold and green stripes. It might be o.k. if I use more white in some of the upcoming blocks...

I have made a few extra so far and I want to make a few more for:

1. The Egyptian princess who adopted Moses
2. The Hebrew midwives in Exodus.
3. Noah's Daughter in laws
4. The Woman who killed Abimelech by dropping a stone from a tower in Judges 9.
5. Jeptha's daughter who died because of his vow in Judges 11.
6. Samson's mother in Judges 13
7. The concubine that was killed by the Benjaminites in Judges 19.

I will probably find some more that I want to include as I keep reading. The devotional study has inspired me to try to read through the Bible this year. I haven't ever been able to do it before but I am trying.
It is something to watch what is going on in the Middle East and read the scriptures about what happened there so long ago. The only thing that has changed is the weaponry.
My old pastor says that we should pray for the peace of Jerusalem... So that is what I have been trying to do while I work on this study and my blocks.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.
Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces.
(Psalm 122:6-7)

Friday, July 28, 2006

Mo's Flower Garden

I just had to add this photo of some of the beautiful flowers outside of Mo's Restaurant in Cannon Beach, Oregon. (They serve really, really great Clam Chowder) :^)

Summer Activities and Projects

We had a really wonderful time visiting with my family at the Oregon Coast. The shady trees photo was taken while visiting Ft. Clatsop. The National park was very beautiful and I think one of my favorite stopping places during our week out there. The Park Rangers were dressed up in Lewis and Clark period costumes and we had fun talking to them as they whittled. One of the Rangers did a shooting demonstration and shot a musket for us. The hike was lovely down to the Lewis and Clark River.

The blanket photo is a throw size quilt for my son who loves WWII airplanes. I finished it yesterday...

I am behind on my Dear Jane BOW's and TOW's and trying not to feel too badly about it. I think once we start on our school schedule again I'll get back in the habit of prepping and sewing my blocks during writing/penmanship lessons or otherwise quiet school moments.
I'm three blocks behind on my Women of the Bible quilt now.... I have picked out substitute blocks to sew for Jezebel, the Queen of Sheba and Rizpah. Maybe this weekend I'll get those caught up.

I am also trying to finish up the Sylvia's Bridal Swap blocks that are due at the end of August...Oh... and the mini Spring Fling blocks are done...They just need to be labeled and mailed... Lots of projects to do... I really like being busy though. I have been working on my embroidery quilt while the kids do their swimming lessons. So that project is almost done too. I'll take a picture when it is finished.

Hope you are having a lovely summer!

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Glacier National Park Montana

This is a picture that I took while we were hiking in Glacier National Park in Montana last week. To hear the sound of the rushing water and to see the sun and shade on the trees was amazing.
It was amazing and wonderful.
We joked that we expected to see an elf, dwarf or fairy at any moment. Truly a fairy tale forest...What we did see was a deer that crossed over the trail just a few feet away from us and walked along the side of it with us for a few minutes.
It was amazing, I hated to leave and I want to go back!

This is the view from behind our friends church that we visited last Sunday.
Visiting their church was so much fun and I can't describe what it was like to look out the window at the beautiful Montana sky and the white puffy clouds other than to say "Wow!"
The sky was sooooo blue.
The sermon was great too!
One Leader, One calling, No nets!
(Matthew 4:20..."At once they left their nets and followed him.")

Saturday, June 10, 2006

My Brother is graduating today!

My Brother is graduating today!
I'm so proud of you!
I love you Dave!

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Yesterday's cloud cover gave the perfect lighting for taking pictures of some of the garden flowers. Here is my Chamomile plant. I tied the back piece together with some willow branches that my friend and I cut at the creek last summer.

Dear Jane Chart

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

This is one of the first quilt squares that I made for my version of the Jane Stickle quilt that she called "In War Time" in 1863.
I am calling my quilt "In Leornian Tide"
which means "In Learning Time" in Olde English. My goal at the moment is to make one triangle and one block a week.
On the Dear Jane mailing list many of the members put numbers after their names to show how far along they have progressed.
My numbers as of today are: 27,11,1,789
that is the numbers of the finished blocks,triangles,corners,pieces. The original quilt made by Jane has 5,602 pieces... I have a ways to go but I am so enjoying the journey.

My first Blog

Well, I'm jumping in here. I have never had a blogspot before so....
Hi and Welcome to my blog spot!
I hope to add photos and update the craft and quilt projects that I am working on...

I hope that you will enjoy your time here and Thanks for stopping by!