She actually sent me two. She lives in WA so these didn’t travel far. Thsi particualr quilt …she wanted custom quilting and her only request was that I didn’t quilt any flowers. Which is a good thing because I didn’t see flowers on this quilt anyway.
I quilted little twinkling stars, and I tried to mimic the pattern in the final border to give it dimension. Teh rest is all different kinds of block work. I used two different colors of thread charcoal and natural.
well I missed church on Sunday..so no sermon..it’s actually been awhile since I posted a sermon because of the holidays….and work.
I have been reading my bible. Christmas eve because our house was full and she slept with us…I read quite a bit about Jesus’ birth to Clarissa. It was maybe my favorite part of Christmas. I love those tiny details…the ones I will remember forever even if she doesn’t..she is young enough to soak it all in….ask questions and at least act like she is interested.
I remember a long time ago..Cole was 5 or so..and we were processing apples..we have gotten 30 boxes of apples for free ..so I was canning and what not.
Cole was helping me make apple pies…..he said “Mom this is really special isn’t it?”…it melted my heart. I said “yes…I will remember this forever” …He said “me too” ..I actually doubt he does..which kind makes me sad..but it’s ok cause I will. It is hard to imagine my teenage boys so sweet anymore…LOL. Somewhere along the way they turn into perverted pranksters that love to toot and laugh about endlessly. But I digress.
Our church is heading into a series of being baptized in the Holy Spirit, having spiritual gifts and that type of thing. I have my own reservations about this…but I am open to hearing about it. I think this is the type of thing that causes confusion and also divides a church. Of course silly things like carpet color and music can divide a church…so that’s nothing new. Keeping a church together comes by God.
I am not the type of person who will force my beliefs on anyone else….I will listen and study and draw my own conclusions. However…if someone else gets the same information and draws a different conclusion…that is perfectly fine as well. Honestly. I don’t lose any respect for them ..in fact I think I have MORE respect for them because they decided for themselves rather than go along with what other people say. It is not my job to judge or decide how someone should believe. That is crazy and honestly only God can handle that job…LOL Not little ole Charisma. So I think that is where we are right now. I think I am going to start my own study ..so I can share that here rather than the Sunday sermons until this series is over. …..
You know one time I went to Vegas..( I am sure I have shared this before)….I wasn’t one of those wild people drinking 5 foot margaritas..LOL. I didn’t even drink one drop. LOL Wow what a partier right?
But while there there were 3 guys with microphones on the sidewalk preaching…fire and brimstone…I am saved. They tried telling me I needed help?? LoL I politely said “Ummm I am saved…” I really wanted to say “You guys are doing this all wrong!” You attract more flies with honey than vinegar ..right? It’s more about being an example to those around you. Do I believe “Sin” City needs help? Of course. But how did Jesus do it? With love….not threats. They made themselves more of an obstacle than really helping people. In my own personal opinion.
However…if these men feel God put that on their heart to go out and do that…who am I to really say anything? I just kindly walked away…..I can’t judge them ..even though in my own mind I did…right? I think that is a natural thing for us to do…..but then in the recess of my own mind I have to reason it out….why do I think this? Do I fear this? Why? Do I feel confused ? Uncomfortable? Where do I go from here….what I came up with is this…..
It doesn’t matter where I go, what I think or what I feel…what matters is that no matter what I go at it with LOVE. Love is the bottom line right? God is LOVE…..eternal LOVE. If I keep that as my center..my focus everything else will fall into place. That gives me peace. That fills me up and I can go on..even if my fleshy bad side wants to judge, be afraid or confused. Love conquers all.
That is a true gift!
So those are my thoughts for the day….I hope it all makes sense. Blessings to all of you!
You all know how sentimental I am…a romantic at heart…I know. It’s difficult being so soft sometimes..LOL.
Yesterday in fact with my girlfriends at brunch ….one of them was teasing me about crying at movie commercials…I can’t help it. We were in the movie and she CLEARLY has a no heartstrings cause I started crying at a movie commercial that she thought looked stupid…LOL> ( she is super funny….so I was laughing..and it’s Ok I appreciate our differences)
But this quilt…. if I were the daughter recieving this… would make me cry.
Beverly made this for her daughter as a wedding gift. She made this quilt from her daughter’s outgrown clothes. Clothes she wore as a little girl…they are now turned into a beautiful quilt she can treasure as an adult..gifted at a perfect time. I know this is actually the “roots” of quilting…..right? making something new out of something old? Quilters use everything they have..I love that. traditional meets modern. Common theme for me.
I am sentimental about those types of things…I don’t take those things for granted…I know not everyone is like that…..but I feel so honored when I am just a tiny part of something like this. I LOVE my job! Honestly. I pray over the quilt for many blessings…as it goes into the new home and life.
Beverly wanted the butterflies to stand out and take the show..she wanted the rest of the quilting to be subtle. I hope I accomplished that….
Well in the last couple of days I have been slowly but surely working on a little Christmas quilt for myself. I did accomplish 2 customer quilts ( maybe it was 3) while working on this. I don’t want anyone to think I am neglecting work to do my own quilts..it is certainly not the case.
But When I saw this pattern ( book) at a quilt show last fall I just had to have it. Mine looks WAY different than the book. I tried to find it this morning so I could give you all the name of the book..but I think I loaned it out. It’s Called “tis the season” I think?”
Anyway…..the original quilt was a bit smaller…and only used 4 stockings….I made mine bigger to accommodate 8 stockings. There is 8 people in my family. This will hang in my entryway at Christmas Time…( I think)
Anyway I changed the holly vines from an appliqued fabric string to chenille strips to give it some dimension.
I love the charm blocks on top of the stockings it says “Christ*mas”
I quilted tine swirls in the border around all the designs to make them pop out.
Then in all the lower charms I did some ruler work….snowflakes…continuous curves and loopies in the outer border to frame it in. I kind of doubted myself and wondered if I could have added more quilting in the squares without snowflakes….to make the snowflakes stand out a bit more….maybe next time?
Regardless..I love it! I am so glad I will have it for next year. I made this one a bit modern Christmas…I love traditional and modern…so it’s hard for me to decide..so I just mix it all up! Somehow it always works out.
I may write my family’s initials in the stocks…I haven’t decided.
Well today I started out working at my LQS. YEP! They opened today for the annual sale….I would just like to say today …..
I am a FABRIHOLIC!
I bought WAY to many yards of fabric..but honestly I needed 40 yards alone for fabric backings.
But they were on sale for 4$ a yard , I worked so I got some wages and I also got 20% off. So you can’t beat that price.
Then I came home. I made myself finish a customer quilt so I could start working on my Christmas quilt. I just finished it.
Oh I am so in love with it! I just couldn’t leave until it was finished.
I pinned another customer quilt on the big frame so I will get that finished up first thing in the morning. ….well it will take me all day…then I am going to pin another one of my quilts…I just haven’t decided which one yet.
Tomorrow the boys come home..my family will all be together again. The kids start school on Tuesday so it will be a get everything ready and back into our routine again…type of a day.
Rob took the kids to church today…and Jeri brought me notes from the service. Wasn’t that nice?
I can’t believe all of our vacations are over. Honestly. Rob has to go back to work too. It’s nice to have them home because everything is just relaxed…but then again it’s nice to be in a routine as well.
I watched a lifetime movie and a hallmark movie today. I usually watch hallmark movies…cause they are nicer. Happier or heart warming. Did any of you watch November Christmas this year. I sobbed through the whole thing. I have it recorded on my DVR…even though I know the ending…I still sob. It’s a good one.
Tomorrow is going to be a fun day of pedicures/lunch with some girly friends. I hope you all have a great night! It’s the first day of the year! YIPPEEEEE!