Touching Base

I planned to have 2 quilts completed for my Denver trip, which I leave for in 2 days, but life got in the way and I was only able to complete one. What was going to be my niece’s graduation quilt, is going to be her “off to college” quilt.  I don’t feel too terrible about it though because I made her a quilt not quite 2 years ago and I bought her something for graduation., 
I did finish this scrappy log cabin lap quilt for a friend. I quilted it block by block to practice my FMQ.  Up close it’s not very pretty, but from a distance it’s a true beauty. 
If I would’ve known starting a fabric fast would get me free fabric, I would’ve done it a long time ago!!  Remember back in March I wrote about my friend +Greta Anderson sending me a box of goodies? Well a few weeks ago, another friend gave me a ton of lovely batiks and just last weekend I got a bunch more fabric from another friend!! It may not be the latest and greatest lines, but I am so NOT picky. I love free! Honestly, I can probably  go a year from today, without purchasing any new fabric!! And I just might do it! 

I added a new machine to my family.  I bought this Viking on Craigslist to be my traveling machine. I have yet to name it. 
So, we leave in 2 days.  Originally it was going to be ALL of us going, but one of my sons is in the hospital in Nebraska and won’t be able to go (please say a prayer for him), and my daughter and grand kids aren’t going either. We haven’t had a chance to all visit together since we left Denver in 2005. I’m bummed because my mom has never met her great-grand daughter who shares her birthday and is already 3 1/2 yrs old.  We’ll have to have a reunion at some point. I am looking forward to seeing friends I haven’t seen in years and the cooler weather.
I finally reupholstered my dining chairs.  It was on my fall/winter “To Do” list….so I was just a few months behind. 
before
after

I know some of you aren’t going to like this…but I’m down to one cat.  Sadly, a few months back I had to put Kiko down because he had blocked urethra.   Sunday, I got rid of Roscoe. That morning, after not being able to sleep at all Saturday night, I was debating on whether or not to go to church.  After talking w/my son about driving me, I walked back into my bedroom to find Roscoe looking crazy and my curtains and rod pulled out of the wall on one side. When I went to try and fix it, I noticed he had peed in the darn windowsill! Instead of going to church, I had my son drive me to the Humane Society, where I surrendered him. I was relieved to find he was micro chipped and that most likely he’d go back to the wherever he was registered. I won’t get any more pets. One cat at a time is plenty!

Lastly, I’d like to ask you to pray for me. Lately I feel calloused and empty. I’m in a funk.  I haven’t been reading the bible or praying. I haven’t taken stock or given thanks for my many blessings and instead I’ve been complaining about what I still don’t have (namely a husband).  The nerve of me! I just wrote about family and gifts and and friends and I have the nerve to feel ungrateful!  I’m struggling… Lord forgive me. 
A Thread for Life
Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again – my Savior and my God! ~ Psalm 42:11
 I’m linking up over at  Val’s Quilting Studio.

6 thoughts on “Touching Base

  1. Well you aren the first and certainly not the last to feel the way you do.. God understands our prayers even when we cant find the words to say them… He can read and understand your heart.. Put your cares in His hands.. He will put peace in your heart

  2. Hey Zenia. You made a beautiful quilt. Weren't we talking one time about Arizona sunset colors? — looks like you found them (and paired them up with Iowa winter colors)! Really great stuff. Sorry about the funk you're in… have you thought about doing something like this? http://fatcatballroomdance.com/ Maybe you just need to make a commitment to have fun.

  3. Thank you Greta. I didn't really think about the colors much, it was a grab and sew. Fatcat looks like so much fun. I'm going to check it out when I get back from vacation!

  4. What generous friends you have and you made a beautiful quilt. Enjoy your trip and I send love and prayer for you and your family. xx

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