Happy New Year!

Yesterday by Oswald Chambers

You shall not go out with haste,…for the Lord will go before you, and the God of Israel will be your rear guard. Isaiah 52:12 NKJV

Security from Yesterday. “…God requires an account of what is past” (Ecclesiastes 3:15). At the end of the year we turn with eagerness to all that God has for the future, and yet anxiety is apt to arise when we remember our yesterdays. Our present enjoyment of God’s grace tends to be lessened by the memory of yesterday’s sins and blunders. But God is the God of our yesterdays, and He allows the memory of them to turn the past into a ministry of spiritual growth for our future. God reminds us of the past to protect us from a very shallow security in the present.

Security for Tomorrow. “…the Lord will go before you….” This is a gracious revelation— that God will send His forces out where we have failed to do so. He will keep watch so that we will not be tripped up again by the same failures, as would undoubtedly happen if He were not our “rear guard.” And God’s hand reaches back to the past, settling all the claims against our conscience.

Security for Today. “You shall not go out with haste….” As we go forth into the coming year, let it not be in the haste of impetuous, forgetful delight, nor with the quickness of impulsive thoughtlessness. But let us go out with the patient power of knowing that the God of Israel will go before us. Our yesterdays hold broken and irreversible things for us. It is true that we have lost opportunities that will never return, but God can transform this destructive anxiety into a constructive thoughtfulness for the future. Let the past rest, but let it rest in the sweet embrace of Christ.

Leave the broken, irreversible past in His hands, and step out into the invincible future with Him.

From My Utmost for His Highest

December BOMs +Another Flimsy!

Can y’all believe 2022 is less than 24hrs away?! Where does the time go? We can all attest that it waits for no one! With that being said, I just celebrated my half-century birthday on December 16th. And I had a party! If it wasn’t my first birthday party ever, I can’t remember ever having another one. I hosted an ornament exchange party with about a dozen friends. It was so much fun and delicious! Here’s a pic of the birthday girl.

And here’s a close-up of a “dirty” snowman cheeseball that Madonna made. He was delicious!

Now on to quilty matters. Here’s the last block in Jen’s 2021 Monthly Color Challenge. The color was olive, inspired by….olives.

And this beauty is block 2 of Build A Quilt 5 (BAQ). I’m so smitten w/these Holly Jolly fabrics!

And last but not least…my crossplus flimsy! What do you think? My daughter’s b-day is Jan 16 but Esperanza needs to go into the shop. So the way things are looking now she probably won’t get her quilt until my February trip to Phoenix for Quiltcon 2022. Sadly, I did not win the APQS giveaway, but CONGRATS!! to Diane M. of Texas!

And speaking of QuiltCon 2022, will you be there? I’m planning to spend at least 1 day at the show with a few local friends, but I am not taking any classes or lectures. Let me know if you are going, it would be fantastic to meet IRL (in real life)!

A Thread for Life

I know the One I have believed in and am persuaded that He is able to guard what has been entrusted to me until that day. 1Tim1:12

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November BOMs + A Flimsy!

I hope y’all had a Happy & Joyful Thanksgiving! My son came over and we enjoyed spending the day together. I’m amazed at how quickly time flies and cannot believe that 2021 is almost over! But I continue to stitch and pray, pray and stitch.

With this being said, here are my November BOMs.

First up is my Blueberry block for Jen’s Monthly Color Challenge. I actually had blueberry fabric!

Next up are my final four cross-plus blocks. I now have thirty-six, 15″ blocks, enough to make a queen size quilt for my daughter. Her birthday is in January and my plan has always been to complete it by then, BUT my longarm, Esperanza, is currently out of order. If I don’t win the APQS Millie Giveaway on December 10, 2021, I’ll be taking Esperanza to Missouri Sewing Machine Co . I’ve been entering that contest daily, like clockwork.

Here’s some scrappilicious goodness to ogle. I adore scrappy quilts and this one is going to be fantastic!

Build A Quilt 5 (2021-2022) is underway! I chose this Holly Jolly colorway. I am not a fan of the color pink but there’s something about Holly Jolly that makes me smile.

Here’s my block one. Isn’t it a stunner?!

BAQ registration is open until the end of the year so if you decide to join after seeing my stunning block, please use me as a referral!

And speaking of Build A Quilt, here’s my BAQ 4 flimsy! I really like the pops of marigold! I also improvised w/the grey borders around the four blocks. I thought I had used all of the dark grey fabric in the challenge quilt I made, and it wasn’t until after this flimsy was completed that I found the grey fabric that came w/this collection. Oh well.

I started quilting this flimsy w/Angela’s suggested quilting diagrams, and about 1/3 way through is when Esperanza started acting up. *sigh*

That’s all I got for you today. Until next time, Happy Stitchin’ & God Bless!

A Thread for Life

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17NIV

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