Catching Up – Last Post of 2018

I can’t believe it’s been almost 3 months since my last blog post! Time waits for no woman.  Ain’t that the truth! Work keeps me extremely busy, but I have managed some “me time”. And here’s what I’ve been up to. Warning: this will be a little lengthy.

I went to my first Chiefs game when they played the Denver Broncos, w/my friend Vivian, who also happens to be the Pastor’s wife. It was a great first experience at Arrowhead Stadium. I decided to keep it neutral and not wear any team gear and I cheered for both teams thank you very much!

I’ve become a member of Relevant Church, joined a connect up group and have made several new friends, including one who quilts and pet-sits for traveling friends! So I already know where I’m leaving Moe when I travel next year.

I traded in Casper the Friendly Soul (Kia) for my dream car; a Subaru Crosstrek.  Her name is Scarlett.

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And I did it just in time for the Thanksgiving Weekend Blizzard. We got almost 6 inches of snow, the most snow KC has had in several years. It was fun!

I’ve seen several movies at the awesome B&B Theater here in Liberty. All of the auditoriums have heated, leather, recliners. It’s pretty nifty!

I finished three more quilts which, if I’m not mistaken, catches me up on WIPs. Yay me!  The first and biggest quilt, Be My Neighbor, I sent to my dear friend Katy of KatyQuilts (IG: @katyquilts) back before I moved to MO. She returned it to me in October when she came to MO to visit her MIL. At that time, I gave her 2 more flimsies to take back to MI to quilt for me which she did and promptly returned. Look at the FABULOUS quilting she does! Such talent!

I celebrated my 47th birthday. Praise God!img_1208

And my first Christmas in MO.img_0999-1Besides sewing, and going to church and the picture show, I also go to open houses whenever I get the opportunity.  And that’s how I found the house that I have fallen in love with! It’s been on the market for over 90 days.  I’ve got a few more months until my lease is up, so I’m praying for it to stay on the market a little longer, but I’m pretty sure God is saving it for me. =)

And the best news of all! My daughter and grands are coming to visit me! I’ll be picking them up from the airport after work. I’m so excited!

Thanks for stopping by.

Until next time, happy stitchin’ and God Bless!

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A Thread for Life

I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.  I know both how to have a little, and I know how to have a lot.  In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being content — whether well fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need. I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me. Phil 4:11-13 HCSB

And They Call it Puppy Love

Ivy Queen Mackenzie Lewis
Life w/Ivy is going well. It’s kind of like having a new born but easier. You can’t just leave a newborn in the crate or backyard unattended when necessary like you can do w/a pup.   I am crate training and feel it’s been successful. There have only been a few accidents in the crate (pee) which isn’t bad for an almost 10 wk old pup. Of course there have also been accidents in the house but she is learning. 













I’m grateful to be able to bring her to work w/me everyday. Everyone likes having her around. She is crated at work too but I let her have some free time on and off the leash.

Look at that belly!

Ivy and Inka still aren’t BFFs but they will be.  Inka really needs to relax. Ivy just wants to taste her tail.  =)

I just realized I slept a full 5 hrs last night (the longest interval w/o Ivy interruption since I got her 2 weeks ago).  I’d like more sleep BUT I like sewing/quilting more and I stay up super late on Friday/Saturday nights to get quality sew time in.

Ivy is growing faster that I thought she would but she is a delightful companion!

A Thread for Life
Never run away with the idea that it does not matter much what we believe or think; it does. What we think and believe, we are; not what we say we think and believe, but what we really do think and believe, we are; there is no divorce at all. To believe, in the sense our Lord used the word, is never an intellectual act but a moral act.” –Oswald Chambers, in The Moral Foundations of Life from The Quotable Oswald Chambers.

If Only Food Fasting Were This Easy!

I took a Fabric Fast Challenge that went from Jan 1 – Jun 30. I made it! I did not purchase a single piece of fabric for 6 mos! It wasn’t terribly difficult for me because I had the Canada/NY trip to save for. AND in addition to the previous fabric donations I wrote about in May, I was given another HUGE donation!   I have a considerable stash now and I’m honestly considering going another 6 mos – 1 year w/o buying fabric!  I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

I’d been wanting to make the Strip Twist Quilt for quite some time. I decided to make it for my niece who is going off to college this fall.  I LUV how it turned out! I even added a flange!  I thought I’d finished the top last weekend (66.5in x 81.5in) but then she told me that her bed is an extra long twin. Good thing I hadn’t started quilting it yet. I’m adding another 5 inch border to the top and bottom (in the same pink).

 I also finished the mystery quilt top I was doing w/my chapter – Quilters Anonymous QA.

I made this cute little pin cushion/scrap bag combo a couple of weeks ago. I used this tutorial, but filled it w/crushed walnut shells.

I also made this caddy for my cutting mat (18 x 24). I actually started a tutorial for it but  didn’t take all the pics I needed, so I’ll have to make another one before I can post the tutorial.

Here are a couple of the smaller projects we’re doing at kids sewing camp this year. A pin cushion and scrap bag. Camp is July 7-11. Last year I volunteered for 1 afternoon, this year I’m doing 2 full days! I’m so excited!

I’m now debating on whether to start a new quilt OR start quilting the 4 tops I have completed. Decisions, decisions!!

On another note, about a year & half ago, a friend brought one of her dogs to church.  A Blue Heeler aka Australian cattle dog.  I really liked the look of the dog. She told me they are very intelligent and loyal dogs. I said I might be interested it getting one in the future. Well…her dog just had 7 pups and I’m seriously considering getting one. I’ve even picked one out! I’m thinking of names for her and am considering giving her a name from a character in the The Outlander Series, but maybe not.

And lastly, as if I don’t already have enough to do, I’ve added yard work to the list. I haven’t really done much w/the backyard since I bought the house a couple of years ago and so I’ve been doing improvements little by little over the last couple of weeks. My “grass” was just weeds really.  I’ve been getting up early in the morning, having my quite time on the back patio and then I spend about a half hour working in the yard before work. By spring it should be really nice.

I definitely need to blog more often…so my posts aren’t so darn long! On my honor, I will try…to do weekly posts at the very least.

Until next week, Happy Quilting!

A Thread for Life
But I am not ashamed, because 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. 2 Tim 1:12 HCSB