My Quilty Bucket R1P3

Round 1, Project 3 = HRTs

After sorting/refolding fabric several weeks ago, I pulled my next project and got a Wildcard. A Wildcard means I can make whatever I want that’s not already in My Quilty Bucket or I can pull from the bucket again. I only thought about it for a very little while and couldn’t think of any other project I wanted to make just then, so I pulled again and ended up w/an HRTs ufo which consists of Half Rectangle Triangles that my friend Katy cut for me w/her Accuquilt Studio 2 when I visited her in Michigan in Aug 2017.

I probably should’ve thought on a Wildcard project a little longer and maybe had a looksee on Instagram before I decided to pull another project because this FPP Heart pillow that Madonna made is so lovely! I know better for next time.

The HRTs have been in a shoebox since I returned from my visit in August 2017.

When I opened the shoebox I was delighted to find some other Grunge fabric I forgot I had. I kinda remember adding it to the box after I returned, intending to send it to Katy to cut. I decided to incorporate most of it into the quilt.

I didn’t really have a plan…just made it up as I went along.

And this is what I ended up with.

I did lots of practice FMQ on it.

I decided to give it to my youngest son so I added some Denver Bronco fabric to the back since he’s a big fan. This pic is before warshing.

And this is after, in all its crinkly wonder.

And here are a couple close-ups of my favorite grids of quilting.

I have one more finish to share as well. I recently started a Quilt & Craft Fellowship at my church. We gather the 2nd Saturday of each month and bring whatever crafty projects we’re working on.

This was my “traveling” project. The strippy HTSs are cut-offs, or bonus pieces, from a quilt I made for one of my nieces last year. This quilt with the cute kitty backing will be gifted to my youngest granddaughter on her 5th birthday in August.

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time, God Bless & Happy Stitchin’!

A Thread for Life

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2NIV

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Since I Last Posted

Long Post Alert!

Dare I call myself a blogger if I let two months pass between posts? And I was doing so good for awhile.

Anyway, hi! How have you been? Me, I have been busy w/work and life.

I’ve also been doing some sewing and quite a bit of quilting. I did really well the first part of the year, working on one project at a time for the most part. BUT, I haven’t really followed that rule as of late. And honestly I can’t tell if I’m more or less productive so I’ll let you be the judge of that.

Here are my makes since I last posted.

I was inspired by my favorite apron to make these, so I copied it a little and winged it a lot. The loops at teh waist are for hand towels.

A scrappy trips table topper. This is an awesome pic if I say so myself.

This little ghostie wall hanging was a kit I had for at least 4 years. It was so simple I felt silly for not making it sooner.

I made these 2 pumpkin wall hangings/table toppers. I realize they resemble apples but they are orange and one is made w/pumpkin fabric, so there! 😉 I combined a couple of patterns to make these. I got the measurement of the pumpkin and the stem from Patchwork Pumpkin Block by Farm Girl Vintage and the rest from Pumpkin Wall Hanging on Quilters Cache.

I finally finished the Build A Quilt quilt. I say finally because as I was quilting it, Esperanza locked up on me. Thankfully, w/my son’s help, we were able to get her off and back on the frame w/o taking the quilt completely off. Missouri Sewing Machine Company had her all fixed up in less than a week’s time.

My latest finish is this wee quilt, 30″ x 36″, made from cutoffs of my niece’s quilt. It reminds me of Origami Cranes.

I swore I wouldn’t make another mask…until I saw Svetlana’s video tutorial for 3d masks. This is the simplest mask I’ve made and the only style I’ll make from now on.

And these are my works in progress.

A patchwork runner for my dresser, designed by me. I stitched in the ditch and now I’m adding hand quilting. It’s the hand quilting that is keeping this in the WIP status. I’m making quicker progress than I thought I would though.

The next wip is from this book. I have several quilts in this book marked to make.

This one is called Fall Frolic and is primarily made w/Thimbleberries fabrics. It is also currently on the quilt frame.

And on deck, waiting to be quilted is Winter Quilt.

It is a free-form block project from this book. I adore this book and I have even more quilts marked to make in it!

Besides quilting, I did a couple of home improvements, but my absolute fave is the fireplace makeover. What do you think?

Another thing I’ve been doing a lot of lately is cooking! I started a low carb/keto lifestyle in mid August. I have since lost approximately 15 lbs. I’ve done more baking in the last few months than I have in my entire life. Most of the recipes I’ve made are from Wholesome Yum which I found on Pinterest. I had a completely keto Thanksgiving which consisted of roasted Cornish Hens, spinach balls, cauliflower mac & cheese, keto fathead dinner rolls, and sugarfree pumpkin cheesecake. But a couple of my fave go-to recipes are fathead pizza crust and chaffles.

And now I’m ready for Christmas!

And here’s a close up of my Starburst Tree Skirt.

If you made it all the way down here, good on you! Thanks for stopping by! Until next time, (hopefully it won’t be 2 mos from now), God bless you, Happy Stitchin’, and Happy Holidays!

A Thread for Life

Think on These Things Amos R. Wells

No Way to Christ

Once, during a revival, a minister was hailed by a young man who asked, “Can you tell me the way to Christ?” The minister’s reply was astonishing; “No, I cannot tell you the way to Christ.” “But I thought you were a minister,” the young man stammered; “I beg your pardon.” “I am a minister,” was the answer. “Well then,” the young man urged, “I don’t see why you cannot tell the way to Christ.” “Because,” the minister said earnestly, “there is no way to Christ. Christ Himself is the Way. Christ is here. All you have to do is to believe Him, and you have Him.”

There is a great truth in this story. Too often we go blundering around in our search for Christ, trying numerous paths, all of which prove to be blind alleys. We try the path of philosophy. We try the path of human counsellors. We try the path of good deeds. We try the path of our own will power. And none of these lead to Christ. Now why not cease from all these vain trials and try Christ Himself? Why not go to Him, and not to any substitute for Him? Why not simply say, “I am here, my Savior, and You are here. I yield myself to You. Lord, what will You have me to do?” No one ever came to Jesus in that spirit and failed to find Him.

Pray- Our blessed Redeemer, we know that You are seeking us more earnestly than any of us can be seeking You. Come to us, Lord Jesus, and make us Your own, today, tomorrow, the next day, and forever. Amen.

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Pastor Appreciation

Have you ever walked into a quilt store and come across two fabrics that just had to be together in a quilt? Just two? Me neither, until I saw these.

They just spoke, “His & Hers” to me, and immediately I knew which couple I was making this quilt for AND exactly which pattern it would be.

The couple; my pastor and his wife. The pattern; Jacob’s Ladder in a Road to Arkansas layout (they are both from Arkansas). And the occasion; Pastor Appreciation, which is this month.

Here is one of the first blocks. Isn’t it just a perfect pairing?

And here’s a pic of it on the design wall.

The completed flimsy from 2 different angles.

The darker fabric reminds me of tire treads which makes it extra fitting for the “Road to Arkansas” layout.

I quilted “Flourish” from edge to edge.

I printed the label on my home printer using a handy dandy video tutorial by TheCraftyGemini. I used Steam-A-Seam to fuse the label to the back of the quilt and then I did a really awful stitch to secure it even more. LOL! I don’t think that label is going anywhere. LOL!

Pastor Appreciation is technically the 2nd Sunday in October but I couldn’t wait so I presented it to them on the 1st Sunday and it was well received.

I’ve been a member and regular attender of Relevant Church of Liberty for 2 years. Pastor Jeff is an anointed teacher and discipler. I am very grateful to be under his tutelage and part of his flock. With all the chaos, hate, and fear that is permeating our nation, I can’t even imagine living without the peace and protection of my savior Jesus Christ or the love and fellowship of my brothers and sisters in Christ.

The one good thing about Covid is that our church services are now live streamed every Sunday at 1030a CT on Facebook & YouTube, which means the message is available to those who can’t attend because of health concerns and it’s further reaching. Anyone, anywhere can watch from their phone or computer. If you don’t already attend church somewhere, or you just need to hear a word of hope, love, and encouragement, tune in. Set your hopes on God. I promise you will receive a relevant, biblical word and sound doctrine. Pastor Jeff also live streams bible study on Wednesday evenings at 7p on Facebook. Also, if there is ever anything you want/need prayer for, I will pray for or with you, just email me. There is power in prayer. Amen!

Thanks for visiting. Until next time Happy Stitchin’ and God Bless!

A Thread for Life

Remind them of these things, and charge them before God not to quarrel about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers. Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth 2 Timothy 2:14–15 ESV

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