This year is FLYING by! Not that I’m complaining but it is a challenge to keep up sometimes. I keep telling my kids, the older you get, the faster time moves. My middle son turned 31yrs just a few days ago and my youngest turned 26 yrs in June. They are catching up to me. =)
Without further ado, here are my August BOMs.
I’ll start w/my block for Jen’s Monthly Color Challenge. August’s food inspiration is mushroom and the color is brown. A nephew of a long time friend cultivates gourmet and medicinal mushrooms. There are so many species of mushrooms and they come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. You can learn more about his Mushroom Kingdom here or check him out on IG @southwestmushrooms. It’s quite fascinating!
These are the fabrics that called to me for a mushroom block. And surprisingly to myself more than anyone else, I’m still going strong w/the 6″ block.
There were two options for making this block; templates or paper piece. I opted for paper piece. I really like how it came out!
And for the QAL I’m doing w/Madonna @sunnybunnyquilts, here are my Criss Cross Star blocks…
…and a Cross Plus block. I’m supposed to make 4 of these a month (my own rule for a self-imposed deadline) but I only had one completed by the time I drafted this post. But isn’t it fabulous?!
Stay tuned for my Christmas in July/August post as well as a post about a quilt challenge I entered.
Until next time, God Bless You and Happy Stitchin’!
A Thread for Life
Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 2 Timothy 4:2-4 NIV
Did February fly by as quickly for you as it did for me? Work was kinda crazy this month, then I went on vacation, then my older son came to visit and now February is just about over. Oh well, better late than never for my February BOM progress.
Next up is my block for the Monthly Color Challenge hosted by Patterns by Jen. February’s color is Lemon/Bright Yellow. I really like how lemony my block turned out.
And these last two blocks are part of a monthly quiltalong I’m doing w/my in real life friend, @sunnybunnyquilts, who lives just a few miles away from me here in KC.
This Japanese X Plus Block finishes at 12″. I used this tutorial. I made smaller ones last month (they finishe at 7.5″) but I wanted to try bigger. I think this one is too big so next month I’m going for one that finishes at 10″.
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.