A Post of Finishes and Few Words

I’m in some kind of funk lately and I don’t have much to say today, but I wanted to share my progress.
Diamonds and Purples is finished 68″ x 80″.

Spinning Stars is also finished 43″ x 62″.

I made a coordinating pillowcase

To reward myself for these two finishes, I sewed all my 1″ strings together in jellyroll race fashion to make this panel. The panel is still just a flimsy but I plan on quilting it and making it a wall hanging. I also made a rag bag tote.

If you pray, pray me out of this funk please. Thank you and God bless.

A Thread for Life
Be gracious to me, God, according to Your faithful love; 
according to Your abundant compassion, blot out my rebellion. Psalms 51:1

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Moving Right Along

The Blogger’s Quilt Festival Fall 2014 has come to an end. A big shout out to Amy at Amy’s Creative Side for coordinating the event.  Even though I didn’t win this time around, I’m still super excited and very grateful that my quilt made it to Viewer’s Choice Top 20!  A HUGE thank you for all who voted for my quilt. You can see the winners here.

Here are a few of my faves from the festival.
http://www.13spools.com/2014/10/bloggers-quilt-festival-icy-waters.html

http://quiltsmyway.blogspot.ca/2014/10/light-of-stars-quilt-bloggers-quilt.html
  
http://pugmomquilts.blogspot.com/2014/10/entering-bloggers-quilt-festival.html
If you missed the Blogger’s Quilt Festival this time, don’t despair, it happens twice a year! It’ll be coming around again in Spring 2015, and I hope to see you there. 
In other quilty news…
I’m back to my countdown projects. I’ve been working on the double option star quilt which will be a Christmas present for my 3yr old sister. (my dad has a kid w/his girlfriend) 
Her favorite color is green so I chose this green from my stash BUT, it’s very masculine.
What could I put w/it to make it more appropriate for a  3yr old girl?  Her mom said she also likes blue and red. So I went back in my stash and chose this beautiful blue paisley which has red (and the same green) in it. 
This fabric opened the door for yellow and a few other fabrics…which worked out well because I quickly ran out of the green. 
The blocks measure 8.5″ square and originally I was going to make 42 of them for 6 across, 7 down. They are pretty busy though, so I decided to tone it down a bit by adding white sashing strips.
Here’s what I’ve got so far. Because of the sashing I didn’t need as many blocks after-all and settled on 24.  Four of these blocks (bottom row) are super scrappy because I used what was left-over from making the other sets. 
On Design Wall

 I’m calling it Spinning Stars. I’ve yet to add a white border and a 2nd border of the blue paisley.

Outside
Thanks for stopping by. Until next time, Happy Quilting!
A Thread for Life
If anyone lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without criticizing, and it will be given to him. James 1:5
“One way to have more faith is to ask for it! If you’re like me, sometimes we don’t need more of anything. We just need the courage to exercise what we already have.  Other times we authentically require an increase to do God’s will, and He will not refuse it if we ask in Jesus’ name.
Jesus will never turn us away when we come to Him with gut-level honesty and request what we lack. Since it is impossible to please God without faith, you and I constantly have new challenges to believe God.  Let’s learn to confess our unbelief and ask Christ to empower us to overcome it.” 
Beth Moore’s Believing God: Day by Day

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She’s Still Stitchin’

Two months ago tomorrow, I insisted my sis come to quilting.  You can read about it in the Bitten post. Kinda long story short, she was instantly hooked! I’m proud and happy to say she’s still stitching strong!  


She gets frustrated at times, especially when she’s rushing to get something finished, but she’s been very productive. She’s already completed 3 patchwork quilts, several pillows and a couple “jellyroll” tops.  I often have to remind her to slow down. What’s the rush? But we all know how it is when you want to see a project complete.  

I maybe should sometimes take my own advice about not rushing. Well, not rushing so much as just not having so many projects going at once.  I know this is the norm for many of us quilters but what’s not normal is the other craziness going on in my brain. Like me thinking that since I didn’t start quilting until I was 40 that I have at least 15 years of quilting to make up for, because I would’ve loved quilting when I was 25yrs old if someone would’ve just introduced it to me !! Crazy huh? LOL! Anyway having multiple projects you want/need to finish is definitely more stressful than having just one. All I can say is, I NEVER get bored! 

And speaking of projects, I finished one last night! I did different FMQ in each block. I also used Jera’s Quick Binding method.


And, I finally decided what I want to do w/the One Block Wonder I put together many moons ago and hated. You can read about it here and here It’s going to be a large lap quilt for my mom instead. Her b-day is on November 3rd so I’ve got several weeks to complete it. I’ve already taken the too wide borders off and reduced the overall size of the quilt a bit. The orange will still be the 1st border and I’ll add a 2nd wider border of the brown floral. The back will be pieced w/the plain aqua and white/light aqua floral AND the extra strips I removed from the quilt top will serve as binding.





















I’ve got a few other quilt deadlines too!  The Summer Star Mini and Bento Box are due on November 6 for a charity we are working on in QA. They’ve yet to be basted and quilted.

These Double Option Stars Blocks are for a quilt I’m making as a Christmas gift for my little sis. Three down, 39 more to go.

I’d like to have Diamonds and Purples completed in time for Christmas as well. Waiting to be basted and quilted too.

In addition I have several small quilted gifts I’m working on. I’ve got a lot to accomplish so I better get sewing.

Until next time, Happy Quilting and God Bless!

A Thread for Life
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.  He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,  and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor. Isa 61:1-3

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