April BOMs

Happy Spring Y’all! It’s gorgeous here in Missouri, even if I don’t have pics to prove it. I do have this pic of a snowstorm we had on 4/20/2021 though.

Even though it was a lot of snow and coming down real good, it didn’t stick to the streets or walks AND it was completely gone and sunny by that afternoon. If you gotta have a Spring snowstorm, we couldn’t have asked for a better one.

This month I’m starting w/the blocks from a personal monthly sew along I am doing w/my in-real-life-friend Madonna, here in Missouri. We’re making scrappy Cross Plus and Criss-Cross Star blocks. You can see her sunny, cheery blocks on Instagram @sunnybunnyquilts.

Here are mine. I FINALLY decided on a size and plan for my Cross Plus blocks. I’m sticking w/the 15″ block and doing a controlled scrappy w/dark backgrounds. They will become a queen size quilt for my daughter’s birthday in January.

I went ahead and cut out all the corner and background blocks last weekend.

And here are my two Criss-Cross Star blocks.

Next is the Monthly Color Challenge block. April’s food/color is Cherries/Red. This is the 6″ block which turned out waaaaay better than I thought it was going to.

And last but not least is the April Build A Quilt/BAQ block.

That wraps up this post. Until next time, God Bless & Happy Stitchin’!

A Thread for Life

For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. 2 Cor. 1:20-22NIV

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February BOMs

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.

Here is block #4 of Build A Quilt.

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″.

And last but not least, my Criss Cross Stars block, a pattern by Lori Holt. This one finishes at 9″.

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

A Thread for Life

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Two Finishes in Month One!

Hello! I’m happy to report I already have two finishes this year, and before the month is even up!

I can’t remember having blogged about this first one, but I recently posted this pic on Instagram.

The HSTs in this quilt were cut for me by Katy Quilts on her AccuQuilt Studio 2 when I visited her in Michigan in August 2017. Last year when I joined a monthly Featherweight Group I decided this would be my traveling project. I think we had 2 meet ups before Covid hit and we may have met 2 more times at the end of summer so I didn’t get much work done on it. Partly, because I visit and talk more than anything at sewing groups. Anyway, I had always planned to make this for my oldest grandson. He turns 14 years old in February and I thought it would be the perfect b-day gift to bring him when I visit next month, so I pulled it out and got to work. And voila! It is beastie approved! These are my beastie boys; Moe (chocolate & peanut butter) and Wonton (vanilla & chocolate).

This next one I started in December. I wrote about it in this post. My first Bow Tie Quilt. I immediately thought of my younger grandson who turns 6 years old in February. He will be getting this one for his b-day. I wasn’t sure how big to cut the corners that make the knot in the Bow Tie. I made them a variety of sizes in this quilt but you can’t really tell for the scrappiness of it. I quilted both on my long arm and I will wash both to bring out the crinkly goodness before gifting.

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time, God bless and Happy Stitchin’!

A Thread for Life (this one is kind of long but such a good reminder)

THE ENEMY OF YOUR PEACE by Pastor James MacDonald

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God (PHILIPPIANS 4:6, ESV).

When Paul coaches us, “Do not be anxious about anything,” it’s easy to react with indignation. “Really, Paul?! Have you looked at my life lately? Don’t be anxious about anything?” Since these are hard words to apply, let’s consider Paul’s advice thoughtfully to see how it bears up when the rubber meets the road.

The core of the word anxiousness is the idea of “a dividing care.” Worry, fear, and anxiety are like troubled sisters. But anxiousness evokes the idea of a dividing care—something that wakes you up at night, a distraction so nagging you can’t fully enter another conversation, a trouble that overshadows all your interactions. A care that divides your mind.

There is no peace in that. When you have peace, things are in their right place—entrusted to God—and no care divides your mind. When Paul tells us, “Do not be anxious about anything,” he is instructing us not to allow a dividing care about anything.

We tend to rationalize our anxiety. Well, Paul’s advice applies to most people in most situations, but if Paul considered what I feel anxious about, he would make an exception. Clearly, I should be anxious about my burdens. But are our anxieties really so unique?

We can all agree that anxiety is natural and understandable, but many things are understandable that are not excusable. Because we believe that God’s Word is inspired by the Holy Spirit, we believe every word is specifically chosen by God—even this word anything. So we must accept that the God who made us wants us to hear, “Do not be anxious about ANYTHING.”

The decision to be anxious is the decision not to trust God about the specifics of your situation, the decision to give up your peace.

When we choose to sin, we choose to suffer. When God tells us not to be anxious, He is not trying to rob us of something satisfying; He’s warning us about something self-destructive. Anxiety has nasty, proven side effects: irritability, depression, insomnia, fatigue, migraines, muscle pain, elevated heart rate, high blood pressure, ulcers, weakened immune system, susceptibility to overeat and overwork. The side effects of anxiety seep into every area of our lives: physical, emotional, mental, spiritual. Anxiety is obviously not healthy.

So how do we banish anxiety? “But in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” We start praying. About what? Everything. There’s no wiggle room or creative way to parse this: pray about everything.

Your money, Your children, Your relationships, Your health issues, Your job. There is no such thing as The Unimportant Prayer Request List.

Be anxious about nothing; pray about everything. Out with anxiety—in with prayer.

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