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.
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
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.
Here are my last finishes of the year. This small lap quilt is a free-form block project inspired by the book Cultural Fusion Quilts by Sujata Shah. It’s a kind of a stack and whack, but instead of whacking, you slide your ruler in the direction of your cut to make gentle curves. I had previously tried to sew curves by pinning my pieces together but it was an epic fail. Before starting this quilt, I watched a few videos for sewing curves and found a winner in this video by Sew Kind of Wonderful. Now I can sew curves w/o pinning!
I did organic wavy line quilting, which perfectly completes this organic creation.
I put the extra blocks on the back of the quilt.
This is another book pattern called Fall Frolic from the book 40 Fabulous Quick-Cut Quilts by Evelyn Sloppy. It is made primarily with Thimbleberries fabrics which I think are fabulous for a Fall quilt.
And this backing from my stash complements it well.
And last but not least, Urban Grid, in it’s washed and crinkly glory. This was part of Angela Walters’ 3rd Annual Build A Quilt. Basically a block of the month sampler quilt. It was my first time participating in something like this and I quite enjoyed it. I most definitely love the boldness of these fabrics and the asymmetry of this layout.
I quilted this one with a different type of organic wavy lines.
This is the runner I made for my dresser. I did machine quilting (basically stitch in the ditch) as well as hand quilting. Though I may add more hand quilting in the future, there’s enough to call her done for now.
So that’s it for my 2020 finishes, but of course I already have a couple of more projects started. The first being the next BAQ, which is the 4th Annual Build A Quilt. This time around I chose the lowest volume fabric option. It’s called Stay Wild. All fabric and block patterns are designed by Angela Walters. She’s doing it a little differently this year and has not yet revealed the 3 different layout options, but here is what the Stay Wild collection consists of and the 10 block patterns.
We’re already two blocks in, it always starts in November. I decided to add this marigold accent which I think looks fantastic.
And… I’ll ring in the new year with my first ever Bow Tie Quilt. I plan to use 3.5″ squares and I wasn’t sure what size to cut the corner blocks that form the knot. I took a poll on IG using these sample blocks and most people think a larger knot looks best. From left to right I auditioned corner squares measuring 1.5″, 1.75″, and 2″.
These are the blocks I’ve made so far. All of these are made with 2″ corners, however, I plan to mix it up and make the knots varying sizes. Also this background fabric is a dark grey, not black as it appears. This is going to be a fairly small quilt, 48″ x 48″.
This concludes my last post of 2020. Thank you for all of your visits and comments throughout the year. I’m praying for a happier, healthier, and more faith filled 2021 for you all!
A Thread for Life
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:12-14