Sunday, October 15, 2017
Sunday, October 8, 2017
Monday, October 2, 2017
PEACEMAKERS PLEASE STEP FORWARD
...goodness is the harvest that is produced from the seeds the peacemakers plant in peace.
James 3:18, Good News Bible
Join me in a conscience effort to be a peacemaker.
Help to rebuild respect for one another, for life, liberty & happiness.
Sunday, October 1, 2017
Come, let us praise the Lord!
Let us sing for joy to God, who
Let us come before him with
and sing joyful songs of praise,
For the Lord is a mighty God,
a mighty king over all the gods.
He rules over the whole earth,
from the deepest caves to the
He rules over the sea, which he
the land also, which he himself formed.
Come, let us bow down and worship
let us kneel before the Lord, our
He is our God;
we are the people he cares for,
the flock for which he provides.
Psalms 95:1-7, Good News Bible
Friday, September 29, 2017
Besides quilting, I'm a reader. I find it relaxing and a time to get away and put my crazy life on hold to slip into the pages of a good novel. I just finished a good read. What She Knew, by Gilly Macmillan. I like holding a book. I don't have a Kindle, or download eBooks. I like going to the library and browsing the shelves for my next read. As you can see, this little library book has been well read by many.
The story is fast-paced. I could hardly put it down. My usual reading time is in bed at the end of the day. This book had me reading during the day--when I had a minute or two. A nightmare event, that keeps you guessing and reading to learn what really happened. Have a great weekend and as always Happy Quilting!
Sunday, September 24, 2017
A few wishes for recovery, hope and peace are in order, maybe a little quilt is just what is needed.
Everyone needs a Wishing Star once in a while. This little 7" square was made with a combination of a vintage star quilt, fabrics and embroidery threads. I like the frayed edge look so I left the raw edge.
This would also make it easy to add this little square to a larger piece or used independently as a Mug Mat or Wall Art.
The star's center has a cluster of metallic stitches, to add more sparkle to your wish.
Monday, September 18, 2017
My thought for today has nothing to do with quilting but perhaps it does??
The past weekend, has been another weekend of demonstrators and violence is my hometown/city. I was born and raised in, what is now being called, one of the most dangerous cities in America. St. Louis, Missouri. I no longer live in St. Louis, but 45 minutes from the City. I was raised in what was called Northwest St. Louis County. But, my family has roots in St. Louis City. St Louis was and still is a great place to work and play. Many things to enjoy in the City, restaurants, the arts, sporting events, museums for young and old, world-famous Zoo, and many parks including Forest Park. I could go on and on. But this past weekend all that stopped. The protesters wanted to shut down the City and they did. I only recall a few events that continued their plan activities. U2 cancelled their concert, which was big for the people who traveled miles to see the musical group. Anyway, peaceful demonstrations turned to violence Saturday night. My question: Why?? I understand there is disappointment over the verdict handed down Friday concerning a police involved killing. But, why destroy your hometown? The lively hood of so many is affected when violence against businesses becomes the target.
I believe in peaceful demonstrations, our constitutional right. But, it seems when the sun goes down the peaceful demonstrators go home and a new group comes out to cause damage. They were not part of the planned demonstrations. They are people who take advantage of the current tide for personal gain. The high from destruction or financial gain from looting. The statistics in St. Louis are awful when it comes to murder victims. 117-African American, 0-Asian, 1-Hispanic and 7-White. Murder suspects include, 96-African American, 0-Asian, 0-Hispanic and 0-White (source Elliott Davis Fox 2 News). The innocent people being shot by stray bullets are climbing and many are children. The community has to take a stand. People have to speak up and help the police, to stop this violence.
My thought for today has nothing to do with quilting but perhaps it does? A quilt is made up of many pieces--like a community. Joined together by a common thread. Members of the communities where most of the violence has been happening this year and past years, must be that thread. Only they can put an end to the violence in the city. I understand their fear of retaliation, but that is paralyzing not only St. Louis, but their personal well being. We all must work together to make a strong community that protects its people---young, old, black, white. The police departments all over the country and here in St. Louis are working to improve their policing--learning from the past. The communities all over the country need to help them. We need to all make a quilt with a common thread of concern for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Happy Quilting!
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Monday, September 11, 2017
Sunday, September 10, 2017
I am not my own self-made, self-reliant being but yours, Oh God.
Make me into what You will.
Make me a neighbor with those You will.
Guide me on the easy path for You.
Guide me on the rocky road for You.
Whether I am to step up for You or step aside for You;
Whether I am to be lifted high for You or brought low for You;
Whether I become full or empty, with all things or with nothing
I give all that I have and all that I am to You. So be it.
May I always remember you, O God, I belong to you. Amen
John Wesley's Covenant Prayer
Monday, September 4, 2017
Festival of Sharing Quilt Show
Pray without ceasing
Give thanks in all circumstances,
for this is the will of God
In Christ Jesus for you
This simple saying---says it all and is a constant reminder when things become overwhelming. I'm sharing it today for a reminder to myself and I hope a help to you as your life continues on its course. Life sometimes deals us a difficult hand to handle and this little thought may help you as it helps me. I have it on the refrigerator in the kitchen and my desk in the office. It is a good reminder to look beyond to the bigger picture-- to have faith and trust God's wisdom.
Sunday, September 3, 2017
So let us come near to God with a sincere heart and a sure faith,
with hearts that have been purified from a guilty conscience
and with bodies washed with clean water.
Let us hold on firmly to the hope we profess,
because we can trust God to keep his promise.
Let us be concerned for one another,
to help one another to show love and to do good.
Hebrews 10: 22-24, Good News Bible