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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Sunday---Precious Promises

Do not judge others, and God will not judge you; do not condemn others, and God will not condemn you; forgive others, and God will forgive you.  Give to others, and God will give to you.  Indeed, you will receive a full measure, a generous helping, poured into your hands---all that you can hold.  The measure you use for others is the one that God will use for you.
Luke 6: 37-38, Good News Bible

Friday, August 26, 2016

National Dog Day

Keesha's Quilt Block
Bo's Mini Quilt
Today is National Dog Day and being a true dog lover I thought I would reflect and remember the dogs I have loved and those who have loved me.  Being an only child, a dog was truly my best friend and always a part of my life.  In fact, I have always had a dog, sometimes more than one.  Today my hubby and I have two dogs.  My dog, Bo and his dog, Maggie.

Maggie is the Yellow Lab and a rescue.  She appears to be about 12 years old.  Bo is a Black Lab mix and a dog that picked me when he was a puppy, I don't think, I have ever had a dog love me so much.  Bo is 10 years old this month.  Bo is my quilting dog. He is always in my sewing room when quilt tops are being made.  It is such an honor to be loved by a dog.  Sounds silly, but they have given me so much through the years:  companionship, peace and a soft understanding heart to help when I was broken or bruised.

Dogs will be what their humans make them.  They adapt well to what you, their pack leader, want them to be.  Saying that, I do believe that there are no "bad dogs".  Just owners that have not taken the time to research the traits of the breed--so that the dog can fit the owner's lifestyle, or an owner that is not taking the time to train the dog properly or an owner that abuses, neglects or uses the dog for their personal benefit without concern for the dog's well being.  All these elements can create a non-social dog that the public labels "bad dogs".  I would encourage a second look at the history of ownership.

In honor of National Dog Day, here are the dogs who have loved me.

Skipper-my first dog, Cocker Spaniel
Beauty-Rough Collie
Tammy-the dog of my youth thru young married life (looked just like Lassie) a Rough Collie
Belle, Trixie, and Boone-wish they had been with me longer
Pebbles-German Shepard, and our son's first dog.  She was a hero, she helped the local police department catch a stalker back in 1974.  She was much loved by many people. The night before she passed away this big dog climbed into my lap--I believe to say good-bye.
Keesha-Keeshond, a rescue she taught me more about the training of dogs than any of the others.
Otis-Black & Tan Coonhound, house dog that was a great protector and ran our household for many years.  He was also a rescue.  From him I learned the devotion of a male dog.
Bodhi-Siberian Husky, a rescue with tons of personality
Bear-Yellow Lab, rescue dog.  He was devoted to my hubby.  They were together until the end.  It was very difficult for my hubby to give up Bear, but the time had come for that decision.  Hubby believes that they will meet again at the Rainbow Bridge, so do I.

They were all so special in their own way and I am smiling now with a few tears as I remember all of them.  Bo and Maggie are now teaching our Grandson, Parker, the special love of a dog.

Maggie and Parker

Bo and Parker
Yes, he's a gentle giant!

 Dogs Love Dogs, too.
Happy National Dog Day!! 
 Love a Dog!!  

I have used the inspiration of my dogs in quilts, other have too.  Check out Off the Wall Friday to see great quilting inspirations.  Happy Quilting!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Olympic Stitches

This little mini quilt Friends are Flowers has been stitched in many places.  Since I work small, I can take may work with me on road trips.  Its stitching adventure was continued from Missouri to New Jersey.  This was just a quilt top when I took my Blogging Break a couple of weeks ago and last night while watching the Olympics I completed the binding.  I found some Mary Englebreit themed fabric, made a red scrappy border and added large layer puffy flowers.  Using embroidery floss and a bit of whimsy, stitched the border and flowers with large stitches and the center is a meandering quilting stitch.

The little mini measures about 9 1/2 inches square.  It would a great mug rug for a friend.  I find that my quilting is becoming projects with no real purpose--just for the fun of stitching.  Before all my quilts had a purpose--they were projects that were being sent somewhere or given to someone.  Now they are just for me--oh they may end up in my Etsy Shop, (just added this one, today) but they were not created for that reason. My little mini quilts are becoming more special as arthritis takes over my fingers and hands.  I don't take quilting for granted like I use to.  I'm enjoying the freedom and stitching for the fun of it.  Happy Quilting!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sunday---Precious Promises

I do not call you servants any longer, because a servant does not know what his master is doing.  Instead, I call you friends, because I have told you everything I have hear from my Father.  You did not choose me; I chose you and appointed you to go and bear much fruit, the kind of fruit that endures.  And so the Father will give you whatever you ask of him in my name.  This, then, is what I command you:  love one another.  
John 15:15-27, Good News Bible

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Liberated Stars--Wow!!!!

I have been in love with the liberated quilting concept for years.  I have greatly enjoyed Gwen Marston's books on the subject.  It is so fun to just quilt and not worry about the "quilting police".  Rules are what you make them---just enjoy yourself.  So that is what I did with this little 10 1/2" square mini quilt.  If you have not made them--try a liberated star, they are so easy and the final product is always a surprise.  It is a great way to use up scraps too.  I call this little quilt Star Bright--This will not be my last liberated star quilt. Check out all the great quilts at Off the Wall Friday and have a great weekend.  Happy Quilting!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Sunday---Precious Promises

First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, requests, and thanksgivings be offered to God for all people; for kings and all others who are in authority, that we may live a quiet and peaceful life with all reverence toward God and with proper conduct.  This is good it pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to come to know the truth.
1 Timothy 2: 1-4, Good News Bible

Monday, August 8, 2016

Welcome Home--Surprise

We arrived home this morning to a real Surprise Welcome.  I planted one Lily bulb a couple of years ago and this is what greeted me today.  The lily has never been this big or so many stems.  Our winter was mild this year and our Spring and Summer has recorded a record amount of rain.  

I guess the little lily bulb liked the season.  They are beautiful and have a wonderful smell.  It's good to be home.  Happy Quilting!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Blogging Break

It's time for a little Blogging Break.  Unplugged for a while.  I have not been keeping up with my blogging schedule.  Yes, I have a schedule, unfortunately it means quilt making so I have something to post.  For me the summer has just been filled with so many projects, errands, grand-baby sitting, party planning and unfortunately family illness, that quilting has been almost non existent .  The summer has been a time of running, tending to and some great grandchild play time.  Now it is time for some travel.  I will be away for a week, maybe two.  I hope this will also be a refreshing and regeneration time for my quilting.  I have a couple of take-a-long projects that I will be working on as we travel.  I don't know about you, but sometimes these breaks from the daily routine or lack of routine can help the a creative endeavor become more apparent.  Sometimes it gives me focus, and focus is what I have been lacking lately.  So here's to unplugging and a pleasant road trip.  See you in a few weeks,  Happy Quilting!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Sunday---Precious Promises

For the whole Law is summed up in one commandment:  "Love your neighbor as you love yourself."  But if you act like wild animals, hurting and harming each other, then watch out, or you will completely destroy one another.
Galatians 5: 14-15, Good News Bible

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Sunday---Precious Promises

Paul and Barnabas preached the Good News...They strengthened the believers and encouraged them to remain true to the faith.  "We must pass through many troubles to enter the Kingdom of God, " they taught.
Acts 14: 21-22, Good News Bible

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Etsy Shop Update

I started thinking about gifts for the holidays and decided to update my Etsy shop familypatchworks with some fabrics I have collected through the year for that very purpose.  Included is some yardage, cheater fabrics, fabric panels and whimsical quilt blocks.

I also added some mini quilts that can be used for a tiny corner wall hanging, cabinet knob hanger, or gift tag.

I always used this time of year to start any holiday sewing project---there never seems to be enough time.  The shop is full and I have about four more mini quilts in the making.  I better get stitching.  Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Quilting!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Sunday---Precious Promises

No more lying, then.  Everyone must tell the truth to his fellow believer, because we are all members together in the body of Christ.  If you become angry, do not let your anger lead you into sin, and do not stay angry all day.  Don't give the Devil a chance.  The man who used to rob must stop robbing and start working, in order to earn an honest living for himself and to be able to help the poor.  Do not use harmful words, but only helpful words, the kind that build up and provide what is needed, so that what you say will do good to those who hear you.  And do not make God's Holy Spirit guarantee that the Day will come when God will set you free.  Get rid of all bitterness, passion, and anger.  No more shouting or insults, no more hateful feelings of any sort.  Instead, be ind and tender-hearted to one another, and forgive one another, as God has forgiven you through Christ.
Ephesians 4: 25-32, Good News Bible

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Sunday---Precious Promises

Hate stirs up trouble, but love forgives all offenses.
Proverbs 10: 12, Good News Bible

Monday, June 27, 2016

They Say Things Happen in 3's

We received another RSVP in an email last night.  After the shock.  I made a Prayer Flag.

I have been in contact with this friend, frequently; and I knew she was in physical therapy for a back problem--that the doctor was attributing to a pulled hamstring.  She had become discourage because the PT was not working.  She made appointment with a second doctor, went for an MRI.  It is not her hamstring, but some serious back problems--that probably was caused from a fall she had over a year ago.  They think she broke her back---She will know more details on Wednesday.  I hope the doctors can relieve some of this pain she is having and give her a path to improvement.  The third Prayer Flag will be in the mail today.  If it is true that "things happen in 3's"  this should be the end and all other family and friends will be in good health.  Have a wonderful Monday.  Happy Quilting!