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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Sunday---Precious Promises

Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, shining stars.
Psalms 148:3, Good News Bible

Friday, October 14, 2016

Sun Moon Stars Continues

I've penciled in the stars and have stitching ideas for the moons.  This is a slow cloth for me--my first.  I'm usually rushing to complete projects.  Following this workshop with Jude Hill is taking me in a different direction from my usual approach to my art quilts.  I like it!!  Today, Jude talked about motion in her  SunMoonStars workshop.  The paisley gives the sampler motion within the block, but turning the entire block on another piece of cloth gives  movement outside the block.  That is not an original thought, but the thoughts Jude addressed this morning.

Look closely and you can see the outline of my block on the blue star fabric--I outlined in white pen--then made a little turn.  My goal is to stitch the stars and moons in the next few days. I'm also thinking how the paisley (Milky Way) is going to change during this slow cloth movement or stay the same???  This is my Off the Wall   project--check out all the others.  As Always, Happy Quilting!!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

??? - October 12, 2016

I had a dream last night and when I woke this morning the dream made lots of sense.

When I woke and opened the door to the garage in bounded our yellow lab Maggie, but she was young and full of energy.  

But that was not the case this morning--Maggie had passed to the Rainbow Bridge, some time during the night.  We had been noticing a change in her behavior the past few weeks.  She was more quiet, sleeping longer, not joining in like she use to.  The age of Maggie was unknown because she was a rescue dog.  But the one thing the vet noticed was how worn her teeth were, so Maggie was well over 10 years old.  She had been with us since April 23, 2012.  She was a sweet girl that immediately fit in to our family life style.

We think Maggie had had many litters of puppies and was used to make her previous owners lots of money.  But, her days with us were very different.  She was a little spoiled to say the least.  I would like to believe she loved her final years with us and much as we loved her.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Making a Move

I've made the decision.  I'm going to be making a Shop move.  You'll notice a new Shop button on the side bar.  I will be offering a few items for sale now and then. Nothing big just a small sampling.   My Etsy shop will be closing by the end of the year.  This is my second time to try selling on Etsy.  I can't complain I have sold some items and I love the format, but I just can not get my mind around how Etsy REALLY works.  Articles I have read about promoting your product/brand--seem to take more time and know-how than I have.  So I will offered my items, here on my blog and scale back a bit.

You will find small art quilts and prayer flags.  Maybe even a Mug Rug or two.  I prefer PayPal, but if another means of payment is desired just email me.  Hope you'll stop in now and then.  As Always, Happy Quilting!!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Sunday---Precious Promises

Find out for yourself how good the Lord is.  Happy are those who find safety with him.  Have reverence for the Lord, all his people, those who obey him have all they need.
Psalms 34:8-9, Good News Bible

Monday, October 3, 2016


I've been following Jude Hill for a few years, but have never had the time to participate in any of her wonderful workshops.  Now that I'm semi-retired, I have been reading and stitching many of her Feel Free offerings.  I started this little nine-patch a few weeks ago.  Not sure where it was going, just stitching.  Then,  Jude introduced a second offering of SunMoonStars and I decided that this is where my little piece should travel--free-spirit stitching.  The vintage nine-patch, made by another's hand many years ago, has become my anchor.  Moons are already on the horizon, with a piece of vintage fabric I found in my fabric bin.  Sun and Stars will make their way on the piece too--a sampler of sorts.  The paisley is from an old scarf and made it on this little sampler before SunMoonStars not sure it if will stay or what it's statement will be, but just resting at the moment.  Until the next stitch, Happy Quilting!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Sunday---Precious Promises

So God made the two larger lights, the sun to rule over the day and the moon to rule over the night; he also made the stars.
Genesis 1:16, Good News Bible

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Sunday---Precious Promises

Your word is a lamp to guide me and a light for my path.
Psalm 119:105, Good News Bible

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

On The Way

I created this blog, familypatchworks, to journalize my quilting projects and quilting thoughts.  I named if familypatchworks because I have an appreciation for vintage fabrics, quilts, quilt blocks, quilters and the history/story that surrounds all quilting projects.  I like using found orphan blocks in my art quilts for that very reason.

This little whole cloth cheater fabric is a joy for me to "complete".  You see, I did not start this quilt.  It was started by a woman, who has since passed and had no great-grandchildren.  Her first great-granddaughter will be born in Mid-November and the grandmother to-be asked me to complete the project.  We have found it very interesting that the quilt is pink, at the time it was started there were no hints of a grand child in the future.

Just one of the many wonderful stories I have stumbled on to since starting this blog, years ago.
Happy Quilting everyone!!!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Sunday---Precious Promises

Bring the full amount of your tithes to the Temple, so that there will be plenty of food there.  Put me to the test and you will see that I will open the windows of heaven and pour out on you in abundance all kinds of good things.
Malachi 3:10, Good News Bible

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Sunday---Precious Promises

A gentle answer quiets anger, but a harsh one stirs it up.  When wise people speak, they make knowledge attractive, but stupid people spout nonsense.
Proverbs 15:1-2, Good News Bible

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Sunday---Precious Promises

Come to me, all of you who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke and put it on you, and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in spirit; and you will find rest.  For the yoke I will give you is easy, and the load I will put on you is light.
Matthew 11: 28-30, Good News Bible

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