Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Bible Study block 1: A Mighty Fortress is our God

Now that the 100 Day Project and 100 Days of Stitching is coming to an end (2 weeks to go), it is time for me to get more serious about my Bible Study quilt blocks.  An idea had been running around in my head, but I'm still not sure about it.  I do need to have something to show at next week's get together, so for now I'll just work on the idea. 

I didn't want to make each one of the blocks.  While on the treadmill the other morning I had a thought about doing some type of tab to hang off the bottom using the bells I purchased (and had on hand).  I am also taking some liberties with the designs of the assigned blocks.  We will just see where this goes for now.

The first week is "A Mighty Fortress is our God":  

Friday, June 26, 2020

Third Bible Study Quilt: Men of Faith

For this quilt, I created a series of stencils for the man.  The assigned quilt blocks were done by machine stitch after dyeing the fabric and drawing the quilt pattern.  It was fun to use some of my father's neckties for this quilt.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Second Bible Study Quilt: Women of Faith

This was a great quilt to work on.  I learned much about the women in the Bible while creating blocks to represent each one.  I think Delilah is everyone's favorite...   I used hair from when Arrianne (daughter) had some of her hair shaved!

Monday, June 22, 2020

Wonderful texture

While cleaning up fallen trees, the bark on this pine tree caught my eye:

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Friday, June 19, 2020

First Bible Study Quilt: Books of the Bible

About 4 years ago, the pastor's wife started a group of us on a bible quilt adventure.  I knew from the start that I would not be piecing the blocks.  Instead I used thickened dyes and "painted" my blocks.  Some of my friends thought that I took the easy way out.  I think not.  It was just as complicated drawing out the blocks, mixing dyes and completing on time.  One difficulty I had was determining the colours for each block.  When you are cutting fabric, it is easy to see right away if the colour choices work for each block before sewing them.  My other issue was not preshrinking my fabric.  After the blocks were washed I discovered that they were no longer square and ended up adding an extra strip to square up the blocks.  

I enjoyed making new friends during the Bible study and am very excited that the quilt we just started (Songs of Faith) has a larger group with new friends to meet.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Songs of Faith Bible Study: Beginnings

I am so happy that Brenda decided to head up another Bible Study Quilt.  I'll have to dig out the first three quilts and share...

This quilt is "Songs of Faith".  I've made a few decisions already and #1 is that I am not going to do the blocks like everyone else.  I will do my own thing.  My #2 decision is to make the quilt musical. I ordered little bells to add to the quilt.

 I've started playing with some blocks, but could totally change my mind.  At this point, I'm just at the design/exploration stage - but - had better come up with a brilliant idea soon.

Monday, June 15, 2020

Favorite weed: Mullein

Mullein is used for cough, whooping cough, tuberculosis, bronchitis, hoarseness, pneumonia, earaches, colds, chills, flu, swine flu, fever, allergies, tonsillitis, and sore throat. Other uses include asthma, diarrhea, colic, gastrointestinal bleeding, migraines, joint pain, and gout.

I've never used it for any of these ailments.  I just adore the fuzzy leaves and the way it blooms.  Now I'm wondering if it could cure covid!?!  Is this the miracle drug we all need?

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

A wonderful gift

I had a fabulous text yesterday morning:  "I have a bag of old linens for you, can I drop them by?"  That certainly put a smile on my face for the whole day.  The most wonderful and amazing thing is that in the bag of treasures there are 12 butterflies on the linens, and I have needed a few more butterflies to finish my "Sunshine and Seaglass" quilt.   Wow, what a run on sentence that was.

I am thankful for friends who brighten my days and my life.  When I stop to count my blessings I realize just how fortunate I am.  Thank you Deb for the lovelies.

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Pineapple quilt is in the mail!

After waiting for 6 weeks for my batting order to get here to finish this quilt, I was able to go to the store and buy batting.  Thank goodness we are finally getting back to a somewhat normal life.  The waiting put me far behind my goal of getting this sent to my sister in law.  A rather late thank you for a wonderful time in Hawaii over Christmas.   Funny thing - the day after I went and purchased batting, my order showed up. Isn't that how life rolls!?!

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Little bits

Encouraged by Kelli May-Krenz, I decided to join her for 30 days of stitching "little bits" using little left over scraps of the day.  What a fun way to use some of the pieces on my work table.  A few of my little pieces so far:

Monday, June 1, 2020


I so wish I could post the delicious smell of the lilacs.  Another bloom that I've missed other years because of travel. Finding the positive things about staying home.