October 31, 2014

Halloween 2014

This is the crew I sent off to school this morning.

 Happy Halloween everyone!

October 27, 2014

Something Special

Devotion for the Week...

"She sure thinks she's something special."

Have you ever said that about someone? When we say it, we don't normally mean it in a good way, do we? We mean the person seems arrogant, stuck-up and full of herself (or himself). Often we say it about people we don't like. And, of course, we hope no one ever says it about us!

Bragging, talking about ourselves too much and making it sound like we think we're better than other people are all things our parents tried to teach us to avoid. As adults, we have learned how much we dislike people who are always focused solely on themselves, people who are selfish and self-centered. It's hard to spend time around people like that, isn't it?

There are many Bible passages about humility. In Romans 12:3, Paul wrote,  "Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.

1 Peter 5:5 says, "All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble."

James 4:10 says, "Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up."

And Colossians 3:12 says, " Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience."

Clearly God does not want His people to be arrogant, to be full of themselves and selfish. He wants us to be humble, to be selfless and willing to associate with others, regardless of their social or financial standing.

But it's possible to get humility wrong too. Some people think too little of themselves.  They think everyone is better than they are and that they're not worth anything. Some people think they have nothing to offer, no skills or talents, no ideas or thoughts worth sharing. That's not how God sees us either.

1 John 3:1 says, " See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!"

 1 Peter 2:9 says, "But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light."

And 1 Peter 4:10 adds, "God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another."

We are children of God and He considers us to be His special possession. Not only that, He has gifted each one of us with a special ability so that we might serve others in His name. So rather than thinking we are worthless and unimportant, we must remember that God values us enough to have sent Jesus to be our Savior. He considers us worthy of that great price.

The challenge, of course, is in maintaining the proper balance between humility and acknowledging our worth. I think Romans 12:3 is the key, "Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you." Think of yourself with sober judgement. In other words, consider carefully all the facts. Acknowledge your faults and your need of a Savior, but do not become so hard on yourself that you forget that God has called you His own.

In His eyes, we are "something special!"

October 24, 2014

Blogger's Quilt Festival Fall 2014 - Spin Cycle

Thanks to Amy, of Amy's Creative Side, for organizing the Blogger's Quilt Festival once again for those of us who can't go to Quilt Market.

For this Festival, my second entry is my Spin Cycle quilt, which I made for the Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt Swap. I'm entering it in the Home Machine Quilted category.
The block was designed by Gudrun Erla for Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, volume 9. I love those magazines!

I love how the quilting became a whole new design element in the background. This was the first quilt on which I was brave enough to focus so much attention on my free motion quilting. The quilting was inspired by the cover of Judy Madsen's book Quilting in Wide Open Spaces. Free motion quilting is pretty much my favourite part of the whole quilt-making process now!
Please forgive the progress shots. Apparently I didn't take more close ups of the quilting before mailing it to my swap partner!
Be sure to check out all the other amazing quilts entered in the Festival. There's a lot of talent in this quilting community!

Blogger's Quilt Festival Fall 2014 - Hexie Stars!

It's time for the Blogger's Quilt Festival again! Amy, of Amy's Creative Side organizes this to coincide with Quilt Market twice a year and it's always so inspiring to see all the quilts entered in each category.

This time around I'm entering my Hexie Stars quilt in the Mini Quilt category.
The hexagons with stars inside were designed by Renee of Nellie's Niceties and were made using the english paper piecing method. I love how the hexies really stand out against the dark grey.

I had fun choosing different designs to quilt in each section of the quilt.
I love the back of this quilt as much as I love the front! I always use the same thread in the bobbin, and I like how the colourful quilting shows up against a solid backing.

There's no minimum skill level required for entering the Blogger's Quilt festival, so even if you've only just finished your very first quilt, feel free to link it up and share it with everyone else!

October 23, 2014

Something New

Did I need a new project? Of course I did! My plan, when I finished piecing the top of my Hexie flower quilt, was to not start another hand piecing project until I finished hand quilting the hexie flowers (which still isn't even basted).

That didn't last long. I've already finished my Hexie Stars quilt, which was mostly pieced by epp and then machine quilted.

I loved doing the hexie flowers while traveling, and I find I really miss the stitching when we have to drive a couple of hours and I have nothing to work on. So I started something new.

These epp stars are made of diamonds that measure 1" on a side. I created them using this graph paper creation site. It was quick, simple and the templates are perfect.
They're tiny! And I love them!

I have a whole bin of 1 1/2" strips left over from making my Scrappy Log Cabin quilt and that's what I'm using to make the diamonds. The seam allowance is a little more than 1/4", but not enough that I'm going to worry about it.
I'm not sure where I'm headed with this project, though I'm thinking about using a light grey solid to separate the stars. As for how big I want it to get...just look at that bin. There are lots of fabrics in there just begging to become epp stars! I have a feeling it will be a big quilt, eventually. For now it's only for when we're driving somewhere, so it will grow very slowly, but I'm good with that.
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