November 17, 2018

Printed Patterns

I have a tendency to dream about things for a long time before I actually do them, especially if it's something that will stretch my abilities. The less I know about how to tackle something, the longer I will procrastinate on it. Thankfully, making the move to printed patterns is no longer just a dream 😊

What a wonderful feeling to open the box when it arrived!
Printed quilt patterns |
I started with just two patterns. Love Birds is one of my personal favourites and Churn is the one I most often see that others have made, from the 2018 Quilter's Planner. (As an aside, do you have a planner for next year yet? If not, the 2019 Quilter's Planner (affiliate link) would be a great choice!)

I may have been just a little excited about the first shops that said yes to carrying the patterns. Of course, the first two shops are both within walking distance of my house, lol. Hand delivering their patterns was fun, too 😊
Churn quilt pattern |
The printed patterns are now available in my Etsy shop, so if you prefer to have the paper version of a pattern, click to get your copy.
Churn quilt pattern |
I have my Reach for the Stars pattern ready to be printed and I'm working on the Medallion Magic pattern now. The plan is to have both of them printed before the end of the year and then hopefully 2019 will see a flurry of patterns moving to the printed state. I'm behind on releasing patterns now, so I have lots to work on!

If you know of a quilt shop that might be interested in my patterns, please let me know!

November 13, 2018

Handmade with Love Super Bundle Flash Sale

I'm popping in quickly to let you know that the Handmade with Love Super Bundle (affiliate link) is available now for a 48 hour flash sale. This bundle includes 21 ebooks, 25 patterns and 6 ecourses 😲, all for 97% off the cost of buying them separately. Topics include quilting, bag making, sewing for baby and the home, knitting, crocheting, embroidery, cross stitch and more.

With Christmas fast approaching, you can be sure there's at least one perfect gift idea just waiting for you in the bundle!

I used one of the patterns in the bundle to make these beautiful dragonfly embroideries for my mom for Christmas last year. When I bought my bundle (at a reduced price because I'm an affiliate, just to be clear), I had no intention of making Mom's gift, but I loved the dragonflies when I saw them and immediately went searching for some white fabric to stitch them onto. I think I went from buying the bundle to starting to stitch in less than an hour!
Embroidered dragonflies |
The bundle also includes a 6 month subscription to Make Modern magazine (and you know I love Make Modern 😊). That subscription alone is almost the cost of the full bundle!

This is the last time the bundle will be available as the folks at Ultimate Bundles will be retiring it for good after this sale, so don't wait! The sale ends Wednesday, November 14th at 11:59 pm ET.

Get your copy of the Handmade with Love Super Bundle now!

Note, this post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click the link and make a purchase I may receive a small commission. This does not affect the price you pay. Thank you for your support!

November 12, 2018

Not Alone

Devotion for the Week...

Just before Halloween, Nathan wanted to go to a haunted house created by some youth groups in town. I was thankful that the schedule for the haunted house included a 'tamed down' time for younger kids because, though he's fascinated by scary things, Nathan is easily scared and tends to dwell on creepy things when he should be going to sleep. I was also grateful that Zachary was involved with the haunted house, so he could tell Nathan about parts of it beforehand so Nathan was a bit prepared.

The day before the haunted house, Nathan arranged to go with his friend, Liam. When we got there, Liam's whole family was going, but Nathan still wanted me to go, too, so we let Liam and his family enter ahead of us, then we followed right behind them. It ended up being the perfect arrangement. Everyone who was going to jump out suddenly jumped out as the people ahead of us approached, making it much less scary for Nathan. Though he was terrified at the start, Nathan loved it and (as a bonus for us both) was not scared at all when he went to bed that night.

Sometimes it's just easier to do hard things when we don't have to do them alone, even if it's something we really want to do. When God told Moses that he would be the one to set the Israelites free from slavery to Pharoah, Moses didn't think he was the right one for God to send. "Moses protested to God, 'Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?'" (Exodus 3:11).

God didn't then launch into a list of Moses' qualifications or reasons why He chose Moses for this job. He simply said, "I will be with you" (v. 12). Moses continued with his questions, and God patiently answered them, showing Moses how He would prove to the Israelites that God had indeed sent Moses.

Then Moses went back to his own lack of qualifications again, "O Lord, I’m not very good with words. I never have been, and I’m not now, even though you have spoken to me. I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled" (Exodus 4:10). To that, God responded, "Who makes a person’s mouth? Who decides whether people speak or do not speak, hear or do not hear, see or do not see? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go! I will be with you as you speak, and I will instruct you in what to say" (v. 11,12).

Even that wasn't enough for Moses, though, and he pleaded with God to send someone else. God relented; "All right...What about your brother, Aaron the Levite?...I will be with both of you as you speak, and I will instruct you both in what to do" (vv. 14,15). That, finally, was enough for Moses.
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Before He went up to heaven, Jesus assured His disciples, "Be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age" (28:20). Whatever we have to do, we can be sure that we are not going to do it alone.

Do you have something you want to do, but it's a bit scary? Or is there something God is asking you to do and you don't feel qualified for it? Either way, God is saying to you, "I will be with you." And if that somehow still doesn't feel like it's enough, He may send a friend to help share the load. Whatever it is we have to do, God will not leave us to tackle it alone.

November 07, 2018

WIPS This Week

I have a bunch of projects on the go this week and I'm having trouble deciding from one day to the next which one I should work on 😊 Does that ever happen to you?

Last Christmas I gave the kids I babysit personalized placemats and a few weeks ago one of the moms asked if I would make 3 more for the rest of the family and 4 unpersonalized ones for when they have company. The denim is all pieced, the letters are fused and the Aurifil threads are picked out. Now I just need to zig zag stitch around them and they'll be ready for basting.
applique letters |
The Island Batik challenge for this month is to use log cabin blocks, so of course it makes perfect sense that I started with a dresden plate, right? 😄 I completely missed the spinning effect created by the print until I posted the picture on IG and someone pointed it out to me. Bonus! There will be a log cabin involved in this quilt, I promise, just as soon as I can get it pieced, lol.
Dresden plate |
I have the top pieced for our new bed quilt and I am soooo in love with it! These are all Island Batik fabrics too and I'd be hard pressed to pick a favourite. Could I have a full bolt of all of them, please??
quilt top |
Time to make the backing...and for this I did actually have the full bolt! What a nice feeling to crack open the plastic on my first ever full bolt.
Island Batik fabric |
Queen size quilts take a lot of backing fabric, so there wasn't much left after I cut what I need. I think I'll use what's left as the backing for the placemats.
Island Batik fabric |
Isn't the Island Batik gecko cute?
I'm also quilting another of the first responder quilts. No, I haven't forgotten about them! This one is about 2/3 quilted and when it's finished I'll have 3 quilts ready to hand off to the lady who is doing the binding for me. We have one new police officer in town and I think there are some new firefighters as well, so I'm not sure exactly how many quilts are left to go. I'm just trying to take it one quilt at a time and eventually they'll all be finished. Emphasis on the eventually, lol. Nathan seemed to delight in pointing out that the fire (and quilt block drive) was 2 years ago. I corrected him, of course - it was only 19 months ago 😊
loopy quilting |
As I piece other things, I'm also working on my leaders and enders project. I'm making 2 ½" HSTs from light and dark scraps and my collection is definitely growing. Of course, I need hundreds of them, so the bag I have so far is barely a drop in the bucket.
HSTs |
HSTs |
On top of all that, I'm also still working on my two hand stitching projects 😊 We have a 4 day weekend coming up and Zach has basketball out of town two of the days. I'm not looking forward to all the time driving, but at least I'll get to do lots of stitching on the green round of my hexie rainbow quilt.

Phew! At least I won't be bored, right?

November 05, 2018

Getting it Wrong

Devotion for the Week...

While reading the Bible with Nathan before he went to bed one night last week, we read this:

"Jesus asked his disciples, 'What were you discussing out on the road?' But they didn’t answer, because they had been arguing about which of them was the greatest. He sat down, called the twelve disciples over to him, and said, 'Whoever wants to be first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else' (Mark 9:33-35).

A couple of nights later, we read this:

 "One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him.

When Jesus saw what was happening, he was angry with his disciples. He said to them, 'Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.' Then he took the children in his arms and placed his hands on their heads and blessed them" (Mark 10:13-16).

Those disciples sure got it wrong sometimes! These are only two of the many examples the gospel writers share. There's also the time they wanted to destroy a town for not welcoming them, the time Peter tried to dissuade Jesus from following the course laid out for Him, Peter's denial that he knew Jesus...These men were just ordinary men, trying to figure out how the world worked now that Jesus had come and they got it wrong a lot.

Jesus upended the normal way of seeing the world and the disciples had a hard time making that adjustment. It can be hard for us, too. We all want to be 'the greatest' sometimes. We want to take the easy road rather than walking head on into the hard things. We hide when we're scared.

The beautiful thing is that Jesus didn't abandon the disciples because they made mistakes. He didn't send them away and start looking for better followers. He reprimanded them, scolded and corrected them and probably shook His head in frustration a million times that aren't recorded in the Bible, but He also kept teaching them. He continued patiently showing them how God's kingdom works and what should be important to those who seek Him.
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Thankfully, He's just as patient with us when we get it wrong. The Holy Spirit will show us when we're wrong or a friend will lovingly point it out, but Jesus never sends us away. We are His and no mistake we make is bad enough for Him to stop teaching us how to get it right.
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