Monday, November 25, 2013

Give Thanks for Family!

Our church had a Multicultural evening, Saturday night, with people representing  Native American, African American, Burma, Lao, Thailand, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Nigeria, Russia and Samoa.  Each culture spoke about their people and some presented music and songs in their native language.  It was simple amazing! 

Last night our church hosted the yearly Thanksgiving Union Service where we have different churches present. There were Catholics, Baptists, Presbyterian, and Methodist.  Each church presented some type of music or song.  The offering went to a local charity and the newest pastor, from the group of churches, was the guest speaker.  Truly a blessing.

This brings me to today, where I have thought about the many, many families that will be gathering together this week for Thanksgiving.  There will be one day where they all join together and enjoy each others company.  Laugh, talk and eat! 

I also know that there will be those that will not be together on Thanksgiving.  Maybe they're too far away, maybe they're too many family members to visit in one day, maybe they're too angry to speak to each other or maybe they just don't have any one but themselves. 

As Thanksgiving day draws closer, I just want to give THANKS TO GOD for giving me the family I have.  I remember the ones that have passed and I miss them deeply.  I pray for all that are still here.  May they find the peace and happiness in their lives.  I pray that they will remember that they are loved whether they are near or far and that they are family and I pray that they remember that family is the tie that binds.  May God's blessings be given to you this week.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Chocolate Meltaways

Sounds delicious!  It would be if it was actually chocolate, but I'm talking about quilt blocks today.  I am starting the final stage of my block of the month, Chocolate Sampler quilt.  I have to make 12 "Meltaway" blocks.

This is the fabric that I will be using.  Luckily the block is a 10" nine patch, so it shouldn't take too long.  Then I will be making four 7" corner blocks from other fabrics.  I will be glad to get this one over.  They will have the new block of the month available in December.  This one is from 2012.  This year was a quilt from Bonnie Hunter and I already have 3, maybe 4 of her quilts going right now so I opted out.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Tears and Veterans Day

During our church sermon yesterday the pastor mentioned tears and crying.  He was talking about the time that Joseph met his brothers after about 30 years.  He wept, because he knew they had changed their ways and that his father was still alive.  He was overcome with emotion.
We all know that tears are a sign of emotions, sometimes uncontrollable.  They could be a sign of reflection, like when something sparks a certain memory and a tear will come to the eyes.  Tears can also be a way of showing love for the past.  Even though I knew all of this it came into prospective when we honored our veterans. 

This is my father, my oldest brother Michael and my middle brother Patrick.  I would say this was taken in the spring of 53' before my birth in Sept.  Today I honor them for their service to this country.  My father was involved in the Normandy Invasion and received a Purple Heart for wounds received in Saint Lo, France.  I recently saw a program that stated close to 3000 service men were killed during the battle to take this small town back.  I am blessed my father survived but I cry for the others lost.  My brothers Mike and Pat both served during the Vietnam war.  One in the Army and one in the Navy.  Today I say prayers, not just for my family but for the thousands of men and women that have proudly fought and died for this country. 

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Lost Count

When you're working on quilt blocks do you ever lose count on how many you have finished?  Not only did I lose count, I actually lost pieces until they mysteriously appeared today, right after I finished my sets.

I needed 194 4-patch pieces and had all my strip sets cut in groups of 10 and went to town sewing them into 4-patch blocks.  I got them all pressed and was looking for a place to store them and what did I find in the basket I was going to use?  100 blocks already made.  If I wasn't so excited about completing the set I would be very, very, upset.  I will just put them aside and maybe use them in the border, I don't know, but it just tells me that I waited too long between working on this step.  I think I will have to start using labels on my baskets.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Walking the Path

Today I want to share a page from my art journal, but first I must tell you about this new site I have found and I don't even remember how I got there.  I feel it had to be from someones blog and I'm sorry I can't give the proper credit.  Anyway, the site is Real Stories, Real Life, Real Faith.  It is handled by Michelle DeRusha who is a Christian writer.  She has a weekly post titled "Hear it on Sunday, Say it on Monday."

Today is my first time sharing this and honestly I'm a little nervous about it.  Why?  Because I am normally a private person when it comes to my faith.  I mean, I go to church, bible study and attend the normal functions that our church has or even other churches may have.  I just don't write about it, until today.  I feel that I have been lead to her page and lead to share my feelings and words of faith.  I don't know where this will lead me, but it's a path I feel I must take.

My pastor mentioned this passage from Psalm 1: 1-3.  David is talking about the delight of following the Lord and it resonated with me.  We all struggle with things that come up during the day.  Someone says something and the next thing you know, there's an argument or resentment, hurt feelings, etc.  I just had to deal with a situation like that not long ago.  Words were said and my feelings were hurt but I walked away.  As it continued to bother me, I stopped and called a dear friend that I knew would give me the guidance I needed based on the situation.  As we talked I came to understand that I can't let words of others be my way of life.  I know this, I've known this my whole life, I've told others this but yet it still happens.  That's when I forget that I alone can't handle everything. Never forget about God.

Thank you Michelle for sharing your thoughts and allowing others to do the same. My prayer today is that I will always delight in the words of the Lord and He will lead me down the path I need to follow.  Have a blessed day!

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Friday, November 1, 2013

Thread Art

A couple of weeks ago I signed up for a Thread Art class, by Lola Jenkins, on  I thought it would be fun to finally mix artwork with fabric.  I printed off the instructions and watched all the videos.  Actually, I watched them about 3 times before I took the plunge.

 First I traced off the design.  I wanted to use the teachers pattern because it was the Girl with the Pearl earring and I have already painted her in oils. Check out my Paintings page if you want to see her in oils.

The next step was to cover the tracing with thread by free motion stitching.  After that I had to fill in the background.  I wasn't too happy with my stitching but I went ahead and finished that part.

I used Prismacolor pencils and a blender pen to color everything in.  The instructor used a blender pencil but I didn't have one.  When I went to the store to buy one I found a set that had a blender pencil, blender pen, drawing pencil, pencil sharpener and 2 erasers.  The only thing I didn't like about the blender pen is it caused the color to run if I used too much.  It could have been the fabric but I don't think so. I think it was the operator of the pen, me.  I still didn't like the background stitching so I went over it with black acrylic paint.  Now the only part left is how to finish off the edges.  Should I use ribbon, yarn, fabric binding, or maybe a combination of yarn and decorative thread using a zig zag stitch?  I'll have to think about it for awhile.

I enjoyed the process and the videos were very well done.  Check out the website, there might be something there that would interest you.