It’s been a while…

So, it has been a while since I’ve posted last. I’ve moved, settled in a bit at my new place, and begun working on projects again. Right now, I’m working on peeling backing paper off of this beauty:

Dreamcatcher

Once that’s done, I’ll actually start quilting her and get her ready to hang on the wall over the sofa!

Here’s a “reminder pic” of when she was still very incomplete…

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Freddie

He’s finally been gifted, so I can introduce him to the world!

I decided to be a pattern tester for another lady’s website, and she had this beautiful schnauzer dog I could test. I got the pattern in August and finished my first block in September. 29 more blocks later, I finished up Freddie on Thanksgiving morning this year… Completely quilted and bound and labeled.

There’s only 2,252 pieces in the top of this quilt alone!

Happy holidays…Thanksgiving edition

As everyone keeps reminding me through email and text, this is the holiday of giving thanks. There are so many things I’m thankful for today that I can’t really list them all.

We’re going to be celebrating Christmas early….as in today and tomorrow at our house, and I’m very thankful that we have this opportunity to spend time with our family. So we have Thanksgiving decorations up still, and our Christmas lights and tree are also up now.

I’ve finished a quilt that’s a Christmas present and made the extra stocking we need for Santa’s visit down our chimney tonight! Enjoy your day as we go enjoy our day!

Bias Binding and Hot Chocolate

I’ve got one child already home for the holiday week, and I get to go pick up another tomorrow. So what am I doing?

Well, the Voice is playing on TV, and I’m working on cutting some bias binding for a quilt. I’m also sitting with a cup of hot chocolate and chatting with some distant friends via Facebook. What a good way to end another long day!

Happy Monday, friends!

Christmas prep

So, I’ve set up my studio for full-on production mode. I’ve got one machine set up embroidering and another set up for sewing and some of the quilting.

Next year’s products are starting to come together already! Quilt 1 is red embroidery with mint green borders. Quilt 2 is starting embroidery with dark green!

Oh how I love the holidays!

New Shopping Website!

I now have a website where you can shop the quilts I have for sale, or pick a style of baby quilt to order from me! As always, feel free to email me to discuss specifics, but this site now gives you an idea of what I have available and what I can do for you!

Please let me know what you think!

http://www.pierceministry.com/SiberianWind.html

Off Topic

This whole post is off my normal topics, but I felt today that it was important to share. If you are easily offended, please read past this post and visit my other non-controversial posts.

I don’t normally discuss religion openly because I feel like the biggest challenge with discussing religion is religion itself. While I have my set of beliefs, I know many who share alternate views, and discussing my Savior and my very personal faith with others has come across as badgering in the past. I can sometimes come off abrasive, and the last thing that a new Christian or prospective Christian needs is my personality getting in the way of their salvation in the Lord.

Now that that’s out of the way, here’s what’s REALLY on my heart this morning: Ministry.  Ministry and ministering to others was something huge for me growing up. What we did to minister as teenagers was several-fold. I visited cities I may never have the chance to visit again, shared the Gospel through rebuilding/repairing houses, singing and dancing, or in local communities through helping set up vacation Bible school programs.  What I DIDN’T learn from church was how to minister locally. How to minister everyday.

I grew up in the doctrines of the Bible. I have a rich history of Bible study. I don’t know how to minister to someone who’s never opened the Bible, or doesn’t choose to on their own. I don’t know how to find local food banks. I don’t know where to go to be ministered to. It’s a big frustration when I find myself on the other side of the fence, needing that connection….and not finding it readily. It’s disheartening to move into a new place and find that none of the local churches have reached out to me. Not a single card or letter. I attended as a guest to one local church, and I’ve been back a few times, but still no personal reach-out to me. I have a few ideas for local churches to minister to their communities, but it will be a matter of me seeking out the church and convincing them how much their ministry dollars could go to their own communities and impacting the lives of those we see everyday at Walmart or the grocery store.

Okay, soapbox done. Back to regular happy programming!

Working on a Secret

So, I’ve decided to work on another quilt project while I’m waiting around at appointments and such. But it’s a secret project. I may reveal pieces of it, and serious quilters may recognize it. If you do, you can comment away! I’ve got two blocks done from when I started this a few years ago, but have a loooong way to go with it. So look for some periodic updates with blocks or progress on blocks! Thanks for all your support and for reading my somewhat infrequent posts.