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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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.

All Eight 

Finally! I have all eight of the wedges assembled to the quilt I’m working on. This is two wedges like they’ll go together in the quilt. Tomorrow I can start sewing wedges into quarters of the quilt! Whew! So many pieces!

Back into the swing

I’ve been home from Paducah for a week now, and I’ve been slowly getting back into the swing of sewing again. After seeing every day for a week in Paducah, I have kinda slacked a bit after unpacking everything. 

Here’s my progress on a quilt kit I picked up in Paducah. Once I finish, I’ll reveal the name of the pattern in case you wanted to order it from where I got it (I’ll reveal that when I reveal the completed quilt top).

Paducah 2017

So, like a smart person, I’ve been an early bird to everything in Paducah this week. I’ve been early enough that I’ve had to sit and wait for shops to open. (but I got good parking!) Here’s the view yesterday of the wait I had. But I’m enjoying myself.

Good Friday

I’m desperately trying to find something to put up here for Good Friday. Ya’ll, the struggle is really real. I managed to get a workout in today, so I guess I’ll count my blessings. I’m getting more healthy.