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Fun in the Mom Cave, aka Sewing room

Well now the holidays are over and the gifts have been opened and I am happy to report that my efforts in the Mom Cave were successful.   Lots of happy recipients!   I had such fun making the gifts and having a stress free Christmas in the process.   Much thanks to my sister Nancy for motivating me and reminding me how much fun it can be to be quilting and sewing again!

Thought I would share pictures of the things that I made that kept me away from the blogs for a while since they have now been gifted and are no longer a secret!    Hope you enjoy seeing them!

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table toppers

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wall hanging and table mat

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potholders

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another rag quilt for my son-in-law

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and a rag quilt for my daughter

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pillows for my granddaughter with fabric from her Dad’s birth country of Laos. She was thrilled to have them!

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Another quilt for daughter-in-law.

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table topper( I made four of these altogether!

IMG_20141225_072605284 This is my silly son, putting his rag quilt over his head when I was going to take the picture!   lol

I think you can get the idea of why I had so much fun and why I had very little time for blogging since Thanksgiving.    Can’t wait to get going on the next projects!  Lots of ideas!   I am so thankful that God blessed me with the ability and desire to create things with my hands and sewing machine and the myriad of other sewing tools.  I love giving gifts that I have put a part of myself into, whether it be in creating a handmade item or finding just the perfect gift that I know will be a blessing to the recipient.  What a joy it is to me to see a person enjoy what they have received.   Making others happy—a great gift from God that I never want to lose sight of.

2 Corinthians 9:7  ESV

Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

I hope everyone had a very wonderful Christmas season with many blessings!

Just a quick hello from the missing blogger!

Hello everyone! Just thought I would check in after a week of not posting anything, just to let you know that yes, I am still alive and kicking! Haven’t had much time for reading and commenting in the past week either.

So what have I been up to??? Well my pat answer to that question is usually a silly one—about 5 feet one inch, lol. But besides that, I have had a fun week! One of my sisters came to visit from another state for a week and we have been having the best time doing things together that we have in common and catching up with family news, etc.

She and I are both quilters and we spent two days this week in Madison WI at a Quilt Expo. What a great time we had! We walked and shopped and looked at beautiful quilts made by many very talented quilters, until our feet were screaming and our credit cards were screaming even louder! lol

It is amazing how much talent is out there and how creative quilters can be! It is definitely a great motivation to get back to quilting and sewing and challenging ourselves to try new techniques perhaps and of course, getting back to work on unfinished objects (UFO’s). We learned a new acronym for UFO’s that gives us all a lovely new and impressive title to add to our names! PhD! We all have PhD’s that we have earned honestly! Projects half Done! Yes, I have earned that title many times over!

Or how about 401F? We know that 401K’s are money for retirement but do you know what a 401F is? 401F –Fabric for retirement! or a really funny one F.A.R.T. which is a Fabric Acquisition Road Trip! We spent lots of time adding to our STASH (Special Treasures All Secretly Hidden) to add to our SABLE ( Stash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy)!

We have also been doing lots of sight-seeing, eating out, visiting with others and more shopping. Famous last words every time we go into a quilt shop –I’m not buying any more fabric! That is, until we get to the next quilt shop/fabric store! Monday is our last day of vacation and how will we spend it? Sewing, of course, and resting our poor feet!

It is such fun to get together with sisters. Having a sister is a special gift from God.   Thanks for a fun week, Sis!!!

See you all again in a couple of days! Hope everyone is having as much fun in their life as I am!

Addition for the quilt gallery

Christmas quilt I made for my Sis.  She sent me the picture

My sister very kindly sent me this picture of a quilt I made for her quite a while ago so I could add it to the gallery of quilt pictures.   Tried to update the original story and add this but it wouldn’t work for some reason for me but I did want to share it since she took the time to send it.    This was a fun and easy quilt called Easy Breezy that I made a few times with different center fabrics.   I made this I believe in 2002 but I’m not sure exactly.

When life gives you scraps…..

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 just make quilts!  or another version of the quote is when life gives you lemons, make lemonade!  I’m sure we all could come up with a lot of similar positive quotes to encourage someone when life brings its trials and tribulations.   Because I like quilting, I have, of course, managed to collect a lot of scraps from previous quilts and small and large pieces of fabric that I’ve collected through fabric swaps years ago and fabric that has caught my eye that “I might use it someday” and so my mind always thinks of making quilts out of the scraps of life that come my way.

Now thinking about making them and actually making them, or finishing them is another whole story.  So, just as I have collected fabric scraps, I have collected many UFO’s (UnFinished Objects) in various stages of construction.   The picture above was one of those UFO’s until tonight when I finally finished it!  Yay!!!

As I finished sewing the binding on the quilt this evening, I got to thinking about how the unfinished projects in our lives can relate to the unfinished business in our lives –those trials and tribulations that happen to everyone.   How do we deal with them?  Or an even more obvious question perhaps, DO we deal with them or do we set them aside like the fabric scraps and the unfinished objects and tell ourselves we will deal with those things at a later date?

Some trials are not so bad and we can usually manage to resolve them easily; but what about the more difficult ones?  I don’t believe I am alone when I say that I am one of those people who will often set those problems aside to deal with later. How easy it is to tell myself that I just don’t have the desire, the time, the energy to deal with that now.  Not a good idea!  The longer we put off dealing with problems, the more they can grow into other problems in our lives.  The issues keep adding up and eventually we can find ourselves in a lot of distress–depression probably, or even physical ailments caused by stress.  I know this has been true throughout my life.   Just as I accumulated UFOs and just gave up on trying to complete the projects,  I allowed my trials and tribulations to accumulate also and “gave up”, so to speak,   for a while.

So what to do to change that habit, to deal with the things that trouble me?  Take them to God in prayer.  Stop ignoring Him or thinking He was ignoring me and didn’t care.  There are many verses in the Bible that remind us  that He does care and He wants to help us to deal with things.     One of them I found when I got into His word is:  Philippians 4:6-7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

He wants us to ask Him, to come to Him with our problems.  He wants to help us pick up the pieces of our lives.  When I finally began to get closer to Him, spending more time in His word, in prayer, in closer fellowship with Him, changes began to happen.   I was better able to deal with those problems I had hidden away, some of which were not as much of an issue that I told myself they were.   I stopped giving up.   I look at the quilt I finished tonight and a couple of other small projects that I finished in the past couple of days as a message to myself that yes I CAN deal with the things I stored away and that I have dealt with many and begun to deal with others.   Praise the Lord, I have my life back!

One of my granddaughters suggested a while ago that it might be fun for me to share some of the quilts I have made on my blog, so you just may see some more pictures shared soon.  There is another little mini-quilt that I will share that I was reminded of as I wrote this post tonight.   “Picking up the Pieces”     I made 4 of these little quilts for me and my 3 sisters several years ago because it reminded me something my sisters tease me about from our childhood–how I would try to convince them to let me slack off on doing dishes if I had something better to do.

dishesquiltI’ll wash, you dry and little sister can pick up the pieces.