Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Let It Snow

Ok friends, if you want to have some fun on facebook, put "Sleigh bells ring are you listening?" as your status and wait for your friends and family to finish the song.  It was so much fun.  More fun was reading what they thought the words were (perspire for conspire…).

Today I bring you the last quilt I made for this Christmas, "Let It Snow".  This quilt was made for my wonderful Mother-in-love.  I'm going to be making a runner for her as well with the scraps.  I love how Mary, my quilter/friend put the circles on it.  Each snowflake is outlined as well.

Making a quilt with batiks was totally out of my comfort zone, a far cry from the pastels that call my name on a regular basis.  This was fun, even though the scraps certainly look out of place in my scrap basket.


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Comfort & Joy

Thank you for your kind response to yesterday's quilts.  Today I want to share with you the quilt I made for my sister-in-law and her husband.  I have named it "Comfort & Joy".

This quilt was offered by my local quilt shop as a block of the month.  We went to a monthly meeting and were shown new patterns and techniques and then could purchase each monthly block for $5.  At the end we had enough blocks to make a quilt and then purchased the rest of the materials to complete it.

Tomorrow I will show you the last of the quilts I made for Christmas.  Isn't the gate to the farm just charming?  It is such a welcome sight to drive up and see it decorated so beautifully for Christmas.  Have a wonderful day!


Monday, December 19, 2011

Our Last Installment of Sewing Christmas

Thank you for taking the "Sewing Christmas" journey with me.  Twelve months of sewing gifts have given me many gifts to share not just at Christmas, but over the course of this past year as well.  For the next three days I will be sharing quilts I made as presents this Christmas.

My family celebrated Christmas yesterday with my husbands side of the family.  I made these two quilts for my adorable nephews, Benjamin and Nathan.  The pattern is "One Star" from the book, "Make Room for Christmas Quilts" by Nancy J. Martin.

I took these pictures on Saturday, out at Friendship Farms, the outdoor wedding site that I work at.  It was very cold and snowing, a perfect time to snap these photos.  

Mary, my quilter and friend did an awesome job of quilting.  Each one is quilted differently and show-cased the pattern wonderfully!

These are my cutie-patootie nephews that I made the quilts for.  I told Benjamin (in the glasses) that when he is snuggled under his quilt on Christmas Eve, I want him to remember how much I love him.  For us quilters, the gift of a quilt is a true expression of our love.


Sunday, December 18, 2011

Sunday Scripture

"Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth."

Psalm 46:10
In His Peace,

Friday, December 16, 2011

Being Mary in a Martha World

My favorite Snowman wondering where is the snow?

I feel like I've been running a marathon since the Candlelight Dessert last week.  Not only am I playing catch up, I'm playing catch in the moment and catch forward.  Know what I mean?  This week I hosted my annual Bible Study Christmas Brunch, attended the annual Girlfriends Christmas Party and did way too much internet shopping because I don't have time to physically go to the store.

A bit of porch decorating

Today new windows are being installed in my house.  I have a wedding to go to tonight, three quilts to bind before Sunday, an empty refrigerator and my son is on his way home from college.  All these things are good in an of themselves (except for the empty refrigerator), it's just when it's all happening at the same time I start to feel like I'm standing in one spot twirling.

These two are torturing me to read them

I'm sorry for complaining.  I just knew that you would understand.  As Mom's, wives and friends, our plate is full and it is good, but I need to work on that balance thingy again.  Above all, I need to be thankful.  Thankful to the Lord for the gift of His one and only Son.  In a Martha world, I need to be more like Mary today (Luke 10:38).


Thursday, December 15, 2011

This & That

If you are in need of a quick Christmas gift to sew, this runner is the one for you!  It's made with half of one charm pack and a smidge of fabric for the border.  It comes together quickly and easily and looks much more complicated than it is.  The fabric is "Jovial" by Basic Grey.

I can see myself making this runner over and over again.  It's great to use with scraps.   I love that it's titled "Cinnamon Sticks".  So perfect for this time of year.

I had a little visitor perched on my tulip tree.  There are lots of squirrels in our neighborhood.  The black ones pop out against the snow.  This one appeared to be warming it's paws.  After 50 degree temps and rain, our snow is gone.  I'll enjoy it while I can because here in Michigan, there is more snow on the horizon!


Monday, December 12, 2011

Candlelight Dessert

Every other year my church hosts a women's Candlelight Dessert.  The event is offered Thursday and Friday.  It is an outreach event to our community.  I volunteered to chair the event this year.  Over 500 women attended this past week.

The planning meetings begin in September.  In October we begin sign-ups for hostesses.  The ladies at church have an opportunity to hostess a table and can have a co-hostess.  Guest sign-ups begin in November.

Each hostess decorates a table and prepares a dessert for eight women.  The men in our church serve coffee, water and hot water for tea.  Our program begins with our bell choir and a punch bowl reception in the lobby of the church.

The doors to the Fellowship Center are opened a half hour later and women view the tables for another half hour.  This year we had a wonderful young man play the cello while the women were viewing the tables.  The room is dark except for the candlelight and the soft white lights throughout the room.


After another half hour, the women are seated and after brief introductions, the desserts are served.  Then our program begins and we have special music provided this year by a young women who is a dear friend of my daughter and then a presentation of the gospel message is heard.  Our speaker this year is a dynamic woman, who spoke of "A Journey to Surrender".

I love how the napkin looks like whipped cream in the teacup!

We conclude with more music and prayer and an opportunity to fill out a card in response to all that the ladies have heard and experienced throughout the evening.

The stand for the apples came from colonial Williamsburg

Thirty-five ladies responded to God's offer of forgiveness and salvation.  Many prayers were answered these two evenings.  

It was such a privilege to be a part of the dessert.  I was blessed with an amazing group of women who devoted themselves to fulfilling all of the details required to put on such a large event.  I now know what the mother-of-the-bride must feel when the wedding she's been planning for months is over.  I know that I would do it all again just to witness those thirty-five ladies make the best decision of their lifetime!

Oh come let us adore Him...

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Sunday Scripture

"Suddenly a great company of the heavenly hosts
appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
"Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men on
whom his favor rests."

Luke 2:13&14

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Christmas Tour Part III

The tour continues today in the room that my family and friends have named the "Pretty Room".  This summer I painted it a lovely shade of blue and paired down all of the items I keep in here.  This tree is a flocked tree and shows off the pastel decorations wonderfully.

Years ago my Mom made the ladies and gentlemen dancing garlands from a Martha Stewart pattern.

These garlands make the whole tree.  They're made out of scrapbooking paper and embellishments.

The vintage fan got dressed up with some Christmas cards.

The pink ceramic deer goes nicely with the flocked one from yesterday.

My favorite vintage puzzle in my favorite color pink!


Monday, December 5, 2011

Christmas Tour Part II

I have added a new tree this year.   A cupcake themed kitchen tree!  I sat last night and made row after row of garlands out of mini cupcake liners.  This tree makes me happy every time I look at it.

There are little tiny kitchen utensils, candy canes, and ice cream cones mixed in with the cupcakes.  Pastel tiny Christmas lights makes it all sparkle!

Little desserts peek out from within the branches as do tiny striped balls that remind me of candy.

During my picture snapping, my friend Char stopped by.  She brought me this wonderful pink flocked, glitter coated deer she found at the resale shop she works at.

My happy shout turned into tears of joy as she gave me with this vintage Zondervan box of scripture cards.  I have always wanted one of these.  Do you see the title? "Daily Manna Promise Box"  I just love it!  Thank you Char!


Sunday, December 4, 2011

Sunday Scripture

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience,
kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness
and self-control."

Galatians 5:22&23