Stash Buster

DSC_0101The fabric is left over from the Advent Banners.  It is coming together well.  This little project is going on a trip to Oklahoma on the 20th of June.  The top should be completed by the end of the day and on the long arm this evening.

Genesis 33:12     “Then Esau said, “Let us journey on our way, and I will go alongside you.”  

Oops, I did it Again

DSC_0091Funny thing happened when I spoke to the local quilt shop about doing ‘something’ as a community for the Oklahoma tornado tragedy.  I now have deadlines and activities packed into the next three or so weeks.  I wanted to do something, but I didn’t want to ‘be in charge’.  I offered to help if someone else would take the reins.  Actually that translates to – You are second in charge.  Great.  I accept that responsibility though.  Because I am called to be an example, to practice what I preach, however ill-equipped I might be to do that.  We come up with ‘good ideas’ all the time.  Too often, people take the stance that it is a good idea for someone else to implement.  That is so frustrating!

More to follow on all the ‘details’ of the community activities for our contributions for Quilts for Oklahoma in subsequent posts.

Here is what I ‘WIPped’ up as my first donation for the cause.  It consists of two Moda Mimi charm packs and some discounted fabric called Tiffany for the inside border.  I am using a third charm pack of Mimi for the outside border.  The fabric is bright and cheery, a small departure from what you might typically find in my stash.

Colossians 3:14     Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

Quilts for Oklahoma

First I prayed, my second impulse was to send quilts to the devastated in Oklahoma.  How would I do that?  Where would I send them?  Thankfully the quilting community has answered some of those questions.  I’m passing it along from Bonnie Hunter’s blog through stitchinggrandma to my readers and followers who are asking the same questions. I personally called Ellen to verify some of the information and there is a possibility of more logistical information to be released tomorrow, stay tuned.  Thanks be to God for the ability to give our love and concern to others through our creative impulse.  God’s strength and love be with those affected by the recent events.

Quilts for Oklahoma!

Dear Quilt Friends:

I have been contacted and asked to spread this info to you. It’s important to get the word out to all the quilters you are in contact with, so could you please share this blog post with your email lists,  message boards, flickr groups, twitter, wherever quilters gather to help get the word out?

This is from Ellen Medlock of the Ellen Medlock Studio Store in Tulsa, OK.

“I am honored to start a QUILT DRIVE for OKLAHOMA Tornado Families. If you wish to donate a quilt, please send to our shop and we will make sure it is placed in the right hands!

Ship to:

OK Quilt Drive,
 c/o Ellen Medlock Studio Store, 
10032 S. Sheridan Rd, Suite H-1, 
Tulsa, OK 74133. 

(We will be happy to place any kind of blanket, for that matter!)”
Thank you for all you can do to help those who have been so devastated in the tornadoes that have recently swept through Oklahoma. QUILT ON!

Isaiah 61:4

They shall build up the ancient ruins, they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations.

WIP – Dilema Redux

As suspected, the red had to come out of Aunt Nancy’s Favourite.  So one has now become two.  I am replacing the removed blocks with blue, green and purple.

DSC_0088 Of course I am maintaining integrity by using more of Barbara Brackman’s fabrics from her Morris Apprentice, A Morris Tapestry and Morris and Company.  As I write, four more blocks to go and I will be re-assembling the top.


Purple, Purple and really Purple

Last fall I planted over fifty tulip bulbs.  I was rather disappointed with how they displayed the spring before.  It must have been a good winter for them because even the bulbs from the previous year bloomed this.  My favourite are the Queen of the Night.

DSC_0075 DSC_0081 DSC_0086I spent most of the morning in the garden, planting potatoes, peas, onions and garlic.  We are not going over board this year.  I might add some carrots tomorrow.  That will be determined by the amount of rain we receive overnight.  We are currently under a severe rain warning.  Last time one was issued, all the low areas were flooded.  It was a laugh to see the flag on the ninth hole of the local Golf and Country club waving bravely from the middle of a lake.

I hope you are all enjoying your Victoria Day.

The Four Day Getaway

A week’s holiday did not materialize as planned.  We only had three and a half days.  We had been planning a golf and wine tour of the BC interior for some time.  Similar to a weekend two years ago, when we went to Whitehorse for dinner and a movie, this time it was Armstrong for lunch and a golf game.  It was a lovely time, though much too short.  The golf game was fun, in spite of rain on the last two holes and dinner with a classmate from seminary was great.  On the return trip we stopped in Prince George and picked up a Boler trailer that my sister had purchased.  DSC_0066

Here it is pictured at a stop we made at Bijou Falls.

DSC_0063The drive home was lovely.  Just outside of McKenzie we witnessed the most vivid rainbow either of us had ever seen.  It was spectacular!DSC_0032DSC_0029

We were so impressed that we had to stop for a while and take pictures.  Even these do not do the scene justice.

Beyond Bijou Falls we had some amazing views of the last of the Rockie Mountains as we crossed the Pine Pass and then headed east to Chetwynd.

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The Quilted Crane Project (this is me)

The Quilted Crane

I recently started a new quilting project.  I was inspired by this blogger.  I am approaching it in a slightly different way.  My cranes are going to be constructed with fabric scraps from completed quilts.  In this way I will have as a souvenir a component of the quilts I have given away and the people who have received them.  I have no intention expectation of finishing a thousand quilts, I have my sights set on one hundred.  That should result in a fairly large wall hanging for over the stairs.  It is going to take a long time.  This blog is specifically for that one project, to document the progress as a journey of creatively, prayer and connection.

Genesis 12:9     And Abram journeyed on by stages toward the Negeb.

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Something Old – Something New

DSC_0011 (2)April 28, 2013 my grand-daughter was baptised at Notre Dame in my hometown.  She was a vision in an heirloom baptism gown handed down from my son’s paternal great-great-aunt.  It is beautifully and intricately embroidered linen.  I don’t think it is hand done, it is quite uniform and symmetrical.  She looked beautiful and didn’t squawk once during the entire mystery.

Ezekiel 16:13     You were adorned with gold and silver, while your clothing was of fine linen, rich fabric, and embroidered cloth. You had choice flour and honey and oil for food. You grew exceedingly beautiful, fit to be a queen.