3/31/16

WIPs Be Gone Madness

While I haven't been able to quilt as much as I'd like with this arthritis flair up, I have been able to move forward on three WIPs - a little at a time usually only 15-20 minute sessions.

Here's one I actually finished:
I started and finished the top in September.  It's not as dark as it seems in the photo.  It's more like the following photo.  It is a raffle quilt for our local library's friends group.
Here's a photo where the quilting shows up better.  It's to be a family reunion quilt or memory quilt. Once someone wins it, I'll quilt the surname and finish the cross hatch quilting in the center. They'll be able to sign in the squares made by the quilting. If you click on the photo you can see a larger, clearer image.
Here's the back.
This WIP is one of my leaders and enders - all the parts are assembled - just need to construct the blocks from all the pieces. Started this years ago.
My other leader and ender are the stars for this Jubilee wall hanging - another old WIP.  It was suppose to have an outside border, but I like it this size with the stars as part of the last border.  I have three options I'm considering:  a. more red and white sections, b. blue strips that match the blue in the stars, or something similar to the flannel that makes up my design wall.  Please advise.

What are you up to? Would love to see it, whether finished or WIP progress or an old post, or even about what is going on in your life - not necessarily quilty. Share your goodness. Linky below closes Monday, midnight.
I'm participating in the Pink Doxies new link up, #BraveQuilter. As part of the link party for April, my goal is to get this WIP top finished, so I have to decide on the border fabric. Something different than a plain border.

3/28/16

Applique Tuesday

While I was off meditating during lent, I did get some applique done during quiet times.  Here are some blocks from the Splendid Sampler with applique:




and here is the mug rug I got in return for mine (see previous post).  I love this appliqued Sue.

What are you up to?  I'd love to know.  Leave me a comment and I'll be by to see.  I might not be able to reply in kind - depends on how my hands are doing.  Blessings,

It has begun!



Easter is not one day or one solemnity—it is a fifty day celebration, and the fifty days from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday together comprise what is known as "the great Sunday". Every day is special because our Risen Lord walked on earth for those days before His Ascension.

3/27/16

Some of this; Some of That

Hello, back to some quilting, but it won't be much.  March 12th, I woke up with a very sore right thumb.  I could hardly move it.  And it was swollen.  Took some ibuprofen and carried on.  It was better the rest of the day.  Next morning, the whole hand was swollen and could hardly move it. Same thing - rested it and meds.  Long story short, last Thursday (13 days later) went to Doc and she says it osteoarthritis in both hands and wrists.  Not something a quilter wants to hear.  In the morning, it's a heat treatment for softening up the hands, so they won't be so stiff.  I can then work for a while. Well, not much when I can't even open the milk jug, pick up plate or other things with one hand. Have to watch everything I do with them.  Once I've taken the meds, and they kick in I get to work carefully.  After 1/2 hour of whatever, I stop and ice the hands and wrists. Rest a bit and then can do another session.  Not much that can be done for the normal wear and tear of this kind of disease.  If you know of a regime that might help, I'd sure like to hear about it.

So here is my report of the bits I did during Lent when I wasn't blogging, using that time to meditate. Wow, was I addicted to being on the computer.  I've weaned myself from I don't know how many hours to just one - half an hour in morning; half an hour at night.

What with making and binding baby quilts, cutting an isolette cover, creating a mug rug (photo top right) for an online swap, making blocks for two wips, and binding a raffle quilt (most done before March 12th), I've used up 8.21 yards in the last 50 days. My new YTD de-stashing is 13.08 yards. 
I've tripled my total, but doesn't seem like much for the 1st quarter of the year to be over. If I'm lucky, I'll get half my goal done at this rate.  How about you?  I'll show more later.  My hands are already hurting.

Come by and leave a comment of what you're up to.  I'll try to come by and say hello as my limited online time continues, but this time for a different reason.  Blessings!

Alleluia! Christ is Risen! Alleluia!

3/24/16

Holy Thursday


,..And when He had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, "This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me. And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, "This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood.…"
                                                                                   Luke 22: 19-20

3/23/16

Silent Wednesday

 On the Wednesday (in the Orthodox Church) before his death, Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the Leper. As they sat at the supper table, a woman named Mary anointed Jesus' head and feet with costly oil of spikenard.
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But otherwise scriptupre is silent of what Jesus did on this day... Lord I am preparing in the silence of listening for what is to come.

3/18/16

WIPs Be Gone while I Adventure

Ash Wednesday began the Lenten Journey, and I'm on an adventure with Pope Francis's Walking with Jesus. I read a chapter or two, write down a sentence or phrase to contemplate and fill my thoughts as I daily move thru Lent.  I'm finding I'm much more addicted to being on the computer than I realized.  It is good that I decided to take this journey.  This reduction in time from the blog during Lent is a reality check.

I'm continuing to be for the most part absent from the internet.  And while I won't be posting or commenting much at all, I've left open a WIPs Be Gone link so you can share with each other and keep encouraged to finish your projects.  It's hard to remain silent during this time to focus on walking a little closer to the Lord and finding the way, but it is paying off. I feel more at peace.

Contemplation or meditation can still be done these weeks  Therefore, I will work also on making some progress myself on a wip or two.  You'll find a link from me occasionally in the link party - a silent link.

Here are two resources you may find helpful if you would like an adventure, too.

Lenten Resources

KindSpring

Peace. I invite you to spend some time finding it while you quilt in this Year of Mercy.