"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jer 29:11 (NIV)

Sunday, August 30, 2009


....has been made on the DWR that I'm working on...........and other than a sore finger from all the hand sewing, I'm loving how it's turning out. =)
Have started sewing the rings for the next 5 full blocks and 4 quarter blocks. The current plan is to get them together and pinned to background squares so that I can take them with me to work on when I make a flying trip to Northern CA for an in-person interview Wed of this week.
1. For still being able to sew and quilt even with most of my stuff in storage at this time.
2. For the coming interview this week.

The ending of an "era"

An "era" is ending for me as I get closer to moving out of my TX house. Moving day came and went yesterday, and most of what was still in the house is now residing in my rented storage unit. Frig and sofa will be moved there sometime this week, exact date depends on when closing gets scheduled for. I need to call the gal I spoke with about rentring a room from so that I have somewhere to move when the short sale closes.

This coming Wed I fly to Oakland CA for a job interview (contract job possibility). Am making the RT all the same day 'cause I had to pay for it..........will be a long day, but Lord willing it will go well. Haven't heard anything about the job possibility in MA............which is a bummer 'cause I'd really like to get that job. Love living out there as well, but will go where ever God opens the door for the next job.

Meanwhile have been enjoying continuing to work on the DWR quilt. Have 2 more full blocks finished and am working on the third. Am also working on making arcs for the next 5 full blocks and 4 quarter blocks. Am planning on taking those with me to applique down as I make the RT trip to/from Oakland next week.

1. God has opened the door for a job interview in CA.
2. The phone interview last week went great!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Roller coasters of life....

....that's what it has seemed like was happening to with the short sale of my house this week. There were many twists and turns, but thankfully everything is now falling into place (dont'cha just love how God works things out) and it looks like it will close late next week or the first of the week after that. I'll be happy to have it over and done with...........

The quilt pic on the right is the first DWR block that I made as a test block. It's in RWB colors and I have 8 more blocks planned to go with it. It will be the center medallion of an American Hero quilt when I'm finished with it. The planned blocks will not be full blocks like this, but when finished and together it will look like there are 5 interlocking rings.
The picture on the left shows two orphan blocks that I found this week while going through stuff. Both are paper-pieced and made with Hand-dyed fabric. Am thinking of maybe making a table topper of some sort with them.....

Gratitudes -

1. Cooler weather today

2. Good friends who are willing to help me move stuff into storage.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Quilting Mojo

One of the things that vanished during July and most of August as well with everything that was happening was my quilting mojo...........it's been a long time since i have felt so wiped out, so much so that I wasn't even quilting.

However, I have found it again and am once again quilting. And other than needing to get the border on a quilt so I can send it off to be quilted, I have started a double wedding ring quilt that I have been commissioned to make. I love the colors and love how it is turning out. And even have plans to make a second one to use the sample block that I made in RWB colors. It will be going to American Heroes when finished. And yes, there was a time when I had sworn I would never make one............

Meanwhile, here is a picture of what I've got completed so far. I'm paper-piecing the arcs using 6 shades of green. Two shades of lavendar are in the arcs. And because I stymied in getting the attempted machine applique to look good, have decided to hand applique the rings down to the background fabric squares. Yes, I can applique, and it even looks decent...........but the laugh is on me because I had never wanted to do a hand applique quilt because it is a "slow" method. I do like how it's looking, and will have no excuse to not use hand applique to do one of the BOM's that I have stashed away.

1. Thankful for the fact that I'm a fast stitcher 'cause I need to get this quilt done quickly!

2. For understanding clients.


I've been remiss in posting because of a whole mess of stress and turbulence in my life over the last couple of months. Among that stress was packing to put everything into storage, getting most of it into a storage POD and then at the 11th hr having the sale fall through. Have a second, approved offer/contract for the short sale of the house here in TX but are waiting now to find out when we'll have to close. Could be as early as the 31st, or around the 10th of September.....all depends on if the foreclosure date is moved out from 9/1 or not.............so this week is going to be crazy with getting everything else here packed up (final stages of it) and into the storage room. Still need to make final decisions on where I'm going to live as well...........sigh......

In the meantime, the following poem is one that I found while I was cleaning up the desk where my computer is at the present time. While not directly drawn from scripture, I thought it worth posting since I have been praying for the will of God to be done since I was laid off in September of 2007.

The Will of God,
Author Unknown

The will of God will never take you,
Where the Grace of God cannot keep you,
Where the Arms of God cannot support you,
Where the Riches of God cannot supply your needs,
Where the Power of God cannot endow you.

The will of God will ever take you,
Where the Spirit of God cannot work through you,
Where the Wisdom of God cannot teach you,
Where the Army of God cannot protect you,
Where the Hands of God cannot mold you.

The Will of God will never take you,
Where the Love of God cannot enfold you,
Where the Mercies of God cannot sustain you,
Where the Peace of God cannot calm your fears,
Where the Authority of God cannot overrule for you.

The will of God will never take you,
Where the Comfort of God cannot dry your tears,
Where the Word of God cannot feed you,
Where the Miracles of God cannot be done for you,
Where the Omnipresence of God cannot find you.

1. The bank pproved second offer on my house.
2. For friends who have said they will help me move when needed, even on short notice.