Happy Independence Day!

I’m so thankful our forefathers saw the need to be revolutionary!

Sometimes, even in the best country on the planet,

we need to do things a little differently.

If you follow the crowd, you may not end up where you want to be!

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Here’s to independence and freedom!

Happy Independence Day to you all!

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Summer Things

imageLike most of you, I’m having a busy summer! It’s fun, playing in the pool and having outings with my homeschoolers!

We’re also preparing for a new school year, diligently. There are college entrance exams to be taken, scope and sequence charts to be created, and many, many hours worth of planning and gathering curriculum.

Amid all this fun stuff, I bought an Ultimate Bundle. This particular bundle is all on the theme of digital photography. I’m not sure my time will allow me to go through all the bundle anytime soon, but I’m looking forward to it! This bundle ends in a few hours, but be on the lookout for other Ultimate Bundles! They really are a great deal of information for a small price!

Happy Summer to you!

Not Sewing Much

There isn’t much sewing going on at my house lately. Between summer, starting college, and being super quiet so hubby can write, it just isn’t happening! I guess the biggest contributor to my lack of quilting lately is that my machine is still in the shop. One day soon, they will call and tell me it’s ready….but until then, I’m hand quilting, which is slow work!

The good news, however, is that I started a college degree. It will be plenty of work, but I’m looking forward to it! In a few years, I’ll be able to, well, I’ll have a degree. A few years after that, I’ll be able to date a quilt and preserve textiles, I hope! Wish me good luck!

The Shaping of Christian Womanhood

I just read the news today that Elisabeth Elliot has passed away at the age of 88……

I didn’t know Ms. Elliot personally, although I feel as though I do! She was my mentor through a very tough year, unbeknownst to her! My mom and sister went to a conference that I was not able to attend, and bought me cassette tapes of the sessions. I didn’t have time to listen to them right away. I “found” time to listen when I was convalescing after my miscarriage many years ago. Who better to teach on suffering than a woman who had lost her husband tragically?

Elisabeth Elliot taught me a few important lessons! First, she taught me that raising my children was a humble but necessary profession, and that it was, indeed, holy work. She taught me that suffering was as simple as the human condition, brought into the world by the first sin. She taught me to be a mentor, even at a young age, because someone younger is watching! The lessons came at a pivotal time in my life, when I was reeling from miscarriage and wondering what to do next. I won’t ever forget how comforting those tapes were, and how my worldview changed through them.

I’m so thankful for Elisabeth Elliot. I’m so thankful she taught and wrote and shared what the Lord had taught her. May all our lights shine as brightly!

Vintage Quilt Blocks

Since I’m not sewing much of my own things lately,

I thought I’d share a vintage bit of loveliness!

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These are string pieced blocks, partially finished, without the background.

Maybe a long abandoned project?

I wondered how old these vintage pieces were,

and found a date on the newspaper prints on the back.

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1967, eh? Not bad looking for fifty years old!

There’s enough of the original blocks to make a large lap size quilt.

Maybe one day I can bring myself to tear off the papers and make it!

Until then, I’ll shepherd them carefully!

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Hubby and I worked on a project these past few weeks!

I thought you all might like to see what I’ve been doing instead of sewing!

This is the before picture of the top of our new-to-us hutch.

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And here is the after, all painted and decorated!

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While it wasn’t a free project,

our costs were low, and it was fun to do together!

Plans Change

My name is on the line for two last swap packages, both mini quilts.

One is complete, but the other is not.

Honestly, I found I lacked inspiration on the second one.

I was aiming for a pattern that was…….time consuming.

My first idea was an Orange Peel in beautiful

Anna Maria Horner fabrics {that’s the swap theme}.

After timing myself with one block, I knew I was in big trouble!

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This single block took me 20 minutes to applique.

In a swap, there are deadlines, and if I sewed

each block at 20 minutes a piece, I was not going to make that deadline sanely!

I needed a new idea, and I turned to a simple flying geese pattern.

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While these geese are small, finishing at 2 inches by 4 inches,

they are not time consuming!

The top is finished, so now it’s waiting for some quilting inspiration!

What’s not to love about rainbow order?

Vintage Pincushion Tutorial

This “new” vintage pincushion was inspired by the many beautiful

vintage planter pincushions I’m seeing around the web!

They’re being made out of all sorts of lovely things,

to include egg cups, vintage planters, and jello tins. Fun stuff!

Anyway, I’ve been wanting to try this for a while.

I went to several different places, and found some little,

inexpensive dishes at Pier One.

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Then I made up a cute little hexy flower about the right size!

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But something was off with it…..it looked too new.

So, I resorted to some bleaching!

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The bleaching did the trick, made it look older than it was!

From here, I took my piece of fabric and cut it into a circle.

I took a long running stitch all the way round my circle, stuffed it, and sewed it closed.

With the help of some epoxy glue, the two items became this lovely pincushion!

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I hope this inspires you to look for some small vessel in which to put a tiny pincushion!

Happy Thrifting!

ps. I’m linked with Raising Homemakers and

A Wise Woman Builds Her House!

A Hand Quilting Project

I don’t often hand quilt these days.

I whip a quilt through my machine faster than you can say,

“How should I quilt this?”

But that machine is in the shop

for an indefinite amount of time.

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I’ve resorted to hand quilting for two very good reasons.

First, I want this quilt to be finished.

Second, it gives me a quiet project on which to work while

Mr. Wonderful works on his master’s classes this summer.

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It’s a simple, large crosshatch design,

but it should be pretty when finished!

Goodbye Gilbert

Jonathan Crombie passed a few weeks ago.

He played a beloved character, Gilbert Blythe,

in one of my very favorite movies ever.

Given the fact that the movie series is completely sold out on Amazon,

many other people must love it as much as I do!

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Each of the characters in this movie had something to teach me.

Anne was continually positive in negative situations, and used her imagination to ease heartaches and loneliness.

Gilbert was a stubborn fellow, but in a persistent, good sort of way.

Both were studious and competitive.

Matthew was stoic, kind, and spoke the truth in love when he did speak.

He very rarely voiced an opinion, but spoke meaningful things when he did!

Marilla was given the task to reign in poor Anne’s wild side,

which she handled with grace and dignity.

Marilla’s hard working attitude, and simple determination

are inspiring and worth emulating.

Those are just the main characters!

There is so much depth to this story, and so many good characters for a young lady to use as role models.

I’m thankful to have watched this movie and read the books several times as a young woman.

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If you’re luck enough to get your hands on this movie series,

it really is good television!