Wednesday, April 30, 2008
I worked on this piece for Quilting Arts magazine. The challenge was to make a 5"square mini quilt out of materials you have on hand. It could weigh no more than 1 pound.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
To look at the mangled vehicles and totally missing homes from their foundation is a surreal scene. People always amaze one another bc you see true heroes emerge to help their brothers and sisters; people that in everyday life they might see, never speak to and never get to know.
Two different people sent me comments about the wonderful song "Amazing Grace." What neither of them know is that its a song my FIL sung all the time with his own words. I've mentioned that on my blog before. There are days I feel he must be in Heaven talking to God about his daughter. In the Bible it says there are others "cheering us on." Boy do I feel the need to be cheered on right now. Here is a site my friend sent me to on one of the interesting stories of Amazing Grace. Its called "The Black Notes." Hope it sparks your interest to seek the Lord of all Creation today. It reminds me of another song "His Eye Is On The Sparrow." I don't know if that is the title but that is what I remember. Enjoy your life today. God has a purpose for you. And I'll close with this version of "Amazing Grace" in Cherokee.
I closed this post out and then it hit me. I bought the movie "Amazing Grace" two days ago bc I had really wanted to watch it. I quickly forgot about buying it bc I don't buy or rent movies. I feel a stirring in my soul this morning to watch it. It feels like the beginning of a tornado.
Monday, April 28, 2008
I wrote this little haiku or that is what I refer to it as called "Birdie."
Sunday, April 27, 2008
A friend sent me a funny story about a pastor accusing someone in his church of doing something this friend just knew the person didn't do. The jest of the punch line was the person was his wife. I didn't think it was funny. But then again God is dealing with me on communication between spouses and between our children. No matter how long we have known our family they can not read our minds. We need to communicate our feelings, and say exactly what we are feeling. If our lines of communications are not kept open we begin to shut down and build up walls that have to be torn down later. Honesty in love is not easy but better in the long run.
The other "C" is courtesy. Always treat others as you would want to be treated. Along with courtesy I believe you need to have healthy boundaries set. Its funny how the same thing that might irritate a person may be the very thing they are most insensitive to and the very thing where they lack courtesy in.
In my friends post this morning at the very end was this scripture. "He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint." (Isa. 40:29-31)
I found this quite interesting since I just blogged this very scripture two days ago in the story about the healing quilt God dropped into my heart in 2000. This was such an encouragement to me. WAIT - Wait on the Lord. I pray that your strength will be renewed this day as you wait upon the Lord.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
This little journal is a "green" journal given to me by a friend that moved away 4 years ago. She moved to Wisconsin to be near her son she gave up for adoption when she was a young teenager. He was able to connect with her after all those years, but if he had not had that desire she would never reunited with him.
The journal is corrugated box and string with felt on the cover with a little button and button hole stitching.
This little picture on the right is a photo transfer on to muslin. My first one I have ever done. It is of a young child in Jamaica. What struck me was this beautiful little child behind a barred window without glass. I pressed yellow tissue paper over the area while it was drying, then decided to iron it to speed things up. Some stuck to the fresh, wet transfer. I love this happy accident. I think I will call it "trapped." It represents someone within myself that wants to be freed.
Friday, April 25, 2008
Yesterday I shared about a fast I did in 2000. I want to share another encounter I had during that time. The quilt I was led by the Lord to do for a handicap girl was my first totally spirit-led quilt. I knew it had nothing to do with me. It was what God called a "Healing Quilt." I finished the quilt on March 16, 2000; a friend stopped by my home and I showed her the quilt. She looked at the date and immediately John 3:16 came to her mind. When the quilt was finished in the early morning hours I was led to pull out a Native American tape and directed to dance on the quilt to this tape. When I realized the song I was dancing too it really shocked me.
God had a plan bigger than me. The scripture verse threadworked around the quilt was Isaiah 40:31 and the song I danced to was called "Fly Like An Eagle" which was Isaiah 40:31 put to song and music. Some would say that was totally an accident but I know and God knows who directed the entire experience. I was only a willing vessel and one experiencing the hand of God even deeper for the first time. What an experience!! And one I shall never forget. Orchestrated completely by the love of the Father.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
I had this little cheap fish rubber stamp for a while. So I figured if I ruined it on this technique no big deal. But I didn't ruin it. I love this little toilet paper cast I learned to make in Technique Week on FAT with Michelle. She is a great teacher. Her directions are easy to follow. I painted it with lumiere paints. I don't think I am going to trim it but instead work it into the batting of a FPC and see if it will lay flat.
At B&N I bought a book to read for the next few weeks amongst others. The Ideals Treasury of Faith and Inspiration has a short post by Charles Spurgeon on faith and here it is:
Spiritually it is a blessed thing to leave altogether the shores of sight and feeling and to say "good-bye" to inward feelings, cheering providences, signs, tokens and so forth. It is glorious to be far out on the ocean of divine love, believing in God, and steering for Heaven straight away by the direction of the Word of God. page 64
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
I love this shape. I love black and white although I have never worked in it but I long to make a black and white quilt. I found a pack of paperclips yesterday at Walmart on sale for .75 that was in this shape. Of course I had to buy them if not for their shape I loved the yellow color. I thought about putting them on a project I am working on but the truth of the matter is I'm not going to make the deadline. But its a trade that I didn't sign up for yet. Just wanted to see if I could get my idea into completion.
That brings me to a deeper "shape." What shape am I in spiritually. I really didn't like how I came across in the wedding pics. My waistline seems to be non-existent at this time. I stopped exercising and look what happens. That's about my physical shape. But truly, God is readying me to look at my shape spiritually. I don't think my flesh likes where this is going. But I say "let God be God!!" That said He is making decisions for me that I would not have made for myself. Stay tuned for some tough blogging in days ahead.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
One errand down and many more to go before 3:30. One important stop yesterday was to the naturopath practioner I see. Boy was I glad to make that stop. She gave me 3 different herbs to get my body back on track for sleep. After taking the first dose with dinner I was ready for bed at 9pm and I must say I slept through until 4 this morning. Either they work fast or I was so exhausted it would not have mattered; I just needed to sleep.
Early in the morning I realized I was not focused on what God wanted me to focus on - HIM. His faithfulness, His love, His protection, His promises. I found myself praying in the car - Lord help me to bring my focus back around to You and You alone. The wedding and life in general had moved in to take my PEACE away. And I had let it. After I prayed I figured everything would get done for this day that was suppose to get done and everything else would wait until another day. Why am I putting pressure, unnecessary pressure I might add, on myself? I went to Michael's to pickup almonds to put in a little favor for the rehearsal dinner. I also wanted to insert a picture of the couple in a candle. Whether that happens before or after the wedding - does it really matter? What matters is the bride and groom. The little extras are special and nice but not necessary. Life will go on without those things.
I do thank all that have prayed for me during this special time in our lives and that celebrate with us whether you be far or near. I use this time to reflect back on my own beginnings in marriage and the joy that special day brought to me. I pray it will be that joyful for my son and DIL. Thank you everyone!
I liked this picture of a entryway/doorway. What kind of entryway/doorway are you? I was thinking about that question when I saw this door. Are you solid, with a firm foundation? Are you a revolving door? Are you closed off to all? Are you stain glass, clear glass or solid wood? Fancy or plain?
Personally I think I want to be a stained glass revolving doorway. Stain glass always reminds me of the circumstances that shapes us and makes us who we are. And well revolving to me - means I am open to let all come in and leave as need be. I don't want to hold on to relationships that need to be released but I want to make room for new ones that are waiting to happen. The adventures of a life time.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
I will do as I feel the Lord leading me today. His Peace!
That leads me to my blog header and why I started blogging. This blog was really intended to be a personal conversation between me and God. I know so many blogger statements refer to their art and expression. And that is part of mine but really the only purpose originally was to express my love relationship with God in conversation and show some of my creativity along the way.
And that leads me to another topic: copyright issues. I know I've posted on this briefly before. But Fannie ask me a question about the pic I used for my profile. It was a drum cover partial pic from another artists drawing that I did as a gift for a drummer in a Native American band. I never asked to use it on my blog. The pic is my quilt top but still the original belongs to him. So I do need to request permission to use it for another purpose other than the quilt. I remember my friend Ruth told me once when I was going to use a song printed on the back of a quilt for a sick friend, the quilt title was "Bridge Over Troubled Water", to ask permission from the composer/producers of the song. I wrote to them and they gave me permission only for that sole purpose. To have used it for something else would have been copyright infringement.
I don't understand all of this but friends help me to understand it. And I have read magazine articles about patterns/etc for quilters. There is so much to understand, I guess my gauge should be if I feel there is any question about using something then take the time to ask permission. It is better to be safe, full of integrity and honesty than to be sorry. Still I need friends to remind me and bring me back to ask - Is my gauge working? I'll get off my soap box. And all that to say this: when Fannie ask me the question it brought to remembrance the real pic I wanted to use but could never locate in my over 9000 computer pics. So I finally found it today and changed it to what was intended all along. Thank you Fannie for the extra push.
Here is a PIP I am working on. I started two nights ago. This is a picture of a pansy from the basket of flowers my hubby bought for me. I am experimenting with thread painting. I started with neocolors and then began to play with threads in pinks. The center is a deep burgundy. I haven't finished the yellow stamens in the center. I believe that's what they are called. I need more colors of pinks and then I do the leaves. From there I plan on cutting it out and finding a fabric with a trellis pattern to mount the pansy too.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
And as you can see I am up again at this time. Yesterday my middle son was sitting on the couch talking to his older brother. He looked at us and then said, "Man, I'm getting married next Saturday." It was like an epiphany. It finally hit him. I started to chuckle bc I wondered when it would really or if it would really phase him. I'm glad I got to see and hear him. It was so cute.
My oldest came home for the weekend again. And of course I was the recipient of his practicing his guitar music for church. I don't mind listening to him play any time. He seems to be sleeping about as much as I am. He had an injury to his neck several years back while surfing. He told me he is in pain most days. I'm not sure what can be done, but I do know the Greatest Physician of all can heal him. That's a prayer request for anyone reading my blog. He also had a tough day at work on Friday. He continues to let God work things out for him. I am so thankful for that.
And all this reminds me of a story in the Bible about the Prodigal son. The oldest son wanted his inheritance, sort of demanded it and then left home. He partied and enjoyed all his new found friends that is until the money ran out. Then he was left all alone. He became so down and out the only job for him was slopping pigs. Most days that was where his food came from too. Finally he had enough and figured even his fathers workers lived better than he was doing. So he went home.
Every day his father prayed for him. This particular day his father saw him coming down the road to home. He ran out, greeted his son, and threw a party. He clothed him in the best.
The Prodigal had come home.
But it doesn't end here for me. There was another son, the son that did everything his father ask, the son that kept his nose to the grind, the one most would say was "perfect". This son was angry and became bitter bc their father decided to throw a party for the oldest coming home. He had an "attitude". He refused to come to the party to celebrate his brother's safe return. Which one do you think most pleased the father - do you think there was a favorite child? We grieve decisions our children make, we want to head them off at the pass but sometimes they just need to go through. Hidden attitudes and judgments are more deadly than the outer appearance of sin. I've come to realize the saying "Don't judge a book by its cover" to be very true. Again I wonder if no one could see others physically and relied only on hearing what changes would occur in how we treat one another?
My youngest arrived home sooner than planned from his mission trip. They were able to get an earlier flight home and of course he called 45 minutes out and said he was starving. So we all ate in at our home salad and pizza for dinner with another young couple that's been married only a year. I missed my son while he was in Jamaica. But now he is safe and sound at home. His doggie missed him too. He was able to hang out with his older brother for a short time before he went home.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
I haven't posted for a while my found objects - man droppings . Not sure I should post this one. I found of course coins, one dime and one nickel, a washer/bearing, two clasps, some plastic cording (I plan to use it to stitch my "green" quilt together. And my most interesting find - the orange (it doesn't look orange) tube with words "White Owl - blunts" on the band. I loved that orange thing, it was bright orange. Oh my I probably could have been arrested bc inside this container were little plastic baggies of some white substance. Hubby knew exactly what it was since he worked on a narcotics/drug task force for years. I decided I would throw the whole thing away. Now doesn't that beat all. Maybe I better look more carefully at what I pickup or like my friend said "wear gloves".
I know you are thinking "Why pick up anything at all." Our country is becoming a garbage dump. We have had crews from VDOT and a contracting company working on our roads. The workers take a lunch break and throw their leftovers and thrash from lunch right on the side of the road. I think I will call/write to the companies and ask them to pick up their leftovers. What happened to pride in what you do and pride in the places where you are working. And the philosophy to "leave the place better than it was before you got there?"
I realize the difference between the works of The Master's Hands and man's hands are vast.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
If your lighting is off your creation looks totally different. And casting shadows proves to be an interesting challenge. Here is a
postcard I did the other day but when shooting with my camera it produced a green effect. Any ideas on what caused it to come out green?
The word "light" is very important to me. Some phrases you may have heard are "light of the world", and here is an old Debby Boone song "You Light Up My Life." I like this verse found in Genesis 1:3, 4a
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
The one on left has the Elmer's glue resist for window pane. Then I used the neocolor yellow in the background for window. I used a new stamp I received from Jacq today for the vines, then colored with neocolor. I stitched the window with varigated thread. The little bees are stamps brightened with neocolor. Sandwiched in between the two pieces is a piece of orange tissue paper.
The FPC on the right I started by using roving inside the heart, then perle cotton to outline the heart. The stem/leaves are perle cotton too. I used a stamp for the flower with glue resist, then neocolor inside each petal. I used a stamp "for you with tiny hearts". After stitching around the edge of the FPC I used neocolors on top of the thread. Also I think the white background is too stark so next time color it.
One snafu: I wanted to color the back using neocolors. But I wet the interfacing to blend the colors. Big mistake!! I should have colored both sides and wet them separate then sewed them after letting them dry. Lesson learned, noted for future attempts.
The orange tissue paper background is some of my goodie box from Jacq yesterday. It was like Christmas. Thank you so much Jacq for the stamps, gift cards/envelopes and wow all that tissue papers to pack it in. My mind is rolling on projects.
In the morning my middle son came over and ask me to ride with him to the beach. Oh that was another great time with him too. When I got back from the beach I wanted to put my stamps and paints in one plastic container so I could see them. Organizing myself.
Then the door bell rang and I yelled out "wait a minute, oh come on in". Oops I thought it was my son but the mail lady had left the package on my porch. So when I went to email Jacq a "thank you" her blog popped up right on my screen bc I had never closed her blog from the morning. It was as if God was letting me know what was on His agenda. It was a wonderful day and not what I had planned!
Monday, April 07, 2008
The background is more a pale blue but I am thinking of using the purple plaid for the border. What do you think? Any suggestions for a border?! I am enjoying more and more experimenting and improvising. Like someone said, "If you don't like it, paint over it, or chop it up and use on another project. Just have fun!!
We stopped by Books-a-Million on the way home and I bought another magazine. He purchased a Virginia Birdwatching book and a Word power book. Our next door neighbor came over to visit for a short time before retiring to bed. Our son was so funny! He called to talk to his dad and ask if he could come over. He just wanted to share about his day of dirt bike riding. How fun!!
Sunday, April 06, 2008
The background fabric is red velvet hand-dyed. Um what could I do with this? we'll see.
I'm off again this afternoon for my Art Quilt Study Workshop class at Quilting Adventures. I'll take my first "Car" theme busy small 9x12 quilt for show-n-tell. My layout on quilts definitely needs improvement but I know through making the small ones I will begin to practice and improve on my layouts. I'm encouraged and isn't that what classes are all about - learning, improving and of course having fun.
Saturday, April 05, 2008
Today I have a guild meeting and our special guest teacher is Karen Combs from TN. We had to book her 2 years in advance for today. I hope all the participants in her class enjoyed it. I have finished putting 2 borders on charity quilts for our Service Projects. It has been so much fun doing their projects. They went to many companies and ask for gifts to give out to members who bring back finished projects each month. The first month they did this I won some gorgeous fabric. The Service Project Chair couple hope to finish over 100 quilts this year. I think we have a great chance of doing just that.
Friday, April 04, 2008
Yesterday was an exasperating day or I should say my focus was lost. Remember I said God has been working on my thought life. Well, I couldn't find a receipt for something that we have had only a week and it broke so I needed to take it back to the store. Hubby told me I filed the receipt. But I remember when my hands have touched something. I didn't remember this receipt or what it looked like. So my frustration level shot up without "even" giving thoughts a second thought. I began to grumble a-n-d complain. But then I stopped what I was doing and called my prayer partner. We prayed together on the phone and while she was praying for me I went upstairs, sat at hubbies desk and ruffled through a few invoices and guess what I found. You are so right - the receipt. I knew I had never filed that thing.
But oh the feelings that I had after finding it. I felt very sad that I had let something so minuscule change my focus, my thought and my peace. I should have kept on my original task and came back to that irritation when I could be more calm.
I had to ask God to forgive me for my attitude. It is a good thing my hubby had to run errands while my complaining was going on or I would have to asked his forgiveness too.
Thursday, April 03, 2008
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
My base was pellon, and I used chalk to paint the dresses and give it shape. Added a chalk belt and crystal for bling. Fiber to the neckline was added, it's my idea of a boa. I love the free-flowing shape. On the back I used wonderful mixtures of orange/yellow leftover messes of fabric from other projects.
I liked using them. I had wanted to do something with them for quite a while now. I also added a fabric rose on the top back of the one showing on the right. And the final reveal, as they say, was my tulle to the back to keep it all in place and give it a little stiffness. My bookmarks are long enough to use in a magazine for marking pages.
Then I added the words "Read" and "Read Prose" on the back of the book marks. I edged the side of one dress with the words, "Women want to be taken seriously" and at the bottom
"Read Me Or Not."
My playful spirit had so much fun designing my book marks. I may try this again. It was sort of inspired from my first trade hostessing for Flat Fiber Dolls and my Jackie O fiber book. Then 'tis the season for proms and wedding dresses, formal wear. So I may keep on this for a season. I do need a creative sign to hang over my artistic room. This is the beginning to creating one.
Which reminds me. What were you created to be? I read on a group site yesterday about two ladies that are in their second half of life and are working on degrees in college. What is it that you always wanted to do but were afraid to step out and try? What keeps your spirit stirred up and longing to begin? My hubby from time-t0-time goes back to the desire of becoming a lawyer. I think that is one thing he really should pursue. He mentioned it two days ago. Maybe I can encourage him to begin - B-e-g-i-n!!
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
Here is another handmade Christmas ornament on a tree in the Caribbean. The butterfly was just lovely. Sparkly and full of glitter. I loved all the decorations on Antigua last year. We won't be visiting that island this December. The itinerary has changed somewhat. We've never been to Dominica or Bonaire; so we are looking forward to new adventures together.
I must say my hubby was so cute yesterday. Like a little boy after a great find. He truly is a hard worker and never buys himself anything. He bought a new pair of golf shoes, hat and golf balls. He kept apologizing for spending the money. Oh my he so deserves them and so much more. We topped off our day by going to his home place, taking our doggie and letting him swim. We walked and talked together, sharing our dreams and making another great memory.