Friday, March 24, 2017

"Do not fret."

I am a fretter, I am a doer, a fixer.  When there is a problem or a situation that needs to change, I want to DO something to fix it.  I don't just sit well.  I try to be still...but I want the knowing God part of that verse to come quickly.
I recently was in a relationship with a wonderful man. It ended, kind of, not really at the desire of either of us.  There are so many elements to a relationship.  Anyway, I'm now left with a heavy heart and a time of waiting on the Lord...
"It sounds so easy to talk about "resting in the Lord" and "waiting patiently for Him," until the nest is upset--until we live, as many are doing, in tumult and anguish; is it possible to rest in the Lord?....
Resting in the Lord does not depend on external circumstances at all, but on your relationship to God Himself...
Fretting springs from a determination to get our own way.  Our Lord never worried and He was never anxious, because he was not "out" to realize His own ideas; He was "out" to realize God's ideas.  Fretting is wicked if you are a Child of God...
All our fret and worry is caused by calculating without God."  ---Oswald Chambers

"Do not fret because of evil doers,
Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity;
For they shall soon be cut down like the grass,
And wither as the green herb.

Trust in the LORD, and do good;
Dwell in the land, and feed on his faithfulness.
Delight yourself also in the LORD,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass.
He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light,
And your justice as the noonday.

Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him;
Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,
Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.
Cease from anger, and forsake wrath;
Do not fret--it only causes harm.

For evildoers shall be cut off;
But those who wait on the LORD,
They shall inherit the earth.
For yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more;
Indeed, you will look carefully for his place,
But it shall be no more.
But the meek shall inherit the earth,
And shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.   --Psalm 37:1-11

Praying and resting, letting go and laying it in His hands.  I want more than the status quo, I want more and I seek more.  I will delight in the land and feed on His faithfulness.

Alissa

Friday, March 17, 2017

Finish It Up Friday...Easter Sunrise.

Latest finish...not many of those happening lately.
I saw a picture online of this quilt and decided to make it myself.








Yay!

Alissa

Friday, February 10, 2017

Finish It Up Friday...Seasonal Projects Will Do

I have several finishes to share!  I couldn't share any of these until they had been shared else where :)
First, is one of my quilt guild project leader projects.  This is my seasonal project to be used in February!
Hearts really aren't my thing in quilting, but I kind of like how it turned out.  It is a really cute free pattern from Cluck, Cluck, Sew!
  For my March project I wanted something Celtic.  I found a free McCall's Quilting Celtic twist block.  I decided four of those blocks would make a nice wall hanging!
 The piecing went really quickly.  Putting the four blocks together really changed the focal point that I thought I would have seen.
 I wasn't in love with the fabrics and so I tried adding some "love" to this project through the quilting.  I added some Celtic knot type things in the center of each ring.
 I did all of those in a green thread and it just felt flat.  So I found a gold thread and did some more quilting in the centers of the knots and around each ring.  I think the color it added started to make it grow on me.


 The thing that made it pop at the end was the gold flange I added around the edge with the binding.  It just added enough contrast to make me like it!  Yay!
 I did make two other things last year that I never shared.  Pillows!  These were Christmas gifts for my aunt and cousin. 
 I asked them both about the other's color preferences in certain rooms and then got crackin'...only a few days before Christmas :S  Sometimes inspiration hits late in the game!
I like how they turned out and hope they do too!

Alissa

Friday, January 20, 2017

Finish It Up Friday...Saying Goodbye and A Pretty Little Apron.

Last Friday was a finish, a finish of a life.  My last remaining grandparent, my grandma Ardes passed away last week and her funeral was last Friday.  It was a beautiful, yet hard day. 
 Losing a loved one can be so surreal, like they are just gone for a bit.  I catch myself nearly asking mom how Grandma was today and then I remember...she's gone.  She was a fun lady, a people person!  I've always said she could find a way that we are related to over half of the county :)
 It was lovely having family all together, but it was hard knowing that it came from a great loss.

 Is it weird to have a sewing post in the same place?  I don't know.  Life continues, that is the uncanny way it goes.
 I made an apron!  My parents gave me this apron kit for Christmas!
 When mom and I went on the mystery bus trip this cute apron was on display at one of the shops.  I asked one of the ladies if they had a kit for it and she said they were out, but could make one and send it out to me.  She was busy with other people and so I just blended back in with the crowd, not wanting to commit to the purchase without knowing the price.
 Unbeknownst to me, my mom went and asked the same thing!  She however followed through and actually bought the kit :)  So, great minds think alike!
 It is reversible but I don't think I'll be using the more plain side.  I just love the other fabric!
 The pockets could be a bit bigger and more to the front.  If I ever make the pattern again I will try to alter that for my body type.
See, such CUTE fabric!!
 
Alissa

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Happy New Years...This Year!

Happy New Year!  I'm excited to see what God will do in and through me in 2017!  Here I am Lord, do with me as you will.  Let's make this year the best one yet!




Alissa