Sunday, June 11, 2017

A summer time presence :-)

Hello there! Well, it certainly has a been a bit since I last posted. I have been busy and I've had much going on in my heart. I always think if I just wait till the perfect moment it'll come out better. We'll see :-) I finished up the quilting on my little sister's lady quilt!
 She did all of the piecing for this quilt. She did decide that it was okay for me to go ahead and do the quilting. I chose to do an all-over clamshell pattern starting at the diagonal corner. I really like how it turned out.
 It was fun to use this crazy French backing fabric. No idea where I got it :-)

 I spent an entire Saturday earlier this month just quilting. It was such a nice treat :-) I also spent at that time listening to my Bible app on my phone. It was very refreshing and I listened from Mark all the way through part of Romans :-)
I wanted to use up some of the scraps from past projects that I've kept. This one are the checkers and rails left over from my very first quilt :-) only took me about 15 years to get it finished. It's just a small wall hanging or tabletop quilt but I really like it.

 Summer is upon us here in central Nebraska. I'm enjoying the sunshine and warm weather as I do all the seasons I love to see it change. Totally in love with the look of this wheat field behind my parents house too :-)
Alissa

Friday, April 07, 2017

Finish It Up Friday...Snapshot Quilt Along!

Yay, yay, yay!  A finish that is not for someone else or a deadline!
I finished this top over a year ago, I have had it layered and basted for quite some time as well.
 It was a fun quilt, with some very fun blocks.  I posted part of it HERE.
The entire process for this one has been, just because, no recipient in mind either.
I only did quilting around each of the "snapshots" and then on the individual blocks.  I was going to try some in the sashing...but decided it was time to be done.  The binding is actually a gray and pink floral.  I had a huge roll of binding already made and while it isn't my first choice it used up some excess that I have laying around!
 I like the unique backing, where they had you make another block to stick in there :)
Hurray for finishes, on to the next one!!

Alissa

Friday, March 31, 2017

Finish It Up Friday...Tiptoe Through The Tulips.

Another finish for me, quilt guild project again!
 I used this Cloud 9 fabric pattern and just made six flowers instead of 12.
 Once I picked my fabrics it came together super quick. 

 Sorry for the crummy, phone photos!
Alissa

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

WIP Wednesday...Remember The Farmer's Wife Quilt

So I started my Farmer's Wife Sampler quilt 5 years ago...
Wow, time sure goes by fast!  I hand pieced all my blocks and there they have sat.
 I loved looking through them again recently!
 In the last year or so I've even bought sashing material and now have them almost all hand pieced into rows!  Yesterday I pulled them out of a basket of UFO's and found some cornerstone fabric and setting triangles as well!

 So much color, so much variety.  There are only like 111 of these things ;)
 Now they all are sitting in my cute little work basket waiting to be sewn together some more!

Linking up with Lorna with Let's Be Social!
Alissa

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