“I have given skill to all the skillful, so that they may make all that I have commanded you. “ Exodus 31:6

“O Thou who art the all pervading glory of the world, we bless Thee for the power of beauty to gladden our hearts.
We praise Thee that even the least of us may feel a thrill of the creative joy when we give form and substance to our thoughts and, beholding our handiwork, find it good and fair. “.
Walter Rauschenbusch


"Come, and listen, all you who fear God; let me tell you what He has done for me.
I cried out to Him with my mouth; His praise was on my tongue.
If I had cherished sin in my heart, the LORD woud not have listened and heard my voice in prayer.
Praise be to God, Who has not rejected my prayer or withheld His love from me!" Psalm 66:16-20

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Sign of the times

First case was recognized in our little town now, so taking things a bit more seriously.  Y'all keep praying God's mercy.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Spot in the Middle---finished !

Yesterday, I finished binding this quilt that I have seen referred to as Spot in the Middle.  I have heard others call it Framed Square.  Either way, I REALLY LIKE the finished quilt.
After being undecided on how to finish the piecing, I settled on a fairly modern design featuring ONE side border of a solid light tan, giving me a good place to showcase some "Big Stitch" hand-quilting.
I machine-quilted approximately one half-inch inside of each block's outer seam, in both directions.  Then, after hand-quilting the cable in the solid tan fabric border, using an exaggerated size stitch, I went back and quilted a square one-half inch outside of each block's center square, doing it also with the bigger stitches.  I used a thread from Coats and Clark, called Bold Hand Quilting Thread.
Each block measures 6 inches, finished, and with 10 rows of 8 blocks, plus the 6-inch vertical border on the right, the finished measurements of the quilt are 54 x 60 inches. 
The backing was happily pieced from bigger pieces from my stash of brown fabrics (mostly), and I much prefer it to any ONE fabric that I could have used by itself. 
I just had to get this little fussy-cut square into this quilt.  Quilting certainly DOES bring me joy in the many hours that I spend alone.
Somebody on Facebook dubbed this photo "a cat scan".

Monday, March 16, 2020

For the record.....

I finished the quilting on the "Spot in the Middle" quilt, today !   I will hopefully be able to share more
photos as soon as I get it bound.

No virus in my home, praise be to God.