Monday, May 28, 2018

Remember and honor

Memorial Day is a truly patriotic holiday which is celebrated on the last Monday in May. A day set apart for remembering and honoring those who died while serving in the American Armed Forces.

"I have never been able to think of the day as one of mourning; I have never quite been able to feel that half-masted flags were appropriate on Decoration Day. I have rather felt that the flag should be at the peak, because those whose dying we commemorate rejoiced in seeing it where their valor placed it. We honor them in a joyous, thankful, triumphant commemoration of what they did.
Benjamin Harrison,the 23rd President of the United States.

In memory and honor of those who have fought and died to keep our country free.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

On the road again

When we travel, it's always fun and delightful to visit quilt shops in new areas. On our last trip, we ended up in Franklin Tennessee.

I remember visiting The Quilting Squares several years ago with my SIL, and this visit was just as pleasant. 

Lovely quilts displayed on the walls.

And the friendliest staff I've met in quite a long time.

So many fun quilts and patterns. And YES I had to buy some patterns a fabric. 

For this one :-)

How have you been inspired lately?

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Granny Love progress

Sometimes taking on a project with little pieces can be intimidating. This pattern called for cutting out hundreds of 2 1/2" squares. I opted to sew two strips together and cut them apart, alternating some of the fabrics as I went along.

Now to work on the borders.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Mother's Day

Mother's Day is a special day. Not everyone is a Mother, but we've all had a Mom in our lives. Whether it was a natural Mother, an adopted one, or just a special woman who came along side to encourage you.

If your Mother is still living, be sure to give her a hug. And if your Mother is already gone, find someone who could really use a hug. It could be a relative, a friend, a neighbor, or even an acquaintance. In the Bible we see when Jesus hung on the cross, he gave His own Mother into John's safe keeping (John 19:26-27). I'm sure after Jesus died, Mary needed comfort and a hug. And when the Lord returned from the grave, in my heart of hearts, I know He hugged His Mother. Mary probably treasured those moments, just as she did when the shepherds told of the birth of Jesus (Luke 2:19).

May the Lord bless each one of you, whether you are a daughter, Mother, Grandmother, sister, niece, friend or neighbor.

Exodus 20:12 ESV “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.

Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness blow the rest away. 
~Dinah Craik

Friday, May 11, 2018

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Pressed Flower Friend

Today would have been my BFF's birthday.  Diane lost her battle with cancer almost 14 years ago.  But I still think of her and miss her.  So in memory of Diane, I wanted to share this poem, written by Sherry Morris.

My Pressed Flower Friend

In my book of memories, 
there is a pressed Flower that fills a page,
With a gentle fragrance lingering still,
though it's faded now with age.
The way my Friend smiled and laughed,
The many ways she cared,
Are a legacy that she left behind
In stories I love to share.
So remember the hearts who've touched
your life,
It's what we each are here for.
A pressed Flower gently reminds us
To love and treasure our friendships more.

I love you Diane.  Your Fragrance still lingers.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

In the process

A couple of years ago I bought this kit from Connecting Threads.

And so it sat, waiting for me to unfold the jelly roll.

So on a rainy Sunday afternoon, I started doing this -

Whoop! We are on a roll!

Happy Quilting!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Things I Never Told You

Sisters. A sometime complicated family relationship. Payton Thatcher has kept family at arm's length ever since her twin sister died. Too many bad memories bustle through Payton as she leaves her goals and dreams on the footsteps of guilt.

But when tragedy threatens to fracture her family even more, how will Payton deal with her siblings. Older sister Johanna, always combative, stirs Payton as she tries to plan a successful wedding for middle sister Jillian. 

"Things I Never Told You by Beth K. Vogt is a story about secrets and unresolved grief. Can sisters resolve years of conflict? And when one is broken, will the others accept truth and offer forgiveness? Sometimes family can puncture your heart in ways that go deeper than you expect. Ms Vogt's novel is filled with tenderness and heartbreak. Redemption and forgiveness. An in depth look on how people deal with grief and tragedy. A story that captures the heart of a family as they walk through the trials of life God has laid out for them. Beth Vogt is a gifted storyteller, and displays that quality in her latest novel. 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are my honest opinion.