Sunday, October 13, 2013

New Block of the Week

Just what I needed was another Block of the Week or Block of the month, but I couldn't resist.  I have the Underground Railroad quilt ready to quilt - this is more or less a companion piece called Loyal Union Sampler.  I am really excited about it and I am determined to do this one in the 6" blocks.  I've completed two blocks.

This is the first one I completed last week - it is called Abel's Favorite.  I have one to make up as I started at the end of the second week - but I will get it together.

This was this weeks block and is called Winged Square.  I'm using material from an 1800's quilt that I just completed and some Thimbleberries fabric that looks like 1800's fabric.  Hopefully I won't have to buy too much more fabric.  

We have had 4 or 5 really beautiful days in a row.  Sunny, relatively warm considering it is October and beautiful.  I love this time of year.  I'm hoping the good weather lasts a bit longer as we want to take a ride to look for fall foliage and I don't want to do that in to rain or if it is cloudy.  Tomorrow we are having a new water heater installed so that is out and Tuesday they are talking about rain and I have quilt club that morning - I'm leaning toward Thursday - hopefully it will be Sunny.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Woman of Proverbs 31 Block

It is a beautiful day - as was yesterday - Sunday we really won't discuss as it was cloudy, rainy and COLD!! But I am learning to be grateful for each day that dawns, whether Sunny or Rainy to rejoice in it and to praise God for it!
Woman of Proverbs 31
I remember, as a young wife and mother, struggling to be the perfect Proverbs 31 woman.  I wanted to do all that she did, I wanted to be what she was, I wanted to make everyone proud of me and I failed miserably.  Now, so many years later I'm beginning to realize that her actions aren't what we are to emulate - the spinning and the weaving and the planting and harvesting.  It is her inner self.  It is her wisdom and common sense that I am to follow.  Her planning ahead and always being prepared that I am to emulate.  I must always look to the future and not agonize over the past.  I must care for those placed in my charge and see lovingly to their needs.

Widow of Zarapath

These are two more of my completed blocks - The Widow of Zarapath and Rizpah.  I never read Rizpah's story before and it truly saddened me - I'm still not sure I learned anything from her story - maybe later I will try reading it again to glean something from it.

We are still trying to get our basement put back together after all the flooding this spring.  I should have taken pictures before we started, but I really don't want to remember what it was like.  I did take some pictures a couple of weeks ago as we were ripping up tile on the floor - that was a job in and of itself.  Note to self - don't use tile adhesive if there is even a slim possibility that you are going to want to take this tile up again!!

This is going to be my quilting studio and miniature (doll house) work room.  It has a long way to go, but I'm really excited about it.  I'll post more pictures as I can.

September's reading list:

Fiber & Brimstone by Laura Childs
Eye of the Beholder by Jayne Ann Krentz
Knit, Purl, Die by Anna Canadeo
An Order for Death by Susanna Gregory
High Five by Janet Evanovich
Crystal Flame by Jayne Ann Krentz

All of this months list are by favorite authors.  Janet Evanovich I've been listing to on CD as I drive in the car or work on my quilts.  I truly think I like Susanna Gregory the best this month.  Her setting in 1300's Cambridge has all the Medieval flavor you could want and is historically accurate to the time.  That is important to me as I am a historian.  

Anyway - That's about it for today - may God's Blessing fall abundantly on each of you.