For one of my New Year's resolutions, I promised myself that 2012 would be "The Year of the Finished Quilts". I made a vow to finish all of those UFO's (Unfinished Objects) tucked away in the nooks and crannies of my sewing room.
In the beginning of the year, I did well. I was plowing through a couple per month. Then for a while, life was just too filled with work, family and Institute. Now that is over (or at least more manageable) and I find I have time on my hands for a change. I guess that is one of the few, perhaps the ONLY good thing about having my hubby so far from me.
I'm determined not to get depressed, though, so I am keeping busy with my quilting.
this quilt. I think it gives it just the right "rough and tumble" feel you want for a little boy quilt.
I like it so much that even though I usually give the kiddy quilts away, I'm keeping this one. I'm having happy little visions of a certain grandson curled up under it while having movie night at Gammie's house. That's right, I said Gammie.
I've also been finishing up these Siggy blocks.
My idea is to have each of my Institute students write their signature and favorite scripture in the middle. This may take several months since the students kind of come for a while, then drift away, only to return a few months later. It might take me a while to catch everyone. Also, there are about 80 squares and so far I have only 15-20 students. I've got some serious recruiting to do if I want a quilt that is bigger than a doll quilt.
Once I get them all signed, I'll sew them together in a design I have yet to figure out. Stay tuned!
That she is having to deal with this breaks my heart and it doesn't help that she lives in Washington, while I'm in California. There really isn't much I can do but lend moral support. So when I found this the other day, I knew I had to make her a quilt.
I had fun choosing the fabric and for this quilt I broke out the "good stuff". Anyone who hoards fabric knows exactly what I am talking about here. I love all the fabric in my stash, but there are some fabrics I adore! I look at them over and over again imagining what I will do with them, but I can never seem to make myself cut into them. They are "my precious".
But, there is no one more worth cutting into my secret stash than Cassie. Of course, I will admit to the fact that my hands shook just a bit and I did breath a little funny just before the first cut. I thought I might have to breath into a paper bag for a while, but no, I made it through.
I love ya, Cas! I saw a quote the other day that is more than appropriate,
"A quilt given from the heart says what the quilter cannot."
this post on one of my favorite blogs and decided I wanted to make my own drawing of The Plan of Salvation.
Studying it in such depth, has really solidified my testimony of the plan and how truly loving and merciful our Heavenly Father is. Also, drawing out the plan on paper really helped it to gel in my mind. I knew it before, but now I feel better equipped to explain it.
My Old Testament class has ended and the next class I have to teach for Institute is called, "The Gospel And The Productive Life." Coincidentally, the first lesson I teach is on the Plan of Salvation.
This might seem like an odd first class for a class on living a productive life, but if you think about it, not really. I recently read a quote by Benjamin Franklin (can you tell I really like Ben Franklin?) that speaks to this...
How this applies to the Plan of Salvation is this:
Those who understand that there is a master plan for our mortal lives and that God has a plan for each of us individually, will make significantly different choices than those who think this earth and everything on it is simply an accident of nature. Living a truly "productive" life will only happen as we understand our purpose here on earth and make choices that compliment that purpose. If we don't we truly will "waste the days of our probation."
I invite you to delve deeply into this subject. As The RedHeaded Hostess said,
"No effort to understand this Plan will go wasted. It is time well spent."If you want to know more go here and here.