Friday, June 19, 2020

June


June is such a brilliant time to be alive.  Flowers.  Butterflies.  Bird song and green leaves and sunshine and fawns.


It's good to find joy in what you can, in such a time of shaking.  The world is upside down, but we are not.  

(Romans 5:1-2) "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:  {2} By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God."

(1 Corinthians 16:13) "Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong."

(Ephesians 6:13) "Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand."

(John 14:1) "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me."

(John 14:27) "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."

Such consolation we have in His word.  An antidote for sure to the news screaming for our attention all day long!

I have been very quiet on this blog, mainly because I've been busy finishing up my Applique Club, and working on the quilt from my best friend.  July's patterns are written, the issue is ready - and it is the last one.  It's been quite a year!

July's patterns - 


They will go out on June 30th, and your subscriptions will be cancelled automatically, you won't have to do a thing.

This will mark my retirement from pattern-making.  I have no idea what's next....but I am looking forward to it.

I bought myself a much nicer comfy chair to sit and quilt in.


Oops, forgot to take the plastic off the bottom of the chair!  It reclines, and swivels, so I don't have to push the footstool away.  I actually bought it online, from Wayfair, which was scary - but you know, it fits me so perfectly!  The lumbar hits at just the right spot, as does the head rest.  Amazing.  It's not a large chair - probably not good for a six foot man - but perfect for me.

Mum is doing well, her finger is still swollen but the pain has subsided.  Each of your joints has a capsule around it, filled with fluid, and sometimes that fluid can become inflamed and get very overfilled and painful - that's what happened to her finger.  I had it happen to a toe one time, after six weeks on crutches I went and had a shot in the joint - oh my.  I don't blame her for not wanting that.  She opted to wait it out, and it's working.  She's almost back to normal.  We really, really appreciate all of your prayers.

My guys are all back to work.  Life is slowly returning to normal, except I'm still avoiding the grocery stores and waiting for some things to come back into stock.  How is life in your neck of the woods?

My prayer is always for you, that you stay well, healthy, and strong in the Lord.  He is our Rock and the God of our salvation.  

Love,
Allie

(Hebrews 12:22-29) "But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,  {23} To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,  {24} And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.  {25} See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:  {26} Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.  {27} And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.  {28} Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:  {29} For our God is a consuming fire."

Hungry, hungry ducklings






Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Focus

Hello dear friends.


How is everyone doing?  Spring is springing up here, the greening has begun, especially on this very watery day.  Buds and blooms everywhere, heralding great things to come.

We're all doing well here, nobody sick, although our city has had a tremendous amount of sickness.  Hubby and son are both laid off, we've been doing grocery pick-up so we don't have to go in stores, and I've also been ordering our vitamins online.  Mom switched her prescriptions to the Walmart that has a drive-through.  I had to take her to urgent care on Saturday (I think it was Saturday!) as she apparently has an infected finger......it swelled up 3 times the size of normal, red, hot, and started moving into the rest of her hand.  She's doing better now, with prescriptions.  We would sure appreciate your prayers - her doctor is not open, and if anything goes wrong I'll have to take her to the ER.  We really don't want to go there....

Has anyone else had a lot of trouble focusing on things?  I keep skipping around, unable to settle; of course that may be because hubby and son are home, in and out of the sewing room.  I've been reading a lot, watching BritBox and quilting - 


I've made ONE mask, boy that was hard, apparently I can't do anything but quilts!  I did end up giving it to my aunt, who is a nurse.


I used a cut-up t-shirt for ties, that worked really well!  The other side has a different fabric.

My son got me a boom arm that sits next to my big comfy chair - it holds my phone, so I can watch movies with my glasses off while I quilt.


It swivels and goes up and down, I can get my phone exactly where I want it.  Clever son!

As I was working on May's Applique Club projects, I discovered something about my machine.  I've only had it for 20 years.  I can mirror my blanket stitch - so that I don't have the bulk of my project in the throat of the machine!  Sometimes when I use the backing fabric for binding, I like to blanket stitch the binding down on the front - and this was a game changer for me.


Honestly - I know I only had 8 hours of instruction on this machine when I got it, but 20 years to figure it out!  Maybe I don't sew enough, lol!

And speaking of sewing, I should get back at it.  I'm working on June's Club projects now.  The Applique Club page has been updated with pictures of May's designs, if you didn't see them on my facebook page.  Also, Jenny is doing something wonderful - 


Pop on over to Jenny of Elefantz and join the fun, these projects are just stunning!

Praying you all stay safe and well, and are keeping your hands busy - see you soon!
Love,
Allie



Tuesday, March 17, 2020

How Shall We Then Live

Good morning my very special friends.  Do you know how much you mean to me?  I've been praying for you, thinking of you, and asking God what I can do in these troubled times.  Are you asking yourselves that too?

Aside from having lots of lovely time to stitch, (isn't it great), there actually are things we can do.


In times of stress, our environments can reflect our mind-set.  How is your home?  Is it calm, peaceful, clean?  Have you let housework slack while the news plays 24/7?  I know to me, housework just doesn't seem important at the moment - but it is!

God has laid on my heart to keep my home a place of rest, of sanctuary if you will.  My husband and son are still working, although they may shut down my son's place of employment soon.  The least I can do is make sure "home" is normal, cook them healthy food, keep an air of joy here.   If they have to be home, let's make it a place where they want to be.


The lady of the house tends to set the tone of the house.  Let us make our homes a place of prayer, a place of joy, a place where our family members can find rest.

With all of the social distancing going on right now, how do we keep our sense of community?  Well, something our city is doing is having a Shamrock Hunt for the children.  No gatherings, just folks putting shamrocks in their windows, so when the kids go walking around they can count them and see how many they can find.  If you have a neighborhood app, can you try to start something like that?  And possibly do Easter eggs in windows, although I'll never understand what eggs have to do with it, lol.

Another thing people are doing is standing in their driveways at the same time every evening, just to shout hello, wave, and ask neighbors if they need anything.


I think that's brilliant.  

I read a story, when the virus first broke in Wuhan, China, that Christians were running to the epicenter with face masks to give away to people.  

(John 15:13) "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."

How does that compare to the hoarding going on around us - the mad rush to buy out everything at the stores - let us instead have the mind of Christ.

(Luke 9:23-24) "¶ And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.  {24} For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it."

My friends, let us do all in Christ.  Let us prayerfully seek His will, and do it.  Our joy comes not from the world around us, but from Him.  Call your friends and family - maybe we can't spend time with them in person, but we can take the time to call.  Especially the elderly, who already deal with isolation in daily life.  

Pray for those on the front lines (nurses, doctors, paramedics), and pray for our nation.  Pray with your family.  May God give us wisdom and strength and love for our neighbor.  I love you all so much - be well, be joyful in Christ.

Love,
Allie



Friday, March 13, 2020

Morning Lark

My son recently started working the morning shift - WHAT a difference.  I've been getting up at 6am every single morning, back to my own early shift, I love it!  Today, I had to go shopping for mum, left her home so she wouldn't get sick - and got to Kroger just before 8am.

The lines were up the aisles for the check-out.  All I needed was milk - so I left.

Went to Walmart to get her insulin, the store didn't have too many people but the shelves were bare.  At least they had her insulin.

Then I went to Aldi - not a single parking spot or cart.  I didn't even get out of the car.

The first case here in Michigan was in my city.  Apparently my city has lost its collective mind.  Toilet paper won't keep you from getting sick.  The schools are now closed state-wide, all venues over 250 people have been shut down, and now they've closed the senior center and the libraries.  I had a book on hold, so I took a trip up there - 


The pile on the left is from the free books cart, the pile on the right is what I checked out.  Nothing due back til April 7, when they reopen.  I think I have enough to read, but can always check out books on the Kindle app as well.

I understand completely why they're closing everything - to flatten the curve and keep from overwhelming the health care system - but people, turn off the tv.  I also understand now what Florida and other southern states go through when there's a hurricane coming.  

Outside, the crocuses are coming up.  Yay!  Spring will be here soon!  I had to laugh the other day, a very silly squirrel kept me entertained for two hours.  He found a peanut butter jar, and kept trying to bury it!


He wasn't even watching for hawks - just other squirrels that might steal his treasure.


He tried to bury it by my shed.  Silly squirrel.


I had mum over the other day, she's the perfect poster child for what we women of a certain age look like when we're trying to read our phones.


I honestly have no idea why it is that when you look through the bottom of your bifocals, your mouth comes open.  I've tried to stop it myself and just can't.  Someone should research that.

I showed you a frame I bought in my last post, well, this is the design that will go into it.


And I can tell this one will be a bear to get a good picture of.  The colors just won't come out right.  I'll have to try the good camera, or maybe my son's.

So that's all that's new in Allie-land, looks like I'll have plenty of time to read your blogs as well as all my books.  I'm going to try shopping next week, hopefully the panic will have subsided a bit since everyone in the city should be well stocked by then.  I've been hearing horror stories on the neighborhood app about Costco - I'm avoiding that place at all costs.  We really don't need much since we normally shop in bulk, but milk and bread are the two things that we go through a lot of, as does everyone else.

I hope and pray you all stay well, please look out for your neighbor, and if you're all stocked up make sure you share with folks who need it.  Wash your hands, don't touch your face, and turn off the tv!  God has this in His hands, there's no need to listen to all the hype from the media.

(2 Timothy 1:7) "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."

See you soon!
Love,
Allie






Friday, February 28, 2020

Neglect

It's a bitterly cold day today, the kind that makes your face hurt when you go outside, so I'm hibernating.  If you live somewhere warm, please appreciate it for me.  

My poor blog has been so neglected of late.  I was thinking about it earlier, and how neglected my home has been as well.  Winter is a time of very low energy for me, apparently I require sunlight and warmth similar to plants.  I hate the thought of spring cleaning - but I really do understand why it's necessary.  Hard to find the energy when all you want to do is snuggle down in about 23 quilts!

My son and I went out during the latest snowstorm, to an antique shop and new-to-us restaurant.  I only got one thing - a new (old) frame for an April design.


Love the reddish brown color.  I did find something else I wanted, but the price tag was ridiculous!!


A Lucy head vase!  Isn't she gorgeous?  But way over my budget!

I've been keeping busy in between my sessions with the couch, working on April's Applique Club designs


and also the quilt my best friend never got to finish.


Tons of hand quilting.  The March issue of the Applique Club will be going out Saturday night - 


Mostly I've been reading, old favorites from years back.  Reading doesn't require energy.  I don't like feeling so unproductive though, so today I'll attempt to vacuum.  A side bonus, the exercise will warm me up!  Maybe I'll even break out the mop - after all the snow and salt and mud, my poor floors could use it.  Nobody takes off their shoes when they come in here - I can't walk without mine, and hubby and son wear boots which are difficult to take off and put on constantly.  I'm thankful we have no carpet!

May your day be sunny inside and out - 
Love,
Allie



Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Happy Little Things BOM Giant Giveaway!

I know I haven't dropped a post in awhile - but this time I actually have something important to say, lol!


Jacquelynne is having a huge giveaway to celebrate the finale of the Happy Little Things BOM, and it's a doozy.  Open to everyone!!  Click to see her post here

and enter!!  It's worth $400!!!  Also, if you haven't yet collected all the Happy Little Things quilt blocks, there is still time - the patterns will be gone Feb 6.

I haven't had much to say lately, so I haven't been blogging - mostly running mum around and doing quilty stuffs.


And dreaming of spring....February's patterns are going out in 2 days, there's a sneak peek over on my Applique Club page - one of them is my very favorite project ever!  Click here to see - Applique Club

Good luck in the giveaway, everyone!  See you soon!
Love,
Allie


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