Quilting for pleasure

Quilting for pleasure
Find Joy in the Journey

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas to all

Santa's coming.....the age old belief of children young and old.  He brings with him the reminder to be caring, mindful, and kind to those around us.  I believe in Santa.  Or rather, I believe in the spirit of Santa.  He reminds me what the season is about.  It's not about the gifts under the tree.  It's not about a jolly man in a red suit.  It's about faith, family, friends, and forgiveness.  If I stay still and ponder these things, it becomes clear that it's all about Christ.  The caring for those less fortunate; the sharing of what we have with those who are in need; the loving of all mankind.  This is what this time of year brings to me.  He is the reason for the season.  Let us be mindful of those around us.  Enjoy your families and friends.  Live as Christ has lived and still lives.  May all the blessings of the season surround you each and every day.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Naughty or Nice

We had our potluck soup day at work this week and the Naughty or Nice quilt was won by Bonnie.  She's a great gal and I am glad that she was the lucky one to win the Christmas quilt.  It's always nice to share lunch goodies with your co-workers and share a smile or two.  Especially if the day has been a bit difficult at work.  This season, the Christmas season, truly does make me appreciate the good people around me and reminds me to be patient with those who seem to enjoy making the day less bright.  So here's to all of you who bring light and joy into lives around you.  You know who you are.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  May God Bless you each and every day.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Quilting is such great fun

I can't believe I'm going to say this, but I don't think I am going to piece another quilt until after the Christmas holidays.  Now that doesn't mean that I won't be thinking about the next quilt.  There's always a design going through my mind.  Whether it's one I want to design myself or a pattern in one of the quilting magazines, there is always a next project in my mind.  My mind is really working overtime this week.  You see I just received my new strip die cutters from Accuquilt this week.  Oh my!  I bought the 2 1/2" and 4" strip dies.  I use the 2 1/2" strips on all my bindings and with all of the jelly roll patterns out there I may be constantly in quilting mode this coming year.  I hope you all have a great day.  Let's all be aware of those around us who are in need.  Share your smile, your love, and your bright spirit today.  Enjoy the journey!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Naughty or Nice

I had to play with some of the flannel that I bought at Joann's Fabric the day after Thanksgiving.  By cutting out the stocking shapes with my Accuquilt die cutter this took me almost no time at all.  What great fun I had.  It is a simple pattern I designed and I finished quilting it last night.  Now it feels like the holiday season.  I don't know how I got so behind in making a Christmas quilt.  I am usually done with one before Thanksgiving.  Anyway, let's all begin this week in good spirits.  Share a smile or just nod at someone today and see what happens.  Keep enjoying the season and have joy in the journey.