Saturday, August 11, 2018

On The Potters Wheel

The Clay by Ron DiCianni


Daily I have been involved in a study titled "The Lord's Table - A Biblical Approach to Weight Management" authored by Mike Cleveland. I first heard about this study in 2012 by a friend who has her doctorate degree and counseling ministry. She was leading the study in another city which was too far to travel so I requested she send me a copy. In 2012 I was overweight, began the study only to be interrupted by the busyness of life.

Now fast forward to 2018 I have picked up the study again having a desire to know more about it. Ironically, my desire was peaked not due to being overweight since I am down 38 pounds having accomplished this by changing the foods I eat and exercising, but mostly since I was having some gut issues. Most likely my problem was stemmed from foods that weren't agreeing with me and stress.

Possibly I thought, and very much feeling led to go find the study that was in my bookcase, I might obtain new found knowledge, wisdom and insight as to how to resolve the physical concerns that I was experiencing.

The subject of the first chapter was surrounded around the scripture I Corinthians 10:31 - "So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." Notice it doesn't speak about the foods we eat, but about honoring and glorifying God. In order to glorify God we must be wise with the amount of food we eat, and choose to eat wholesome food, food that God created that nourishes our body.  Further in the study it speaks about overindulgence, and some possible reasons why we indulge. There is a balancing act of eating foods to nourish our body, but yet not to be given to gluttony. Also, if we think of eating to glorify God, wisdom then encourages us to avoid certain foods that are not healthy, that promotes disease or foods that don't agree with us.

As I mentioned above losing more weight is not my purpose for participating in the study. It is the want to find other nuggets of wisdom that I can apply in other areas of my life. In I Corinthians 10:31 it states to glorify God in all that we do. Introspectively, I have learned that I haven't allowed myself to be totally moldable by God. Isaiah 64:8 - "And yet, O Lord you are our Father, We are the clay and you are the potter. We all are formed by your hand."  Jeremiah 18:2-4 "This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: "Go down to the potter's house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him." When I apply these words to my daily walk I realize I haven't totally let loose of my own agenda, not always giving and willing to glorifying God. I have a strong heart desire to do so but many days I trip. Fortunately, God doesn't give up on us. He takes the spoiled, marred, ruined vessels that he chooses not to set aside or discard in favor of those that emerge perfectly. They were remade! God can mend cracked pots. So I strive to learn how to keep my focus on God, be thankful and trust God even when all seems upside down, stressful, hard or difficult.

Debbie Prgybgeski wrote an in depth devotional titled "Clay on the Potter's Wheel". https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/prayer/clay-on-the-potters-wheel.html

On the humorous side in an effort to keep my hands out of the bag of tortilla chips at times when I am feeling bored I am reminded of Chaucer who penned in c. 1386 in his 'Tale of Melibee' "Idle hands are the devil's tools" (Proverbs 16:27 "Idle hands are the devil's workshop.) to pick up my quilt and finish it.

Go here to see my latest - Quilt in progress

The link below is a quilt block that I created June 2013 which is still driving traffic to my blog.

Dresden Block
Blog message on Dresden Block



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Friday, August 10, 2018

Motivated by Updating the Expiring Date on Credit Card


 

After a long break I am back again. It was due to receiving an email from GoDaddy.com informing me it was time for me to renew the date on my credit card for my blog domain name. Well if I was going to pay to renew I better start blogging again. If I am going to blog again I needed to work on my quilt to have something to write about.


In December I found a couple of weeks to work on the Christmas Tree quilt, but the unexpected occurred, my husband took his flight to heaven. Life has been in upheaval for many months experiencing grieving like I have never known before. During the past 8 months there wasn't much time to sew or quilt. There were a couple of weekends where I finally completed the quilting. Yeah!!




All that is needed is the binding and a hanging sleeve. This evening I worked on the binding according to my directions, which sheepishly I have to admit it didn't go as smoothly as anticipated.  But I am at least on the road of completion, heaven forbid any interruptions. And I must say I am excited and happy to know that this quilt is almost completed. Maybe this weekend I can say done!!


As you can see from the picture it is densely quilted. The back is as pretty as the front.




 






 Yes this is me with a big smile. I am longing to touch base with all my quilting friends and to see what you have been making. I am sure I have missed out on seeing some beautiful and great looking quilts.









 The snapshot of the quilt on the right is one that was gifted to me from the Fabulous Quilting Friends who collaborated to make this quilt to comfort me after the loss of my sweet hubby. It most certainly warmed my heart. It was a surprise too since most live in different states. One member of the group lives in Durham which is about a 3 1/2 hour drive from Charlotte. I thought she was coming to visit me not knowing she was going to be delivering me lovely quilt! 




 




I love the message on the label.















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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Snow Scrolling and Tree Decorations

Happy Thanksgiving!! Hope all are enjoying your holiday? My turkey is seasoned and ready to be stuffed with cornbread stuffing. Yum!

While other preparations are done and few more to complete I thought I would take a break and show the progress on the Tall Trim Christmas tree. The branches all have been feathered stitched.  Now I am quilting scrolling snow.



In the evenings I have been hand stitching ornaments while watching NetFlix - The West Wing and Longmire, both entertaining. I like keeping my hands busy. It helps keep them from wanting to pick up snack food.

The ornaments are cut from fabric that already are printed with the ornament design. Each is backed with fabric with batting inside. I have been using a back stitch to make sure the stitching is secured, especially since they are small and that there is a degree of difficulty getting them turned inside out.




Back to snow scrolling for awhile before heading back to the kitchen.




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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Feathering my Tree

In conversation with my husband I told him I was feathering my tree. He didn't understand what I was saying. He said no it's a feather in your cap. No I am putting feathers in my tree. He gives me this look as though I have lost my mind. So I explained I am using a quilting design called feathers. I am quilting my Tall Trim Christmas tree with feathers.

So yesterday morning, and this one I got up excitedly at 5:30 a.m to add more feathers.  It is now 7:03 a.m. and my sweet Cassie is yipping at my husband wanting him to share his homemade Oatmeal Pumpkin Raisin muffin. Well the peaceful morning is given away to the happy sounds of my family, though I do hear my husband telling Cassie to be quiet. He doesn't want to share his muffin.

I tend to rabbit trail in conversation so back to the feathers in the tree. This past weekend I began quilting on this ongoing tree that has been in process for a couple of years. Life events altered my days where there wasn't much time to sew or quilt. It feels so good! And I just might get this tree done in time for Christmas. If you have been following my blog you will know that is exactly what I said last year. I think I have a better chance of accomplishing the finish since things are more settled.

I noticed that quilting changes my focus from worry to creativity to restoration. That's good! Quilting also means blogging again. When opening up my blog I realized I needed to make some changes as the photos that were stored on Photobucket were no longer existent. In place of the pictures were large gray and white squares with Photobucket's name on them.  Arrghhh!! Photobucket now wants to charge $399.99 per year to upload pictures and etc. on their site. I wondered if many of my quilting blogging friends experienced this as well. My remedy was creating a new page on my blog that is hidden where I can store pictures. There I can copy and paste the picture location with the html script by right clicking the picture. It was so easy!


     

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Well It Has Been A Long While

Blogging and quilting used to be very important aspects of my life. The last time I wrote a blog message was on my birthday - August 21, 2016.  Nine months have gone by. So much time that I didn't remember what my login password was to my blog.

But . . . things have changed.

It was in September 2016 that we learned that my husband had cancer. Our lives have changed significantly since that diagnosis. 


The Christmas tree quilt that I was working on in August is still not finished. It is ready to be sandwiched and some added decorations. I was aiming to have it completed for Christmas 2016. Just maybe it will be finished for Christmas 2017.

As it may be I may have a more lovelier yard than a finished quilt.  Stress and worries dissipate while physically working outside. It also helps to keep my weight in check.


I have lost almost 40 lbs since last summer. Most of it was intentional. I made a decision to be more healthy by tracking calories and working out at the gym. I was sitting more than 12 hours a day in front of the computer and read that exercise and moving more daily extends life.

The discipline paid off especially now that I have changed the foods I eat at a time when life became more stressful.

News of my husband's cancer spurred me on to learn how the foods we eat can stave off disease. Most of my diet is now organic plant food and whole food based, and meat is grass fed beef or range free raised chickens being fed non-GMO food products.

So this is a brief summary of what is happening in my life.

Just maybe I will get that Christmas tree done after all. The hour is growing late and I need my rest to handle what tomorrow has for me to do.





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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Two months since I last posted





Finally Posie Blocks are completed - all 17 of them. 14 of them have found a new home and owner. Yippee!! a project completed.









Blocks that I have received so far.
There will be a total of 15 blocks.

Aren't they adorable!





























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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Posie Flower Blocks Update - OMG

My goal for OMG - A Monthly Goal was to have completed 15 blocks of which none of the blocks are completed. Many evenings were spent paper piecing the flowers in June while watching Hart in Dixie on Netflix.

Last evening I began chain stitching the flowers together. Easily I can have the blocks completed by this weekend even though I still have today. But as the day develops business is calling me to focus on it rather finishing up the blocks.

Also, we made a trip to visit all our boys and their gals one weekend in June. Now that was much more important than sewing. Such fun we had laughing, cooking, eating, watching one grandson, Caleb, play baseball and celebrating my youngest grandson, Parker's birthday.  



Paper piecing is messy! But then again so is sewing. My little waste basket needed to be emptied daily with all the little scraps and bits of paper being torn off from the backside. 

When sewing up the promo block I used 1.8 stitch length. It was still difficult to tear the paper with out pulling out stitches so I reduced the stitch length to 1.5. It was much easier to tear the paper off, but the bobbin had to be rewound more frequently.

Thank you to Heidi at Red Letter Quilts for sponsoring OMG - One Monthly Goal. It has kept me moving towards finishing projects, and prevents me from starting new ones until current projects in progress are completed.  Click on the OMG - One Monthly Goal button to take you to Red Letters Quilts' blog. 


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