Monday, December 29, 2008

Christmas Gift

My sister gave me this Christmas gift, a book I was wanting. One year one of the quilt guilds I belong to showed a DVD on these ladies and I was very intrigued. Check out the web site and be amazed.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Fifteen Reasons to Pray

To seek the face of the Lord and know Him better (Psalm 27:8)

To get your eyes off your problems and on to the Lord (Psalm 121:1)

To speak to God (1 Peter 3:12)

To unburden your heart (Psalm 142:1-2)

To make your requests known to God ;(Matthew 21:22)

To hear God (Proverbs 8:34)

To be free of suffering

(James 5:13)

To resist temptation (Matthew 26:41)

To be rescued from distress (Psalm 107:19)

To receive God's reward (matthew 6:6)

To withstand evil (Ephesians 6:13)

To have joy (John 16:24)

To get close to God (Isaiah 64:7)

To be healed emotionally (James 5:13)

To have peace (Phillippians 4:6-7)

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Fun, Fast Scarfs

I've probably made about 100 of these scarfs, seems like for a few years they were a new craze that was getting non-knitters into knitting and re-newing the fever for long-time knitters to pick it up again. No hard fast set rules, here....I've used anywhere from a size 13, 15, 17, 19 needles with 1, 2 or 3 strands of various types of decorative yarns/threads. Depending on yarn, I've used anywhere between 8 to 12 stitches. All you really need to know is how to cast on, garter stitch, and bind off and weave ends in...for these simple scarfs the yarn textures and color is what really makes the scarf. Very fun, can probably knit one of in a little more than an hour, depending on needle size and yarn size and length. I've seen them from short to very, very long. From decorative sweater accessory to warm coat necessity. have fun and try different combos.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Santa Baby

This is my nephew, Andrew Gary!

Making Choices

All throughout history God has allowed people to make the choice how they want to live. All throughout life we have many choices to make as we travel this journey on early. There is only one choice that will impact us for all eternity. No one human will have a perfectlife. Since Adam came into the world and chose to live separated from God, that sin choice has spread through the whole human race, putting a chasm between God and humans. From that moment, God set His plan in place, a stairway that will close the chasm between heaven and earth, because God loves us so much he does not want us to be separated from Him. At christ's birth, god gave us the ultimate Christmas Gift. 33 years after His birth, Jesus chose to remove the chasm that separates us humans from our God by taking the penalty of our sin choices. he died on the cross andkeeping one of His many promises, rose again three days later. there have been many great people in this world, but there has only been one person that chose to die and then come back to life again for eternity, so each generation of people can put their faith in Him and know that when we die we too will come back to life for eternity in Heaven. God allows us to make choices in our life. What choice have you made? To live life on your own, separate form God, or to live with God at the center of your universe? It is the only life or death choice you will ever make for eternity!

Pray to Accept Jesus...
heavenly Father,
I realize that I am not perfect. Living life on my own is not easy, I need Your help, I choose today to accept the love You give me through Your Son, Jesus, and I will follow You the rest of my days. Thank you for Your forgiveness and life in eternity with You. In Jesus name. Amen.

Taken from EHWC Advent 2008 "HIS"TORY Our Journey with Jesus

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Twas the Night Before Jesus Came

Twas the Night Before Jesus Came

‘Twas the night before Jesus came and all through the house
Not a creature was praying, not one in the house. Their Bibles were lain on the shelf without care In hopes that Jesus would not come there.

The Children were dressing to crawl into bed, Not once ever kneeling or bowing a head. And Mom in her rocker and baby on her lap Was watching the Late Show while I took a nap.

When out of the East there arose such a clatter, I sprang to my feet to see what was the matter. Away to the window I flew like a flash, tore open the shutters and threw up the sash!

When what to my wondering eyes should appear But angels proclaiming that Jesus was here. With a light like the sun sending forth a bright ray , I new in a moment this must be THE DAY!

The light of His face made me cover my head. It was Jesus! Returning just like He had said. And though I possessed worldly wisdom and wealth, I cried when I saw Him in spite of myself.

In the Book of Life which He had in His hand, Was written the name of every saved man. He spoke not a word as He searched for my name; When He said, “It’s no here,” my head hung in shame.

The people whose names had been written with love, He gathered to take to His Father above. With those who were ready He rose without a sound, While all the rest were left standing around.

I fell to my knees, but it was too late; I had waited too long and thus sealed my fate. I stood and I cried as they rose out of sight; Oh, if only I had been ready tonight.

In the words of this poem the meaning is clear; The coming of Jesus is drawing near. There’s only one life and when comes the last call, We’ll find that the Bible was true after all!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Quilted Nativity Scene Panel

I bought several of these Nativity Scene Panels, they are so vibrantly colored. I'm quilting most of them as table toppers, maybe a few as lap quilts. This is a table topper I quilted, 4 scene's of the navity story in yellow thread, the front only shows up when looking closely at the quilting to make out some of the story, but he back, wow, on solid green with yellow thread the whole story is alive.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

The Candy Cane

Candy canes and Christmas-or Peppermint sticks, as they used to be called. I remember getting these sweet treats as a child from the local "candy" store (where they made homemade candy and still do to this day). One year I made everyone in my family ordaments for the tree, you just hot glue the bottoms of two candy candy canes together and the points where they meet and it forms a heart, add ribbon for a hanger and I personalized them with rubber stamped tag with names on them. Another year, I stamped the legend of the Candy Cane on red card stock and mounted it on white card stock, punched a hole and tied silver cord around a candy cane and attached one to each package. (if you don't have the stamp you could type it on paper or even pretty hand writiing). For those who are unfamiliar with the legend, here is it:
The Legend of the Candy Cane
A candy maker decided to fashion
some candy to honor Jesus
He made hard candy because Christ
is our Rock. White symbolizes
Christ's purity. the red stripes are
for His blood, shed on the cross to save
us. The shape is a sheperd's staff,
for Jesus is the Good Sheperd.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Three Wise Women

A little holiday humor:

Do you know what would have happened if it had been Three Wise Women instead of three Wise Men? They would have asked directions, arrived on time, helped deliver the baby, cleaned the stable, made a casserole, and, brought practical gifts.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Green Splendor

This is a really cool pattern, using a 9 patch that you cut once down the middle and then across and then you can mix and match the pieces and sew back together again. I saw the pattern for a charm size 5", but I used 10" square, wanted a really really fast quilt to piece, you could use any size square and adjust the the desired final dimensions, fabric Robyn Pandolph's "Flirt" and One Song Needle quilt design, pantograph. I have this quilt for sale on my etsy site.


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