In His grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well... And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.Romans 12:6-8

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Welcome to My House!


When Carol posted about this new blog hop this past spring, I was excited to hop on the blog wagon to share as I knew I would have a new home to share.

Yes, I have a home in Montana again!  Actually, I have returned to a location almost exactly where I lived before moving away four years ago. One street over to be exact.  Same lovely landlords, same lovely neighborhood.  Same .... well, lots of things are the same which is nice in some respects, though in others, I have learned I am not at all the same person that left four years ago.  Nor do I want to be that person.  I found this quote by Robin Williams, God bless his soul:


I can say I am of the belief that truly: 


Where your heart is ... you will find your home.  Currently, my heart is possessed by two young ladies who are attending middle school here in Missoula, Montana so I reside here as well.  Once school is finished ... I look forward to the next location to call home.

To share with you today, I created my new mini creation: 



I saw this mini Neighborhood pattern by Coriander Quilts this past winter and wanted to make it for myself.  When I won a mini charm pack of Ollie & Ella by Figtree I decided it would be fun to make my "neighborhood" in this colorway.

  My daughters think its lovely so I believe this'll be a keeper instead of going into the gift pile.  Oh darn ... {wink}!


I want to express my sincere thanks to Carol of Just Let Me Quilt for all of her hard work in organizing this blog hop.  I also give my gratitude to all of my fellow bloggers for their creative contributions that make it so fun to participate in these hops!  Today's fellow bloggers are listed below, please hop through them all and leave kind words for all of their hard work.


September 12

Why-Knot-Kwilt -- you are here

Thank you for stopping by and you are welcome back any ol' time!


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Blessed!



Hi y'all!

I wanted to share a quick update ... but first I have to say I am truly blessed and thank God endlessly for all those who have helped me during this past month.

I can finally share I've settled into my new home, back in my old hometown.  Yes, my journeys of the past three years in the mid-south have concluded for the next few years while my daughters finish their schooling here in Montana.  After that, by God's grace, I see a wonderful and ever hopeful future which only He knows ...


I discovered some wonderful new friends. I gained new opportunities with an amazing corporation with which I am grateful to continue employment. I also learned that I have dear friends -- long and short in terms of years of friendship -- who have shown me kindnesses that surpasses my understanding.



I've also found over the past few years a new relationship which means more than anything ... yes, though I've always "said" I was a christian, I am now learning what being Christian means and my relationship with God is one I want to continue to develop and grow in. 



On the creative side of this blog, I can share that my quilting continues to be my creative outlet and while I have been busy with my relocation this past month, I haven't had much time to BE creative, I've got much in the works and hope to share more soon .... well just as soon as I find the power cords for my sewing machine!  (hehehe)



Seriously though, I signed up with Ms. Carol of Just Let Me Quilt  to share with y'all in September for another fun blog hop. Please be sure to come back for a visit.



Until then, well, my daughters are at the fair this week with their 4-H animals and I've volunteered to work the FFA Taco Booth this weekend, so God's blessings to you. 

Western Montana Fair 2018


If you're in the area, it'd be great to see you and share some good times, and if you are not in the area, well then, please leave a comment (plus your email address) so I know you stopped by for a visit.





Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Late bloomer...


Hello!  I have to apologize, but an unexpected phone call meant a road trip would supersede the completion of my blooming flowers this past weekend.  I traveled over 800 miles on Saturday and will return the day I am should be making the return trip home the same day I was to be sharing with y'all on my blog.

Therefore ....  Please allow me to share my flowers in progress...



This will become another small wall hanging for either myself or a friend in need of a smile ... I will decide once I complete it.  I actually brought my machine on my road trip, but once I got it set up, I realized I didn't bring all of the right tools and I did not want to make a rushed, imperfect finish, just to say I got it complete. All things considered, with the unexpected trip, the miles on the road, and the desire to do a nice job ... surely y'all could grant me a bit of understanding this time {wink}

I want to thank Carla from Creatin' in the Sticks for putting together this wonderful blog hop! I've been excited about this one since I first heard about it and have been planning it since early spring.  Believe it or not, I did not realize the wording in my hanging actually matched the title of our hop until I started looking to stitch it ... wasn't really paying attention but now I think it's pretty cool.

Please be sure to visit my fellow bloggers today as I am sure they have planted you some beautiful flowers to share:


Tuesday, June 12th

I will thank you all in advance for the time and consideration you take when you leave words of kindness about what I have shared with you today. Each and every comment is read, appreciated, and a true blessing to me.

Thank you and God Bless!


Monday, May 21, 2018

Wish Upon a Star Blog Hop



Wow! I can say it's been a while ... it's nice to welcome you back if you've visited before and if not, well, I'm happy to welcome you first time visitors. Many, many thanks to Carol of Just Let Me Quilt for the hard work of arranging this hop!  Certainly not an easy task to keep all those details in order and up-to-date.  Thank you, Carol!

I actually had an idea for my project before learning about this hop. So, when I ran across the notice, I hurried and asked if I could be included, and once I made the list, I promptly set my project aside thinking ... well, I've got plenty of time, I'll get to it later.

Yeah ... right.

[hahahahaha]

My original project idea was going to be using A Year of Mini's July small mini pattern from Sherri K. Falls of This & That:


... needless to say, I finished my totally different than originally planned project this weekend. I made the mini star, not connecting the dots in my mind when I was following the directions and ended up making four teeny tiny stars. Well, dang... I didn't want the whole wall quilt, ltI wanted a mini.

So, I fussed and fidgeted and didn't "quite" follow directions and put together another two blocks that may, or may not have worked, so now I had six blocks that I didn't feel "flowed...." I was beginning to run out of material and ripping out seams and re-configuring blocks ... trust me ... I was wishing on the stars to have this project come together!

Then low and behold ... about 9:30 Saturday evening inspiration struck!

Wooo - to the - whoo!!!

I did a bit more cutting so when I got up Sunday morning I could pick up where I left off the night before.

I am very happy to share my completed mini stars: 

  Pictures are in the same spot, just different lighting.

Honestly, I'm really pleased with the result.  I believe I'm going to start a collection for my sewing room wall of minis just for fun and this will be a great beginning :)

The two blocks that didn't make the cut are here:

Yes, they are different sizes, even different from the ones in the quiltlette above. I may go ahead and make miniatures with these ... or not.  Time will tell.  I just could not resist the birds, and the expressions .... see the eyes of the one peeking from the bottom right of the top block? Makes me smile .... :)

Well, that's all I have to share for now. I really do thank you for stopping in for a visit.  I should be your last stop today, but if not, I encourage you to visit the creative folks on today's roster.  

May 22
Why-Knot-Kwilt (you are here)

Many thanks again to Miss Carol of Just Let Me Quilt for arranging the Wish Upon a Star blog hop and to all of the creative bloggers that have joined in the hop!

God Bless Y'all!


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Blooming ...


*picture courtesy of google.com

Hey y’all !

With the cold of winter weather all around, icy rains and winds, and the inescapable "flu season" reports, what is better at this time of year than spotting the first green shoot heralding early spring crocus, tulips, and hyacinth? 

How about spotting Carla of Creatin’ in the Sticks' announcing a bloomin' new blog hop?



Like the crocus and tulips, Where Flowers Bloom surely is a promise of inspiration and blooms galore. What a wonderful way to see beauty no matter the weather! Just as the robin's song is a welcome treat when flowers begin to bloom, so too will be the chance to visit with old friends, make new friends, and be inspired along every stop of the hop.

Three months of planning, creating and stitching will certainly keep this heart warm and happy. I hope to have more to share before June and will enjoy seeing you along the way!

Until next time, warm-hearted wishes and happy stitches ~







  

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Gentle Reminders .....



In early April I received my issue of American Quilter, May 2017. and while thumbing through the magazine, enjoying the inspiration of quilting art, being amazed and in awe of the talent that are so often contained in the pages magazines such as these, I happened upon an article entitled "Quilting: Healing Medicine" by Kim Hanson.

After reading this article by Ms. Hanson, and re-reading it a second time, I felt the need to write Ms. Hanson and thank her.  I thanked her because not only is quilting my therapeutic escape, as I related to her, but her article touched me in the sense that it helped me realize that there are others that use quilting in the same way I do ... as therapy.

Over the course of my blogging career, I have met through this medium people across the globe -- all sorts of talented artists -- each in their own way.  Whether that way be with yarn, paper, paint, fabric, words, or one of the greatest talents ... those gifted with the ability to reach out through the internet and help another soul survive just one more day when they think they can't make it.

I did not start quilting until I became a stay at home mother.  Oh, don't get me wrong, y'all know how blessed I consider myself to have been able to stay at home with my darling daughter, and then the second precious baby girl, but with the first born in 2004 and the second in 2006, and life turning into what it did for me, the blog ended up being my connection to more than my two baby girls, as precious to me as they are. My blog, and the community that it provided me, through quilting.  Had I not quilted, and desired to learn more, and grow in my quilting, I would never have started blogging. Big ol' circle here.  .... chuckle .... quilting circle ... harkin' back to days of old, when ladies would gather at the church or in someone's home and sit in a circle to stitch on their quilts ...

But I digress, pardon me.

Many of you, if you are return readers, may remember that I've often pulled out my soapbox and gone on and on about being kind to others ... see Kind Soapbox for an example.

Were you aware there is even a global movement about sharing kindness?  Seriously! I'm a member and you can be as well.  It's free ... you could join in sharing small acts of kindnesses by visiting KindSpring.org and signing up for their newsletter.  Seriously, it's free! They have neat ideas, and uplifting stories of how people do little acts of random kindnesses for strangers. ... gives a person warm fuzzies ... ya know what I mean?    Just a thought, since there is so much negative in the air these days, we could all use a bit more positive, couldn't we?

Anyway ... back to Kim Hanson's American Quilter article, Quilting: Healing Medicine. If you are interested in learning more of Ms. Hanson, she blogs at Kim Hanson Quilts.  Believe it or not ... she thanked me ... *silly, I know* on her blog ... but beyond that, she is a gifted writer and one worth visiting if you can take a moment. I want to reach out to others that read this blog, or those passing through, and let them know that each of you are a blessing to me for reading my ramblings. YOU Matter.  

I want to take this opportunity to remind you, the reader, who ever you are -- that YOU MATTER -- truly you do. In my own attempts to keep my mind in positive directions, along with quilting therapy, I try to listen to positive music and read positive reminders.

Perhaps you are familiar with Dodinsky?



I want to reach out today to who ever is reading this and continue the circle of caring that I've received through this community.  While I may have been out of this blogging community for a while, and while some readers may have come and gone from my community neighborhood, at the core of my community still stands the goodness of the hearts of the readers that come here to share their words of encouragement for my stitching, my rambling words, and their support ... either through comments or silent reading .... I thank you.

Please know you are not alone ... whoever you are ... sometimes, we just need to be reminded, as I was with Ms. Hanson's article ... 

Isn't it time we all start trying to be a little kinder to each other? ... just little random acts of kindness here or there would make such a difference.  Just a gentle reminder ...


Thank you ... and again ... I am grateful for you.

Bless you and happy stitching ...






Monday, April 24, 2017

A Quilt or two to share

Welcome back and thank you for visiting ...

A few weeks ago, I promised to share some of the quilts I've made over the past year while I was absent from blogging and I believe I've retrieved pictures most of the quilts I've created. Some you may have seen already, some not ... so forgive me if I repeat myself.  I know I've shared a few of these with my family on Facebook because I was pretty pleased with the results and just needed to let them know I was still alive and kicking after hermit-ting myself in the sewing room for so long!


Christia's Baby Quilt



Blanche's Memorial T-Shirt Quilt 
actually a year and a half ago ... but 
I love this different take for me on a t-shirt quilt

My current project is one like the tale of the shoe cobbler and his children going without shoes ... my daughter Abbie asked me for a quilt that she could use during the warmer months in Montana when the one she has now for winter months ... which is backed with Minkee ... is too hot.  This is my progress and her birthday was last week:

But as my adorable baby girl is now turning eleven .... 


I was able to explain the situation to her and show her my progress on her quilt, she was understanding ... this time. Love my baby girl ... though she seems to be growing up so fast as most mothers are want to say! 

And on that note, I best be getting back to Abbie's quilt as I have more on the table lining up behind this project ... I'll be back to share, as quilting has become my therapy these days! And what blessed therapy it is!

Thank you for sharing this experience with me and for being such wonderful companions and cheerleaders for me along my journey.

Bless y'all and happy stitching!



Monday, March 27, 2017

Choices.



Every day we have a choice... or so we think.

I made choice to start blogging again. I was really excited about my choice to get back into a creative mean that gave me some relief and some inspiration to go along with my stitching and artistic craft work.

Week one.

I was even lucky enough to find a new-to-me local quilt shop that recently opened where I live ... Fabric for the Flock.  Miss Karla is a very sweet lady and actually opened in October of 2016. I'm hoping to spend a bit more time there as y'all might imagine *grin*.    Even made a short road trip out of town ... to find a quilt shop or two for fabric stash fillers needed for upcoming projects:  
Fabric on right is for a soon to be made baby-blanket.

Tuesday I caught a flu bug.  A bug that kept me home from work for a week ... You know one of those that you feel like you should be at work but you can't be? The kind that you are up and and fell like you should be doing something ... anything ... but don't have the energy? Ugh!  I was home for a week and I could not even think about sewing ... my worst possible waste of energy! Trust me, for that waste of time, I would have rather been at work!  I was HOME and couldn't even SEW!  

I know, I know ... I hear y'all now ... I must've needed the rest.  Yes, I got it. But good intentions aside, I also fell out of my new mo-jo of getting back into blogging.... insert sad face here....



*wink*

Week two.

I recover from aforementioned flu bug enough to return to work -- yay me! -- and return to the land of the living... or at least those that either survived or hadn't yet succumbed to the beast of a bug in the office ... and begin to once again made my choices about what I want to do each day. What it is I'm going to work on, sew on, do, each evening after work ... I did get a few things sewn, 

Yep ... couple more bags ... but still, sewing!


Week three.

I get a call at work on Wednesday. 

One of "those" calls. 

Life stops. 

Everything stops.


"Nothing else matters."

"Where are you at?"

"I'll be there for you." 



The family that took me ... a wide-eyed, naive and oblivious pacific northwestern girl from Montana, brand new to Mid-South, Memphis city living ... took me in as a daughter, sister, best friend, and my own daughters in as granddaughters and nieces ... suffered a major shock.  Miss Ann passed away.

Miss Ann ... momma to my dear friend, a couple of weeks away from becoming a great-grammie for the first time, wife to Mr. Jimmy for fifty-nine years ... adopted momma to me since moving here ...

Yesterday.

Miss Ann's services were held for her journey to Heaven ... God bless you Miss Ann. You will truly be missed.




Today.

Choices. We have now. We don't know what our next moments will bring. I choose to give compliments where I can. I choose to give kindnesses where I can. I choose to share smiles when I can. I choose to live as good as I can while I can. 

I have chosen to start making a life for myself. Granted it's not the life I had planned or even dreamed of, but it's the life I have right now. None of us are promised tomorrow. None of us are promised the next hour. 

I am choosing to forgive myself for my own perceived failures. I am choosing to let go of the past. I am choosing to make the best with what I have to work with right now. I am choosing .... well, I am choosing to let go and let God take care of the rest .. He is in control. He has my life in His hands ... and the lives of all of those that I love and care for and for the new friends that have come into my life and have generously opened their hearts and homes to welcome me.

I stress again to those of you new to this blog ... I am now and have always been solid in my faith and belief in God. He has been with me longer than I can remember and has never abandoned me, no matter how the situation, I know I have never been alone.

I also count on influences such as Mother Teresa. In fact, it is one of her quotes I have printed and sitting on my desk at work that I read every day:


It is my choice to live this way. If you chose not to believe as I, that is your choice and I respect your choice. Please respect mine and do not leave negative or discouraging comments here.  We have enough negative in this world already.

In fact, I want to start promoting others on this blog every now and again for their work and their kindnesses. Some are just starting out and some have worked behind the scenes for a very long time.  Either way, everyone could use a kindness, it is our choice, you see, in how we treat others.  

For those of you that continue to come back and visit me here, and those of you that leave your kind words of encouragement ... I am so very, very grateful to you. Thank you. I am blessed. You honor me. 

I wish y'all happy in the choices you make hereafter.