Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.(Philippians 4:8)

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Gentle Reminders ..... A Giveway

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 ... and as I would like to share with you ... with a copy of Dodinsky's Gentle Reminders: Simple Truths for a Meaningful Life.

I want to give a copy of this book away to a reader of my blog ... whether you follow me or not, but it would be nice if you did ... because I want you to remind yourself when you read it, to be kind to yourself. You see, if you cannot be kind to yourself, how can you be kind to others? If you are hurting, how can you not hurt others?

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 ...

I've given you three links in this post ... Kim Hanson's blog, Dodinsky's website, and KindSpring's website.  If you would like to be entered into the giveaway, visit one of these websites -- just one -- and come back and leave a comment on this post telling me which of these you visited.  They are all worth the visit ( a comment on Kim's as well if you were so kind ) and that is all you need to do. I will draw a winner of the book in a week when I will close the comments.

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!