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Dear Friends, I have to confess I have experienced pangs of grief and pain amidst the joyous cheer and anticipation of Christmas this whole month of December.  I grieve for dear friends who have lost their loved ones during the Christmas season.  I have cried thinking about how much those loved ones are missed…

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And yet, grieving for the loss of a loved one is a reality of life from which we cannot escape…


Then I heard 10,000 Joys sung at church yesterday, and my heart was encouraged greatly by the words “… ten thousand joys — enough to last through all the years; And joy to shine through all my tears — ten thousand joys!”


This Christmas, may the ten thousand joys brought forth by the Christ Child will overshadow the grief you feel when you miss and think of your loved ones who have gone on before you — with the assurance that in Christ, you will be reunited at the other side of heaven.   Hugs and blessings to you.



Standing here beside the manger, looking at this little Stranger,

Wondering if He’ll be like other boys?

Looking down across tomorrow, knowing there will be some sorrow,

I still know He’ll bring ten thousand joys!

When I am alone with Jesus, in the quiet where no one sees us,

Or when He is with me in life’s lows,

If I speak, I know He’ll hear me and to know that He is near me

Always bring to me ten thousand joys!


I know He came from God to save us from our sins, 

And that He came to set His people free.

But how was I to know when Jesus came into my life,

That God’s own Son had come to bring to me…



Ten thousand joys!  Sweet Son of God You came to me!

And my heart sings because I know that You are mine!

In you I find ten thousand joys—enough to last through all the years,

And joy to shine through all my tears:  Ten thousand joys!

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Thanksgiving 2013

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“O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.” (Psalm 107:1)

My little family would like to wish you and yours a very blessed and joyous Thanksgiving.

The following photos are from our Thanksgiving table last year.  Can you spot Miss Baby’s contribution to the tablesetting?



Have a blessed day, Dear Friends!

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So it’s no big mystery to us needleworkers how needle and thread are the staples in our toolboxes.  But what if we only had needle and no thread?  What could we do with just the needle?  Japanese artist End Cape gives an interesting idea… how about needle and banana?  I actually see a ying yang quilt design in his banana art in the following image.

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Click here to read the original article with VERY cool pictures.

Click here to view more pictures.

So tell me what you think of banana art.  I think I should try it just to see if it is fun…

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have enjoyed this fun post.   Have a fantastic weekend!

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Quilter of words

Happy Veterans Day to my American friends!

“Permit me Sir to add, that Policy alone in our Present Circumstances, seem to demand that every Satisfaction which can reasonably be requested, should be given to those Veteran Troops who, ‘thro almost every Distress, have been so long and so faithfully serving the States…”

General George Washington to Governor Jonathan Trumbull of Connecticut , June 28th, 1781


My friend Sheila of The Quintessential Magpie is a “quilter of words.”  She weaves inspiring words with the gorgeous pictures she takes from her world.  To start off our week, I am linking her post dedicated to quilts and veterans.


Click here to read the entire post.  You will NOT be disappointed, I promise!

Have a blessed day and week, dear Friends!

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Reformation Day!

Dear Friends, Happy Reformation Day to you who celebrate!  Click here and here to read about why this day is special to me.

Last year during this time, we were greatly concerned for those who were adversely affected by Sandy.  And I personally know of people in the quilting industry who were greatly affected by Sandy.  This has been a quiet “hurricane” year, and I feel incredibly blessed that we don’t have to re-live Sandy.


I thought this particular stanza in Martin Luther’s May God Bestow on us His Grace is worth sharing in light of the aforementioned blessing.

“Oh, let the people praise Thy worth,
In all good works increasing;
The land shall plenteous fruit bring forth,
Thy Word is rich in blessing.
May God the Father, God the Son,
And God the Spirit bless us!
Let all theworld praise Him alone,
Let solemn awe possess us.
Now let our hearts say, Amen.”

On the quilt-front, I finished this sweet little quilt!  More information about the quilt will be provided later.


Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have had a blessed day!  Miss Baby doesn’t have school tomorrow – firs time since she started school.  I am going to have to re-adjust my schedule to her pre-going-to-school schedule.  It ought to be interesting.  I have kind of gotten used to having 2 1/2 quiet hours to myself each day, ha!

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That time of the year…

The morning air being a little nippy, and it’s that time of the year — Fall is upon us!  Fall is a favorite season at our house.


I love all the comfort food I can make to make the fall season a cozy one.  What are some favorite fall foods at your house?

Thanks for stopping by!  Here is to a great start to another new week.  I will be sewing like CRAZY this week.  Hugs to you all.

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Vanity Post: To the moon I go! …

… Well, almost, but not quite.  But I can assure you, I am making baby steps.

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I came across an article about parents driving roughly 125,817 miles before their child is old enough to drive.  That’s half the distance between the earth and the moon.  Click here to read the article in full – a very light read!

I am sure you can empathize whether you are in the “right in the thick of it” or “been there, done that” phase.  As for me, there is no doubt I am in the “right in the thick of it” crowd, and am making my baby steps toward my “half-way conquest of the moon.”

For those who are in the “been there, done that” group, are you over the moon now that you don’t have to do that anymore?  [Sorry, that was SO lame!]

Thanks for stopping by, and for your kind get-well wishes.  I am at least able to put in a bit of work today.  I sincerely hope the worst is over…

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Dear Friends, I hope you are well.  All along I was prepared for Miss Baby to have a rude awakening about having to keep a rigid schedule when she finally goes to school.  But Miss Baby’s Mom here (aka moi) is not quite prepared for the amount of time needed to prep for school each day.  I had a rather rude awakening myself last week in that my schedule is now unforgiving-ly bound by Miss Baby’s.


In the midst of all the activities, I managed to finish up my Farm Crossing quilt.  It is now on its way to the editor.  This turned out to be a really fun quilt.  I really enjoyed making it.  Stay tuned for details.


I have had very little sleep in the last couple of days.  So, you would forgive me while I bow out rather quickly today to catch some zzzzz’s before starting on the next thing on my to-do list, wouldn’t you?

Thanks for stopping by!  I shall chat with you later… so, are you doing anything special this week?

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Hello Friends,  I have been missing you, and certainly haven’t forgotten about you!  The last few days have been crazy with unplanned errands that took up entire days.  AND to top it all off…. we were without internet services for most of today!  (Yes, I did pay our bill).  All that said, I am so glad to be connected again!

I am almost finished piecing my Farm Cross quilt.  It has come along quite nicely.


While we are on a farm theme, lookie who visited the backyard yesterday?  We are city folks, if you get what I mean.  The deer came by before Miss Baby woke up.  She was content just looking at the pictures when I told her about the deer after she woke up.  She couldn’t wait to share the news… as I was saying, we are city folks.


Now that I have said hi to you, I have to get back to answering some business emails that came in while I was offline.  Happy Monday, and Happy Week to you all!  Thanks for stopping by.

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Hello Friends, I have been spending the last couple of days catching up with work after taking Miss Baby to a pre-preschool bash!  I can’t believe summer is just about over.





Miss Baby was wearing the smocked bishop (lovingly constructed by dear friend Annelle) I had shared about here and here:


So what’s going on at your “summer” end?  Thanks for stopping by.  Hugs and blessings to you and yours.

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Hello Friends,

I am switching gears from the urban sophistication of Urban Oasis to the folksy charm of these farm-ish fabrics!  Oh look, no gray! :o)


Speaking of “farm-ish”, Miss Baby has “adopted” a Belgian white chocolate lamb as her pet!  We ate the chocolate lamb with no problem, but she absolutely refused to let us eat the remaining white chocolate lamb because “it’s her pet”!  What am I to do?  Those were my chocolates to start with…


Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you are well, and enjoying these last days of summer.

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Hello Friends, we have a sneak peek!  From these fabrics…


… to this progress picture.


So, while I was working away in my sewing nook, and Miss Baby was quietly (much quieter than usual) painting in the kitchen.  I thought to myself, “Oh, life is good – she must not be needing anything, and I am getting a lot done because I am not being summoned to the kitchen every three minutes.”  You could probably guess where this is going…

Because I did get the summon… “Mom, could you wash my hands?”  Cheerily I reply, “Of course!”  Well, I wasn’t expecting to have to wash these hands…


All I can say is sometimes things are so outrageous, one just have to laugh.  And laugh we did over Miss Baby’s “Monster Hands”!

Since there’s isn’t much to comment at this point about my Bumblebee quilt (although I won’t stop you), I would love to hear any 4-year old horror stories you might have!

Thanks for stopping by.  And God’s blessings to you and yours!

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