Two Completed Quilts (Kids are probably in college by now)

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Projectcrib quilt
Size:
Approx. 39 1/2″ X 39 1/2″
Reference/Pattern: 
 Fat Quarter Baby: 20 Crib Quilts for Bundles of Joy! by It’s Sew Emma Patterns
Designed by:
It’s Sew Emma Patterns, “Elizabeth”
Constructed by:
Barbara Wolff, Newton, IA
Quilted by:
Barbara Wolff
Completed:
 2017
Techniques Used
Machine piecing and quilting.
Notes: Gift for new baby

 

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Projectcrib quilt
Size:
Approx. 32 1/2″ X 37 1/2″
Reference/Pattern: 
 Fat Quarter Baby: 20 Crib Quilts for Bundles of Joy! by It’s Sew Emma Patterns
Designed by:
It’s Sew Emma Patterns, “Andrew”
Constructed by:
Barbara Wolff, Newton, IA
Quilted by:
Barbara Wolff
Completed:
 2017
Techniques Used
Machine piecing and quilting.
Notes: Gift for new baby

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Shtuff IX

sign in local antique shop

sign in local antique shop

 

Fall has been beautiful. The temperature has been perfect.

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Our one and only tree.

 

Still have pieces for two baby quilts up on the design wall.

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But, I need to get this quilting done for my sister by Thanksgiving. She’s giving it to someone for a retirement gift.

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We had more trick-or-treaters this year. Must have been the nice weather.

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a house in our neighborhood

Holly was scared.

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I go away for a weekend and this is what happens in my sewing room.

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Hubby was working on the window and discovered a leak above the sewing machine. All better now.

Was looking through a cabinet and found these piggies my son made years ago. *sniff, sniff* Memories.

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Mikey was teasing me one morning about leaving drawers slightly open. Got him back! Look what I found in his workshop.

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Once my sewing table was put back where it was, I was quilting at the quilt machine and spontaneously decided to make curtains for my kitchen.

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Finally, last weekend went to the Iowa Sculpture and Fine Arts Festival and bought a little piece of art at the silent auction.

Holly approved.

Holly approved.

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Road Trip

This year my sister and I decided to skip the American Quilter’s Society show because the last couple of years we have been underwhelmed. So, we did our own shop hop. We’ll probably do the AQS show again in a couple of years.

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First shop was Creekside Quilting. My sister had to drop off a quilt frame she inherited from her MIL to a lady who works there. I purchased these fat-quarters:

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for a ducky baby quilt

 

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for a butterfly baby quilt

We made our way to Winterset where John Wayne was born. It’s where Fons and Porter got their start.

Piece Works Quilt Shop is one of my new favorites. It’s overwhelming how many bolts of fabric they have.

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My purchases:

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Maybe I’ll use these for a new wall hanging in the dining room. The far left fat-quarter would make cute kitchen curtains. This means I’ll have to go back for more. Oh, darn!

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They also have their own wine label! This is made at the Covered Bridge Winery. It was pretty tasty.

Lunch was next. We ate at Anything Sweet and More Cafe.

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The moment we walked in I asked myself if this might be a mistake. The place had been a bank at one time because in the corner was a bank vault. I’m not sure how to describe the decor. It looked as if years ago they attempted to make it look like a tea room-dusty silk flowers here and there, an eclectic collection of chairs that could have looked charming but didn’t, empty display cases stashed wherever, piles of files around the register, plastic table cloths. “Tacky” comes to mind. I went to the restroom and found the vault was used as a storage room (which looked unorganized to my eyes.) There was another more open storage area in the same state of disarray, but the restroom was clean. On my way back to the table, I noticed picture frames filled with ribbons from the Iowa State Fair.

The menus were just printed off a regular copier: water-stained and wrinkled. The food was delicious. The waitress and chef were friendly and fun. I had a tomato and ham frittata, and my sister had a broccoli and cheese frittata-each with a simple salad. The chef heard my sister ask me if I liked it. I said I did, and she piped up and said, “I hope so. I won a ribbon for that!” They talked us into dessert by telling us the calories were kept in the vault. We shared a blueberry sour cream pie and a pumpkin bread pudding. Mmmm! The chef won third place out of 192 entries for one of those desserts. I would go back to this restaurant.

Next was the Quilt Museum.

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This was nice. The entrance fee was $6, and we viewed about forty quilts. The theme was star quilts, and they were made between 1880s (?) and 2016. I could have taken pictures, but I didn’t. These will be displayed until January 24, and then they will display art quilts through April.

Next, we headed to Pella, IA. This was about an hour and a half from Winterset. It was a hot drive because my air-conditioner wasn’t working. We were getting sleepy. Also, we were running out of time because most shops closed around 5 or 5:30; so, we skipped a couple of towns that were on our list.

Pella is another quaint town. It was a Dutch settlement so there are a names such as:  Vande Noord, Van Wijk, Hanson, Jansen, and Bruxvoort. You’ll also find tulips, windmills, and dutch letters.

Went to the Quilted Windmill.

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There I purchased:

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and

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Finally, you can’t go to Pella without stopping by:

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Then we headed home. A day well-spent with my sister.

 

 

 

Lenten Reading Notes

The Return of the Prodigal Son (1773) by Pompeo Batoni

7 Secrets of Confession by Vinny Flynn: Afterword: Change Your Oil!

  • Don’t just “go” to confession; go a lot!
  • Don’t just go thinking about sin. Go with the consciousness of the things that we’ve seen here: Go for grace. Go to grow.
  • Don’t just go when you “need to” because you have committed serious sin. Go often for the grace that will help you avoid sin.
  • Without being strictly necessary, confession of everyday faults (venial sins) is nevertheless strongly recommended by the Church.
  • The regular confession of our venial sins helps us form our conscience, fight against evil tendencies, let ourselves be healed by Christ, and progress in the life of the Spirit.
  • By receiving more frequently through this sacrament the gift of the Father’s mercy, we are spurred to be merciful as He is merciful.
  • Confession should be an oil change.

Bonus Secret: Don’t Forget the Hor D’oeuvres

  • Give it to Mary. She is the Mother of Divine Mercy. Ask her to help you make a good confession and intercede for you for the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and to accompany with you into the confessional.
  • Pray for your confessor. Even though he has consecrated his life to God and has been set apart to act in persona Christi; he’s still human.
  • Examine conscience. There are many resources out there that can help.
  • Confession Psalms-51, 103, 130

Lenten Reading Notes

The Return of the Prodigal Son (1773) by Pompeo Batoni

7 Secrets of Confession by Vinny Flynn: Secret Seven-You Have to Let Go of Your Chains!

  • There are barriers to God’s love, forgiveness, healing, and restoration.
  • God created us to be free and does not violate that freedom.
  • He will help us to make the right choices, but he doesn’t force His love on us.
  • There are things we do to block His love.
  • Barrier 1-Lack of Faith-Trust draws His mercy and lack of trust blocks mercy.
  • Barrier 2-Idolatry-Divinizing anything that is not God. It’s anything that we’ve become so attached to that we are neglecting our responsibilities to other people and failing to keep God at the center of our lives. Things, people, goals, and activities are not the problem. It’s when we crave and grasp at those things for gratification.
  • Barrier 3-The Father Wound-Many people can’t believe in a loving God because they’ve had a significant person in their lives who left them unvalued and unloved in some way.
  • Barrier 4-Unforgiveness-the outpouring of mercy cannot penetrate our hearts as long as we have not forgiven those who have trespassed against us. In refusing to forgive our brothers and sisters, our hearts are closed and their hardness makes them impervious to the Father’s merciful love. In addition, we need to forgive life itself with all of its frustrations, irritations, failed plans, unfulfilled needs, unanswered prayers, etc. We need to forgive God for not following our plans.
  • 1 Peter 3:9-Do not repay evil for evil or abuse for abuse; but, on the contrary, repay with a blessing. It is for this that you were called-that you might inherit a blessing.
  • What to do when we choose to curse instead of bless: 1. Repent 2. Revoke 3. Replace- Do this anytime and anywhere negativity wells up inside us.
  • We need to be forgiving, but we will not be able to forget and that’s OK. It is not in our power not to feel or to forget an offense. But the heart that offers itself to the Holy Spirit turns injury into compassion and purifies the memory in transforming the hurt into intercession. Whenever a bad memory resurfaces, use that to pray for the person who hurt you. Over time the heart is healed and the hurt has less power over you.

Some lay in darkness and in gloom, prisoners in misery and chains. Then they cried to the Lord in their need, and He rescued them from their distress. He led them forth from darkness and gloom and broke their chains to pieces.

Psalm 107: 10,13