Monday, January 31, 2011

FQ calendar quilt: February

January has sped by, and it's February already!

the block for the month of February will be the Dresden plate. you can find the pattern here, if you don't have a copy of this pattern already. to remind us of Valentine's day, instead of the circle in the middle of the Dresden plate, replace that with a heart

happy quilting!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

UFO challenge 2011: January

this box of fabric with its partially finished quilt has been sitting around for at least 10 months now. it was a demo left over from a class that i taught at the BF. i certainly had every intention to finish this cute little wall hanging.


I've known for quite some time that i work better under pressure. what is it about a deadline that makes me work better? (that was only a rhetorical question!) the end of the month is only 2 days away. and look: it's someday. the pink and brown Dresden plate is done!

and remember to look for next block in our FQ calendar quilt! it will be up February 1, so don't forget to stop by again.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

you need look no further than our driveway...

our Christmas morning was spent in happy oblivion, sharing gifts and opening stockings, reading Luke 2 and drinking coffee. (Starbucks and otherwise)

little did we know the priceless and precious gift that we were about to be given.

while traveling south to visit family, G, M and N were involved in a serious truck accident.

there were two water tankers traveling north. after failing to negotiate an "S" curve, G's truck slammed into the second water tanker.

it was the quick thinking of those two drivers who quite literally saved the lives of my children: Miriam Elizabeth, Nathaniel Joseph and Gabriel Donald.

G would have hit that tanker head on, except for the fact that the first driver radioed back to the second that the purple pickup was loosing control. the second driver took his foot off the gas, and got all the way over to the right, against the guardrail.

even still, the front axle of the (full) water tanker was broken, although the water tanker was rated for 28,000 pounds. the tanker driver sustained a broken wrist in his frantic effort to avoid hitting the pickup truck.

G was the most seriously injured of the 3, with a shattered pelvis and broken hip. he also had severe lung contusions, and was in the hospital for 5+ days, 1 of those in ICU.

the kids left the house around 1PM. the accident was reported at 1:26. i received a call from the hospital at 2:37.

in those brief moments, while Dave and i were settling in for a quiet Christmas afternoon, God was watching over my children.

yet again, God has shown his abundant, unfathomable and unending mercies for my family.

i cannot even begin to imagine the horror and sorrow that we were spared from on Christmas day.

G has a second chance at life- the chance to seek and discern what it is that God has spared him for. surely God has plans for G- something that only my youngest son can do.

but most importantly- we have our 3 children- healthy and safe. and a visible reminder:

God is a God of inches.

and He loves us all.

you need look no further than our driveway to see that.

Saturday, January 01, 2011

a year of quilting: January

what better excuse to start a new quilt than just the simple fact that it's a new year? now that it's January 1, I'm posting the link to our FQ Calendar Quilt.

the block for January 2011 is the Centennial Tree, which can be found here.

I'll warn you- it's a bit twiddly, but hang in there! you can see from the photo that i did the trunk a bit differently, but i like the way this looks better anyway. ( i just omitted the last, lower triangle)

it's not too late to hop on board for this quilt- you can search FQ calendar quilt in my search engine (on the right) or just look here. you'll find any info that you might have missed.

it's still not too late to join Judy's UFO 2011 project, either. details can be found here, or click on the logo on my sidebar. (on the right)

happy quilting!

here we go: the UFO challenge for January 2011

it's a new year, and Judy has drawn the number for January: #6

there is alot of stuff going on right now (almost all of which i didn't get a chance to blog about) but I'll give it my best shot to get this P & B Dresden plate done!


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