Finished NYB

Over three years in the making, I finally finished my New York Beauty quilt.  Now all these quilted blocks had to be sewn together, partly by hand, and it was a daunting task.

I had sketched a plan for sewing them together, and Sarah happened to be home and was able to help sort them out.

It was a horrible job sewing them together, because of the thickness of the pre-quilted blocks.  I also accidentally stuck my fingers with pins over and over again.

Once they were finally sewn together, I cut off the edges so I could sew on the binding.

Here is the finished five-year quilt!

Here is the full pic — I shared it with friends at Ucross.

 

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Tippet Hike

Chris, Sarah and I took a hike in the mountains with a furry friend recently — Tippet.  It was a beautiful day and he was so happy to have been invited, though he usually has a serious look on his face.

He “marked” the trail all the way up but I didn’t try to capture that in photos.

The creek was quite icy and beautiful that day.

Someone managed to find a huge stick and Tippet was thrilled to chase it many, many times on the return (way more fun than marking trails).

Tippet definitely smiles when he has a stick in his mouth!

Somehow we managed to get a couple selfies with all of us.

 

Silly Memories on a Walk

Another walking path in town that I love to walk is the one along Clear Creek.  Last week it was beautifully dusted with snow.

Note the small amount of snow in the fields.

Many people had already been up and down this path before I arrived.

I decided to go through this entry into the cattle pasture.

I had a good view of the old Fort McKinney area (now affectionately known as the “Soldiers and Sailors Home”) before turning around for home.

Seeing this exercise equipment reminded me of a fond memory, though unfortunately Chris was not able to join in the silliness that day.

 

 

 

 

 

Timely Quotes

Perhaps I should explain where all these quotes are coming from.  Since 1990 I’ve been keeping small pocket calendars that I write special quotes in from scripture, books, newspapers, movies, even Facebook, etc.  — anything that speaks in a special way to me, and to what my circumstances are at the time.  I’ve never tried to line up the quote with the date; I like the size of the pocket calendars, and just write from page to page, ignoring dates and days of the week.  If I want to remember the occasion, I’ll write the date beside the quote.

I can always pick up these calendars free from various businesses.  They have no idea what treasures they have become to me!

Some days I’ll write nothing and other days I may write 5-6 quotes and record a difficulty I’m dealing with at the time.  Some years I end up using 3-4 pocket calendars (such as in each of the years when my parents passed away).  These little booklets are my life because they are the specific scriptures and quotes God is giving me, especially during trials and difficulties.  He always gives me exactly what I need, every day.  I have no idea why He blesses me in this way; I’m not deserving, but these timely truths firmly bring me through those difficulties.

This summer, while walking each day, I began grabbing one of the notebooks each day to re-read as I walked along.  It’s easy to read one quote, then walk a bit and think about it before reading another, or read several at a time.  What amazed me was the fact that I was experiencing similar, difficult situations through the years, and God was giving me the exact same quotes each time.  The quotes came from the particular page of a book I was reading, or the particular assigned scripture of the day, so they weren’t quotes I was “looking” for.  God’s timing is perfect.  This week I’m sharing more of these quotes, as I know they could be just what you need to hear today, too.

Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God.  Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage.  The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense His grace.  — Matthew 6:5-6 (MSG)

Anyone who intends to come with me has to let Me lead.  You’re not in the driver’s seat, I am.  Don’t run from suffering; embrace it.  Follow Me and I’ll show you how.  — Matthew 16:24-25 (MSG)

Let your heart be at rest.  You may enjoy a deep, settled peace that no disturbance can destroy.  It is maintained by your confidence in My love.  Place in My care both yourself and all you hold dear…Release all anxiety.  I am watching over you.  — (Given to me the day one of our children travelled to New Zealand for a 6-month study program), Progress of Another Pilgrim, pg. 108

No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you.  — Isaiah 54:17

What should set us apart is our trust, our ability to let God loose in our circumstances rather than forever trying to control them ourselves.  — Barbara Johnson, Promises of Joy, pg. 44

Get away with me and you’ll recover your life.  I’ll show you how to take a real rest.  Walk with me and work with me — watch how I do it.  Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.  — Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG)

The LORD your God is with you, He is mighty to save.  He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.  — Zephaniah 3:17 (NIV)