Embrace Your Dream and Run with it

My mentor asked me this question.

What is a goal or dream you have, if it were to happen, that would make this the best year ever?

The first thing I said? Publishing a book. Writing, I love to write.

I went about my morning routine, not dwelling on my best year-ever dream.

That is until I settled into my morning God time.

During that time, God revealed this to me.

  • When you answered that question at 5 AM, your answer was immediate.
  • You didn’t answer, have a successful Etsy shop or play piano at Carnegie hall.

By the way, both are goals and dreams of mine. (Might as well dream big right?)

But they weren’t on the tip of my tongue. Which gave me a newfound confidence in my writing path.

Of course, my brain started doubting and questioning this confidence – immediately. Am I only trying to prove I can do this thing? Maybe it’s not a God thing after all.

Well, I told my brain to shut up 🙂

It’s Time

I’ve had a writing project in the works all year. It’s had spits and spurts of encouragement followed by days of discouragement.

It’s time to get going. God lit a fire under me to get working on this project.

So, I hope you’ll keep your eyes here for the new quilter’s devotional – Seeds of Love.

And I hope that if God is putting a project on your heart, you will embrace it and run with it.

Until next time, enjoy your day and the journey


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Don’t Hold On So Tight

Sometimes we hold so tight to an idea that we can’t see it any other way.   

I was so stuck on what I wanted to do with a quilt design that it sat waiting for “the perfect” fabrics to come along – someday.

You see, I bought fabrics to re-create and test a quilt pattern. (Quilt pictured below) When I started cutting the fabric, my plans fell to pieces.  

Music Quilt Wall Art

You know that quilting tip you’ve heard over and over again? Test one block before you cut all your pretty fabrics up? Yeah … it’s the step I skipped.  

As a side note, I could say it cost me the quilt. But you know, God uses our missteps for good too. 

decision making romans 8:28

I made the error of cutting all the pieces at the get-go. And cut a bunch of blocks – wrong. 

I set the project aside for that someday miraculous event when matching fabrics would show up in my favorite quilt shop.

Three Years Later.

You might be wondering why the project ended up on the design table. Well, I was ready to cannibalize it for another.  

It’s the cost of projects becoming UFOs. Let them hang around too long, and the materials mysteriously disappear. (Creepy 🙂 )

Back to the project

I didn’t have the heart to cannibalize it. I was hanging tightly to my original design.  

I spent a week working on it, including rummaging through my fabric stash for the perfect find.

No such luck!

Ready to give up on the project – I took a different approach. I recreated the design with the fabric and blocks I could create.  

The thing is, it wasn’t until I surrendered the design that I was able to see it in a new way.

In the Quilting Studio – Christmas Quilt Top

If you’re holding on too tight, let go and see God make something new happen.  

Until next time, enjoy your day and the journey


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Seeing it Clearly

Have you ever been so close to something that seeing it clearly isn’t possible?

I thought my quilt was going together just the way it was supposed to. That’s what I believed, so that’s just what I saw!

One morning, I was admiring my quilt, planning my next steps when I saw it!

A glaring mistake!

I hoped I was imagining those two diamond blocks side by side. But after closer inspection, I could see that wasn’t the case. In fact, it was the WHOLE row! (Fortunately, I’m handy with a seam ripper1) 🙂

It makes me wonder how many of God’s miracles we miss because we’re so caught up in what we think we see or think we know!

 Open my eyes to see wonderful things in your Word.

Psalm 119:18

Until next time, enjoy your day and the journey


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The Creator is Biased

Do you fall in love with the quilts you create?

And so it began…

I had six 1/2 square triangle blocks left over from a project I created a few years ago.

run of the mill 1/2 square triangle blocks

What can you do with six leftover blocks that kinda go together, but not really?

I could have tossed them out and saved myself time and energy. But, waste not – want not, right? Anyway, there’s always something you can do with the leftovers.

Coasters? A Mug mat? Those ideas did not stir up any excitement for me.

I wanted to do something spectacular with these run-of-the-mill blocks.

Sometimes you have to dare to be different.

Circles. I’ll make circle appliques out of them! Now I’m getting excited, you?

I thought it was a great idea until I made the circles out of them.

My circles were a disappointment.

They almost ended up in the trash – but don’t tell them that!

My circle appliques sat on the design table for several long months. Taunting me.

I’d run into the studio before my workout and rearrange them this way and that.

Nothing. No inspiration. No creativity.

This was going nowhere fast, and I was about ready to quit, but something inside of me told me not to. I’d stay awake at night – thinking about those circles.

And Suddenly Inspiration Hit – (Thank Goodness!)

Once the idea was there, the passion was fueled, and the quilt was created.

I fell in love with it and the design. But as its creator, I’m a little biased.

This brings me to a thought for you to chew on.

Now a bit about this Quilt

The Quilted Bungalow Art Quilt
The materials needed are
  • 6 coordinating 1/2 square triangles
  • 1/4 yard of two neutral fabrics
  • 16” X 54” White or cream tone on tone background fabric
  • 1/4 yd binding fabric
  • Backing slightly larger the finished quilt
  • Fusible webbing of your choice (I like Misty Fuse)*affiliate link
  • Thread for sewing, appliqué, and quilting.
  • I used (Superior Threads Fantastico thread *(affiliate link) for appliqué and Quilting)
  • Fiskars Circle Cutter. *affiliate link

Quick Directions

  • Fuse webbing to the wrong side of 1/2 square triangle blocks
  • Fold your 1/2 squares in half and make circles from them following the directions of the Fishers Circle Cutter. (If you are using Misty Fuse – put some parchment paper between the layers so it doesn’t stick)
  • Make four 4” circles and two 3” circles)
  • Fuse webbing to the wrong side of neutral-toned fabrics. You’ll be making two 8” circles and Two 6” circles Cut these in half.
  • Fold your background fabric in half. Press.
  • Using the pressed line and the photo as a guide place the neutral-toned 1/2 circles on the background fabric. Try to arrange them so the space at the top and bottom is the same (or close). You’ll trim the piece after appliqué and quilting.
  • Press them in place
  • Now add the circle appliqué arranging them the way you like. Fuse in place.
  • Applique with a narrow satin stitch.
  • Quilt as desired.
  • Trim the piece to 14” X 50” so the design is centered.
  • Bind as desired.

Until next time, enjoy your day and the journey


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God Doesn’t Quit On Us

I’m so glad that God doesn’t treat me the way I treat my projects.

i will never leave you or forsake you.  Hebrews 13:5 ESV

You know? You get overwhelmed, behind, or something doesn’t go quite right, and before you know it, you’ve tossed it into a draw and forgotten about it.

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Yeah, I had a pair of pants that I started making in October of 2018. I’m not sure why I put them aside, but I did. I finally “finished” the pants this spring (2022). Well, except for a little of this and that.

I rolled them up and tucked them in a draw…where they sat for months.

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One day on a whim, I tried them on. And loved the fit!
I sat down – that morning and finished those pants.

Although I did finish those darn pants, there are so many others projects I’ve tossed out and quit on.

And that’s the point.

We may toss things aside, but God doesn’t toss us aside.

God doesn’t toss us out. He doesn’t quit on us.
He’s always with us. Beside us to guide us. Our only job is to have faith and trust Him with our lives.

Until next time, enjoy your day and the journey


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