Mastering The Art

Piano music swirls in my head, scales, and chords. Chopin is calling to me.

I’m not sure when it happened, the desire to play classical music. I didn’t resume piano lessons in my late 30s to play classical music. It was to play rock ‘n roll and ragtime.

Classical? Who wants to listen to that, let alone learn how to play it?

Me.

It started innocently enough. Beethoven’s Fur Elise, Pachelbel’s Canon in D, and Bach’s prelude in C major. Well, before I knew it, I was hooked.

Although Rock ‘n Roll and Ragtime still hold my interest – the wild and furious melodies of days gone by capture my imagination.

If I were to describe classical music in one word, it would be life. It expresses every emotion, much like a quilt.

After 20+ years of piano study and practice, I have yet to master a Chopin piece.

But … I want to master what I do.

Piano. Quilts. Life.

It’s why I keep working on the same Chopin piece and why I’ve gotten it into my head to perfect my piecing skills.

After 30+ years of quilting? Sometimes a quilt comes out a little wonky.

This was true when I did a remake of my Monkey Dance Table Topper.

Halloween Version of Monkey Dance Table Topper

Oh, in the end, looks good – but it was a lot of tedious work to get it there.

My blocks were coming out a bit too small. That bugged me.

The Tools on Hand

Sometimes it’s about learning what the tools you have on hand can do.

I’ve had my sewing machine for, let me see, for over 15 years. There are things I have still not learned about it.

Discover and learn

I didn’t discover that I owned a Quilters 1/4″ foot until years later. I depended on that foot to give me accurate 1/4” seams. It didn’t.

The problem was, I didn’t do anything about it until I was frustrated enough to figure out another way.

I discovered that the needle can be moved a bit to the right. That was a cool discovery because it made all the difference in the world!

You don’t always need new tools and gadgets. You might only need to learn how to use the things you already have.

It doesn’t matter the hobby or craft. Sometimes I’ll think I need to buy a new gadget or a new piano book, but God has already given me all I need.

And, God has already given you everything you need…

Until next time, enjoy your day and the journey

Adele

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When The Plans Fail Miserably

I had a plan. It sounded great in theory and worked out mathematically.

But it failed miserably.

This was the plan…

My plan didn’t consider the path God was leading me down.
On the one hand, I was giving my day to God. On the other, I was clinging to the plans of my mind.

Well, I’m here to tell you that it didn’t work out so good.

There were days I frantically rushed through my Scrap Jar Quilt to make my quota. My reason? To check off that to-do.

Scrap Jar Quilt project – top Complete – Better late than never

Here’s a thought. I don’t believe God gives us a passion for a hobby – only to rush through a project. It takes all the fun out of it.

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My next project is in the works

It’s marinating on the design wall.
It’ll be an artsy-fartsy kind of quilt. (Forgive me if you don’t care for that description of an art quilt.)

I peek at it, play with the arrangement, and walk away. It isn’t ready for the next step.

When it is, I know the Lord will guide my steps. He always does.

My plan may have failed miserably.

But I did finish the top of the quilt, even if it is 2 1/2 months after my proposed finish date.

Well, it may be way past my deadline, but it is in God’s perfect timing.

I only have the finishing steps to do.

  • The border
  • The basting
  • The hand-quilting.

And my deadline is – only kidding!

I’m leaving that in the hands of the Lord.

Until next time, enjoy your day and the journey

Adele

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It’s an Epiphany!!!

What is an epiphany really? Is it happenstance? A simple manifestation of working things out in your head for days and it suddenly becomes clear or comes together?

Or is it, God working in your life. Letting you learn and grow. And bringing all things together for good? At the perfect time?

God's Timing is Perfect

Seeing Things Clearly

I’ve had “epiphanies” here and there in life. A thought becomes clear, an idea so simple you wonder how you could have overlooked it before.

quilting project

I think people overcomplicate life – if it looks easy it couldn’t possibly be the thing to do. And if it seems overwhelming, don’t bother trying.

My latest epiphany has much to do with my next quilter devotional. Half the work has been done – yet it sits on the back burner.

It came to a grinding halt when I hit a few stumbling blocks. The next thing I knew fears of not being good enough came flooding back to the surface. You know the ones? That voice saying you can’t do what you’re trying to do?

An Epiphany or God at work?

But. A combination of things happened and brought an epiphany – an idea so compelling – so exciting – so simple – I wonder how I could have overlooked it.

And that’s the thing. I didn’t have the answers yet. My “epiphany” is God at work.

Putting things in place – exactly when we need them.

It’s our job to not overcomplicate what God makes simple.

Until next time, enjoy your day and the journey

Adele

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Charting New Territories

I see lots of work in my future and I hope it’s all worth it.

You see, my 3 years are up where my website was residing. I have to pull up roots and move.

The three-year price tag for hosting my site sure opened my eyes!. Yikes. I’m spending all that money? Really?

I could quit…

My life would be a lot less complicated and easier…but the problem is I love to play with websites and blogs.

So here I am, re-adjusting my thinking and loving the challenge

quilting project

Let me tell you about today’s discovery:

I have SO many pictures it appears I’ve used up my allotted space here. I am determined to make my free plan work for the time being though. So My test is to see what happens when I upload a picture.

Here it goes . . .

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Well….what do you know? It worked!

I am perplexed.

My head says it can’t work

I’ll miss many things I could do with my old site. But I know I’ll discover some fun and different things along the way. Not to mention I’ll be saving a lotta cash.

Until next time, enjoy your day and the journey

Adele

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I Delight In You – Zephaniah 3:17

One of my favorite scriptures is Zephaniah 3:17.

zephaniah 3:17
Zephaniah 3:17

I’m not sure when these words spoke to me – but once they did? It opened my eyes to ALL the ways God shows us His love, takes delight in us, and sings over us.

I see this verse coming alive in flowers blooming, the whisper of the breeze, and the way the leaves move and dance.
But most of all, when I hear the birds singing, it reminds me of the scripture.

These are the things that inspired this piece of piano music.

I delight in you – Zephaniah 3:17

Until next time, enjoy your day and the journey

Adele

Sharing God’s love through creative works.

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