Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Life, Quilting and Changes!

How easy is it for you to adapt to changes?  In the past few weeks there have been several changes in our lives.  Some I adapted to fairly and others, well let's just say I'm a work in progress!

Let's go back a month right after I ripped out all of the stitches on the quilt I showed in the last post.  My machine was skipping stitches and it was getting worse by the row.  The first row one skipped stitch.  I Thought okay, I can live with that.  The second row maybe three, I thought once I wash the quilt I wouldn't be able to find them.  When I got to the third row there were about 20 skipped stitches!  The back was hideous looking.  I was not about to put my name on that mess!!!  TENSION, TENSION, TENSION!  By this time I was developing a tension headache!  :o)  Why did I continue after seeing the first skipped stitch is beyond me, I guess I was hoping for a miracle!!!  Trust me when I say, I have learned my lesson and a little something about tension.  YouTube and my HQ dealer gave me great tension tips and I was able to complete the quilt with success this past Friday.



           Isn't she a cutie?

We, all except my son, went to Disney on May 11-17th.  This was courtesy of the Make A Wish Foundation fulfilling my youngest daughter's wish.  We had a ball!!!  

 The girls up close and personal with the fishes!

My son and the rest of HYPE (Step Team)  was supposed to go back to New York to compete on America's Got Talent, however, even tho the received all yes' and a standing ovation, they were not selected to continue to the next round.  So he was home alone and only He and God knows what he was up to.  I know prayer and being saintly probably was the last thing on his mind!   His hormones are raging and he's driving me nuts - he has more mood swings than 10 severely PMS'ing women!!! Many say it will get better, but better -better hurry up and get here!!! (ijs)

We had end of school year test week during the first week of June and that was very stressful...many sleepless nights.

June 7, we brought home Benson!  He is doing quite well and is truly loved, except when he decides to go in my quilt room and take a dump on the floor.  That's when he is introduced to the newspaper.

  Naughty, naughty, naughty Benson!

On June 13th, my son turned 18 on and then graduated that Saturday morning!  What an emotional roller coaster!  There were 371 graduates.  It was an emotional ceremony, a lot of tears from the students and parents.  I thought I was the only one going thru with a child who didn't know what his plans were prior to graduating.  I was not alone, there were many.  You could literally see the look of terror in these kids faces and the fear of the unknown actually paralyzed some of these children to the point of breakdowns.  My son has been struggling with the same issues.  With God, I know that everything will be okay.  I am super proud of him!!!


Sunday  June 15, the girls left for a week to attend Camp Hope.  It is a special camp for children who are fighting serious illnesses.  The girls have such a great time and they feel save because they have their doctors and nurses there with them.  What a wonderful break for me and my DH!!!  Because I don't have everyone's permission, I can't share their cute pics!!!  :0(

Well, I started piecing the back to the last of my 2013 Christmas quilts.  

  This is the top for the last of the 2013 Christmas quilts.

This quilt is for another one of my nieces.   I will actually do some FMQ'ing on this quilt.  I will be attempting swirls and poppies that I learned from Natalia Bonner's book Beginner's Guide to Free Motion Quilting.  I will show pics next week of my progress.

So, yes there has been a lot of changes in my life, but one thing remained constant - God!!!  I believe He kept me sane thru the past 9 or so months.  I leaned on Him and trusted Him to steer and guide me.  There were times I turned and tried to lead myself, but found out that I suck at leading my own life!!!  He's always here with me and I wouldn't have it any other way!!!  So, I dare you to trust God with the many changes you may face - I promise you, you will enjoy the scenery from the passenger's side!!!

Well, I guess that is about it and Current as of this week! 


  1. What a month of changes you have had. I can hear your voice and laughter as I read your post, especially when I read bout your son (ijs). Amen to enjoying the scenery when God is in control.

    1. Virginia,

      It has been crazy, but all I can say is, "Look at God!!!"

  2. Love seeing your family as well as hearing about the highs and lows. And yes, it is quite a journey when you allow Christ to be in the center. He is good, all the time. Blessings to you.

    1. Jackie,

      Thank you! You are so right, He is good, all the time and ALL the time He is good!