God First, Quilting Second

Published Mon, Jan 16 2012 8:20 AM

Lord Heavenly Father, I haven't been starting my days with You again. Here I am singing Your praises in spite of my monster headache. Yet You bless me so richly with all my quilty friends. I had a wonderful time meeting Marlene on Friday and going to 35th Ave. and Mulqueens. You surround me with so many friends at church. There are so many talented people You have placed in my life....like David with the new song he wrote and sang Saturday evening at church...so beautiful. Thank you for my AZ caregiver and friend Barb, who spends a lot of time helping me understand what is going on with the latest medical problem I'm having and researches ways for me to find a new caregiver in Ohio. And thank you for the friends in Ohio who call me to make sure I am ok here in Arizona. My prayer request for today is for Cousin Deb's son-in-law Jared who was in an industrial accident last week. Please wrap your healing arms around Jared so that we will walk again. And give Kylie patience as she deals with all the physical therapy that Jared will be going thru and the care of their newborn baby. Father, help me as I continue my care from all my injuries and recent incident with PTSD this past Saturday. Singing Your praises and thank yous, in Your Holy Name. Amen

Thanks to Marlene on Friday, I went to 35th Ave. and saw their new store. Were we ever blown away! The store is HUGE! It's a shame I had just spend an hour with my financial advisor before Marlene picked me up. Otherwise, I would have spend a very large bundle in that shop! Instead I contained myself...you have no idea how hard that was...and only bought what I needed. My total only came to $42. Then we went down the road to Mulqueens on 59th Ave....a smaller shop. I could have easily spent another large bundle. They had some wonderful Christmas fabrics on sale for 50% off. Again I put the brakes on and only bought 2 fat quarters to make Indy a Christmas stocking (I have fabric at home to go with it), fabric for 2 gals in the bday club, a panel for a secret, and a fabric for Indy's pillowcase. Found out he sleeps on a bed pillow. My bill at Mulqueens only came to $35. So I didn't do bad considering when I go to Amish country to the quilt stores I spend over $200. Perhaps I should meet with my financial adviser every time before I go fabric shopping! Saturday afternoon Jim wanted to go to JoAnn Fabrics. I found fabric for 2 placemats for Indy and spent just under $20.

Due to the PF Chang marathon, I was unable to get to church yesterday so I sewed all day. I almost have the quilt top done for my granddaughter Hanna's 6th birthday. She loved Cora's quilt that I made at Christmas time with all the butterflies and flowers. I've used some of the same fabrics and some new fabrics, made snowball blocks, sashing, 3 borders, added butterflies and flowers. Today I will machine applique the butterflies and flowers and hopefully get the backing and batting pinned to the front.  Maybe I'll take it to the longarm quilter instead. She did a good job. Then I can start on Indy projects and finish up the RWYS Precious Projects this week. Sounds like a plan! I'm also under doctor's orders to start elevating my feet every 30 minutes. That puts a damper on productivity. Wish I had brought one of my Crabapple Hill UFOs with me.

Blessings to my quilty friends for a wonderfuly week and hugs to you too.


# Pamela said on Monday, January 16, 2012 12:06 PM

If you put God first, he takes care of everything else. Easy to say, but I do the same thing, starting my day without putting God first.

# Spudgrandma said on Monday, January 16, 2012 12:20 PM

Amen to that!

# Emily said on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 7:07 PM

Amen to all you had to say to our Lord.  God bless you.

# Kathy M. Boice said on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 8:53 PM

Interesting post. If only we could talk to God before we start our day and really put our concerns in His hands. He would be our financial advisor, our life guide, and our best freind. We try to put Him first, but life gets in the way many days. Thank you for your "reminder" post and may we all do better on this spiritual path! Hugs,

# mars92 said on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 9:03 PM


Had a great time w/ you also. Great to see the new 35th Ave. What a huge store. I could get lost in there and never come out. LOL. And Mulqueen. The bargains on Christmas fabrics where too much to resist. I am big time fabric poor. : )  But it was such a pleasure to meet you! Thanks again for lunch, it was yummy. I must admit meeting you and the shopping was better. LOL  Lunch can wait! Hugs Marlene