Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Goodbye, Mom

June 17, 1938 - May 25, 2008

Footprints In The Sand

One night I dreamed of walking along the shores of different lands.
I could tell that You were with me by the footprints in the sand.
As I gazed upon the heavens, I saw pages of my life.
It was then I realized that You remained there by my side.
When the clouds began to gather and the rains came falling down,
I looked to only find one set of footprints on the ground.
I said, "Lord, why did You leave me in the troubled times of life?
I believed that You would always walk beside me day and night."
(Then I heard:)"My precious child, I'd never leave you.
I have carved you on the hollow of My hand.
It's then I carried you in My arms,
When you see one set of footprints in the sand."
"Dear Lord, will You be with me as I travel through the years?
Will You be there in the struggles?
Will You wipe away the tears?"
As my eyes turn toward the ocean and the shores of distant lands,
I'm still thinking of the single set of footprints in the sand.
(I heard Him say:)"My precious child, I'd never leave you.
I have carved you on the hollow of My hand.
It's then I carried you in My arms,
When you see one set of footprints in the sand."
"Will I hear the angels singing, as my life comes to an end.
Oh Lord, I long to see You. Will You be there once again?"
My eyes turn toward the heavens, along the path of foreign lands,
Once more, I'm thinking of the set of footprints in the sand.
(Jesus said:)"My precious child, I'd never leave you.
See your name carved on the hollow of My hand.
I'm here to carry you to your home.
You will see one set of footprints in the sand."

You are at peace now. I love you and will miss you terribly. You will be always in my heart.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

More Fun with Flowers

No lie, this block took me all of 5 minutes to make. All I did was copy and paste one of the flowers from my previous block. Then I cloned it and resized it a bit smaller, rotated and positioned it where I wanted it. Next I cloned that one and rotated and positioned it on the opposite side. Then, using the awesome brush stroke tool, in one stroke made a vine. Yes, in one stroke! Then I made accompanying vines for the other two flowers and layered them to the back. Less than 5 minutes! I think it took me longer to color the darn thing! Decisions, decisions! LOL! Hope you like it! :o)

Quilty hugs,

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Fun with Flowers

In between doing house and yard stuff, I've managed to complete 2 full chapters of my new EQ6 Applique Drawing book. I've learned so much already and I still have another 4 chapters to go. I always knew this program was amazing and fun; but it's even more so when you are able to expand on its capabilities. It also helps that the book is very easy to follow with step-by-step directions and illustrations.

Above is an original block I made all on my own using some of the lessons I've learned so far. Nothing special, but I had fun doing it and thought I would share it with you.

Happy quilting,

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day!

A Mother's Love

A mother's love! What can compare with it! Of all the things on earth, it comes nearest to divine love in heaven.

A mother's love means a life's devotion - and sometimes a life's sacrifice - with but one thought, one hope and one feeling, that her children will grow up healthy and strong, free from evil habits and able to provide for themselves. Her sole wish is that they may do their part like men and women, avoid dangers and pitfalls, and when dark hours come, trust in Providence to give them strength, patience and courage to bear up bravely.

Happy is the mother when her heart's wish is answered, and happy are sons and daughters when they can feel that they have contributed to her noble purpose, and in some measure, repaid her unceasing, unwavering love and devotion.

- Anonymous

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there!

Friday, May 9, 2008

I've Got Mail!

Snail mail. Fun Mail. Quilty Mail. EQ mail! Woo Hoo! I sooo love the UPS guy.

I can't wait to start tackling the lessons in the Applique Drawing book. And the fabrics in the Spring Stash 2008 program are Y-U-M-M-Y! Fun, fun, fun is now at my house! I swear EQ is like a magical computerized coloring book to me! :o)

Life's Happenings

Wow. It's been awhile since I've blogged. So sorry for the lack of updates. Life happens. LOL!

Anyway, other than working on the house (we have realtors coming the week of May 19), here's what's been happening around here:

First and foremost, Chris's PET scan came back great! Well, great is a relative term; the cancer is still there, but it hasn't grown or spread. Yippee! Many thanks to those who keep us in their thoughts and prayers.

Secondly, Florida was wonderful and the weather was picture perfect! We visited several communities and homes in Titusville, Rockledge, Viera, Melbourne and Palm Bay. It's going to be difficult to choose where we want to be once we actually sell the house (if we could move certain homes and their layouts into certain communities, we'd have it made), but it will be a fun decision overall. There's a super quilt shop in Rockledge called The Quilt Place. It was awesome in there and the people were super friendly. It's a very large shop with thousands of bolts of fabric and 4 longarm setups -- 2 for quilt jobs they take in from clients, and 2 for rent by the day for customers. I'm soooo hoping to get a job there once we relocate and settle. What a dream come true!

It was also nice to see family and so great to spend time with our daughter, Heather, and Jerry, our son-in-law. I can't believe they will be married for a year on May 12. Heather and I had a fun "girl's day out" one day where we went to lunch and then had pedicures and spent time at the pool where our in-laws live. I can't believe how time flies and that she's a grown woman thinking of having children of her own. *sigh*

Lastly, while I did finally finish up my Heart Wreath quilt top while in Florida, there hasn't been much quilting happening lately in this neck of the woods; although I'm hoping to make some time for it again soon. I'm so close to being done the applique border on my Keepsake Squares quilt top. It is looking great, if I say so myself. *giggle* Hope to have that up to share in the near future.

Hugs to all,