April Scrap Goal

It’s time to report and link up to:

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Remember this photo?

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With a wave of my magic wand … and about 4 hours of sorting on two days … it became this!

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It’s still in front of the door, because I haven’t yet moved it back to the other room, but it was lovely to finish this today. I found the red and blue fabrics I’m going to use to test another pattern for Bea while I was at it.

AND, BONUS! I was looking for scraps to cut for the Promised Land quilt, and I went into my strips scrap drawer. I realized what a mess it was! I didn’t take a photo, but here’s the drawer under it, which is in about 100 times better shape:

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Now look at it! It doesn’t even look full, does it? I have other strippy pieces that can go in there. It’s mostly for string quilts and small bits.

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Plus I found several fabrics which I cut into squares for Promised Land, and promptly sewed into 4 patches. I figured out I need 224, and I made 230, in case something isn’t right or doesn’t work somewhere. Now I’m working on 224 two-patches. Only 223 left to go. 1f60a

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How NOT to Make an American Quilt!

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And I checked it twice, too! So I took the center seam out – which was no fun. I sewed it back together to make this. There’s the star!

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That’s better, but the across center seam is off all the way from side to side, so I’ll be taking it apart again tomorrow and trying one more time.

And then it was too hot to sew any more. My A/C is out, and with the iron on, it heats up fast in there. I do have ONE border done on the Batik H quilt.

Several people have commented at one time or another that they don’t like batiks, or they don’t know what to do with them. I do whatever I want. I treat them like any other fabric. I mix them in wherever I like the color fit.

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I love batiks. They are so easy to work with, and they make such nice flat seams. Because of the whole washing process they go through in dying, I almost never (I don’t think ever, actually) have had one bleed. I find them easy for piecing, and lovely for applique, especially for points and dips. They don’t shred like other fabrics. So, if you’re one of those people who doesn’t know what to do with them … just do whatever you want!

From <a href="http://www.doughtysonline.co.uk/Batiks/"Doughty's Online: Batik is a cloth that traditionally uses a manual wax-resist dyeing technique. … Every country, and indeed region therein, that creates batik fabrics has a unique and distinct batik design style, from simple tie-dyed batik design to the more ornate batik design such as Indonesia’s famed Bali batik.

Batik is an ancient art form. Dating from as far back as 4th century BC Egypt, where it was apparently used to wrap mummies; linen was soaked in wax, and scratched using a sharp tool. In Asia, the technique was practised in China during the T’ang dynasty (618-907 CE) and in India & Japan during the Nara period (645-794 CE). In Africa it was considered to be originally practised by the Yoruba tribe in Nigeria.

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Batik H Top

Linking with Design Board Monday on Bits ‘n Bobs.

So far this week, I have gotten this far, the top is ready for borders!

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I also have one of the Calendar Girl April blocks finished, the rest of the pieces cut and partly sewn. It’s the beginning of a baby quilt.

Some people have referred to this as a spool block, but I don’t think of it that way, because it’s one of four, and I’m thinking of the whole pattern Debby Kratovil showed. She calls it Dancing Double Cross, and I really think of it as a star.

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Today’s goal is to finish the other 3 blocks and finish the scrap organizing goal for April.

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Monday Goals

No Rosa most of this week, but she’s back today. No picture yet, though.

Goals for week of April 18:

  1. Work on Debby Kratovil’s Calendar Girls – March and April projects Pieces all cut, mostly sewn, for 4 April blocks
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  3. Make block and start seams on CQJP2016 April Block At least I started it. The words are finished.
  4. Find fabric for and make Fussy Cut Hexagons – at least one block Not this one.
  5. Make some progress on Scrap Dance Tango, Step 3 Or this one, either.
  6. Block 7 (Pointed) of Modern HST Sampler Finally! Something I did do! And Block 8, also. I’m completely caught up on this one!
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Leader-Ender Blocks: 1-7/8″ 4-patches for Promised Land

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As little as I put on the list, I still got almost nothing done. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday were absolutely NO sewing time at all, and the other three days, not too much. I managed to do the stitching that I finished while watching a couple of TV shows with my older child. I also managed to do a first sorting of the scraps box while I was chatting with Stacey on Thursday.

Additionally, we worked with Wanda to come up with a quilt pattern to make a throw quilt for a friend who is moving back to Utah this summer. Happy for them, sad for us. We’re going to do a block from Quilter’s Cache called

marciasohsusannahOh, Susannah! That’s Marcia’s block, shown on the website. Our blocks will be turquoise and white fabrics.

And look, isn’t this funny? Here’s the block the Quilting Beehive on Google Groups choose a couple of months ago as a lotto block for their swarm coming up soon. Really, it’s the same block, but not. This one is called Scrappy Susannah. Click the block for the tutorial on A Bright Corner blog.

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Finally, I made a hooded bathtowel for a baby shower gift for tomorrow. And gave it away without getting a picture of it! You’ll have to take my word for it. It was cute!

Now we move on to the goals for the week of April 25th. Some of this is going to look mighty familiar!

  1. Work on Debby Kratovil’s Calendar Girls – March and April projects. 4 April Blocks Finished
  2. Make block and start seams on CQJP2016 April Block.
  3. Finish sorting scraps for Scrap Goal for April.
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    That’s already a big improvement over the big box. I didn’t have the shoeboxes when I did this, but I bought them Friday and will now do the final sort. The cardboard box there is all blues! From just one box. I think I might have a lot of blue stash. A couple were 2 yd. pieces, so some of that is going to be targeted to use soon.

  5. Find fabric for and make Fussy Cut Hexagons – at least one block.
  6. Make some progress on Scrap Dance Tango, Step 3.
  7. Put together Batik H blocks into a top for H2H.Blocks together, working on borders
  8. Choose new baby quilt pattern – maybe from leader-ender log cabin blocks!

Leader-Ender Blocks: 1-3/4″ 4-patches for Promised Land

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A Mormon Moment

MormonMoments When our Stake President challenged us to read the Book of Mormon again this year, or for the first time, for those who hadn’t gone all the way through it, it was no problem for me. I read it every year because it really brings me closer to my Heavenly Father, and I like that feeling. Because of that, I’m already past the story of King Benjamin, and it’s funny that doing these hero posts has given me yet another perspective on the scriptures. I’m better able to see how everyone fits into the timeline. I know you may not have that background, so here’s a little timeline that might help.

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Lehi & Family Leave Jerusalem – 600 BC
 

Landing in the Americas – about 589 BC

Lehi died; Nephi led his people to the wilderness – Between 588-570 BC

NephiteExodus2 Nephi 5:6 – Wherefore, it came to pass that I, Nephi, did take my family, and also Zoram and his family, and Sam, mine elder brother and his family, and Jacob and Joseph, my younger brethren, and also my sisters, and all those who would go with me. And all those who would go with me were those who believed in the warnings and the revelations of God; wherefore, they did hearken unto my words.

Nephi died and Jacob became prophet and record keeper – Between 544-421 BC

The plates and leadership pass through

  • Enos (by 421 BC)
  • Jarom (420 BC)
  • Omni (361 BC)
  • Amaron (317 BC)
  • Chemish (279 BC)
  • Abinadom and Amaleki (after Chemish, between 279 and 130 BC)
  • Abinadi (about 148 BC)
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  • Alma the Elder (148 BC – but not the prophet and record keeper until much later)
  • King Benjamin (before 130 BC – talks to the people about 124 BC)
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  • Mosiah (124 BC)

This brings us up to where we are now, and gives you a little idea of the times involved. Much of the history between Jacob and King Benjamin was not recorded in the records we have, because the times were, more or less, average – no one in those years stood out for the record of the spiritual activities. The government and society happenings were recorded on other plates and we don’t have those at this time. They are not what the people of our day need. The spiritual records which comprise the Book of Mormon were written specifically for the people of our day. We know this because many of the recording prophets said things that apply to our times, and occasionally one has said so.

The people listened to King Benjamin prophesy about Christ and tell them of the atonement:

Mosiah 4:6, 10 – I say unto you, if ye have come to a knowledge of the goodness of God, and his matchless power, and his wisdom, and his patience, and his long-suffering towards the children of men; and also, the atonement which has been prepared from the foundation of the world, that thereby salvation might come to him that should put his trust in the Lord, and should be diligent in keeping his commandments, and continue in the faith even unto the end of his life, I mean the life of the mortal body … believe that ye must repent of your sins and forsake them, and humble yourselves before God; and ask in sincerity of heart that he would forgive you; and now, if you believe all these things see that ye do them.

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He told them about forgiveness and verse 19, in bold, has become so meaningful in my own life:

Mosiah 4:16-21 – And also, ye yourselves will succor those that stand in need of your succor; ye will administer of your substance unto him that standeth in need; and ye will not suffer that the beggar putteth up his petition to you in vain, and turn him out to perish.

Perhaps thou shalt say: The man has brought upon himself his misery; therefore I will stay my hand, and will not give unto him of my food, nor impart unto him of my substance that he may not suffer, for his punishments are just— But I say unto you, O man, whosoever doeth this the same hath great cause to repent; and except he repenteth of that which he hath done he perisheth forever, and hath no interest in the kingdom of God.

For behold, are we not all beggars? Do we not all depend upon the same Being, even God, for all the substance which we have, for both food and raiment, and for gold, and for silver, and for all the riches which we have of every kind?

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And behold, even at this time, ye have been calling on his name, and begging for a remission of your sins. And has he suffered that ye have begged in vain? Nay; he has poured out his Spirit upon you, and has caused that your hearts should be filled with joy, and has caused that your mouths should be stopped that ye could not find utterance, so exceedingly great was your joy.

And now, if God, who has created you, on whom you are dependent for your lives and for all that ye have and are, doth grant unto you whatsoever ye ask that is right, in faith, believing that ye shall receive, O then, how ye ought to impart of the substance that ye have one to another.

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After all these things that the people heard from their king, Benjamin sent among them, asking if they believed the words he had spoken. In Mosiah 5:2, we have their answer:

And they all cried with one voice, saying: Yea, we believe all the words which thou hast spoken unto us; and also, we know of their surety and truth, because of the Spirit of the Lord Omnipotent, which has wrought a mighty change in us, or in our hearts, that we have no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually.

The people further made a covenant with the Lord (vs 5):

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And we are willing to enter into a covenant with our God to do his will, and to be obedient to his commandments in all things that he shall command us, all the remainder of our days, that we may not bring upon ourselves a never-ending torment, as has been spoken by the angel, that we may not drink out of the cup of the wrath of God.

King Benjamin had recorded all the names of the people who made the covenant, and it was all except the small children who made it and took upon themselves the name of Christ, as the king had desired. Afterward, he set apart his son, Mosiah, to be king. This son was named after Benjamin’s father, and I suppose should be called Mosiah the Younger, but we don’t have a great deal of information about Benjamin’s father, and so when the name of Mosiah is used, it typically refers to the son of King Benjamin.

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This Mosiah was a righteous king and a spiritual leader for the people. He kept the records and related heirlooms, such as the sword of Laban. As we shall see, however, it was too much to do everything for the growing population, and so next week’s hero, Alma the Elder, became the prophet and also recorded spiritual records.

Next week: Alma and the people who fled King Noah after Abinadi’s death

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Small Saturday Sewing Session

Not a lot of time, yet again, today. This is wearisome! I think next week will be better. But Rosa will be back, too, so hard to say what will happen. I make no prophecies. 1f60a

I did get a little sewing time this morning and finished the second Modern HST Sampler Quilt block for this month, Intersection. I was really happy with this one. I think it’s very appealing. I added a couple of charm pieces from a pack that was conveniently discovered in a box next to the sewing machine. That worked out well! I don’t think you can even tell that one of the light fabrics is the back side.

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Then, this afternoon, I cut all the pieces needed for four April Calendar Girls blocks, Dancing Double Cross. I also began sewing the HSTs, and have all but 8 of them sewn. I can only sew so many at one time before I need to do something else. My something else was to slice and trim the ones I’d sewn and lay out a block to see what it will look like. I like it!

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The blue and the yellow were part of a stash donation to me last fall. They really look great together. There was a pink one, too, but it’s in the Jelly Roll Pink Stinks tops that I need to finish with borders … sometime soon, no doubt. 1f60b

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Mail Call

Lots of wonderful things have arrived in my mailbox the last month, and I’ve been remiss about sharing them!

First are some lovely kitchen towels. A friend mentioned she was making these with crocheted tops and button flaps. I had one I have, quite literally, loved to death, so I asked for the pattern, and then if she would mind selling a couple to me. Maybe 3 days later, these three arrived in the mail, and she wouldn’t let me pay for them. Aren’t they great? I button them over the oven door handle and am never without a towel at hand!

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Next, KTJ sent some lovelies to me. I’m sorry for the glare on the Angel book, but it has a shiny cover and the one I took without a flash was so dark!

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She also included this movie in the package:

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There was an online adoption campaign and I came out of it with these two patterns:

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this fabric:

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and 5 placemats which arrived last week and I forgot to get pictures of them. I’m excited about all of them. I gave some placemats to Stacey to play with, too.

The first of my nine patches rolled in, and there are two more sets, plus three sets of churn dashes that should be heading my way. It’s my month, yay! I’m working on my churn dash blocks for May’s recipient, and I have some nine patches already. Swapping is fun, but I need a calendar to keep track of it all. Oh, wait. I have one! LOL

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