General Manager

A friend sent me a list of 36 pieces of advice today. There were a lot of good ideas … 36 of them, to be exact. Number 35 made me laugh and think, “Ouch!” at the same time.

Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe.

I think we all do that – take on more responsibility than is really ours. Why do we spend so much time worrying about things we can’t change? I think I’m going to print this out and put it up above my mirror to think about every single day.

Today, Marla came by and sewed for a short period of time. She’s still working on those boots. Here’s one she finished. These are going to be 8.5″ unfinished.


While Marla was making boots to walk all over her husband, I was working on this mystery block. What do you think it might become?


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One Monthly Goal Finished!

This will be linked to One Monthly Goal on Elm Street Quilts at the end of February.

Starting Point Before

Starting Point Before

After Finish

After Finish

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Tennessee Promise


Tennessee has many things to recommend it as a place to live. It’s pretty much a live and let live state. The people are generally nice, winters aren’t usually too bad, summers can be humid, but not like east Texas or Louisiana. If you like greenery, there’s a lot of it. There’s enough culture and history here to keep most people happy, and east Tennessee is a hot bed of quilting.

Quilts – the kind your grandmother made with love, skill and tradition – are the focus of A Mountain Quiltfest in Pigeon Forge from March 18-21, 2015.

Quilts – the kind your grandmother made with love, skill and tradition – are the focus of A Mountain Quiltfest in Pigeon Forge from March 18-21, 2015.

It has one more thing seniors graduating from high school. The legislature passed what is popularly known as Tennessee Promise. Here is an overview:

Tennessee Promise is both a scholarship and mentoring program focused on increasing the number of students that attend college in our state. It provides students a last-dollar scholarship, meaning the scholarship will cover tuition and fees not covered by the Pell grant, the HOPE scholarship, or state student assistance funds. Students may use the scholarship at any of the state’s 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology, or other eligible institution offering an associate’s degree program.

While removing the financial burden is key, a critical component of Tennessee Promise is the individual guidance each participant will receive from a mentor who will assist the student as he or she navigates the college admissions process. This is accomplished primarily via mandatory meetings that students must attend in order to remain eligible for the program. In addition, Tennessee Promise participants must complete eight hours of community service per term enrolled, as well as maintain satisfactory academic progress (2.0 GPA) at their institution.


2015 high school graduates were the first group through the application, and the ones who have fulfilled the requirements will be graduating with their AAs this spring. This is pretty exciting stuff for students here. It’s basically getting the first two years of college free, and that’s a wonderful thing for children like my friend’s son, the mighty football player. He was a starter on the varsity team this year, his junior year, and will be next year, too. The team went all the way to the finals at state, but lost the final championship game.


They have a wonderful coach. He supports them in every way, and insists they keep up their grades, even holds study times and tutoring sessions for them. He teaches them about how to be good citizens, good students, good family members, and at the end, good football players. He tells them that football is a game, it isn’t life. He brings in speakers who are former Tennessee football stars and NFL football players who tell them that they have earned more as a businessman than on the field. He’s done a lot to shape the characters of the young men on his team. Considering my friend’s son’s father is dead, it’s been a blessing for them to have this coach.

Now, the young man is visiting schools from middle to east Tennessee, trying to decide where to go. The football coaches at Eastern TN are excellent and have values similar to this high school coach and to who this young man is, too. They are actively courting him for their school, and he’s also going to a spring football camp and a middle TN college (middle is around Nashville). I think he has a bright future and a likelihood of a scholarship for his final two years of college. He may even go to the NFL or wind up a high school coach himself someday.

Last night, there was a big dinner for the team members and their families. Here’s the picture of my friend and all three of her children. Her football player is all of 6’3″, and I’m pretty sure he’s a Linebacker. I think you recognize Miss R – she’s not smiling in this photo, but she does still smile. The baby is Wild Thing #1, and he’s shaping up to be a pretty great young man himself.


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Monday Goals

Let’s see how I did on the goals for week of February 13:

  1. February One Monthly Goal – Finish last Birdie Stitches block Finished – see it posted on the 21st
  2. Work on seams for July Postcard CQ block Yes!
  3. February Lotto Blocks
  4. Make second F2F block for February. Finished! And Block 3, too.

    claire93_f2f_b claire93f2f_3
  6. Make Bowtie Teddy, first BOM block Did it!

Possible Leader-Enders:

  • Snowball log cabin blocks
  • Begin setting blocks for 25-Patch quilt
  • Promised Land 4-Patches
  • beepie blocks

Goals for week of February 20:

I’m going to QuiltCON in Savannah! Wednesday morning, I will pick Moira at the Atlanta airport. We’re going for lunch in Macon, and stopping at a couple of quilt stores there. Then it’s on to Savannah by dinner time. I’m debating whether or not to take the computer. If I don’t, the e-mail inbox will be overflowing; I’ll also have some days without being plugged in! That sounds nice, doesn’t it?

Goals for this week are simple. Work on anything unfinished from last week, if there’s any time to do anything. I will probably take one stitching project with me, and we’ll see if I do any!

We also plan to meet Mel at Resourceful Momma and her pattern design site Cloth and Paper Studio. She and a friend, and possibly Mel’s little girl, will be at QuiltCon, too! Are you going to be there? Maybe I’ll see you! Leaving here Wednesday morning early to make it to Atlanta’s Hartman Jackson Airport to pick up Moira when her 10:30 am flight comes in. I can hardly wait!


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A Mormon Moment: Part 1, Aaronic Priesthood

MormonMoments How is the beginning of your Sabbath day? We’re hoping for a high of 70, and maybe a good look at the sun, too! May you be blessed with all you stand in need of this day.

Today, I’d like to chat a little more about the priesthood. I talked somewhat about it before, but having recently tried to explain all the areas covered by it to a non-LDS friend, I thought maybe others might like to understand a little better, too.

The first thing to understand is that there is nothing done in the church which is not done through the authority of either the Aaronic Priesthood or the Melchizedek Priesthood. We don’t perform any ordinances, such as baptism, gift of the holy ghost, marriage, callings, settings apart or even passing the sacrament without the priesthood authority and involvement required.

priesthoodrobesAny priesthood is the eternal power and authority of God. It is the power by which He created and governs the heavens and the earth. It is also the power by which He redeems and exalts His children. He gives a portion of His priesthood power and authority to worthy men so they can preach the gospel, administer the ordinances of salvation, and govern His kingdom on earth. That’s right, women are not priesthood holders. So what? Men are not child bearers. Different purposes in life require different service and different preparation. Women govern their homes and church auxiliaries without the priesthood, and you can make of that what you will. We are aided by the authority of God, bestowed in settings apart and blessings given us by priesthood holders.

You might ask why there are two priesthoods. That’s a logical question. There always were two priesthoods in ancient times. The first, today’s topic, you may be more familiar with from the Bible, because most ordinances from the Old Testament involved the lesser, or Aaronic Priesthood, or the priesthood after the order of Aaron. You might remember that Aaron was the brother of Moses. Also, he was of the tribe of Levi, the ones who traditionally perform priesthood ordinances after their calling in Exodus 28. This is sometimes referred to as the Levitical priesthood.

levitepriestExodus 28:1 – And take thou unto thee Aaron thy brother, and his sons with him, from among the children of Israel, that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office, even Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron’s sons.

That’s not the first, nor the last, reference to priesthood in the Bible, but it is when it is recorded that God called certain people and named the priesthood after Aaron. There’s plenty more in Exodus, and being in the Old Testament, before the coming of Christ, the whole ordination thing was pretty intensive, as described in chapter 29. Much simpler once Christ arrived! Any priesthood authorizes men to act for God in some way, to bless His children and help them prepare for exaltation.

keysWe often refer to the various powers given with the priesthood as keys, opening spiritual doors as a house key opens your house or a car key turns the ignition of your car. The keys for the Aaronic Priesthood today are:

  • The keys of the ministering of angels. President Gordon B. Hinckley said, “That means, as I interpret it, that if you live worthy of the priesthood, you have the right to receive and enjoy the very power of heavenly beings to guide you, to protect you, to bless you.” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1982, 64; or Ensign, Nov. 1982, 45)

    Elder Dallin H. Oaks made the connection to the Holy Ghost. ““Through the Aaronic Priesthood ordinances of baptism and the sacrament, we are cleansed of our sins and promised that if we keep our covenants we will always have His Spirit to be with us. I believe that promise not only refers to the Holy Ghost but also to the ministering of angels, for ‘angels speak by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore, they speak the words of Christ.” (2 Nephi 32:3)

  • The keys of repentance and baptism. John the Baptist preached repentance and baptized people in preparing the way for the Savior. Matthew 3:1-6 – In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judæa, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
    For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

    And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey. Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judæa, and all the region round about Jordan, And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.

  • In addition to baptism, Aaronic Priesthood holders may officiate in the ordinance of the sacrament. The sacrament is a weekly renewal of baptismal covenants. When we take it worthily, having repented of our sins and with every intention of improving our walk with Christ, then our baptismal covenants are reconfirmed, and we are clean again, as we were at baptism. We promise to take the name of Christ upon us, to remember him and keep his commandments. We are promised in return that his spirit will always be with us.
    What spirit is that? John 14:16: And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

    Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve said: “We ask you young men of the Aaronic Priesthood to prepare and bless and pass these emblems of the Savior’s sacrifice worthily and reverently. What a stunning privilege and sacred trust given at such a remarkably young age! I can think of no higher compliment heaven could pay you. We do love you. Live your best and look your best when you participate in the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper.” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1995, 89; or Ensign, Nov. 1995, 68)

  • The Aaronic Priesthood is generally given to young men beginning at the age of 12. There are slightly different responsibilities that go with each of the above. For instance, in the case of the sacrament, the office of Deacon is 12 – 13 year-old boys, and they pass the sacrament. This may also be done by higher priesthood authority.

    The office of Teacher is 14 – 15 year-old boys, and they prepare the sacrament – pour water into the cups and have the bread ready for tearing. The trays are lined up on the sacrament table and covered with a white cloth. This may also be done by higher priesthood authority.

    The sacrament prayers are generally offered by the Priests, who are 17 – 18 year olds. It may also be blessed by higher priesthood authority.


    Sacrament is just one example of how the responsibility can be divided, each level taking on the job it is spiritually prepared to perform. Is receiving any level of the priesthood automatic because a man achieves a certain age? No, it isn’t. That man has to be morally clean and otherwise worthy of holding the priesthood. There is an interview with the bishop for the Aaronic Priesthood, and questions which must be answered.

    Someone joining the church, say at 30, is generally, within a few months, given the office of Priest in the Aaronic Priesthood. If all goes well, he will progress in the priesthood offices as time goes by. There are no set times when anything MUST be done, only ages and times at which things MAY be done.

    Next week, I’ll explain a little more about the duties of the Melchizedek Priesthood, named after the high priest to whom Abraham paid his tithes and offerings. Hebrews 7:1-2: For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;.

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Saturday and Claire93’s Last Block – No Peeking!

It’s a wet Saturday here in East Tennessee – wow, that’s unusual! (Said with loads of sarcasm!) Yesterday was beautiful, sunny and 65, and later this week, we might top 70, but for today, 50s, cloudy and wet. I started the day in my quilt room and finished my last block for Claire, as well as my last ever F2F block. We had twelve participants last year, and nine this year, and we’re finished with this great idea now.

Have you been following the Everyone’s a Star QAL? I’m not doing all of it, but when Debby Kratovil did a great tutorial on the way she did block three, I decided that was my block. And here it is!


I was so happy with all the corners doing everything they were supposed to do. That always happens when I follow Debby’s directions!

I was working on both a beepie block and two log cabin setting blocks for the teddy bears, but didn’t finish any of the three. However, here are pictures of the heart blocks Sharon at Indigo Threads sent me, arriving yesterday.


Nothing new in today’s mail. I think there is only a trickle of blocks left to come in now. Lots of setting blocks to make, though!

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Thursday Mail Call and Stuff

I hope the person who sent this first set of hearts recognizes them and lets me know her name. The envelope got thrown away before I could note it. They are pretty distinctive, though, and I am thrilled to have them!


Yesterday, these three arrived:

From Marsha Reeves

From Marsha Reeves

Beautiful additions to the group! There can’t be more than 8-10 left to come. I will have to lay them all out when they are all here.

Here’s the final on the Bowtie Teddy, with his eyes sewn on. No, no, this is NOT a baby quilt! This is for me, teddy bear lover since the age of 2.


I also did this beepie block while doing other things yesterday.


Finally, though it wasn’t on my goals list, I’ve been doing the patches for the borders on Mr. Snowman.


Today, there will be stitching on my July CQJP2016. I hope to finish the last bits of it and get some beading done, too.

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