Pink Jelly Roll Quilts Soon to Travel Elsewhere!

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Remember, it all started with a pile of pink strips cut from pinks that were given to me. ‘Cause y’all know I can’t stand pink! Blame it on being the middle girl, brunette, between two blonde honeys who loved it. Green is my color, much less blatant. LOL

Anyway, those became this:


and then this, filling up the hallway:


I recently cut that length into four pieces to be centers, and here are the four finished baby tops ready to send off to someone who cares likes pink and has girls needing quilts.









Well, that was fun! And look at all the pink I pushed off on someone else!

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Monday Goals

Week of July 18:

  1. Quilt One Monthly Goal: Jenny of Elefantz Christmas tree table topper Finished!
  2. JennyTableTopper1

  3. Lotto Block for July Not done, and not gonna be
  4. July blocks for Debby Kratovil’s Calendar Girls Finished!
  5. OldGloryFin

  6. Start blocks for Snail’s Trail Star by Debby Kratovil Finished one, and that’s all there will be for now.
  7. Cut up scraps on cutting table and start new squares leader-ender blocks Both done!

  9. Start a new Hexathon block
  10. Make June CQJP block Finished!

Leader-Ender: 4-patches for Promised Land; scrappy 9-patches Some 4-patches, no 9-patches


Back Burner
Jenny Christmas Wreath, Scrap Vortex, Debby Kratovil’s Snail’s Trail Star Finished!, Maggie’s First Dance, and Mary Lou Chickens.

Goals for week of July 25:

  1. Put borders on at least 2 baby quilt centers
  2. Make HST border for 100 Hugs and attach
  3. Borders on Under the Sea baby quilt
  4. Make one American Hero quilt center from 2015 F2F blocks
  5. Make Westering Women block for July
  6. Catch up on Modern HST blocks 13 & 14
  7. Bind Jenny’s Christmas Table Topper

Leader-Ender: 4-patches for Promised Land; 4-patches for Uncle Donald’s quilt (made with batik 2.5″ squares!)

Back Burner
Jenny Christmas Wreath, Scrap Vortex, Maggie’s First Dance, and Mary Lou Chickens.

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A Mormon Moment

MormonMoments I hope if you live in the northern hemisphere, you are having a lovely summer. For those of you in the southern hemisphere, I hope it’s a mild winter. Here it’s been hot and humid non-stop for this week. It cools off next week, but the humidity rises as it rains every day.

So, summer in the south. I don’t actually think of Tennessee as the south most of the time. Knoxville is pretty cosmopolitan and most people here are from somewhere else, so the dialect and accent are not pronounced. You do hear it, but not all that often. Nevertheless, it is the south, and the weather shows it.

I’ve continued thinking about parenting skills this week. Most of my friends have above-average children on the behavior scale, yet there are still problems from time to time. I watch how they solve those problems, and consider my own parenting skills. Comparing mine to Alma’s, he gets an A and I get a C. He had two of three sons who grew up to be righteous, and a third who became righteous, but who had his period of young adult rebellion and serious misdeeds.

Alma_CoriantonAlma taught by example. His sons went on missions with him and preached the gospel, as well. Corianton was the rebellious son. The things Alma re-taught this wayward son are in chapters 39-42 of the book of Alma. None of it was new to Corianton, I’m sure. His older brothers got it the first time through, but he needed a little extra. How do we know this? Because Alma mentions the serious sins Corianton committed on his mission with his father and brothers, and what the consequences of those sins were for the people they were teaching the gospel.

In Alma 39, verses 1-2, Alma said, And now, my son, I have somewhat more to say unto thee than what I said unto thy brother; for behold, have ye not observed the steadiness of thy brother, his faithfulness, and his diligence in keeping the commandments of God? Behold, has he not set a good example for thee?

For thou didst not give so much heed unto my words as did thy brother, among the people of the Zoramites. Now this is what I have against thee; thou didst go on unto boasting in thy strength and wisdom. And this is not all, my son. Thou didst do that which was grievous unto me; for thou didst forsake the ministry, and did go over into the land of Siron among the borders of the Lamanites, after the harlot Isabel.

Corianton_AlmaUh-oh. Not only boastful, but sexual sin. Not a good example of what his father and brothers were teaching as the commandments of God! Alma further tells Corianton, in verses 5-6: Know ye not, my son, that these things are an abomination in the sight of the Lord; yea, most abominable above all sins save it be the shedding of innocent blood or denying the Holy Ghost?

For behold, if ye deny the Holy Ghost when it once has had place in you, and ye know that ye deny it, behold, this is a sin which is unpardonable; yea, and whosoever murdereth against the light and knowledge of God, it is not easy for him to obtain forgiveness; yea, I say unto you, my son, that it is not easy for him to obtain a forgiveness.

Did you ever think about why sexual sins are so serious? Or even that they were so serious? The power to create life is divine power that our Heavenly Father shares with us. That makes the misuse of this power, even when no life is created, a very serious sin against God himself. This is the thing that Alma’s son had done, and something very prevalent in our world today. It can be forgiven, upon conditions of repentance, but it is very serious.

CoriantonAlma continued in verses 8-9 But behold, you cannot hide your crimes from God; and except ye repent they will stand as a testimony against you at the last day. Now my son, I would that ye should repent and forsake your sins and go no more after the lusts of your eyes, but cross yourself in all these things; for except ye do this ye can in nowise inherit the kingdom of God. Oh, remember and take it upon you, and cross yourself in these things.

Good advice, which we know Corianton took to heart, because later in Alma it talks about further missions that he did with his father and brothers, and that he was a strong missionary.

Then in verse 11 , what Alma told him must have stabbed him to the heart as he repented. Suffer not yourself to be led away by any fain or foolish thing; suffer not the devil to lead away your heart again after those wicked harlots. Behold, O my son, how great iniquity ye brought upon the Zoramites; for when they saw your conduct they would not believe in my words.

Alma himself, you may remember, had a great wrestle with the angel of the Lord over doing that very thing, and has recounted that event again to each of his older sons. He knew what he was talking about. He experienced the repentance, the anguish of having led people away from God instead of toward him. Alma had firsthand knowledge of this process of repentance, and so he could urge his son fervently to repent and walk with God.

Alma continued through the next three chapters recorded to teach his son of the coming of Christ, the atonement and the resurrection. He speaks of things he does not know, such as the timing of the resurrection, and the things he does know. I really like these verses, 8-10, and 12-13, 15, in chapter 41.

Now, the decrees of God are unalterable; therefore, the way is prepared that whosoever will, may walk therein and be saved. And now behold, my son, do not risk one more offense against your God upon those points of doctrine, which ye have hitherto risked to commit sin.

Do not suppose, because it has been spoken concerning restoration, that ye shall be restored from sin to happiness. Behold, I say unto you, wickedness never was happiness.

And now behold, is the meaning of the word restoration to take a thing of a natural state and place it in an unnatural state, or to place it in a state opposite to its nature?

O, my son, this is not the case; but the meaning of the word restoration is to bring back again evil for evil, or carnal for carnal, or devilish for devilish — good for that which is good; righteous for that which is righteous; just for that which is just; merciful for that which is merciful.

For that which ye do send out shall return unto you again, and be restored; therefore, the word restoration more fully condemneth the sinner and justifieth him not at all.

eternal life

I love the teachings of Alma. I wish I could have sat at his feet and heard him talk of Christ, repentance, resurrection and restoration, as he did to his sons. I know the world believes that the atonement saves all sinners. It’s true that the atonement is the power to save us from our sins. It is not going to save us in our sins.

Repentance is not a one time thing, it’s a constant thing. We don’t get through a day, an hour, without some level of sin. It’s who we are, the natural man and woman. To develop a nature that is in alignment with God, to develop into a person who can feel comfortable in God’s presence, takes time and effort, and masses of repentance and prayer. The Lord gives us this life to hone us and polish us into the people he made us to be. He loves us so much, He gave His son so that we might have a way back to Him. He loves us so much, he made a plan that included repentance and multiple chances to return to Him!

If I want to go to New York City, I can’t hope to arrive there by taking the road to Los Angeles. The same is true with the path to God. If we want to arrive on our Heavenly Father’s doorstep, we can’t stay on the easy road that leads away from him and think that somehow we will arrive where we want to spend eternity. One gift from God is eternal life. Resurrection to an eternal perfected body is another gift of the atonement. Grace is ours, every single one of us ever born on this earth, and there’s no way we can earn what grace will give us. It is still required of us to repent continually, to have faith in Jesus Christ and in our Heavenly Father, to keep the Lord’s commandments, to strive to be Christlike in all things.

From one of my living heroes, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf:


I found great comfort in reading all of Psalm 25, in the King James Version, verses 4-5 of which my friend, Jenny made into a printout for us.

Christ said, “Come, follow me.” He said, “Love one another as I have loved you.” Let us go forward in faith, following those two great invitations, trusting in the Lord’s love for us, and showing our love for him through our obedience to His laws, as Alma counseled Corianton, his son.

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Satisfying Saturday

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I spent 3 hours in the quilt room this morning, and it was so satisfying to move from one thing to another to another! So here are all the anothers I did today.

1. Sewed the square borders on the 100 Hugs quilt. Next up, HST border.


2. Turned the June Postcard into the CQJP2016 June block. Stitching to be done when May’s block is finished. Next, July Postcard.


3. Made Debby Kratovil’s <a href="Snail's Trail block for the center of a baby quilt. This is an 18" finished block. Next, borders.


4. Finished some Promised Land 4-patches and some beepie blocks -These are all leader-enders from this week. If you think I was weeding out purple strips, you’re right!




And now, this afternoon, I’m going to start the next Hexathon block, number 3 for me, Camelot Star. This one’s a little more complicated than the last one! I’m glad they go back and forth. I’ll need another easy one by the time I finish this one!

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Friday Fun

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It’s Friday, and though I don’t work a full-time job any more, it’s still a great day of the week. Today, after I delivered Thing #2 to his current place of employment, I came home and did a couple of other things before starting to sew.

Here’s what I accomplished in a couple of hours before going out to visit teach a church sister – the bottom of the Old Glory Star! Because I was doing 24″, not either 18 or 12, for which Debby Kratovil had given some measurements, I had to do the math, and then check it twice, because it was SO BIG! Good thing I’m comfortable with math. 1f60b


The bottom point is cut off in the picture, but not on the block. I also worked on some squares for the next borders for the 100 hugs, and those are all ready to sew on, but no picture today. I finished several beepies and forgot to take a picture. I actually thought I had!

After I came home from my visit, I made this block. It’s the Sugar Block Club, Block 1 from Amy. I’ve been collecting them for 7 months, thought it was about time I actually MADE one! Turned out a little bright against that black, didn’t it? Not at all like me, but it’s good to move out of the comfort zone now and then. She has some great tutorials, too.


And now I’m off to visit another sister before coming home to do some handwork on this FNSI evening.

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More Goals Happening

Stacey was here this morning for a couple of hours. She cut up jeans for the last camp quilt, Josh’s, while I sewed on things.

Here’s a pic of Josh in front of the temple in Spokane, with his mother and her parents. I can’t believe how tall he’s getting, but height runs in the family.


Things I did before Stacey came and while she was here:

I finished all 100 of the hugs and the first border. One always hears that yellow will take over a quilt, so I was interested to see that with 50 blue squares and 50 yellow squares in this top, yellow really does take over!


I put the last border around the PJR-IV baby quilt – that’s the end of those!


I also sewed the vertical seams in the Snowball Logs top, but that wasn’t exciting enough to photograph.

Finally, I took the wrong Old Glory star off the other corner, and put it in the R/W/B block pile and made the right one to keep. It looks much better now! This is the top half of a patriotic heart block which will be the 24″ square center of the July baby quilt. I realized I hadn’t actually finished the June one, either, so that’s two, plus a third one I found from last fall – they all need borders, and that will be a goal soon.


This afternoon, I worked a while, and tried to catch up on comment answering. I think I have fewer than 25 to go! Later, I stitched on the CQKP2016 May block, but I haven’t photographed it yet, and it also doesn’t really belong on this blog. I’ll take pictures tomorrow and put it on cq4fun.

Have a great Friday!

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One Monthly Goal: BIG Progress!

It’s quilted! I just have to bind it now. I’ll think about that on Friday, possibly, but quilting was this week’s goal. I had it spray basted, and the quilting went like a charm. Of course, it is a small piece, and I was doing WFQ, AND it is small, but still. I’m extremely pleased with that walking foot!


Sometimes at an angle you can get a good picture of the quilting, and this isn’t too bad. Plus you can click to enlarge it.


Close up of one of the corners.JTT_Back1

And, yes, I do a backstitch to start and stop. I don’t put my quilts in shows, and life is too short to take all those little ends and tie them then bury them. So sorry, perfectionists, but that’s how it works around here. 1f60b

And in other news, yesterday after that running around Knoxville, I did make this block:


It’s the July 3 block from Debby Kratovil’s Quilter’s Block-A-Day perpetual quilting calendar. But … it isn’t quite the pattern that makes the July Calendar Girls block! I don’t know where I got the idea it was July 3. I thought I read it on the post, but it clearly says July 1. So I have to remake this star because when I made the second part of the block, gee, they didn’t match up right! This will go into an American Heroes quilt, and I have plenty of the fabrics, so it isn’t a loss at all. Just annoying. LOL

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