square 48 & 49

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square 48:  i went back to taiwan for my aunt’s funeral.  she had been battling leukemia for a year and a half.  she was the oldest daughter and the first in her family to know the Lord.  and she was faithful to bring all her sisters and their husbands to know the Lord.  my mother was the second daughter and the second to be saved, along with my father.  this was how the Lord’s salvation reached me–through my aunt’s steadfast prayers for her family. it was nice to be with all my aunts and uncles, sharing many fond memories of their dear oldest sister, listening to many stories that i had never heard before.

the morning before i left taipei i was able to go to a knick-knack store near my third aunt’s house and wander through it’s three floors of every-things.  in the craft section i came across some wooden beads.  ah!  how i wish i had these back in june when i was taking the surface embroidery class.

square 49: continuing with the beads theme…joann was selling a packet of assorted beads for $1.  miss e used some to make a necklace.  i used some of the smaller ones for my square.

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i couldn’t help it!

just two weeks ago i promised that i wouldn’t start on anymore projects until i’ve completed all the ones from last year.  welllll…i couldn’t help myself from signing up with amy gibson’s (block of the month–bom) sugar block club.  by the time i stumbled on amy’s site the bom had already started!

on the first of every month we would get a new block pattern (along with a dessert recipe) for the month.  now you see why it wouldn’t make sense for me to sign up after i finished all my projects…like, in march.  i would be 3 quilt blocks behind!  ok, so that was the excuse i came up with.  hopefully with it being a block a month i can keep pace with it better than my one square a week, especially since my calculus 1 class just started yesterday.

i’ve decided, to the best of my ability, not to purchase any new fabric and just use old bed sheets (mostly ones that i raided from my parents house last new year when i first started quilting) for these particular blocks.  i’ll be able to put together a quilt full of memories!  here’s the first of 12!

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the block came with a recipe for pumpkin pancake…so we used the pumpkin that miss e picked from the pumpkin patch back in september (the pumpkin was still good!) to make the pancake.  it was a good recipe for a martin luther king jr. brunch. (truth be told, i used the recipe first before making the quilt block.)

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square 48

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the week before thanksgiving my life felt like a whirling dervish, crazy twister spinning with enormous amounts of life situations that i could barely make decisions for.  and yet they had to be taken care of.  in these times i always thank the Lord that He arranged mdh to be mdh.  every night, one by one, we sorted through the dilemmas and considered how each needed to be handled and arranged.  we talked, prayed, and the grace was there to tackle each situation.

this square was machine sewn by free hand technique.  it felt like it fit the occasion…no time to hand sew the square.

a new beginning

so instead of fretting and agonizing over how i’m going to finish my 52 squares, and take pictures of them, and complete all the half-written entries about them, and still find time to relax before my math class starts again…i think this post from bibles for america is a better way to have a new beginning.  i’ll still finish up my 52 squares of yester-year, but taking care of my spiritual eating is a better priority than anything else.

finishing what i’ve begun.

it’s 2014 and i’m still trying to finish my 52 squares of 2013!  oy!  things got a little piled up near the end of 2013.  along with the squares i also have a few other projects hanging about that needs some finishing up.   the plan is to finish those up before i embark on any more new projects.