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The Art of Being Useful

My church has a motto that I like: “We are blessed to be a blessing.” Isn’t that lovely? I am blessed, so that I may be a blessing to others. The idea of being a blessing to the people around me fills me with purpose. Having a purpose fills me with joy. Joy is an… Continue reading The Art of Being Useful

Longarm Quilting, New Quilters, Quilting

Wonky Stars

Christmas, the season of stars, is now behind us. But I still find myself thinking about them. Stars, that is. Especially that star. The star. The one that led shepherds and wise men to a manger in Bethlehem. The one that Jesus slept beneath on his birth day. A perfect star, a perfect light, a… Continue reading Wonky Stars

Cheery-O Quilt, Minky, New Quilters, Quilting

NASA and the Minky Way

Hands down, the best vacation I ever took was our 2011 trip to Florida, when we visited the Kennedy Space Center. It was the summer of the last space shuttle launch. We visited the center just a few days before (and good for us, because the traffic is terrific when there’s a launch). The focus… Continue reading NASA and the Minky Way

Choose Gratitude, Thanksgiving

Empty Shoes

As this Thanksgiving week draws to a close, I find myself thinking about my Grandma Muriel – well, Grandma Mearl or Murl, really. No one who knew her pronounced it proper. Blame for that goes to her five brothers, the youngest of whom couldn’t pronounce it as a toddler. Grandma was a tough cookie, but… Continue reading Empty Shoes

Cheery-O Quilt, New Quilters, Quilting

Kitchen Table Quilting

When I started quilting, I always brought my sewing machine to my kitchen table. It was the best place to spread everything out, and get some work done while still being in touch with my family on the weekends. Eventually, I bought a little sewing machine table and set up shop in my extra bedroom,… Continue reading Kitchen Table Quilting

New Quilters, Quilting

Almost Heaven

Although I have traveled a respectable amount – at least, within the United States - I have never called anyplace “home” that wasn’t in my native state of West Virginia. Say what you will about this state, but you’ll will never find a more peaceful place to settle. The earth here is just special somehow.… Continue reading Almost Heaven

New Quilters, Quilting

Work In Progress

When I was in high school, we read the book Lord of the Flies by William Golding. It’s one of those books that’s a classic for good reason. It sticks with you. One of the major themes of the book is the nature of man: good or evil? I remember my high school English teacher… Continue reading Work In Progress