Bible Reading Plan – Week 8

Wow….8 weeks of reading through the bible!  How is everyone doing?  Have you had trouble getting your reading in every day…or all of your reading in every day?

That’s been my biggest problem….getting it all in.  So I’m a little behind as I start week 8, but that’s okay.  God has had me digging in His Word and I’ve received a blessing from that.

We haven’t had our God Talk Tuesday in a couple of weeks, so next week we have lots of talking to do.  I know someone that had lots of questions.  I have some thoughts tumbling around in my head about Moses.  Maybe tomorrow they will settle and I’ll write a blog post about him.

So we start week 8 today.  I’m so proud of all the people I hear from that are reading along with me.  You guys encourage me.

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Week 08 February 19 – February 25, 2015

1.  Leviticus 11-14

2.  Leviticus 15-18

3.  Leviticus 19-22

4.  Leviticus 23-25

5.  Leviticus 26-27; Numbers 1-2

6.  Numbers 3-5

Memory Quilt – Crown Royal Bag Quilt

When I began making memory quilts for people, I understood that I was making something for their memory, not mine.  So when I was asked to make a memory quilt using Crown Royal bags (a purple bag that holds the glass liquor bottle), I was a little hesitant to agree, but finally did, asking that I not do a solid purple quilt, but, like my other memory quilts, using a basic quilt pattern and incorporate the bags into it.  I searched the internet, found a pattern I liked and then made my own pattern.

KIMG0615The size of the block is based on the size of the square I could get from the Crown Royal image part of the bag, which is 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches.  So my final block was 8 1/2 inch square.  I’m using 32 bags, along with some yellow variegated fabric for the blocks.  I had bought some extra purple and black variegated fabric that I will use as a border.  This will be a queen size quilt.

I didn’t take a before picture of the bags, but here is my pile of cut up bags.  I simply cut the top and side seams off.  That was the only part not used.  I ironed all the pieces, and then started to cut.

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Getting the center block with the CR logo was my biggest challenge, making sure it was centered.  I didn’t have a 4 1/2 inch clear ruler which I believe would have made it so much simpler.

I folded the front portion of the bag, with the logo, and creased it to get the center of the bag.  Folding the bag so that the center crease went right through the logo, I cut it (folded) 2 1/4 inches wide.

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Then I squared up this block to 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches.

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From the rest of the bag pieces, I simply stacked them and cut an even edge and then cut the rest of the needed pieces.

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Using 32 CR centers, I needed 64 – 2 1/2 inch squares and 62 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch strips.

KIMG0619The coordinating blocks are made with a yellow center and I simply did strip cutting to get those pieces in the same measurements.  I needed 31 of these blocks, but 64 of the 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 strips.

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It was really easy to work with the felt pieces.  They didn’t slide around or stretch.  The basic construction is the same for both blocks, the colors are just switched up.

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When they are placed in alignment, the 2 1/2 inch squares make a 4 patch.  Then it’s a simple matter of laying each block out, as the picture shows.  I have all the blocks finished and am in the process of sewing all the strips together and hopefully by next weekend I’ll be able to start quilting.  I actually ended up with some extra blocks, so I’ll add those into the border corners.

KIMG0627I’m really pleased with the outcome, mainly because it doesn’t scream liquor bags.  I have enough of the long pieces from the sides of the bags to add a border around these blocks and then I’ll use my black and purple fabric to do the final border and the binding.

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If you are interested in a memory quilt, please contact me directly at pineysneedle@gmail.com.  I charged $300 for doing this quilt and I did not pre-wash any of the bags or fabric.

Click HERE to see some of the other memory quilts that I have done.

Roaming the Earth

I have a cat.  His name is Kitty Cat or Devil Cat….depends on the moment.

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He is an outside cat, but in the past few weeks, on these really cold nights, we’ve been bringing him inside.  It freaked him out at first because he knew he wasn’t suppose to be in the house.  As you can see from the picture, he’s gotten over his fear and loves it now.

Let me explain why I call him Devil Cat.

Several years ago two little stray kittens made their way to our house.  They were loved and cherished.  One day, another cat (probably from the same litter since they were all black cats) began to show up, but only at the fence line of our property.  He was a lot bigger than the other two and mean.  He would wait until we went in the house and then chase the kittens off and eat their food.  So we would chase him off.  But he never left, he just sulked from the trees.  Eventually he started staying closer to the house, but would never let us get near him and still chased the other cats off.  He would go on walks with me, but always stay just out of my range.  Devil Cat became his name because he was so mean.

Then he disappeared…along with our other cats.  (That happens when you live out in the country and the coyotes roam at night.)  But several months ago, Devil Cat came back.  We decided to feed him and try to tame him.  He’s still skiddish around people and usually runs off.  He and Ken take naps in the sun together and he’ll let me hold him for a little while.  He finally decided that he liked the couch better than the floor.

But he likes to explore.  He roams quietly around the house getting into nooks and crannies that are full of dust mites and cobwebs.  He comes back to the couch dusty and makes me realize I really should dust under the couch.

As I watched him roam the house last night, I thought of the conversation between God and Satan.

The Lord asked Satan, “Where have you come from?”  “From roaming through the earth,” Satan answered Him, “and walking around on it.”  Job 1:7, 2:2

This isn’t their first recorded conversation.  In Genesis 3:15, Satan is told that “woman’s seed” (Jesus) would strike his head and that he would strike His heel (meaning that Satan would wound Jesus, but Jesus would destroy Satan).  Of course there was unrecorded conversations when Satan decided he wanted to be God and then Satan was thrown from Heaven to Earth, along with his angels. (see Revelation 12:7-12)  In my reasoning, since Satan was thrown to Earth, then that was sometime after the Earth was created and the Garden of Eden was sealed off (Genesis 3:24).

Legend has it, that Job lived around the same time as Abraham and his kids.  So imagine with me, that Satan has been traveling, roaming, around this new Earth that he is imprisoned on for the time being, checking it out, seeing who everyone is and where he can do the most damage.  It’s a new place for him and he can’t be everywhere at once, so he has to roam the Earth.

God had warned Cain that sin crouched at the door, awaiting to attack (Genesis 4:7).  God told Cain that he could rule over sin, but Satan found someone he could devour.

“Be serious!  Be alert!  Your adversary the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour.”  1 Peter 5:8

As I watched my cat last night, I thought of Satan, how sneaky he is.  He waits on the fringes of our life, observing our weaknesses, seeing when the best time to approach would be.  He sometimes comes quickly to steal and other times he comes in as a friend and before you know it, you are in bed with the Devil.

Job thought his friends had come to comfort him, but their attacks were from the Devil himself.  Their words brought more pan.  They condemned him without cause, just a misguided belief that if you are following God nothing bad will happen to you.

That is so not true!!!!

“..For He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” Matthew 5:45

We will all suffer.  We live in a broken world and circumstances, other people and even our own self will cause us to suffer.  And…God may allow suffering for His glory…and that is sometimes the hardest to understand.

The author Gene Getz says that God was silent for Job because He was silencing Satan.  Satan doesn’t believe that we will follow God simply because we love Him.  He believes that we follow Him for all the good that He does for us.  Satan truly believes that if God removes His hedge of protection (His shield of safety) and bad things start to happen to us, that we will turn on God.  God proved Satan wrong through Job’s life.

My prayer is that when suffering comes to my door, I will be found like Job…faithful no matter what.

“Even if He kills me, I will hope in Him.”  Job 13:15