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Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving....a time to reflect on all the things we have been blessed with.  Last night after a long day at work and an icy drive home to grab a quick bite, I really would have liked to spend the evening lounging in my flannel jammies under a cozy quilt.  However, I needed to head back to town for the Thanksgiving church service.  Lacey went with and I appreciated the company on the trip back into town.  I much appreciate the option of a gravel road when winter comes with the ice.  There are too many "??" people on the tar roads that don't slow down when conditions warrant it and it irritates me!  There are not an abundance of cars on gravel so it was a peaceful ride to town with great company!!   One of the advantages to growing up on the farm and having to drive gravel - you learn to appreciate those roads!!   When we walked into the church building, the warmth of the lights and the people gathered to lead worship melted any "gee I wish I could be home".  The piano has always brought a sense of peace to me whether listening to it or sitting down and feeling the music resonate from the keys.  What a gift my parents gave me when I was 8 years old even tho I very much did not like those lessons!!  I thank God for the gift of music which touches so many people on a daily basis!!  Can't imagine life without it - it is SO much better than the TV noise!!!

We have not spent much time in the shop creating since the last quilt show.  The shop is still not in order but...I love the time I spend in it and as the winter settles in I have a feeling that the shop will also find paint and the finishing touches as well.  Important to always remember to be content and happy where we are in life making the best of situations we wish may be a little different!!  I would never want to build a new house because it just doesn't happen quite as fast and always go the way I think it should.  I try to just smile and go with it.

I am excited that I have had my first project published in "Simply Vintage".  We worked with the publishing company which corresponded from France.  I have kept the contract and shipping papers as some day my grandkids might think that is cool!  The project is titled "Prairie Wedge" and uses one of my favorite crazy quilt stitches to add a simple decorative to touch to the seam lines.  

Two new boxes have arrived from Marcus so one new quilt is in progress and the flannels are stacked on the cutting table for the "processing" part of the design to occur.  They are lumberjack plaids so very fitting for us Midwesterners especially after a snowfall and mitten season arriving.

I decided to postpone the block of the week project until January.  There are too many things to prepare for by the end of the year so January usually brings more sewing time and would be a good "new year" project so stay tuned for that.In closing I want to leave you with the gospel lesson from our Thanksgiving service last night...
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with Thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Jesus Christ.  Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things.  Whatever you have learned, received or heard from me or seen from me, put it into practice.  And the God of peace will be with you.  Phillipians  4:6-10
Shalom my friend....Darci