Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Pennies from Heaven ~ Volume 19c

And here is Mom's current finale!

"Snowy Days"
design by Heart to Hand

Wow!!! Can you believe how quickly Mom finished this lovely quilt? 
I started this many years ago, but still haven't finished mine.
I guess I don't have the same focus as Mom :)

I have to share some close ups

Mom and I decided to tweak it a bit so that it would be solely "winter" and not "Christmasy"
so that we can leave it out all winter.
Well, Mom can.
I need a few more years to finish mine lol! 

More close-ups to show off Mom's lovely stitching

I just can't get over how quickly she finished this piece!

Here is mine:

In progress, right where I left it about two years ago.

Do you think I will pick it up this winter?
I haven't yet, but Winter isn't over yet...

I still have one more Christmas post to share soon.
I hope that you don't mind...

Now that you have obeyed the truth and have purified your souls to love your brothers sincerely, you must love one another intensely and with a pure heart. For you have been born again, not by a seed that perishes but by one that cannot perish—by the living and everlasting word of God.
~1 Peter 1:22-23

Blessings, Patti

Friday, January 12, 2018

Pennies from Heaven ~ Volume 19b

"Christmas Pears"
by Lola Designs 2

More wonderful finishes by Mom!
I love the combination of colors on this one.

And, of course, Mom's stitches are perfect!

Such a timeless design.

"Snow Buddies"

Mom used her own wools and I love the ones that she chose.

I love all the details on this design.

"Plaid Tongue Rug"
design and kit by Cee Rafuse

Couldn't you just look at this rug all day?! 
So many wonderful wool plaids!

Mom worked on blanket stitching the individual tongues a lot while she was undergoing treatment.
A piece that she could be productive on when she didn't have the stamina
 to focus on something more involved.

A truly amazing piece!

Mom had one more finish that deserves a post all of its own ;)

Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep a clear head, and set your hope completely on the grace to be given you when Jesus, the Messiah, is revealed. As obedient children, do not be shaped by the desires that used to influence you when you were ignorant. Instead, be holy in every aspect of your life, just as the one who called you is holy. For it is written, “You must be holy, because I am holy.”
~1 Peter 1:13-16

Blessings, Patti

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Pennies from Heaven ~ Volume 19a

Early in December Mom and I did another stitch along.
This time we made
Rebekah L. Smith's "Merry Mittens"

This is Mom's beautiful work.
She used wool that she had on hand. I love her red plaid.

This is my finish.
I used a wool kit by Ewe and Eye Woolens and Such 
that I purchased on my trip to Osage, Iowa this past fall.

It is such fun to see how subtle changes make them look so different!

And it is fun to work on them together, even if long distance.
I love checking in and seeing where we each are...

And here are Mom's on display.
I think this is such a great display in her front entryway!

Mom had a lot more finishes to share.
I'll post those soon!

Though you have not seen him, you love him. And even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, because you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
~1 Peter 1:8-9

Blessings, Patti

Saturday, January 6, 2018

A few final finishes of 2017

Thanks to my good friend Jan, I have two more finishes to share!
Jan framed this piece for me!!! I am so thrilled!
This was truly a work of heart - it took 18 months on and off 
and has many memories stitched into it along with prayers.

I'm sorry to say that it is not yet hanging on my wall. It measures almost 2 feet by 3 feet and I haven't found just the right spot for it yet...

I love the frame! It is made by Yellow Creek Quilt Designs, who also designed and kitted the quilt. It is made of old barn wood and I love the age and history of the wood! 

"Stone Flower Sewing Pocket"
by Stacy Nash for Country Sampler's Girls Club

Jan also finished this beautiful piece for me!
It was definitely beyond my hand stitching skills. 
Thank you ever so much Jan for your beautiful finishing!

I love the subtle colors of this piece.
Of course the dogs morphed into dachshunds as they tend to do on my stitches :)

I have lots of finishes of my Mom's to share too. 
I think I will break them up into some shorter posts, too.

You greatly rejoice in this, even though you have to suffer various kinds of trials for a little while, so that your genuine faith, which is more valuable than gold that perishes when tested by fire, may result in praise, glory, and honor when Jesus, the Messiah, is revealed.
~1 Peter 1:6-7

Blessings, Patti

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Happy New Year 2018!

Wishing you a very happy and healthy New Year.
My prayer is for a year of healing for one and all!

Time flies by without posting, so I thought it would be better to have quick and short posts rather than none at all. I wanted to post these final 2017 finishes on New Year's Eve, but here they are now...

"Sprig of Holly"
by Pineberry Lane

"Christmas Fruit Basket"
by Threadwork Primitives

I actually stitched this Christmas 2016, but finally "finished" it at the end of 2017.

 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
~Matthew 11:28

Blessings, Patti

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Merry Christmas 2017!

This is my absolute favorite Christmas decoration this year!
My dear sister-in-law Joy has undergone six rounds of chemo, surgery, and now is undergoing six more rounds of chemo. And still she finds time to create ~ to relax, focus on the positive and heal.
She did a gorgeous job on this holly hanging and I adore it!
*Please keep her in your prayers.*

I found time this past week to stop at P.O.S.H. for a bit of inspiration.

Woodland wonder

Christmas magic

A bit of quiet at this hectic time.

This past week I took Mom to see this home in our town. 

An amazing display with lights coordinated to music,
including a salute to our veterans.

They do this as a fundraiser and this year they are nearing a $100,000 contribution to pediatric cancer in honor of a young neighbor battling brain cancer.
(please ignore the veteran's forget me not hanging from my rear view mirror ;) oops! )

I also had to share this car that we saw as my husband picked me up at the train station this week!

I had never seen anything like this before!

This Christmas will be different for us as our oldest son is in Japan.
But we are happy to know that he is enjoying the trip of a lifetime.
We are lucky to be in contact with him daily and enjoying each picture that he sends.
We will celebrate Christmas with him next month when he returns and get to hear all about his adventures!

Wishing each and everyone of you a Very Merry Christmas filled with love near and far!

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
~Luke 2:8-11

Blessings, Patti 

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Chicago Christkindlmarket 2017

I hope that you don't get tired of me sharing the Chicago Christkindlmarket year after year...
I just can't help myself ;) It's so "Christmas" to me.

Time flies by and Christmas is just days away...
So much to do at work and at home.
But these photos bring me peace and happiness
and remind me of  memories created here year after year...

So many sweet treats throughout the market.

And even more confections in the Sweet Castle.

Not quite as warm as when I visited last year, but still a lovely evening.

Treasures to be cherished.

A sweet woodland scene.

Ornaments of natural materials.

Traditional ornaments of straw and wood.

More wooden treasures

My eyes don't know where to look first.

Each and every one so sweet.

A magical booth of candle holders.
Do you see the two giant candleholders up in the eave?

Each so different and each so pretty.

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
~Luke 2:4-7

Blessings, Patti