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Showing posts with label Grace. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Grace. Show all posts

Friday, March 14, 2014

{more} grace and a watercolor card {or two!} ~

hi friends,

and a happy, joyful friday to you all! 

life recently has, at times, left me more-than-weary lately.  has that happened to you?

perhaps i feel that way because i've  tried to "manage"  life and be strong in my own power and strength.  and I've become grace-less.  selfish.  self-absorbed.

perhaps because i have not dipped into the deep of the Only One's limitless well of living water... filled to the brim with grace amazing.

perhaps because i didn't consider it important to stop long enough... to linger at the well, to take deep, sweet, unlimited and refreshing, soul-reviving drinks...  could it be i need less of me... and more of Him?

and so it's been another week of learning.  another week learning... to linger. to drink deeply, and to ask for His strength to do. to be. to live the in the full of the life He has given.   

it's not half empty.  it's not half full.  it's just simply full. and it is full, when i drink from, and by the cupful offered.

to thank Him.  honestly ~ earnestly.  to take my time {after all it is His time}, to give thanks. thankful i don't have to chase after it.  because he chases us with everlasting cupfuls of grace.  and as ann voskamp, wrote March 13th, for incourage,  {just when i needed to hear it}: "God is so bent on blessing, He chases. God's not out to get you ~ He's out to give to you."  

so i stop. i pause. 
i give thanks.
i gulp His amazingly full, ever-chasing-after-me grace.
and pray it was not in vain.

my prayer is that His grace given lavishly is not foolishly  wasted. it is to be poured out unto all, freely and compassionately just as it was so generously and continuously lavished upon me!

grateful to have been asked to make this special geranium into a card {I want to make more!}

and an appropriate prayer,
especially for me, that i share with you all: 

"may the Lord establish in you a healthy, divine rhythm of life.  may He strengthen you in mind, body, and spirit.  where you are broken, may He restore.  where you are weary, may He refresh. where you are fearful, may He revive faith.
may your coming days be far more blessed
than your former days. 
sleep well tonite. 
there will be new mercies waiting for you in the morning."
   ~ susie Larson

 {thank you susie}   thank YOU Lord!

joining "in the studio" this beautiful day!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

grace... specially for grace ~

grace ~  for grace.

a couple weeks ago, i finished this piece, just now got around to getting the pictures loaded here on the blog...

a special order for her.  a special blessing for me.

{thank you grace!}

inside shot above.  

i finished this piece using my 'faux piping' technique {click here to see that post}

outside shot below.

quilted with silver metallic around the painted letters, first.  then quilted with blue and pink magnifico.  

i'll never tire of quilting grace, thinking about the miracle of grace, and basking in the love of amazing grace...

thanks for being here!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

all about grace ~

"what in the world, in all this world, is grace?"
"One act of thanksgiving, 
when things go wrong with us,
is worth a thousand thanks when things 
are agreeable to our inclinations."
Saint John of Avila
 from one thousand gifts by ann voskamp
chapter five

and good morning!  i'm reading ann voskamp's book, "one thousand gifts" and it's an amazing read.  in a nutshell, it's about thankfulness... and exploring more of what grace means.  that perfect quote {above} as i read it last evening for my devotions.  the small book is stunning in it's simplicity, and incandescently written!  i am so appreciative for the blessing.  {thank you lisa for the gift}!  soli deo gloria!

i've finished my latest 'grace' piece!  yes ~ there will be more! i began with a long-ago, hand-dyed and hand-painted piece of fabric i'd played with several summers ago.  i just fell in love with the color, the shadows, and glowing color theme of this fabric, and for several seasons, it has hung on a wall in the studio, as i've studied... studied... studied "what shall i do with this?" 
and bingo!  
it was time.  
i knew what i wanted, and there was no hesitation... 
with sureness of heart and stitch, i began.
it's all about grace.
i knew a couple things for sure.  golden sunlit colors.  a pink with depth, and highlights in warm gold, for thread.  i didn't know i would put silver metallic on it, until i finished with the feather quilting.  but afterwards, i knew it was what i wanted to give this piece a feeling... a symbol of what overflowing grace looks like on fabric {to me!}

i begin with a chalk pencil and lightly write the letters the way i think they look good together, in my own handwriting.  but ~ things are flexible, as i begin quilting those letters... and it evolves, and changes... and is pure delight for me to go with the flow this way.  let me say ~ it's not always the way i perfectly love... but is the way of being human, and flawed.  {just like in real life!}
i paused many times to reflect as i quilted this beauty.   doing {better}, i trust... and hope, to listen as to what God's Grace means to me.
my initial letter stitching was done in a dark brown thread, that established the boundary of the letters. then i switched to pink.  all of the threads, with the exception of the silver metallic, are from superior threads, and this is again, is their magnifico thread.  the name alone... perfect for this grace quilt!!
in all the thousand gifts of each thousand stitches i do, i appreciate the quality, and easy-going temperament of this thread.  it never breaks on me.  there is much to be learned from that quality alone, as i contemplate about myself... learning to be more flexible, versatile, forgiving, pliable, and willing to be moved in any direction God gives.
my tension is something to pay attention to...  i {try to remember} to look at the bottom thread tension often.  {hopefully} before i get too caught up in another thousand stitches.  it's good to stop!  and pay attention!  {just like looking for ... and soaking up ... grace}.  

my top tension is often at 2.0, or 2.25... or less than 2.0.  it's interesting how it changes on the same piece... given my current condition at any specific time of "body tension."
i don't hesitate to cross lines.

and in this piece, i knew i wanted to leave open spaces, of 'eye resting' and letting the letters speak for themselves with impact, as well as the colors and stitching. 
after finishing the piece with my 'faux piping' technique, i added more stitching, as i like to do. 

more delicate swirls, flowing inward... outward, all around. 
and by the way, i accented this hand-dyed fabric with lumiere paint, in several different colors, notably gold and a bit of silver, too {as far as i can remember!}

stitching with silver metallic thread is a big challenge, usually.  you must use a topstich needle in 90/14 size.  that needle as an extended eye, and the eye is fashioned so that there is less friction on the delicate metal fibers of the thread, and my best tip of all?  use bottom line thread, which is a fine, 60 weight polyester by superior threads.  it plays oh so very, very nice with this fussy, shiny, frilly girl thread!  adjust top tension downward... sometimes to as low as 1.0 on your machine, or even lower if it calls for it. and use a white color in bottom line as it blends with the silver color in value. 

yes.  it's all about grace.  and while you can never buy grace, {it's a free gift} ... this piece can be bought as it's for sale in my etsy shop.   and while i will loving hanging this piece on the wall, i do not cling to it so closely.  this is how i feel about all of my quilted pieces. i don't sell them necessarily for profit, but {i am grateful when they do}...

they point to the One who knows and shows Amazing Grace, and hopefully... inspire others to explore, and listen {more} about what grace overflowing is ... and means.  

i pray that i will see God's amazing grace in things that don't work out to my expectations, or {the world's or my own} definition of success... to see it ~ grace ~ when things are heart-breaking, and not just "happy." 

that's real grace amazing.  it's in everything, and everywhere... just like those stitches in that fabric!  a thousand and a thousand more.  

and so ... i count the gifts, and thank God for the free gift ~ of grace amazing. 

not to talk it, but to live IN it.

and so grateful to have found this beautiful website and... a can't-wait-to-get-my-eyes-on this book!  by emily freeman from chatting at the sky!  so glad to have found her beautiful, graceful writing. {October 29th i ordered this book!}  i'm sure you, dear readers, will hear much more about it.  i can't wait to explore  "a million little ways.

thanks for being here, and listening! 

i pray you have a grace FULL day. 

soli deo gloria!

Friday, June 15, 2012

It's Real ~ Grace from my Sketchbook

 This is a sketch I've been playing with for a couple weeks, began when I was on my "staycation" over  the Memorial Day weekend.  A little watercolor.  Bright color from my Sakura Glaze pens, blending, mixing, and then a dab of white.  And some black, too. 
  And a question that caught my attention, posed by Dr. Tel Tackett, of "The Truth Project" which we've been studying for the past couple months in our adult Sunday School.  A good question, to us, as Christians... do you know what you believe, why you believe it?  And... do you believe it is REAL, and even more important, is it real in you?  And in your life?
How will anyone know it's real... if it hasn't made it from your head... to your heart?  Thoughts that have really ... made me think ~ get on my knees ~ and want to know more...
Yes, I believe ~ 
and know ~ and know why ~ 
it's really real.
Grace says it all.
All the time.
Have a great weekend!
Linkin' UP! {Thank you Father in Heaven!}
and with Studio JRU {too!} 

Friday, April 20, 2012

Grace Overflowing ~

Little by little. 
 Inch by inch. 
Hour by hour.
Stitch by stitch. 

thread change by thread change.
Thanking God.
For Grace. 
A Grace-Full Finish.
~ Soli Deo Gloria ~
Linking up with Studio JRU
Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Filling up the Space of Grace ~

Here's some of the progress I made this past weekend,  on my newest piece, "Grace."

FMQ on the letters is done is done with King Tut, 40 wt. 100% ELS cotton thread in white.  The FMQ for the all of the feathers has been done with Rainbows tri-lobals, 40 weight, variegated and solid polyesters.  And the bobbin thread for all of those top threads is Masterpiece 100% cotton ELS thread in the bobbin, matching the top thread, *for the most part*.
I hope you'll visit again to see the rest of it as I begin to finish up the details and the 'empty spaces!' 

EnJOY your day!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Adventures in Grace ~

"Once upon a time ~
In a time long ago ~
She dyed a lot of fabric..."

Sometimes, looking at my first hand-dyed fabrics just feels like reading a fairy tale from a long time ago, ya know?  SOooo pretty... so much fun to do ... but then what!  Not so happily ever after if you lose sight of them in your stash! So I have made myself a promise.  No more sighing, dying, or buying fresh white fabric... until the stash is cut to half! (This goal applies to only the hand dyed stuff, LOL!)

So I just dove in, and stamped that purple 'g' and then said (as I always do) "Now what?" Answer: "A border of thermofax screen printed fabric seems like a good idea." It's a two-for-one deal as it's also from my first hand-dyed's.  I like the white print.  Like the green and turquoise colors, too.  And I think it's going well with the white stitched words of grace.  (don't you just love the convos you have with yourself?!) 

The word Grace.  I love that word.  Soft.  Flowing.  Never ending.  A gentle reminder.  Never forget it.
 More feathers?  Why not! And the first outlying feather is done in white thread, as well.  The inside quilted motif is in a golden variegated orange-yellow.  The second set of feathers (below) I switched to a turquoise thread for the outside feather, and golden yellow oops--lime green, on the inside. Not sure I'm done with that set yet... maybe some more hyper-quilting... I'll think about it.
And the addition of some dainty, small swirls on the 'grace' letters. Click "Like."  Alot!  At least ~ so far!  More to come.  I hope.

Here's to more 'living in Grace' today!


Saturday, March 10, 2012

Grace on My Mind ~

I enjoy 'foiling' - it's rather addictive, partly because it's mostly instant gratification. I want to also try it with stamps, and thermofax screens... when I have more t-i-m-e!  You know - that "T" word!
And...a continuation from my Sunday Clean-Up & round robin 'event' - ha!  Found this small piece of leftover hand dyed fabric found stuffed in the stash of 'I want to do something with this" --- soon.  Ahem.  Okay. What's the hold-up??!!
So I wrote on it using the tip from the Jones Tone's glue.  I actually used a phrase I had found in my journal -- well at least part of it.  One I was happy to 'refresh' my memory with.  Want to memorize.  As you may see from pics... I didn't quite get it right... that probably wasn't memory as much as writing skills.  Or perhaps more to the point, would be my concentration skills?  LOL.  A tiny setback.  Won't let that stop me. Onward...to GRACE!
The glue takes maybe 15-20 minutes to dry, depending on how thick it was laid on.  30 minutes is probably best.  Then you press the foil on top of the glue design.  

Shiny side up!  

Just like fryin' eggs!
See the "u" on lower left of photo?  The glue got 'squished' when I pressed the foil, as it wasn't completely dry.  Still!  Cool!
If the glue isn't completely dry, it will squish down as you rub lightly with your finger, or nail.  Kind of a cool effect, actually.
And there you have it.

GRACE.  Unlimited.  Unmerited.  Undeserved.  

UNSTOPPABLE!  That's the word I'm missing!  Thank God, it is just... that. 

Smiling.  Grateful ~~~ for GRACE.  I hope you are too.  We all are in need of some... be generous with it today! Make that... right now.  Make it... ALWAYS.

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