Good afternoon Y'all!!! The weather is just a little bit perfect today!!! Thank You Lord, for the beauty of today!!! It has been up and down for a few days now and the temps are a bit cooler, and YES, I do find myself loving that to the max!!! I think it's fair to say that Fall may actually be here now. I love the beauty of the Fall, but once the beauty of Fall is gone comes the bleakness of Winter. That bleakness is something that I do have to deal with from time to time. I just have to learn to take one day at a time and not worry about what is coming, just be thankful for what is. So, I am thankful for today. Because God made this day for us to enjoy and if we make Him a significant part of today, it will be blessed indeed!!
I hope that everyone is having some crafty fun these days. My mojo came back with a vengence and I am so HAPPY!!!! I have so many pictures to share that I don't know where to start. But, the first weekend in October, the Family Community Education Clubs thru the UT Extension Office had our 2nd Annual Quilt Show. So, I will share a few pics of it before I start sharing my stuff. It was a very big success, again. I am so thankful and grateful to be a part of this wonderful group of ladies who are actively seeking ways to live for Christ through the activities that we share with the community. There was lots of people from far and wide who came to this event. It really was a fun day. I did take LOTS of pictures too.
This last one is on display at the local museum. It is a quilt featuring all the Family Community Education Clubs going back 90 years and each club done an extra block or two featuring an area landmark or an event that happened in the community of the local club. It had a lot of interesting events and places featured on it. It is a county treasure for sure and quite beautiful.
This is just a small sampling of the quilts. I wish I had space for all 500 pictures I took. The next post, I may share a few from the trunk show. They were all beautiful too. There was a lot people that attended the trunk show. That is my favorite part. (If you go back and click on each picture it will make a little larger.)
I don't know if there are a lot of Quilt Shows that take place across the country, but if you get the chance to go to one near you, jump at the chance, you won't be disappointed. Well, I'll say you shouldn't be disappointed. Last year we had many more quilts from the 1800's. I really wish we would have had more old quilts, but we didn't and that is ok. Because what we did have was still pretty spectacular. I am happy that I got to be a part of it and once again, got to touch some pieces of history. To look at some of these quilts and know the energy, effort and time that went into each one of them is very touching. I dare say that most of the piecing and quilting of the older quilts took place after the rest of the house had turned in for bed. I can just imagine some mother, grandmother, wife, setting and working diligently on a quilt to keep her family warm on a cold winter's night. Back in the day, they were utilitarian, but now, they are works of art. They must be recognized as such too. The utilitarian quilts are just as lovely as the ones made for show, especially when you consider the love and thought that went into each one.
I sure hope you enjoyed this little tour of the quilts this year and I must say that I am already looking forward to next year.
I do have an easy "tip" for you today. It's actually nothing special, but I'll share it anyway. So, when you have your die cutter out or are working on your electric cutter, cut a few extra pieces and stash them in a clear shoebox or a stufftainer to have on hand. I can always share with someone else from my stash if I have plenty cut and it's always appreciated. What ever I am working one, I will always cut extra. It's a good way to use up smallish pieces and then have on hand to share with others. I will be having my Family Community Education club meeting tomorrow and I have dug around in my surplus and will taking some tomorrow for the craft project we will be working on together. Had I not had a good bunch of pieces already cut and ready to go, it would have been a challenge, but, it's ready to go and I'm not stressed. So, when you are cutting something, while you are set up, cut more to share.
"There's More". What is the first thought that you have when you hear those 2 words? I forget where I heard those words in conjunction with I am gonna share today. A lot of times, I will hear something that stirs me and when that happens, I have to get away so I can let God show me what He wants me to see instead of someone elses view. So, when I heard, "There's More", I turned the television off and met with God.
So, let me share with you what God has shared with me. One thing is this, makes no difference how the situation looks, "There's More". Makes no difference what the diagnosis is, "There's More". Makes no difference where you are in life, "There's More". You know what, sometimes the "There's More" is suffering. Sometimes, the "There's More" is coming with the diagnosis. Sometimes, the place you are in life is not good and "There's More". The not so good stuff is there for each one of us, and it seems like when it starts raining, "There's More".
When it seems like the "There's More" is always nothing but painful and hurtful, just remember, you are not in this alone. If you know Christ as your Savior, you are not alone, "There's More". He is the Author and Finisher of "There's More"! Look at all the lives in the Bible that He changed for the good. And the "There's More" that He gives is good. He says, "Yes this situation looks difficult, but "There's More"! He says, "Yes, that diagnosis may be terminal, but "There's More"! He says, "Yes, the place you are at right now is not good, but "There's More"!
Romans 8:37 speaks of us being more than conquerors.
Psalm 68:35 speaks of God being more awesome than His holy places.
Psalm 71:14 speaks of David saying he hopes continually and will praise You (God) more and more.
Matthew 6:25 Jesus speaks of life being more than food and the body being more than clothing.
Acts 20:35 Paul quotes Jesus as saying "It is more blessed to give than to receive."
Hebrews 10:17 says "their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more".
James 4:6 says "but He gives more grace".
1 Peter 1:7 says that our genuine faith is more precious than gold that perishes.
2 Peter 1:10 says to be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble. (call and election is referring to one's own salvation experience)
Revelation 21:4 says there will be no more death, nor sorrow, no crying and no more pain.
Revelation 22:3 says there shall be no more curse.
I think at the end of all these "more's", I can say, "But wait, There's More"!!! I think the "more" that most of are waiting for is the "more" that is an eternity in the presence of our Lord, Savior and Messiah, Jesus Christ. From all the descriptions of what heaven is gonna be like, I dare say that someone will be showing us through the streets of gold and saying, "but wait, There's More!" At every turn, there will be "more". It seems like every time we turn the news on, there's more and more garbage, pain and evil. That's what the news media wants to report and they have plenty to report. Some day and some day soon, that will change! Jesus is coming and "There's More"!!! I do look forward to "There's More", how about you?
Well, that's about it for today. I hope and pray that where ever y'all are, that you have a most spectacular day ahead of you. Take some time to reflect on the beauty around you and then realize that "There's More" coming some day! Woohoo!!! Praises!!! Tell someone you know that "There's More" blessings ahead, because Jesus loves them. I hope you seen or read something here that will inspire you to inspire others. I hope that when you are crafting, you will cut more than you need at the moment, then you can share with someone else. The next time you are outside and pick up an acorn, think of all the lovely things you can do with an acorn. I love acorns!!! Seek out a Quilt Show, you will be happy you did. Always remember that God loves you so much that He made a way for you to be in relationship with Him through His Son, Jesus Christ. I love ya too, see ya right here next time with some more crafty goodness. hugs, patty