Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Friday, the 25th, was supposed to be Mom's and Dad's 70th Anniversary. Instead it was 2 months since Dad passed away. We wanted to do something for Mom to keep her from being sad and lonely on that day. ShayBabe from SLC was able to get a great airfare and flew into Denver so I drove Mom up to Mike's home in Wheatridge. On Friday evening Carl and Robyn arranged for dinner in a private room at DiCicco's Italian Restaurant in Olde Towne Arvada.
We ate yummy Italian food, drank Cabernet Sauvignon and reminisced and laughed and had a great time. I guess it was our version of an old fashioned wake. We were the last group out of the establishment except for the Manager and some clean up staff in the kitchen. They treated us royally and we sure appreciate them. Our waitress even turned out to be a college student from Canon City.
Friday, January 25, 2008
For week 2 of our study I fused and machine appliqued this Desert Rose block for the God Who Sees Me/El Roi. The Desert Rose represents Hagar when she ran away into the desert and met God who saved her and gave her a promise "I will so increase your descendants that they will be too numerous to count."...
She gave this name to the LORD who spoke to her: 'You are the God who sees me,' for she said, 'I have now seen the One who sees me.'" --Genesis 16:13
The week 3 block is a paper pieced The Mountain Peak block which represents God Almighty/El Shaddai.
"When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, 'I am God Almighty; walk before me and be blameless, I will confirm my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.'" --Genesis 17:1-2
I have chosen fabrics with abstract and geometic gold touched designs on black, white, red, blue, green, and gold for my Quilting the Names of God quilt. The fabrics for Praying the Names of Jesus
are also gold touched but the designs are based on nature since Jesus came down to live and die on earth; he could be seen and touched. The abstract designs are more austere and less natural since the Bible tells us that humans cannot look upon the glory of God with natural eyes.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
2007 Goals accomplished:
_Strippy Solar Quilt for a child in the Quilt Studio 40 Quilts Challenge
_8 monthly quilts done for the12 x12 x12 Challenge (Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Oct)
_Pieced top for Sean's Mythical Horses Quilt (see photo)
_13 of the 39 blocks finished (26 made in 2006) for the Women of the Bible quilt
_7 blocks of the Praying the Names of Jesus quilt
We are blessed in that we are constantly being given a new chance, and with this new year I am setting goals again, both in quilting and in health and fitness. I find that without goals that have definite daily tasks to accomplish, it is too easy to drift along and not get anything significant done.
Healthwise, it is essential for me to take off weight and to strengthen my muscles with aerobic exercise and stretching. My goal is to take off 50 pounds in 2008. In order to visualize this, I bought a 4 pound package of lard; that is the amount I will need to take off each month to reach my goal. Can you imagine how big a chunk of lard I'd have with 12 of these lumped together!?
In order to accomplish this goal I will need to stick to a healthy and doable eating plan as well as exercising at Curves 3 times a week and walking on the other days.
My quilting goals are:
_Finish 4 UFOs, Mike's Bargello, Mom's Album, Alex's Depression Toys, and Sean's Mythical Horses quilts; they all need to be assembled and quilted, either by me or sent out to a professional quilter.
_Finish the December 12 x 12 Challenge block.
_I will learn to do free motion quilting with the new sewing machine foot I bought earlier this year and haven't removed from it's bag.
_I will finish the 10 remaining blocks of the Women of the Bible Quilt and assemble the top.
_I will finish the 20 remaining blocks of the Praying the Names of Jesus Quilt and assemble the top.
_I will make a block a week (30 total) for the Quilting the Names of God online study group.
_I will make one small experimental landscape quilt each month, as my own Challenge for this year.
As a gesture of good faith, I actually finished the first Quilting the Names of God block this week as we were studying it. The first name is from the first chapter of the Bible, Genesis, God, Mighty Creator. The block is Light and Dark done in black, white and gold fabrics from a collection of fat quarters with gold touches (see photo) that I found at the Creative Cloth Closet in Canon City. I wanted to get an effect similar to the William Blake painting of The Ancient of Days.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Remember my blog with the photo of cowboys riding longhorn steers? Tonight in the local weekly paper, The Florence Citizen, was this photo of the same longhorns with their riders, who are appearing at the National Western Stockshow in Denver this month.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Bats Right, Throws Right Height 6' 3", Weight 217 lb.
Debut April 16, 1972 vs. KCR 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 SO, 1 BB, 0 ER Final Game August 8, 1994 Born July 5, 1951 in Colorado Springs, CO
Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2008.
Drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 9th round of the 1970 amateur draft. (All Transactions)