May 12, 2022

Scrappy Triangles WIP

Way back in 2011 I bought the November/December issue of Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting magazine and it had the pattern for this gorgeous scrappy quilt called Scrappy Triangles. designed by Jean Nolte. 
Scrappy Triangles quilt | DevotedQuilter.com
At some point fairly soon after getting the magazine, I decided to make it, but since it requires 864 2" finished HSTs, I decided to just start cutting the squares whenever I had scraps big enough. Eventually I had a big bag of light and dark squares, so I started sewing the HSTs as leaders and enders.

I'm never good at sticking with leaders and enders. I love them in theory, but before long I forget to take them out when I start sewing or I don't have pieced prepped, so I move on without them. This starting and stopping sequence has happened a couple of times with these scrappy HSTs.

I'm working on a quilt for Make Modern, to be published in the summer, and when it came time to sew the blocks together I decided to pull out the HSTs again. I was surprised to see a big pile of completed HSTs in a bag with the cut squares, so it seemed like a good idea to count them up and see just how many I already have. Can you imagine how surprised I was to find I had 400 already finished??
Scrappy HSTs | DevotedQuilter.com
While piecing the top for the Make Modern quilt, I finished another small stack of pretty little HSTs.
Scrappy HSTs | DevotedQuilter.com

Scrappy HSTs | DevotedQuilter.com

I also thought a lot about whether or not I still want to recreate the whole quilt. I really love the blocks, but I don't feel like making the throw size anymore. Plus, with my set goal of making more small quilts and the fact that I've decided to donate baby quilts to the province's Ronald McDonald house, I decided that making a couple of baby quilts from the blocks would be a better plan.

Each block requires 52 HSTs and I'll use 4 blocks with sashing to make each baby quilt. So 208 HSTs gives me a baby quilt and 416 gives me 2 baby quilts. Since I already have over 400 HSTs, I have enough to start piecing the blocks! With the ones I made last week, I have extras which is good because there are a few I'll probably set aside because their light/dark contrast isn't great.

My plan is to assemble the HSTs into pairs as leaders and enders, preferably without falling off the leader/ender wagon again. So these two baby quilts will still take a super long time, but that's perfectly okay. They've already been a WIP for 10 or 11 years, so I don't think there's any rush!

Do you do leaders and enders? If you do, do you have any tips for being consistent with them? I'd love to make them a permanent part of my quilting process, especially for this kind of scrappy quilt.

May 09, 2022

No Capacity Limit

 Devotion for the Week...

When I was in high school Bon Jovi came to Halifax for a concert. The day the tickets went on sale, I spent a long time with the phone to my ear - calling the number to buy tickets, hearing a busy signal, hanging up and then pressing redial again. I want to say it was hours, though I can’t remember for sure how long it actually was. I did eventually get through to buy tickets for myself and my friends, but it was definitely stressful hearing that busy signal so many times. I thought for sure the show would sell out and there wouldn’t be room left for us!


Fortunately, salvation isn’t an offer that can sell out. The ‘seats’ in heaven aren’t limited like ticket sales. John wrote, “But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God” (John 1:12-13). And Jesus Himself said, "Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am" (John 14:1-3).

Heaven has no capacity limit | DevotedQuilter.com

This offer is available to all who believe. Anyone and everyone, so long as they believe in Jesus, becomes a child of God. I love that heaven has no capacity limit!


With His death on the cross, Jesus paid the ticket price for the entire world and there’s no risk there won’t be room left for us.

Properly Dressed

 Devotion for the Week...

Last weekend we bought Zach's suit for his graduation next month. Paul needed a new suit, too, so we bought his at the same time. Somehow in the midst of picking out everything for them, I managed to forget that Nathan needs a new dress shirt to wear, so we're still not done shopping for grad. As for me, the fabric has arrived for me to make myself a new dress so I just have to actually get that bit of sewing done before grad arrives.

As I was thinking about the clothes we all need to be properly dressed for grad, it made me think of a parable Jesus told about a man who prepared a wedding feast, but then the invited guests wouldn't come. Some were too busy and others actually assaulted the messengers the man had sent to tell them the feast was prepared. In response, the man sends his servants out to bring in anyone they can find. The parable, found in Matthew 22:1-13, shows that the kingdom of heaven is open to everyone, not only to the Jews (represented by the invited guests).

There was one guest who got himself thrown out of the banquet, though. "But when the king came in to meet the guests, he noticed a man who wasn’t wearing the proper clothes for a wedding. 'Friend,' he asked, 'how is it that you are here without wedding clothes?' But the man had no reply. Then the king said to his aides, 'Bind his hands and feet and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth'" (vv. 11-13).

In this parable, the 'proper clothes for a wedding' refers to the righteousness that comes from God through faith in Jesus. As part of his prophecy, Isaiah wrote, "I am overwhelmed with joy in the Lord my God! For he has dressed me with the clothing of salvation and draped me in a robe of righteousness" (Isaiah 61:10). Our faith in Jesus is what makes us properly dressed to enter the kingdom of heaven, because we are clothed in His righteousness.

The man not wearing the proper clothes at the wedding feast represents those who try to get into heaven on their own righteousness. About our own righteousness, Isaiah wrote, "We are all infected and impure with sin. When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags" (Isaiah 64:6). The words we read translated as 'filthy rags' are more accurately described as 'used feminine hygiene products'. That's rather graphic, isn't it? No matter how good we try to be, that's what our attempts at righteousness look like to God. 
All we need do is trust Jesus as our Savior | DevotedQuilter.com
Fortunately, getting properly dressed doesn't mean we have to become more righteous on our own. Good thing, because we can't anyway! All we need do is put out trust in Jesus as our Savior and then we will be like Isaiah - "overwhelmed with joy in the Lord [our] God! For he has dressed [us] with the clothing of salvation and draped [us] in a robe of righteousness" (Isaiah 61:10). 

May 02, 2022

Influencer

Devotion for the Week...

'Influencer' has become a popular buzzword these days, not to mention a possible job title. With the rise of social media celebrities, it's easy to see how someone with millions of followers would be attractive to brands looking to promote their products. It's also easy to see how a person would find selling that way to be an attractive job option. Making IG posts or TikTok videos sure beats waiting tables or working the drive-thru at the coffee shop.

Of course, we don't need a huge social media following to be an influencer. Though the word 'influencer'  may be new, the concept is old. Back in the first century, Paul took a young believer under his wing and molded him into a church leader. Timothy eventually left Paul and took his place in the church at Ephesus, but Paul continued to mentor him through letters. In the letter we know as 1 Timothy, Paul included this bit of instruction: "Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity" (1 Timothy 4:12). Being an example is exactly what influencers do! 

Of course, we don't need the title of influencer to be influencing people. In fact, we are all influenced by the actions of the people around us all the time. Whether it's kids being influenced by their parents, friends being influenced by one another or people being influenced by what their favourite celebrities do, influence is just a part of life.

No matter how insignificant we may think we are, there's probably someone taking cues from us about how to live - how to react in difficult situations; how to treat difficult people; how to deal with setbacks, etc. If that's the case, we should probably be aware of the example we're setting! Paul told Timothy to be aware of the example he set in what he said, the way he lived, his love, his faith and his purity. We would do well to look at the same areas in our own lives.

What we say: There's a reason James wrote, "For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way" (James 3:2). If you've ever heard a toddler innocently repeat something they shouldn't have heard, you know how easily our words make an impression on others. So what words are we using?

How we live: We don't want to have to tell those watching us to 'Do as I say and not as I do' so how are we living?
We should be  aware of the example we're  setting for others | DevotedQuilter.com
Our love: Jesus said, "Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples" (John 13:35). Do we exhibit a genuine love for one another? Those closest to us will be able to tell if we're faking it.

Our faith: Do we trust God even in the hard times, when things aren't going our way? 

Our purity: This would have been intended for Timothy as a single man and still applies to those who are single today. As for those of us who are married, we are commanded equally to "remain faithful to one another in marriage" (Hebrews 13:4).

We may not have adopted the title of influencer, but that doesn't take away the influence we have over the lives of others. Are we influencing them in ways that move them closer to God?

April 30, 2022

Add Grace Quilt Top - the Solid Version

I didn't manage to finish my second Add Grace top during the QAL, but I did finish it a few days after it ended. And then I didn't take pictures of it. It just sat and waited, looking at me reproachfully, while I avoided taking the pictures. I've finally broken through the photography block and taken some pictures, though, so I can finally share my all-solid Add Grace top.
Add Grace quilt top | DevotedQuilter.com
All of the fabrics in this top are Andover Century Solids and I think the Raspberry (the top left plus block) is my favourite. I love designing quilts with lots of negative space so all of the blocks have breathing room.
Add Grace quilt top | DevotedQuilter.com
This angular border around the center plus blocks might look complicated, but it's not. Parts of it are in two different sets of blocks and then they come together to create the border. I wasn't sure the Cottonball border would have enough contrast with the Oyster background, but it actually works really well.
Add Grace quilt top | DevotedQuilter.com
I love Friendship Star blocks! You'll also find them in my Friendship Galaxy and Reach for the Stars  patterns, both of which are perfect for making scrappy Friendship Stars. It was fun to make them spin in different directions for this quilt.
Add Grace quilt top | DevotedQuilter.com
The flying geese borders are fun, too, and come together pretty quickly.
Add Grace quilt top | DevotedQuilter.com
Because of other projects with looming deadlines, both of my Add Grace tops are going into the To Be Quilted pile for now, but hopefully not for long. When I have the time, which one should I finish first and use for the cover quilt on the pattern? On the left is the Century Solid version and on the right is my first one, which uses Spectrastic and Pietra fabrics, also from Andover. It's kind of fun to see them side by side like this!
Add Grace quilt top | DevotedQuilter.com

April 25, 2022

Sidelined

Devotion for the Week...

I've been dealing with a bout of tendonitis in my ankle and foot for almost a week now, which has meant no going out for walks. Considering we were on our spring break and we had fairly decent weather, it has been hard to stay in the house and off my feet. Thankfully, the tendonitis is getting better and I hope to be back to normal before long.

Whether it's injury or something else that keeps us from the things we're used to doing, it's hard being sidelined. I've missed my walks a lot! Oddly enough, the apostle Paul had experience with being sidelined. Sometime after his conversion on the road to Damascus, Saul (he hadn't yet had his name changed to Paul) traveled to Jerusalem and met the other apostles. He "stayed with the apostles and went all around Jerusalem with them, preaching boldly in the name of the Lord. He debated with some Greek-speaking Jews, but they tried to murder him." (Acts 9:28-29). Yikes! That must have been some debate! "When the believers heard about this, they took him down to Caesarea and sent him away to Tarsus, his hometown" (v. 30). 

That doesn't sound so bad, right? Someone was trying to kill him, so the other believers helped him get away and go to Tarsus, where he grew up. But then Saul stayed in Tarsus for years before Barnabas eventually came to ask him to come teach and preach in Antioch. How many years he spent is Tarsus isn't known and I saw scholars estimating as little as four or maybe even more than ten.

What Paul did during those years isn't known. He was probably living with his family and working in the family tent-making business. I imagine there was a lot of time spent in prayer and a lot of time learning the things that would later form the basis of his teachings. 

Did Paul long to be back in Jerusalem, teaching and debating? We don't know. Judging by his passion for teaching people about Jesus that shows up during his later missionary journeys and his letters, I would guess that he did. Whether he resented the waiting or not, though, Paul stayed there in Tarsus until God sent someone to call him to the next stage of the work God had for him. When Barnabas arrived, Paul went with him back to Antioch and "Both of them stayed there with the church for a full year, teaching large crowds of people. (It was at Antioch that the believers were first called Christians.)" (Acts 11:26). Paul's time on the sidelines was over and he was ready to jump right into the work God had for him to do next.
In  times of waiting, it's important to stay ready for whatever God has for us next | DevotedQuilter.com
None of us like being sidelined, moved out of what we were doing and set aside for a while. It might be a case of being moved somewhere for our own good, like Paul was. Or of needing to wait a while for the timing to be right for the next thing. Or maybe we have to heal in some way before we can move forward. Whatever the case may be, being sidelined doesn't mean being out of the game altogether. In  times of waiting, it's important to stay ready for whatever God has for us next.

April 18, 2022

A Good Comparison to Make

I hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend. He is risen!


Devotion for the Week...

I'm sure you've heard the saying, 'comparison is the thief of joy.' We've all experienced the truth of it, at one time or another, when someone's vacation pictures made us resent our regular week of work, or someone else's success made us feel less-than because our own achievements didn't seem to measure up. It's a horrible feeling, isn't it? Especially considering we may have been feeling perfectly content with our lives just moments earlier, until comparing ourselves with someone else took the shine off what we have. Comparing our ordinary days with someone else's highlight reel will never bring us joy.

There is one kind of comparison that is helpful, though. I'm currently reading a couple of stanzas of Psalm 119 each day and two verses of the first stanza really stood out. "Oh, that my actions would consistently / reflect your decrees! / Then I will not be ashamed / when I compare my life with your commands" (Psalm 119:5-6). Comparing ourselves to someone else is pointless. Comparing ourselves to God's standard and His desire for our lives? That's extremely valuable. 

How do we measure up against His command to love one another (John 13:34-35)? Or His command to forgive one another (Ephesians 4:32)? What about the greatest commandment - to love Him with everything we have (Matthew 22:36-40)?

Of course, in order for our actions to consistently reflect His decrees, we have to know what those decrees are. So how are we doing with reading and studying His word, to learn how He wants us to live? After all, Psalm 119:106 reminds us that His "word is a lamp to guide [our] feet and a light for [our] path." 
How do we measure up against His commands | DevotedQuilter.com
This isn't a comparison we make to beat ourselves up when we fall short (because we know we will fall short sometimes). When that happens, we confess and seek forgiveness, then aim to do better in the future. I love the honesty at the end of that first stanza of Psalm 119, which says, "As I learn your righteous regulations, / I will thank you by living as I should! / I will obey your decrees. Please don’t give up on me!" (vv. 7-8).

We know that God won't give up on us. In Philippians 1:6 Paul assures us "I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns." 

April 14, 2022

TGIFF - Formal Garden Baby Quilt

It's time for Thank Goodness It's Finally Finished (TGIFF), a linky party to celebrate those projects that have moved out of the WIP pile and into the finished pile. Today I'm sharing a fun Formal Garden baby quilt made using Sunshine and Dewdrops fabrics, by Sandy Gervais for Riley Blake. The Formal Garden pattern is available in my shop as a PDF or a printed pattern (with free shipping).
Formal Garden baby quilt | DevotedQuilter.com
I was so excited when this shed at the town marina caught my eye a few days before I finished this quilt. I just knew that brilliant yellow would set off the yellows and blues perfectly! The quilt really didn't want to stay stuck to the rough boards, though, so I didn't take as many pictures as I would have if it had cooperated better. 

I love this print that reminds me of knitted stitches. I would love to take up knitting, but I keep reminding myself that I already don't have time to make all the things I want to make, so I don't need to add a whole new hobby!
Formal Garden baby quilt | DevotedQuilter.com
The Formal Garden pattern includes notes to help you keep directional fabrics properly aligned, which would have been really helpful had I slowed down enough to even notice that this print was directional before I cut it. It wasn't until I was putting the blocks together that I noticed what I had done. The funniest part is that, when the fabrics first arrived, I did check the print at the left in that picture to be sure it wasn't directional before I cut it (it's not, for the record), I just didn't look closely enough at the one that actually is directional. It definitely wasn't my brightest quilting moment, but I'm hoping that whatever child eventually owns this quilt won't mind too much.

The hand-drawn look of the scattered flowers on some of the prints made it easy to choose a quilting design. This loopy flower meander is one of my favourites to stitch and my flowers usually have 5 or 6 petals. I find I like the look of the flowers with 5 petals more, but the 6 petal ones were easier to stitch so there are a lot more of them. I chose the yellow Aurifil (1135) after debating between that and a couple of blues and greys. I really like the contrast of the yellow on the grey sashing.
Formal Garden baby quilt | DevotedQuilter.com
I have quite a collection of baby quilts these days. For a while I thought maybe I'd list them in my Etsy shop, but I finally admitted to myself that I really have no interest in doing that, so I asked in a Newfoundland quilters FB group where people donate baby quilts in the province. I got a couple of great suggestions and they're both in the city where Aiden is going to school, so I'll take the quilts with me when we go to bring all of his stuff home in July. Unfortunately for us, we won't be bringing him home then as he will be heading out to sea for the start of a 14 month work term. Exciting for him...a little nervous-making for us, but such is parenting.
Formal Garden baby quilt | DevotedQuilter.com
I used Riley Blake's Confetti Cotton solid in Iron for the sashing, binding and backing of this one. I love the drama a dark background adds.
Formal Garden baby quilt | DevotedQuilter.com
Head to my pattern shop to get your Formal Garden pattern to make your own baby, throw or queen size quilt.
Formal Garden baby quilt | DevotedQuilter.com
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April 11, 2022

Strength From the Crowd

Yesterday was Palm Sunday, a commemoration of the day Jesus entered Jerusalem to the cheers and adoration of the crowd. I imagine there were people who heard the commotion and ran to find out what was going on, then joined in the celebration themselves. It must have been like a modern day parade.

“Many in the crowd spread their garments on the road ahead of him, and others spread leafy branches they had cut in the fields. Jesus was in the center of the procession, and the people all around him were shouting,

‘Praise God!
    Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Blessings on the coming Kingdom of our ancestor David!
    Praise God in highest heaven!’” (Mark 11:8-10)

Up to this moment, He had drawn crowds when He taught, but there had been nothing like this. This crowd recognized Him as worthy of praise and honour and they bestowed both on Him lavishly. 
I’ve always wondered what Jesus thought as He rode that donkey into town, with the crowd shouting around Him. Did He know how quickly they would turn against Him? Did their cheers and praise at that moment help to strengthen Him for what would come at the end of the week?
Jesus knew what He was going to face in Jerusalem | DevotedQuilter.com
He knew what He was going to Jerusalem to face; He had already told His disciples that He was going to die. He knew...and He went anyway. He went because He knew it was the only way to save the people cheering for Him along the sides of the road that day, and the ones who would call for His crucifixion later in the week. Amazingly, He was just as willing to save the latter group as He was to save the former.

April 04, 2022

Ready to Get to Work

Devotion for the Week...

I was sick all last week, starting out with absolute exhaustion Friday and Saturday, so that I actually spent most of Saturday asleep. Sunday I started being able to stay awake for long stretches, but I still had no energy. As the week went on, I was able to do a little more each day, though still always in short sessions before I had to rest again. I was amused to find myself feeling extremely happy Friday morning because I was doing laundry which, while not as onerous as cleaning bathrooms, isn't something I particularly enjoy. It just felt so good to be doing my normal chores that I didn't really care what I had to do. That reminded me of a devotion I wrote back in 2016, so I'm sharing that here again today 😊

*****

Over the past couple of years, I've had a handful of times when I was sick over the weekend. Usually my weekends are jam-packed with things I need to do (house cleaning, groceries, etc.) and things I want to do (sewing, usually!), but on those weekends I've been sick I end up just sitting in a chair and accomplishing nothing. It drives me crazy! I feel like I have this huge list of things I should be or want to be doing and I can't do any of it. It feels like such a huge waste of time.

There's a brief story in the gospels about Jesus healing Peter's mother-in-law...well, at this point Peter was still called Simon, so that's what he's called in these verses, but I'll be referring to him as Peter. Luke records it this way: "Jesus left the synagogue and went to the home of Simon. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Jesus to help her. So he bent over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up at once and began to wait on them" (Luke 4:38-39). 

That last sentence used to annoy me a bit. It felt like they only want her healed so she could get them something to eat. Isn't it funny how our minds interpret things, sometimes? Now that I'm older, I read that last sentence through the lens of those sick, unproductive weekends.

This poor woman had been sick with a high fever for who knows how long. She was stuck in bed, unable to do anything. Like me, she probably had a list in her head of things that needed to be done to keep her household running smoothly, and it was likely a lot longer than mine since she didn't have all the modern conveniences that I have. When I finally get over a cold, the last thing I want to do is just sit and relax. There is stuff that needs to be done and I can't wait to get at it. I imagine Peter's mother-in-law felt the same way as she got out of that bed.

Of course, when she was healed of her fever, she had company. What's the first thing we do when we have company? Offer food and a drink, right? That's exactly what she did, and I think she was relieved to be finally well enough to serve Jesus and her other visitors. She had been set free of the fever to finally get stuff done again!

So what about us? Whether or not we have been physically sick lately, we were all spiritually sick at one point and Jesus healed us by offering us forgiveness of our sins. By faith in Jesus, we have been healed and set free from sin. I think that, like Peter's mother-in-law, the best response to that healing is to get to work and serve Jesus.


Which begs the question, how do we serve Jesus? Is it only when we're doing church things? I don't think that's right at all. God made each one of us differently, with different talents and abilities. Read 1 Corinthians 12, where Paul compares the church to a body, where every part is needed because all of the parts are different. Not all of us can be preachers. Not all of us can be musicians (which you would know for sure if you ever heard me sing!). And not all of us can be children's church teachers. Some people are excellent business people, or good cooks, or good quilters! God can use all of those skills if we decide in our hearts that we are working for Him. 

Colossians 3:17 says, "And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." 'Whatever'. That's a big word, isn't it? It means everything we do can be done in service to God, if we have the right attitude while we're doing it. And the right attitude is even described in the verse for us...'giving thanks to God the Father through him (Jesus)'. So, because of what Jesus has done for us (offering us spiritual healing and forgiveness of our sins), we are to be thankful to God, and we show that thankfulness by serving Him with everything that we do.

We can serve  Jesus with  everything we do | DevotedQuilter.com

We have been set free to serve Him, just as Peter's mother-in-law was. She served him with food and drink. We serve him with everything we do.

March 28, 2022

Ordinary People

 Being with Jesus changed His disciples, a fact that was evident after Peter and John healed a crippled man and were then brought before the religious leaders for questioning. “The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13).

The disciples were ordinary people, just like we are. They weren’t scholars or trained speakers. They were fishermen and tax collectors. Just ordinary working folks. But because of their time with Jesus, and especially because of the Holy Spirit that came to dwell within them, they became bold in their determination to tell people about Jesus.
The disciples were ordinary people, just like we are | DevotedQuilter.com

It was dangerous for them to be preaching Jesus, but they didn’t let that risk silence them. Can we say the same? Speaking about Jesus isn’t likely to cause us physical harm or get us thrown in jail, as it might have for Peter and John, but it may cause us to lose followers on social media or friends in real life. Do we allow those risks to silence us? Or do we speak up, accepting that while some people may not want to hear our message, it’s important to speak up anyway because there are people who need to hear the truth?

March 21, 2022

It's Not About Our Feelings

Saying ‘I’m sorry’ at the right times can be hard for some kids to master. Some don’t ever want to say it, even after they’ve obviously hurt someone. I’ve had more than one toddler clamp their mouth shut and refuse to say those two words when prompted. Other kids say it even when they don’t need to. When Nathan was little he would apologize when asking me to do something for him, or for waking me up when he had a nightmare. I often had to tell him “You’re not doing anything wrong!” 

Even as adults, feelings of guilt can creep in when they’re unwarranted. Often this happens because of past sins that have been forgiven but that we have trouble letting go. Thankfully, our salvation does not hinge on our feelings! John wrote, “Even if we feel guilty, God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything” (1 John 3:20). What a relief!
God is greater than our feelings | DevotedQuilter.com
Feelings of guilt are a wonderful thing when they prompt us to turn to God for salvation or to make amends with people we have hurt. But when a guilty feeling clings to us, threatening to make us doubt our salvation, we can remind ourselves that He is greater than our feelings. 

I also love that John adds that God knows everything. God knows all about whatever it is we’re feeling guilty about. Our salvation isn’t based on God ignoring some of our sins. It’s based on Him forgiving them all and setting us free. God is greater than our unwarranted feelings of guilt.

March 14, 2022

Points of Connection Pattern Release

I'm excited to have my first pattern release of 2022 today! Allow me to introduce you to Points of Connection. Get the pattern in my Etsy shop at the introductory price this week.
Points of Connection quilt pattern | DevotedQuilter.com
I used the new On the Wind collection, by Jill Finley for Riley Blake, and the fabrics are so much fun! There are kites and dandelion clocks and paper airplanes flying around. The kites are definitely my favourite.
Points of Connection quilt pattern | DevotedQuilter.com

Points of Connection quilt pattern | DevotedQuilter.com
Square in a square blocks are hard to stitch accurately, so I chose to paper piece them. The whole quilt comes together much better when all of the units are accurate!
Points of Connection quilt pattern | DevotedQuilter.com
I had trouble coming up with a name for this quilt, so I sent pictures of it to a couple of friends asking for help. Michelle has named a few of my quilts now and she came through again. She said the first thing she noticed about the quilt was all the connections, which is what led us to settle on Points of Connection. Even with all the places where elements of the design connect, there are actually few places where the points need to match up. Bonus, right? 

The name feels meaningful as we were figuring out the name on a day when gas prices were predicted to go up because of Russia's invasion of Ukraine and it made me think about all the connections between people around the world. We may be far apart, but what happens in one part of the world still affects us. Whether it's the war in Ukraine affecting gas prices or a drought in California affecting food availability, and of course the infamous virus that traveled the world so easily, we are more connected than we may have realized.
Points of Connection quilt pattern | DevotedQuilter.com
I've mentioned before that one of my 2022 goals is to make more small quilts to use up some of the off-cuts of Warm and Natural batting from making my bigger quilts, so this 42" x 56" baby size fits the theme perfectly. It's actually longer than most of my baby quilts, which tend to be square, and I really like the longer length. The Points of Connection pattern also includes instructions for a 56" x 70" throw size.

My go-to double loop quilting was a simple choice, since it echoes the flight trails of the paper airplanes in the green fabric. With the white background, I used white Aurifil for the quilting. I'm always surprised how not-distracting it is when thread used for an all-over design doesn't match some of the fabrics. Sure, it might be a bit different if I used black thread, but white works fine 😊
Points of Connection quilt pattern | DevotedQuilter.com
I was distracted the evening I put the binding on, so I had it finished before I realized I forgot to put my label on first. Oops! I guess I'll have to do a little hand stitching at some point to fix that.
Points of Connection quilt pattern | DevotedQuilter.com
In the meantime, the quilting looks very pretty on the back, doesn't it?
Points of Connection quilt pattern | DevotedQuilter.com
Points of Connection got a snowshoe trek/photo shoot and I love the pictures of it laying in the snow.
Points of Connection quilt pattern | DevotedQuilter.com
Even better, look what I found when I picked the quilt up off the snow. Quilted snow! Can we make that a thing somehow?
quilting lines in the snow | DevotedQuilter.com
Points of Connection is available in my Etsy shop as both a PDF and a printed pattern. It's available at its introductory price now through Friday, so get your copy today to get the best price.
Points of Connection quilt pattern | DevotedQuilter.com


I'm linking up this week with NTT, Beauties Pageant, TGIFF and Finished (or not) Friday.

Something Special

With the Add Grace QAL and a new pattern coming out today, I have spent a lot of time at my computer this week! That has meant there hasn't been time to write a new devotion to share today, so I dug back into the archives for this one from 2014 😊 


Devotion for the Week...

"She sure thinks she's something special."

Have you ever said that about someone? When we say it, we don't normally mean it in a good way, do we? We mean the person seems arrogant, stuck-up and full of herself (or himself). Often we say it about people we don't like. And, of course, we hope no one ever says it about us!

Bragging, talking about ourselves too much and making it sound like we think we're better than other people are all things our parents tried to teach us to avoid. As adults, we have learned how much we dislike people who are always focused solely on themselves, people who are selfish and self-centered. It's hard to spend time around people like that, isn't it?

There are many Bible passages about humility. In Romans 12:3, Paul wrote,  "Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.

1 Peter 5:5 says, "All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble."

James 4:10 says, "Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up."

And Colossians 3:12 says, " Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience."

Clearly God does not want His people to be arrogant, to be full of themselves and selfish. He wants us to be humble, to be selfless and willing to associate with others, regardless of their social or financial standing.

But it's possible to get humility wrong too. Some people think too little of themselves.  They think everyone is better than they are and that they're not worth anything. Some people think they have nothing to offer, no skills or talents, no ideas or thoughts worth sharing. That's not how God sees us either.

1 John 3:1 says, " See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!"

 1 Peter 2:9 says, "But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light."

And 1 Peter 4:10 adds, "God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another."

We are children of God and He considers us to be His special possession. Not only that, He has gifted each one of us with a special ability so that we might serve others in His name. So rather than thinking we are worthless and unimportant, we must remember that God values us enough to have sent Jesus to be our Savior. He considers us worthy of that great price.
In God's eyes, we're all something special | DevotedQuilter.com
The challenge, of course, is in maintaining the proper balance between humility and acknowledging our worth. I think Romans 12:3 is the key, "Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you." Think of yourself with sober judgement. In other words, consider carefully all the facts. Acknowledge your faults and your need of a Savior, but do not become so hard on yourself that you forget that God has called you His own.

In His eyes, we're all "something special!"

March 12, 2022

Shining Through in Citified

Welcome to my stop on the Citified blog tour, celebrating Sherry's new signature line with Island Batik. If this is your first time here, then an extra welcome to you!

One of the fun things about being a quilt pattern designer is seeing the patterns I design made in different colours and that's what I've done with my Shining Through pattern. The original quilt has a navy background and yellow bars, so with this version I chose a light background and purples and blues for the bars. The Shining Through pattern is available in my Etsy shop.
Shining Through quilt pattern | DevotedQuilter.com
Shining Through is a fun quilt to make. It stitches up quickly, there are only a few points to match up and the relatively large squares can really show off the fabrics. I designed it to use in a beginners quilting class, so it's perfect for beginners! See the quilts my beginning quilters made in this post.

Aren't these prints in the Citified line fabulous? I especially love that dark blue with the circles/bubbles.
Shining Through quilt pattern | DevotedQuilter.com
We have a lot of snow right now, so my friend Jessica and I took the quilt top on a snowshoe trek through the woods last weekend. It was a wonderful way to spend part of a Sunday afternoon. It was a little windy at times, though!
Shining Through quilt pattern | DevotedQuilter.com
A Shining Through quilt top makes a good flag!
Shining Through quilt pattern | DevotedQuilter.com
I haven't decided yet how I want to quilt this one, so it's just sitting while I ponder the possibilities. My first one I quilted with straight lines with my walking foot, since that was what I taught the class to do. This time I'll definitely be doing free motion quilting, but the specifics are not coming together yet.

The Shining Through pattern is available as a PDF or a printed pattern (with free shipping!)

Check out all the other fun projects my follow blog hop quilters are making with the Citified line:

March 07, 2022

Following Blindly

 Isn’t it amazing how you can almost always identify the decade a picture was taken by the hairstyle or fashion of the person in the picture? We humans do love to follow the trends, don’t we? That’s all well and good when we’re talking about the length of someone’s hair or the shape of their glasses, but not so much when we’re talking about sin.

The prophet Isaiah summed it up perfectly when he wrote, “All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own” (Isaiah 53:6). Sheep don’t pay attention to where they’re going, they just follow the sheep in front of them. Unfortunately, we are very much like sheep, just as Isaiah said. Even more unfortunately, the lead sheep we have all been following is Adam (and Eve – why does she not get more blame?) and they wandered far off the path they were supposed to be on. Then we, just like sheep, followed blindly after.

Thankfully, God knows all about sheep, both the actual sheep and the human ones. He knows that we need a shepherd to follow. Ezekiel wrote, “For this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I myself will search and find my sheep. I will be like a shepherd looking for his scattered flock” (Ezekiel 34:11-12). Then Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd” (John 10:11).

If we follow Jesus, we'll be going the right way | DevotedQuilter.com

We may be sheep, prone to going astray and following the wrong path, but Jesus is our shepherd. If we follow Him, we’ll be going the right way.

March 02, 2022

My 9th Blogging Anniversary (and a Sale)!

Nine years ago today I hit publish on my first blog post. It's funny how two things can be simultaneously true - it feels like just yesterday and I can hardly remember a time when I wasn't thinking about writing blog posts. I've learned so much since I published that first post! I've learned a ton of technology related skills, to start with, though I'm still grateful for my husband and brother with their superior tech knowledge so they can bail me out when I'm lost.

Starting this blog connected me to an online quilting community I didn't even know existed and I love, love, love this community! I love having quilty friends who understand the joys of finding gorgeous fabric, cutting it into small pieces and then sewing it up into something new. I also love the constant inspiration, though it does mean the list of quilts I dream of making is several miles long and grows more every day. I'll never reach the end of it, but I'm having fun trying.
cupcakes and quilts | DevotedQuilter.com
Without this blog, I never would have started a quilt pattern business or started teaching workshops through Zoom. Both of them bring me so much joy and I'm so glad I get to play work at something I enjoy so much. It's hard to beat hearing quilters get excited about the new technique they're learning in a workshop or seeing pictures of a quilt someone made with one of my patterns. Please, please tag me if you share a picture of a quilt made with my pattern! It makes my day every single time!

An anniversary pattern sale has become my favourite way to celebrate (though the cupcakes I made for these pictures are pretty good, too!) 😊 From now through Monday, March 7th, save 20% off all PDF and print patterns, no coupon code needed. Free shipping still applies to print patterns, too. If you're a subscriber to The Bulletin, be sure to check your inbox for a code for an additional discount!

Shop the anniversary sale!


cupcakes and quilts | DevotedQuilter.com

Thanks for being part of this online quilting community. Writing blog posts and quilt patterns wouldn't be nearly as much fun if I was hanging out here by myself!