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The Photo Quilt is FINISHED!!!

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Hello Sparkies,

As some of you know, I decided to try a whole new method for making a quilt.

I love the area I live in, and frequently go for hikes. I always have my trusty camera with me, and have some phenominally beautiful photos as a result.

One day the bright idea came to me that I wanted to do something a bit different with my photos and quilting. So I blew up a few photos to size 8 1/2 x 11, put up a large piece of white fabric on my design wall, and began to free cut fabric.

These will tell you the story:

We need a STUMP! and some WATER!

Now add in some TREES and a PATHWAY!

So we can create this:

and this:

Which will give us this:

So we can hang it here:

Don't ask how many spools of thread I went through for all the thread painting with my little Elna!

This really expanded my creative thinking, and was both difficult and wonderful to work on.

I hope you enjoyed the show.

ADDENDUM: A lot of you have asked how long it took to make it. Approximately 3 1/2 months.

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MIRACLELOVE77 7/18/2011 12:18PM


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DOLLIE6 7/17/2011 5:47PM

    You are so talented. What a beauty.

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MPENNE 7/17/2011 3:25PM

    emoticon is the only word that comes to mind. You are a very very talented lady.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 7/11/2011 12:48PM

    Wow! Truly amazingly beautiful!

Will you be entering it in any contests? I see a sure winner!!

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SANDYRAE5 7/7/2011 7:19AM

    Wow, now that is creative. Absolutely beautiful!

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GCHUNG 7/6/2011 9:41AM

    fantastic job!!

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BERNERQUILTS 7/5/2011 11:15AM

    I just saw a program on landscape quilting, this is more fantastic than any thing they showed!!!!!!!!!

When I look at it I FEEL like I am right there on the path in
the forest.

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NOLAZYBUTT110 7/5/2011 9:17AM

    Nice quilts! Yahoo! Susana

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AMYJEAN911 7/3/2011 8:08PM

    Oh my gosh that is AMAZING!!! Have I mentioned lately how much you completely rock? What an accomplishment.

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FUTUREHOPE49 7/3/2011 5:59PM

    Wow! they are beautiful! What a lovely idea! Well done!

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LKWQUILTER 7/3/2011 4:49PM


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COLEENCOLE 7/3/2011 3:09PM

    So amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ITS_MY_TURN_NOW 7/3/2011 12:56PM

    Wow! That quilt is gorgeous! You are so talented! I would love to learn to quilt...


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PURPLESPEDCOW 7/3/2011 12:53PM

    Absolutely the most beautiful thing I have ever seen, I know some quilters too and they would be amazed!

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GRANDMACOO 7/3/2011 12:32PM

    WOW! That is absolutely awe inspiring! Wonderful quilt!

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GRACEISENUF 7/3/2011 12:26PM

    Two of my friends came to read this blog and I wanted to see your work.....absolutely beautiful. I live in central Cali and visit northern Cali all the time so I enjoy hiking and the outdoors.

You are very talented!


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RUFFIT 7/3/2011 12:14PM

    Absolutely gorgeous. You are definitely talented. Moni emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 7/3/2011 12:13PM

    My. Oh. My. Okay, now I HAVE to come see you because I want to see that in person (and you too, of course). I knew it would be beautiful, but that is amazing. I want to come see the detail! Absolutely amazing, my FBC.

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GRANDMA1951 7/3/2011 12:06PM

    That is gorgeous!!! You are so talented. I'd also like to know how long it took. I'm sooo jealous.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 7/3/2011 11:45AM

    Your quilt is absolutely beautiful!!! Such in creative idea...I can see you doing more of these in the future. Praise the Lord for the talent He has given you.
Love and hugs,

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TYBEWALLACE 7/3/2011 11:45AM

    That is amazing, You are so talented and creative. I could never do anything so beautiful.... What a wonderful gift to be able to transulate the beauty of your area into something everyone else can share....

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HDHAWK 7/3/2011 11:43AM


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BECKYI39 7/3/2011 11:18AM

    It is beautiful!

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DISP715 7/3/2011 11:15AM

    I'm confused. You made that??? I am a knitter, never quilted in my life. THAT is about the most gorgeous thing I've ever seen!!! You are very talented. How long did it take? I wish I could see it in person.

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Interesting Question!

Monday, June 27, 2011

This morning I got an email from a good friend, asking me what I do when I hear the voice of God.

Interesting question.

My first thought was when I am walking a sad time in my heart, God sends me a bird, singing sweetly in the uppermost branches of a tree, so I have to look UP to see it.

It makes me remember to LISTEN.

The second thought is when I am full of anger, resentment, self pity and the like, God sends me Winsten, my Golden Retriever. I look at his wagging tail, see his grin and his gentle brown eyes.

It makes me remember to LOVE OTHERS.

The third is when I am going through a lot of stress, God sends me a beautiful rose to ponder. I notice the beauty of each petal, the intricate design of it, and sniff in the fragrance. I see the thorns, too.

It makes me remember to ACCEPT that life has beauty among the thorns .

Fourth, when I hear the voice of God within, I can stop and acknowledge, or I can push it aside in favor of worry.

It teaches me AWARENESS.

Fifth, when I am feeling hopelessness and despair, God sends me Rainbows.

It reminds me of God's Promise that tears go away if I change my FOCUS.

Sixth, when I am feeling alone and forgotten, God sends me an email from a friend, saying just what I need to hear.

It teaches me VALUES.

I have lived a long, interesting life. Not all of it has been good, not all of it has been bad. Overall, the "good' far outweighs the bad.

In fact, the GOOD is with me all the time, and when that gets interrupted by a "BAD", I go in to a sort of shock. My reactions get all cattywampise.

I allow my feelings to overtake my brain, I immediately look for the blame of the "bad", and generally get all wrinkled up, focusing only on the "bad", and finding more "bad" to add to it.

"Bad" is a rather rare stranger in my life, so when it comes, I over-react with fear and defiance.

Once I get my feathers all smoothed out again, I can take an honest look at the "bad", and see that, most of the times, it is something that is either solvable or none of my business, and the outcome belongs to God.

The best thing for me to do is fall on my knees and ask God to take the doubt, fear and blindness to His goodness away, and help me do HIS Will, not MINE.

Some "bad" things have happened in my life that have no explanation. I have to wait until God and I sit face to face over a cup of coffee to have them explained as to "why?".

In the meantime, I am here for a purpose. I am not an accident. I am part of the whole, and part of the solution.

It all depends on my Spiritual conditioning of the moment.

I DELIBERATELY search for the WONDER OF LIFE in each day, and acknowledge GRATITUDE that I am here to see it.


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MOMMA_BEAR_69 7/3/2011 12:02PM

    So glad that I saw this today...puts everything back into the proper perspective. Thank you for this blessing today!!

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MAYFIELD0801 6/30/2011 12:10AM

    That is so awesome and it couldnt have come at a better time for me. Thank you.

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LITTLEGIRLSMOM1 6/29/2011 7:36PM

  Awesome! Thanks for sharing it with us.

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TINKLOVESBEAR 6/27/2011 2:29PM

    I love what you wrote! I agree with Getfit2live...beautiful perspective!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOULOUBELLE2 6/27/2011 12:48PM

    What a wonderful blog....You have hit the proverbial nail right on the head!!!!!
This is a keeper for sure...think I'll print it out as a awesome reminder, that is if you don't mind.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
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GETFIT2LIVE 6/27/2011 11:55AM

    What a wonderful perspective! You are so right, it is all in the attitude of willingness. emoticon

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Ally's H.S. Graduation Wall Quilt

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Hello Sparkies!

I finally got a few minutes to post a photo of the quilt I made for GD Ally. I think you will like it.......................

I'm quite pleased with it, if I must say so myself!

I am now working feverishly on the quilt I am putting in the Sun Bonnet Sue Quilt Show July 115-17 here in Sequim. Once I get the binding and sleeve on it, I will post a photo of that one for your judgement.

Sewing right along!!

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GETFIT2LIVE 6/27/2011 11:53AM

    I love it, Sandy--this is beautiful! Your GD will treasure it forever.

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LOULOUBELLE2 6/27/2011 10:06AM

I'll take it if she doesn't want it. My GD would love it...gives me an idea for her college quilt. emoticonand beautiful job.

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RUFFIT 6/27/2011 9:15AM

    You are truly talented!! Moni emoticon

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GRANDMA1951 6/27/2011 8:48AM

    That's beautiful. Wish I was that talented. Bet she loves it.

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NOLAZYBUTT110 6/27/2011 8:35AM

    Very unique! Love the colors too. Is it appliqued (the sillouette?) LOve it! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AMYJEAN911 6/26/2011 10:37PM

    You are pretty much awesome. I'm sure she's gonna love it!!


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MOMMA_BEAR_69 6/26/2011 9:22PM

    Beautiful quilt...what an AMAZING job!!! I love it and I'm sure she will too. Can't wait to see your next one!!!

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SHERYL_B 6/26/2011 9:07PM

    This quilt is amazing!!!!!

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Obituary-Very Interesting

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

In 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of
Edinborough, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some
2,000 years prior:

"A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a
permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until
the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts
from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for
the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with
the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal
policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship."

"The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of
history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations
always progressed through the following sequence:

From bondage to spiritual faith;
From spiritual faith to great courage;
From courage to liberty;
From liberty to abundance;
From abundance to complacency;
From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependence;
From dependence back into bondage."
The Obituary follows:

Born 1776, Died 2008
It doesn't hurt to read this several times.

Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul,
Minnesota, points out some interesting facts concerning the last
Presidential election:

Number of States won by: Obama: 19 McCain: 29
Square miles of land won by: Obama: 580,000 McCain: 2,427,000
Population of counties won by: Obama: 127 million McCain: 143 million
Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Obama: 13.2
McCain: 2.1

Professor Olson adds: "In aggregate, the map of the territory McCain won was
mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of the country.

Obama territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in low income
tenements and living off various forms of government welfare..."

Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the
"complacency and apathy" phase of Professor Tyler's definition of democracy,
with some forty percent of the nation's population already having reached
the "governmental dependency" phase.

If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million criminal
invaders called illegal's - and they vote - then we can say goodbye to the
USA in fewer than five years.

If you are in favor of this, then by all means, delete this message.

If you are not, then pass this along to help everyone realize just how much
is at stake, knowing that apathy is the greatest danger to our freedom.

This is truly scary! Of course we are not a democracy, we are a
Constitutional Republic. Someone should point this out to Obama. Of
course we know he and too many others pay little attention to the
Constitution. There couldn't be more at stake than on Nov 2012.

If you are as concerned as I am please pass this along.

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DIANESMILES 6/23/2011 2:57AM

    Oh my head hurt after that ! :)

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NOTFATCAT 6/22/2011 8:14PM

    OMG. Terrible stats that are frightening. I can only hope for a change with the 2012 election.

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ELSEEBEE 6/22/2011 6:48PM

    I have several people who will enjoy reading this. Thank you for posting it!

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DONNYE2008 6/22/2011 1:49PM

    I'm sharing this. Thanks for posting!

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My Classes are Filled with FUN

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Just giving you a quick update. I am teaching class #3 today, and it will be a long one.

The students I have had are terrific people. Very talented and creative, too. This makes these long teaching days worth while.

I will post photos later..........right now just wanted to let you know that I still have wind beneath my wings.

Love you guys!

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MENOLLYRJ 6/10/2011 8:41PM

  I'm jealous. Have a wonderful time!

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TOWHEE 6/10/2011 12:04AM

    I'm glad you are having so much fun with your students. It certainly makes the whole event worthwhile for everyone.

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GETFIT2LIVE 6/9/2011 3:03PM

    I am glad you are having fun, Sandy--looking forward to the photos!


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GRANDMACOO 6/9/2011 10:29AM

    Oh, to be able to sit and quilt all day! I should add that to my bucket list - just ONE DAY!!!

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MPENNE 6/9/2011 9:58AM

    Glad to hear you are flying high.
Have fun.


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