Christmas When I Was Six

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I found this picture in an ancient thing called a photo album.  I’m 6 years old and visiting Good ‘Ol Santa Claus in my home town of Johnstown, Pennsylvania.  It’s nice to see I was out and about as a little kid.

Ohhh my! Those were the days!

Have a good weekend!

~Molly

Finished Navy Star Baby Quilt

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The Navy Star Flannel Baby Quilt is Finished!

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The quilt in the frame.

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What the back of the quilt looks like.

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A close up of the quilting on the back of the quilt.

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A close up of the center of the star.

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The full quilt is 40.5 ” x 42.”

More pictures of this quilt in the frame can be found by going to these links on my blog:

https://marionberryquilter.com/2016/01/05/whats-new-in-the-quilt-frame-4/

https://marionberryquilter.com/2016/01/23/finishing-the-navy-blue-flannel-baby-quilt/

This baby quilt will be for sale through Etsy by hitting the Store option on the header bar found at the top of the page.

Have a great day!

~Molly

Big Sur

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These are a few pictures taken by my daughter, Hayley, of the beautiful coastal area in California called the Big Sur.

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What a cool place to travel to and explore!

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These pictures are real…and not photo shopped in any way.

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It was a beautiful day, and it was so fun to be there with Tilda and her parents!

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I highly recommend a trip to this area!  There are many cool places to explore in life and people still to meet!  You never know what can happen in life and the places you will go!

Blessings to you this day!

~Molly

I Traveled to…

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…the Bay Area to See Matilda and Spend Time at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  These pictures were taken by Tilda’s mom and my oldest daughter, Hayley.

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Matilda exploring an exhibit of plants that grow in the ocean.

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Whether we like it or not, she’s growing up right before our very eyes!

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Matilda takes in the view of the Jelly Fish Tank.

I’m sorry I stopped posting for a bit…there were a few days where Tilda won the battle for energy…and I lost, because I was worn out having too much fun with her!

Hope you are doing well!

~Molly

A Finished Project

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The Charming Coins Doll Quilt went from a sewn top…

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to being quilted in the frame…

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to the finished product!

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I really like how the batting shriveled around the quilting when I washed it, because it looks and feels like an antique quilt!

This quilt is for sale and can be purchased by clicking the STORE button found at the top of this post.

May the pieces of your life come together to make something beautiful today!

A Devotional Thought

The Annunciation wall panel – ca. 1933

     “Who can explain the kind of bodies in which the angels appeared to men, so that they were not only visible but tangible as well?  And again, how do they, not by impact of physical stimulus but by spiritual force, bring certain visions, not to the   physical eyes but to the spiritual eyes of the mind, or speak something, not to the ears, as from outside us, but actually from within the human soul, since they are present within it too?  For, as it is written in the book of the Prophets:  “And the angel that spoke in me, said to me…” (Zech 1:9)  He does not say, “Spoke to me” but “Spoke in me.”  How do they appear to men in sleep, and communicate through dreams, as we read in the Gospel:  “Behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in his sleep, saying…” (Matt. 1:20)  By these various modes of presentations, the angels seem to indicate that they do not have tangible bodies; yet this raises the very difficult question:  How, then, did the patriarchs wash the angels’ feet? (Gen. 18:4; 19:2)  How also did Jacob wrestle with the angel in such a tangible form?

     To ask questions as these, and to guess at the answers as one can, is not a useless exercise in speculation, so long as the discussion is moderate and one avoids the mistake of those who think they know what they do not know.”

St Augustine (ca. 410 CE),  Handbook on Faith, Hope, and Love 

Found within the daily readings of Phyllis Tickles book The Night Offices:  Prayers for the Hours From Sunset to Sunrise, page 346.

blessings to you this day,

Molly

Thanksgiving Wishes

“…I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, do hereby appoint and set apart the last Thursday in November next as a day which I desire to be observed by all my fellow citizens wherever they may then be as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to Almighty God the beneficent Creator and Ruler of the Universe.  And I do farther recommend to my fellow citizens aforesaid that on that occasion they do reverently humble themselves in the dust and from thence offer up penitent and fervent prayers and supplications to the Great Disposer of events for a turn of the inestimable blessings of Peace, Union and Harmony throughout the land, which it has pleased him to assign as a dwelling place for ourselves and for our posterity throughout all generations.”

–Thanksgiving proclamation, October 20, 1864

From my house to yours, may you have a restful and joyful Thanksgiving Day!

Molly

from The Wit And Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln:  A Book of Quotations, edited by Bob Blaisdell

The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln Volume 8, Roy P. Basler, editor.  The Abraham Lincoln Association, Springfield, Illinois, and New Brunswick, New Jersey:  Rutgers University Press. 1953-1955.

Acknowledging The Good

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Father Bernard Kenvi helps a Muslim child climb down from an open truck in the town of Bossemptele, west of Central African Republic March 8, 2014, as a group of mostly women and children flee sectarian violence in a safer container truck in a convoy escorted by African Union (AU) peacekeepers. Photograph: Siegfried Modola/Reuters. The Guardian.

As Thanksgiving arrives tomorrow, I think it is important to acknowledge the good in the world. Father Bernard Kenvi (Kinvi) is a Catholic Priest in the country of Central African Republic (CAR) who has been providing safety to Muslim people in his church and missionary area.  I first read about Father Bernard Kenvi last Spring. Whether you have a faith tradition or not, it is good to know there are people in the world who rise above tragic situations to do whatever they can to protect those who are most vulnerable. Read along with me about the good Father Kenvi has done.

Sam Jones from The Guardian writes:

 “In a predominantly Christian country terrorized by Muslim rebels as recently as January, Father Bernard Kinvi took his life in his hands when he resolved to protect Muslims threatened by sectarian violence. But the priest, who has won a Human Rights Watch award for his work, believes the conflict in CAR is misunderstood – and says his mission is far from over.

The Seleka terrorised the country’s majority Christian population, killing men, women and children until they were forced from power in January. Their fall was swiftly followed by the rise of the predominantly Christian anti-balaka (anti-machete) militia, whose campaign of vengeance has resulted in the murder of thousands of Muslims and forced hundreds of thousands to seek refuge in neighbouring countries.

When the Seleka fled Bossemptele in January – taking Kinvi’s precious car with them – the anti-balaka swept into the north-western town, slaughtering 80 Muslims.

Kinvi responded to the threat by opening the doors of the mission to terrified Muslims and looking for those hiding in the bush.

Despite daily threats from the anti-balaka, who could not understand why a Catholic was defending Muslims, he continued sheltering them in the mission’s church, hospital and school.

“It wasn’t a decision; it was just something that happened,” he says. “As a priest, I cannot support the killing of a man. We’re all human: religion doesn’t come into it. If anti-balaka come in wounded, I treat them. I don’t care who you are or what you do with your life or what your religion is, you are a human being and I will treat you.”

At one point, 1,500 Muslims were living under the protection of a man whose only sources of power were his faith and the black cassock with a large red cross on the chest that he wears as a member of the Camillian order.

When he went out in search of bodies to bury, the anti-balaka would taunt him: “We have our jobs, father, and you have yours: we kill them and you bury them.”

From mid-January to April, Kinvi barely slept, terrified that if he closed his eyes the militia would fulfill their threats to murder all the Muslims in the mission.”

Jones goes on to share the change that came to Kenvi from his work in a war torn area:

“When I became a priest, I undertook to serve the sick even if it meant putting my life in danger,” he says. “I said that but I didn’t really know what it meant. But when the war came, I understood what it means to risk your life. Being a priest is about more than giving blessings; it’s about standing with those who have lost everything.”

Alison Lesley for World Religion News says:

“Father Bernard Kinvi gives a glimpse into the world that not many give us anymore. He strove to save lives, and do what was right by his own morals and values. He valued human life before he cared what anyone’s religion was.”

Jones concludes The Guardian Article with these thoughts:

“Kinvi’s efforts to protect the Muslims of Bossemptele have been recognised by the international NGO Human Rights Watch, which recently bestowed on him its Alison Des Forges award, which honours “people of valour who have put their lives on the line to create a world free from abuse, discrimination and oppression”.

But even Kinvi, an optimist whose near-constant smile is undimmed by the depravity he has witnessed, knows that CAR is far from free of that triple scourge.

For now, more than 400,000 of the country’s Muslims remain refugees outside its borders while almost 175,000 are displaced within them.

“I thirst for peace in CAR,” he says. “I want to see people able to move around safely like in any other country. I want to see my Muslim brothers, who have lost everything, return to their homes. It’s their country and they need to be back home.”

Today, I give thanks for people like Father Bernard. People who have the courage to stand in the gap between violence and safety, life and death. People who stand with others through difficult and painful times in life. People who stand with those who have lost everything. People who make all the difference in the world.

More on Father Bernard can be found at the following websites:

Sam Jones The Guardian

Human Rights Watch.org

Alison Lesley World Religion News

Sights Around Marion County

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 I want to show you a few sights around my home area.

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The Wheatland Ferry runs on electricity and holds up to nine cars per trip across the Willamette River.

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 Platforms for Osprey nests have been built at the top of large poles on farms and telephone poles around the area.

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A Field of Berries in the fall.

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Oregon State Parks

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This is not snow. This is a filbert orchard that has just been dusted with the mineral lime to neutralize the acid in the soil.

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It’s duck and geese hunting season. The Goose Check spot identifies the particular species of bird has been killed. I found this sign to be unique to our area.

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I like that Oregon Agriculture identifies what is growing in the field behind it. Many crops thrive in the Willamette Valley from nursery plants, various fruits and berries, vegetables, hay, hops, grass seed, peonies, tulips, iris flowers, and many more crops! There are also several wineries that grow several varieties of grapes and have produced award winning wines!

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Hope your Thanksgiving week is going well!

Wishing you the very best!

Molly

Winter Star Quilt

Over the years, I have met many people who do not like to decorate their homes in red and green for the Christmas holidays.  With these people in mind, I’ve taken the Christmas Star Quilt pattern and turned it into a Winter Star Quilt.

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This has been a fun project to work on. I enjoyed laying out the pieces and working with the different color combinations.

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This is what the quilt looks like sewn together and put in a quilt frame.

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Cheddar wanted to check out the new project.

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This hand quilted Winter Star Wall hanging Quilt will be ready by December 18. It measures 24.5′ x 24.5.’ It is for sale for by clicking the STORE button found at the top of this post. If you are interested in purchasing this wall hanging, contact me at marionberryquilts@gmail.com.

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Nesting

What is Nesting?

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Nesting can be a word to describe someone who makes their living space a home, not just a house to live in with others. Someone who is a nest-er has a need for their living space to feel like a home by adding creature comfort features like comfortable beds, pictures on the wall, pictures of loved ones on the refrigerator, and creating a welcoming space.

Nesting can also be a phase a woman experiences in the last trimester of her pregnancy. This is when a woman has a flurry of energy and begins preparing the house for her baby to come home. For example, an expectant mom will want the crib is set up then moved around several times to find just the right placement in the room. With this sudden burst of energy, even the most unorganized mom suddenly becomes focused. She becomes attentive about her shopping, fussy about organizing her home, and intense when organizing her time in preparation for her baby coming.  But when it comes to quilting, nesting means something totally different.

Have you ever wondered how to get your seams on a sewing project to come out perfectly matched?  Nesting is a simple way to match the seams together of two fabrics, so there is a match in the seam line. I learned this tip from a woman named Ginger at a Hancock Fabric Store block of the month class.

This is what Ginger showed me how to do, and it works perfectly!  I begin by ironing the seam of each row in opposite directions.

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With the rights sides of the fabric together, I keep working with the fabric until the seams match together.

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I put a pin in place horizontally to hold the placement.

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It’s good to check the seams to see if they line up correctly.

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When I have the seams the way I like them, I pin the seams in place. Before sewing, I remove the horizontal pin.

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When quilting, I do not press the seams open. I iron the seams towards the darker color. Especially when I’m hand quilting, pressing the seams towards the darker color is important so I’m not quilting through three layers of fabric plus the batting.

That is how to nest your fabric to get perfect seams!

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Fabric From Japan

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This fabric was bought by a relative on a trip to Japan.

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This  42.5″ x 42.5″ piece of fabric will be the backing of a quilt I’m making for a family member.

Now that I have the backing, I am making the quilt top. I’m sewing a block pattern with five primary colors of fabric. To make the blocks quickly, I cut out 4 1/2 inch strips of each of the colors. The strips looked like this:

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I sewed the strips together. After I evened the fabric across the top, then I cut a 4 1/2 inch strip.  The blocks are now 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ and look like this:

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I made two different shades to break up the solids. P1050545

And began sewing the rows together.

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Putting the pieces on my felt board, a pattern emerged that looked like this:

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 I plan to sew the rows together and put the top in the quilt frame very soon. I’ll keep you updated.

Hope you’re doing well!