First Sunday of Advent

Advent is the time to re-set the focus of our hearts and minds on Jesus, the ever-lasting light, turning away from the distractions that get our hearts and minds heading into the shadows where we can become full of dread for the future.

Jesus described himself as ‘The Light of the World’.

I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.

John 8:12

The opening chapter of John’s Gospel is full of descriptions of Jesus as light.

The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.

 

Advent is not only a season to count down to Christmas, remembering Jesus’ birth but also a season to look forward with certain hope knowing his death and resurrection have defeated the darkness and his light will prevail into eternity.

Allison

Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (235)

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I’ve spent the week overcoming my fear of fmq (see my last post for my tips) to quilt the bed runner I’m making for my parents. To finish the quilting I’ve switched back to the walking foot to stitch straight lines in the background sections. Once the stitching is finished I have a whole host of thread ends to bury – a job to do in front of the TV 🙂

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Tips for overcoming fear of free motion quilting

The bed runner design (there will be additional background fabric either end to hang over the side of the bed).

Phew! After much procrastination and preparation I am progressing through the quilting of the bed runner I’m making for my parents. It will be a gift to mark their Diamond Wedding Anniversary. Of course I want it to be perfect and, of course, that’s not possible.

I started writing the long version of this quilting story but decided to delete most of the details, add photos and give my tips for overcoming fear of free motion quilting 🙂

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Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (234)

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I haven’t done much sewing at all this week. Most of my sewing time has been spent cutting and collating fabrics for the novelty square packs listed in my Etsy Shop. I have to admit I have also been procrastinating re. the bed runner I’m making for my parent’s Diamond Wedding Anniversary…. Anyhow! This morning I cleaned my sewing machine before cutting out the backing fabric and wadding for the runner. So, my project for this weekend is to baste the runner and then overcome my fear of spoiling the project with my less than perfect quilting.

I thought I’d share a tip about a really useful gadget I use when cleaning my machine. It’s a right-angled or ‘off-set’ screwdriver.

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