Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Day 3.....

~ Greetings and Warm Welcome ~
to Day 3 of

Well here we are....
I always think I won't have enough things to share for 25 days on this blog...but in reality...I have so much going on in one day in my life I could write probably 5 blogs a day! 

Yesterday, as you know, I was called in to work at the Quilt Shop....
I've had people ask me what Quilt Shop I work at here in Bloomington, and there is only one, not necessarily identified as a Quilt Shop, but it is Quilt Fabric and Sewing Machine Dealer. I've worked there nearly 2 years and to be honest, I love it. I really do.
The name of the store is Klaiber's Sewing Center and we are off of West 17 Street - just down from Armstrong Stadium and Assembly Hall. I'm particularly proud of the website/webshop - Jacob and I built it and maintain it. Here is a link: KLAIBER'S SEWING CENTER
We sell Babylock and Janome machines and I have gotten pretty savvy at knowing what machine is the best for what you want to do. Heck I've even gotten really good at selling myself machines since I own 5 of them. Ha ha...but I will say this - I use every single machine I own and I love them.
See something you can't live without? Well you can buy it and we will ship it right to you!

This weekend on Saturday we had Small Business Saturday Sale and I worked with several other ladies. Here is a snap of us from Saturday:


aren't the ladies sweet? I love each and every one of them...dear friends all!

Speaking of quilts...
in the last 2 years I've gotten rather proficient in piecing and quilting. I've made several quilts, large and small. I love quilting, although it will never replace my first love of stitching. All of my kids have quilts except Katie...she's not very happy about that since she's my first child, yet the last one to have a quilt made especially for her. So I wanted to make something special for her. The boys were the first quilt recipients and they are very "American" in the fact that they love patriotic memorabilia. So they have "America" quilts. Ellie loves cats so she has a "Parisian" cat and macarons quilt. Kate loves penguins. So when I saw Elizabeth Hartman's "Penguin Party" quilt pattern. How could I not get it and kit it and go! Here is a photo of the quilt that is on the front of the pattern: 


So I got started...cutting and cutting and cutting. This is all flannels and will be my first wool quilt. 
2.5 - 3 hours later (I lost track) Here are all the pieces (minus the sashing):


I then stated following the pattern and the first step was to make the eyes. So there you go: 20 penguin eyeballs.


I was hoping that Santa would bring this quilt...but I'm beginning to wonder.

Yesterday at the quilt shop I had a finish of the cross stitch variety:


"Joyeux Noel 2018" 
By Rosalyn Pettit of Fleurs de Lin
stitched on 32 ct. black evenweave using DMC colors.

**Here is a tip from me to you: if you want to stitch on dark colors, choose evenweaves only - not linen. Why? I find that linen threads being uneven makes it hard for older eyes to actually see where to place the stitches. (believe me I've tried several times) Linen is also not as tightly woven as an evenweave cloth is, and that makes light come up from the bottom and for me that is completely distracting and somehow does not help me at all to see holes. I feel like I'm going to have a seizure in fact - it hurts my eyes. I cannot have the light come up from the bottom and having a light towel on my lap doesn't help any at all either for the same reason as above...it hurts my eyes or makes me feel disoriented like I'm going to have a seizure. I like Evenweave, densely woven cloth...with very BRIGHT LED lights and magnification. Try it! I think you'll see what I mean. 

I have a really good idea...
about how to finish this ornament. I hope I can get it to work out so I can share it with you!

My Jane Stanwix 1843... 
Got a little attention, but not enough to really share anything because:
1. I was working yesterday
2. I had to record a Fiber Talk last night
3. I had to do my second ride on the elliptical last night
4. I ran out of time.

Today's installment from my Advent of Hope studies....
I woke up not feeling the most enlightened this morning. I did my usual: make lunches, ride the elliptical for 45 minutes while doing that I listen to Matthew Kelly's Best Advent Ever daily installment 2 or 3 times (I do this because I never pay good enough attention and so I listen over and over and over to make sure I fully HEAR it). Then I read a couple of chapters of my current inspirational book which is: "Joy to the World" by Scott Hahn. . . today both the daily video from Best Advent Ever and the chapters read in the book weren't very "in my face" inspirational. I'm like that...sorta if it doesn't hit me or doesn't speak to me, or I'm not struggling with that day's lesson then - sorry not inspired. BUT what did hit me between the eyes was my daily inspirational "come to Jesus" throughout the year book that I look at every morning. It is set up with the day's date and then on the page are several Biblical Verses or Inspirational Quotes. What struck me in this book was the Psalm for today which was:

"Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all the day long." -Psalm 25:5

I've been particularly struck with Psalms lately...typically not my favorite book in the Bible...but each one that has struck me recently has spoken to my struggles in daily life.

As Matthew speaks of in today's video...
many of us walk through life sleep walking, on auto pilot - journeying from one task to the next. I struggle with that. I set up my days as a series of goals - I jump one hoop, then move to the next, and the next, and the next and the next. I count my day as a success when I have jumped all my "hoops" and I feel very disappointed when hoops are left un-jumped. My husband says he has never seen someone accomplish as much as I do in one day and then feel disappointed because I feel I have done enough. It's true...it is rare that I feel happy with what I've accomplished. I always have one more task, one more thing to do ... I'm a conundrum.  While I think about God throughout my day, sometimes I don't have a "relationship" with him. I don't credit Him or don't recognize the many blessings, miracles, wonders that I witness or see every day. And they are there - every day. I've been thinking for the past year really - particularly the past 6 months that I am missing out in life. I'm letting it run by me. I need to stop more often - and see the goodness of the Lord. So again, God has hit me right between the eyes (thank you Lord!) - when in the beginning of the morning - I was dissatisfied with today's inspirational readings and video...I go to my next book and there! THERE! I find it!
"Guide me in your truth and teach me..."
Yep...blessings, miracles and wonders...never cease and happen EVERY day.

Until tomorrow...
Merry Christmas, 
Vonna xxxx


  1. Wow. You and I are very alike Vonna. My husband has been telling me for years to slow down. He tells me I am always going, going, going. I remind myself to remember the Lord. Sad.

  2. I've always thought it would be fun working in a quilt/sewing store. Love that penguin quilt! Adorable.

  3. I always enjoy reading your blog posts. I may not comment on each one but I read them all.
    Thank you for your inspiration to all of us.
    Merry Christmas to you and your lovely family.

  4. I was very driven and a perfectionist too until 6 1/2 years ago when I developed a painful and rare neuromuscular disorder that doesn’t seem to have a name or a cure. I read some books on managing chronic pain. One thing that came up repeatedly was mindfulness and practicing gratefulness. Noticing and focusing on the little but beautiful things in life. I am nowhere near perfection because that is only God but I am much much better than I was when pain free. I see God in places I never noticed before. I appreciate your blog and your witnessing of your faith. 🙏🏻

  5. Today's post makes me think you're writing about me! I also have a big to-do list every day and feel anxious and as if I've failed if I don't get everything done on the list. I also feel time flying by and want to "stop and smell the roses." It's something I'm trying very hard to do each day but not fully accomplishing. It's so difficult to balance life. Thank you for taking the time to share your day with us. I'm enjoying it very much!

  6. You are so right about stitching on dark evenweave fabrics rather than linen. The thick and thin linen threads can be hard to see. Joyeux Noel is lovely.


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