"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will."
Mahatma Gandhi

Thursday, October 20, 2011


There's been a lot going on around here for the past few weeks, and that's a good thing.  Today I am catching my breath and catching up.  Of course, blogging is a part of that.  

I've not posted progress on the stitch along for a while.  I continue to stitch along, but have been spending more time in my sewing room lately, so cross stitching progress has been slow.  My vision has been bothering me a bit also, so the 18count Aida I'm working on seems like it wasn't a totally wise choice, although it will look great when I finish.  Two of the stitch along pals have finished and here's their final products, absolutely beautiful!
Denise's finished work
Shari's finished work. 
These two ladies are stitchers extraordinaire and turn out beautiful pieces very quickly.  Rose and I aren't quite as quick, but we always finish what we start, so those pictures will be posted.... someday.  

In the sewing room I've been working on and figuring out the Bear Paw quilt that I'm making without a pattern, but with the guidance of quilting teacher Rhonda.  

As I've been making the pieces I've been wondering how it all comes together and I had an epiphany just yesterday when I figured that out.  Since it is en pointe, it will be assembled starting from the upper left corner and out from there.  The big AHA moment came when I saw that the horizontal sashing and nine patch pieces are not part of the block but instead are rows of their own.  So, now I get it!
 See what I mean?  Rhonda will have to show up on the scene once I get all the elements made, and she'll do the math for the setting triangles and corner triangles.  And, hopefully she'll agree with my AHA moment.  I'm sure she knew it all along and will be glad to see I figured it out on my own.  I learned a lot about assembling en pointe quilts from my work on Diagonal Madness.  
And, last but not least, 56 years ago today my Mom gave birth to a lovely tiny girl that she and Dad named Angela.  That's me!  It's my birthday today and Happy Birthday to me.  

The last year has been so filled with joy, and it seems as if every year is, I am very blessed.  I've gotten to spend a lot of time with family and friends near and far, have seen both of our children thrive and enter their Senior years at college, celebrated our 29th wedding anniversary, and have done a lot of good sewing and stitching.  My work in dog rescue and at a food pantry has been meaningful and productive, and has lifted up the lives of many humans and 4 legged friends in need.  The year has not been perfect, there have been losses and illnesses, as there are every year.  Those are parts of the fabric of life also, and I hope I've learned from them.  

MS has taken some more pieces of me away over the year, but It will never get the essence of me and so I forge on ahead. 

Already today I've gotten a call from my sister, who reports that she has a present to give me.  I can't wait, she picks out really neat stuff for me.  In the mail yesterday arrived a package from my friend Sue  who also is really great at picking out neat giftos.  Here's a picture of what she sent me:
It's a really cool little bowl that is weighted on the bottom and is magnetic on the inside.  Holds pins perfectly and is too heavy to get pushed aside onto the floor, which I do often with my flat magnetic pin caddy. 
The weighted bottom. 
So how lucky am I?  How can I count all these blessings?  I can't!  

And, today I am blessed with the present of no cooking, hurrah.  Will be going out to lunch with a girlfriend and out to dinner with Dave.  And, I think an afternoon nap would be a wonderful birthday gift to myself.  

As I've said before, I could not ask for more. 


  1. Happy birthday Sis! You have the best attitude of anyone I know.

  2. Happy Birthday Angela! Wish I had known - I could have at least sent you a card! Here's to many more glorious blessed years for you. Have a wonderful day!

  3. Nice you can appreciate the "haves" & not delve on the "have nots" -- Happy Birthday.

    Green Paw looks lovely -- not sure I get what you mean but as long as you do, that's all that counts.

    Looks like a colorful pin party in your magnetic bowl!

  4. Happy Birthday Angela! Good to see a post from you...I wondered how you have been.....seems it has been a long time since I heard anything...
    your quilt is looking gorgeous.....congrats!!!!!

  5. Sweet post, Angela. I'm catching up after being away again (not in your area this time ;) and your post is heartwarming. Hope you had an awesome birthday!


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