Well hello there, sweet friends!!! My world is absolutely BURSTING right now (like a butterfly from a cocoon…not a bowl of spaghetti sauce in the microwave, thank goodness). Hip hip hooray! It’s like a woke up one day to a completely new reality….wonderful energy, loving food, and just in time for a major life event (you know, because growing a baby isn’t quite enough)– we’re moving from Colorado to Virginia!!!
I can hardly believe it! We got the news about my husband’s new job, prepped, cleaned, and staged the house, and sold it, all within 1 week, and now are on to packing, planning the move, and prepping for my first quilt market booth. Holy hot sauce. Life is seriously crazy, and we’re just letting go of the lap bar, throwing our hands in the air, and screaming with delight as we race down this twisty turvy coaster of a year. No worrying. No anxiety (who are you and what have you done with stress case Amy?!).
I really think the peace is actually the result of being on the other side of some pain and trials…illness, family issues, financial strain, grief…whatever…the crappier, the better, it seems, because once you make it through through them, the sunshine is even sweeter than you could have imagined or remembered it ever being, and what would have felt like something scary and nerve-wracking and impossible before, is now an exciting adventure. How intensely freeing and healing it is to give up control and just go with the flow of life, to pray for guidance and provision, and then to see your needs met and your questions answered, again and again and again.
And I know I shouldn’t even be surprised any more when these miraculous things happen but I still am, you know what I mean? I want to get to a place where I expect them. Where I trust and believe they will come. This has been our April: “Should we move to Virginia, God?!” BOOM, answered. “Will we ever find a job out there?!” BOOM, answered. “But where will we live?!” BOOM, answered. “What if I’m too tired or sick?” BOOM, that’s over. “What if we can’t get the house ready to list fast enough?” BOOM, done. “What if our house takes a long time to sell, God?!” BOOM, sold. “But what if we can’t afford moving expenses??” BOOM, solved. “What if our furniture doesn’t sell?” BOOM, sold. He’s begging us to trust Him and when we do, it’s so, so sweet.
Anyway, that’s a slice of my world this week. Thanks for letting me share my heart and my excitement!
Wherever did the Cookbook Quilt Along go?? It’s still here! Now that things are back to normal, I’m hoping to get my sewing and quilty posting back to normal (AMY! Normal was 4 towns and a boat ride back…). Hey, I’ll get there, ok?
Seriously, where are we now??? Have you been diligently keeping up? If you have, then you win an award. Blue ribbon for following along with the worst quilt along host EVER. BWAHAHAHAHA! I laugh only because I know it’s true.
Seriously, we’re on block 18.
Isn’t that cat the cutest? He’s from one of my favs by Lizzy House. Love this block! I do have a couple of blocks to catch up in my new Meriwether fabrics now that I’ve come out of my season of hibernation, so for now I’ll share the one I made for the book.
Just like most of the blocks we’re doing in this year’s Cookbook Quilt Along, this one is super customizable- simply by switching out units or playing with fabric placement and colors. Here are a couple of other interpretations I came up with in EQ7.
This one has the petals placed symmetrically, instead of all aligned in the same direction, and with the center unit left blank. It reminds me of a video game controller, come to think of it. Maybe it’s the colors? Could look totally different in sweet scrappy prints. When the blocks are the blocks side by side I think the corner petals make a really pretty repeat pattern….like this…
Here’s an option without the petals, using the corner units from the book. Kind of a cool robot-ish shape!
Here’s one where I played with the color placement- subbing half square triangles in the corners and then using a navy for the back ground for part of the block to create an octagon type of shape. Same essential block, just re-imagined.
Here’s one more, also without the petals- with just plain blocks instead. So simple and clean! This might be might favorite of them all.
So many options with this block! It can look like the one I made in the book, or totally different- it’s up to you!
I hope you’re having a good week, and that your May is off to a happy start. I’m thankful for green grass, melted snow, chewy cookies, and the energy to write this post! Ha! Hope you could identify with some of my personal journey sharing, and that the block play got your creative juices flowing.
Ta ta for now!