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My name is Sally Johnson and I adore quilting... I have lived on Cape Cod since 1974 and I am married and have two sons...

Monday, December 17, 2012

A Tribute to our Angels

As we reflect on the incident from Friday in CT. I would like to offer my prayers to all who
suffered tragedy. Our hearts go out to all of the families who are dealing with all of  the sadness.
twas' 11 days before Christmas, around 9:38
when 20 beautiful children stormed through heaven's gate.
their smiles were contagious, their laughter filled the air.
they could hardly believe all the beauty they saw there.
they were filled with such joy, they didn't know what to say.
they remembered nothing of what had happened earlier that day.
"where are we?" asked a little girl, as quiet as a mouse.
"this is heaven." declared a small boy. "we're spending Christmas at God's house."
when what to their wondering eyes did appear,
but Jesus, their savior, the children gathered near.
He looked at them and smiled, and they smiled just the same.
then He opened His arms and He called them by name.
and in that moment was joy, that only heaven can bring
those children all flew into the arms of their King
and as they lingered in the warmth of His embrace,
one small girl turned and looked at Jesus' face.
and as if He could read all the questions she had
He gently whispered to her, "I'll take care of mom and dad."
then He looked down on earth, the world far below
He saw all of the hurt, the sorrow, and woe
then He closed His eyes and He outstretched His hand,
"Let My power and presence re-enter this land!"
"may this country be delivered from the hands of fools"
"I'm taking back my nation. I'm taking back my schools!"
then He and the children stood up without a sound.
"come now my children, let me show you around."
excitement filled the space, some skipped and some ran.
all displaying enthusiasm that only a small child can.
and i heard Him proclaim as He walked out of sight,
"in the midst of this darkness, I AM STILL THE LIGHT."

Written by Cameo Smith, Mt. Wolf, PA
I am asking for some help from my Facebook and Twitter family.  I want to create a memory quilt to memorialize those Angels that God has brought into his home sooner  than we were ready for them be be taken. I feel I am doing this because as a young child grew up in the area and remember playing just down the road from the school.
Why does it take such a horrible tragedy for people to start thinking about God and prayer? "Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face ALWAYS" (Psalm 105:4)
I am looking for twenty-six 12 1/2 x 12 1/2 unfinished blocks to construct a quilt. I would like to have these blocks consist of an Angel, and an area on the Angel where I can write the first name of each of the people lost with there age.  Attached to the block I will add a sashing and then sandwich the quilt. These blocks can be either applique' or created in a way you best feel you would represent an Angel.  If I receive more than the twenty-six I will construct small wall hangings for the classrooms. Quilting will be delicate and simple with a stitching around the Angel and stitching in the ditch. I know as we are so very busy due to the holidays, could we as a quilt & sewing community ban together to create one block each and send them to me. I am looking only for twenty-six blocks, and I will provide those interested with a shipping address so that I can create this quilt as a joint act of kindness. I would like to have this done by months end so that it can be presented to the school by the beginning of January.  I will be presenting this quilt as part of a team I volunteer with through local police & fire departments. I have backing and batting that I am donating and I too will construct a block. Please email me through here or find me on facebook or twitter if you are able to help me out... I will be giving credit to those who are able to contribute to this project on the label that is placed on the back of this quilt. I will take a photo of the finished quilt front and back post here on my blog, facebook, twitter and Instagram for those wishing to see the finished work of art. 

Monday, December 10, 2012

Looky what I Shared on Craftsy

Hello all my quilty friends I thought I would share a project I did recently but decided to share on Craftsy. How fun is this, We can go onto Craftsy see projects and share them too. I am thrilled.

So if you want go over to Craftsy and seek me out follow if you like... Hope you all are have a wonderful holiday season... Now that I know I can share on Craftsy I will be sharing there a lot. And if you ever want to learn any of my projects that I post there feel free to email me through my blog or find directions there...

I also will be starting classes not only will I be happy to book classes for you or your sewing group, but I will be sharing with all of you Blocks of the month beginning in January and I am also starting a huge Mystery quilt along.  All are welcome class it's free... Who doesn't like free...

Monday, December 3, 2012

I've Been Published Again


Hello and Happy Holidays Everyone 
Hey Quilter's I have exciting news to share with you. I've been published again! Yes I did it again. Published is what I said... The pattern is featured in this months issue of
The Quilt Pattern Magazine".
My first quilt ever submitted is actually published in an online magazine.

The quilt is called Crossflower Boxes and I designed it on Quilt Design Wizard which is a simple yet less complicated program associated with EQ7.  The pattern has been classified as an "Intermediate" level and is loaded with the technique of using HST's (Half Square Triangles).
From start to finish I never thought I would ever get to this point in my life. It is very exciting and a tad overwhelming to see ones name in print. As one of my twitter friends said to me "Sally seeing your name in print never gets old".
Below are a few photos of this quilt from constructed to finished product. I do hope you enjoy the photos. Please share your thoughts with me I am dying to hear from all of you, and if you don't follow me here take a shot I would love to have you here...
Here's the block that inspired me to go forward with making this block into a quilt.
After seeing the different styles of blocks congregated together on my dining room table It was at this point
I wanted to submit this to a magazine.
The quilt top finished I contemplated what to do with quilting. So at that point since I didn't have any machine set up or the training to really WOW!!! readers of a magazine. I decided to call a friend. Gee does this sound like "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" I use the call a friend card without any hesitation. My quilting friend Lisa who owns a long arm quilt machine is the one who created the work of art with the quilting. She is so talented and I can never thank her enough for being there for me when I needed her. She totally made the quilting work on this.
So sorry the blurrieness doesn't help!
Here it is in its glory laying on the couch. It currently hangs in my bedroom as a wall hanging. I am tickled pink with how it turned out and now with the fact it has been published.
I would like to thank all the ladies at "The Quilt Pattern Magazine" for believing in me and for publishing my first ever submitted project. Really how many people do you know that submit their first works of art and something as exciting as this happens.
See mine name is in print:

As I end this very exciting post I want to wish everyone out there a happy and healthy holiday season!!!