Thursday, June 2, 2022

Closing in on closing date...

I'm in the process of reassessing a lot of thoughts, behaviours and beliefs as we prepare for life on the road at the end of the month.


Clearing clutter out of the house is one thing; clearing out the clutter in our souls (mind, will and emotions) is also a good thing to do.  Some of those thought patterns need to go.  Clean out those cobwebs!  There's no time like the present to take a spiritual inventory of negative behaviours (ie: neglecting things that would be easy to fix because more "important" things demand attention) thoughts and beliefs that have hindered me or my relationships and don't add to my life and bear good fruit in my life or for the Kingdom.  Walking with God (YHWH, Yahweh) requires that we make a complete 180 degree turn and repent of things that are not in His perfect will or are just plain sinful.  Your Way, not mine.  Your path, not mine. Your Will, not mine. (paraphrase from Matthew 6:9).

Just like we can drag belongings with us from house to house (some useful, some dusty and some just being stored that should  really be moved on) without giving it any thought at all, I believe we can drag our spiritual baggage with us unless we are super diligent and self aware and willing to also offload those things.

As we were at the storage locker yesterday I found myself reassessing the things  I am keeping (mostly sewing stuff/fabric).  I was asking myself the hard questions.  Having our whole family under one roof for the time being has also afforded me some time for spiritual reassessment as people who don't normally live with you 24/7 see things and ask you the hard questions.  No, it's not always comfortable, but it's profitable. Yes it ruffles our feathers but  "as iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) so it's a good thing!

I'm hoping and believing that I will be a 'lighter' person when we get into that trailer and begin our journey, following Yahweh to wherever He leads us. I love the word "sojourn".  That's exactly what we are doing and I couldn't be happier to follow Him wherever He leads us.

Anticipating the adventure!

Mavis


Monday, May 30, 2022

Blast from the Past...

So the sewing room got emptied and packed up yesterday.  There was a binder with printed pictures that I don't think have ever been scanned but they are now.

Who is the skinny young woman?  She's sewing on a vintage Kenmore (it wasn't vintage back then though LOL).  And she's sewing on a counter in the small laundry room.  I don't have the exact date but it's sometime between 1993 and 2000.  The baby who received this quilt is in her 20s now so it was probably closer to 2000.  What a blast from the past!


This was also the first baby quilt that I gifted.  Triple Rail is the quilt pattern.  I took a beginner's class at Muriel's Sew and Serge and for some reason I cannot comprehend, we were instructed to use straight pins for basting.  It's surprising that I carried on with quilting given the number of pin pricks I endured during the quilting.


Eric and Dana, proud parents of a beautiful baby girl, Kiyannah, who is now a beautiful young woman.


While scanning all these photos is laborious, the enjoyment of seeing these memories has been very sweet.

Here's a picture of my first ever quilt.  I made this one for my son and he still has it. I chose the fabrics very carefully from Cloth Castle.



This is all part of the adventure right?  Back to the boxes I go!  

Mavis

Friday, May 27, 2022

Free Pattern!! Strudel Quilt

Oh the things we find when we are scanning through all the papers!!  I created this free quilt pattern at the request of APQS for their blog.  I meant to upload it to my blog/website way before now but today is the day!

It's a lap size which makes it a perfect quilt to gift or for charity. It's 51 x 65" without borders and is easily enlarged by make more blocks and following the layout.


Please share the blog link and direct people to my blog rather than sharing the free pattern.  Thank you!

And if you should make one, please post it with the hashtag #strudelquilt so we can all enjoy your handiwork!

The quilt pattern is free and is available  here.

Enjoy and Happy Friday!

Mavis


Thursday, May 26, 2022

Towards a Simpler Life

It occurred to me this morning, while driving yet another load of electronics recycling to the depot, that as we walk through this life we collect so much stuff.  I know...Thank you Captain Obvious!

In the past week I have donated quilts to people who needed them more than I need to keep them, books I've never read to thrift store, and patterns I have never made to guild contacts.  I am the common denominator in all of these scenarios.  So what exactly does this tell me?  It tells me that the urges to acquire beautiful things, or interesting things, is stronger than the sensibility to resist those urges.


In the past months as we have come to the conclusion as a family that less is more, adventure is preferable to things, and some hard work needs to be done to minimize.

Our new mantra is:

Share, Shed, or Store ???


Shedding began with the closet as I dispensed with all of the manmade fibers.  All of that polyester is gone!  This came after a revelation that natural fibers are better for the skin (our biggest organ after all...) so my almost 100% linen wardrobe is much smaller and so much healthier. And I'm quite sure I saw someone in the grocery store wearing my favourite polyester tunic. LOL

Shedding then reached to my sewing room.  This was a bigger problem than my wardrobe.  All that cotton is NATURAL but will I ever use it all?  More hard questions. Oh my goodness.  What a job!  And we still have a ways to go on this one.

Sharing was the easiest part.  Giving to someone in need is always a good thing and my daughter was able to help a single mom fleeing an abusive marriage with a lot of her belongings and I was able to rehome some quilts to her as well.  The rest of my quilts for sharing went via my guild who will pass them on to those in need of quilty hugs.  

Ah...storing...I'll cut to the quick...storing costs money.  As we ponder this one we will commit to bringing less home and enjoying minimalism.  Check back with me in a few months and I'll let you know how we are doing.  The lust of the eyes is a big one!

Back to the scanner I go.

Mavis



Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Quilts for the road...

The process of downsizing this time has meant basically selling everything except the valuables, like paintings, portraits, musical instruments and my "culled" sewing stash and of course Millie, my long arm.  Those things will be in storage during our adventure.  Our RV "Harriet the Chariot" is a wonderful 38 foot rig but there's only so much stuff you can bring along on a road trip, especially an extended one. So we are having to be quite brutal on what we will allow ourselves to bring.

It goes without saying that hexies (my La Passion quilt) always go camping with me.  They will be coming.  I haven't worked on this quilt for ages as we've been laser focused on the task at hand...sorting, shedding and sharing in preparation for the closing date of June 24.  And it's the perfect portable project.  Here's where I left off in November 2021.


Besides hand sewing, my favourite quilts will be coming for our bed in Harriet.

Northern Star Quilt (my original pattern)  (pattern available in my Etsy shop)

Whole cloth linen quilt, quilted on my APQS Millenium

And my daughter and I will each be bringing our travel machines so we can sew on the road.  I will be bringing two "kits" to work on when the mood strikes. 

The first one is a pattern from Fons & Porter called "Libby's Log Cabin".  Anyone that knows me knows that I love star patterns the best, second only to a traditional log cabin.  This one ticks both boxes.  The strips are all cut and grouped together.  All that remains is to sew, sew, sew!


The second kit is a free scrappy quilt from Quiltville.blogspot.com called "Boxy Stars".  The free pattern is available here.  This one has also been precut so that I just need to sew the pieces together.  I don't have the borders planned or included in the kit.  That can happen later.


We are also trying to launch our fall collection of linen clothing for Tahorah Designs, our newest family venture.  So there will be some linen fabric coming along on the journey as well.  

I joined a facebook group called RV Quilters and I'm hoping to scour that page to get some good tips and advice about how to tame the sewing space while living in a small (shared) space.  Thankfully my hubby will have theatre seats and plenty of DVDs to keep himself amused while we sew in the evenings.  At least that's the plan.  I'm hoping for some beautiful summer nights so we can spend lots of time outdoors, including sewing outdoors.  If we should encounter rain, no worries, we will happily sew indoors.

We thought about creating a different blog for the adventure, but we are thinking it will just be an Instagram page where we can load pictures and stories.  I will post here when it has been launched.  We are still finalizing the name and format.

This blog post has been a nice diversion from the stacks and stacks of paper and boxes of photos I still have to scan.  Everything will be digital and it's a daunting task.  I'm looking forward to a reward of a pedicure with my daughter after we are done and before we leave and also some sewing time.  It will be SEW sweet to get back behind the sewing machine.

We've booked our local camping spot for June 20th so that gives us less than a month to get prepared to load the RV and begin the adventure.  Gotta scoot while I still have some energy tonight for the task at hand.

Until next time,

Mavis


Sunday, May 22, 2022

My last great adventure...1984/85

It's time!  When your last great adventure was 38 years ago, it must be time to have another one.  As we are preparing to close our house sale, I have been scanning photos so we can have them digitally on the road with us.  We have slides.  We have prints.  We even have video footage.  Now that we will have some relaxing family time, I can think of no greater time to pull them out and revisit our past family adventures.

Here are a few pictures of my 1984/85 solo adventure of moving to Israel for a year to live on a Kibbutz.  This was a long time before I found quilting and I was a mere 27 years old (younger than both of my now adult children). It was a long time before marriage and kids too.   I took a year sabbatical from my job at a law firm to set off to a foreign land to meet up with a bunch of other Christians from multiple nations to live together in community for a Discipleship Training program called Project Kibbutz.

Bougainvillea - still one of my favourite flowers

Doing laundry on the porch at Kibbutz Hagoshrim


New friends - Michelle from South Africa and Suzanne from Michigan

Painting the pool at Kibbutz Hagoshrim (Northern Israel)

Washing the floor on the porch

Orientation team for first six weeks before we headed south to Kibbutz Gvar Am

Not all work.  We had some wonderful relaxing times too

Zikim beach, 12 km from the Kibbutz

Packing envelopes in the envelope factory.  This was my main job on the Kibbutz.

Another new friend, Amy from Florida

Camping under the stars at the Sea of Galilee

We had just tubed down the Hasbani River

Team Photo

Michelle and I pruning the roses

Canadian visitors from my home town during Feast of Tabernacles

Our "Lonely Road" just outside the Kibbutz.  My friend Karen and I spent a lot of time walking this road together.

In case you thought it was always warm in Israel.  I had on about 4 layers.  It was cold!

After a walk down our Lonely Road

Christmas Eve dinner provided by the Kibbutz

Birthday celebration for a team member.  Maybe Suzanne's birthday?

Our hike through Wadi Arugot

Wadi Arugot

The team

Taken in front the of the Bougainvillea at the Finnish School in Jerusalem

Near the end of the year I worked in the diningroom.


And just like that, that year and eight weeks was over and I was back on a plane and back to my job at a law firm.

It was one of the most wonderful years of my life.  It was so rich in culture, just the right balance of adventure and serenity, and I'm thrilled to say that these 'new' friends are now my 'old' friends.  And I am hoping to see of them for a reunion on our next adventure.

I'm 38 years older now but I'm still keen on discovering some beautiful places, meeting some people that have become friends online, and seeing where the road leads.  This is an adventure with God (we call him by His Name Yahuah/YHWH/Yah/Yahweh) and we can hardly wait for it to begin.

Back to reality now....we are still in the purging phase of emptying the house.  So I better get back at it.  Those boxes won't pack themselves!!

Until next time,
Mavis


Thursday, April 21, 2022

And.....SOLD!!

Our house has sold and the completion date is June 24, 2022.  A lot of people thought it happened very quickly, but anyone who has lived in a staged house knows it never feels quick.  But it's done and we have a closing date to look forward to.  We are now proceeding to do the real hard work.....cull through decades of stuff and make decisions.


Keep (means storage or goes in the RV with us on the road).  Storage is expensive so some hard decisions need to be made.  RV space is limited too.

Sell (garage sale this Sunday from 10-3).  We have a lot of household goods, some furniture (some will be kept to use until closer to closing), outdoor tools and equipment, bbqs, camping stuff, artwork and decor, crafting supplies and more from my sewing room.  And Tools!  Tools and guy stuff and electronic stuff for days!

Donate (just when The Salvation Army on Vanalman forgot what we look like from the phase 1 shedding for staging we'll be back with further donations) 😁

Trash (trying really hard to avoid this as much as possible.)  Every time I go to the landfill I want to cry tears and apologize to God and the planet for adding to the pile.

We are also shopping for an RV.  I want to give a shoutout to Gary at Galaxy RV in Parksville.  He is a sweet and caring man who listens to what you need.  It has been a pleasure dealing with him.  On our way home from our weekend celebration in Qualicum, we stopped by and my grandson got to feed the bunnies when Gary brought out carrots to the two rabbits that were waiting at our feet to be fed.  They've got a good thing going there!  It was entirely adorable. 


You will be able to follow us here for the adventure and I'll upload some pictures of our Home on Wheels when it is here.

Until then, I have some stuff in the garage that needs going through for the sale on Sunday.  Wish me luck!  Goin in!

Mavis


Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Dayspring Quilter on the move....

If you read my last few blog posts, I mentioned that we have listed our house for sale.  The biggest question I receive is "where are you moving to?"  And the real answer is "we don't know".  Am I worried?  Nope!

It's been a time of family reflection, prayer, faith, adjustment, recalibration, pause and adventure.  We are feeling the need for a pivot.  We have loved our time in Brentwood Bay and will miss this place a lot, but when you feel the Lord asking you to lay things down and trust Him, you know that He has something good in store.



I've 'paused' my quilting business and put my longarm in storage, we have staged the house and are in the cycle of showings hoping for that offer that we want.  We have felt that we are to follow the Lord one step at a time and not to go ahead of Him.  He is the one that directs our steps after all, so we would be wise to let Him lead us.  It's a daily surrender of our plans, hopes and dreams.  He knows them all and He is a good God.  That's all we need to know right now.

That's about all I can share at the moment.  We are planning on finding a condo and taking a road trip and spending some family time adventuring (daughter and grandson included) and you can be sure there will be travel blog posts coming and pictures but we really don't have anything mapped out so you will find out as we find out!

So if you're wondering why the quilting pictures have been paused, now you know.  Staging a house with an echo and less furniture is nice for awhile but I will be so happy to get back to stitching.  My featherweight is going on the road with us and so are my hexies. \o/

We will hope in the Lord for good things and are very excited to follow Him as we sojourn together as a family. You can follow us here for the adventure.




21 Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”

The last adventure I took with the Lord like this was in 1984/85 when I was 27. I left my job and my condo, sold my car and lived on a Kibbutz in Israel for a year. It was one of the best years of my life and the relationships formed during that adventure are still precious to me.  In fact, I hope to connect face to face with some of these precious friends on our road trip. 

Excitedly!
Mavis

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Have you ever wondered how I chose the name Dayspring?

It all started back when we bought our former property.  It was five acres and had a humungous house and a non-functioning hobby farm with over 50 rhodos on it.  When we bought it, it had a sign out front that said "Bonita Place".  It means beautiful in Spanish.   We felt the name was a bit boastful and wanted to rename it with a name that reflected something biblical. We had dedicated the property to the Lord and wanted a name that honoured Him.  We arrived at "Dayspring Farm" and always felt it suited the property and it was a code name for those that might wonder if we were believers.  It had a deep well with plenty of water so that fit the name too.  





I started my quilting blog about the same time and became "dayspringquilter".  We ended up running a Bed and Breakfast there for about six years until we sold that property.  It was a place of refreshing for a multitude of guests from around the world.  We have such great memories of that time.

I really wondered if I should keep "Dayspring" for my quilting business/blog or start with a new name. Was it just for the property or did it also reflect something in me?  We moved to Brentwood Bay and I mulled over things like "Seaside Quilter", "Bayside Quilter" but nothing felt right.  I decided to keep it.  And here we are.

We are now getting ready for another move and once again, I'm pondering if I should be rebranding to something else or keeping dayspringquilter.  I think all the marketing gurus out there would say, don't change your name.  You've spent years branding and you don't want to lose the traction.  I'm feeling kind of the same way and it still reflects my biblical values.  Yes, it's kind of old fashioned sounding, and not smart and sassy like some of the younger quilters' handles, but I still like it and it's staying!

For those curious types regarding the biblical reference to Dayspring, here you go!

The term dayspring is only found in two places in the Bible and is used primarily in the King James Version (KJV) or Bible versions published before the second half of the twentieth century. Dayspring is an archaic word meaning “dawn” or “morning.” The King James Version uses the word dayspring in Job 38:12: “Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know his place?” The New International Version (NIV) translates Job 38:12 this way: “Have you ever given orders to the morning, or shown the dawn its place?” In this passage the Lord emphasizes His all-encompassing power—He is the only One who can cause the dawn.


The word dayspring is also found in Zacharias’s prophecy at the birth of his son, John. Zacharias says that “the dayspring from on high hath visited us” (Luke 1:78, KJV). In this instance, the dayspring is a metaphor for the promised Messiah, Jesus, who would soon arrive. The NIV translates the word for “dayspring” as “the rising sun”; the New American Standard Version (NASB) translates it as “the Sunrise from on high.” The word Sunrise is capitalized in the NASB because it refers to the Son of God who would rise like the sun to bring light to all men (see Malachi 4:2 and John 1:49–10).

The word dayspring is still used today as a generic term for “a new era,” but it is no longer used for “sunrise.” Words like dayspring that have lost or changed their meanings with the passage of time are one reason for newer Bible versions. When the King James Bible was first translated into English, the word dayspring was commonly used. In the past 400 years, dayspring has become archaic and can cause confusion to modern readers.

Archaic?  Confusion?  Well maybe it will be a good icebreaker question and give me a chance to answer the questions of those readers who don't understand and in doing so open up a conversation about our soon coming King!

Until next time,

Mavis

Drunkards Path UFO - it's a quilt top!

Further to my last post, this is how these drunkards' path blocks ended up.  I didn't get to get it quilted before we took my longarm apart for storage in preparation for listing the house for sale, so it will be quilted at some point in the future.  But it felt good to get another UFO out of the closet and 'mostly' done.


Until next time,

Mavis

Sunday, February 13, 2022

Kaffe Fassett prints - UFO busting 2022

I decided to pull this out of the UFO closet. It was tucked away for a little over a year.  I started sewing it during evening babysitting for my daughter and then packed it up, brought it home and didn't pull it back out.





I have quite a few blocks to sew still and I haven't decided on the layout. I don't want it really uniform.  I'm favouring the third layout picture. So we will see how it goes.  Check back here for progress.....in say a week?  I'm severely sleep deprived. Circadian rhythm is out of whack.   I want to sew tonight but don't know if I have the juice.  But these blocks are so fun and colourful I know I will be drawn back to them soon enough.

Until next time,

Mavis