What a BUSY week we just wrapped up!! Our church had VBS last week, but we had it out in a residential community . . . with a humongous tent and canopies and WOW! It was work, but it was SO incredibly worth it! We had 24 children ... out of whom 6 accepted Christ! What a joyous celebration! I taught 4-5 grade (which actually became 4-7 grade) and fell in love with some really terrific kids ... kids we wouldn't have met or ministered to if we'd had VBS in the church building.
In addition to VBS, we also had World Changers going on. We had a team of eleven (nine youths and two crew chiefs) from two different churches -- one in Columbia, TN and one in Franklin, NC. They were a huge help to us since a lot of our regular members work during the morning hours and weren't able to help with VBS. After VBS finished up each day, we'd head back to the church where lunch was served and then we had different projects for the World Changer crew to work on. They left each day at 4 p.m. and then we'd head back to the community and do a movie night or hold service or a family night in the big tent. Lots of early mornings and late nights. Plus Sawyer was with me each day -- he thoroughly enjoyed his week of VBS!
In other words . . . WHEW!!
And do you know, I don't have a single picture? One of our youth was our designated photographer -- and she did take some phenomenal pictures -- but I have not the first one. LOL! I guess I was busy, huh??!
In addition to all that, we had lots of family stuff going on . . . the kind of stuff the devil throws out at you when you're bringing God glory and making a difference for the Kingdom. But God is faithful and He certainly provided for all our needs this week!
On a quilty note (and with pictures!), on Thursday night I took off my VBS hat and put on my guild hat! Our program that night was an applique round robin . . .
And yes, that's *me* down there demoing a form of faux applique, aka crayon tinting (f*a*c*t*)!
I didn't get any pics at the meeting that night, but luckily our 1st VP did and shared some with me. This is me at my station about halfway through the night.
Do I look frazzled, much?
My friend and head of our Stitcher's Group, Kari:
She demoed raw edge machine applique (she doesn't look frazzled the least little bit!).
And Barbara--of My Joyful Journey--was our program coordinator:
She demoed turned edge machine applique (and also shows no signs of frazzling!).
Here are a couple of my sample pieces . . .
I really enjoyed the evening, though I wish I could have visited the other stations, too. There's a reason I did 'faux' applique. LOL!!
I shared some useful info, too. Like, you can buy white crayons in bulk:
Amazon.com, of course!
You can print designs on fabric using card stock and removable tape:
Which is good, because otherwise I'd have set this pretty little design aside, since my tracing stinks!
And putting your traced design in an embroidery hoop upside-down keeps your fabric taut while you color
*and* provides a ridge for your hand to rest on, so you don't smudge you work!
This week holds a lot of catching up . . . laundry, housework, groceries, more laundry . . . you get the picture!