Thursday, October 17, 2013

Halloween - Why not make it a BLESSING?


Ahh!  The time of year so many little children look forward to!  Candy.  Dressing up!  What's not to love? Well, for many Christians, there is a lot not to love.  This, however, is NOT a blog post about that.   What I would like to do, instead, is offer you something.  Something FREE.  Whether you participate in the holiday itself or you don't, most of you will have people knocking on your door on October 31st.  Depending on your personal preferences and convictions, you will either hand out candy, turn your light off and ignore them, or plan to be somewhere else. 
This year, my son Josiah and I set to creating a Halloween tract and we are offering it to you as a free download.  You can give candy and give them something far more valuable and lasting, too.  The GOOD NEWS of eternal life.  I know there is no shortage of tracts for Halloween, and each writer brings his or her own personal character to the presentation.  We hope that you will like ours, and more importantly, if you don't have a tract to hand out, we hope that you will use ours.  At this time of year when so much focus is on death, our hope is that you can use this opportunity, when dozens of people will literally come to you, to share the good news of LIFE. We also hope that you will include your name and contact information on the back before handing them out.  Be a blessing! 

If you prefer to have a printed copy of this booklet, please contact me at  We ask for a donation of $2 per copy to cover the printing and mailing costs.

Download our free PDF version here  and BE A BLESSING!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Bias Binding Tutorial

Now and then I find a great use for my fabric scraps. And by that I mean not very often. Usually it's a time consuming something-or-other that doesn't really benefit me much.  This is different --it passes my test for purposeful use of scraps!  Here's part 1:

I have fits with commercial bias tape, for various reasons. It's expensive. It may not always match exactly, or come in the width I want. I may want a different fabric than plain cotton, to give a garment a fancier look (how about silk?), and these specialty tapes aren't readily available.  I thought making my own bias tape was never really my cup of tea. I detest cutting long strips of fabric from a pattern piece, especially on the bias. That's why I was so thrilled when I discovered this technique. With a little math and geometry, you can EASILY make about 3 yards of bias tape, with any fabric of your choosing, from a 10 X 10 square of fabric. YES, 10 X 10. That's smaller than some of us even bother to keep. I've posted this video to make it all really easy to follow. Here I demonstrate how to make 1" tape (1/4" wide when double folded). You can use the same technique to cut wider tape, and use a larger square.

Here's part 2:

Now wasn't that easy?!