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Christmas is the most popular season of the year, full of expectancy and promise, a sense of giving and receiving. We know it involves more than going to the mall, but it's still too easy to remain deaf to the frequent complaints about materialism or consumerism so often tied to this time of year. Christmas Grace: Crazy Gifts aims to explore that deeper meaning of the season through a series of reflections on the popular folk carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas." A great reference for those of us open to and eager for spirituality but, possibly less so, "religion." The spirituality here is playful and serious, imaginative and historic. While reminding us that Christmas is indeed about Christ (and not just shopping), it's also about love... and so much more. Christmas Grace: Crazy Gifts triggers our imaginations in attempting to make sense of the popular folk song, drawing connections to mainstream and independent non-secular thought with a special emphasis on the generosity of God's own gifts to us. A great daily devotional for those looking to observe each of the twelve days of Christmas.
Designed with the absolute beginner in mind, Quilting & Applique also serves as an excellent refresher course. This handbook offers the perfect introduction to quilting by hand or machine, with advice on equipment, materials and techniques. Readers will find straightforward instructions, clear step-by-step diagrams, and traceable templates for a variety of patch shapes. All major quilting and applique methods are introduced, including sashiko and kantha quilting. Three simple practice projects are provided for making coasters, a felt needle case, and a classic frame quilt. The book also includes advice on displaying and caring for finished quilts, plus a glossary of quilting terms."
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