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Easter has been described as the "Greatest Story Ever Told."

But even though it is the greatest story ever told, it may be one of the least understood. 

The Easter holiday initially began as a way to celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. His death is the most pivotal event in all human history. 


 Jesus Christ's birth may well be the most celebrated event in all of history, but without his death and resurrection, there would be no reason to celebrate his birth. Christmas would never have become the most wonderful time of the year with out the Atonement. 

Last year, in April, a worldwide conference for Christians put on by the leadership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. During that conference, a member of the 12 Apostles, Gary Stevenson, invited everyone everyone, especially Christians and members of the Church of Jesus Christ to make Christ the center of their Easter holiday. 

Easter, growing up was a fun holiday. Filled full of Easter egg hunts and spring toys to get us out of the house after being cooped up all winter. We also would get an Easter dress. 

My family has carried on those traditions, but we are also adding to our traditions to make sure that the Atonement of Jesus Christ is front and center to our holiday worship.

Here are 7 things that we are doing (and you can too!) to make Easter the Greatest Story Ever Told in your home

  1. Add Jesus Christ Artwork to your home 

Adding Jesus Christ artwork to your home can help you remember Jesus all year long, but especially during Easter. 

One of my favorite artists of all time is Brett Borup. I have a giant picture he painted in my home that we got for Christmas a few years ago. I adore it because Jesus is walking a path, but turning to invite me to join with him. This is why I chose this particular piece. Christ looks so happy and peaceful that I can't help but want to be with him. To walk with him. To talk with him. To count him as my dearest friend. 

Come Follow Me by Brent Borup

 

I hope this is the message my kids also remember each day as they walk past this painting. 

I also REALLY want to add this piece of art to my home. I have been seeing it around instagram for several months and can't stop admiring it. It speaks to my soul about Christ is in our midst. He is with us. We may have our head down in the grass, chomping away at our food, our phones, and whatever else is important to us right then. But he is standing right there, watching over us, protecting us. He is ALWAYS there. 

  
 
I also have these displayed in my home. They are both from AVTRBoutique on Etsy
                               
                                                                                         
Think Celestial Temple Art            


The Christus with I am a Disciple of Jesus Christ is the youth theme for 2024 for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and is a scripture from 3 Nephi. 

 I love the simple reminders of Christ during Christmas and Easter. But more importantly I love the reminder year round. It is part of taking the Sacrament each week that we will always remember him. Displaying artwork that reminds me of him is definitely helpful in keeping the covenant

2. Change your Calendar Alerts for Easter

I have an Iphone and religiously use its calendar to schedule my life. I have gone in and changed my Easter Sunday holiday calendar notification to alert me 1 week before Easter. I did the same for Palm Sunday. I wish I could change it to 1 month before, but sadly, I don't know how or Iphone calendar isn't capable of doing that. 
 
Calendar events to set up notifications for Easter:
  • Lent - 6 weeks before Easter.
  • Palm Sunday- 1 week before Easter
  • Good Friday - The Friday before Easter
  • Easter Sunday - Easter! 

Calendar Notifications for Easter!

 

3. Do an Advent to Countdown to Easter

I don't know about you, but Easter always sneaks up on me. It's not like Christmas, where it lands on the same day of the same month, year after year. It always changes! But one thing that has made a huge difference in my study of Easter and Christmas (I do it for both!) is to do a countdown advent. 

I have created several different ones that I have used over the years and now I offer then for sale in my shop. There are a few different types to choose from:
  • Names of Christ

Names of Christ Coins

Names of Christ Popsicle Sticks

 

  • Easter Story (28 Days)


 

  • Light the World (service ideas) - Light the World isn't just or Christmas, though it is awesome for then. Christ is the perfect example for us to follow. He served others everywhere he went. He washed their feet, I can wash windows. He healed, I can bring food. He taught, I can listen. So light the world to learn more about Christ

 

Light the World
 

4. Easter Decorations

...and not the bunny and kite sort. I am talking about the kind of decorations that are Christmas like in our reminders of Christ's birth. 

Nativity's!





This nativity I designed for my own family. It includes many scenes from the Saviors last week of his life also referred to as Holy Week. Each Holy Week my family for Come Follow Me before bedtime, we light a candle, turn the lights off, display the nativity scene for the scripture of the day. Then we read the scripture and learn more about the Savior. We have done this for 2 years. It is one of my kids absolute favorite things about Easter. We also do it for Christmas. 

The change of pace for our Come Follow Me makes is special. I highly recommend it for anyone that wants to make Easter special. Even babies are mesmerized by candlelight. It is sure to hold their attention for the short reading of the scriptures. 

The Easter Creche is also available in one of my etsy shops AVTRBoutique

5. Music 

I have made a special playlist just for Easter in my apple music app. I listen to it all month before Easter. 

Here is a link to my apple music playlist with some of my favorites for Easter

The list includes music by Phil Whickham including Behold, Sunday is Coming, and Living Hope. Jeremy Camp with Christ in me. I am a Witness by Shawna Edwards. and so many more!

6. Read 3 Nephi 11

Gary E Stevensen said in his talk about "The Greatest Story Ever Told" to read 3 Nephi 11 and to make it a part of your Easter tradition. Let it become the Luke 2 equivelent part of your Easter celebration just like we use scripture for Christmas. 
 
3 Nephi 11 has so many great insights into who Christ is. I will leave you my favorites here:
 

Reminder to Hear Ye Him. 

God spoke these words to the people before Christ appeared to them on them on the American continent.
 

Reminder that Christ died for you and for me

 The people in America were able to feel the nail marks in his hands, feet, and thrust their hands in his side. A testament that he really died for all mankind including you.

Reminder to approach Christ with a broken heart and a contrite spirit

He invited them to offer for a sacrifice, instead of animals from the Law of Moses, a Broken Heart and a Contrite Spirit. That is all he asks of us really. He will heal us if we do so. 

The invitation to be Baptized

Part of accepting the invitation to offer a broken heart and contrite spirit we are invited to be baptized to show him that we are willing to take upon us His Name

The invitation to listen to the Holy Ghost, a gift from God 

To help us through the earthly experience, we are (thankfully) given the gift of the Holy Ghost to help us stay on the path to the Celestial Glory that we Seek. 

7. Spend time with Family

This I think goes without saying, but spending Easter with those that mean the most to us, can make Easter the most special day of the year. 

Spending Easter doing the traditional bunny, candy hunts, kite flying, ham eating, and whatever else, can be the icing on the cake. 


This life is a time to develop our relationships that will go on through eternity. There isn't a better time to celebrate family (and might I also add family that we choose too!), than on Easter. Because without Christ's death and resurrection that family relationship would not be able to perpetuated beyond the grave. 

Conclusion

So spend your month before Easter celebrating Christ. Spend it learning who Christ is. Spend it with family. And spend it making it unique and special time of year. 

You will not regret it. 
 
Learning who Christ is, has been on of the greatest blessings in my life. I have learned as the 
New Testament scholar N. T. Wright suggested: “We should be taking steps to celebrate Easter in creative new ways: in art, literature, children’s games, poetry, music, dance, festivals, bells, special concerts. … This is our greatest festival. Take Christmas away, and in biblical terms you lose two chapters at the front of Matthew and Luke, nothing else. Take Easter away, and you don’t have a New Testament; you don’t have a Christianity.”
 
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A Warm and Cozy Guide: How to Make a Rag Quilt

Few things compare to the comfort and warmth of a well-made rag quilt. Rag quilts, characterized by their exposed seams and frayed edges, offer both style and coziness. Whether you're a seasoned quilter or just starting your journey, making a rag quilt is a satisfying and approachable project. In this comprehensive guide, we'll walk you through the step-by-step process of creating your very own rag quilt. From selecting fabrics to sewing the perfect seams, you'll soon have a beautiful and snuggly quilt to call your own.

 




Materials Needed

Before we dive into the actual crafting process, let's gather the materials and tools you'll need for this project:

  1. Fabric: The heart of any quilt is the fabric. For a rag quilt, you'll typically need two types: one for the quilt top (also called the "face") and one for the backing. Flannel, cotton, and fleece are popular choices for their softness and warmth.

  2. Batting (or flannel for batting): This layer goes between the top and backing fabrics to provide extra warmth and thickness to your quilt.

  3. Ruler and Rotary Cutter: These tools are crucial for precise fabric cutting.

  4. Scissors: For snipping seams and creating the signature ragged edges.

  5. Sewing Machine: While you can sew a rag quilt by hand, using a sewing machine will save you time and effort.

  6. Thread: Match the thread color to your fabric for a polished look

  7. Seam Ripper: Just in case you need to undo any stitches.

With your materials at the ready, let's embark on our rag quilt-making journey.



 

Step 1: Choosing Your Fabrics

The first step in creating a stunning rag quilt is selecting the perfect fabrics. Consider the following tips:

  • Colors and Patterns: Choose fabrics that match your style and the quilt's intended purpose. Solids, plaids, or themed prints are all wonderful options.

  • Texture: Opt for fabrics with a pleasing texture, as this will enhance the tactile appeal of your quilt. Soft, cozy materials like flannel or fleece work wonderfully.

  • Pre-Washing: It's a good idea to pre-wash your fabrics to prevent color bleeding or shrinkage after your quilt is complete.

  • Contrast: Ensure there's enough contrast between the fabrics for your quilt pattern to shine through. High contrast can create a striking, eye-catching design.


 

Step 2: Cutting Your Fabric

Now that you've selected your fabrics, it's time to start cutting. Follow these steps for precision:

  • Use your ruler and rotary cutter to cut identical squares or rectangles from your face and backing fabrics. These will be the same size since rag quilts are typically symmetrical.

  • Cut an additional layer of batting that's slightly smaller than your fabric pieces. This allows for a ragged edge to form around the quilt's perimeter.

  • To create the classic "frayed" look of a rag quilt, make small snips along the edges of your fabric squares, about 1/4 to 1/2 inch apart, being careful not to cut too close to the seam line.

  • Assemble your squares into pairs, with a face fabric square and a backing fabric square, and place a batting square in between.


Step 3: Sewing the Quilt Blocks

Now, it's time to start sewing your quilt blocks together:

  • Align the edges of your quilt block layers, making sure the batting is sandwiched in between the face and backing fabrics.

  • Use your sewing machine to stitch along the edges, creating a seam allowance of about 1/2 inch. You can choose a straight stitch or a decorative stitch, depending on your preference.

  • Continue sewing your quilt blocks together, creating rows and columns until you have the desired quilt size. Be sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of each seam for added durability.

  • Press your seams flat with an iron, ensuring that they lie in the same direction to reduce bulk.


 

Step 4: Assembling the Quilt

With all your quilt blocks sewn together, it's time to assemble the entire quilt:

  • Lay out your quilt blocks in the desired pattern, arranging them into rows and columns. Ensure the seams from adjacent blocks nestle together neatly.

  • Pin the rows and columns together using quilting pins to keep everything aligned.

  • Stitch the rows together, and then stitch the columns together, using a 1/2-inch seam allowance.

  • Once your quilt top is complete, trim any excess batting that extends beyond the fabric edges.



 Step 5: Clipping and Fraying

Now, let's create those charming frayed edges:

  • Use scissors to make small, close snips along the seam allowances, being careful not to cut through the actual seam.

  • The more snips you make, the fluffier and frayed your quilt will appear. You can adjust the density of snips to achieve your desired look.


 

Step 6: Washing and Drying

Give your rag quilt its signature look by washing and drying it:

  • Place your quilt in the washing machine, along with a few towels or sheets to help create friction.

  • Use cold water and a gentle detergent to prevent excessive fading.

  • After washing, tumble dry your quilt on low heat. The agitation and heat will encourage the fraying process.

  • Periodically check on your quilt during drying to ensure it doesn't become overly tangled.


 

Step 7: Enjoy Your Rag Quilt

Congratulations! You've successfully created a beautiful rag quilt that's not only visually appealing but also wonderfully warm and cozy.

Whether you're keeping it for yourself or gifting it to a loved one, your rag quilt is a labor of love that will provide comfort and style for years to come. Curl up with a good book or wrap it around yourself on a chilly evening—it's the perfect companion for relaxation and warmth.

Now that you've mastered the art of making rag quilts, you can explore different patterns, colors, and sizes to create a collection of these charming and timeless pieces. Enjoy your quilting journey and happy crafting!

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Rosette Fabric Flowers from Scrap Material

 


In a world where sustainability and creativity go hand in hand, finding ways to repurpose scrap materials has become an exciting and rewarding endeavor. If you have a collection of fabric scraps lying around, gathering dust in a corner, why not transform them into stunning rosette fabric flowers? These exquisite blooms are not only eco-friendly, but they also add a touch of elegance to any accessory, garment, or home decor item.

Whether you're an avid crafter or simply looking for a fun and budget-friendly project, this step-by-step guide will take you through the process of creating your very own rosette fabric flowers. By upcycling these humble remnants, you'll give them a new lease of life while expressing your personal style and unleashing your creative flair. So gather your scrap materials, prepare your tools, and let's dive into the world of rosette fabric flower making!

 Ingredients:

  • pieces of scrap fabric about 2 inches wide. I used a lot of flannel and that made the flower thicker. If you are using more thin cotton fabrics then I would double them up. You will need enough fabric to make a 50 inch strip. A 50 inch strip of fabric will make a flower that is approximately 4 inches wide.
  • Hot glue gun
  • sewing machine or needle and thread
  • hair clip or pin for attaching the flower to

How to make Rosette Fabric Flowers from Scrap Material:

  1. Gather your fabric scraps or cut your fabric into strips. I used several different colors, but if you want the same color then you could cut a strip of fabric 2 inches by the width of your fabric. If you fabric is 45 inches then I would not worry about adding the extra 5 inches to it. Notice that my pieces of fabrics are not all the same width, some were a little wider and some were a little smaller. Remember it is a scrappy flower. Each of my scraps are anywhere between 4 inches long and 12 inches long. The ones that were longer than that I cut in half. If you are using cotton then I would double your fabric up for this part or use fabric that is 4 inches wide instead of 
  2. Sew the pieces of fabric together with right sides facing each other
  3. Continue to sew the pieces of fabric together until you have a long piece of fabric that is about 50 inches long. 
  4. Now take your long strip of fabric and fold it in half or roll it into a tub. It might be easier for you to put a small drop/line of glue along one edge of the strip to hold the fold/roll into place
  5. Roll the fabric strip onto itself. Imagine making a cinnamon roll. As you are rolling the fabric onto itself add a little glue here and there to hold the flower into place. You could even do a thin line of hot glue to make sure that it stays in place.
  6. Continue rolling until you get to then end of your fabric. With the last inch of the fabric strip roll it under tha last row that you made. Tuck the end into there so that it is hidden. Put a little dab of glue in there to hold it into place

  7. The possibilities are endless for what you can use this flower on.
    1. sew it onto your clothing for an accessory
    2. attach it to a purse, shoes, or other item of clothing
    3. glue a hair clip onto it and clip it into your hair
    4. attach it to a pin for a corsage
    5. Attach to a headband.

Make sure to check out all of the fabric flower tutorials we have here including the below: 




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Selvage Edge Scraps Flowers Tutorial

Are you tired of throwing away the selvage edge fabric pieces from your sewing projects? Well, here's a fun and easy way to turn them into something beautiful: ruffled flowers!

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To make these flowers, you will need some selvage edge fabric pieces and some elastic. You can use any fabric with a selvage edge, but I recommend using lightweight cotton or linen fabrics for a softer and more delicate look.


 

Here are the steps to create your own ruffled flowers:

 Ingredients:

30 inches of ¼ inch elastic
50 inches of pieces of scrap fabric that measure between 1/2 inch and 1 inch wide. They don’t have to be one continuous piece. They don’t have to be even, the wavier and different they are the better.
Thread
Hot Glue
Alligator Hair clip (or pin for a corsage)
3/8 inch grosgrain ribbon to cover the hair clip
Small piece of fabric to cover the back of the flower

Directions:

1. sew the fabric scraps to the piece of elastic. Pull the elastic as tight as you can while sewing so that the
fabric bunches/ruffles.


2. After you have sewn the first piece of fabric onto the elastic, continue with the second piece. Do this will all the pieces of fabric. You don’t have to worry about little gaps within the fabric. Don’t even worry about finishing the ends of all the scraps. This is a scrappy flower. It is GOOD when it is messy.
3. Continue until you are either at the end of the elastic or you have used all your fabric scraps.
4. Take your long piece of scraps and elastic. Put a line of glue onto the elastic and start rolling it onto itself.


5. Put a lot of glue onto the bottom of the flower to secure it into place.
6. Cut a circle the same size as the bottom of the flower and glue it onto the bottom of the flower.
7. Attach your pin or hairclip to the bottom of the flower.

Notes:

To make the flower bigger or smaller, use more or less elastic and ribbon. Just follow the rest of the directions.

And that's it! You now have a beautiful ruffled flower made from selvage edge fabric pieces and elastic. These flowers can be used to embellish clothing, bags, or home decor items, or they can be attached to a hair clip or headband for a fun accessory. Give it a try and see what kind of unique creations you can come up with!

Check out our other scrap flower craft ideas for scrap fabrics 


 

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Memorizing Book of Mormon Scriptures: Mosiah 15:6-7


 
One of our goals the last couple years is to memorize important scriptures and quote. I’m going to start sharing them in hopes that it might help someone else with their goals and to keep them organized for me

The memorizing sheets include the entire scriptures, some words left out with the first letter remaining, and then the first letter remaining for each word.

I love this set of scriptures because Christ chose to come to this earth knowing that he would die for our sins. But before that would happen, he would perform many miracles for those he loved so much. 

He had been prophesied of throughout the Old Testament, but the most famous prophet to prophesy of his coming to me is Isaiah. He spoke of how he would come and die for us. 

This was quoted by the prophet in Mosiah 15. He talks about how Christ would be led, like a sheep (the sheep and lamb being a symbol of Christ throughout his ministery). He could have stopped what was going on, he could have performed a miracle for himself. Instead he opened not his mouth. He allowed the Atonement and his death to continue.

Why? for us! He did it for us. He also did it because it was the will of the Father. He gave his life for others. 

I hope you enjoy memorizing this sacred scripture as much as I have. 

Mosiah 15:6-7

And after all this, after working many mighty miracles among the children of men, he shall be led, yea, even as Isaiah said, as a sheep before the shearer is dumb, so he opened not his mouth.

7 Yea, even so he shall be led, crucified, and slain, the flesh becoming subject even unto death, the will of the Son being swallowed up in the will of the Father.

First Letter of Each Word of Mosiah 15:6-7

A a a t, a w m m m a t c o m, h s b l, y, e a I s, a a s b t s i d, s h o n h m. 

7 Y, e s h s b l, c, a s, t f b s e u d, t w o t S b s u i t w o t F. 

A screen shot of the memorizing verses in my notes section. Feel free to save the picture or screen shot it for yourself. 

 

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1jmKHcoi3FG7IVAfnSrva7MX8q-zKP66H

We have shared several other things that we are working on memorizing here on our blog. Including the Living Christ, The Proclomation to the Family, The Restoration, and more!

10 One Hour Rag Quilt Patterns

Here are A Vision to Remember, we specialize in rag quilts. Especially making a quilt in an hour. Making a one hour rag quilt can really be done. 


 

Rag quilts are a popular choice for those looking for a cozy and rustic touch to their home decor. The technique involves using a layer of batting between two layers of fabric and then sewing the layers together with exposed seams that will fray over time. The result is a warm and cuddly quilt with a textured, frayed edge that's perfect for snuggling up with on a chilly day.

If you're looking for some new rag quilt patterns to try, here are ten unique designs that can be completed in just one hour each.

All of the quilt patterns include the following:

  • Instructions for cutting, piecing, and finishing your quilt
  • Hints and Tricks that I have learned along the

Suggested Fabric for the Rag Quilt Patterns:

  • Cotton
  • Flannel
  • Minky
  • Chenille

Apron Pattern for Women & Children

The rag apron is the perfect gift to create for your friend, mom, sister, aunt, or anyone that loves to be in the kitchen while still being stylish
 

Ashlyn Rag Quilt Pattern

The pattern is easy to sew and a great blanket for the beginner. It can be whipped up in just a few hours. Also, not pictured will be the instructions for making the blanket larger for crib size or basically any size you would like.

 

Disappearing 9 Square Rag Quilt Pattern


 The pattern is easy to sew and a great blanket for the beginner. It can be whipped up in just a few hours.

Patriotic Quilt Pattern - Flag Rag Quilt

Includes instructions on how to make the throw size quilt.

 

Pinwheel Rag Quilt Pattern


 Pinwheel Quilt Pattern for Baby is a quick and easy quilt pattern for any level of expertise. Beginner to advance. Complete your rag quilt in as little as an afternoon with our fun and simple pattern

Strip Rag Quilt Pattern


  The strip Rag Quilt Pattern for a throw size quilt and easy to sew and simple to follow.

Triangle Rag Quilt Pattern 


 The pattern is easy to sew and a great blanket for the beginner. It can be whipped up in just a few hours. Also, not pictured will be the instructions for making the blanket larger for crib size or basically any size you would like.

Around the World Rag Quilt Pattern


 Around the World Rag Quilt Pattern for Baby is a fun quilt to create for a baby shower gift, for your own little new one on its way, or to even create a queen size quilt. It is easy to sew and simple to follow.

Addy Mae Rag Quilt Pattern


 Addy Mae Rag Quilt Pattern for Baby Car Seat Cover to sew a great baby shower gift for a boy or a girl. The pattern can be used as a blanket or a carseat cover.  It is a great way to keep your baby germ free,

Diaper Bag Pattern Rag Quilt Style


 Diaper Bag Pattern Rag Quilt Style. The bag you create from the Instant Download PDF Pattern Instructions will be oversized, with pockets, and perfect!

BONUS: Butterfly Applique Rag Quilt Pattern


This Butterfly Applique Quilt Pattern - Instant Download blanket is so easy to sew and a great blanket for the beginner. It can be whipped up in just a few hours. This is one of my favorite patterns to sew because I can use the same basic building block in this quilt to make anything from a doll quilt to a kind size quilt and everything in between.

Make sure to check out all of the rag quilt pattern ideas we have here on our blog!

 

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