Out of Sight, Out of Mind


Almost two years ago I took my daughter-in-commonlaw to the local quilt store to select fabric.  She chose batiks, not my favourite, and quite dark colours.  It took some searching to find a pattern that I thought would showcase the fabric nicely.  The quilt was completed some time ago, but I held off on posting pictures until I had the opportunity to give it.

DSC_0270The pattern is called ‘Keyhole’.  It basically is a nine patch alternated with a solid square set on point.  I backed it with a caramel flannel.  The Quilty Guilt quilted it.  J*** commented she had forgotten what the fabric was, but was pleased with the finished quilt.  I was pleased that a couple days later she posted the following on her fb page.

“The beautiful quilt B’s mom made for me! I chose the fabrics when I was pregnant with A. and sort of forgot what they looked like. I was also caught off guard by my choice to go completely outside my comfort zone (blue, black, grey, but mostly blue). This turned out beautifully and obviously B. saw my vision because it’s absolutely perfect! :)”

I’m so glad she liked it.

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Isaiah 22:22

I will place on his shoulder the key of the house of David; he shall open, and no one shall shut; he shall shut, and no one shall open.

 

Mystery Quilt #2


I’ve been sewing, and cutting, and quilting, and imagining.  I did finish the Lenten stole in time for worship last Sunday.  Another quilt made as a farewell gift for a couple who moved to the other side of the mountains is being bound by W. who offered to complete it.  Two down, two more up.

One is an accumulation of fabric at this point.  There has been a request I design banners for Pentecost.  I have collected scraps and pieces of fabric from yellow through orange to red.  I want it to be very textural.

The other quilt is a Mystery Quilt.  About a month prior to the first step being posted there was a 2 1/2″ strip exchange in the group.  Each person sent off 20 width of fabric (WoF) pieces and got back a lovely selection of fabrics.  There were three pink/burgandy ones.  Not my favourite colour.  Naturally, my only logical decision was to use them as the foundation for the MQ colour palette, since this may be another one of those quilts I may give away.  The coloured strips are now cut.  Next – the background fabric, which is a very pale pink with a barely darker peach pink geometric pattern.

DSC_0334Isaiah 23:18  Her merchandise and her wages will be dedicated to the Lord; her profits will not be stored or hoarded, but her merchandise will supply abundant food and fine clothing for those who live in the presence of the Lord.

Christmas/Easter/Communion/All Saints’/Transfiguration/Baptism Banners


48" x60"

48″ x60″

This is how far behind I am.  We did manage to get ten banners completed in time for Christmas.  We hung and dedicated them the first Sunday following the celebration of Christ’s birth.  That would be January 29th!  They have been hanging in the sanctuary up until last Sunday when they were replaced with the Lent banners.  I know it was a week past the beginning of Lent but we celebrated Holy Communion on March 9th, white and gold being appropriate in that case.

They were all a variation of log cabin blocks done in yellow and set in white.

DSC_0332DSC_0326DSC_0324Eight of them were 36″ x 48″ and two were 48″x 60″.  Each quilter could place the star and quilt their banner as they pleased.  When it came time to switch them out I finally got out the camera to take and post the pictures as I promised I would.

Of course for at least one of my banners I had to do something entirely different.  I wanted a project with more of a modern feel.  I absolutely love it.  There are a few people in the congregation that aren’t as impressed with it as I am.  After all, breaking with tradition is a difficult thing to do in the church. ;)  Resistance to change seems to be a defining characteristic of Christians.  There are lots of jokes about it.

How many Christians does it take to change a light bulb? — We don’t change!

Although, my favourite is, because I am — How many Calvinists does it take to change a lightbulb? — None, the lights will go on and off at predestined times.

And my second favourite, because I am — How many Presbyterians does it take to change a lightbulb? — Well, it requires a least five committees to study and review the need and procedure behind changing the lightbulb, each committee represented by at least half a dozen people, so — 30?

I wonder when the Christ returns and there is a new heaven and a new earth if any one will want to be part of it because they have never ‘done’ it that way before …

The ‘modern’ banner is still my favourite.

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Isaiah 43:19  I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

 

Meeting the Deadline


The Mystery Quilt is quilted, bound, washed and in the dryer on a very low setting.  Tomorrow night it will be one of the silent auctions at a fundraiser for youth.  The binding was hand stitched on this morning as I watched the Canada – USA men’s semi-final hockey game at the Sochi Olympics.  Our boys dominated.   It was a good game, worthy of being a final game for gold.  Our women won gold in hockey against the USA yesterday.  A nail biter, we were trailing 2-0 with four minutes left in the third.  They tied it up with less than a minute to go, and scored a beauty to win in overtime.

A seminary classmate recently became a Canadian citizen.  We exchanged comments on facebook the day of his swearing in.  He said he felt conflicted over which country to cheer for since he now has dual citizenship.  It got me to thinking about loyalty and what binds us.  He has been an American all his life.  We graduated from seminary at the same time.  He had married while he was studying and recently he and his wife were blessed with a beautiful baby girl.  Are relationships the glue, the possibilities provided through education opportunities, the ability to build a good life, freedom to make choices, love?  What is it that forms and shapes our loyalty and love for country.  Is it nostalgia, because this is the place of first breaths and discovery of the world’s wonder, the taste of fresh wild strawberries, the sound of the robin’s praise from the top of the maple tree bright with spring green leaves?  Is it learning the national anthem through a daily repetition with classmates, to swim in clean, cool waters, to fall asleep to rain’s gurgle and drip on the roof?  What is it that spawns patriotism?

Proverbs personifies loyalty and faithfulness.  There appears to be some chance that they are fickle, able to forsake.  Somehow we are to bind them to ourselves, absorb them into our being and live them for life abundant.

In life’s marvelous quirks and twists, I flip over the corner of the quilt for its portrait and I am reminded of maple leaves.  “God keep our land.”

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Proverbs 3:3  Do not let loyalty and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.

 

Just One More Thing


A week or so before Christmas, Facebook threw a page I might like on my news feed.  It was a quilting page, over five thousand members.  Silly me, I liked the page and now see great quilt projects a dozen times daily.  There are some beautiful quilt pictures posted that really get the creative juices flowing.  Boxing Day a member posted the first step of a Mystery Quilt.  I wasn’t really interested until people started posting pictures of their fabric selections, finished blocks and I went snooping around the quilt stash at the church.  A confluence of temptations.  Needless to say, I have completed the first step and cut the pieces for the second.  And, wouldn’t you know it, my sewing machine decided it needs maintenance.  Which sucks because the closest technician is an hour away.  I just might have to take a road trip tomorrow.

DSC_0305The floral fabric is older.  There were two 36″ bolts of it in the church stash.  I have no other clues as to its age.  The blue batik was something I had bought thinking it would work with another project I had already purchased fabric for.  It didn’t.  The white is a bit stark, a pale orange or pastle pink probably would have worked better for the light background, but both those colours are not prominent in my stash, I care for neither.

I think I presently have well over a dozen projects at various stages of production.  Another one won’t make any difference!

Daniel 2:19  Then the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision of the night, and Daniel blessed the God of heaven.

Missing in Action


It’s been some time since I have felt up to giving some attention to this blog.  Sorry about that.  I’ve missed reading those blogs I follow, and those who follow me.  Things were quite dreary for some time.  I was diagnosed with hypothyroid and located a cyst in my breast all at the same time of dealing with the grief of my dad’s death.  I am now on thyroid medication, it has helped with the depression symptoms, but I am still quite tired.  Another round of blood work at the end of January will determine whether there is actually any stabilization of hormone levels.

ImageOn top of everything, we have had snow.  LOTS of snow.  It’s beautiful, serene, pristene, glorious.  It brings extra time in getting ready to go anywhere.  It involves brushing all of it off the vehicle, shovelling out the driveway, the sidewalk (otherwise they won’t deliver your mail), the steps into the house.  December broke the record for snowfall for that month, over 100 cms.  Compound those challenges with only seven hours of daylight and it is not surprising so many people suffer from S.A.D.D.

I didn’t sew much from September to December either.  The interest just wasn’t there.  I did manage to get a small banner completed for the lower hall at the church and two banners and two banner tops in yellow and white for the times in the liturgical year that call for those colours.  I will get pictures up in a future blog.  Promise. Image

This little project was originally a panel that had a variety of Christmas/winter images.  I fussy cut all the images and reassembled the Christmas ones with some filler colours.

Merry Ukrainian Christmas, btw.

Luke 2:10-1110 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: 11 to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.