Our denomination encourages her clergy to pursue continuing education opportunities. The seminary from which I received my degree offers courses in the summer that are often of interest. In July of 2017 I flew west to attend a course on Sacred Dying. Part of the attraction to return is spending some time with my friend, mentor and now, colleague. She is wise and faithful, caring and lovely. I have learned so much from her. I have had the pleasure of staying with her and her husband on many occasions. About time I brought a token of my gratitude for their hospitality.
This quilt is similar to one draped over the sofa in our living room. The bow tie blocks had already been sewn together as an accent wall hanging to complement the throw in the living room. I couldn’t envision a way of hanging the finished project, it was the width of a block and twenty feet long. I ripped them apart and reconfigured them into this quilt. Now my dear friend and I share similar quilts, in fact, the centre block that is slightly different from the rest in the quilt is exactly the same as blocks on the back of my quilt. We are tied together, in faith, in friendship, in affection. I give thanks to God for her.
Proverbs 17:17 A friend loves at all times, and kinsfolk are born to share adversity.
I’m being very deliberate in attempting to finish some projects. I’ve had these bow tie blocks finished for some time. I bought four charm packs of Seasons Gatherings in Fort St. John, BC over four years ago. I love this fabric, it began my love for reproduction/traditional/civil war type fabrics.
I had no motivation to finish this one since I didn’t have anyone in mind to give it to, and I didn’t have suitable fabric for the back. When we moved into the new house we needed living room furniture. A local furniture store was having a sale and we picked up a lovely chocolate brown leather couch, chair and loveseat. This quilt compliments perfectly, recipient me!
I pieced the back with more Seasonal Gatherings fabric. I used a variegated thread for the quilting – perfect on the solid black back. The only drawback is a solid colour shows all the dog hair, so don’t look too close.
Anyone who is among the living has hope—even a live dog is better off than a dead lion!