St. John’s has a long standing practice of gifting individuals receiving baptism, graduates of high school and university, and others going through life transitions. It began with the baptism of infants. They were given a receiving blanket embroidered with their name and date of birth with the assurance they were, are and will always be ‘wrapped in God’s love.’ In the past recipients were typically children, but since my call to the congregation it has expanded a little. The recently widowed, widower-ed, moving away or into assisted living were given a prayer shawl or quilt, because in my mind, we are all ‘wrapped in God’s love.’
Recently in the presbytery there was an ordination of a young woman as a Minister of Word and Sacrament. It was a month short of my tenth anniversary of my own ordination. I was reminded of the prayer shawl a congregation in the presbytery gifted me on the night of my ordination. I had just finished a quilt intended for a congregation member recently entering a nursing home. Sadly, they only lived a few days beyond the transition. It is a quilt drenched in prayer and who needs it more than someone newly ordained.
This was intended to be a simple Trip Around the World quilt. Once I began placing the blocks on the design wall I decided I had to line up the strip blocks as much as possible. Durn OCD. Solving the puzzle was worth it, I think it turned out awesome!
Exodus 29:29 The sacred vestments of Aaron shall be passed on to his sons after him; they shall be anointed in them and ordained in them.
Christmas is always crazy for clergy. Multiple worship services, parishioners ill because of the weather, wind-up parties, more often than not a funeral, even more rarely a wedding. Add in all the personal preparations for Christmas and you have a recipe for an abundance of stress and little time to sit still in awe of the reason for the season.
Today there was a wedding. Lovely, appropriately white and red colour scheme for Christmas. Two 30 somethings, 14 children between them, tattoos and pretend bling, chaos and nerves. It has been my practice to give a quilt as a wedding gift. I had this top finished for some time, the Quilty Guilt quilted it yesterday and I spent the rest of yesterday and this morning binding it. Turned out beeeeeautiful! Hubby didn’t think I should give it away, but I did. It really did turn out nice.
As usual, I didn’t have enough fabric for the back. I pieced in an orphan block and a few other odds and sods to make a piece big enough.
It was quilted with hearts, perfect for a bride and groom. Wrapped in God’s love in grace I pray them all the best for their new life together.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 4 Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. 7 It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
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!
I absolutely love this fabric. I’m not too crazy about the partridge with the pear, but it is seasonal, so I can make allowances. I bought 4 charm packs and some yardage of Seasonal LIttle Gatherings by Primitive Gatherings from my favourite quilt store in Fort St. John. I am doing my utmost to be very deliberate in the construction of this quilt. Already I have made a couple goofs and am upset with myself. I wanted all the pieces with parallel lines to go in the same direction. Third block, fail! Sigh.
To this point the planned layout is as shown. Once I took the picture and it presented as quartered snowballs rather than bow ties has me second guessing the plan. Either way, I am going to be snuggly and warm on the couch with this new lap quilt.
Mark 8:18 Do you have eyes, and fail to see? Do you have ears, and fail to hear? And do you not remember?
Almost at the finished stages for one quilt top, now fallen to neglect when I realize that the left over scraps are the same size as a stash of other scraps from a previous project. I was working on a quick strip pattern using two Moda 3 Sisters Park Avenue jelly rolls I purchased in Kamloops. We were there just prior to the May long weekend visiting classmates on a Four Day Getaway. My creative impulse has transferred my focus to sewing long strips of four patch blocks, adding a strip of blue to the right and then separating the four pieces with six inches of a neutral. Today I expect to finish piecing this latest project as the weather forecast calls for rain showers and thunderstorms all day today.
I mentioned in the previous post that I had a ‘birthday quilt’ on my list of things to finish. I finally got it bound and cleaned up two days ago. It is ready to be put in the mail. I stippled the entire surface this time. I wanted a particular variegated thread and thought I had been lucky enough to find it until almost a third of the quilt was completed. ARRRG! It wasn’t white, red and brown, but green! Duh, I should have twigged onto it when I read the label and it said ‘Holiday.’ The technique was done with my new free motion foot. It will take some practice to get better at it. I learned it is necessary to keep the speed of the machine consistent and move the fabric a little at a time. Of course the tendency is to move faster as the machine goes faster and the result is stitches that are too big. I am getting the hang of it and am looking forward to trying other free motion patterns with subsequent projects. This effort is not perfect, but I am still thrilled with the way it turned out.
Here is what it looked like to start —
I had a bunch of pre-cut squares in various sizes and thought they would be a good choice since the recipient’s favourite colour is red. Some you might recognize as fabric from the quilt I made for my father’s 90th birthday. Because the squares were all different sizes, it required some math and mental gymnastics to figure out how to assemble them into some sort of pattern that would work. I thought sewing them into strips the width of the quilt would work the best and for the most part it did. Stretching and compacting each strip to get them to fit resulted in a finished product that does not lie perfectly flat as the full image shows.
Still, I think it looks great! This colour palette is one of my favourites. I never thought I was so partial to red until I organized my stash one day and realized how much of the fabric I had purchased — was.
The birthday is tomorrow. Somehow I doubt that Canada Post will get it there by then. Better luck next time…
In 2011 my father celebrated his 90th birthday. Its a long time to accumulate everything you could ever want or need. What could I possibly give him?
My latest ‘fun’ has been quilting. He’s colourblind and sees red the best. I settled on a beige/brown/red lap quilt that I managed to finish enroute as we travelled to Ontario for the gathering of the family. It was a splendid time.
He seemed pleased with it. I asked if he would have a use for it, napping on the couch possibly? He protested that he didn’t nap on the couch (although the day following his party he did, a little weary from regalling his guests with stories and jokes all night perhaps?). He intends to use it when he is keeping the fire in the wood box going. That requires he sleep in the recliner in the basement. The woodbox only has the capacity to burn for a half hour at a time. My mom dismissed that option immediately. “It will smell of smoke and get full of burn holes before you know it!” Better that than sitting folded in a closet somewhere.
I attempted free motion quilting for the first time with this quilt. The effect turned out alright, considering I had the incorrect presser foot for my model of sewing machine and I had to use duct tape to keep the foot slightly off the surface of the quilt. I’ll know better next time!