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.
Sometimes it’s a colour that catches the attention. Sometimes it’s a fabric print. Other times it is a technique that just begs to be tried. Once in awhile it is a convergence of them all. Such a convergence happened when I happened upon the fabric palette used in this project. I always wanted to sew a jelly roll race quilt. Jelly rolls are pre-cut strips of fabric 2 1/2″ wide and WOF (width of fabric 42-44″) There is usually 40 strips in a roll. A race is joining all the pieces together end to end. Next fold the the long strip in half, right sides together and sew along one edge. Cut at the fold, press open. Fold in half, right sides together and repeat. This is the finished project.
I had been keeping my eye open for the perfect fabric. Almost perfect, the polka dots don’t quite fit, but I love the rest. I’ve decided to name it “Raindrops on Glass.”
This quilt is for my husband’s sister in-law who recently underwent surgery for ovarian cancer. I really like the way the border and the back co-ordinated with the top. I quilted it with a varigated thread that has all similar colours in wavy contoured lines.
1 Corinthians 9:24 Do you not know that in a race the runners all compete, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win it.
My last order of fabric held an ‘oops’. I thought I had decided to forgo the batik jelly roll. I was seduced by a single fabric, I should know better. When it arrived I was a little surprised, and somewhat dismayed, what to do with it?!
At first I thought maybe I would just have a ‘horse race’ some day, sew the strips together as they came off the roll. Searching through my pattern books for another project, I came across French Braid Quilts and my dilema was solved. Here’s what’s planned. Not for the immediate future though, I have a couple, few, OKAY, a bunch of other projects to wrap up first.
In a double biography, an intertwined meditation, where the author is an anomalous third braid, sometimes visible, sometimes not, there are intriguing possibilities,~ Vikram Seth