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.
A dear friend of mine was ordained for ministry yesterday. It was a lovely service, she was very emotional and excited. So it is for those of us set aside to be a Minister of Word and Sacraments. It is also a little daunting, because we take on the responsibility to bring the Word of the Lord to the people of God.
I finished the stole, and she was delighted with it. Coincidentially the minister that gave the charge used the words of Micah 6:8. I had quilted those very words into the design of the stole!
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.
My holidays are going splendidly! The grand-daughter’s quilt was finished well in advance. Great grandma (my mom) loves it, my son and his girlfriend think it should be hung on the wall. Completely their choice. I was really pleased with the quilting, towards the end. It took a little time to get in the ‘groove’. The idea was to emulate the swirls in the border/binding. It worked, eventually. It is not entirely uniform throughout the entire surface. I am not ripping it out, thank you very much, in spite of my anal retentive attitude toward ‘perfection.’
I bet you can’t even tell, unless you click on the picture to enlarge. (Made you look!)
Exodus 35:29 All the Israelite men and women whose hearts made them willing to bring anything for the work that the Lord had commanded by Moses to be done, brought it as a freewill offering to the Lord.
Aunt Nancy’s Favourite with William Morris fabrics quilt top is finished. I am having a difficult time deciding on a border. The sofa upholstery fabric is shown in the photo to the left, bottom. I would like the red to pop since the wood of the sofa is stained quite dark and the flowers in the upholstery are so lovely. However, the recipient wants the quilt to be mainly blues and greens (even though there is no blue in the upholstery – the colour is a little off, what you may see as blue is actually more green). At the other end I place a few options. I also have quite a lot of the dark beige fabric appearing in the block second from the top, second from the right. Advice anyone?
Repieced for a different direction. Thank you for all your suggestions!
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!