Three years ago at the beginning of June my stepdaughter got married. It was the weekend before we went to Scotland and France for three weeks. She and her intended met playing softball. In keeping with their relationship, the wedding ceremony took place on a baseball diamond at a local community centre. The entire reception area was decorated in keeping with that theme. The predinner snacks were baseball field nachos, popcorn, mini hotdogs. The colour scheme was their favourite baseball team.
They are lovely people and it was a lovely wedding. The bride was beautiful, the groom was handsome. We had a good time. I pray they have a long, healthy, and happy marriage.
I asked my stepdaughter well in advance what the colour scheme was going to be, she informed me it was the colours for the Toronto Blue Jays. Red, white and blue quilt coming up. I was a little surprised when we arrived and the coulour scheme had changed. Oh well. At least the colours of the quilt are the home team.
Voila, a baseball diamond, red representing the players on the field. They loved it.
Isaiah 62:5 As a young man marries a young woman, so will your Builder marry you; as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you.
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.
Yesterday was the first wedding I officiated in my new congregation. It was a long and lovely day. The bride looked beautiful, the groom handsome, and both, very nervous. Both are quite shy, hating to be the centre of attention. Their vows were barely a whisper. They got through it and the second highlight was the piper leading them out of the church.
I had been working with them towards this point for over a year. It gave me time to sew them a quilt as a wedding gift.
I designed it with two different blocks, Bridal Path and Honeymoon, using the colours they chose for the wedding. Repeating hearts was a theme through their engagement, only made sense to quilt it with hearts. The Quilty Guilt did a lovely job.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.