Tired and Retired


 

How does time pass so quickly?  It has been over two years since I have completed a quilt?  If you could see the pile beside the ironing board you might wonder, “How that could be?”  I have at least a half dozen tops that need binding, or sandwiching, or quilting.  Big Sigh!  I have been much too involved with work and just can’t seem to carve out time for hobbies.  I am tired.

May 2018 a colleague retired as the Executive Director of an important mission in the city and accepted a part time position as the Minister of Word and Sacrament for a rapidly growing indigenous congregation.  They refer to themselves as Oji-Irish, walking a blended spiritual journey of Indigenous and Christian belief and ceremony.  A person of great strength and immeasurable compassion.  To honour the occasion I designed this stole and it was gifted at a regular meeting of presbytery.  The colours of the Dakota Star and the cross are those of the Medicine Circle.  There are four bear paw blocks at the bottom of the stole.  These represent the individual as a member of  the Bear Clan. The eagle fabric on the back was chosen as it is part of the recipient’s name.   I know God’s Spirit will rest always upon them and richly bless their ministry.

Jeremiah 6:16 – This is what the Lord says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.”

Flower Cakes and Charms


I have a soft spot for fabric lines.  I don’t have to make the effort to co-ordinate colours and patterns.  This was one of those lines I couldn’t resist.  I bought a layer cake, a charm pack, and a couple yards.  I separated them into blues and purples.  (Of course I want the latter for myself …)  I’ve wanted to do a sampler sort of lap quilt for some time using pinwheels.  I made them using the 5×5″ charms and bordered them with strips from the layer cake fabric.  Throw in a few modified nine patches and a couple log cabins and voila!  Very pretty.  I titled it “Song of Solomon 2:12” chosen for the flowered fabric and flower quilting.  It gave me a chuckle, people grabbed a bible to look up the verse and then asked, where are the turtledoves?!

This one I donated to our church’s annual bazaar.  It sold.  A congregation member purchased it as a baptism gift for her new grand-daughter.

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Song of Solomon 2:12  The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.

First Bloom


Finally, the first bloom of spring in our garden.  The Icelandic Poppies have spread throughout the beds adjacent to the house.  She is a pretty thing, delicate, vibrant, defying below 0C night-time temperatures, persistent in the her ordained purpose to bloom and reproduce. I rejoice in the first bloom of spring.  She holds a promise of more to come.  She holds the wonder of beauty for no other purposes than to delight the eye and attract the bee.  She cannot hold her head still, nodding and winking to the whims of the wind.  She will not remain, with regrets to the gardener … she is a colour not preferred.  This place is designated for purple, and blue, ranging from white to the darkest, almost black.  There may be allowances made for oranges, as it is a complimentary colour to the favourites. Time and appeal will tell.  Stay tuned for updates.

The second affirmation of spring has also appeared.  There is a wood dove, or something very similar, moaning and cooing in the large tree across the street.  I hear her/him as the sun rises every morning and at various times through the day.  Give thanks to the Creator for spring!

Song of Solomon 2:12
The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtle-dove is heard in our land.