Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring and Share; a virtual sewing day, an opportunity to bring along the project(s) you are working on and share in quilty conversations via links to the latest social media posts that have caught our attention over the past week. If you have anything to bring or share do make use of the comments section at the end of this page.
I am beginning to feel like a stuck record (do you remember those days when the record player stylus would stick in a scratch on a record?) as my project for this weekend is yet again quilting ‘Carrie Nation Variation’! I’m not one for bad language but this quilt could be called a few other things… Nevermind, I’m on a fantastic learning curve as I stitch out all these feathers 🙂 and move onto orange peel designs in the four patch squares.
As this particular project is stretching out over many weeks I’ve been thinking about the popular notions of ‘living in the moment’ and ‘being mindful’. I’m trying to concentrate on this ‘now’ project and not let myself be distracted by other projects. However, I don’t think it’s in our nature to NOT be looking ahead and planning. I find looking ahead is a means of maintaining hope. In quilting terms my hope lies in this bundle of fabrics: – I’m looking forward to embarking on a new project 🙂 – and this is seeing me through the ‘now’ project which could otherwise become overwhelming.
I’m looking forward to embarking on a new project 🙂 – and this is seeing me through the ‘now’ project which could otherwise become overwhelming. These fat quarters are a selection from Purple Stitches and are to be the basis of the block of the month sampler quilt I’ll be making in the Quilt Club Viv is hosting at the shop. I’m keeping this collection of fabric goodness on my desk in full view of my sewing table as a ray of hope, the promise of a future beyond the now project!
A few thoughts on HOPE:
Of course, my quilty hopes could be dashed – there’s no guarantee my ability to sew won’t be cut short by some illness or accident or my house and its contents destroyed in a gas explosion or fall into a huge sink hole… I’m thankful as a Christian I have a sure hope: I’m not dependent on wishful thinking, living in the strength of my own plans and abilities or living in constant fear of the future. Christians can live in the now with all of it’s uncertainties, unfulfilled human plans and failures, knowing we have a sure and certain hope in an eternal future. There’s no promise of a trouble-free life now but there is a guarantee of life in the new heaven and new earth according to God’s perfect plan and lasting promises. It saddens me when people put their hope in God’s creation – the universe, angels etc or in flawed humanity (when has any person of influence ever acted for the good of all people and not been corrupted in some way by the power they wield?) – and not in the Creator Himself. Putting hope in the redemptive power of Jesus gives complete security, a certain hope. Believing or trusting in the natural goodness of humans, the cosmic power of the Universe, ‘Mother Earth’, or our own abilities and self-sufficiency etc can only lead to disappoints and failures at best, eternal darkness at worst. I’d strongly recommend reading a Gospel – or all four – to discover what Jesus said and demonstrated about himself, the future and where we should and shouldn’t place our hope.
There we are, that’s my thought for the week! Funny how a quilty conversation can switch into a soul-search…
Here are the quilty news items and conversations that have caught my attention this week:
Soma at Whims and Fancies is reintroducing her Wandering Camera link up. It’s a lovely opportunity to stretch photography skills and share your favourites on the last Thursday of every month.
Leanne has been making ‘fidget blankets’ for special needs children. I’ve seen similar being made for people with dementia. Such a simple but effective calming tool to help people (young and old) keep fidgety fingers and minds occupied.
I don’t know how Rachel finds the time or inspiration to make a quilt ‘on a whim’ but she frequently does. I really like this giant star made from linen fabrics (Rachel used half inch seams to increase durability with this loose-weave fabric).
Yvonne and Cheryl are hosting the ‘Tips and Tutorials Festival’. If you like reading tutorials via blog posts or, indeed, if you like sharing your ‘how to’s’ on line then this promises to be great fun. The Festival runs from 11th to 15th June, there are four categories to explore/enter and we can vote for our favourite tutorials in each category.
Incidentally, I recently created the ‘Patchwork Tips and Tales‘ group on my Facebook page. You are welcome to join and we’d love to have you share any tips or advice you have to help us with our patchwork quilting.
There are so many talented patchwork pattern writers out there. A newly released pattern called ‘Making Waves’ by Kirsty of Bonjour Quilts caught my eye this week. If you have a fat eighth fabric bundle in your stash this pattern could be the perfect reason to untie the ribbon and get making!
I’d recommend following Jessica Skultety at Quilty Habit anytime; if you are not already then now is a great time to click on over and press the follow button 🙂 Jessica had a publishing company pull out of a book deal 😦 Undaunted she is sharing the quilts in a ‘Quilting Modern Quilts’ series on her blog over the Summer. I am so looking forward to reading her stories behind the quilts and her explanations of the quilting designs she chose to use on each one. Oh! And while you are clicking to follow her blog don’t forget to click to follow her bi-weekly ‘Wonky Press’ newsletter too!