Pinks, blues, greens, yellows, reds, and purples. I had been drawn to the girly, happy prints of the 30’s, but never thought I would use them.
Then my daughter came along and I began collecting fat quarters (small, but usable pieces of fabric). Figuring out a pattern and actually piecing the quilt took a few years. While I kept to my original plan of including friendship stars, the more time consuming design was replaced by off-set strips. In the end, it came together on our guest bed.
I finally completed it in time for last Christmas, a compromise of time, skill, and design.
Our lives are hectic. That is an understatement.
Chaos seems more appropriate.
At times we are proactive, getting ahead and having things organized. Other times it is pure catching-up or cleaning-up.
Chaos can’t be controlled. Even when we have life ‘under control’, there is always the possibility for being derailed.
Quilting parallels a healthy spiritual life.
1) We have to find time for prayer and study, even if it is carving out odd moments or setting other things aside.
2) We can either follow someone else’s plan or our own, but either way, a unique outcome is produced.
3) Ultimately, each on of us has our own style which is influenced by the world around us, as well as our stage in life.
4) For some people it comes naturally, for others we need a lot of help and time to work on it.
5) In the end, we only do it if it is rewarding. Both quilting and spiritual practices can sometimes be a bit tedious, but in the end, the good greatly outweighs everything else.
Master Creator, help us learn to create in our lives good things, bringing love and comfort to others, and to ourselves. Amen.