It moves rather quickly, but you can click on the bottom of the screen to see the progress and stop and start it with the Play/Pause button on the bottom left so you can read the text. I hope you enjoy it.
I'm repairing an old quilt. Above is one edge before and after the repair. The idea is to not do anything that can't be undone, so I'm sewing new cloth on top of the old. I'm doing it by hand, since the whole quilt is hand made. I see some other places where the quilt has been repaired in the past. I wonder about the maker of the quilt and the people who used it. Obviously, it was a well loved and well used item.
“When you go out into the woods, and you look at trees, you see all these different trees. And some of them are bent, and some of them are straight, and some of them are evergreens, and some of them are whatever. And you look at the tree and you allow it. You see why it is the way it is. You sort of understand that it didn’t get enough light, and so it turned that way. And you don’t get all emotional about it. You just allow it. You appreciate the tree. The minute you get near humans, you lose all that. And you are constantly saying ‘You are too this, or I’m too this.’ That judgment mind comes in. And so I practice turning people into trees. Which means appreciating them just the way they are.” ~ Ram Dass
The commission was a Christmas gift and I worked with the client over a few months to create a very specific painting in size and subject for very specific spot. I'm pleased that they like it and will enjoy it in their kitchen.
My latest quilt project was a queen sized disappearing nine patch quilt. The top picture shows the traditional nine patch. To make a disappearing nine patch, the 9 patch is cut in 1/2 both vertically and diagonally. It can create lots of lovely patterns with a limited palette of fabrics, but for mine, I chose to have lots of colors and novelty prints that would be at home in an eclectic cabin in Northern Michigan and few lined up seams. There are fish, deer, birds, ducks, pheasants, flowers, leaves and lots of wonderful prints. I love this quilt concept, but I'll never do a queen sized again!
I am working on a queen sized quilt utilizing the chopped block pattern. I'm using the quilt as you go technique, so each block was quilted before the pieces were assembled. I cleverly planned a pattern for the back and then in the midst of putting the pieces together, the pattern got thrown off, since I was only really looking at the front and some of the blocks needed to be adjusted. I'm anxious to get this done so that I can paint in the studio again! I love the quilting, but I need to push some paint!
PSALM 121 My help comes from the Lord, the maker of Heaven and Earth
These images have been chosen by Augsburg Fortress to be used on church bulletins for 2016. MORNING ALLELUIAS will be used for Easter and they will be printing 375,000! This is a wonderful year end surprise. I didn't seek it out and the serendipity is delightful. I am really praising the Lord for this opportunity! I should probably get my paints out and get painting, but I have more quilting to do and that comes first. But I am reveling in the affirmation!