Sunday, October 28, 2012

Quilt Festival

I've been enjoying seeing the quilts shown by the multitude of creative individuals from oh, so man places.  Once again, I've added to my list of "oooh, I want to try that."  (As yet, an unwritten list, so it doesn't feel quite so daunting.

I knew which quilt I wanted to put in.  And then I read the requirements.  The one I wanted to put in is not finished.  It's still at the quilter's home, so it'll have to wait until next time.  Choice #2 is also at the quilter's.  So, it's on to choice number three.  Fortunately, I actually managed to finish quite a few quilts this year.  

So, here it is.  My entry for the quilt festival.  I love this quilt.  I made it with material bought on a FART (Fabric Acquisition Road Trip - can't take credit for the acronym) with friends.  The trip was attempted in March one year.  We were stymied by bad winter weather and didn't make our destination.  (Still had a delightful trip with friends and managed to find some fabric.)  We tried again in the summer and managed to make it to the Eureka Quilt Show.  We had a fabulous time.  I already had the charm pack for this line (Moda - Collections for a Cause - Tradition) and I picked up the layercake and jellyroll on the trip.  These were turned into a scruffy throw quilt made with a tutorial I found at Moda Bake Shop (Scruffily Quilt).  

This quilt makes me smile every time I see it.  It reminds me of my special times with friends.  And it reminds me of how playing with fabric makes every day better.
Quilt stats:
size - 60 inches by 60 inches
quilted by Devon Lavigne of Prairie Quilt Mercantile (soon to be called Prairie Now)
best categories: throw quilt and professionally quilted quilt

Be sure to check out the other quilts at the festival!  (Hopefully you'll be brought to the festival if you click on the top of this link.)
Amy's Creative Side


"All gold does not glitter."  (Richard Paul Evans in The Road to Grace - p. 139)

I read these words this afternoon.  They struck a chord with me.  We live in a world that honours glitter and glitz.  We live in a world that honours those who "stand out" in particular ways.  And I think that this causes us to miss out on a lot of gold.  That is such a shame.  God has created so much gold in His world. We just need to stop and look to see it.  That's a daily challenge for me.

Here is some of the gold I've seen in my life lately.

1336) playing with fabric - cutting out a quilt top
1337) the sensation of anticipation and delight at the prospect of beginning a new project
1338) the surprise of running into a friend
1339) a very productive afternoon of errands
1340) getting a stack of "heavy" marking done
1341) parent volunteers!
1342) positive comments on a lesson observed by an administrator (and the lesson was first thing Monday after an extra long break - 5 days)
1343) insights and information shared by students after research time
1344) the beauty of frost on trees and leaves
1345) peanut butter and chocolate
1346) beauty in changing seasons (even if the snow is a tad on the early side)

1352) Saturday morning quilting with friends
1353) people who stand up for what is right

Sunday, October 21, 2012

quiet days

Today was a quiet day.  The first one in a long time.  And it was good. I needed to "be still and know" again. 

Church was good.  Thought-provoking as we are in a series of sermons on the idols we can put in our lives.  Sad how it is so easy to take something that is good, something that God blesses us with, and turn it into something that takes the place of God.

As I looked over e-mail, I saw one about an art show.  So I headed out to feast my eyes and feed my soul by looking at the creativity of others.  There were a couple that spoke to me - and I seriously considered bringing one home to be a regular inspiration to me.  But I wasn't sure I loved them enough.  And maybe that's okay.  I have plenty of "stuff" and perhaps I should only add more "stuff" that makes my soul happy or serves a specific purpose.  

I spent a little time rereading Mitch Albom's Tuesdays with Morrie.  It's a good reminder about what is important in life.  Among the bits that spoke to me today are:
    1) "I give myself a good cry if I need it.  But then I concentrate on all the good things still in my life."  p. 57
    2) "Remember what I said about finding a meaningful life?  I wrote it down, but now I can recite it.  Devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourelf to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning."  p. 127
    3) "Each night, when I go to sleep, I die.  And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn."  quote from Mahatma Gandhi on page 129
    4) "Once you start running, I said, it's hard to slow yourself down."  p. 136
    5) "What we take, we must replenish."  p. 141
    6) "In the beginning of life, when we are infants, we need others to survive, right?  And at the end of life, when you get like me, you need others to survive, right?"  His voice dropped to a whisper.  "But here's the secret: in between, we need others as well."  p. 157
    7) "What's wrong with being number 2?"  p. 159

I also took time to concentrate on some of the good things in my life....and thus, my list of gifts continues.

1301) progressive lenses (even though I don't love them yet)
1302) teachers' convention
1303) milestones in life
1304) hugs from children
1305) visiting my grandma
1306) dinners with family
1307) walks in the fall - and hearing the water and seeing the colours and feeling the sunshine
1308) colours of fall juxtaposed with brilliant blue sky
1309) colours of fall juxtaposed with fresh white snow
1310) the passion people have for causes
1311) ringroads
1312) catching up with people
1313) short conversations - but meaningful ones
1314) learning new things
1315) being re-inspired
1316) messages of love and encouragement
1317) attending quilt shows with friends
1318) meeting a "new" young boy from Africa
1319) watching a friend enjoy this young boy, her grandson
1320) knowing roads well enough to have a plan B when snags in travel are encountered
1321) dreams
1322) passions
1323) hope for the future
1324) books
1325) staying with my parents
1326) encouraging my sister
1327) being able to laugh despite circumstances
1328) sitting around a fire with friends
1329) harvesting carrots
1330) beautiful neighbourhoods
1331) art show - and the work of a favourite artist
1332) the process of finding fabrics that create beauty together
1333) the delight of my nieces when I see them
1334) the gift of music as it feeds the soul
1335) the simplicity and depth of symbolism of stones and water