This quilt became what it looks like today because of a mistake I made. Originally I was going to make an attic windows quilt. All the squares would be facing the same way. Take a look at the upper left hand square. All the squares would be lined up horizontally and repeated line after line. But, when I went to sew two squares together, I unknowingly turned one upside down. I was not thrilled about having to rip the seam out. The more I studied it, the more I liked the combination. So instead of horizontal placements, I changed my thinking and began to work vertically. The second column starts out with the upside down square which creates a "pairing", thus the name of the quilt.
As I reflect on my trip to Louisville, Kentucky, and the Churchwide Gathering, I think of my mom. She is no longer on this earth. She lived with us and we spent the last 14 years of her life together. She saw me design and complete The Joshua Quilt©. Yay, a completed project! Quilters often have so many UFO's (unfinished objects). I know she would be so proud of me taking the quilt and sharing it with Presbyterian Women from around the world. Thanks, Mom, for loving me and teaching me to sew.
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.
Carry out a random act of kindness with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you. Princess Diana
With regard to quilting and cooking, my Aunt Gladys always said you couldn't do both. She would rather quilt than cook. That is why my mother always planned ahead and brought a crock pot when they spent the day together quilting.
If my life is like a quilt, then surely God is the Divine Quilter. How lovingly he gathers up the scraps and remnants and leftovers of my experiences, my brokenness, and my joy. With the skillful needlework of grace, he stitches it all together to make a wonderful whole. From Quilts From Heaven by Lucinda Secrest McDowell
I boarded my plane, opened my IPad, and searched for the devotion of the day.
”The LORD himself will go before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forget you. Don’t be afraid and don’t worry.” Deuteronomy 31:8
Precious words spoken by Moses to Joshua in preparation of leading the Israelites into the Land of Promise.
Precious words to me as I begin the journey of sharing my book and quilt.
My editor, publisher, and dear friend, Marylee MacDonald, said it best today in her blog. You can read her post for yourself here. As I launch my book today, I look back at how it all got started. I asked Marylee a simple question if she would help me write a book about a quilt. She responded yes. This process of asking and answering questions is how this book came to be. Her blog post today answers questions on how you can "talk the book".
I pulled out a 1969 Webster’s Dictionary to find an answer. Quilt is defined as a bedcover made of two layers of cloth filled with down, wool, etc. and stitched together in lines or patterns. As a kid growing up that definition would have been exactly right. Spending the night at Granny’s house meant multiple quilts piled on top of you to keep you warm until the fire was started the next morning.
But a quilt is more than a bedcover. Quilts from years past are now recognized and displayed as works of art. Many of these beautiful textiles are completely hand pieced, hand sewn, and stuffed with lumps of cotton or wool. Modern quilts may never touch a bed. Instead, they begin their existence as a work of art created with accurate cutting devices, nicely rolled battings, and stitched by computer driven machines.
Whether old or new, quilts bring comfort, beauty, and often document milestones in our lives. More about that next time.