Friday, February 4, 2011
In spite of that cock-eyed, hair-crossways, dog-legged, turned bass-ackwards block in the corner of my orderly rows of log cabins and fans quilt top....(see here, and Lord, give me patience!! :-D), I got 'er straightened out, slapped two borders on her and and called 'er done!!
I'm hoping to ship 'er off to Mary at Quilt Hollow who does such beautiful breathtaking work, and since making her acquaintance, I can hardly wait to turn her loose on one of my humble pieces! (You should see her quilts in Scrap Basket Sensations by Kim Brackett! WOW! isn't even close!)
AND... hehehe! Another finish...this one even more satisfying since it's an actual finish, not just a top, but a whole quilt, binding and all!
Sad. And weird! 'cause I LOVE hand quilting.
But I couldn't seem to get the knack for it, and the machine work suited me beautifully.
I did some English Paper Piecing by hand -- little half-inch hexagons (all those hexie-flowers you see in blogland? -- uh-huh, they are fun!), and it was so cool that I started a EPP tumbling blocks (yes, a UFO, thank you very much for reminding me, but I knew it would be a long-term project! :-P). It was a fun block to do.
That's the thing about a quilt, isn't it? It's a finished quilt, for sure, when the last stitch goes into the binding. But it's not really finished until someone loves it.
I've been thinking alot about finished things today. "It is finished!" -- those are some good words!!
And it's no coincidence that they were the final words Jesus uttered from the cross. Without a doubt, His work on earth was complete. The price paid for sin. The atonement made, the veil in the temple rent. Redemption rendered. It was done. Finis! Complete.
The writer in Hebrews tells us "Unlike other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself." (Hebrews 7:27, emphasis mine)
But like a quilted and bound coverlet, complete and finished....it doesn't become finished for me until I roll up in it and feel the love. Until I appropriate its comfort and purpose in my life.
Isn't it just the same with Jesus!? His work for our redemption is done. But we must appropriate Him -- for His comfort and love and purpose in our lives! -- before what He has done means anything to us or those around us. Have you called Him your own, yet? Have you appropriated all He has to offer?
Just like a well-worn and -loved quilt, He will cover you with His love. And when you are well and truly "finished" -- He will welcome you home.
"It is finished!" Good words, indeed!