I've been sorta paralyzed for the last several weeks, getting only a little bit done on projects with deadlines, but not really accomplishing as much as I'd like, nor getting to projects that are burning in my brain to be started! And the truth is, I don't really function well in chaos....which is a shame, 'cause I don't really function well as a housekeeper, either! LOL
We had a bunch of friends over on Saturday night, though, and the impending cook-out/games night meant getting my house in order for company! My sewing room looked like the villains from Raiders of the Lost Ark had come through, ransacking for ancient powerful artifacts!! Is that the Ark of the Covenant!!! The Holy Grail? Glowing stones for ancient gods or crystals left by aliens!?!
NO! just gigantic piles of fabrics, scraps, and tools, thank you very much!
Since I can't seem to clean the rest of the house until the sewing room is done, I tied in and got-r-done!
Finally, then, I'm free from the weeks of clutter and ever-mounting piles of stuff! in my sewing room (although I dare not open the closet door too fast for fear of an avalanche!! That is a project for another day!), and I'm able to start something I've been wanting to do for a while.
I delved into my scraps today to make a leader/ender project. Many of the pieces had already been cut into 1 1/2" strips, so I started whittling them down into squares for "Crabapples" from Bonnie Hunter's Adventures with Leaders and Enders book.
I'll feed my leaders and enders through as I work on a couple more quilts for others (I've got a t-shirt quilt and a couple of memorial quilts on the burner) and on Sam's Darling Hearts. Last week I received a block from Teresa at Fabric Therapy, and it's another beautiful addition to the quilt:
That brings the total of blocks I've received up to 34!!! I'm eager to start putting them together!!
I love the words Teresa embroidered on her block: "Hearts Fly Free"
I've been reading in the gospel of John this month, and Jesus talks a lot about freedom! "The truth will set you free," He says in chapter 8, verse 32. A little further in the chapter He says this...
"I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed." (John 8:34-35)
There's no doubt in my mind that my son Sam is free!! What a blessing! What a testimony! So Teresa's block is another beautiful expression of Sam's life and death. I've been amazed at how people have understood his heart and made blocks that just "fit," you know?
Now if I could just get all my sewing stuff to fit....
I'm not sure even Indiana Jones could help me with that!!