Friday, November 19, 2010

Past, Present and Future!

Tonight is another Friday Night Sew In, hosted by the lovely Heidi at Handmade by Heidi!! I'm in the midst of packing for Thanksgiving travel, and cleaning house and picking up my eldest from college today, but I'm still going to make time to sew tonight! I've been in this sewing "frenzy" all week -- so tonight is the culminating event!! Accomplish something!!

And I've got a lovely array of projects to work on.  Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue!! :-D  LOL! No wedding quilts, thank goodness!   But a bit from the past, present and future, I think.

The something "old" and "borrowed" and "blue" is a LeMoyne Star quilt that a friend passed along to me to put together.  The blocks are made from original '30's fabrics, set in soft old unbleached muslin, a classic!  The blocks for the quilt top came to me nearly complete -- I'm in the process of assembling the last of the block pieces, making some 17 additional blocks to go with the 32 complete LeMoyne Stars and the 9 "criss-cross" blocks all with the vintage fabrics!
Knowing that I'm helping preserve the handwork of some dear lady from that earlier time is inspiring! Even the set-in pieces of the LeMoyne aren't nearly as aggravating as they usually would be! :-D

If I finish with this project (and I might, since I've been working on it the last couple of days), I'll move on to the present and work on my Circuit Rider quilt blocks.

I'm prepping a couple of fleur-de-lis blocks and I'll use a paper-cutting technique to make freezer paper templates for them, and  I'll wag out my little Bernina Deco for the Bible Block since I don't particularly enjoy hand embroidery.  (Weird, huh!?) :-)

The future project I want to work on  (if by some miracle I were to actually make it that far!! LOL) is Bonnie Hunter's (Quiltville!) latest mystery, "Roll, Roll, Cotton Boll!"   My fabric is picked out, and I'm excited about using up some stash.  The first mystery installment comes out today.
I read Bonnie's blog last night, and she shared that she'd learned of a fellow blogger who had taken her own life.  Nothing that was shared online indicated something like that was likely.  It was sad, shocking news for Bonnie.  I was thinking about that today as I chose my projects for the Friday Night Sew In....

So much of what we share on-line is authentic, real, nitty-gritty stuff.  Other times, we share what is on the surface because the hurts are too desperate for words or the situation too poignant to articulate in such a public forum.  In such circumstances, there is One who knows the real us, the one we cannot always share with the world -- or even with quilters who are among the most compassionate and giving people on earth.

It is to Him that the angels and the living creatures of Heaven sing in Revelation 4:8:
"Holy, holy, holy
is the Lord God Almighty,
who was, and is, and is to come."

Past, Present, and Future.  There's an old gospel song by Ira Stamphill that says,

I don’t know about tomorrow,
It may bring me poverty;
But the One Who feeds the sparrow,
Is the One Who stands by me.
And the path that be my portion,
May be through the flame or flood,
But His presence goes before me,
And I’m covered with His blood.

Many things about tomorrow,
I don’t seem to understand;
But I know Who holds tomorrow,
And I know Who holds my hand.
I need to learn to trust the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come with all of me -- my past, my present and my future, my quilts and hurts and all that I can and do share online -- and all that I cannot.

As you read posts today, say a prayer for those who write and those who read.  Lift them up to the One Who holds tomorrow and the One Who holds our hands. Remember them as you sew tonight with quilters all over the world during the Friday Night Sew In!



Mrs. Goodneedle said...

I love your vintage blocks, they are wonderful. I will indeed be holding our fellow quilters, bloggers and readers up in prayer.

QuiltSue said...

A thought-provoking post. Thank you.

Ruth said...

What a special quilt! I have some old blocks that my grandmother made and I need to get busy and make them into a quilt. There is nothing like the good old hymns and the one you quoted has some very awesome truths in it. Thanks for your words of comfort and truth.

Candy said...

Thank you for your post today. It was such a blessing. So sorry to hear about the fellow blogger.

Patty Sumner said...

Somany times what we write is not even close to who we are and how we feel. You know me, I usually say and write just how I am feeling. I chose to blog simply because it was a good source of release. Truth is, not many folks want to hear how you really feel. So sad about the one who took her life. I undertand how times in our lives are hard and "darkness" can blind you to the truth! I just always want to make sure I stay on track with the Lord and choose what He has for me in that day....regardess of where it is or what it is. Slow down and enjoy your trip....let the quilting go and enjoy friends and family....those pieces will be there when you return. I wish Jeff could be there with you! Blessings my friend!

farmhousequilter8 said...

That was a beautiful post and I loved thinking back on that old song we used to sing in church with grandma. I wish we could read between the lines and know that someone needs extra prayer.

Anonymous said...

I've heard that song! It has been a long while...I need to find a youtube of it...because it's something that would encourage me right now!

Great post today...I hope you have a super productive day...I'll be in the car for 6 hours...not sure what I'll accomplish, but I'll take along some crochet. =)

StitchinByTheLake said...

A very special post - you touched my heart today. blessings, marlene