Wednesday, of this past week, found me traveling to a small town on the shores of Lake Michigan with three of my girlfriends. We spent the day hitting the antique stores and visiting quilt shops. This little place was well worth the stop, as much for what was outside as inside.
The owner lives in the house and has the quilt shop in an attached addition. How fun is that? Just grab a cup of coffee and walk down the hall to the shop. No traffic lights here! I love the sign on the old ironing board.
The house had a large wrap around porch and it was decorated so nicely. Many shades of red, white and blue with vintage items tucked all around.
Everywhere I looked there was something else to snap a picture of. What a fun display item this old carriage can be.
I was good and limited my fabric purchases to these 1/2 yard cuts of fabric. Aren't they pretty? I'm not sure what I will do with them yet but I'm looking forward to using them. Hope your Saturday finds you doing something fun!
My husband's grandmother was quite the quilter. I remember when we were dating I would often hear of her going over to the church to sit around the quilt frame and stitch with the other ladies. When we married, she gave us this quilt. I pulled it out this week and placed it on my bed. When I see it, I think of her and it makes me smile.
I loved spending time with her. Her name was Leokadie and saying her name was like poetry to me. She was loving and kind and gentle. There wasn't a craft that her hands could not do. She made the best Pierogi I have ever eaten and had the whitest hair I've ever seen. During our visits to see her in her last year with us, she was never without an open Bible by her side. Inside her Bible was a crocheted cross and I would see her touch that ever so gently with her long fingers. She made quilts for all her grandchildren's marriages. Long after she was with the Lord, her quilts were still being unwrapped as wedding gifts. I am reminded that a piece of her stays with me as I enjoy the simple pleasure of my quilt.
When I was a teenager my parents, along with the help of my two brothers decided to build me a dollhouse for Christmas. This included making the furniture and my Mom made all the rugs, doilies, curtains and bedding. At the time I had a canopy bed and the ugliest most trendy bedding around. My Mom snipped some fabric off my bedding and made the doll bed as a replica of my own bed.
My daughter and I were shopping recently and as we rounded the corner in the fabric store, this caught her eye. She gave me a quizzical look and asked me if this was the same fabric as my doll bed. Curiosity was killing us so we purchased a small bit and brought it home. It's a close second, don't you think? Just missing the army green background. For some reason, this has made me feel really OLD. Since this is not in my color palette (at all) what on earth do I do with this fabric now?
I've had a yearning as of late to pick up my knitting needles again. I usually don't start a project until I have another one done but I'm finding that I like knitting a bit, sewing a bit and reading a bit lately. This wrap caught my eye and I thought I would try my hand at the diamond pattern. I'm finding that as I count the various stitches in each row that I'm enjoying the rhythm of the knitting and it helps keep my mind focused in the present and not off in the "what if's" a mind can conjure up when feeling anxious.
When I grow weary of the counting then I'm back at my sewing machine working on the cloth napkins for Chelsea's wedding rehearsal dinner. This is pretty mindless sewing and I like it right now. The colors are very soothing and the lavender water I press with is calming as well.
I'm also trying to work my way through this book. It is not normally something I would pick up but since the movie is coming out next month I thought I would see what all the fuss was about. I'm finding it entertaining as I have just finished her journey through Italy and the "eat" part of the book. I'm not sure, overall, how I feel about it yet and was wondering if any of you have read it and how you feel about it? Also, do you keep more than one project going at a time?
I want to let you know of a giveaway, Beverly at My Sew Sweet Studio has made a beautiful tote bag and is giving it away in celebration of her 100th post. Stop by for a visit!
During the last few weeks of my son's spring semester at college, we found out that he would be playing baseball in New York for the summer. I started praying right away for the family that he would live with. When word came that he would be living with Shirley, a recent widow and one other player, I felt at peace knowing God had a plan. I started thinking about a quilt for her as soon as I met her knowing that I would want to give her a special gift.
How do you thank someone who opens their home to a stranger? Who cares for and feeds your child? Who makes sure he has what he needs and waits up to see if he made it home safely? Who takes the time to pray for him and ask him about how he played that day?
Shirley cried when she unrolled the quilt. She cried again when she hugged Taylor goodbye. We said we would keep in touch and let her know the results of his testing. I don't know if we'll ever see Shirley again, but I so thank the Lord for her and all she gave this summer. Making and giving gifts to others is my way of expressing my love and thankfulness for them. The label on the quilt read "To Shirley, from deep within a Mother's heart I thank you".
I would love to know what kind of butterfly this is...
"For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom
his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name.
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you
with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that
Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray
that you, being rooted and established in love, may have
power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and
how long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to
know this love that surpasses knowledge - that you may
be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God."
This past week has been a challenge and I'm glad to be home. All of your comments were just what I needed upon returning. My FIL remains in the hospital, not any better and not any worse. My son has had some tests and we are awaiting the results. It appears that we are in wait and trust mode. While I wait and trust I am also working hard on listening to God. It has been a very interesting few weeks for me and God has been teaching me a lot about being a wife, mom, daughter, daughter-in-law and friend at this stage of my life. While I may not always get it right, I know that I love with my heart and try, with the grace of God, to be the best I can in each of the roles I find myself in. I am so glad to have a Savior who loves me, no matter what, and takes the time to teach me His truths. Have a wonderful Sunday!
Friends, I want you to know that I will be away from blogging for a few days. My husband's father is very ill and my son has sustained an injury to his hand which requires me to fly to New York and bring him and his car home. Please pray for safe travel, and clear direction as to how to be of help and support to my sweet Mother-in-love during this difficult time. I'll be back soon!
Today, for Friday Pretties, I am calling this "The Beauty of Ordinary Things". I love being in my sewing room and tried to capture the beauty of the things I see and use. When you look through your camera lens you often can see an object quite differently and I challenge you to do the same. It's fun!
Aunt Gracie fabrics make me smile
This iron is pink, surprisingly enough!
Oh to meet the lovely lady that embroidered this apron...
Quilt binding in "Hunky Dory"
This caddy is never far from my hands
I want to unroll it, but I just can't, too pretty!
I wonder how many times my hands have held these items?