there are no cohesive thoughts left to talk about, except
scrap fabric sewn together makes for a great quilt, so
we both indulge the textured landscape lips sewn tight
The last quilt (see below) I completed before the Ohio Buckeye quilt (above) was for the Children’s Circle Preschool I worked at from 2004-2006. I miss the kiddos. They brought me such joy.
I hope to finish a few more quilts in my lifetime. They bring me pleasure to make and give away. To commemorate my Astralorp chicks arriving on June 1, I started a Chicken Collage quilt. The first block is done.
I am a “modern quilter”. I learned how to hand-stitch traditional blocks but have ventured into my own fabric expression, the wildflower i am.
My next project is a depiction of my daughter via Picasso inspiration and the mention of her considering adding blue highlights to her long, dark hair.
A piece of her 3rd grade art, the background of the quilt, chose the fabric colors for the piece. (Yeah, my fabric yardage whittles away, slowly.)
To get back to my question, I will tell you what is keeping me from giving quilting time, myself. I have so many projects brewing. I’m dabbling in producing a mixed-media soul journal, I have tons of pinterest pins standing by to help with that, not to mention my “Promise Garden” where the weeds have taken advantage of the rain. Then there is the problem of loved ones who have rumbly tummies. (Thanks Pooh!)
So my fabric sits idly by.
I love the colors. Ooooh orange! Yes, I am a fabric-scrap junkie. Gazing at the materials gives me goosebumps.
We may not understand someone’s journey, poetry or faith, but bloggers can appreciate those who stop by and spend time looking at our posts. A sign of camaraderie. We learn from each other, fall in love with works of art but also find objection and feel deep opinions. Gratitude reminds us we are alive. Life’s music, our heart beating as a drum; clearing thoughts, expanding horizons, seeing hidden perspectives we might not otherwise contemplate. This is life-long learning at its best. Wisdom derived from walking in someone’s shoes.
follow: to move forward along a road, path, river or sea
Life is a dance. Whether you glide over discouragement or stub your toes and scrape your knees, we celebrate how far we have come and know we will make it to the finish line. Still. Moving. Forward. What better gift is that? Encouragement to be yourself and love.
You may see beauty in photography, paintings, poetry, quilting, dance or other writings. You are far above the crowd who struggle in boots that do not fit. They have not found out where they belong. We all have purpose and perhaps our art is to serve others. Vincent van Gogh had a beautiful understanding of life. Yet he did not belong. A tragic Shakespearean play. The end of Van Gogh’s story was not to be but to be in future minds and hearts. A visionary? He knew color would be accepted and plowed forth in confidence. We understood a little too late but understand just the same. We pray for those struggling.
my favorite painting on exhibit.
i even bought the poster.
it spoke to me
in silence i heard
Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.
Love is the greatest gift we give. His art was not appreciated until he was gone. I challenge each of us to love today. Do not let another chance disappear to smile and say hello.
I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.
I recently attended the Art Institute of Chicago’s exhibit “Van Gogh’s bedrooms”. His paintings up close do his work justice. Brushstrokes exemplifying life. Vivid colors to cheer a depressed world. A tragedy that his love went unnoticed. He continues to influence art lover’s with passion.
piecing together scraps
the sewing machine silent
the wall between.
looking at the desk disturbs
the vision of curling up
as a hedgehog protecting itself.
the crying is all inside.
the solar flowers, hit by the sun,
clap their hands.
there is peace for them.
then i think “go for a walk.”
or “go in your garden.”
But all these things must happen before He returns. Puzzling words and understood by those who see the invisible and the heart speak.
So many of us felt the drive to run to the hurting at Sandy Hook. We are either paralyzed with fear or set in motion by hope. My hope comes in the form of faith that God is in our midst during such despair.
Inspiration to take scrap cloth, signifying the broken human condition, seeking to mend hearts, quickly came together as puzzle pieces studied and understood.
It is finished! The quilt was donated to Wheeler Mission Women and Children’s Center in memory of Sandy Hook victims.
John 14:1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.”
Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”