Has anyone else, like me, been struggling in remembering just what day it is? Is it a summer thing? Is it a self-employed thing? (Or retirement... I've heard some say this, I am not retired, nor old enough to be retired.) Maybe it is a flex-time thing... Does it really matter? Nah... Live in the moment! Be like Piglet!
I think that is what it means... Today is my favorite day... I am taking one day at a time and enjoying being IN the moments as they pass. Sometimes it seems that time is standing still... and others it seems that I look back and realize an entire week has gone by!
A few moments that time has stood still recently has been my time back in the studio and at the machine as it hums, and the fabric passes under the presser foot and needle. I enjoyed every minute of time as I quilted the whole cloth quilt... As I considered the meanings and the intentional choices of each quilting design and section time stood still. I prayed and I worshiped, and I placed my full trust in Him as I considered who the recipient of the quilt would be. Do I know? Not at this time, which means the quilt is not completely finished... There will be a monogramed (appliqued) initial in the center of the hearts with some stippling around it... In HIS time.
Time stood still as I made two tea cozies... I pulled some of the tropical print squares from my stash. They were souvenir gifts from the girls when they were in Girl Scouts and made a trip to Hawaii... over 15 years ago! Tell me again, where has the time gone???
Sometimes quilt math works out and sometimes it doesn't. On Sunday I grabbed a 7" block and cut it into 4 squares (3-1/2" each) and paired them with some coordinating fabric... Cut a few more squares on the diagonal and added them to make a 4-patch in a square. The pattern called for a rectangle of 10" x 10-1/2"... I figured I would simply add some of the coordinating fabric to the piece I made to get to the size called for... No need! They came out at 10-1/2" square... I just needed to trim 1/4" off two opposing sides and I was ready to go! Lickety split I had two cozies stitched up and ready to use. They are actually a bit large for my small teapot...
As I moved on to sashing strips for the Pieces in the Garden quilt, I pulled out a thrift find and started cutting 1-1/2" x 48-1/2" sashing strips.
I got 3 yards for just 2.99... It's been around awhile 👀 That was the year our youngest daughter was born!
But I could not be more pleased... I adore those pretty pink roses. 🌹
I think the lesson in not remembering (or caring, really) about what day it is is leans toward a message found in the book of Matthew (11:28-30) ~ The Message
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
I have enjoyed the last few weeks of "unforced rhythms" with no deadlines to be concerned about yet moving forward at a leisurely pace. I am thankful for such a time! For families with children not being in school, I think the schedules should be a little more fluid... moving with an unforced rhythm of grace... Give it a try!
Society as a whole, generally, have become accustomed to being overly busy. Even vacations are jam packed full of activities... Ours included! But we were quickly reminded when we found ourselves spinning our wheels and struggling to move forward... and we went off to sit on top of a mountain for just 28 hours. I think I shared that acronym for BUSY ~ Being Under Satan's Yoke... I don't want that!
I am grateful also for the opportunity to spend time with friends as we enjoy a weekend of camping and a chance to reconnect with another couple that moved away 2 years ago. It should be a time of joy and laughter, games and fun. When the weekend is done, we will be jumping in a truck (borrowed from a good friend) to travel to get a new camper. This one is a 5th wheel and will offer us SO much more room... and no more need to crawl into or out of a bed placed over the cab.
I'll be back next week with the Sew & Tell party... and probably a few pics from the weekend... and maybe, just maybe a picture of our new digs. ;)
I'm so grateful for you, and your willingness to follow me through all of the ups and downs of life that I rejoice over or wallow in a pity party. Thank you are two small words that don't really convey the depth of the meaning when I "say" them. But please know I do truly appreciate each and every one of you that visit and for those that leave comments... You make my day! Which is my favorite day... because it is today! I love to hear your thoughts, opinions and memories.
Is summertime a time of unforced rhythms for you?
Do you spend more time or less time quilting?
I'd love to hear from you!