Last weekend I met up with many long-time friends... the first time in a really, really long time. We had a common purpose for our gathering which was to begin preparing for a Women's retreat. As we caught up with each other there was laughter and joy, tender care and prayer.
One especially tender reunion was with a close friend with whom I have stayed in contact with over the phone. Our daughters happen to work together and have children close in age that attend the same school. This friend learned in December that she had breast cancer and would soon be undergoing treatment. Pat loves to craft, sew, quilt and embroider along with many other "hobbies". She has from time to time cleared out some of her fabric stash and scraps... and sent them in my direction. YAY!
She had slowly been sorting through her supplies in the fall, but upon her diagnosis her husband (ever so kindly???) asked her to make this all happen faster (like before her treatment would begin). She agreed to do so... I'm not sure I would have been so quiet and willing as she was. I won't go into how his request rubbed me the wrong way...
None the less... I was able to meet with her quickly in the parking lot as she unloaded her de-stash into my car.
I gave her a huge hug and spoke a prayer over her as she headed off to another meeting.
As I examined the assortment of fabrics after returning home, I set a few aside because I knew what I would use them for.
I was recently commissioned to make two wall hangings.
One was similar to one I made several years ago and needed to have the Colorado flag and Fishers Peak on it.
From Pat's stash I pulled out the grey that I used for the mountains and the peak, the yellow for the center of the "C" and the light blue that I used for the binding, as well as the red/white/blue fabric the backing.
The mountains are prairie points with the points tacked down. The echo quilting represents the many mountain ranges in the state. And stippling fills the top and bottom representing the blue skies and mountain lakes.
One done... one to go!
stumped still in the designing phase of the second wall hanging... The request was to have another local landmark on it, Simpsons Rest which bears the big TRINIDAD sign.
I did locate the perfect fabric for the sandstone in Pat's blessing of fabric... beyond that I'm not sure what to do or how to do it.
My creative consultant (husband Dave) advised me and gave some suggestions... but I am still
unsure intimidated. My mind just can't wrap around it. I know from experience... I simply need to set it aside until I have the inspiration and answer come to me... which usually happens in the early hours of the morning as I am just barely awake. 😴
What do you do when you have a block about a project or design?
Leave a comment... I'd love to hear from you!
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