Sunday, May 21, 2023

The Light Within ~ Sew & Tell

Every once in a while, your path in life crosses with someone else and the 30 minutes or so that you visit with them, about once a year, they impact your life in a positive way.  

Ten years ago, a guy was walking past our house with his son and our new puppy attempted to tag along on their walk.  They brought her back and we struck up a conversation with him.  Tony... Tony the truck driver is how Dave has referred to him over the years.  (Yes, we do know his last name.)  Tony is an interesting guy and we always enjoy when he stops by, which is usually about once a year.  

Tony added us to his Christmas card/letter mailing list a few years ago, and we have gotten to know him and his (large) family... They live in Waco, TX and he is a mover.  He and one of his youngest sons were in the area and they came by last night.  Our conversations have grown longer and they are still just as enjoyable as the first one was.  Each one of his children that have accompanied him on his visits is just as pleasant to be around.  

Interesting circumstances that allowed our paths to cross. Knowing that Tony is a Christian brother is what makes our time together so enjoyable.   We met him when we were wandering in a deep valley and just beginning to navigate our way on a new path.  Dave had just recently left his position as professor of gunsmithing and we were working on improvements to the former-barn-turned-shop where Nolan Quality Customs is now housed.  He has watched the growth of our business and has prayed for us, just as we pray for him.  Tony has a light that seems to shine through... And Dave and I are well aware of the source of that Light.

This week's mini-quilt ~ #20/52 ~ was supposed to be a Cathedral Window... my experiment, again, didn't quite turn out as I had planned, (that is what happens when you don't follow a pattern, lol) but what's not to love about a stained-glass window?  The chain stitching really helped to redefine the windows. 

We are off camping... there was a small change in our plans because of rain, so we chose a different location. I'll be finishing another block for our Camping Journal quilt.  Specifically, a stained-glass window block to represent our visit to the Cathedral in Beaumont, Texas during our spring camping trip.

Here's the photo that I am trying to recreate...

I have selected several fabrics that were dyed using the eco-printing method.

I'll likely revisit the Cathedral Window mini quilt idea in the near future using a different method... 

This brings us to Sew & Tell ~ May 22, 2023...  This week's randomly selected feature is Cheree from The Morning Latte where she shared her progress on the "Opening Day" quilt.

It is now your turn!  Join Sew & Tell... the link will be open through Friday evening.

Let your light shine bright and keep piecing!


Linking with:

Sunday Stash at QuiltPaintCreate
Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts
Monday Musings at Songbird Designs
Craftastic Monday at Sew Can Do
To Do Tuesday at Quilt Schmilt
Mid-week Makers at Quilt Fabrication
Wednesday Wait Loss at The Inquiring Quilter

PS... I don't think I ever shared the cross I made with shells and driftwood!  It is on display on our back patio. ♱


  1. Your stained-glass window mini is beautiful. Tony sounds like one of those "meant to be" friendships. Hope you are enjoying your camping trip. I won't be joining this week - I am taking a little break! :)

  2. Love your mini cathedral window. It is wonderful to have friends like Tony. Enjoy your camping trip and hope you make progress on your memory quilt.

  3. So nice to read you managed to get out camping again and your story of Tony the truck driver. It is nice when people touch our lives at apportioned times and keep coming back. Love your cathedral window block. I’m looking forward to seeing the next one. Thank you for hosting S&T.

  4. Hello Melva!
    Yes! I love how we can instantly bond with our Christian brothers and sisters! They become family, don’t they?
    I so love that quote…may I reveal true beauty in the dark.
    Your stained-glass window block looks to be a beauty!
    Your cross is lovely! Very creative!
    Happy camping!

  5. Love that little mini! Thanks for sharing on my weekly show and tell, Wednesday Wait Loss.

  6. Hi Melva! I love hearing about chance meetings that have turned into something so much more. You just never know who you might connect with, but you do know for sure that it wasn't chance at all. He put Tony in your path for a very good reason. I think your cathedral window mini-quilt is gorgeous. I'm fairly certain that actual stained glass windows may have oodles of errors. Only the original artist would know for sure. The rest of us look upon them with awe and not with a critical eye. What an ambitious project to emulate but I am 100% positive you will find a way to do it. The fabrics you've chosen are beautiful and closely match the inspiration. I can't wait to see how this project progresses. {{Hugs}} a bunch! ~smile~ Roseanne

  7. Your mini quilt is beautiful and your camping journal blocks will hold many great memories. Hope this camping trip makes more memories to be translated into cloth! Tony sounds like a great forever are both blessed!!

  8. I'm loving the colors in your stain glass blocks. Fun idea!

  9. Really nice of you to share your story about Tony. I met a gal about 20 years ago, and it was the same thing. We hit it off right away. And knowing that she is a sister in the Lord made our relationship special. She lives a thousand miles away, but like you, we visit about once a year. What a blessing to know "heart" people.

  10. Your mini cathedral window is awesome and the stitching really does add a lot! Thanks for sharing on MM..and hosting Sew and Tell!