Let’s see where this goes…

Okay so you’re used to seeing crafty blog postings and today is not one of them.

Don’t worry, I have plenty of them planned. And they will likely be mixed in with my thoughts and ramblings about life. Because something about the creative part of me that must work with fabric or go crazy also must write about what I’m experiencing.

Something happened to me this past year. I was a chaplain resident at a Level 1 Trauma Center. To me that is self-explanatory but I know for most people it won’t be.  Let me just say that I spent a lot of time in the emergency department and in the ICUs.

I’ve seen things and heard things I can’t undo. And I am forever changed.

Writer Jeff Goins calls it being “wrecked”. In fact that is the title of his new book.

As for me, I’ve been undone.

I thought I knew who I was before. And I had some pretty good ideas. But in the course of this past year I’ve come to know myself, my story, and to integrate all of me in to all I do and who I am.

As time goes on I’ll probably talk about God, some. But not in a preachy way because he’s something you have to figure out for yourself. Faith is a big part of my life. I mean, I’m going to be a theology student for the next many months. And I’m still a self-declared Christ-follower.

But it’s all different because my life, my world, has intersected with the suffering, hurting lives of others.  And what I knew before and how I thought faith worked and all the great biblical principals you can follow for a great life just sort of rang hollow.

Something I was suspecting all along.

Lots of people who know me expect to hear my opinions and observations.  I miss that part of myself. So we’ll see where this goes!


Carol’s Quilt

Every now and then an opportunity presents itself to let someone know how much they mean to you.

My friend of nearly 20 years, Carol, was recently diagnosed with a chronic leukemia. Uggghhh! Sad and worrisome, and frustrated by things out of my control.
And that’s just how I felt!

I decided to make Carol a quilt – as my way of telling her how much I appreciate her.  She told me her favorite colors are taupes, browns and mauve. That translated to calm and restful to me.

My friend Alice of Fresh Modern Fabrics came up with the suggestion of using fabric from the Larkspur collection and she pulled a few of those together for me along with some Heath in brown that I used to frame the birds with.

A few days later, while in Columbus, Anita from Sew to Speak suggested a natural linen that brought a nice texture and complimented all the other fabrics.

So I played with some layouts and cut fabric, and started making blocks. Every time I worked with these fabrics I thought about Carol and what she was likely experiencing.

So I prayed.

I prayed while I cut fabric and I prayed when I sewed the blocks together. When it was time for the free-motion quilting, I prayed.
And while I attached the hand-sewn binding – I prayed some more.

Carol and I met for breakfast early one morning and I gave her the quilt and shared what I felt God was prompting me to tell her… that every time she looks at this quilt,  lays under it or wraps up in it – she is to remember that she is to rest… and to rest in God.

 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? (Matthew 6:26-27)

Sometimes making a quilt is so much more than sewing fabric together into a pleasing design. It’s a reminder of why we care about someone and a way to let them know.

The winner is….

The Owl

The winner for last week’s giveaway of the Owl embroidery pillow is –

Natalie from Greenleaf Goods who said:

Hi Lucinda! What an adorable pillow! The owl is so cute, and I love how you made it into a pillow! (I also love your solid color pillows!). I have only done a little embroidery, on my stacks of books quilt! I enjoyed it, and I am sure I’ll do more in the future! 

Natalie – Thanks for your comments and if it’s okay with  you I’ll bring the pillow to Ann Arbor on Wednesday.