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Archive for April 23rd, 2011

To many people, Easter is a time to celebrate the wonders of spring and maybe the Easter bunny. Of my faith and beliefs that I hold close to my heart, there is one sentiment that resonates above all (not exclusive to my faith) and that is THANKSGIVING. No, I’m not talking about that Thursday in November where we gather around the table with friends and family though I am talking about being thankful. I have been blessed in so many ways. Sure, there are problems surrounding me and seem to mount at every turn, but I have so much for which to be thankful.  The post I made last week (Patience) about Ronald G Davis’ grandmother being thankful every time she pricked her finger as she made a quilting stitch is something from which we can all learn. Maybe you don’t share the same faith as I do-that’s fine. We can still be thankful.

by ALDitzler at webshots

In the Christian faith, Lent and Easter focus on death AND life-you cannot have one without the other. Some people focus on the resurrection while some focus on the death but it is like the chicken and the egg scenario. You cannot have a chicken without an egg and you cannot have an egg without a chicken (one of my simplified metaphors). Now you may think thanksgiving is not the correct sentiment to hold dear on Easter, but thanksgiving  encompasses all – selfless love, forgiveness, and more.  I am thankful for each and every day, for water to drink, food to eat, a family who loves me and for whom I love, freedom to write my thoughts freely, and on and on. I’m thankful for friends and even enemies-people who may not like me or even hate me. This means that I still have a purpose in this world. May your day be blessed and may you have the opportunity to partake in this special peace.

Happy Gardening and Happy Easter!

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Maple Leaves

I am almost to the end of my sharing time with the projects that came from a friend. There are a few more quilt tops and some other projects she gave me, but these were the ones I wanted to work on first. I am not here to criticize-just to evaluate to see what I can do to make them the best I can. If that means I have to do a lot of work to be sure these projects will be treasured for years to come, so be it. Some I may never finish, but I think I have set some good goals. Now to keep them up.

I like maple leaf quilts. Maybe it is because I love fall or autumn so much. This quilt top has a lot going for it. However, if one looks closely one can see where the blocks do not line up though these photos may not show those places. There are a lot of pros but then there are some cons, too. There is also a row of sashing that has been added that is double knit. I will have to decide what I want to do with this project so I will save this one for last on this list (not counting the ones I have not shared). Who knows what situation I will be in by that time?

Happy Gardening and may you take a little bit of time and lots of patience in all of the decisions you make in life!

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