When I started out full time at Seldom Seen Quilting Studio, I had no idea of the depth of the blessings that God had planned for me there — none! I thought I would simply rent machines to other quilters and putter with my own projects. I agreed to do quilting for family members. From that I gained confidence, and began to take in quilting for others. Then I agreed to make a custom quilt — Sunbonnet Sue, for a family member. One thing lead to another — one confidence grew to embrace another skill and another skill. Today, I find the custom quiltmaking is one of my greatest joys. Like this memory quilt I’ve been working on this week — the second one I’ve made for this family, from their grandfather’s pajamas. I pray as I sew, and I pray that they will be blessed by the quilt — but I have received the first blessings.
This incredible job. Not even the ten years when my amazing husband and I worked together in our dry cleaning business. Those years are what whetted my appetite for the entrepreneurial life. But they were not as amazing as this job — owning and operating Seldom Seen Quilting Studio. This is a job that makes me think, “Yay! I get to go to work today!” This is a job where I meet wonderful people every single day. Where I get to see works of art, touch them even. Where I encourage and receive encouragement. Where I pray and am prayed for. A job where the customers all become friends. Where giving is the norm, charity is a way of life, smiles are abundant, learning and creativity are blossoming all day long. A job where I teach — which I never even knew I wanted to do — and then watch in delight as my students outshine me. (For instance — the creator of the quilt in this picture.) This is a job that sends me home high on life over and over again.
My darling husband has always loved boats of all kinds, but especially sailboats, and recently he has become interested in an event called the Texas 200. The event, which runs 200 miles along the coast of our great state, is sailed primarily in home-made boats. Participants are discussing making boats to resemble the Texas scow — a workhorse of a sailing vessel that served well in the shallow and unpredictable waters in question. What I would like to make, of course, is a quilt that resembles the Texas scow — and I think the schooner version was cuter than the sloop version. I found this block, called “Tall Ship”, and I think it might do nicely.
This quilt, a pattern published in McCalls Needlework and Crafts in 1979, became the connection in 2014 with another quilter. She, like me, chose this challenging pattern for her first quilt! She finished it in a year, and hand-quilted it … Continue reading
This quilt began with a simple pattern, called pioneer braid and reproduced from an antique quilt by Denice Lipscomb at Common Threads Quilting in Waxahachie. I admired the pattern for a long time, and finally decided to try it when … Continue reading
It’s like the best form of re-gifting! I have a chance this summer to share the gift of sewing with 8-year-old Emalee. I am, by my best reckoning, about three years younger than my grandmother was when she first began … Continue reading
I’ve renamed this quilt — the pattern is named Pioneer Braid. But to me it has become my Prayer Braid. Each piece of fabric reminds me of someone — the green leafy one in the picture is a scrap from … Continue reading
We are called to pray. To lift one another up to the Lord. We are welcome at His knee because of the gift, the sacrifice, the work of our dear Savior, Christ, on the cross. The Bible says that the … Continue reading
The thing that struck me as most miraculous — even more than the myriad of life forms that our God has created — was the way that the wildlife will interact with mankind. From the tiny killdeer, risking his own … Continue reading
This block, part of a design I hope everyone will like, is turning out even better than I thought it would. I love the way the fabrics work together, and how the design has depth. Can’t wait to start on … Continue reading