Just a small scrap of fabric – a 2” x 5” strip that I cut from what was left over after I made a quilt for my niece last winter. I came upon the strip as I was beginning to sew together my most ambitious quilt project (so far) – a Pioneer Braid quilt, designed by Denice Lipscomb at Common Threads. This particular strip was a deep, rich green with flowers inked in a spidery black line, sparsely. I used it as the sashing and border for my niece’s quilt. I used my embroidery software to interpret photographs that she had taken – most while on a visit here in Texas – and used the embroidered photos as the focal point of the quilt. I asked her what her favorite colors were, and she said, “blues, greens and browns.” I only needed fat quarters for most of the design, and I “shopped” in my stash for those, then I gathered them all up and went on a quest for the perfect sashing.
I like to pray while I’m quilting, more so when I am making something for a specific loved one. So I prayed for Bess while I was quilting. Nothing serious was going on in her life – the most important thing to her was her desire to be accepted into just the right graduate school to pursue her Master’s Degree – so that’s what I prayed about. And that she would remain close to the Lord. That she would be happy, always.
I sent her the quilt in March. In May, she was admitted to the hospital. On June 5, she took her final journey.
So yesterday, when I came upon that small scrap of fabric, I prayed again, most earnestly. But this time, I prayed for the rest of us.
We love to quilt because we know they are a gift that will last a lifetime. It’s heartbreaking when that assurance happens much faster than we anticipate. Heartfelt prayers for you and your family.
Also, the praying while creating reminds me of the process for creating an icon. Lots of prayer and consideration while making this religious focal point. The quilt you made combines two traditions as a result, and is twice as sacred.
Your encouraging comments and your prayers are very much appreciated. God bless.