Happy New Year!
Before I jump into my first blog topic of the new year, I have a quick request for my readers in Canada. When Wendy and I take our next Sew We Go adventure to Canada this Fall, we will want to make some memorable quilt oriented stops along the way. If you have any suggestions for possible shops or contacts in Quebec, Sydney, Halifax or St. John’s, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org . Thanks!
And for all of you in the US, I wanted to let you know we have reserved a few extra cabins on the Norwegian Dawn – just in case you’d still like to be a part of this exciting trip. And, we have a quilter who would like to join us, but is in need of a roommate. Please email me for more information 🙂 .
And now for my topic of the week: Quilting Time.
On Thursday this week Maria invited Ida and me over for a day of quilting in her recently cleaned studio.
When we arrived we found her living room to be a feast for the eyes. She had her lovely Christmas quilts hanging on the wall.
and many other beautiful quilts folded over ladders.
Along with clocks! So many clocks! And they were all at different times!
So, we had to ask. Her answer got me to thinking about time – a thought very pertinent, since we’ve just started a new year. Time can crawl, or it can fly (like all of 2016). It is also of the essence, and this related to Maria’s reply.
She said that time is very, very precious. It’s the most valuable thing we have. Food, things, people, and just about everything else can be replaced, but when time is gone – it’s gone. She loves to go thrift store shopping and look for old or interesting clocks. This was the point when we noticed none of the clocks were at the current time. When asked she replied her clocks represented important dates in her life: her dad’s birthday, March 12, was 3:12 on one of the clocks. Her birthday, October 9, is 10:09. Each clock meant something. Wow! I had never noticed that a 12 hour clock could represent the dates for a 12 month year.
Then she showed us the one set for three o’clock to represent the time of Christ’s death for her sins. She said she has the alarm on her phone set for that time each day, so she will pause and remember His sacrifice. I think I may be in need of a few more clocks 🙂 .
We each got quite a bit of quilting done, plus a lot of good conversation, and a nice lunch out. Maria showed us the quilt she’s been working on for almost a year, Jinny Beyer’s Moonglow. She has one more border for the top to be finished.
Gorgeous! Thanks Maria, for a delightful, and insightful, day.
My wish for the new year is that you will have time to do what you love, and to spend with those you love. And that you will use it wisely. God bless you in 2017!