Wednesday’s are usually the day I have an author interview. This month I’ve been doing other things and felt that with the holiday season upon us authors would be too busy for interviews. December has been a hodge-podge of posts and today is no different.
Recently I’ve been madly working on a long overdue quilt for my son and his wife. They asked me over four years ago to make a denim rag quilt for them. They provided bags and bags of old jeans, welding aprons, and other denim. More than enough to make a king size quilt. My problem was I didn’t want to make any old rag quilt. It had to be unique. I didn’t want to cut hundreds of small squares for the front and back. (That’s my laziness showing.) Last summer it dawned on me what to do. A raw edge denim crazy quilt, embellishments and all.
Being a chronic procrastinator I worked on it a little here and there and by December I only had about 24 of the 81 blocks I planned for the quilt. So I started concentrating on sewing about the second week of December. That is pushing it for me. A large quilt often takes me three months to complete. The only other rag quilt I’ve ever made was a king size and took me at least three months.
As of last night I completed all of the blocks, planned the layout based on the different flannel backs so it is symmetrical on the back. That is a miracle in itself. I hadn’t considered how many of each color or pattern to use when I cut them. I just began cutting willy-nilly. I had flannels from her grandmothers stash. She lost her grandmother this year so I thought it nice to include what her grandmother had given me a few months before she passed away.
Well, God knows how disorganized I am and He compensated for me. In the carelessness of not planning how the back would look, God guided my hands to cut even numbers of different fabrics in quantities that fit perfectly in a symmetrical pattern. I consider that a miracle from the mind of God for my benefit to see His hand upon my life even in the little things.
Now all I have to do is sew the blocks all together. I have two days. I’m confident that because God is in the planning that I will have it done even if I have to stay up half the night working on it.
I’m glad that almost all my Christmas shopping is done. I have only one more thing to get and I’ve put it off on purpose. What I want to get my husband has a shelf life and I want it to be as fresh as possible. So I’ll go today or tomorrow to make that purchase.
Of course, as always, I haven’t wrapped a thing yet. Being the procrastinator I am that job is almost always a Christmas Eve job. After the kids go to bed “Santa” brings the presents and stuffs the stockings with care.
This year will be an intimate family Christmas. We aren’t going anywhere, no one from out of town is visiting, and we have no major plans. A not so quiet Christmas morning followed by a relaxing long weekend.
May your holiday be filled with the joy and peace of our Lord!