Archive for December 31, 2012

End of the Year 2012

Many years ago, I had a horoscope that was quite impactful to me.  I would like to end the year sharing it with you: “Ten thousand years from today, everyone you know will be long dead and forgotten.  There’ll be nothing left of the life you love, no evidence that you ever walked this planet.  This, at least, is what materialists would have you believe.  But suppose the truth about reality is very different? What if in fact every little thing you do subtly alters the course of world history?  What if your day-to-day decisions will actually help determine whether and how the human species survives the turning point we’re living through? And finally, what if you will be alive in 10,000 years, reincarnated into a fresh body and in full possession of the memories of the person you were back in 2012?  Which is why I say : LIVE AS IF YOUR SOUL IS ETERNAL!”

I could certainly use the fresh new body even though I do not believe in reincarnation.  I am not sure that my actions could/would impact the entire human species.  I do believe that God has a plan for each of us but our free will allows for those day-to-day decisions and those definitely are long reaching, and do determine turning points we are living through.  I do want to have memories for myself and my children to cherish and hold on to for generations to come.  I do want evidence that I was here on Earth and that I gave it my all, that I enriched the lives around me, that I positively touched many souls.  As far as having full possession of the memories of the person I was back in 2012, I just hope as I continue to grow older, I hang on to some memories, I am not even wanting full memories. (Getting old really does mess with your memory. Ha ,Ha.)

I want to be remembered as good, kind, giving, loving, and full of life.  I want my quilting to remain as evidence that I was here, that I had passion, that I positively touched many.  I want to believe that in God’s plan, my soul is important.  I choose to:  LIVE AS IF MY SOUL IS ETERNAL and I will be remembered.

So as I enter the new year, I need to reevaluate my day-to-day decisions, plan my time for quilting, fun, and time with family and friends.  I need to rethink mistakes and enjoy the coming year.  I hope to blog more frequently, take more pictures, and quilt, quilt, quilt.  P.S.  I hope to learn to take video for quilting tutorials and stuff.

I send my love and wish you a Happy New Year.  Not just say,  “Happy New Year”, but truly wish it for you!  Keep quilting!    Sue

Last Minute Projects

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Well, here is the fabric I started with and shared with you on Facebook. I had four sets that I was getting ready to work with for projects that needed to be done right away. I happen to be someone that works at the last minute, under pressure. No matter how much I try, I am always running at the last minute. Even when I am going to run errands, I am in the car and backing out of the garage and have to run back into the house because I have forgotten something. I used to have someone in my life that helped me with this, but life changes and once again I am running behind on most things.
This project is one that I am running to complete.

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Here it is as I am piecing the top. I think any time I am rushing, I have to rip out twice as many seams as I sew. (Maybe I should not do projects at the last minute. I hate to rip out seams. )

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Top is complete, now I have to get the backing together and get it in the frame to quilt. Of course, I am short on fabric for the backing so I need to run to the local quilt store to get a little more fabric. (Who doesn’t need more fabric?)
Went with my grandson last night to look at the Christmas lights up on the hill. Traditions continue even when life changes. There always is awe in life regardless of what happens. There was a six point buck standing in the yard next to the light display. Wow!

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My favorite day of the year is January 2. I am past the hectic, stressful, emotional time of the year. It is a sad day though. My children usually have returned to their homes and I always miss them. So, I have to get busy quilting and getting ready to spend great time with my family. Keep quilting! Sue

Stars

Spent the last week thinking of days gone by. I seem to do that every year about this time. This year seems to have brought a different reflection of sorts. I am remembering all the past places I have traveled to in the past decade and am amazed: New Orleans, San Francisco, Florida, Alaska, Canada, Arizona, Seattle, (and others parts of Washington) Portland, (and other parts of Oregon including the coast), Northern Idaho (and all over other parts of Idaho), Darby, Montana (and other parts of Montana), Utah, California and Nevada.
Seen some amazing country and some amazing stars in the night skies. Guess there is a meteor that is close and the showers have been huge (of course we are clouded right now) but the stars still are vast and shining as we look to the skies. Been listening to Grace Potter’s song “Stars” and it is really speaking to me. 12-12-12 was a beginning of a new positive, enlightenment with the stars aligned. The quilt guild’s theme this year for the show is stars. I do not have stars in my eyes but I am looking to the skies and I think there might be a reflection of stars in my eyes.
The strongest memory of stars was in Arizona, late at night, and knowing my love was more than all the stars in the sky. I guess all of this reflecting reminds me that the universe is so vast and full that I need to remember the path I have travelled, remember the places and people I have spent time with, and start on new adventures. Life is short and there are more night skies filled with stars to see. So as I reflect on the past, I will keep you with me in my memories. I am thankful. I am blessed. I have seen many “stars”. Just wish the clouds would lift so as I take the girls out several times a night, I could see the stars and make my wish upon a star.

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Sorry there are no pictures of quilts today, my reflections and memories were strong and I thought of the “star” quilts I have made but the pictures are not easily accessed. I will save them for another day. As I look to the skies, I will be thankful and remember. Keep quilting. Sue

So Perfect

Sometimes, life puts whirlwinds right in the middle of everything and you end up thinking “What just happened?”
Well this time in my life, the whirlwinds are occurring on a frequent basis. So I think this quote from my friend is PERFECT! “When you realize how perfect everything is, you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky!” We just need to realize that when we are facing our greatest fears, our current trials , everything really is perfect.

20121206-095814.jpgThis is a piece I quilted for the Hurricane Sandy victims cause. I donated the batting, thread, and quilting. The top and backing came to me. I hope it keeps someone warm this winter who needs it.

20121206-100050.jpgI also decided to add a couple new additions to my house. Only one will stay long term, but for now, the house is full.

20121206-100227.jpgI am finishing up a quilt for a client that will be a gift from her to a loved one. Quilting does share love. I can not see or sit under a quilt without thinking about who made it or where it came from. I leave you today with the thoughts of “Quilting makes the world a better place” and no matter the whirlwind, “When you realize how perfect everything is, you will tilt back your head and laugh at the sky!”
Keep quilting. Sue