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Holiday Thoughts - Mary's Viewpoint

We’ve seen images like this before, the expectant family heading to Bethlehem.  From Mary’s viewpoint, this was not what she wanted to do at this time.  I’m sure she wanted to be “nesting” at home with family, anticipating the arrival of a newborn.  Riding, or more accurately being jostled on the back of an animal (they don’t come with shock absorbers), to travel some 90 miles from Nazareth to Bethlehem on dirt roads had to hurt!  And, then arriving to a city with no room for her to rest.  Kudos to Joseph for finding someplace – anyplace – however inappropriate it seemed, so that she could deliver her child.  

We cherish and celebrate the thought that the King of the Universe came to us here on earth in very humble settings.  And rightly so, the King stepping down to “our” level so that we can relate to him better!  This child becomes the Savior for a planet marred with sin, providing Everlasting Life to those who choose to believe!

The part of this story I wish to reflect on at this time is that this was a time of restrictions – remember the taxation (a government implemented law) that necessitated the reason for the trip in the first place?  Then, the restrictive atmosphere of no available rooms.   Sure, this was an unusual circumstance.  But isn’t life filled with unusual circumstances? 

Globally, we are experiencing unusual circumstances.  We have been restricted from what we consider normal, or even what we might think is “safe”.  We have been told to stay home as much as possible for the health and safety of our families and other families that we don’t even know.  I choose to be like Mary – deal with the situation, no matter how inconvenient it seems.  

We know the end of Mary’s story.  We are however, still living in our situation and don’t know the end yet.  My thoughts are – let’s stay safe – let us carry forward the motto “Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men” throughout this Holiday Season by considering that today’s inconvenience is just that – today.  We look forward to the tomorrow (even if it might be next Christmas) when we all can assemble together again safely.

Mary did not have the advantages we have today --- technology has made it possible to connect with one another even when distance prevails.   May your Holiday Season be techno-filled with family and friends, and the true “Reason for the Season” live in your hearts! 

Bluebird Janet

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Touch

11/8/2020 12:30 PM

Touch

Touch is so important.  As quilters we say "we like the 'hand' of the fabric ",  meaning the feel of the cloth.

I was sitting with a patient in a hospital bed that had large mitts on their hands to protect themselves from touching and causing further injury to an area. 

Frustration was apparent because of the inability to use their hands.  Reasoning was not an option due to being sedated.

Yet, the mere act of sliding one fingertip into the mitts access hole and touching the patient's fingers,  immediately calmed them.  It was touch.  The magic connection of finger to finger as small as it was had powerful strength!

So often we refer to our quilts as also comforters because we do know the strength that the touch of something made by hand and in love can convey. Let us appreciate the power of this simple sense as we work on our projects.

Happy stitching! 

Bluebird Janet

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Pulling it all together - Such a Treat!

Final Assembly, then off to be quilted!   This is the Trick or Treat special to finish off your quilt top. 

I find once I finish the top, I have a sense not only of accomplishment, but it is like a sweet treat as well.  

You will see that the bright version has the blocks in the numerical order that they were presented, the Fall version was arranged to Beth’s personal liking.  You can arrange your quilt however, you like. 

Here is the pattern link and our quilts

Stitch Pink – Final Quilt Assembly     

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We started this Stitch Pink Sampler Quilt-along as a reminder of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  The journey here was for only a month. But battling this cruel disease is not so easily accomplished.  So, please remember to get tested for your own sake and for those who love you.

I’ve been happy to share this time and patterns with you, and hope you continue to enjoy this quilt! 

 

A few notes –

The store version is now on display so you can see it in person. 

My blog posts will resume to a less frequent basis. 

 

So, to my “quilting family” on this trick or treat day – no tricks, just treats to you with Happy Stitching! 

Bluebird Janet      

P.S. For those that started late, here is the suggested fabric requirements for this quilt.  All the pattern links are here in my blog posts for October 2020. 

Fabric: 

3-1/2 yards for a background color 

1 yard for the lightest light color 

1/2 yard each in medium to dark values of 9-10 additional fabrics, OR a fat quarter bundle (20 or more prints) 

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Being a Close Family with Block 30

Block 30 – Mother Hen.   Our final block brings us back home to family, a close family where Mother Hen can surround us with warmth and love!

This is another fun block for choosing colors.  So many options to offer different looks.  Just like in a family, each person’s characteristics helps define the final look. 

Here is the pattern link and our block versions.

Block 30 – Mother Hen  

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It is so appropriate to end with the love of a mother and the reminder of family.  As this is the final block, you can begin to arrange all your blocks into a placement of your liking.  Tomorrow’s blog post will be the finishing instructions to complete your quilt top.

I’ll be happily stitching today, and I wish you the same . . . until tomorrow!

Bluebird Janet      

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Don't Be Shy, Block 29 tells us to Shine!

Block 29 – Twinkle Twinkle.   There have been quite a few star blocks in this quilt.  Today’s star is set to shine with the twinkle effect of the small triangles. 

If you dissect the block into 4 units, you can see that each of the units are exactly the same, just repeated and turned.  So, the assembly of the block is not as challenging as you might think. 

Mix up your colors, just be sure to have a good contrast for your small triangles for it to shine!

Find the pattern link and our block versions here.

Block 29 - Twinkle, Twinkle  

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We are almost done, just one more block to make.  Wow, feeling a sense of accomplishment!  Soon you will be ready to shine with delight for your finished quilt. 

I’m sensing the need to stitch something – so off to my machine.  Happy Stitching!

Bluebird Janet      

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