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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Funky Fabric

This is fabric for a future funky quilt. The second, multi-colored small circles, was the first one I picked up and then I added on from there. I got them all at Joann Fabrics store late in the day on Black Friday, the only shopping I would do that day. I added the yellow diagonal stripe and the dark orange with swirl to it yesterday.

An email from a reader:

Dear Debbie,

I loved seeing the wonderfully "funky" fabrics which you have picked for your quilt. Looking at the fabrics, sitting there in carefully folded squares, each piece relating to the next either in color, form, character or just because it brought you a moment of whimsy in its selection, is such a hopeful thing. There are endless possibilities which you might choose to combine these marvelously individual chunks of color and design. Much planning will go into your concept of what that quilt will look like upon completion. Some of the bits will be snipped away, dropped on the floor of your "quilting space". Perhaps they will provide hours of entertainment for your cat or kitten or Grandchildren. Perhaps a creation of delicious serendipity will surprise you as you look down at the Mess you have created as you cut so carefully on the table. It's possible that you may look down and be momentarily transfixed with the perfection of absolute serendipity created by your cat who purrs contentedly snuggled in her concept of perfection, or your Grandchild, smiling and completely immersed in a pattern which is so clear to her as it oozes from her imagination... and your relentless snipping. And so it is. Isn't it fun to think how God put us all together from the bits and pieces of loved ones and related ones clear back to his first creation. To the time when we all were One? Out of the elements from which he choose, bits and pieces, snip, snip,snip beautiful colors, intricate shapes, various gifts, He created. We are all a little big "funky" I would imagine, and we're so individual because there simply are no scraps when He's involved. I see Him now, smiling at what He created, each of us a masterpiece of his creation, each created to reflect His warmth and to use that warmth to share with others. I hope your quilt doesn't live in a Cedar Chest. I hope it slouches itself across a big comfy chair and by its very nature evoke an open invitation for one, anyone, to sit down, gather the well worn and extremely soft heart of itself and wrap it up close and warm to themselves... like a swaddling cloth...and that includes the Cat.

Lovingly in his Service,
Judy St. John

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