Yeah! We’ve enjoyed a week of Spring sunshine. It has been beautiful and especially welcome as it has coincided with the Easter break. It’s so refreshing to be able to walk outdoors without putting on extra layers; to open windows and doors and hear children playing in their gardens 🙂 I’ve been to the allotment and done some digging (oh! my aching back and stretched muscles!) and, here at home, I’ve sown a few seeds – tomatoes, sweetcorn, runner beans, cosmos… Little pots of hope arranged on the kitchen windowsill and in the ‘pop-up’ greenhouse standing against the south facing wall of our house. I’ve even done a bit of Spring cleaning (only a little bit you understand!).
Today I’ve been preparing for a monthly craft group I help run. We’ll be meeting on Monday and I’ll be demonstrating how to use a lightbox to stencil emboss patterns on to card.
Nowadays I don’t do much card craft so I’ve had to spend some time refreshing my memory and producing some examples! It’s funny how our crafty occupations evolve isn’t it? I’ve always enjoyed making things: when I was a child I knitted clothes and made ‘junk’ furniture for my dolls; as a teenager I dabbled in paper piecing patchwork; later I knitted myself and my husband jumpers; then my sister-in-law gave me a simple cross stitch kit and that grew into a hobby that occupied me for many years; next paper crafting became popular and provided techniques to produce cards far more quickly than cross stitching designs; and then, well, I fell in love with patchwork after seeing a display of little quilts in a shop window. Those quilts had been made by members of North Hampshire Quilters for the Special Care Baby Unit at our local hospital. For several years now the ladies of NHQ have been gifting around 360 quilts per year to the Unit so each baby can receive and keep a quilt. I asked Marion, the then Chair of NHQ, if she’d teach my craft group how to make the little quilts. She kindly obliged (quilters are such nice folk), the group did produce some quilts to donate to the SCBU and I joined NHQ, beginning this love affair with patchwork and quilting!
Back to today… Once the craft group prep was out the way I returned to a WIP. It is so nearly finished!
I just need to quilt a few more butterflies around the border and it will be ready for the binding. The bright daylight we are experiencing is perfect for hand stitching and I’m very comfortable sat in an armchair by the open backdoor listening to the suburban sounds and feeling the sunshine warming me as I stitch… In these circumstances it is possible to resist the to-do list thoughts that crowd into my mind and instead consciously enjoy what I’m doing in the moment! It is a discipline I need to practice – to be occupied and absorbed (living life to the full) without fretting about the other things that could be done in the same piece of time! I should meditate more often on Jesus’ promise in John 10:10:
The thief comes only to kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
How strange! I sat down at the computer to share some photos and tips about crazy patchwork, instead my mind has wandered – must be the heady effect of a week of sunshine! Time to get back to that armchair by the open door…