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Tattered and Torn

Do you have little ones under foot? Are you short on nighttime ZZZZZZZZZZZZ? Are you meeting yourself coming and going? Are you stretched to the max trying to meet an important deadline? Are you frazzled, tattered and torn?

As I stretched out on the old iron bed selecting fabrics to begin a scrappy Roman Stripe quilt, I noticed the quilt beneath me was getting quite worn. Fabric colors are fading, and kind of like a comfy pair of old faded blue jeans the quilt has aged to a cozy softness. Here and there little pieces have pulled apart.

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Great Grandma T pieced this “Whirligig Windmill,” and my Grandma hand quilted it nearly 40 years ago. It has donned the bed and kept my son warm for many years. Some people would be ready to replace a quilt in this tattered condition. However, with a little time and some gentle stitches, the frayed edges can be mended.

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It may not be good as new, but it will warm this bed for many more nights.

Now, how are you going to mend your frazzled, tattered, torn day or life? Turn to God; He can help.

When you think you are too tired, Jesus says: “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

When you think you can’t go on, Jesus says: “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

When you think you can’t manage: “My God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

Double Wedding Ring Quilt

I by no means am in the elite stitchers group called Quilters.  However, I love quilts.  In days gone by, women made their own quilts out of necessity, and many girls learned basic stitching and piecing by creating sampler blocks.  Fabrics were often leftover scraps from garments or cotton sacks.

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Times have changed, and quilts can be purchased in most variety stores. With the array of colorful fabrics the possibilities for a beautiful quilt are endless.  Many home quilters no longer stitch by hand, but rather by machine.

With a house full of boys, my dream was to make my only daughter a double wedding ring quilt for her wedding present.  With the assistance of a true quilter, my sister in-law Jean, fabric was selected.  I chose 14 different colors and prints to create a scrappy patchwork look so it could be used with any bedroom color scheme.

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The process of cutting the many fabric pieces took much longer than I anticipated, and I wondered if I’d ever get started sewing.

Finally, the day came when I began piecing the arcs together.

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Since my daughter was on the other side of the world teaching school in Russia, I was able to work without her knowing.  However, once again, this piecing took longer than I thought.  Daughter got engaged and is now married, and the quilt is not finished.  I should have started 5 years ago!! I did manage to surprise her though.  I wrapped the assembled quilt top and gave it to her at a bridal shower.

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Only two steps are left: quilting and binding.  Tuesday, I dusted off my quilt frames, sandwiched the back, batting and top and wrapped the quilt onto the frames.

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My sewing room/bedroom is the perfect width for the quilt frames!

I know it will take quite awhile to put in all the tiny hand stitches, but when the final one is in I’ll be sure to post a picture of the completed quilt. In the meantime, if you have an itch to stitch, come on over. I’m sure the fellowship would do us good. Plus, twice as many stitches would be put in.

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