I’m so excited!!! Shift from foot to foot, grin from ear to ear, shake the fingers, jump up and down, tremble all over and can’t wait to share excited! Anticipation is running high!
In January of this year, my hubby and I decided this would be the Year of the Quilts. It is no secret I love to sew, and often the gifts we give are handmade, but this year…yes this year we planned to make each child, spouse and grandchild a quilt. Not just any quilt, but a quilt designed just for them. I’ve made a baby quilt or two, and helped my mom work on a quilt or two, but there was no doubt this is a major undertaking for a “basically a beginner” quilter. This project had been in the back of my mind for a long time, and for the last several years I have been collecting fabric just for this time. The last 12 months have been a humdinger of a journey, and I am so thrilled to have experienced each step. Our family is not perfect- sometimes they are ornery stinkers- but we love them so much and wanted a special way to show that love. We told the family they were each getting a quilt for Christmas, but they haven’t been able to see the fabric, the designs or anything. Even the youngest, age 4, seems to be looking forward to getting a quilt made special just for them.
Now don’t you think I did this all myself, let me assure you that hubby has taken each step of the journey with me. Ok, he didn’t actually stitch anything (yet) but he helped choose fabrics, discuss pattern designs, help arrange blocks, and did most of the cooking, cleaning and laundry for the last year. He didn’t complain when the fabrics and notions spilled out from the sewing room into the rest of the house. Ummm, that in itself is enough to make me want to declare each year the Year of the Quilt, but I don’t want to push things too far.
Ever since I started this blog some months ago, I have wanted to share bits and pieces about the quilts and often found myself biting my tongue and getting up from the computer without writing a thing because I wanted to tell about the quilts so badly. The things I have learned while sewing are amazing and I can’t wait to share. There have been many people who have said, either with their lips or eyes, that it is a lofty goal to design and construct 12 quilts in 12 months. In fact, each of our two sons, even though they know I’ll give it my best, have said quietly, “Now Mom, don’t push yourself too hard. If you don’t get them all done it is ok. Save mine till last and if it doesn’t get finished by Christmas you can finish mine later.” Said in love, meant in love, and accepted in love. I can’t wait to share with you our year long experience and maybe a picture or two.
Christmas is mere days away. Eleven of the quilts are completed and sitting in a neat pile in the sewing room. The twelfth quilt is still on the frame with more than half the of the hand quilting completed. And the last 24 inches are the easy part. I should finish it by the 23rd of December if not before. The day of the big reveal is almost here and I am so excited!!! Shift from foot to foot, grin from ear to ear, shake the fingers, jump up and down, tremble all over and can’t wait to share excited! This will be a special Christmas to be sure.
Wait a minute. Wait just a minute. Every Christmas should be special because the reason for Christmas is special. God planned everything from the beginning. He thought of each one of us as He planned for Christmas. For each of us He chose the fabric from which our life would be designed…which threads would be used and what the pattern would be. Each stitch of our life was in His plan. Why? Because He loves us, even though sometimes we can be such, well, ornery stinkers. He even planned ahead to send His Son to show His great love, providing the lamb that would cover all our sins and make a way for us to spend eternity in a Heaven prepared lovingly by our Father. And when we accept that gift of God’s great love and eternal life, we are SO EXCITED. We want to share the excitement. There was great anticipation regarding the birth of Christ. And there should be great anticipation of His second coming. We should be excited. Shift from foot to foot, grin from ear to ear, shake the fingers, jump up and down, tremble all over and can’t wait to share excited! Think about that in a quiet moment. And if our fervor isn’t what it used to be, then our Father is waiting to stir the embers and help us regain that fire of excitement and anticipation.
My prayer for you is that the love of God burns brightly in your heart, and that you are shifting from foot to foot, grinning from ear to ear, shaking your fingers, jumping up and down, trembling all over and sharing that love and anticipation with others.