Families fashion who we are, as well. I watch my grandchildren moving through their lives... sometimes hurrying so fast to grow up that they fail to appreciate the importance of living in the moment. Growing up doesn't always bring with it the ability to be responsible... that is a lesson we learn through the choices we make, by sometimes stumbling and being forced to make different choices, and sometimes simply by being wise enough to recognize the examples others might provide for us, whether those examples are positive or painful. As parents (and grandparents) we come to know that we cannot prevent the pain, any more than we can provide the happy endings. Always, we can surround them with love and support their decisions... with praise when their choice is made with wisdom, and oftentimes with silence when it is not. If we believe in a higher power, we can pray that they will receive the protection that we cannot provide.
The rainy weather gives me a chance to hibernate in my house and work on projects, since I'm not inclined to venture out in bad weather. My current project is a Scrappy Squares quilt... a pattern I've been wanting to execute in fabric for a long time, but have been procrastinating. I have projects already bagged up waiting for the finishing touches, and didn't need another one... or so I kept telling myself. But there are days when my energy level just isn't up to hunkering down and doing the work it takes to finish them up. I keep telling myself that one of these days, I will feel energetic and able to be on my feet for long enough to get some quilts pinned, ready for machine quilting... and one day that will happen. It's happened before, so I know it's possible! But today isn't that day. I always seem to have more ideas than energy, and the creative urges are strong within me, and so I create... believing that some day the mundane finishes to the creativity will happen, also.
Join the 11-1/2” squares in rows, making sure to butt them to opposite colors. See photo at the left, which shows 16 blocks. Try to space the squares in such a way that each one is next to a different color. Add borders, then quilt as desired. If you like, you can make the pattern in just two colors. I chose to use jewel tones for my quilt… purples, blues, and greens in various shades. This is an easy quilt to make, even though the sides are bias. I pinned them carefully without stretching, and it worked up beautifully without distortion. I plan to put a light 2-1/2” border all around the quilt top, then add a piano key border to each side, binding in a darker color, and will probably quilt in the ditch with a walking foot.