{ a quilt to be }

“After all, a woman didn’t leave much behind in the world to show she’d been there.

Even the children she bore and raised got their father’s name.

But her quilts, now that was something she could pass on.”

{ author Sandra Dallas }

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If you know anything about me, you know I love to sew.  I love to sew.  I’ve been sewing every Monday with the ladies at church, making little quilts for Haiti.  But for the longest time I’ve wanted to make a quilt for my own home.  And after seeing Pam’s post on her quilt here, I got inspired enough to cut the first little scraps and begin.

quilt-aug-2014-2And I suppose I have to say that the best way to quilt for me is to not have a plan.  To pick up pieces and fragments of fabric that’ve collected over the years and work it in.  Makes me feel better about saving even the tiniest of scraps.

quilt-aug-2014-4I come from a long line of quilters.  And when my college daughter came home this summer and began her own quilt project…well, I felt my sweet granny smiling down from above.

quilt-aug-2014-6The finished quilt top is as far as I’ve come though.  And now it has to be folded and tucked away until winter.  What with my too-busy late summer and autumn (teaching, shows, Haiti trip, etc.).

quilt-aug-2014-5But what a thing to look forward to when the cold winds begin to blow.  Maybe when I pull it back out, some of summer’s warmth will still be tucked in its folds.  I’d like to think so.

Do you quilt?

 

August 12, 2014 - 3:04 am

Debbie - Oh yes…I love the lovely colors of your quilt. I’m currently hand piecing a Grandmother’s Flower Garden inspired by one my Mom & Grandma made years ago…and which is my favorite quilt. I somehow feel a connection to them as I piece my version of the same quilt. I also hope to be quilting it this winter…also all by hand.
Thanks for sharing your quilt.
Debbie
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August 12, 2014 - 3:15 am

Dawn - Such pretty colors, Rebecca!
I have made several quilts over the years.
I do not consider myself a true quilter.
Just a dabber.
I admire those who are good at it.
Happy August days to you.
Dawn xo

August 12, 2014 - 3:59 am

Carolyn Peeler - This is beautiful Rebecca. Can’t wait to see what it looks like when you’re done!

August 12, 2014 - 1:26 pm

rebecca_sower@bellsouth.net - Thank you Dawn!
I would like to think us dabblers are true quilters too :)
Much love to you and yours…R.

August 12, 2014 - 3:07 pm

Julie - Beautiful quilt! Love the colors and relaxed look of it. Also, really love the quote that I have to save. My mom’s quilts are treasured even more deeply since she graduated to live with Jesus last year. Wonderful thing to leave your loved ones!

August 12, 2014 - 5:23 pm

Sheila Rumney - I love all the colors in your quilt and how brave you are to not follow a pattern! I made quilts before our kiddos came, but now I enjoy making art that isn’t so time consuming. Maybe one day, I will return back to quilting. Thanks for sharing your beautiful quilt!

August 12, 2014 - 7:04 pm

Lynne - What a lovely thought, to capture some of that summer sunshine in your quilt, and release it in the darker months. It’s so lovely to see a personal, ‘one off’ quilt.
I’ve made a few quilts, and even more are waiting to be quilted. Of late, I’ve been making patchwork cushion covers. It allows me to complete something. Hopefully!
I’ve just read your ‘Seeing time’ post. I think I will take up your challenge. I will let you know when I do.

August 12, 2014 - 7:36 pm

Beth F. - My dear sweet grandmother taught me to quilt years ago, even taught me how to make a pattern using the newspaper. Now, those were the days! I haven’t quilted in some time but I think I need to go through the fabric stash and see what inspires me.

August 13, 2014 - 12:49 am

Kelly - Lovely quilt, Rebecca! I long to quilt and sew but I simply do not have the intangibles required to quilt. Nothing I do turns out very well and that makes me frustrated. Perhaps when my kids are older I will learn!

I’m not sure when you are going, but please send my love to the Haitian people. I so enjoy the metal work I bought from you a while back that was handcrafted in Haiti.

God bless you!

August 13, 2014 - 4:39 pm

Lorrie - A beautiful quilt top, Rebecca. I have quilted. I hope to quilt more. My mother makes beautiful quilts that are auctioned off at the annual Mennonite Central Committee sale to benefit aid work.

August 15, 2014 - 7:36 am

pam - LOVE IT!!!!!!! so so much…xoxo

August 15, 2014 - 5:38 pm

Julie - I just had the wierdest thing happen…..The quote at the top of your post prompted me to look up books by Sandra Dallas and I ordered “Prayers for Sale” based on the reviews, people saying it was a comforting read which is perfect bedtime reading.

No kidding….The book arrived yesterday and this morning I opened it in the middle to read a random page to get a feel for the author’s style, and my eyes landed right on your exact quote!!

What were the odds?!

August 17, 2014 - 2:59 am

Linda Jo - Beautiful piece!!!! Yes, I’ve made quite a few quilts. I used to piece and hand quilt. Now I pay someone to machine quilt them for me!!! But I don’t make many now.

August 20, 2014 - 8:30 am

rebecca_sower@bellsouth.net - Oh my goodness…that is crazy!!
So glad you shared this with me, and would love to hear how you like the book. I haven’t read it.
Hope today’s good for you.
r.

August 20, 2014 - 3:49 pm

Anne-Liesse - Oh, my goodness. What a lovely quilt and what a lovely idea to think about. I am a scrapbooker and paper crafter, and I am comforted by the fact that I will be leaving my stories behind for others. This quilt will do just the same thing without all of the sharp corners and bent edges. I think of all of the comfort it will bring and the stories that will be told around it. Truly magic, just like the stories behind the fabrics that went into it.
Thanks for sharing it, Rebecca!
Anne-Liesse

{ the sea }

“In each sail that skims the horizon,

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In each landward-blowing breeze,

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I behold that stately galley,

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Hear those mournful melodies;

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Till my soul is full of longing,

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For the secret of the sea,

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And the heart of the great ocean

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Sends a thrilling pulse through me.”

{ henry wadsworth longfellow }

July 14, 2014 - 8:10 pm

Dawn - Beautiful….

July 15, 2014 - 3:17 am

Lorrie - Really lovely photos and poetry.

August 2, 2014 - 2:14 pm

Hastypearl - Have only recently found you, and have been following your blog. I love your photography and shop but it’s your heart that has eternal appeal. Looking forward to more…:) Laura

August 5, 2014 - 9:03 pm

Beth F. - Makes me want to go to the beach tomorrow to see what I can find. These pictures are spectacular.

go out

“Go out, go out I beg of you

and taste the beauty of the wild.

Behold the miracle of the earth

with all the wonder of a child.”

{ edna jaques }

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Oh nature, I love you!

June 18, 2014 - 2:43 pm

Fonda Rush - I love moss and lichen and tiny green delicate plants. I love your photos. I think I just went out without going out! Thank you!

June 18, 2014 - 10:14 pm

Amy in Texas - Beautiful photos. Especially love the dandelion on the tree stump.

July 16, 2014 - 5:25 pm

Linda Lindley - Wish I could tag along on some of these great adventures! Beautiful photos, inspiring thoughts!

facebook & etsy

This feels a little like a commercial (so sorry) but I’m in the process of getting a Facebook page up and going (for my design business, not a personal one).  I’ve put it off long enough, and I think it will likely be the best way to keep you informed of shop updates, shows and teaching events, etc.  Hoping so anyway.  So to celebrate my entry into the world of Facebook, I’m offering a 15% discount on any purchase in my Etsy shop for the month of June.  Just use the discount code FACEBOOK15 when checking out.

FACEBOOK-SALE-JUNE-2014-FLAT copyFacebook page here

Etsy shop here

Many of you have been longtime customers (I like to think of you as friends) and I appreciate you so, so much.  I’ve been doing this a really long time and I am still surprised and humbled every single time one of you buys something I’ve created.  I am honored.  Just honored.  And by the way, I always love hearing from you.

Hope the summer so far has been amazing for you and yours.

Love!

Rebecca

{ seeing time } a challenge for you

It’s no way to live.  Just trying to get everything done.  Everything we think we absolutely, positively have to do.  At any given moment I can rattle off a list as long as my arm (and my arms are long) of tasks that must have my attention now.  The weeds are taking over, the henhouse is pretty nasty, the windows are in a word dirty.  You could do the same.  I am programmed to get things done, have always been that way.  But why??  Why am I operating this way.  Operating is a good word for it.  I need to be de-programmed.  I need to slow myself down and pay attention.  I need to live, not operate.

Here’s a really good de-programming exercise for you (and me)…Grab your camera and just walk, slowly, around your environment.  Really open your eyes and see what is around you.  Georgia O’Keefe said “No one sees a flower, really.  Because to see a flower takes time.”  She was right.  Seeing takes time.  But seeing time is rewarding time, relaxing time, valuable time.  Time that, as it turns out, is good for your mind, body and soul.  Here are some things I would have missed yesterday if I hadn’t taken intentional “seeing time”…

The way the warm sun comes through the old barn slats…

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That some of those weeds I need to pull are actually happy little wildflowers…

small-beauty-wild-daisy copyThe beautiful silhouette of cows in the pasture…

small-beauty-cows copyThe contrast of a soft hen feather fallen on the hard texture of a rock…

small-beauty-feather copyHow all the lovely vibrant colors of my crochet and beading projects are really just mimicking the colors in nature…

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It was worth it.

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If you take my “seeing time” challenge, please let me know.  If you blog about it and want me to share your link here, I’d love to!

May 19, 2014 - 5:37 pm

lori vliegen - hi rebecca! you see things so beautifully, and have such a wonderful gift of being able to express it.

i recently ordered and received the gorgeous “fear not” bead bracelet….oh, how i LOVE it! and it was packaged so fabulously! thank you for making me feel so special. xox

May 20, 2014 - 1:47 am

Julia Prohaska - This is all so true. I think part of it is the actual work that needs to be done & also buying into the ‘busy’ American lifestyle that we equate with some sort of success? I doubt that crossing off the tasks from our lists when reflecting back over our lives would trump the moments we took to ‘stop & smell the roses’. I did the same thing yesterday. I sat on the ground & took pictures of many of the beautiful plants & foliage in my backyard. Several were from a large planter in different states of bloom, I zoomed in, captured color & buds opening. All just to enjoy & appreciate, SEE the glorious world that’s right out my back door! I do not blog, but loved seeing your photos here. Thank you for sharing!

May 20, 2014 - 4:33 am

Wendy Doyle - Hi Rebecca,

What a wonderful post. It exhausts me when I become so busy and do not have time to get outside to appreciate the beauty in nature and the rest of my environment. Being “too busy” is not good for us mentally or physically, but a lot of people think that they have pack the maximum amount of activity into their day. I think it is OK just to be “still’ sometimes.

May 21, 2014 - 4:43 pm

Sheila Rumney - Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and challenge. I too get so busy that I don’t find the time to actually be still and see. After seeing your post, I actually made time to “see” and posted about it….
http://www.sheilarumney.com/2014/05/seeing-time-challenge.html

Hoping to keep up these weekly seeing time and have scheduled it in my planner.

Thanks for sharing…

Hugs,
Sheila

July 25, 2014 - 7:04 pm

danielle - Hello,
I have found your blog and love it. I will certainly be back, I can see you are a very busy and very creative soul :)
Bye and all best wishes
Danielle