Thursday, September 30, 2010

Passages in Time~

This cutting is a companion piece to Stages of Life.  I cut it specifically with my yummy, little boys in mind trusing they find fulfillment in life no matter the path they choose.  May they experience remarkable moments, true happiness, and warm memories.

Mommy loves you! 

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Storm at Sea~

I love handmade quilts!  To me they provide warmth for my toes, laughter to my conversation, and pride in my lineage.  They emanate inner indulgences: artwork, healing, solace, quietude.

While cutting, thought was provoked to the many symbolism's that 'Storm at Sea' provided.  Each of us has our own 'Storm at Sea', and our outcome depends on our approach, our attitude, and our willingness to help and be helped.

However, the symbolism that provoked most thought was in how we take pieces from everyone we encounter, and those pieces, regardless of race, religion, or creed, comprise the fabric of our lives.  It is in how we assemble those pieces that provides the quality to our finished product.  No matter our personal journeys, we are intricately interwoven with those around us making us, in essence, one fabric.  The fabric of our Maker's hand.  

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Welcome Autumn~

In times past, autumn marked the arrival of 'hunting and gathering'.  Men would outfit themselves for the hunt and venture out to provide meats and pelts for the coming harsh winter days.  Women would harvest the gardens, gather fruits from the orchards and kindling from the forests.  Quilts were stitched with a sense of urgency while maples were tapped for their golden goodness.  Oh, the hustle and bustle of fall before the calm, quiet dormancy of winter!

Here in the Rockies, the leaves are beginning to don their finer colors punctuating the forest with golden spikes.  Pumpkin patches are nearly ready for harvest, and a sense of autumn is in the air.  Cool, crisp mornings lend to a whisper of Jack Frost.  Although I anticipate and enjoy each season, it seems the coming of autumn spurs the need to 'cozy up'.  I experimented with 'cozying up' this morning over a steaming cup of coffee by cutting a 'welcome autumn' piece while watching the first sunrise of autumn melt away the frost.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Stages of Life~

I loved my childhood!  It was fun and happy.  I felt secure in knowing that my mommy and daddy were in love!

Last year, I was thanking my mother for such a wonderful childhood that harbored imagination.  I was telling her that the earliest moment I can recall from my childhood would be of me standing in the front seat of our car.  I was wearing a pretty jacket with little lambs printed all over it, and three pink buttons down the front.  There was a matching bonnet with satin ribbons that tied under my chin.  I could tell by her silence that my recollection had caught her off guard.  She quietly conveyed that it just isn't possible that I could remember that.  She told me I would have been dressed for Easter Sunday church and about nine months old.  Amazing!

With the recent birth of my little boys, life turned yet another corner.  Not only am I thankful for the stages of life I've already lived, but I am ever vigilant in becoming the best mommy I can be for those little rascals.  They, also, are experiencing their own passages of time, and it just might be that this is the passage that becomes their earliest recollection of childhood.  I want it to be a happy memory.  

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Lest We Forget~

I cut this around the 4th of July this year.

I waited until today to post this cutting as a tribute to all the children who grieve the loss of a parent either from the September 11th disaster or the war on terror.

May they experience peace at some point in their fragile lives.

One nation under God~