Tuesday, February 12, 2008

"Light" moments...

The alarm was set for 5:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning. Not typical for a weekend, but there was a special reason; the opportunity for 15 women to huddle around their sewing machines, cutting mats, and ironing boards to make their own personal Log Cabin Quilt.

This quilt is so beautiful and easy to make! We had so much fun learning how to do this and it is something that could be a family heirloom for years to come. I will have to share pictures of what I did at a later time. Being that this quilt is for a someone special who reads this blog.

The log cabin represents the home. It was designed back in pioneer days and is one of the most popular quilting patterns.

We chose 7 different fabrics. One fabric is for the center squares of each block of the quilt. It represents the center of the home. In pioneer days they would use red as the center, since it represents love.

There are 3 “light” fabric choices and 3 “dark” fabric choices. The 3 light fabrics are all on one side of each quilt square, and there are 3 darks on the other side of each quilt square, that surround the center square. Compare the “light side” to our salvation and intimacy with Christ, weddings, babies, family and friends. The “dark side” of the blocks represents the trials and adversities of life. The “dark” moments of life help to draw us to the Lord and to grow us in our maturity. The “dark” moments in life help us realize how wonderful the “light” moments really are!

Having this opportunity to work on a quilt was so refreshing. It has been almost 5 years since the last time the sewing machine was dragged out for such a project. For a momma of little ones, it is very satisfying to work on something where completion is in sight.

I was also very thankful for my husband as he cared for the children all day. The kids had a great time enjoying their daddy. They first played a game of Chutes & Ladders, got the car washed, went to Toys R'Us to peruse the aisles, visited Cabela's to view the large fish tank of trout and then play a bit in the tents, and lastly stopped in at Carl's Juniors for lunch and climbing the play structure.

When mommy arrived home the kids were fast asleep. I soon followed their example. After nap time, we went to the Dollar Movie Theater and saw "The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything", a Veggie Tales Movie. Very cute. Of course the big, bad pirate and the cheese curd's with teeth were scary for the kiddo's.

So we had a fun, full day of family fun. Treasuring these moments...

1 comment:

Reese & Heather said...

I love your quilt. I've always wanted to learn to make a quilt, they really are one of those things that I think make a home. But...I'm afraid I don't have the patience for sewing. Good for you! Us mamas need a day away sometimes..it helps us be better moms!