Thursday, November 29, 2012

Sunshine and Shadows

 Maybe I've mentioned that I have a soft spot for quilts?   I also have a love-hate relationship with doing them.  When it's going well I love it; that may be half the time.  When it's not going well or I have to do the binding I detest it!

This one was a long dreamed of project.  I've always loved the Mariner's Compass pattern but knew it was WAY beyond my piecing skills.  Lo and behold I found it in an easier pattern and did the dance of joy all the way to the register.

I've been working on this comforter for Kaitlyn's bed for quite awhile.  It needs the binding stitched on two sides.  Have I mentioned that I hate binding?  Butterflies and pastels were the girls' choice by the way.

The Helping Hands group at church usually uses the Trip Around the World pattern for the comforters it does for auction.

Sometimes the pattern is known as Sunshine and Shadows.

(Note: Found this one on the internet)

Notice it's the darks against the lights that define this pattern.

It seems that this is the pattern God has for us now.  The sunshine of being together with everyone well set against the shadows of sickness and separation and difficulty.  I know the Master Quilter has a plan for the quilt of our lives that is good.
"For I know the plans I have for you, " declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."    Jeremiah 29:11

I will choose to trust Him.   

 Soli Deo gloria


  1. Nice photos of the quilts in your life at present. I think our lives go according to a quilt pattern but just which one is the unknown. Love the compass.

  2. Blessings to you & yours! A very good analogy. He loves the fact that you trust in the valleys as well as the mountaintops.

  3. The quilts are beautiful! Glad you are home again. Praying for sunshine in your life. Love ya!

  4. You could also look at the Mariner's Compass knowing that our Master IS our compass. Beautiful quilts, heartfelt story of your journey with little Emily. No further word on Hopkins? I have a local friend, who \, when she adopted her 2 year old from Korea, went through the cyclical vomiting as well. NOw, he is a soldier serving in Afghanistan. There IS an end to it..hold fast, knowing that our prayers and those of the Holy Spirit are holding little Emily and your WHOLE family. <3