We’ve all experienced those heartbreak moments in life where all we can do to cope, is to put positive effort into something we CAN control, to DO SOMETHING positive when our hearts and minds simply can not process the hard things of life.
This happened to me on Sunday as an email from Theresa informed me that our friend Julie and her son are lost in the mudslide that happened in Washington State on Saturday.
Waiting for news has been excruciating ---I’ve left the TV off because it is simply too hard to face, and I spent last Sunday and Monday sewing a baby quilt up at the cabin through my tears and fears.
I’ve had many restless nights ---still no news, and so I sew.
Last night I finally crashed about 9:30pm and slept 10 hours.
To Julie and her family, friends and loved ones, my thoughts and prayers are with you.
You might remember a fishing trip that Julie and her hubby Jerry took me on in Cordova, Alaska in September of 2011 HERE.
Sewing can’t fix the fact that this mud slide happened and that many families have lost everything – literally ---insurance won’t even cover it because it has been deemed an “act of nature” but that is another topic all together --- ((Sometimes getting angry at things like that give us a place to focus our grief…but that doesn’t fix it either.))
This morning I woke to an inspirational email from Deb in Texas who shares her story:
There are times in everyone’s life when you look back on the things that have happened and you just “know” they are for a reason.
I embraced your scrappy system and patterns a little over a year ago now and it has been such a help to me during an adjustment time in my life. For that alone, I thank you. Unfortunately, that is not what put it all in perspective for me though.
I found out today that a very dear friend has stage 4 cancer and without treatment he has 3-5 months – with treatment 8-10 at best. This wonderful friend is already in a wheelchair and yet is the most loving person I have ever had the opportunity to be around.
Deb’s Quilt Front
Through my tears today, I found the strength to head for the studio. Once there, it was simple and all because of you. I grabbed my 2” shirt strips, some 2” solid squares and strips, and headed for the machine.
I know that he is not my brother, but I felt a closeness to you as I sewed through my tears and created a lap quilt for him for Monday as he starts chemo.
I finished the top and backing in an afternoon and it will hit my 301 tomorrow for quilting. I will bind through tears tomorrow night and hopefully be strong enough to take him to treatments on Monday.
I know that it is a gift for him, but was so therapeutic for me at the same time.
Deb’s Quilt Back
Thank you, thank you, thank you. Without your influence in my life --- I would never have thought to do this, much less had the resources.
Deb --- silly redhead in Dallas
(quick pictures – not cleaned up and with a flash – center square on back is for the label)And so I say it again – Quilting is balm for our own aching souls as much as it is a comfort to those we gift the quilts to. It is a tangible testiment to our love and caring of those around us. And the creating of a quilt is a soft spot for us to land and settle and focus when the world rages around us and things are beyond our control.
I’ve been keeping the Serenity Prayer forefront in my mind over the past few days, with a few additives, I’d like to presernt to you the Quilter’s Version:
God, Grant me the serenity- To accept the things I cannot change,
The fabric stash- To make a quilt to help me cope,
A quilt to give- To comfort those I love in times of hurt, fear and uncertainty.
And the courage- To keep on sewing when life itself seems held together by a single thread of hope.
©Bonnie K. Hunter, 2014
Stitch on, Quilters – Stitch on ---