I have been busy finishing up a couple of quilts. This red and black quilt is a wedding gift for this week-end. I made a heart label and appliqued it on the back but you can see the outline of the heart on the front. I used red and black flannel for the backing. I hope the young couple will enjoy their quilt.
Last Monday I received an email and subject line said: "difficult news". When you see that subject line you know the news is not good. As I read the email I learn a staff member in the school district I work for has advanced cancer. This is not the first time she has had to deal with cancer. Diane started chemo a week ago. My first thought was I need to do something for Diane. I know a prayer quilt. I stopped working on the wedding quilt to make a prayer quilt. In four days the quilt was finished. I had the privilege of giving the quit to her. I added many prayer ties for her family and friends to say a prayer for her as she fights cancer again.I always wonder if I am doing enough for others. Then I remember this poem.
Once upon a time there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work. One day he was walking along the shore. As he looked down the beach, he saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself to think of someone who would dance to the day. So he began to walk faster to catch up. As he got closer, he saw that it was a young man and the young man wasn't dancing, but instead he was reaching down to the shore, picking up something and very gently throwing it into the ocean. As he got closer he called out, "Good morning! What are you doing?" The young man paused, looked up and replied, "Throwing starfish in the ocean." "I guess I should have asked, why are you throwing starfish in the ocean?" "The sun is up and the tide is going out. And if I don't throw them in they'll die." "But, young man, don't you realize that there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it. You can't possibly make a difference!" The young man listened politely. Then bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the ocean, past the breaking waves and said - "It made a difference for that one."
I know this quilt made a difference to Diane.
May the prayers bring Diane peace and comfort.
I have been sewing on my "I Spy" block swap blocks that I received. Here is a baby quilt for a girl.