I thought I'd show you the progress I've made on my daughter's quilt. I have it pin basted and am ready to machine quilt it. I now understand the appeal of having quilts professionally quilted. It takes some effort to get the layers stretched and pinned neatly; including taping the backing to the table to keep it taut while pinning. I also have some concern about maneuvering the twin size quilt under my presser foot. I actually felt some nervousness about attempting to quilt it, probably because after so much time invested in it, and having it look good so far, I didn't want to ruin it. Have you ever had that feeling, especially attempting something for the first time?
When I noticed my hesitation I gave it some thought and quickly realized that this is simply a quilt; a quilt for my daughter. No one is judging it and it doesn't have to be perfect. My daughter is going to love it because I made it for her, because she helped me with it, and because the materials are great quality and will only improve with use.
It is easy to let concerns we have grow out of proportion. I know that I constantly have to reassess situations and try to discern the truth of the matter and not operate out of fear. For that, a bit of solitude and a willingness to think things through is essential. All the better if I reflect on these things in the context of prayer.
As summer is beginning to wind down, I'm reminded that time seems to be picking up it's pace the older I get. I hope you have had an opportunity to slow down this summer, consider what is most important in your life, and focus your efforts there. I'm trying to do the same.