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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Sewing (02/22/07)

TITLE: Quilt of Insights
By LaNaye Perkins


What was I thinking? I barely know how to use a sewing machine. Did I really think I could do this? How delusional was I when deciding to give quilting try? Good grief girl, you have got to quit acting like you can do anything you set your mind to!

Put me behind a lawn mower, even out in a garden. Or, let me fix a fence and hop on the old tractor to do some mowing in the pastures. I can handle those things, itĎs as easy as breathing for me. I have always taken to running and managing this farm like it was second nature. Iíve done it for years, while raising a family and being a good wife to my husband. Itís not a feminist thing, itís just how I am. Who God made me to be.

Never the less, I am sitting here with piles of fabric squares and feeling like Iím way out of my league. Iíve got an idea of how to do this, but itís going to take a lot of prayers to do it right. First thing I suppose I need to do is lay out my pattern and start pinning the pieces together.

Alright the pattern is finally laid out. Thank you Lord for helping me to get the pieces laid out so nicely. I just love the way those colors worked together to make a pretty star pattern. I think I will name this quilt ďStar of BethlehemĒ. Every time I look at it I will praise you for your guidance. Not just in this pattern, but with the pattern you have laid out in my life as well.

Now itís time to start sewing each piece together. Lord, this is so confusing. How do those women do it? They make all kinds of quilts and it looks so easy for them. I fear that if I work on this for the rest of my life I will never get it done. Let alone, done the right way, or done neatly. Okay Lord, Iíll quit with the theatrics. Just guide my hand and lead me as I continue to sew.

Lord, itís been weeks and weeks. Progress is so slow, but I do see the pattern starting to come together. I feel like I may actually get this completed. Iím starting to feel a little confidence, like I can actually do this. WOW, thatĎs a pretty cool feeling! It makes me feel like I do when you bring me into a new level of faith. At first Iím always uncertain and a bit scared. Then you gently show me how to do what you have set before me.

Itís done, I finally got the pattern together! Lord, it is so beautiful. This means that the hardest part is done. Now I need to get busy with the tacking and bottom layer. I still need your help to get it all together in the right way. I want this quit to be as near perfect as I can get it. Please just keep helping me Lord.

Has it really been months since I started on this quilt? I canít believe itís taken so long. Yet, it was worth the hard work and time it took. Lord I never would have thought we could create something so beautiful. I know it was your hand that guided me all the way, and I just want to thank you for all youíve done. I am amazed you could use me to make something so pretty. Thank you Lord for showing me how.

I can see a bigger picture as I look at this quilt. I can see how the Lord takes all the pieces of my life. Then fashions them into a pattern he has picked, and creates something beautiful. Just like he did with this quilt. All the while showing me that I can do all things, through him From now on, every time I see this quilt. I will remember that no matter how uncomely I feel, the Lord can create something beautiful through me.

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Jacquelyn Horne03/02/07
Good thought. Good writing and good comparison to our walk with Christ.
Joanne Sher 03/02/07
Great job of showing this woman's feelings throughout - I was with her the whole way. A great lesson, too! A bit more description would add some polish to this piece, but I enjoyed it regardless! Keep writing!
Sharlyn Guthrie03/06/07
I like the analogies the narrator makes between quilting and her own life. Nice job!
Donna Powers 03/06/07
Very, very nice. Good analogies and a very descriptive piece. Thanks for sharing it
Catrina Bradley 03/06/07
Delightful! I love the casual conversation with God - it reminds me of how I pray. The lesson - or I should say lessons - are good ones, and well "pieced together". :) Great job.
Jan Ackerson 03/07/07
I really like the idea of a constant conversation with God, but I wonder if it'd flow more smoothly with some pauses for description of the action. As it is, we jump rather disconcertingly through time.

The relationship between the narrator and God is beautiful, and the life lessons she learns from the quilt are lovely.
Julie Arduini03/07/07
I loved how smoothly the process went for her from doubt to gratitude. Very well done!