holy week

In another life (or so it seems to me now) I was married to an Episcopal priest.  He had the most exquisite tenor voice that I’ve ever heard.  He read the NY Times to me on Sundays after Mass.  He taught me how to laugh again, and how to love the church, from which I had been estranged.  (I was a cradle Roman Catholic, picked off and cast out!)

Holy Week was something special as celebrated with the Anglicans.  How I loved the good incense and the music and the community of people huddled together.  I remember one Good Friday in particular, celebrated in the back bay of Boston.  The sun had not yet set and we were there, determined to keep the watch through the long night.   Someone opened and entered the rear church doors, exposing golden rays of sunlight which streamed down the aisle, straight through to the altar.  I had goosebumps then.  I have goosebumps now, remembering.  I have had a blessed life in so many ways.

So I wasn’t surprised when I stepped away from my table today to admire a block that had ‘spoken’ to me the day before.DSCN7294This is from Charise – her version of Alice Brooks’ Crown of Thorns.  She calls it ‘Swirling Cross’ and I agree.  The irony escaped me until I realized that tomorrow is Maundy Thursday!DSCN7295I really love this block.  Always searching for a way to create circles WITHOUT having to fumble and pin and curse, this block offers the easy way out – paper piecing.  Charise is brilliant, but we all already knew this.  DSCN7284Another St Louis 16 block is in the works – The local fire company is raising money for a good cause, Wounded Warriors, and I want to be involved.  If I finish in time we can raffle this piece.  It would be so much easier if I did not have to sleep – just think of the projects I could complete!  Thankfully this quilt goes together more quickly than most.DSCN7286Economy blocks – what would a post be w/o them!!  DSCN7290Pale pink linen and 100% cotton shirting … it’s time to create some spring wardrobe pieces.  I love everything that FLAX and Eileen Fisher are showing this season and can afford little.  So I sew.  Recently a coworker asked me why.  It’s hard to define the range of responses that circle in my head – I sew because I must.  Let’s try that again.  I sew because I love the process.  I love the results.  When I am finished with a garment, I have an emotional connection to it.  I do not tire of it as I would something purchased at Ann Taylor.  I am connected to this piece that I have created – I have chosen the fabric, the threads, I have cut it out, sewn it together, and I will wear it until I am tired of it, or until it wears out!!!!  Can you say that about something purchased at Macys?

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mother of two amazing individuals, daughter, sister, artist, partner - devoted to knitting, quilting, gardening,writing,painting, reading, sewing, longing to live by the sea
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8 Responses to holy week

  1. suz says:

    Jody…again you bring joy to me……love your crown of thorns
    and your passion…can I use that word this week? ….your passion about creating
    so glad I met you
    Happy Easter and joyful sewing!

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    • jody says:

      Oh Suz, thank you so much! Yes,this is the very week that we can use ‘passion’! I am excited that your parcel is on its way – maybe Saturday! Let me know if it makes you smile. And, happy Easter to you and yours, my friend.

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  2. lori says:

    I’m married to an Episcopal soon-to-be Chaplain. :)

    Your choices in fabrics and the color combinations are perfect! I love the vintage/modern feel… You inspire me! I made a patchwork baby blanket a few years ago (I don’t call it a quilt because I didn’t bind it!) I am inspired to try to make a basic charm square quilt for my bed this year and will use your photos to get me going when I get panic attacks! :) Happy Easter!

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    • jody says:

      thank you for your kind comments! Never panic – go with your painterly know-how. You are a great illustrator and this will translate beautifully to quilt-making every time. Blessed Easter to you and yours!

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  3. pratima says:

    The textures and colors that mingle in your patchwork blocks is wonderful and whimsical! I often get tempted to reach through the screen and touch them :)
    Happy sewing, Jody!

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  4. suz says:

    It came!!!!! Oh it made me and my mother dance around the room….she’s a retired quilter…perfect colors…..and that Tuulah……oh so nice!
    hugs kisses and much gratitude
    I will take it to her next week….I’ll take a picture for you
    suz

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  5. Well said, I totally relate to that emotional collection to what you have made and worn! I love your St Louis blocks too- I usually don’t find they work for me, I prefer 9 patch or 25 patch but your fabric choices really change this block

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