Wednesday, March 28, 2007

To Everything There is a Season

Spring weather has returned!

Bees were buzzing around our Crocuses this morning.

Jacob set to washing.


He washed his scooter. Then he washed the breezeway. Then he washed large sections of the house. Odd, perhaps. I don't know. It didn't seem like something I should discourage, anyway.

And I turned the quilt from the winter night sky pattern shown above to the sunflower side below.


This is the last large quilt I designed before life suddenly became too busy for sewing (about six years ago). I say this with some sadness because since earliest childhood my memories are filled with many blissful hours spent with fabrics and needles, pins, batting, thimbles and floss.

I was an untiring creator of all things sewable as a child. I made my own dolls and tailored clothing for them. I made myself a faux-fur costume for the role of Mole in the fifth grade play, The Wind in the Willows. I once made a certain sister of mine a stuffed centipede with fifty pillow body segments and one hundred pipe cleaner legs (a gift that's hard to display discreetly, no doubt)! I could go on and on...

I will return to sewing again some day and while the quilt embroidered-with-favorite-things for each boy's bed has not materialized, (pun noted) perhaps it will be granddaughters that benefit from my interests and abilities?

To everything there is a season; and a time to every purpose under heaven...a time to sew, and a time to rend.... Eccles. 3:1,7
This post is dedicated to Jennifer at As Cozy As Spring, whose newfound joy in sewing has reminded me of happy times and whose blog is Spring in theme! Today, she tells us why.

20 comments:

Kristen Laurence said...

Gorgeous pictures! Spring looks so glorious there, both outside and in!

Matilda said...

I love the quilt. You are incredibly talented!

Gabrielle said...

I would not mind if you sent that little Jacob-of-the-white-bucket over to my place for a few weeks!

And guess what - I saw the Canada geese fly over my backyard yesterday, and a robin hopping around today. Spring!

Alice said...

Those look like professional photographs.

And I was just talking to Lissa today about the days I used to sew (and sew and sew and sew). Now that I have so many girls to sew for, I have no time!

My grandchildren are going to be well dressed!

Ken Wills said...

The pictures and creations look amazing. It's amazing how much time children take. Prior to children, I would often write a program or utility for work over the weekend or a weeks worth of nights. Now with children those days are over. At lease until they are older.

P.S. I don't know if the posted times are accurate... but if they are, I would encourage you to get more sleep to help with the recovery and healing.

Suzanne Temple said...

Thank you, Kristen and Matilda.

Gabrielle, happy spring! And Jacob -of-the-white-bucket will be busy here for some time. sorry.

alice, let's start a sewing club! Our first meeting can be in 25 years from now!

Ken, it is true. Children take a great deal of time and energy to raise well. As for the posting times, they aren't too far off and I should heed your advice,thank you, but I do bump them up into the next day because my writing time is in the evening and I don't like looking at posts with yesterday's date on them!

ascozyasspring said...

Thank you Suzanne! You are so sweet. Your quilts are amazing. I wish you could come over and tutor me.

Ladybug Mommy Maria said...

Beautiful, Suzanne....

You are very talented!

melanieb said...

I love the quilt. Reminds me a bit of one I made for my sister as a maid of honor present.

Alas, I too have no time for sewing right now. But one day life will slow down a bit and maybe I can teach my daughter how to quilt.

Goslyn said...

Ah, I envy you your sewing talent. I hired out the creation of a custom quilt for Tom's room, because the thought of sitting at a machine and stiching makes me break out in hives. I am not nearly precise enough to be a seamstress.

If I could sew like I cook (a pinch of this - dash of that - eh, this much satin looks about right) I would be a great seamstress.

You do beautiful work.

Mary said...

Incredible, Suzanne! How blessed your children are to have a mother that puts her own talents and desires on hold in order to spend her days weaving a beautiful tapestry of memories with her sons! You've not given up creating beautiful works of unsurpassable beauty, you've only just changed the medium.

Cheryl M. said...

Such a beautiful quilt, Suzanne, and lovely spring flowers! :)

Mom to Four said...

I liked your line about "a time to sew." Yes there will be. I love quilting. With late pregnancy and now new baby, i have little time to sew on my quilts, but there will be time soon. And I am sure that will be followed by another enforced break - so on and so forth. If we can just keep ourselves from getting unhappy with our current circumstances, then the "time to sew" will return again before we know it.

Beck said...

What beautiful photos! The Baby and I are going to scrub down our many ride-on cars tomorrow - tis the season, I guess!

~m2~ said...

oh, suzanne -- you are multifaceted, aren't you?

i had my own design company before we opened our restaurant - penni's, from heaven, an inspired needle arts co. - wherein i would make quilts on commission and designed needlework based on Scripture. i have never lost that part of me, it remains, but life is a little too frenetic to pick it up.

maybe a nice hand-piecing project is in order, now that the blanket i was knitting is finally finished??

you have inspired me :)

(by the way - i think i got the stomach virus through your computer. some things it's okay to keep to yourself ;)

Melissa said...

Such beauty, Suzanne! Your quilt is amazing.

Cheryl said...

The sunflower quilt is gorgeous. Will you give lessons? I plan to learn how to quilt when I retire.

Suzanne Temple said...

cheryl, you can join alice and mine's sewing club. First meeting is in 25years!

mom-in-training said...

Suzanne,

I think this is my first post to your blog, but I read it often. I just have to say that I loved reading this post and the reminder you've given me that there is a time for everything and right now, it's time to just be Mom. Someday our children will grow up and we'll be able to do whatever our heart desires - except to have our children home again to care for.

And by the way, BEAUTIFUL quilt! I'm still a beginner quilter and have yet to (and may never) quilt like that. Maybe in 25 years I can join your club and you can show me how to do something other than blocks! :)

Suzanne Temple said...

Hi, m-i-t and welcome. Sure, you can join our club. We'd love to have you! It's true. There will time later in life for the things we long for now and when we have them, we'll long for days like these! I guess the only answer is to appreciate what we have in the moment, right?