A ‘nearly finish’ and a ‘once for all’ finish!

I’ve been plugging away at a project his week and holding off writing here in the hope that I’d be able to share a FINISH! Hope and reality don’t always coincide so it’s a ‘nearly finish’ I’m sharing today!

This is a commission from my Aunt – two crazy patchwork cushion covers to add to her recently re-furbished flat.  I haven’t seen the flat but my Mum reports that the colour scheme is very neutral and one of my cousins had suggested to her Mum that a ‘colour pop’ could add to the overall effect – she suggested an orange pop!

One of the crazy patchwork cushion fronts.   I decided on toning quilt threads rather contrasting and likewise with the buttons.
One of the crazy patchwork cushion fronts pinned and ready for quilting. I decided on toning quilt threads rather contrasting and likewise with the choice of buttons.
Crazy patchwork is traditionally embellished and quilted with embroidery stitching, beads, buttons, lace etc.  I decided to try out some of the little used fancy stitches my sewing machine can produce!
Crazy patchwork is traditionally embellished and quilted with embroidery stitching, beads, buttons, lace etc. I decided to try out some of the, little used, fancy stitches my sewing machine can produce!
Some of the stitching my clever machine made easy for me!  I did have a thought to use stitching within some of the fabric pieces but time got the better of me so I stuck to just stitching over the seams.
Some of the stitching my clever machine made easy for me! I did have a thought to put decorative stitching within some of the fabric pieces but time got the better of me so I stuck to stitching over the seams.
A bit more of the stitching!
A bit more of the stitching!
And one of the pair of nearly finishes - just the binding to stitch down by hand - an evening in front of the TV beckons..
And one of the pair of nearly finished cushion covers – just the binding to stitch down by hand – an evening in front of the TV beckons..

Thankfully there is one FINISH done and dusted for eternity: the victory over sin and death Jesus won for each of us on the cross.  No needed for a wishful hope of a finish on this one, we have an assured hope in heaven when we trust Him to have put right our relationship with God.  Reading the Bible this week has made me realise what a busy week Jesus had in the run up to His arrest and crucifixion.  He did a lot of teaching in those last few days and, having spoken to his disciples about the future, He concluded with these simple words:

 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

Matthew 24:35

Isn’t that amazing?  All of this will come to an end (and the new heaven and the new earth will be revealed when Jesus returns) but God’s word will exist forever.  Time spent reading the Bible cannot be wasted time.  At church we are reading the Gospel of Mark and keeping in mind Jesus’ question recorded in Mark 8:28

“But what about you?” Jesus asked.  “Who do you say I am?”

Read Mark, see the surprising ways different people responded to Jesus, and ask yourself what’s your response to Him in each of those circumstances?

HAPPY EASTER!

Allison

0 thoughts on “A ‘nearly finish’ and a ‘once for all’ finish!

  1. Your crazy pillow looks great, your Aunt should be quite pleased with it. When I first looked at the picture I thought you might be doing some improv piecing – is that how this is done ? I’ll look for ward to the final ‘finish’ post !
    I saw a quote the other day that resonated with me but can’t tell you who it was by.
    “God dwells within you, as you. “

    • I’ll make sure to put in a post how I set about crazy patchwork. Making slow work of stitching the binding…
      Christians believe that as God’s creation we all have an awareness of God even if we haven’t heard His message from the Bible – see Romans 1:20. However, it’s only when we repent (turn our backs on sin and resolve to live a new life) believing Jesus to be Lord of our lives and Saviour that we have God dwell in us in the person of His Holy Spirit – see Mark 1:15, Romans 12:1-2. In my experience evidence of God living in us is displayed by changing attitudes and actions which we know we would not be able to do without the power of God in our lives – the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-25).
      Jesus said, “I am the true vine… Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine.”

  2. Your cushion covers are beautiful! I can’t remember the last time I used anything but a straight stich on anything! And yes, the very best finish of all was accomplished by Jesus. Happy Easter!

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