I read a beautiful quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes today on Alicia Paulson's blog: "Take your needle, my child, and work your pattern-it will come out a rose by and by. Life is like that... one stitch at a time, taken patiently." It made me teary. I haven't quilted since August and I'm really missing it lately. I think I kind of got burned out with having completed so many projects over the summer and I saw a quilt I had made for a friend being used for a very messy purpose and it was very disheartening. I usually put alot of thought and time into making one quilt (I do all the stitching by hand, after all) and so it was "off-putting", to say the least, to see that the work I had put into it was disregarded. But as Holmes says, "Life is like that." Sometimes, ... many times,... we put our all into a project or daily chores or ministry or someone's life and it isn't always appreciated. But, and here's the sticker, I will continue to do what I love and what God wants me to do. So, I'm off to prepare some fabric for another quilt and I can hardly wait to see the end result of a project I pour myself into and I'll do my best not to worry about how it will be used!