Now you will be inflicted with a lot of pictures of this quilt — this late, late quilt. But — I made it in under the five-year mark, so go me!
Do you know the Cantique de Jean Racine by Gabriel Faure? Rosie, Sukie, and Deirdre sang this as the communion anthem during Nick and Natasha’s wedding. (I wonder if there’s a recording of that somewhere?) I thought it would be fitting to include a line from the beautiful text on the label for the quilt:
O Christ, be kind to your faithful ones/now gathered to bless you.
On the wedding day, listening to the music (which of course is in French and probably we didn’t quite get it right then!), we think of the lines as indicating the worshippers gathered to praise God and receive his love. How blessed for everyone to be present on such a joyous occasion!
But I think it also applies to the new family as they go on in life; the couple who gather together for one purpose: to bless God in faith with their lives. It’s a lifelong project, isn’t it? In the home, we are gathered to bless him.*
As to the quilt itself, I am now convinced that I do not do “random” very well. My innate OCD wants to just die a little bit, every time I put one fabric next to another. It’s hard on the old psyche.
Not to whine too much, but another thing that is hard is the blanket stitch in embroidery. Every time I want to use it I have to figure it out again, and then go on figuring it out as I apply it. So, halfway around the label I was still figuring it out! Also at the end.
But it was fun overall. It’s colorful and bright, like their home.
But now I “only” have two more wedding quilts to go — for actual married children, that is! (I am assuming that my other children will not be getting married very soon, not that I would let this stop them. Except Bridget. This backlog and maybe other things such as being 17 should stop her.)
*Tomorrow I will check in to begin a little series of discussions of what to expect in my book, The Little Oratory. If you have already received it, would you consider leaving a review on Amazon? We would be so grateful! Just say what you think — doesn’t have to be long!