An inspiring and productive weekend

LDS General conference is held the first weekend in April. It means stormy weather for Utah and Saturday afternoon is devoted to crafting. My grandma reserved the Saturday afternoon session for crafting and I’ve held to that tradition. When Mama was alive, I would go to her house and either bring and unfinished project or the supplies she suggested I bring. In the seventies, I learned to macrame and crochet while listening to LeGrand Richards and Marvin J. Ashton. I’ve worked on quilts with cousins and aunts discussing the talks we heard.

This year, I started early with the first conference session. For those who aren’t familar, there are 4 public conference session which last 2 hours each. The priesthood session is 2 hours in the evening and is only for men who hold the priesthood. The first session I worked on my Red Thread Sampler and completed the March pattern.One concept that really hit me hard during that first session was viewing debt as an addiction to worldly possessions and a lack of self mastery at saying “No” to unnecessary purchases. During the afternoon session, I found my template for the “Star Struck Mystery Quilt” and cut out the green hearts while listening to President Uchtdorf. I got them ironed in place and didn’t work on the machine applique part until after the meeting since the sewing machine is too noisy and distracting while trying to listen to speaking. However, it only took about 30 minutes after the end of the 2nd session to have these blocks finished.

Saturday night I did some machine piecing so that I could cut and press during the Sunday sessions. I heard some beautiful messages about the Atonement and the temple. I got quite a bit further on the jungle quilt (did some more sewing between conference sessions) and did a bit on the April Pattern for Red Thread.
Anyway by the end of the weekend, the Jungle Quilt now looks like this:

So Just so you Know…
I had a wonderfully inspiring weekend listening to conference and a fantastically productive weekend by staying off the computer, remembering my Grandma, and working my tail off on projects. Except, I didn’t do much on the quilt which I had planned to work on all weekend:
It’s still exactly where it was on Friday night, 8 blue strips from being ready to bind.

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  1. Glenda

     /  April 19, 2009

    The jungle print one is going to look so cool when it’s done!


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