Friday, March 29, 2013

Finishing Projects

As I mentioned in one of my earlier posts, quilters have a way of accumulating a number of unfinished fabric objects, commonly referred to as UFOs. Just last week, I participated in a quilting event and overheard a someone speaking of how she "starts projects." I must confess that I do enjoy starting a new project. At the same time, I do find satisfaction in finishing projects. The following picture is of a quilt that I began on New Year's Eve 2011 and then finished in early January 2013.

This quilt features purple and green fabrics with no two blocks exactly the same. The block is titled, "Gettysburg," and was designed by Jennifer Chiaverini, author of the Elm Creek Quilts series for Quiltmaker 100 Blocks volume 4. I picked up some of the fabric at Scrap Apple Quilts in St. George, Utah, during our 2011 vacation. Wayne and Caitlin gave me more purple and green fabric for Christmas that year, and I decided to take on this project. 

I've decided to title this quilt "The Anniversary Quilt" for two reasons. First of all, I finished the quilt top on August 19, our 23rd anniversary. Second, Wayne's favorite colors are purple and green so it seemed a fitting anniversary present as well. Here are a few close-ups of three of the individual blocks. You can see how the purple and green alternate within the individual blocks.

With today being Good Friday, I would be remiss not to mention the ultimate Finished Project - the redemptive work of Jesus Christ on the cross. With His words, "It is finished," the penalty for our sin had been paid in full. 

For it was the Father's good pleasure for all the fulness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to HImself, having made peace through the blood of His cross. Colossians 2:19-20

The following is a video of the song, It is Finished, performed by the group Petra. I pray that it will be a blessing to you this Easter weekend as you reflect on the finished work of Jesus.