The Masterpiece by Javan

The Masterpiece by Javan

We are born into the world like a blank canvas and each person that crosses our path takes up the brush and makes his mark upon our surface - So it is that we develop - But we must realize there comes a day that we must take up the brush and finish the work. For only we can determine if we are to be just another painting or a Masterpiece.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

My Forever Words

~This is what my word cloud says on my Shade Tree~
We are born into this World
Like a blank canvas
And each person that crosses our path
Takes up the brush
And makes his mark
Upon our surface

So it is that we develop

But we must realize there comes a day
That we must take up the brush
And finish the work
For only we can determine
If we are to be
Just another painting
Or a Masterpiece ~ Javan ~
I have learned that people come into our lives and some stay for a really long time and some stay for just a short time ... I know they all come for a reason...
The above poem was my inspiration and taken from Javan's book
Meet Me Halfway
He has always been one of my favorite poets
and a true North Carolina native.

A little quilt for my Ackfeld stand to remind me
about my belief in my Masterpiece,
which is still being painted and perfected
everyday by wonderful people like you.

These are two of my favorite people and they make a difference
every day to all of us...

Thank you to the amazing Madame Samm
for her insight and delightful blog hops
into all things creative... and

for being our cheerleader, confidant
and inspirational leader.
Did you see her post yesterday?
She is so amazing, creative and so extremely talented.

On December 13th I broke my arm and right after thinking "I wonder if
I can move any part of me and what did I break,"
I remember thinking "Oh no, I am not going to be able to
participate in the blog hop."  Honest, these were my thoughts!!!
Thankfully, the dog did not get hurt in the destruction of my arm.
I was not dropping out and decided "things" would just have to
take care of themselves ... I wasn't it charge of it!!!
  here I go working on that patience thing, again.
 Here I am!!! typing with both arms today,
which is much better than last week.
Uploading pictures has been a real pain in the arm, however.


My second project is the result of a very special and wonderful blogging friend,
and another one of those fabulous people I admire,
Awhile back Pat blogged about what quilting means to her.  She has such a
beautiful way with words and her blog is always a joy to read -
she is very inspirational, insightful and creative.
I asked, and she granted permission, to use her words .. so
I stitched and sent her a pillow so the words
would always be near for her.


Well, I needed one too, didn't I?  This is my redwork pillow I finished on Monday
using Pat's beautiful words and I added one or two words of my own.
The stitchery has been done for awhile, I just made it into a pillow this week.
I was unable to find ready-made piping (off-white muslin)
so had to make that also.  What's with JoAnn's?
  I thought for sure I would
be able to save some time and energy with ready made.
Patience is definitely being practiced here. 

 The words on the pillow - sorry the picture isn't better ...
(Quilting) is the knowledge that
while quilts are being made, each stitch
holds a private thought, a prayer, a wish, a dream
or a promise.

Last of my projects are my "be happy" signs ...
which were on the wall in my other sewing room because that is
where the Golden Girls met bi-weekly - 
they certainly made their mark upon my personal canvas.
Some have moved away and we "lost" a member last July. 
These words represented all the fun we had together
whenever two or more gathered.
I really should have also created the words
eat and coffee - we did that very well also.




I apoligize for the pictures are not being clear and bright - sorry Samm.
Saturday and Sunday we had sun and out-of-town company  ...
and my projects were not completed.
We have had clouds and rain for the last two days, of course,
- part of that patience thing again -
and then Blogger sure created some challenges for this post.

I requested my post for today - my own birthday - I also needed the extra time.
This is the first week I have been in my sewing room
for a year and found this very challenging to get this far.

They say if you want a clean house, have a party!!!
If you want to get back to sewing and creating, join a blog hop 
I did it!!!
Please visit ALL the others participating today -



Hopefully your days will be delightful, challenging and inspirational.
Judy C in NC is just so darn tickled to be here  
 

76 comments:

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Your pillow is just beautiful!! Hope you heal quickly

PatSloan said...

So happy your arm is starting to feel better!!! What a woman to plow forward anyway.. good for you!!! i love your post... This has been great fun to be on the hop with everyone.

My day is also today!

Pat Sloan
"The Voice of Quilting"
http://blog.PatSloan.com

Pierro said...

Rosemary B here:
I hope your arm is healing. haha I know it is funny/interesting the first few thoughts that come to mind when we have something like this come up.... not, how will I bathe myself or cook or dress, but how will I finish my creations, and make stuff.
I love all of these things you made. I absolutely love the poem.
Best wishes to you all the way up to your last day of physical therapy!

pinsandneedles said...

Happy Birthday! Your projects are wonderful and so glad your back sewing. Hope your arm heals completely quickly! Thanks for sharing.

Dee said...

The pillow is amazing, however, the poem is so touching - now I am off to find more of his works. Thank you for that.

Janet O. said...

Glad to hear you are healing.
The pillow is beautiful. Such a nice sentiment.
I love the happy little quiltlets from your sewing room!

sew.darn.quilt said...

Happy Birthday Judy!!! Bummer about your arm though :( Even so, fantastic projects, my hat's off to you girl!!
Hope you're in the pink asap:)

MooseStash Quilting said...

I love your pillow and your little Quilties with smile, laugh and giggle. They are just too darn cute. By the way JCnNC, you need to contact me!!! Check your email, you won my blog hop give away! :-)
Congrats and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Barb said...

Happy Birthday! So glad you were able to get into your sewing room and share these happy words with us. Enjoy your day!

Agnes Bullock said...

You put Wonder Woman to shame- LOVE your pillow and the SMile and Giggle quilts for you room! Truly inspiring! Now should I just send you my address so that you can send me the pillow and quilts- I won't tell a soul! :)

Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...

Wow! I am so impressed with all your projects. A wonderful variety of styles, words and fabrics.
Thanks for sharing.

Hooked on Quilting said...

Hope your arm is better!! Thanks for sharing.

Madame Samm said...

HI Judy and happy name sake day ....and how wonderful it is to have you back with us...your work is always scrumptious...in fact soooo much soo...well you will have to take a peak over there...
may this be YOUR YEAR...x

carla said...

Hi!!! Wonderful projects wonderful words!!! I love the little banners!! They are so fun!!!

JanesQuilting said...

I am sorry to hear about your arm. I hope it is better by now. Your projects are all so pretty, but especially like your redwork pillow.

Jeanie said...

And I am tickled that you were able to post these wonderful, meaningful projects today. Each one was spectacular! Happy Birthday to you and may the upcoming year be full of delightful blessings and surprises!

ChristaQuilts said...

I love all of your fun words!

Lyndsey said...

I love your projects but your redwork pillow is so beautiful. I hope your arm is fully healed soon.

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

Every one of your projects is filled with meaning. I love that about them....Congrats for having your project showcased on Sew We Quilt. Isn't it a thrill?

SIMPLESEW said...

All is well and I am glad, love your pieces

Anna said...

your projects are wonderful in their reminder of what is important in our lives. take care keep healing and always choose quilting over housekeeping!

patchouli moon studio said...

The poem is beautiful and the other saying is great too. Love the embroidery on the pillow and those colorful word quilts are so beautiful too. Hope your arm is better, ouch!

Sowing Stitches said...

Oh my....I need to make a Giggle Quilt! Such a great word...brings a smile out everytime!!!

Judith said...

Great words to live by! Love your projects and Thank you for sharing today. Judith, Texas

Martina said...

Happy birthday to you! You have lovely projects! Love the mini quilts they make me smile, fun and fresh! And your pillow is just so sweet with great words.

Wendy said...

such lovely projects, I'd be hard pushed to name a favourite as they're all so lovely and so different

Katie said...

your projects are amazing. Happy Birthday and welcome back to quilting and crafting.

Gill said...

Great projects! I especially like 'Smile' 'Goggle' and 'Laugh'
Thank you for sharing!

Heide said...

Love your pillow. Great words!

Emily C said...

very pretty, love your words.

krislovesfabric said...

Glad you are on the mend, I love every one of your projects...beautiful!

Vesuviusmama said...

First of all, happy birthday!

And what wonderful projects - thanks for sharing.

Kathy H said...

I love your words. What a wonderful quote to even put on a special quilt for someone. I hope you have a happy birthday and that getting back to your machine brings you a lot of happiness.

Mara said...

For someone not thinking you would be able to make anything you sure did a bang up job, I like all of your projects.

Judy B said...

Thank you for sharing all your wonderful projects!
Happy Birthday and glad you are on the mend.

Mrs.Pickles said...

great projects!

Britt-Inger said...

Your projects are so lovely. I love them all
Thanks for sharing your creativity

Sheila said...

I loved reading your post , I am really amazed you accomplished all you did with a broken arm I congratulate you and I love your work! Happy Birthday to you as well .

tink's mom said...

Lovely Cloud. Actually lovely everything. It's very impressive what you have been able to accomplish with one wing. Thanks for hopping with us.

Patty D from NC said...

love your smile, giggle, laugh signs!

Kathy said...

Hope your arm is better! I love all your projects! Thanks for sharing.

vicki said...

Happy Birthday! Hope you have a good one. Love the pillow and all your other work. vickise at gmail dot com

CeLynn said...

Hope your arm gets better soon! Thanks for sharing all of your projects with us. My favorite is the fabric canvas/masterpiece.

Linda said...

Your projects are all just beautiful!!! Wow! You did such a great job on these! And happy birthday!!

The Slow Quilter said...

Sorry to hear about your arm, and great job on sharing on the hop, love your work.

Lisa said...

I'm glad you can at least move around enough to sew, because I'm selfish and wanted to see what you would whip up for my personal pleasure--I was not disappointed! They are all beautiful and so inspiring...thanks for sharing. :O)

Kate said...

Love those 'be happy' signs!!!!

Janarama said...

Great projects! I especially like your smile, giggle, laugh quilts.

Happy Birthday!

gpc said...

What wonderful projects! I love the 'masterpiece' saying, it's such a lovely reminder that it isn't over until it's over.

Mary Ann said...

Happy Birthday, Judy!!
Such pretty work - impressive! Congratulations for winning from my Blog Hop day over at www.rocknquilts.blogspot.com !

taylorsoutback said...

Once again - your quilting accomplishments are amazing especially considering the condition of your arm!!!

Love that red work pillow - but of course you know I would!!!! Your work is so wonderful & comes straight from your heart.

I am off to investigate that tagxedo site - your tree is fabulous...

Annette Schultz said...

first off HAPPY "B"DAY
hope it was fun.
Love your signs I might have to copy those for my daughter... they would be great in her class room
in stitches

Robin said...

Wow oh wow, your projects are great! I am in awe of that pillow case. I am so so into Redwork right now. All your words are beautiful!

Nancy M. said...

you are amazing. all those projects and you had broken your arm. Love that one of the words in your other sewing room is giggle. We all need to do more of that.

Jeni K said...

Beautiful!

Mimi said...

I love your pillows!!! Great idea, thanks for sharing!!

Jodi - usairdoll said...

WoW! Love your projects! Lovely pillow and how fun are your smile, giggle and laugh minis are. They make me smile! Great cloud tree and words!

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

LJ said...

Holy smokes, great projects for someone with broken bones! Love the redwork and the words. Plus, the smile, giggle, laugh are gorgeous - loved the colors you chose.

Denise said...

What cute projects! Thank you for sharing them and the poem.

blessings, denise :D

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh Judy, Happy Birthday! I am so happy you are back in your sewing room. You know I love your work. Your embroidery is wonderful. And oh how I love your signs. So bright and fun! Thank you for not giving up, I love to see your work.

Lyn said...

I really loved your signs and smile is my favorite. Happy Birthday and hope your arm is well soon. Thanks for being able to share.

lefuntz said...

Your poem is beautiful but I like your Be Happy signs the most. They really are happy looking! Happy Birthday!

Just Quilt It said...

I love all of your projects but the last 3 are really awesome. Great work! Happy Birthday!

Jenny said...

lovely projects. Thanks for sharing. So glad you jumped into this blog hop!

desertskyquilts said...

Gosh, how much would you have done if you HADN'T broken your arm? You are amazing! Great projects.

Erin @ Sew at Home Mummy said...

LOL - it's funny what goes through our minds when we get hurt!
I hope you're healing well, your stuff looks great, I love your words :)

Robin T said...

Your group of friends is the best medicine a person could ask for. With them at your side you can get through everything and anything!

evelyn said...

Wonderful words by Pat and by Javan. I love your last 3 they are so colourful and bring a smile to my face.
Wishing you a Happy Birthday, and a continued speedy recovery.

Amy said...

Your giggle and laugh reminded me so much of my kids. You projects brought a smile to my face. Hope you recover quickly! :)

Farm Quilter said...

Happy Birthday!!! Great projects, one and all - and with a broken arm too! Now you really have set the bar high, haven't you???

Frances said...

What a wonderful and uplifting post. You have a great way with words and projects. Wishes for continued healing.

Anonymous said...

Your posts continue to inspire me! You have a wonderful outlook-can ' t wait to finally meet you. Heal quickly and be well!
June - NJ

Teresa in Music City said...

What a delightful post Judy! You had me cheering for you :*) Hope the arm is mending well and that you will be back to cranking out the quilts in no time! I love your Golden Girls quilts! I may have to copy your idea for my sewing room. We had a similar group and had SO much fun, but many of them have moved away and life has intervened, so we don't get together as often anymore. I really miss those times!

Michelle May said...

You rock...totally...and I love ya to bits! :)

Pamela said...

Judy C in NC...your 'words' are wonderful. I love love love the pillow and the others are simply beautiful. Thanks for sharing your talents...

Carrie P. said...

this is such a beautiful post. thanks for sharing such inspiration.