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. Javan

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

My Forever Words

This is what my word cloud says:

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 some people come into our lives for a really long time
 and others just stay for 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!!!
No thought about dressing, bathing, cooking and eating.
Thankfully, the dog did not get hurt in the destruction of my arm and the glass
I was carrying never broke.
I was not dropping out and decided "things" would just have to
take care of themselves ... I wasn't in charge of it!!!
  Here I go working on that patience thing, again.

  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 with 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 they would have it.
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 "larger" sewing room.
 That is where the Golden Girls met bi-weekly -

The Golden Girls certainly made their mark upon my personal canvas.

Two of the Golden Girls moved away to be near daughters
 and our friend Phyllis Miller lost her battle with cancer on July 4th.

These words represent the fun we had together
whenever two or more gathered bi-weekly

I really should have also created the words
eat and coffee - we did that very well also.

Again, I apologize for the pictures not being clear and bright - (sorry Samm.)
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 me on 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!!!
but If you want to get back to sewing and creating, join a blog hop. 
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 ... 


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.

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! :)

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 fact soooo much soo...well you will have to take a peak over there...
may this be YOUR YEAR...x

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!

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!

Patty D from NC said...

love your smile, giggle, laugh signs!

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...

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!

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.

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!

Frances said...

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

Carrie P. said...

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