Sunday, 8 March 2015

Ramblings on Gratitude - week 10

Life sends us serendipities; it drops little miracles into our laps.
~ Michelle Wildgen ~

I really wish I could say, I thought up these words and made them into this sentence. It depicts how I really feel at the moment. It is like I’m floating effortlessly with grace through every moment at the moment. I know that these moments of happiness are fleeting states, but this feeling is very addictive. This high needs to be feed, as I don’t want to relapse from feeling in grace. Addiction isn’t about substance – you aren’t addicted to the substance (happiness), you are addicted to the alteration of mood that the substance brings (Susan Cheever). I’m in a great mood. Mentoring and tutoring students to learn how to apply their research knowledge and skills is my regeneration. I’m cultivating grace and nurturing it like a garden so that I won’t relapse. What I love in those fleeting moments of mentoring and tutoring is that I’m learning too. Those new insights are my serendipities.

Grace for me is the experience of awe, gratitude and being in harmony with myself. It is the harmonious integration of my body, mind and spirit. This harmony creates a profound feeling of happiness as well as spiritual, emotional and mental freedom. Grace is a precious present, that I want to nurture for ever. Grace is gratitude for all that I have now. I’ve re-found grace and will do anything not to lose it. As soon as I feel my mood changing, I’m starting to discover how to reconnect with grace. Isn’t that great?

Happiness is wearing your Capri jeans because in your mind it is spring while it is only 10 ˚Celsius outside. But the sun is shining and the skies are blue, which is all I need to make me happy.

Feeling elated, as I’m back blogging again.

Feeling content, as I’m able to show some progress as a quiltmaker.

I’m going to be doing the Mountmellick workshop at Pour l’Amour du Fil in Nantes. Sadly I won’t be able to go to the Pendle Hill workshop that Di Ford is giving on Friday. I would also have loved to have gotten a pre-view of her new quilt and see how this quilt is made. But I will be going home on Friday. On the bright side, I will finally start with the Mountmellick!!! I’m probably the last one on earth to be starting on this quilt, LOL. But this does have some advantages: I’ll be getting personal instructions from Di her self, I don't need to look at the videos when I encounter a challenging block. I can also change some aspects of this quilt and give it a personal touch. I'm thinking of choosing another border fabric. This is a picture of the quilt, one of the quiltmakers in the Stonefields Bee has made.

Did you know that I’m also doing a workshop with Irene Blanck in Nantes? I’m going to be making the Miz Kelly Flower Vase block. Sadly, no pictures to show. Will post my progress sometime in May.

But coming Wednesday I’m going to learn another new technique. Going to learn how to make a Cathedral Window. Bought these lovely fabrics for this quilt. I’m going to start out by making a small quilt. Who knows I might like doing this so much that I will continue and make a large quilt. There is nothing like having lots of WIPs (Works in Progress).

I had a lovely day yesterday in Zutphen. We had our monthly Stonefields Bee. Yes, I'm also making the Stonefields by Susan Smith. My list of WIPs is becoming longer and longer. 

The Stonefields quilt above and the blocks shown are not made by me! They are made by other quiltmakers in the Bee. We are lucky quiltmakers as it looks like we will be able to continue working on this quilt next quilt season (2015-2016). 

To end this post, I'm letting you know I'm going outside to bask in the sun now (it is 12am) and read a book about learning how to teach. I need to substantiate my competencies and skills with knowledge and theory, LOL. Doing this while being able to bask in the sun makes me happy.

Cheerio blog readers, 

1 comment:

suz said...

I love reading your blog. I find so much inspiration! I've actually printed out parts of it to add to my journal so I can re-read them. This new quilt is amazing! I hope you'll share your progress with us!