Monday, September 20, 2010

Bonhoeffer, Lumps, and Quilts

Well…. I’ve been reading a book on Dietrich Bonhoeffer. I didn’t mean to but when I tried to just glance through it, it was so well written and intriguing that it sucked me in. It’s called Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy.

This challenge from him resonated with me:

Who stands fast? Only the man whose final standard is not his reason, his principles, his conscience, his freedom, or his virtue, but who is ready to sacrifice all this when he is called to obedient and responsible action in faith and in exclusive allegiance to God—the responsible man, who tries to make his whole life an answer to the question and call of God.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

I am doing okay. I have a several week old lump/met right on top of a bone that has been hurting more since Saturday. And, since I can feel it so easily, it was easy to notice Saturday that it was puffier, and to notice today that what was puffy Saturday seems to be hardening. It was much smaller and better defined at first. It is disturbing right now. What fun.
(When I say the piece of junk hurts, it's not excruciating pain, it's low level kind of aching discomfort. Just enough to be irritating, not enough to take any pain meds for...)

I have one more quilt that needs another hour or two to be completely finished. But these two are completed, and the last one (#4) looks a lot like #3, so I will just post these pictures for now:

You can click on the images to see them bigger.

#3, This is for my parents

My favorite part of rag quilts is the texture along the edges of the squares...

#2, This is for one of my younger brothers and his wife

Still in His grip, Martha


  1. The quilts are amazing - they are so wonderful and so Martha!
    Please don't be in pain - call your Hospice nurse. She should have some advice.

    Becky D.

  2. We are so very grateful, altogether grateful!
    love you lots! M & D

  3. Those quilts are so awesome! You are so talented. Lots of love!!!

  4. The close-up of the fuzzy seams is so lovely!

  5. gorgeous!!! they look like the light starts in the middle and fades out. its very visually gorgeous. my word. love love love.

  6. They're really amazing... beautiful. Your siblings will be eternally grateful for your wonderful works of art.

    Much love, big hugs, and many, many prayers.

  7. beautiful works of art, love the quilts, and to be the recipient of one is a gift of love to treasure always.

  8. Based on your other quilts, I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that these pictures don't do the quilts justice! Can't wait to see them in person... Love you and your beautiful work and I'll be praying for your time this week.

  9. These quilts are absolutely gorgeous, Martha! I love them both...I especially love the colors in the one for your parents!! They definitely will treasure these always. I will be praying that the discomfort goes away! ~Laura Byrd

  10. You're an amazing young woman and these quilts are priceless and very special to the recipients. Take care my friend and you're continuily in my prayers. cp/waxhaw

  11. Hello, Martha,
    I feel like I have had a chat with you after reading your blog. It is so satisfying to read your blog. We miss you in Winston-Salem, but I think it is wonderful that you are riding horses and painting murals. I know you continue to be a blessing to all of those around you.
    Much love, Lynn Foltz