Twins in the Womb

Twins were talking to each other in their mother’s womb. The sister said to the brother, “I believe there is life after birth.”  Her brother protested vehemently, “no, no, this is all there is. This is a dark and cozy place, and we have nothing else to do but to cling to the cord that feeds us.” The little girl insisted, “There must be something more than this dark place. There must be something else, a place with light where there is freedom to move.” Still she could not convince her twin brother.

After some silence, the sister said hesitantly, “I have something else to say, and I’m afraid you won’t believe that, either, but I think there is a mother.” Her brother became furious. “A mother! he shouted. “What are you talking about , I have never seen a mother, and neither have you. Who put that idea into your head? As I told you, this place is all we have. Why do you always want more? This is not such a bad place, after all. We have all we need, so let’s be content.”

The sister was quite overwhelmed by her brother’s response and for a while didn’t dare say anything more. But she couldn’t let go of her thoughts, and since she had only her twin brother to speak to, she finally said, “Don’t you feel these squeezes every once in a while? They’re quite unpleasant and sometimes even painful.”  “Yes, he answered. “What’s special about that?”  “Well, the sister said, “I think that these squeezes are there to get us ready for another place, much more beautiful than this, where we will see our mother face-to-face.

From Henri Nouwen _ “Our Greatest Gift”


Photo Source : National Geographic

Now just for fun, here’s a picture of my granddaughter twins taken by their Mama along with their cousin a few weeks ago and stolen from Facebook, then edited a bit by yours truly :) I am pretty sure that this was an after-church photo. These twins were preemies ; little miracles …

twins in jesus shirts black and white

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Needle & Thread Late February


These last few days of February have been windy and quite cold. Here’s what’s been happening with the needle and thread this week:

For the upcoming Quilty 365 link-up, I have kept up with this month’s circles…Sunday, Feb 28th’s circle is ready to sew down in the top photo on the left of the mosaic. I started Quilty 365 on November 22nd, and the photo with the long panel and one section is the first portion of the project, with another section completed prior to this one :

quilty 365 progress end Feb

Between these circles and needing circles for other applique projects I am getting a little bored with circles and I think I’ll move on to Hexagons for the next section! :)

Last Sunday I had two applique pieces to work on and this is how far I got on “Isabel’s Rose”.  The only thing added since last Sunday was a large flower at week’s end, and I  now have all of the remaining pieces prepped and ready to applique.  It was snowing a little when I took this out to my design wall / laundry line :)

isabels rose block late feb half done

I also finished up my third 1857 Album Quilt block. This is the last of the January blocks.

  • Finish block.
  • Press block and lay it on the bed.
  • Run downstairs for the camera which I forgot to bring upstairs with me…
  • AND…discover that there’s been some activity not only with the block but the bedspread as well :

1857 3rd block and cat collage

During most of the week, sewing time was devoted to hand-quilting. I’d wanted to finish up the outlining of the third block in this red & green quilt by the end of February and I managed to do so. I also needed to add some quilting in the larger flower motifs and the basket. I have moved on to the cross-hatch background now.

red and green quilt 3rd block progress quilting

On this chilly end of February weekend, I’ll continue on with the hand quilting and perhaps I’d better prep some hexagons for the next section of Quilty 365.    ( view what others are making at the March 1st linkup HERE )

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