I have parents that are a quilting duo! My dad, the engineer mind in the family, cuts the fabric squares. My mom, the crafter, sews them together, then Dad cuts them again to get them perfectly square. Each square gets a heavy ironing before it’s sewn again. The picture you see here is that of the pieces being laid out to see where each one should go. After placing and replacing, they will take this up very carefully, row after row and stack it the way it needs to be sewn together. Of course after the batting and backing are put behind it there’s all the hand quilting to be done. Whoa! Many, many hours go into the making of a quilt! However, when it’s all finished it’s not only warm and cozy, it is a piece of art!
This week as I was studying Proverbs 31 I read verse 18 – She perceiveth that her merchandise is good; her candle goeth not out by night. As I studied the last part of this verse, I learned that it was often said of an elaborate piece (of art, needlework, a literary work, etc), “It smells of the lamp.” That means that there were many long hours put into making that piece – so much that it even went into the night hours. You could tell by looking at it that it wasn’t done quickly; it took much labor and effort.
When you understand the hours of labor that a quilt takes you appreciate it all the more! When I look at the quilts that my parents have made for each of their children and grandchildren I am reminded of the sacrifice of time and labor that it took to make them. They “smell of the lamp.”
Nothing else will go lacking if prayer is the center of my life. For when I am praying my needs are met, my steps directed, my thoughts established, my heart made right, and my burdens lifted. What a beautiful thing a prayer life like that would be.
What area of your life would you want to “smell of the lamp?”
6 thoughts on “It Smells of the Lamp”
The word says to pray without ceasing and a continual praise be on our lips. That is also my prayer but my main prayer is that my mouth be guarded. I want to always speak positive, encouraging words not negative, downing words. I know that whatever I say can’t be taken back, so I am carefully watching what comes out of my mouth. I want to speak life not death into people’s lives.
Thanks for the nice Blog featuring our quilting. It has been a labor of love. We have done 23 of them, most done with simple squares and triangles, and none of the intricate patterns that come in the catalogs about quilting. We have enjoyed each project for our family
The love that is stitched into each quilt makes them all the more special and treasured!
Loved this blog! How wonderful that your parents make quilts together. Not sure what my answer to the question at the end would be.
Each quilt is truly a treasure.
Why not ask the Lord how He would have you answer that question? Then be still and listen. If we lack wisdom, ask God who gives liberally. James 1:5 He will answer.
You’re welcome. I will ask Him.