Not only did my harvest table runner need white space, so did my life!
It’s that space on a page that isn’t covered by print or pictures. By the way, we need that and quilts do too!
Last week I told you about a project that I’m working on. I had to step away and take a break from it many times.
After writing that post, I found myself reminded, again and again, to step away from life situations.
And that quilt.
I thought it was perfect! But when I started putting the blocks together? Not so much!
There was no rest. It was a cacophony of colors. All wanting attention.
Life can get that way too. All those tasks, the want to’s and the have to’s screaming for attention. Overwhelming the senses.
Do you ever wake up thinking, how on earth will I get all this stuff done? If everything in the world seems to be equally important, how do you choose what to focus on?
When it comes to quilts and fabric, your eyes need a place to rest. That goes for life too. You need to rest. It’s the only way to regain your focus.
I love the way Sarah Young phrased this in her Devotional Jesus Calling *affiliate link
As dew refreshes grass and flowers during the stillness of the night, so My [Jesus] Presence revitalizes you as you sit quietly with Me.Jesus Calling, Enjoying Peace in His Presence; by Sarah Young pg. 258.
That’s what Jesus gives you – White Space aka Rest!
A place to rest your weary soul before moving on in your journey. I don’t know about you but I sure can use that.
If you’re feeling like life is hectic and distracting, you’re not alone. That’s how I’ve been feeling lately, which is why I started adding this little practice into my life. This will not only add mental white space to your life, it’s a reminder of all you have to be grateful for.
This is how it goes
- Stop, close your eyes and focus on Jesus.
- Open your eyes – look around you and just note a few things you are grateful for.
- Take a deep breath and listen to the sounds around you, and feel the peace of His presence.
Hopefully that minute or two will help you regain your focus and then you can get on with your day.
It works in all kinds of situations, waiting in line, a project not going well, people who disappoint, or anything else that’s making your day feel hectic and out of control.
And that quilt?
If those fabrics are all screaming for attention, try adding some solid or tone on tone fabrics to the quilt. It’ll give you that “white space”, and your eyes will be glad you did.
Until next time, enjoy your day and the journey
PS. You’ll see the finished quilt in a few weeks so stay tuned!