There were a lot of reasons why I closed Del~Lillian’s back in 2018. One was faulty thinking. I thought I didn’t have the resources to create pieces for the shop.
I felt I had nothing except scraps.
So I closed up shop. But a funny thing happened after that.
I started hearing and reading the scripture about the widow and the oil. Everywhere. So I figured I ought to pay attention. The way I see it? If you hear a scripture or a message in lots of different places? God is trying to tell you something.
What grabbed my attention about this scripture was the widow’s one small jar of oil. And how it turns into many jars.
The story goes like this.
The widow is destitute. Creditors are knocking on her door, and her sons are in jeopardy of being sold into slavery. What is she to do? She goes to the Prophet Elisha, who asks her what she has in her house. Her answer? Nothing, nothing but a small jar of olive oil. You can almost hear the desperation in her voice. But Elisha gives her a plan. First, go and gather as many jars as you can from your neighbors. Next? Pour your oil into the jars. (2 Kings 4:1-7)
You know, the first time I read that, I thought, what is the point? Ten ounces of olive oil in one jar will be ten ounces in another! But God is at work here, and His ways are not ours. (Isaiah 55:8-9)
And the olive oil flows and flows until they run out of jars. She pays her debts. It saves her sons and the live on what is left. (2 Kings 4:7)
Wow! Imagine that.
It got me thinking about my scrap fabric. And it opened my eyes to possibilities. I already had plenty of supplies. The only thing I needed was the extra jars or vessels.
I see the extra jars as the creativity God blessed me with and/or a yard or two of blender fabrics to pull those scraps together.
Our scrap fabric is that jar of oil. It’s diamonds in the making. We only need to bring our creativity and perhaps a yard or two of fabric to the table.
God can take our little and make it into much.
I designed a full-size quilt made to create from my scrap jar. It is an ambitious quilting project, but it will tackle those scraps and put them to good use.
Would you like to join me?
I pray you’ll enjoy creating from what you have on hand!
Do share your creations, whether it’s this quilt or some scrappy adventure, on social media hashtag it. #JarOfScraps
Happy scrap quilting
Until next time, enjoy your day and the journey