The Penny

Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.

[Monday, April 5, 2010]

Conference Blanket

When I watch General Conference, I always work on my conference blanket. It helps me to remain focused on the speakers, instead of letting my mind wander--helps me to be "available to learn," in educator lingo. Keeping my hands busy and my mind half busy does wonders for my attention.

I've been working on this blanket for eight years now, mostly just while listening to General Conference. Since Laynie was taking pictures of her project, I decided to take pictures of mine.

These designs are by a person who is not LDS, so all of the quotes are from the Bible. But I enjoyed the colors and the general feel of the designs, especially how they go together so harmoniously. When I saw the booklet, I knew the designs would be perfect for a blanket.

Modified this angel into a girl--off with her wings and halo.

Removed the halo.

Changed the cross to a steeple. It looks crooked in this picture, but it's really straight. ;)

The one I began yesterday is a girl watering flowers, and it says,
"By works was faith made perfect."

I still have a lot more work to do. I wonder how many more years it will take me... Hm. And what to do with the middle of the blanket? Leave it or find something to put there? Or design something to put there? I wonder if it would look good to fill it with verses of scripture, in backstitch. I'll bet a whole chapter would fit there! Well, I have plenty of time to consider it.


Christa | April 8, 2010 at 1:21 PM

I really like your blanket, and I think it is a great idea to keep the same project just reserved for conference. I also find it easier to listen by keeping my hands busy. I have quilted several blankets and lately have been knitting during conference. A wonderful thing happens to those conference projects, whenever I look at them later I still can feel the good spirit that was somehow stitched into it

Annie | April 8, 2010 at 7:46 PM

I have experienced the same thing! When (if) I finish this project, it will have so many wonderful memories imbued in it. It already has a peaceful spirit. :)

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