Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Your One Wild and Precious Life



"Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?"

Mary Oliver
Beacon Press, Boston, MA

Rest in beauty and peace.
Mary Oliver, poet.   (1935-2019)



"Gift of the Messenger"
Small format art quilt
Michele Savikko Bilyeu
2013


Up for the Super Moon/Blood/Red/Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse on Sunday, January 21, 2018







And now, on Monday January 22, 2018
Martin Luther King Day

Sewing and Quilting makes a difference, today and every day. We create for giving , for catalyzing and for inspiring and even for a reason to do and give and be!




Being of service can take many forms. One way is by using our sewing gifs to make and donate to a multitude of potential causes.

I sew with at least one group that creates  creates quilts, blankets, or baby items to charitable causes.

I am just starting my "Strings in Strata"
A little crib, cot, or sweet blessing quilt.

I find my scrap flannels in softer colors.
And after cutting leftover 2 1/2 strips of scrap flannel, laying out strings in varying lengths for my Strata Quilting.




And then...oops,



And 'sew' some days go!

Still, sewing and quilting for others.

Making my own kind of magic and doing and giving to others.

Through happy days, sad days, good days and not so good days.

What are you doing with your own day today ?

May it be a really good day for you and for creating and giving!

Making a Difference in any and all ways that we can!




The Healing Art of Sewing and Quilting

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Michele Bilyeu Creates With Heart and Hands as she shares her imaginative, magical, and healing journey from Alaska to Oregon. Creating, designing, sewing, quilting, and wildcrafting... from my heart and with my hands.

4 comments:

Karen S Musgrave said...

Mary has been one of my favorite poems for more than 30 years. Nice quilt too. Hugs

O'Quilts said...

THank you xo

Michele Bilyeu said...

Karen
What a mark and a path of beauty she has left for all of us who read and loved her. So many more are discovering and connecting with her now.

A voice for the ages. May we still have beauty and poetry and art in the eons to come. 💜

Michele Bilyeu said...

Grandma O'Quilts 💜