Quilting, thinking about the Liturgical Year.

{A series of posts about The Little Oratory, a book I have written with David Clayton, illustrated with icons by him and with drawings by Deirdre. Read about the Introduction and how to use the bookChapter One; Chapters Two and Three.}


I’m trying to get a little faster in my quilting! The babies are outstripping me.

I just had to make a little quilt (and it is very little) for Annie’s new baby, Elizabeth Joan. Annie, you will remember, is an out-law of mine — that is, she is Rosie’s sister-in-law! Other people’s in-laws are your out-laws — if you are family, that is :)



This quilt uses up the last of that little sprigged pink fabric in the squares. I really loved that fabric! (I have more in the red colorway — it looks completely different). I eked it out, that’s for sure, using the borders to make it a respectable size. One thing I have noticed is that designer fabric often has hard-to-match colors. The backing took some finding, let me tell you.

I ended up choosing a Joann’s print which I actually like a lot, in that it’s colorful — and I am proud of how the pink is this particular pink; but of course the quality isn’t quite up to my little scraps. But maybe the cuteness makes up for that! (My thoughts on quilting with pearl thread here.)




This week’s chapter, Chapter 4, is available to download for free, so I won’t jabber on about it.

It’s about time. You could say that everything I’ve tried to say here on the blog about time — your day, Sundays, the seasons of the year — are systematically presented in this chapter. Yay! Isn’t that exciting?

Seriously, liturgical time is a mystery, and it’s what connects us to God’s purpose for us here on earth. The amazing thing is that if we make the most of liturgical time, we never again have to worry about missing something in the spiritual life.

Isn’t that a relief?




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  1. says

    That quilt is adorable! How do you find any time do sew? I wish I had a dedicated sewing space. It’s waaaaay too much work for me to drag everything out, sew, and put it all back so I end up with a ridiculous amount of clothes set aside to mend and no time to work on fun projects. :(

    I can’t wait to read the chapter you wrote about the liturgical year! Downloading it now :)

    • says

      Rachel, I agree that having a dedicated space is key! Pray pray pray for just the right place. You need a desk’s worth and an ironing board’s worth and then somewhere to put the fabric :)

  2. Rayna says

    Thank you, Leila, for continuing to emphasize the liturgical year and the prayers of the Church. If I had been forced to innovate, I’d have been done long ago.

  3. Mamabearjd(Michelle) says

    I’m posting a wish list here, and I know it is more work than y’all may can take on -but – wouldn’t it be awesome to have a LMLD forum? I was imagining different boards like housekeeping, The Little Oratory, Homeschool, etc…and all of the great comments we see here could take place in an active conversation. I don’t think I am alone in enjoying the community you’ve built here, and thinking I can learn from the collective.

    I’m brazen, no? But a loyal friend.

    • says

      Michelle, you are so sweet.
      I think that maybe the comments of a post could serve as a good forum — IF the posts were organized so you could easily find them! We are working on that.
      When we reach that promised land, you will have the post and then if you subscribe to the comments, you can just keep up with the conversation there.
      Let’s see….

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