Archive for the month “November, 2012”

A little bit of quilting

The pink wedding quilt is coming on at last. Pictures coming soon…

I have been busy with other things (as you can tell from the last few blog posts) and I have been ill with a fluey cold that has knocked me out for about a week. I managed to quilt another couple of rows this afternoon, and will be able to see the end of the quilt the next time I roll it on the frame. The light doesn’t last late now that we are almost into December, so I will need some free afternoons to work on it over the next few weeks.

Tomorrow, I am having a day out. I am going to the Country Living Christmas Fair in Harrogate – and hoping to come back with lots of sewing inspiration.

TV moments

Well, the vote for Women Bishops didn’t get through (by 5 votes, and only because of the particular counting system that is used) and there has been much discussion, including in Parliament, about what will happen next.

The TV was full of comment, and it even reached Swaledale. Some members of the parish and I were interviewed by ITN News. Two men came all the way from Manchester and, after an afternoon of work with them, we featured for about 30 seconds – such is TV. If you missed it, you can watch it  in this clip:

What do I think? After reflecting, I think that we have to believe that God is in the process – after all, that is what we would have said if the vote had gone the other way. I don’t think this is the end of the story, and it could be for the good – I hope that our future conversation about the issue is now going to be  more open and more comprehensible to people both inside and outside the Church of England, and I hope that this will lead to much better legislation going through, which really frees us for ministry and does not tie us in theological and practical knots.


Voting Day…

No, not the one for Police Commissioners, which was a bit of a non event last week.

Tomorrow, 20 November, the Church of England General Synod will vote on legislation for Women Bishops.

Well, I would like to see women able to be Bishops in England (as they already can be in other countries, hence the photo, which is of Katherine Schori, a Bishop in the USA), but I would also like to see a church which welcomes the ministry of men and women equally, and which will soon make the courageous decision to get rid of the discriminatory legislation of the past.

When the vote went through for women to be ordained, 20 years ago, they tried to keep everyone happy, and you simply can’t do that. So, we still live in a church where the law says that no one has to have a woman vicar if they don’t want one, and they can vote to never have a woman lead services or be the vicar in their church. The proposed legislation about women bishops does some of the same sort of theological and legal gymnastics to try too keep everyone happy, so we will be in a situation not much better than what we have now.

In case you are wondering how this can exist in a world where workplace equality is enforced by law, it is because the C of E is exempt from employment legislation and exempt from the sex discrimination legislation – which is just incomprehensible to anyone who works in any other organisation.

The vote could go either way tomorrow. We will see. Either way, there will be big implications.

Today, the church calendar remembered and gave thanks for Hilda, Abbess of Whitby, born in 680AD.

Here are a prayer about her which has helped me to focus and pray today:

Eternal God,
who made the abbess Hilda to shine like a jewel in our land
and through her holiness and leadership
blessed your Church with new life and unity:
help us, like her, to yearn for the gospel of Christ
and to reconcile those who are divided;
through him who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Happy Blogday to us…


This blog is a year old this week…

Happy Birthday Candles

It has been mostly about craft and quilting, but has strayed into other areas, including family history, theology, prayer, tea parties, holidays, cats and bats.

Some people have read it and a few have commented. We are getting into double figures for visitors on a regular basis, and it is making me think more about the sewing that I am doing. It is also a good way to keep a record of quilts that I make and give or sell to others.

Charles Simeon

Today, November 13, is the day in the church calendar when Anglicans remember and give thanks for the life of Rev Charles Simeon:


At theological college, I wrote my dissertation about his work, and he has always been a bit of a hero of mine.

He was a Vicar in Cambridge in the 1800s and spent 50 years in the same church, Holy Trinity. The congregation didn’t want him at first and would lock him out of the building, but over time he became a well respected preacher.

Charles Simeon was involved in the beginnings of lots of mission societies and Christian organisations that still exist today, and was one of the founders of Christian work among university students.

You can read more about him here:

The Anglican prayer for today (the collect) is as follows:

Eternal God,
who raised up Charles Simeon 
 to preach the good news of Jesus Christ
and inspire your people in service and mission:
grant that we with all your Church may worship the Saviour,
turn in sorrow from our sins and walk in the way of holiness;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen


A friend came over yesterday to help with quilting the wedding quilt, and we made good progress. We rolled the quilt on twice in a few hours.

I quilted the interlocked wedding rings block and then thought that it needed a bit of gold thread – so we now have a ‘bling’ block!

(You can get a bigger image by clicking on the picture)

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