Things to Do With Your Husband #7: Baste a Quilt
I’m letting the cat out of the bag–the secret sewing project I’ve been working on is a quilt for a friend of our’s who is getting married in one week. Yes, I said one week. Today, Nate helped me iron the backing and baste the quilt “sandwich” with big safety pins. (Sorry for the poor quality of this photo.)
He was such a dear doing all that kneeling and stretching. Sadly because of my weight, I can’t kneel directly on my knees for very long (especially on those hard floors!) and bending at the waist gives me a head rush that doesn’t feel very good when I straighten up. I ironed portions of the backing, but he did most of it, the darling. It needed ironing because it was pieced and much too large for my ironing board. You’ll learn more about that in a week or so!
He also helped me pin-baste the quilt with large safety pins–5 in each of 30 blocks makes 150 pins, plus some in the border. We ended up using small safety pins I had in the house because we ran out of the giant ones while pinning the border. He is a quick pinner! Here’s a sneak peek of a couple pins…
I found some very nice corners to photograph. 😉
That’s all the sneak peek you get today. The full reveal will be posted by July 4th, I hope. But what I really wanted to talk about was how unselfishly my husband gave some of his time to my hobby in order to save me back-breaking trouble, aches and pains, and at least an hour of work. I was going to ask him to help me lay out the quilt pieces (that batting sticks to fabric like peanut butter to the roof of your mouth!), and he offered to help me pin the whole thing. When we realized the backing needed ironing, he graciously stepped in to help without a word from me.
Self-less lover of mine. It brought a tear to my eye to watch him kneeling, actually kind of enjoying ironing (shooting steam is kind of fun, you know), but I think mostly enjoying helping me.
It is the self-less love given him by my Savior showing through, really. My husband is to love me as Christ loves the church. He is to give himself to me fully, following the example of Christ. And tonight (as is often the case), my Savior really shined through him. He turned this chore I’d been dreading into a rather happy time of service to me.
And I couldn’t thank him enough.
Wives, you don’t have direct control over your husband helping you with your hobbies or chores. BUT, you can and should give yourself to him in this way. Help him when he needs you. Keep a watchful eye so that you may assist him without him having to ask for it. You can serve him by helping him with his chores/duties/hobbies sometimes, not just by keeping up with your own. Serve him in all that you do, just as you serve the Lord in all that you do. Bring your concerns about your husband’s behavior or attitude to your Heavenly Father in prayer while you continue to serve your husband.
I have seen first-hand that serving my husband with a joyful heart and attitude (though not always easy and sometimes with much prayer required for the happy part) is the best thing I can do as his wife. It fulfills him, cheers him. And when he reciprocates, I thank God for leading me in diligence and patience and for a soft-hearted husband who loves me so.
I ask you: what have you helped your husband with recently that is normally his job/chore/duty around the home or his hobby? If you can’t remember, maybe you should start thinking of a way to help him soon.