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The Righteous Chick Quilt


I’ve now completed four of the eight quilts in Heather Peterson’s Living Large 2 book.  This one is called Hip to {NOT} Be Square.  I’ve loved every minute of this project.  I love the fabrics.  They remind me of a spa.  I love the way the pattern comes together.  I don’t know how Heather dreamed this one up, but it’s pure genius!

As I was ironing some of the blocks the other night, I figured out what I love about this quilt.  Let me just say that normally I don’t analyze quilts.  I just enjoy making them.  But this time there was more to it.

I love the order in this quilt.  During the week I was working on it, I was stressing over some things in my life.  Every time I’d spend some time in my sewing room, working on this quilt, I’d relax.

I realized that life is like this quilt.  If you look at an individual block, sometimes it seems like you are stuck in a maze.

When you put the whole quilt together, the path becomes clear.

This is one of my favorite Bible verses.

Psalm 37:23

New Living Translation (NLT)

23 The Lord directs the steps of the godly.
He delights in every detail of their lives.

I have one friend in particular who has heard me quote this verse a lot!  My version is just a bit different.

The steps of a righteous chick are ordered of God.

This is my friend K.  I babysat her when she was a toddler.  She in turn babysat for me when she was in high school.  Several years later, after she’d graduated from college, she came and was our Mary Poppins.  I’d be in a padded room right now if it wasn’t for her!  She was our nanny, went to grad school, and did an internship all at the same time!  When things weren’t clear in her life, I’d remind her that the steps of a righteous chick are ordered.  And guess what?  She’s getting married in about a month!

If you’re wondering about the quilt in the photo, she made the quilt at a retreat, and I quilted it for her shower gift.  (Now I just need to monogram the sheets!)

By the way, the pattern for this quilt is in Heather’s Living Large 1 book.  It’s called Off Kilter.

So, while the things I was stressing over haven’t gone away, I was reminded while sewing a quilt that they’re not my problems anyway.  I can’t fix them.  But I know the One who can.  And when I look back the path becomes perfectly clear.

Have I mentioned that I love this quilt?

Now it’s time to clean up my messy sewing room and pick out the fabric for quilt number five!


Author: mariajhmom

I'm a wife, mom, quilter, knitter, and spinner. I blog at

11 thoughts on “The Righteous Chick Quilt

  1. I like your saying…the phrase that repeats in my head over and over (even when things are going alright) is that the Lord works in mysterious ways, his wondrous works, behold… I know I am not in control and I appreciate things revealed in their time.
    What a lovely young lady and gorgeous quilt. Congratulations on her upcoming nuptials..
    I’ve been following your progress with your beautiful quilt and now brought that book. Looks like the first book is now on my list. Thanks for sharing your story!!!

  2. I have been reading your blog for more than a year. I enjoy reading your posting, and many times I found then inspiring. Thank you. Your work is beatiful and I love your current project on Heather’s book, God Bless you and your family.

  3. I love this entire blog…it’s just what I needed… “)

  4. I love how your quilt turned out! I also love your analaysis of the quilt in respects to real life, it is so TRUE! I myself have been sewing my way through stress and issues lately, and it is cheap thereapy and what keeps me sane most days. I think I may need to create this quilt and remember how you compared it to life and have it to look at to remind us of those times in our lives. I love your work and your blog–thanks for always sharing! P.S. I also love your friends quilt!

  5. I never buy pattern books but I’m totally in love with that quilt. I’m going to have to get that book!

  6. Thanks for this. It was very timely. Life is very complicated for me right now. Thanks for the reminder that God is not confused. 🙂

  7. I loved your post, we can all use this reminder!

  8. I LOVE both of those quilts.

  9. an amazing quilt! a beautiful young friend! your talent abounds! I loved this post, thank you.

  10. I stumbled on your site…I had Googled the “Living Large” book after buying book 2. Love it, love your work! I see 2 of the quilts you’ve done from the book…have you blogged/posted pics of the other 2? I’d love to see your interpretations as I get started.

  11. What a cool quilt pattern and I love your analogy!

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