Tennessee Dog Whisperer Quilter Lives Hands & Feet Life
MAKER-GIVER SERIES: Part 1 of 2 featuring Linda Laird’s creations and heart for giving. Linda, thanks for blessing us by allowing me showcase some of your work and words of inspiration. Photo Creds: Linda Laird. (Read Part 2 here … See Linda’s Fabulous Quilts)
In a beautiful country setting situated outside Millington, Tennessee lives a gifted, hard-working woman with a generous heart. A woman who quilts, gardens and puts her show dogs lovingly through the paces. She is an amazing photographer and a published author. More than any thing, this woman unceasingly lives out what it means to be God’s hands & feet on earth.
When Christian vocalist Matthew West recorded “Do Something” he was urging us all to rise up; live up to the purpose for which we were created. West’s challenge to us is to use the God-given talents we have to live active, selfless lives giving comfort, changing hearts and righting ungodly circumstances.
Linda Laird is the “Do Something” role model.
I became acquainted with Linda some months back through the College Of Quilts Facebook community.
I’d asked about a pattern I saw posted and she responded to me privately. We carried on an online messaging conversation wherein she immediately offered to send me an extra Big Foot for free motion she had “collecting dust.”
It still makes me feel all warm inside thinking about a then complete stranger, offering up something to me, a very newbie quilt maker she’d met just moments prior from somewhere out in cyberspace.
No pretense. Just encouragement.
That is Linda’s way. She dives in. Once a hand-quilter, now a free motion guru, thanks to finagling her high school sweet heart hubby into purchasing her dream machine Bernina and her determination to learn and grow in her craft and be a giver.
Bettering her stitches, taking more creative license with each quilt, Linda has 40+ creations under her production belt this year. Most of which are in the grateful hands of others.
Now that I know her better, I am not surprised our first encounter was her taking time, reaching out to give.
Join us next post. We’ll be featuring quilts from Linda’s 2015 collection.
“Christ has no body on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which Christ’s compassion for the world is to look out; yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good; and yours are the hands with which He is to bless us now.” ~Saint Teresa of Avila
God created, sew should we. [Creative Joy = Therapy = Undeniable Rippling Effects.] Our stories as makers are valuable. [Life is humbling. Sharing our journeys is uplifting and productive.]
Wow, am I flattered. Never thought of myself in this way, as a “giver” as such. I guess I’ve taken myself for granted. This article has given me a new since of self esteem I’ve not felt in a long time. Thank you for the boost to my self worth. Linda
Janelle Jones says
Linda, You are a very special person and I am honored you reached out to me as you clearly do without even thinking about it. Truly an inspiration. Looking forward to showcasing some of your work and wondering if I might ask to use your snow covered branches picture as my Facebook cover shot. I will of course credit you. Thanks and blessings!
of course you can use any of my photographs as FB cover…I’m flattered you like my pictures. Linda
Janelle Jones says
Thanks Lady! Your photos are inspiring. Looking forward to doing part two of this series. Hope you’re well. 😀