The quilt before you is my first attempt at something other than square blocks. In fact, until recently, the only quilts I ever made were square blocks sewn together and my mother would finish them. I’d help her “tie” them but I never actually quilted them or put the binding on.
I decided after getting a great deal of fabric from mother’s stash that I wanted to dive into quilting. Knowing my personality I knew I would require assistance. I searched online for a kit and class I could buy. Craftsy was my source and this quilt was quite the learning experience!
These are my other helpers, isn’t the little girl adorable! I’m a tad prejudice. Yes, my husband helped because he is a contractor and cuts with precision. (He’s a trooper for helping me, I would have given up if not for him!)
There were moments of feeling like a failure, frustration, and uncertainty while creating this lap quilt. Which this reflects aspects of my own life, especially in the past few years, there is more. The bold colors make me happy when I look at them. Their brightness and solidarity is something I hope to reflect in my own life. Something that is coming in view once more.
All the colors are so very different yet they are harmonious when placed in the same area. They become a union of sorts and create a warm reflection with the soft white bringing them completely together. Do you long to live this way? In a common union with harmony and wrapped in the warmth of goodness?
This quilt not only holds beautiful colors and straight lines and areas of strong precision sewing, it holds much more. For instances, crooked lines, the fabric that was missed while joining two colors, and the miter corners are pretty rough. When I look at this quilt I feel it represents a few different things but mostly a reflection of life (at least for me.)
My life has so much that is good, warm, loving, and solid. Yet at the same time it holds messy, sadness, and struggles. While those threads are unraveling in one area, the threads that are tightly sewn tug even harder to keep the strength up. I feel stronger with each day. The process isn’t a quick one, just as this quilt wasn’t to make, but I’ll get there. I’ll get to the place of balance I once knew. I’ll be stronger for it and hope to help others from my experience.
If you find yourself in the darkness, whether it’s been for 20 minutes, 20 days, or 20 years you can still step out of it. Just as the quilt would not be as strong if sewn with loose stitches, rally together a friend or two, a pastor, a doctor, a mentor to help you. Just start with a baby step into the brightness. I’m not saying it will be easy, but it will be worth it.
Until next time!