DeDe works patiently. She has carefully cut out the fabric, rearranged the pieces, and pinned them together in new and unexpected ways. The hum of the sewing machine in rhythmic and soothing. DeDe works slowly to create the quilt that will cover her bed and wrap her in warmth.
Every quilt represents the embrace of a relationship. In a quilt, as in life, we collect scattered pieces and random moments. We stitch together the frayed edges and join with other battered hearts. At last we hold a completed covering of colorful shapes and textures. One day we look back on our lives, and we can see the whole pattern of the time we shared with others.
To construct a quilt, we need a few tools:
Fabric gives warmth, comfort, and color.
Batting adds softness and depth.
Tee shirts hold special memories of shared experiences.
A ruler measures the edges and keeps the seams straight.
Scissors cut away what doesn't fit.
A pincushion protects our fingertips from sharp points.
Thread holds all the parts together.
And a seam ripper helps us correct our mistakes.
We could invest in expensive fabrics and tools, but we don't have to. We can use what we have available and appreciate that we will always receive what we need.
DeDe works patiently, because a quilt can't be finished in a day. A life can't be built in a year. We work together slowly to join all the pieces and enjoy the intricate tapestries we create.
I'm enjoying the time we spend making this quilt! Keep watching this website to see what happened when these pieces started falling into place.
What is falling into place for you today? What tools are you using to bring the pieces of your life together?