Monday, April 20, 2009

My Favorite Quilt: The Way Opens

This small quilt (8.5 x 11) is my favorite quilt because it's about faith but I completed it at a time when my faith was faltering. I do believe as Quakers say, that things happen "as way opens." We can plan and scheme, but life will unfurl as it does, and we don't always get much to say about that unwinding.

It's a self portrait. I'm standing "in the middle of life with my past behind me" as Chrissie Hind says, and I'm greeting what's to come as well as saying goodbye to what's past. The landscape is the desert landscape that is my heart's home. The wings? Well, I don't know why, but in my self portraits, I usually give myself wings. Wishful thinking? Perhaps, but I know that when I let go of my own will and my own ego I really am able to lift off.

Someone bought this quilt last fall as her own life was opening out in a new direction, and I was glad that she was able to look at it and see the faith and promise in it.

8 comments:

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What a special story about your quilt. The wings really give this quilt flight. Thanks for sharing about it.

Zonnah said...

Beautiful!

highwaycottage said...

Beautiful quilt. I love the story about it too.

Cindy's Stitching said...

all of the quilts are very nic.

Quilt Rat said...

Wonderful piece, well done!

Quilt+Bitch said...

Thank you for sharing the quilt and the story. Beautiful piece. A masterpiece.

stitchinpenny said...

A great quilt and its message is inspiring to anyone open to it. I almost skipped your entrybecause I thought it had been read, but something made me look and I am very happy I did.

Karen said...

I love this piece! Your description of your work is really inspiring as well. Beautiful work.