Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Insights

   I began blogging in 2009, as a way to document my passion for quilting, and to learn a new trick----i.e. the computer skills for blogging :)   Along the way I gain some practical skills, renewed my love for writing and words, and developed a perspective as to why I quilt.  
   
   Those perspectives turned into what I labeled "insights".  Some times the insight was about a block, layout, or technique.  Other times it was to listen to my gut instinct.   Once I shared the insight I read in a fortune cookie.....  It was just appropriate for me at that very time.    I learned about life, my life, through my quilting.   I recognized that people cross our paths, enter our lives for a season and a reason. And those lessons turned into my insights.  

   A day or so ago, I left a comment on a blog I follow about the many donation quilts she had stacked up.  A little nugget, a special gem of words, painted a picture of why many of us quilt.  
         We will mark our path by the trail of quilts we give away.

   For every quilt we make and share, we do leave a mark on some one's life.  We work long and hard on our piecing, learning quilting techniques.  We take classes.  We buy books and fabrics and notions.  We fret if the color is not right, or a star point is off.  And then we revel in the twinkle in eye of the recipient, the special hug and smile of the gift from our hands.    We are there in disasters, and times of pain and trouble.  We give to children's ministries, we take quilts to nursing homes, and hospitals.  We seek out neighbors, and strangers to wrap in comfort and love.  
  
   We have often been told to find a need and fill it.  Quilters just do this instinctively.   The blog world has many wonderful groups filling those needs.
        We will mark our path by the trail of quilts we give away.
Happy stitching.  

14 comments:

Quilting Babcia said...

A beautiful sentiment, I'll share with our quilt ministry group later this morning.

Food and Fiber Floozie said...

OMgosh....you really struck a chord with me with this blog post as it is EXACTLY how I feel. I would like your permission to quote portions of this blog post on my blog (with full credit). May I do that? dreamsoaps@aol.com

Mary said...

Beautiful insight! Thanks for sharing.

Linda Swanekamp said...

Thank you for your words. You are a good writer- able to communicate those intangibles. Most of my quilts are given away. It is hard to balance the comfort quilt demand with trying to make some special quilts of ideas I have. I am trying to focus on what I can do as rehab is taking three entire mornings a week and I can't seem to get back into what I was able to sew before the heart attack.

Ray and Jeanne said...

Your words are so very true. Thanks for putting this sentiment into words. ~Jeanne

Louise said...

Thank you so much for that lovely sentiment! I shared it with my guild :)

Barbara said...

So true...I love that sentiment. I can recall participating in a swap, and my little quilt went to a stranger in South Africa. At the time, I was thinking how much fun it was that something I’d made was traveling to such a distant place. I hope you don’t mind my sharing this with others.

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

It is amazing how charitable quilters are. That each charity quilt leaves a mark on someone's life is so true. Another blogger, Kathy's Quilts, shared a similar sentiment today. We usually don't find out how much we touch another's life when we give.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

How true. Yes, Jeanne has lots of quilts stacked up. I'm always behind in my charity quilting, no matter how hard I work at it. I learn something with every quilt I make. They are gifts to me before they are gifts to others.

MissPat said...

Amen. You have spoken for many of us today.
Pat

Nicki said...

What beautiful words of wisdom you handed us today. I have always had a very hard time putting my thoughts & feelings into words so it's days like today that I am so thankful that you are my friend & touch my heart so often. Some of us have short paths & some have long ones. Even if I just left a mark on one person's life, my whole quilting journey would be worth it. Thank you....thank you...thank you!

---"Love" said...

Quite a thought-provoking post! Thanks! ---"Love"

Janet O. said...

Thanks you for sharing this insight with us, Debbie. I am always impressed by your wisdom.

Cheree @ That Morning Latte said...

Exactly! Thanks for sharing that nugget!

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