It wasn’t until I actually downloaded this photo that I noticed the larger design. For hours on Friday we sewed on this beautiful quilt pieced by Dianne’s sister. During that time I examined the amazing number of fabrics she had used – greens, blues and whites. And although our quilters usually don’t enjoy sewing batiks or using white thread on white fabric, no one is complaining as the fabrics are soft and the design intriguing.  It is going to take us a while though to finish it. We’ve been at this quilt for three weeks and only just turned at the end of our Friday session. When I got home after quilting and looked at the photo of Joan sewing on this particular quilt, I realized that often I lack the perspective one gets photowith distance. I put my focus on the immediate, on the task at hand and rarely take the time to look at how the pieces fit together in a larger sense. There are the dishes in the sink that need to be washed and the birthday card I meant to mail a week ago. Work is piled up at the office and I suppose some folks are even getting ready for the holidays.  I get so busy doing the list of things in front of me though that I rarely take the time to appreciate the wholeness, the entirety. Maybe winter settling in and regular Fridays quilting with these women will help me look up a bit more to glimpse the integrated design.

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About tvh56

I mostly live in Eureka, Montana and write two blogs. One is for the Tobacco Valley Board of History, a group composed of the most remarkable older women who quilt weekly to raise funds to maintain the Historical Village. I had to capture their stories with words and photos. And when I began a traveling bookstore as a small business, well, it only made sense to write about that too.

6 responses to “Perspective”

  1. wombatquilts says :

    Absolutely beautiful.

  2. Sandi Hall says :

    Hmmmm….excellent words…well worth pondering. It is all about perspective, isn’t it?

  3. Tammy says :

    Do any of these ladies contract out to make quilts for others? I need a quilt made out of crown royal bags.

    • tvh56 says :

      Often the Board of History quilters will hand quilt tops that someone brings although we also piece our own. They are open to the idea of putting together a quilt for you. Stop by on a Friday between 10-3 and you can talk with Lynda about it.

  4. Dacia Dailey says :

    Quite interesting ~ Sometimes the desire to create with our hands just takes over.

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