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 with 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.