Preparation

name quiltUsually I post this blog after I have been to a Friday quilting. I am always so inspired by these women, the conversations, the colors and textures of the quilts, and the events in the old school house (which looks so innocuous from the outside) that it is easy to write. But this morning I am full of questions and look forward to taking them to those quilters who show up today. We won’t have the full contingent as some of the women are out of town visiting families but I know we will have enough there to work on both quilting frames and to give serious consideration to my questions.

As is obvious from my lack of regular posts, I don’t do well balancing all I want to do in life. I want to spend more time making art, sitting on Fridays with the quilters, having serious conversations with friends, and spending quiet time reflecting. I mentioned this quest to have a better balance in my life to some young friends recently. They politely scoffed and said most people experience this – that their lives aren’t as balanced as they would want. Which surprised me as I had assumed in was my general lack of management and other people did much better. And even though the young friends see this as a common sentiment, I am not willing to let it rest there. I will take it as a query to the quilters and listen to their advice.

The second question I will take to them today is about welcoming strangers into the community. Recently a couple from Cuba arrived in Eureka. It has surprised me the range of reactions that this has received. There are individuals who are generally welcoming and there are others who see it as completely wrong that our government would allow this to happen. As though even here in Montana with all the space we have that there isn’t room for two more.

I finally got a photo of the quilt with names. It is for sale just in case you are looking for a Boxing Day gift.

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.

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