As I look back on the previous year and on to the next, I’m reminded of a wonderful quote from a book I just finished by Marie Bostwick (A Single Thread, 2008):
Quilts are made up of broken lines, just like life. Over and over again, we try to walk a straight path but run into dead ends, sharp corners, and uneven ground that cuts us off and forces us to change direction. Sometimes it’s painful, other times joyful. But it isn’t until you take a moment to stand still, step off the line, and back away that you finally see the truth. Those unexpected turns and startling about faces, the chaotic path? It wasn’t chaotic at all. When you step back to see where you’ve been, you discover the shape, the reason, the intricately beautiful pattern and vivid colors of a life stitched together from what, at one point, had seemed nothing more than mismatched scraps and broken lines. Stepping back, you see there had been a design all along, and a Designer.
At that moment…I turned around and looked up in the sky. “Thanks,” I said. “For all of it.”
Isn’t it true? All life’s ups and downs are like a patchwork quilt. Sometimes it seems like a mess when we look too closely…
We do need to take time to reflect, stand back, and see the overall (bigger) picture,
and realize and be grateful that there’s been a design, and a Designer all along.
I’ve just begun the second book in Marie Bostwick’s Cobbled Court series. I highly recommend them. There are six in all:
- 1) A Single Thread
- 2) a Thread of Truth
- 3) A Thread So Thin
- 4) Threading the Needle
- 5) Ties That Bind
- 6) Between Heaven and Texas
- 7) Apart at the Seams
Wishing you all a Happy and Healthy New Year…and HAPPY QUILTING!