Saturday, April 28, 2007
April Showers Bring May Flowers
Yes, it's wonderful that April rains bring the bounty of May flowers. A promise of renewed life is fulfilled yet again and I am truly grateful for this! However, my blog story for today is actually more than a little ditty about months, but is a tribute to a daughter who tugs at my heartstrings, and as a mother, I must practice fairness to my kids. John had the last blog focus; Anne gets this one! Quilting is a passion of mine; also a way of "therapy" for me as I stitch and work out issues on my mind and in my heart. This quilt was begun on September 11, 2001 when I was sick with worry over the happenings of that horrible day...and that Anne was far far away in Sweden and I couldn't gather her up and hug her and assure her that all was well. I needed to make something beautiful out of something very very ugly in the world. The best way I knew how was to make flowers out of fractured pieces of fabric, representing the fracturing of our own world with the possibility of something to heal the soul as it came together to create a bouquet of beauty and peacefulness. Whenever I make a quilt, I put a label on the back telling its story and history.If you click on this label photo, you can read more details about its connstruction. A close-up of the quilt reveals that each hexagon is about the size of a quarter! There are literally thousands of pieces composing this quilt. And each one was stitched with Anne on my mind. It was the best therapy for this mother and truly was my labor of love for a treasured and cherished daughter. My April (September) showers turned into May flowers!