Every quilter knows the deep satisfaction that comes from taking a pile of sometimes quite ordinary fabrics, cutting them into a variety of pieces and stitching them back together into a beautiful quilt that warms not only the body but also the heart.
Creating these quilts together with good friends boosts that satisfaction a hundredfold, as St Mark’s Quilters know well!
Machinists, hand stitchers, even quilt knitters, came together last Saturday for our October workshop, a day of creativity and not-so-quiet enjoyment.
Moo had bindings to stitch down as she chatted with Kirstin who’s working on a beautiful knitted baby quilt using fine cotton yarns in citrus tones of pale lemon, soft green, and tangerine along with powder blue.
Di B and Gillian tossed around ideas – at least I think that’s what they were saying!
Gail helped Amanda trim and pin her latest quilt, ready for machine quilting.
Cath had a fresh pile of finished quilts waiting for labels to be attached, once she and Di C had caught up on their news since we last met.
Susie and Amanda, absorbed in conversation, momentarily forgot their sewing too.
Sue’s paper-pieced baby blocks are coming together nicely, another slow-burner quilt, easy to work on while enjoying a chat with Gillian.
We missed this precious girl, but even though she’s back in the States she was still with us in spirit: Sarah Skype-texted me in the midst of the creative buzz, and for a couple of minutes we enjoyed a ‘conversation’ from one side of the world to the other.
My inner geek gets so excited by such things!
It wasn’t entirely about the conversations.
Sometimes there was just the quiet companionship of the shared creative experience as we sewed together, side by side, making our quilts for RPA Newborn Care and the autistic little ones who attend “The Marcia”.
How wonderful, how beautiful, when
brothers and sisters get along <and sew quilts together>!
Psalm 133:1 (The Message)