Monday, March 7, 2016

Underneath it all

What are we underneath it all?

Loyal?  Certain?  Happy?  Known?  Maybe... mostly... here?

Underneath it all

Yesterday I sat in the sunshine with my husband and some friends who have walked with us through it all.  We tossed around jokes, sorrows, existential brick walls, questions about gardens, goats, guilt, the works.  The conversation twisted and turned in unpredictable ways while kids wove around us chomping on carrots or offering kernels of popcorn from sweet, sweaty little hands.

While we chattered I watched my friend's man deconstruct a skateboard with a confidence that surprised me.  He took it apart.  He stripped it down.  And quietly, simply he made it new.  He knew exactly what a skateboard was underneath it all and how it should work and what it should be.

I didn't say so then, but his work reminded me of quilt-making.  Most people take a quilt for granted.  They don't know what it is inside, what steps it takes to make one, that it's just three layers bound together - nothing more, nothing less.

Underneath it all

I made this backing for my Doodle Doodle improv quilt from leftover solid scraps I'd saved in a basket from the making of the quilt top.  Little random bits that sew together to make decent blocks, that combined with orphan blocks become eventually a large swath of colorful cloth.  And soon a backing.  And soon a finished quilt.  It'll be something that delights and amazes and blesses someone.

But underneath it all, it's just bits of fabric cut up and sewn together. 

So simple, underneath it all.


Underneath it all



14 comments:

  1. We are each the sum of our parts. Some parts can't be seen or explained, only felt. Great post. I love the work you are doing in solids.

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    1. Thank you! I'm warmed to hear this post resonated. I sat down not knowing what it was I wanted to say... and then I discovered this was it. I'm grateful to have a habit of writing for the privilege it is to know myself and be known.

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    2. Rachel, you are such an inspiration. I love reading your insightful posts.

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  2. I really love those little ice cream coney bits!

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  3. Insightful post and take on who and what we all are. Love your quilt making and your writing. It is a wonderful blessing for all of us that you share it with.

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  4. That's the backing?? I think I like it even better than the top!

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  5. I love reading your words💗

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  6. Lovely words and bits of fabric, put together by one who knows her way around both :)

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  7. Beautifully written Rachel.

    Sometimes a quilt has a double front, like this one will :)

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  8. Beautiful....your words and your quilt. It must have been somewhat therapeutic to sit with those you care about and talk through life's hurdles.

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  9. It is amazing, isn't it? And such beautiful results.
    Especially yours.

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  10. Ahhhhh friends. What would we do without them.
    We learn so much. Every dear friend has their story
    I do not know if every one gets super excited like quilters do, but I am sure there are areas. Funny. People know incredible stuff we do not know. And quite honestly, I do not have room in my head for some of it. I am at peace with that.
    I am so glad you had a really nice time with your dearest friends and the kids.
    This quilt is so cool, from these photos, that one block with the curves looks like a gem of some sort.

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  11. Sounds like such a lovely day, and so well written.

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