Welcome to June!
During the past month, I have rediscovered my passion for quilting. It has proven to be an excellent meditative and creative pastime. I love choosing the design, then selecting the fabrics that will be cut and arranged into blocks.
It reminds me that in life we slowly put together the blocks of our life by what we choose in each moment. Life brings us a variety of colours and textures each day, which we lay down beside the previous day, slowly building our quilt called life. For myself, the top is what intrigues me; I managed to stitch together five quilt tops in a short period. Once each top was complete, I sandwiched it with the batting and backing and then basted it so that it will hold together through the quilting process.
If you have ever hand quilted, it takes time. You do pick up speed with practice, but it still can take hours to quilt a piece together. I like the hands-on approach and feel more connected to the piece as well as feeling I have achieved something. It is like each stitch I place infuses the piece with love from me.
My stitches are not perfect, and while I could take out the stitch that goes astray and replace it with a perfect one, I don't. Life is not perfect. It is not all joy filled just by its very nature, and in life, we are not given a chance to change events that happen to us. Instead, we must keep going forward, living each day to the best of our ability, no matter what comes our way.
So I chose to leave the imperfect stitches. Because when the quilt is completed, it is not the imperfect stitches that catch the eye; it is the beautiful colours, the whole piece that strikes us and captures our breath.
That is what life is about! Facing the myriad of choices that each day presents to you and selecting the best option for you at that moment. Remember that hindsight is 20/20, but you cannot go back to any point in time and change it. Don't get hung up on it, instead move forward with the understanding that there will be other choices. Don't worry about being perfect, do what you love with great zeal, and stress less about what others think. Your life is yours, and you are creating a beautiful life. One that you will look back upon and see how each piece fit together perfectly, imperfections and all.
This month promises to be filled with beautiful options for each of us. Choose the most colourful and see how you can enhance your life. Make it the best that you can, each moment and don't forget to infuse it with lots of love.
Always thinking, always observing, always wondering and pondering the things that make life go round.