beautiful scraps

watercolor of gee's bend quilt with the addition of a cross designNovember 10, 2015

Given my days as a modern quilter, it’s surprising I haven’t yet made a post in that vein. I do know that making a quilt is a lot harder than painting one (at least in this case)! Today, I’m using one of the famous Gee’s Bend* quilts, designed with scarce scraps of fabric, as inspiration for a watercolor. I’ve made a few simple changes to include the cross design where before there was none.

Those who have not found their true wealth, which is the radiant joy of Being and the deep, unshakable peace that comes with it, are beggars, even if they have great material wealth. They are looking outside for scraps of pleasure or fulfillment, for validation, security, or love, while they have a treasure within that not only includes all those things but is infinitely greater than anything the world can offer. -Eckhart Tolle

When I am frayed and strained and drizzle at the end
Please someone cut a square and put me in a quilt
That I might keep some child warm
And some old person with no one else to talk to
Will hear my whispers
And cuddle
near

-Nikki Giovanni

The lives of most men are patchwork quilts. Or at best one matching outfit with a closet and laundry bag full of incongruous accumulations. -Jesse Owens

Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost -John 6:12

*Gee’s Bend is a rural community along the banks of the Alabama River, isolated culturally and geographically from other communities, now inhabited by the descendants of slaves. This particular design is attributed to Lucy Mooney and dated around 1930-1940.

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