I've named the quilt
"It Takes A Village".
There are two stories here... one of what the quilt represents and one of what the quilt is made of. I know I have followers that may not care about the blocks, but would love the story... the opposite is also true. So, I'll try to give you both. The easiest, first.
The quilt blocks.
Now... on to the story of the quilt.
If you don't like stories... just stop here, you got what you needed.
In the center of our world is the tree of life... God and Family. God gave us life and it is up to us what we do with it. Family isn't necessarily your biological family. I know they say blood is thicker than water and I have an amazing family for which I'm thankful, but not everyone does. Family is who you need it to be. The people that you know are there for you. They make up the largest part of your world.
Each day we have to make a choice to do good or evil to our lives and world. So, the swoon blocks starting in the top left and going clockwise are the times of day (midnight, dawn, noon, and dusk). Don't waste minutes, hours, and days on things that don't matter to the larger picture. Bring good to the world each day. Another reminder of time ticking away is present in the outer corner blocks... one for each season of the year.
The tiny houses remind us we are not alone. There is a huge village out there to support and help us along this journey of life. No matter what you read and hear in the news, there are still good people out there. I'm thankful I've been part and am a part of those networks.
The homes are decorated with different interests from me, my husband, and my stepdaughter. Our sweet furkids are also included in the embroidery.
I have heard and read so many thought provoking stories, poems, and anecdotes over the years about life and how to live to the fullest. The one that sticks in my mind more than the others is from ancient Egypt. Ancient Egyptians believed that upon death they would be asked two questions
and their answers would determine whether they could continue their journey in the afterlife.
The first question was, “Did you bring joy?”
The second was, “Did you find joy?”
I hope my friendship has brought joy to others in my life. I have made and gifted several things over the years and I don't do any of those projects lightly. In return, I have found a lot of joy in my life. I hope the scale is balanced. I hope I have given as much or more than I have received.