It’s always nerve-wracking sending a quilt in the post. Even if it’s sent special delivery and requiring a multitude of signatures on arrival – until I get confirmation by email, phone or text from the recipient to say that it’s arrived safely, I just don’t feel at ease. And if it’s being sent to a magazine (like this one was, to British Patchwork & Quilting), then I get the same feelings for when the quilt is returned to me!
So you can imagine it was a huge relief to welcome home my ‘Through my Window’ quilt. And now that I have it back, it’s finally hanging up in the ‘quilt’ space I created on the landing late last year.
I enjoy changing the quilt display on the landing, usually to mark changes in seasons and moods. But this one is bringing me mixed feelings.
It was exactly a year ago, in late winter, that I was working on this quilt; it was a difficult time for me, but having this project to work on brought me peace at a time when I felt I was in pieces.
I came up with the title ‘Through my Window’ because it features the colours I could see through my window panes, and the cold blues and greys of winter were in tune with how I was feeling. I added a touch of hot pink to represent the coming of spring, hope, and perhaps a longing for change and renewal.
When I finished the quilt, I knew I would get mixed feelings when looking back at it, knowing it would always remind me of those difficult times and the hurt I went through. So I had the good sense to write a message to myself on the label, in the hope that the simple words would bring me comfort in times to come:
“Through my window I can see
A world of wonder there for me
And in this world, I will find
My belonging and peace of mind”
Do you have a quilt that evokes these sorts of feelings? Do you write messages to yourself on quilt labels? I’d love to know; feel free to leave a comment below.
Till next time
Kits to make the quilt top are available in my Melony Patch Etsy shop.
For other blog posts relating to ‘Through my Window’, see the following:
Blue leaves (and a bit of sewing therapy)
A sewing room with a view
Quilt top finished – now for the border
And my quilt is off (in the post, that is!)
And the quilting begins… if a little slowly
It’s been a slow snow day
My quilt is on the cover (yay!)
And another quilt is off!
Ooh! I’m in the mag!