I went on a women's retreat last weekend on Mother's Day weekend. We met at a church camp about an hour from here. Most of the ladies were from our Thursday morning group called WOW (Women of the Word). There was 50 of us at this event called "The Patterns of Your Life". We hand stitched lap quilts while listening to worship music and different speakers. It all was woven into the theme of stitching together our lives or life's events.
Now some of you may be honest and say that my quilt is kind of ugly, and you would be correct. We weren't supposed to be going for beautiful, but meaningful and mine (like most ladies) spoke of my life.
1) I am drawn to the familiar- like this middle 9 patch/cross was machine sewed by me weeks ago when I was helping the team get all the fabrics cut and the middle 9 patch crosses made. It has an Egyptian themed fabric, something I think is beautiful, but
I wasn't as careful about the seam allowances and because of that all the other measured rectangles that I hand sewed around it were a bit off. Like my life, I've not been careful at crucial points and I've "paid for" it over and over again.
2) I tend to hurry through life and not pay attention to detail, or try to finish something quickly because I'm getting in more and more pain. I see this in my quilt where my stitching was not even and accurate.
3) I've been drawn to pretty colors, wild things and don't notice the details. The blue fabric has a muted design of "2000 the new millennium", kind of silly along with the Egyptian theme. The big brownish panels have a Halloween like spider design, but the color seemed right. The backing (not seen in this photo) that rolls over and becomes the binding is a wild, primary colored piece that doesn't match any colors on the front, but I liked it and it was the size that I needed. This all symbolizes my life where I've been drawn to things that looked good, different, or exciting but I didn't look at the details or think of the consequences.
So, this past Mother's Day weekend was a spiritual weekend where I learned more about my self through my quilt, heard some amazing life stories from the speakers, grew closer friendships with ladies I already knew, met new women and had a wonderful Sunday worship service with fellow sisters in Christ.
I hope we can do some thing like this again!