When women create...they are tied together by common threads. Threads of friendship, service, and community. Threads of proximity, mutual interest, and appreciation for the materials from which they create.
Our "show and tell" at this month's quilt guild meeting included many beautiful quilts. Mary's quilt was stunning! She's the one on the right. Her quilt's a Thimbleberry design and is called "A Quilter's Garden". It was my favorite. Although she only brought one to show to the group, she's made another quilt just like it. She pieced two, one for her and one for a friend. Her friend quilted both. And now they each have one of these beautiful quilts. That's a cooperative friendship!
In the meantime...
Karleen and I are coordinating the creation of blocks for charity quilts from our guild. Each month, each guild member makes a block from an assigned pattern. The selected design is another one by Thimbleberry called "Month by Month". It consists of twelve blocks, one for each month of the year. Guild member have generously jumped right into participation! So far we've gathered quilt blocks for January through April and more than forty blocks have been turned in! At this point we have enough blocks for four full-size quilts. We hope to have twelve or more charity quilts ready to give away to individuals in our community by the end of the year.
I love April's block. The tulips remind me of all the pretty tulip pictures I've been seeing around blogland from tulips fields in Washington, Oregon, and Michigan. They've been stunning!
And for May, a sweet basket that's just ready to be filled with May flowers. It really does feel good to work on a project communally with other women. When women create, friendships deepen and generosity is shared. Common threads.