Quilted Into Each Other’s Lives

Sharing this post from one of the friends I gather with for an annual writing retreat. It’s a perfect analogy of our time together and the friendship we share.

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As a quilter, I’m a novice…an extremely early beginner. I need patterns and directions. But, I have a friend who is an advanced quilter, teaches classes, and has started to design quilts. She sees the project in her mind, buys the  materials needed and puts her vision into reality.

I’m amazed by her skills and abilities to pull it together. I recently had the opportunity of spending a little over a week with her and other friends writing. Each of us has different ways to unplug and re-energize…to tap into creativity that eventually refuels our writing efforts. She brought her quilting project along for “down time.”  I have gained new perspectives on the quilt design process along the way.

Early in the week, she started with squares of white fabric. On paper, she drew a design and transferred it to the squares – each containing a portion of the whole design…

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