“Deep in their roots all flowers keep the light.”
– Theodore Roethke
“There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anais Nin
Seriously, I had at least EIGHT different quilting ideas that I could envision for this quilt top, and each of them would have looked amazing in completely different ways. I have seen how Preeti quilts her own quilts on her domestic machine using straight lines, serpentine grids, and even spiral walking foot quilting that looks simply amazing on her quilts. But I knew that she wouldn't be sending this one to me unless she wanted something different this time. So I ruled out any designs that were too similar to things she could easily quilt herself.
“As delicate as a flower, as tender as rose petals, choosing to be tender and kind in a harsh environment is not weakness, it's courage.” – Luffina Lourduraj
What does Courage look like to you? This is what Preeti's courage looks like to me. This is the courage of a woman who responds to the pain and suffering in our world by rolling up her sleeves, carefully selecting joyful fabrics, and sewing them together to make quilts for faraway strangers, just to show them that there is still love and hope and beauty in this world. Time and again, when the morning news has hit me like a sledgehammer and I feel overcome with grief and helplessness at the darkness in the world, while I am still feeling paralyzed, Preeti has already sprung into action to start quilts for the victims or survivors. She speaks out in support of those who have no voice and isn't afraid to take a passionate public stance on controversial issues that might alienate readers, if it's something she believes in. Preeti's courage is like a strong, beautiful flower that is determined to push its way through the scorched earth and bloom.
by Helen Frazee Bower.
"You asked me, "What is courage?" And I took
The dictionary down and spelled it out.
For such a little boy, the heavy book
Was ponderous. You twisted it about;
You said, "It's being brave-and what is that?"
You said, "It's not to fear - am I afraid?
Does courage arch its back up like a cat,
And spit at everything it meets?" you said.
Perplexed, we closed the book and took a walk,
And came where fire had worked untimely death;
The woods were gone. But on a slender stalk
A flower inched for life. I caught my breath.
"Courage," I said and took you by the hand,
"Is one white flower in a fire-swept land."
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looks great - you both did a terrific job
Such a pretty quilt. Well done.
The quilt is beautiful! Just what the quilt needed, you've done a great job and I'm sure Preeti is very pleased. Happy stitching!
Your description of who Preeti is has me admiring her without knowing her. I will look at her blog to learn more. I can only imagine the thought you put into the quilting to give the quilt the the voice it needs. You did admirably.
beautiful quilting on a stunning quilt!
You and Preeti make a pretty amazing team - both of you do such lovely work! You described Preeti so well, too - she has such a huge heart, and I admire her passion. (You can eat the Godiva chocolates now - LOL).
What a wonderful tribute to Preeti. She is an amazing woman with a heart of gold. And yes, she is full of courage (and a lot of sass, too). You did a beautiful job on the quilting and I know she is pleased a punch.
I just *love* that quilting pattern - so very pretty. :)
Beautiful quilting pattern on this! You two make a good pair.
Shut up, shut up, just shut up. You horrible woman - you make me cry. I love you so much.
I will say this about you, once again because it needs repeating - You, Rebecca, approach every project with the sensitivity of an artist and the zeal of a warrior.
You have no idea how horrible my day has been and now here reading this is a salve to my frayed nerves. I am smiling through my tears as I see how your longarm machine has rained love on my flimsy and created a piece of joy and beauty. We are together in this.
A beautiful quilting pattern for a lovely quilt!
What beautiful quilting - perfect for this gorgeous quilt.
You chose just the right quilting for this one!! Beautiful!!!
Wow! The quilting is gorgeous and you've summed up Preeti so perfectly, AND captured her in thread!! Amazing!
J'adore. Tout. Le quilt de Preeti (et son commentaire aussi), ton choix de fil et du motif de quilting, et la belle amitié entre vous. Tout est magnifique!
I love. Everything. The quilt made by Preeti (and her comment too), your choice of thread and quilting design, and the beautiful friendship between you two. Everything is wonderful!
WOW! I loved this quilt when I saw it on Preeti's blog and was thrilled to see you quilted it for her! It is so lovely and you get Preeti and did such a fabulous job. Thanks for sharing on TGIFF!
beauty all of it.. from quilting to the words about Preeti and courage... yes yes yes
I know Preeti and she is a flower for sure. Lovely quilting on this. Must have been so hard to keep this one a secret! Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.
I bet that is really hard waiting to post your beautiful work. Maybe you have some customers who don't blog or show their work online, I don't know.
Your quilting looks amazing!
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