Stitching Together the Edges of Life




“I make them warm to keep my family from freezing;
I make them beautiful to keep my heart from breaking.”
–From the journal of a prairie woman, 1870
To keep a husband and five children warm,
she quilts them covers thick as drifts against
the door. Through every fleshy square white threads
needle their almost invisible tracks; her hours
count each small suture that holds together
the raw-cut, uncolored edges of her life.
She pieces each one beautiful, and summer bright
to thaw her frozen soul. Under her fingers
the scraps grow to green birds and purple
improbable leaves; deeper than calico, her mid-winter
mind bursts into flowers. She watches them unfold
between the double stars, the wedding rings.
~Luci Shaw “Quiltmaker”
It could be the world was made this way:
piecemeal, the parts fitting together
as if made for one another~
disparate and separate,
all the edges
coming together in harmony.
The point of its creation
to be forever functional,
a blanket of warmth and security
but its result is so much more:
beauty arising from scraps,
the broken stitched to broken
to become holy and whole.
(all quilts here are on display this week at the Northwest Washington Fair in Lynden)

7 thoughts on “Stitching Together the Edges of Life

  1. Your comment, dear Emily, is perfectly, realistically reasoned…for many reasons. Mostly because you put into words the human struggle along life’s journey back to our Creator-God — in all of God’s entities that have been revealed to us by His Spirit and described by Seekers since time immemorial. What a beautiful, Spirit-filled insight you give to us. You have provided hours and hours of contemplation with your thoughts, using the appropriately vivid metaphor of the quilts.
    Thank you.

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  2. There is a warmth beyond the physical that a treasured quilt offers. I admit that I did not appreciate such gifts in earlier years but I now can look back and feel the many wonderful stories that quilts can tell. Again, thanks for the memories.

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