Making a Difference

I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want to do with this site, this blog, this quilting life. I obviously had intentions when I named my previous website Quilts of Change. Something about making the world a better place. But it can be easy to get overwhelmed by that kind of pressure. The world’s problems feel so big, and what really can a quilter do? It’s so easy to feel like it’s all just a drop in the ocean, of little or no account. And then something happens…

That something was learning that a friend and neighbor has been diagnosed with cancer–late stage and hard to fight. She sent us a note saying she doesn’t need anything. She has a plan. She has a loving family. She has a good dog. Which is wonderful, but I have to do something. Anything so I don’t feel so incredibly helpless.

And so I quilt. And I ask myself: Will this crazy, stripy mess with its random scrawled words really make a difference? Will it really change anything? Sure, it will keep her warm when she is cold. It may remind how much she is valued and love. And there may come a time where it can lend her the extra strength she needs to make it through. It’s a lot to ask of a few scraps of colored cloth, but then again, that’s what this cloth was made for. And thank God, because suddenly, fabric in hand, I don’t feel nearly as helpless anymore. Change is a two way street. It has to start with ourselves.

2 Replies to “Making a Difference”

  1. I am in awe of your dedication to your passion Laurie. Though I have experienced some of the same feelings & emotions myself, I have not followed through, or been brave enough to continue, in the pursuit of my dreams. I took my first quilting class when I found myself drowning in depression after the death of my brother in 2002. Choosing to go big rather than do a lap quilt, it was a year after the class ended before I was able to get the help I needed to complete my “Healing Quilt”. I loved it. Loved creating it. Loved constructing it. Loved what it represented for me. I’ve since bought fabric for several more dreams & have a couple partly started. I don’t do well working alone at this time so they remain on hold for now.

    Some friends at work joined me recently in making a lap afghan for a co-worker going through chemo. Being a joint effort between about 6 of us, a special bond formed as we knit our love, prayers, hope, laughter & tears into every stitch. As I read your thoughts toward your ill neighbor, I felt you were reading my heart.

    I find inspiration in your perseverance, thank you for sharing your journey.


  2. Thank you. I’ve made quilts since I was a kid, but it was my ex-husband’s death over this past Christmas that made me realize that the quilts could heal me and someday help me heal others.

    I’ve been thinking about starting an online quilting group, probably after the holidays… Would be fun if you are interested. 🙂

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