Thursday, March 19, 2015

What's on the wall...and what it represents

I put up one of the quilts that I got from mom on my work wall this week and the more I stare at it (oh shush, I'm working too) I come to realize why I like it.  Yes it has bright colors and it's a design that I haven't done yet but it is also a learning quilt to me.

It has to wrap around the little alcove corner but it still fits pretty well.  This quilt was made by elderly ladies from the nursing home my mom was in.  They had a group of ladies who would do quilting.  Sometimes they would just do a block, sometimes they would do small wall hangings and sometimes the less disabled ones would do something like the above.

I took my ruler today to figure out what size those rectangles and squares were so perhaps one day I might duplicate it and that is when I made my discovery.  Looking at the quilt from a distance, I didn't notice that the rectangle and squares are not all the same size.  The rectangles finished at 2 1/2" x 5 1/4".  A different size to be sure.  Then I measured one of the squares and it finished at 2 1/2".  Not bad I thought.  I moved my ruler to another section of the quilt which I thought I'd get a better picture at.

And that was when I noticed that my 2 1/2" squares are not all 2 1/2" squares.  One time there was a 1 3/4" square.  Sometimes there was a 2" square.  Yet somehow it all fit together.  That is the lesson that I wanted to share.

We aren't perfect.  We stress over way too much in these days and times and we don't NEED to be perfect to get joy out of a quilt.  The squares aren't all the same and yet when you stand back and look at the quilt you don't immediately see it.  Quit stressing about something that is suppose to give you pleasure.  If you like like it.  

1 comment:

Marsha Clark said...

Pretty ! You are lucky to have a quilt that your Mom made......... :) It sure does look all squared up to me.