From time to time I’m inviting guest authors to share with A Quilters Heart. Thank you Maggie for today’s post. Maggie and I “met” on The Quilt Show website and in person at International Quilt Festival in Houston last year.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” John 13:34
“To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.” 1 Peter 2:21Cross references:
- John 13:34 : Jn 15:12; 1Jn 2:7-11; 3:11
- John 13:34 : Lev 19:18; 1Th 4:9; 1Pe 1:22
- John 13:34 : Jn 15:12; Eph 5:2; 1Jn 4:10, 11
A few months ago our priest was giving a homily on the priesthood. He talked about Jesus being the pattern, the role model which all priests use. Although I don’t like to let my mind wander away from listening to what the priest has to say, I did have a bit of an “AHA” moment, connecting what he was saying about priests, relating this to quilters.
Christ is the ultimate template, the ideal that all priests, and indeed all Christians, should aspire to become. But because of the variability in human temperaments, experiences, not all priests or Christians look alike, or act alike. Some are great administrators, excellent at managing people and resources. Some are great at shepherding. They are the ones who can make you feel better just with a touch of their hand or the sound of their voice. Others are great in philosophical and educational roles. Others are great as visionaries, seeing what can happen “if”. And God uses all these different talents to His glory.
Give a pattern, or template, to twenty different quilters, you are going to come up with twenty different quilts. There will be the one who makes it exactly as pictured on the front. She may even use a kit because she wants it to be exactly like the one she sees, right down to the same fabric and print. There will be the quilter who will do it scrappy, the quilter who will use a dark background rather than a light background. The quilter who sees it in 30s repro fabrics, and the quilter who sees the perfect use for her collection of Civil War prints. Another quilter will decide to add a different border. And another will decide to leave the borders off. Then there is the quilter who will decide to make it miniature sized. There is the quilter who will start the project, then never quite finish. The top is done, but she never gets around to quilting it or sending it to the longarm quilter. She may never get beyond buying the pattern, or buying the pattern and the fabric. Maybe she gets stalled because there is a notion that is required that she doesn’t have in her sewing room. Or maybe she gets distracted by another quilt. Or maybe a life tragedy interferes, and she never gets to quilt again.
There are the quilters who have that vision to design and create those show stopping quilts! Yes, we gaze at them, and shake our heads, and get frustrated because we are not capable of that same quality of work. There are quilters who think “what if…” and come up with innovative designs and techniques, write books, and travel about giving classes to the masses.
No matter where we are in our journey, we need to remember that we are an individual. We each have something special to offer. And remember: if we were all alike, we wouldn’t recognize ourselves when we look in the mirror!