Beauty From Ashes

The first 10 months of 2020 have been full of unexpected disappointments . . . no one can deny that infectious COVID, contentious campaigning, raging wildfires, home foreclosures, violent hurricanes, business failures, racial tension, and stock market crashes all guarantee that this year will stick in our memories as vividly as 9/11.

Like that horrible September day in 2001, the events of 2020 have been extremely destructive.  

Tragic circumstances beyond our control could overwhelm us with defeat and despair, but like the rally cry of New Yorkers after 9/11 who sorted through the ashes to build a beautiful memorial to “never forget,” we quilters are also people of hope.  We are inherently constructive, not destructive.

We quilty folk see the possibilities for beauty in a disorganized, mismatched stash.  We let our imaginations inspire us as we cut, piece, design, layer, and stitch quilts that comfort by silently signaling through color, thread, and texture how much we truly care about the craft and the recipient.

This year I’ve enjoyed witnessing your constructive hope during Show ‘N Tell and on Facebook seeing your “never forget” quarantine quilts.  The quilt-alongs, mystery quilts, and virtual sewing bees of 2020 will always be a testimony to your tenacity and resilience during extremely destructive and disappointing times.

Beyond the constructive hope of quilting, I believe there’s a deep contentment buried in the layers of finished quilt . . . a feeling of satisfaction and gratitude for the means to stitch something of beauty.  And as Thanksgiving draws near, I want to say how grateful I am for you all.  You wonderful Mudsock women have rallied to encourage your officers and committee chairs to “keep on keeping on” through the turmoil and uncertainty of 2020.  We wouldn’t have persevered through the unknown without your support and affirmation.

So thank you, friends, for actively adopting a constructive attitude towards the fear and adversity of life.  Your spirit cheers us when we’re down and reminds us that we, too, can find solace and meaning in our sewing rooms that will bless someone else who may be feeling depressed, anxious, and in need of a quilty hug.

With much love and gratitude,

Diane Lockman, VP

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