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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Sewing (02/22/07)

TITLE: The Fabric of My Life
By Lisa Persson


I have always wanted to learn how to sew. I can knit, crochet, and do counted cross stitch, but sewing has always been just out of my reach. If I could learn to thread the machine I might be able do it.

Now don’t get me wrong, I can sew a button, or a hem, or any number of small tears in the fabric of a child’s life. But I have a dream of someday sewing a quilt. I can picture it in my head, a square for every precious memory.

The first square would be for my mom. It would be glittery and shiny, sewn with golden thread. It would have her wedding picture right in the middle. She looked like a princess in that picture.

There would be a square for my tiny baby, Pia, who lives with Jesus. Her square would be pure white with a dove in flight. Perhaps as a symbol of dreams cut short and loss that can only be understood by one who has endured that pain.

My daughter, Hannah, would have to have three squares. One would be colorful and bright and full of life. One would have to be white for her desire and perseverance to stay pure. Another would have pictures like a kaleidoscope, from baby to teen, that beautiful sweet face, always changing always the same.

Andrew, my son would have to have a least four so that he had more than his sister. The first would have stars and space representing his unlimited energy and curiosity. One might have a picture of a chattering monkey and one would have to have a sword. The last would be a mosquito, but I could never tell him that.

The most beautiful would be for my beloved Johnny. There are so many memories yet to come with Johnny that it might be hard to finish the quilt. So, I would make just one with a big red heart and lots of lace and ribbons. If I could put my very heart onto it I would.

The final square, in the very center, would be blank. This last square would be for Jesus. It would have to be empty because there is no way I could do justice to what He has done for me and the memories He has given.

And so I dream of this quilt, dream of wrapping myself up in it on cold nights, surrounded by loved ones and memories. It might be lop-sided and strange to look at, but it is my life and it makes me happy. I think I will take sewing lessons.

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Jacquelyn Horne03/01/07
What wonderful memories such a quilt would evoke. Good story.
Marilee Alvey03/03/07
Loved the title and thoroughly enjoyed the weaving of your life events into that quilt. After you learn how to make it, will you make one for me? Please keep writing!
Mo 03/06/07
Nicely done!
Tiffany Secula03/06/07
Oh I absolutely loved this piece!!! Terrific job.
Mei Ling Trevor03/07/07
I enjoyed reading your writing piece. The way in which you described each piece for your children and Jesus.