Since my last post, I have continued to work on my Choices project. I completed about a dozen stitched mandalas of various sorts. I've basted them to a background fabric and begun stitching them down and trying to capture some of my thoughts as I go. This is what I have so far.
You can sort of see around the edges that this will technically be a quilt - as I have three stitched together layers. I have silk noil as the face, flannel for batting, and a cotton backing fabric. But as I very often do, I am stitching the layers together with words and embroidery.
Creating a piece like this is a very meditative process for me. I keep journal handy to write down thoughts that come to me as I stitch and I gradually add them to the work in progress. For this one I started jotting down either-or choices that occurred to me - often prompted by the news of the day--trust/fear, include/exclude, flexible/rigid, compassion/ condemnation, speak up/remain silent. I am still doing that, but as I go I have also been noting realizations about choice that occur to me, and questions that come to my mind.
I've been thinking about such things as
Working on a project like this gives me a place to put all these swirling ideas and feelings. It helps me sort things out even if I can't come to any grand resolutions. It's all about the process for me, less than the results. So I just keep thinking and stitching....
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