I always say it better to have a lot of clothes or fabric to choose from when making a quilt rather than not enough. But the box of clothes that Kimberly sent me had so much in it, it was a bit daunting at first. My idea in the beginning was to use a small piece of fabric from each piece of clothing. It didn’t last long, but it got me started. Where to begin? With one small piece of fabric. I chose the tiny blue palm tree and crescent moon that I cut from a brown t-shirt. I chose it because I saw that blue in a lot of the other clothes and because I liked it. The snow flake came next, and then, I couldn’t even guess what happened after that.
But when I got as far as the picture above, I stopped, and stepped back, and looked, and liked what I saw.
Then something really unusual happened. I found a shirt with a design on it that seemed mystical to me. I knew the front and back of this shirt had to have its own space. I cut up the one pair of jeans to frame them and put them off each corner of the piece in the middle. I moved pretty quickly after that, filling in the spaces.
And as I worked the mystical feeling of the quilt grew. It pulled me along. The quilt began to feel like a temple to me. I see now, it has something of a mosaic feeling to it, but at the time, I kept thinking of the body as a temple. And I realized that this is just what Kimberly meant when she wrote me that she decided to lose weight for her health. She liked herself enough to understand that it’s her body that houses herself. And a way to honor herself and keep herself happy and healthy, is to keep her body healthy. The power of this idea grew as the pieces of the quilt fell into place. And when I finished designing it, I thought it worthy of covering and comforting that temple that is the body.