Recently Michelle Costen, a fellow quilter and blogger, contacted me to let me know about her inspiring quilting project, The National Declaration Freedom Quilt of America, “One Nation Coming Together in One Quilt,” by the National Quilting Bee.
Beginner and advanced quilters from across America are sewing 12-1/2″ appliquéd quilt blocks. Some of the blocks are more intricate and advanced while others are just simply beautiful like the dogwood block above. Each quilter from each state is expressing in their own individual way what creative freedom and unity means to them.
Michelle describes The National Declaration Freedom Quilt of America as a symbol and example of how we as individuals in a nation among nations, can unite in a creative way for the good of all concerned. No matter what the challenges or the decisions we need to make in life, there is a way in which we can view our freedom as a nation more creatively, constructively and harmoniously. There is a wholesome balance of endless activity that is always present and we can all experience this as we become more actively inspired together. This harmonious balance and or centered feeling is most often found within each individual as they allow their innate self to be expressed and offer that to the Whole. A true sense of Unity clarifies and upholds individuality and a true sense of individuality clarifies and upholds unity, and here we can experience life as a whole and in its completeness, free from strife, conflict, and struggle.
To give an example and analogy of how being centered and balanced can help us be more harmonious, Michelle made her state block above to demonstrate that as we are learning how to skate on ice we may fall and hurt ourself a bit in the process but as we keep trying we become more aware of a balance and centered feeling that begins to take precedence. Before you know it, your gliding smoothly and harmoniously across the ice and feeling happy and joyful. Michelle feels that whenever there are two sides to anything, that both sides should strive to move towards the center for the good of all concerned and herein find that harmonious balance that is always present in life. Michelle said, “When we can be centered as a nation among nations of individuals and find that harmonious balance, we then can begin to really understand what a free life in happiness really means.”
Bye for now,