Amongst quilters there is a myth that the Amish deliberately incorporate a mistake into their quilts since they believe that attaining to perfection mocks God. Most quilters - myself included - know that there's no reason to deliberately include a mistake: we make enough as it is!
Points that don't quite match up, quilting stitches that are uneven when they have to go through several thickness of fabric, seams that don't lie straight are just some of the things we have to contend with. And if that's not enough, sometimes our quilts develop a personality of their own and act in ways that are less than perfect.
Take this one for example. Despite pre-washing ALL fabrics and using vinegar in the rinse water to set the dye, the dye in one fabric in this quilt decided to run after I'd quilted it. I am ready to accept blame, but nevertheless, I was not thrilled.
And then I discovered a seam allowance that had begun to fray, causing the seam to unravel and the neccesity of replacing the offending pieces - except that I didn't have enough fabric left to cover the whole piece. I had to console myself with the fact that it is a patchwork quilt after all.
I tell you it was not a good week.
I'm combining marathon quilting days with leisurely days of knitting. This quilt needs to be finished by a certain wedding in April but the lovebirds, unable to stay apart until then, keep turning up at our house and the quilt has to be hidden away. The groom-to-be has seen the quilt but not the bride-to-be and I'm hoping to keep it that way until The Day.
It strikes me that I'm a lot like that quilt. Lots of imperfections that sometimes only show up at a later time. As I've reflected on this past year and looked ahead to the new, I've wondered if I've been authentic in all areas of my life? Do I really share my weaknesses and struggles, or do I try to present a perfect image to the world?
I know I'm not perfect - and my family know just how imperfect I am - but am I willing to really open up and share just how far from perfect I really am? Am I willing to do it here? Can I do it without dwelling on the negative, the everyday frustrations, and the imperfections in others?
Yet there is hope. Even for one such as I ...
Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus (Colossians 1:28, NKJV).