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Publisher:CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Author:Peter Arango

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Patchwork Description

Guarded, cautious, careful, Jo Benjamin was grateful for a strong marriage and a beautiful child, but longed for something she could not name. Moved by the beauty and simplicity of the quilts she had collected, Jo summoned the courage to try quilting herself. Working with fabric transforms Jo. The swirl of contending thoughts in her mind was quieted when she worked. Her delight in texture and color, and the satisfaction she took in solving problems of construction, made the time she spent in quilting seem a different sort of time. Hours sped by, of course, and she had a lovely artifact when she finished, but the gift for Jo was in the process of finding out what the fabric had to say to her imagination." Quilts seem to present themselves unbidden, exactly as Jo has need of them. She knew, too, that the act of imagining allowed her to recognize and feel kindness and generosity of spirit as it worked in the world. Somehow, as her hands moved, her capacity for gratitude was moved as well. From the broken places in Jo, the necessary next right story emerges. Maybe she could have recovered without quilting - for example, books had always been a refuge for Jo - but there was something about the quilting midwifery that went beyond hobby or pastime; she was crafting herself out of scraps and tatters. Each project called her to something important and allowed her to bear witness to hope. Her quilts were affirmations of the better parts of ordinary people. Opened by her craft to possibilities that she had never recognized, Jo had to contend with the cost of living fully. There would be loss and things hard to face, but piecing a whole life together began piece by piece. A quilt is made of with scraps; each piece is entirely itself and entirely necessary to the quilt as a whole. What, then, is the quilt in the end? The intricate design? Or the pieces that form the pattern? This patchwork quilt is a story and a story about stories.

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