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Quilting after Enlightenment

Enlightenment Quilting 2This is my quilting version of a Zen saying that goes like this: “Before enlightenment: chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment: chop wood, carry water.”

The tasks that go into making a quilt couldn’t be more simple: cutting, sewing, and pressing. But the quilt that comes out of those everyday tasks can be deeply satisfying to look at, use, or give. For me, the spiritual side of quilting has been mostly the practice of giving. I give away almost all the quilts I make, either to friends, or to sell for good causes.

Is quilting a spiritual practice for you?


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