Have you ever blurted out, “Yes!” then wondered what in the world you were thinking? I have a theory, that our authentic self knows more and is much braver than our conscious self, and I think sometimes it blurts out so we don’t miss doing amazing things.
My friend, Becky, saw some art quilts and fell in love. Then she asked if I could make her one. I said, “Sure!”
I had never made an art quilt. Her living room wall is HUGE. Then she says, “Just do anything!” – which should feel liberating, but feels more like a trap. She completely trusted me to come up with something out of thin air. Gulp.
I panicked. I sketched. I joined an online community of art quilters and signed up for some small challenges to learn about supplies and techniques… then panicked some more.
I started with what I knew – Becky is an avid scrap-booker, and family is super important to her. I envisioned a family tree, and ran with that idea. The project morphed and stalled more times than I care to admit, then sat for over a year while I found the nerve to just do it.
I broke through a lot of different fears during the process, and the quilt evolved and changed – just like I was evolving and changing artistically. I am amazed at the final product and humbled at the way God works through my hands and pops ideas into my head from nowhere.
The final quilt is titled “Foundations”. The words at the roots represent a firm family foundation: faith, honor, integrity, trust, hope, passion, and purpose. The flowers (children) springing up are the result of those roots, their ancestors (in the leaves) serve as a protective covering in the branches above. She loves it, of course, and we celebrated its installation on her living room wall with champagne.
And my Yes ticked off another victory. Every time I see hat quilt I’m amazed – and encouraged to trust my Yes more often.