Have you ever just closed your eyes and tried to see the real beauty around you. Like the sun on your face, the breeze through your hair or the singing of the birds, the smell of the flowers, the laughter of a child, the softness of a kind word? Or did it take you somewhere further? Our Project Quilting Challenge this week was to be inspired by an amazing woman Annie Young. She's a painter, but not any painter she is blind. So, I read her blog, watched her videos and I had to put myself in her world and I was taken to a place I have never been. It made me ask myself "Does it really matter if the bedspread matches the carpet or curtains, or if there is crown molding around the walls, or what color I'll wear today?" Unseen Beauty, This is what I named my project this week. I named it that because the MOST BEAUTIFUL of all things can't been seen at all, and that is LOVE, Many spend too much time worry about all the little things (they are just things) in our life that don't really even matter when we should be focusing on the most important things, that aren't things at all!!! So I wrote a little ditty to go with my piece this week.
Like rain to the flowers,
Is love to our souls.
Sow seeds of kindness,
and a beautiful garden you'll grow!
I chose this particular painting of Annie's for my inspiration because I thought the colors live in such great harmony and I wanted to keep it simple. I think that sometimes the simplest of things are the most beautiful. I used the batik with dots to look like rain, but I had to piece the backing to get 2 dots to come together to form the heart, which is the Beauty hidden within that could easily go unseen.
They changed it up a little this week, and are asking everyone to vote. Our projects had to be posted by midnight Saturday the 9th, so I suppose the voting will start then or early Sunday morning. I'll be back with the link to that when it's up and running. I have nothing to link to right now. So if you would be so kind and go vote for your favorite.Also I'd like to remind you that you can join in on this wonderful quilting challenge at any time.