Work is Love Made Visible

January 25, 2012

Thimble on hand-quilted table runner

“Work is love made visible.
And if you cannot work with love
But only with distaste, it is better
That you should leave your work and
Sit at the gate of the temple and take
Alms from those who work with joy.”
— Anonymous

I like the notion of work as a sign of love — the meals I cook for my family, housecleaning, yardwork . . .  Whenever I do hand-quilting, I feel that I am stitching with love and that those feelings will bind me to the recipient of my labors.

I spent last week on a new quilting project — a table runner adapting the Zipper pattern I found in The Modern Quilt Workshop by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr.  The cold, snowy days made perfect weather for relaxing inside with a sewing project.  This small handmade item is destined for a wedding gift.

Searching for coordinating prints from my fabric stash

Cutting the pieces and arranging them

Sewing on the dining room table

Pressing the seams as I go along


Methodical stitching

Finished table runner


9 Responses to “Work is Love Made Visible”

  1. maria Says:

    Beautiful! Every time I stop by, I leave so content 🙂

  2. sandy bessingpas Says:

    Very nice Rosemary-I recognize the scraps. Next week I’m teaching a hand quilting class-I’ll use your poem!!

  3. Shirley R Says:

    I feel the same way about sewing/knitting/whatever. For me it is not so much about getting the project done as enjoying the process and stitching in the loving thoughts as I go.

  4. Sherri Says:

    that’s an unusual pattern…I’ve never seen it before. It sure turned out pretty!

  5. Rachel Says:

    A hand-quilter! How wonderful! Beautiful works of art and love. Would love to know what frame you use.

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