It’s About Time

Clock 2Do you have time? Do you have the time? Do you have enough time?

I’ve been thinking about time a lot lately…
     Time out.
               Just in time.
                    Out of time.
                         My time.
                                   Part time.
                                        No time.

Time flies. Time drags on. Time is fleeting. Time is ticking.

Killing time, wasting time, making up time, finding time, spending time, saving time, watching time.

Clock 3What time is it? What is it time for?

For me, it is time to start a major new quilt project. And this quilt is all about… you guessed it – time.

The initial inspiration came from my usual source: a verse in the Bible. In the book of Esther, Queen Esther is asked to go to King Xerxes to beg for mercy and plead with him to save her people. This is a difficult request, because anyone who approaches the king without an invitation is put to death. But she is told, “if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”

calendarSuch a time as this. The words just resonated with me, and percolated. What does a quilt about time look like? Where would I begin?

I almost had too many ideas: clocks, calendars, seasons, celebrations. Twelve hours in a day; twelve months in a year. I would begin with a medallion divided into twelve equal sections – this was my comfort zone: circular and symmetrical. But then I want to incorporate imagery to illustrate each “month” and here lies the challenge. Can I draw birth flowers? Shade them? Appliqué them? Time will tell!

Over the next weeks and months – and possibly years – I look forward to sharing my progress on this quilt and I thank you for taking the time to join me on the journey.

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