Dona Nobis Pacem – 2019

(Grant Us Peace)

When I was thinking about what I would write today for BlogBlast4Peace, my mind kept coming back to this unfinished quilt on the image above. It seems to symbolize how I am thinking of peace. How I am thinking about the way in which we all contribute to peace in this world.

I have made many quilts across the years, all completely hand-sewn. This one came to a halt about 10 years ago. I was unable to finish the quilting on it because my health had deteriorated. Tremors meant that I couldn’t hold a needle still enough to make every stitch and I was also having trouble threading a needle because my vision had also got bad. Eventually, it got put away unfinished. I was disappointed but the work involved in a hand-sewn quilt meant it was unrealistic to ask anyone to finish it for me.

I came across it recently and wondered how I could get it finished. The health issues are still at play, but I have some ideas to how it could be done. But I’ll put those aside for now.

Writing about peace each year on 4 November is important to me. There have been some years that I’ve missed but it was important to me that I take part this year. With generous help from Mimi, I have got this quilt on screen so that I can share my ideas with you.

Regardless, of your knowledge of patchwork and/or quilting, you can see in the images that different fabrics and different shapes are sewn together to form a pattern. Even beyond this, many, many individual stitches work to bring it all together. It seems to me that this is much how worldwide peace can be reached.

Each of us, can not only work to obtain our own inner peace, but our shape whether we are a triangle, a square or an appliqued heart, can join together to make a bigger square. And then those squares join together with others, to become a much larger shape and eventually the whole quilt. If we are not a pieced fabric shape, we might be decorative shapes on borders to add to the overall look of the quilt. And if all that seems too big to comprehend, perhaps we are an individual stitch that holds it all together along with millions of over stitches.

Is this a crazy idea? I don’t think so. We work together with others, both same and different, to achieve something wonderful. Something we can call peace. Something our planet and its people need both now and for the future.

I have renamed my unfinished quilt as my Peace Quilt. It is my aim to get this finished and get it on my wall so that it reminds me of how my small contribution can contribute to peace in this world. My health has stood in the way of completing the quilt, and sometimes I think my health stands in the way of doing much. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Maybe I’m a small triangle on a very big quilt. Maybe I am just a single stitch. But my contribution, no matter how small, it is counts. Your contribution counts too.

We all need to understand that it is our individual contribution that will work towards word peace.

As an aside, for those who are wondering what the whole unfinished quilt is, I have added another image below.

Thanks for reading!

Cate

8 thoughts on “Dona Nobis Pacem – 2019

  1. Sherry Marr

    Cate, what a beautiful quilt of hearts, and what a beautiful post. I do hope the quilt is able to be finished, it would mean so much to your family, I am sure. Yes, each of us can contribute to peace. I so enjoyed your post.

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