a quilt that is a marker: all the good

by Dorie on January 20, 2013

all the good quilt

This quilt comes way out of last January’s reflections. Sometimes I make things just to make things, but the things that I make that have intent behind them, I love just a little bit more. I really love this one.

About a year ago, I felt pretty stuck. There were lots of reasonable reasons for it — illnesses, death, a move, a different job situation — but still, I wasn’t getting anything done, and I’m really a person who is energized by getting crap done. I had a friend call me on it. She told me to make myself a marker of that point in time—because it was all quite valid—but then after building the marker, to move on.

One year later, I’ve finished this little quilt—my marker—and hung it in my kitchen. It’s a little reminder… of gratitude and compassion, and that I just have so, so much. The 4-patches are made of scraps from projects that I’ve loved, hand pieced while doing some work that mattered. “All the good” is pulled out of a Rilo Kiley song, although in that song it’s “all the good that won’t come out of me”, but for me it’s more like all the good that just might.


CitricSugar January 20, 2013 at 9:19 pm

It’s a great thing after a tough year, situation or event, to mark it in some way with a spot of positivity. What a great idea and a wonderful mantra!

Dorie January 21, 2013 at 9:36 am

Thanks, Carly. I really like seeing it sitting there.

Jen January 21, 2013 at 9:00 am

I love this. Love the quilt, love the idea. What a smart person you are band what smart friends.

Dorie January 21, 2013 at 9:35 am

Thank you. My friends are the best!

meg January 21, 2013 at 11:23 pm

I love this to bits. and I love it more that it took a year to finish.

anonymous May 7, 2013 at 11:01 am

This is just what I need–a marker, and then a move on. I’m so glad to find this today.

Also, your marker is beautiful.

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