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Two woman Patchwork

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Two women sat on the floor of a studio, sewing together scraps of fabric. They were making patchwork quilts and had been working for hours.
One of them looked up and said, "What kind of quilt do you want to make?"

The other woman sighed. "I don't know." She looked around at the piles of fabric in front of her. "It's hard to choose."

"You just have to look at it all," said the first woman. "We've got so many different kinds here—you'll find something that speaks to you!"

The second woman nodded and continued sewing, but she didn't look convinced. After a few minutes went by, she said, "I still can't decide."

The first woman sighed and stopped what she was doing as well. She stood up and walked over to where her friend was sitting on the floor. "Let me help," she said softly as she knelt down next to her friend's chair. Then she reached out one hand towards the other woman's shoulder—and suddenly began spinning in place, pulling off one piece after another from her own patchwork quilt!

The other woman smiled as she watched her friend spin

Two women worked in silence. They had made a pact: no talking until the patchwork was done.

One of them, a tall woman with long, dark hair and large hands, held up a piece of fabric she had just cut. She smiled, and then put it down on the table before getting back to work.

The other woman was shorter, with dark hair that hung limply down her back. She wore glasses and had an earnest expression on her face as she looked at the pieces of fabric before her.

"So," she said at last, "what do you think about this one?"

"I think it's nice," said the tall woman. "But I don't think it goes with what we've done so far."

"No," said the short woman sadly. "I don't think so either."

When I was a little girl, my mother had a patchwork quilt that she'd made herself. It was a gorgeous thing, with all these different colors and patterns that somehow worked together to make something beautiful.

One day, she brought home two other women—women who were also artists, but in different ways than my mother. They sat down to talk about art and how it was important for us to find our own style and voice.

They talked about how art is like a patchwork quilt: there are so many different colors and patterns that somehow work together to create something beautiful. And then they showed me the works of their own lives: one woman painted pictures of flowers; another woman wrote stories about people who were like flowers in their own way; my mother made dresses out of fabric scraps from old clothes that she found at thrift stores (which she then sold on Etsy).

But when they asked me what kind of artist I wanted to be, I didn't know what to say. So instead of answering their question directly, I just said "My mom's quilt is beautiful." And they looked at each other knowingly before saying "You're right! We should try making one ourselves!"

I’d been waiting for this moment for months.

My friend, Liz, and I had been planning a trip to New York City for weeks. We were going to go shopping, see the sights, and eat our way through Little Italy. But the most exciting part of our trip was the art gallery opening we'd seen advertised in a local magazine: "Two Women Patchwork."

We'd both been trying to learn how to patchwork quilts together, so we were eager to see what other women were doing with this craft. And I was particularly excited because one of the artists featured in the exhibit was my high school best friend!

Liz and I arrived at the gallery on a Friday evening with just enough time before it opened to grab some dinner at one of our favorite restaurants. By 9 p.m., we were sitting in front of "Two Women Patchwork." The exhibit was full of beautiful quilts made by different artists from all around the world. There were pieces that used traditional fabrics like cotton and wool; others that used more modern materials like acrylics or polyesters; but all of them had one thing in common: they were hand-stitched by two people working together as equals.

As we walked around

When I was a little girl, my grandmother used to sew. She would take scraps of fabric and make dresses for me and my sister. There were so many colors and patterns, and she would tell us stories about where she got each piece.

She would hold up one piece at a time, showing us where it had come from—a trip to the market, or a left-over scrap from another project. It was like looking at an entire world through her eyes.

My mother didn't know how to sew, so when we got old enough to go off on our own, my sister and I took up the craft ourselves. We didn't have much money, so we made our own clothes—but they were made with love, and they looked beautiful because of it.

When my grandmother died last year, I found myself thinking about those dresses again. How she had taken care in choosing each piece that went into them; how much time she had spent making sure we looked just right when we wore them; how much love went into every stitch…

That's why today I decided to try something new: patchwork quilting! It's a little bit harder than regular quilting because you're working with smaller pieces of fabric instead of large ones. 

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