The Free Motion Quilting Project: The Physics of the Quest

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Physics of the Quest

I'm really sorry, but this week is just going to have to be a weird non-filler design week because I'm feeling such a push to get Sinkhole pieced today.

Yesterday I completed the 7 smaller rings, and already the 3 dimensional effects are very apparent:

free motion quilting | Leah Day

Of course, creating this quilt is not a static, sitting around and glueing fabric kind of thing.

I'm actively thinking about my past, processing the feelings, and trying to decide how I want my future to take shape.

This reminds me of a quote from the movie "Eat, Love, Pray" starring Julia Roberts that came out this summer:
The Physics of the Quest

If you are brave enough to leave behind everything familiar and comforting, which can be anything from your house to bitter old resentments...and set out on a truth-seeking journey, either externally or internally...

And you are truly willing to regard everything that happens to you on that journey as a clue and if you accept everyone you meet along the way as a teacher.

And if you are prepared - most of all - to face and forgive some very difficult realities about yourself...

Then the truth will not be withheld from you.
This word - truth - is having a powerful weight for me this week. To speak the truth, to think the truth, to admit with honesty who I am, and where I am going - this is a very powerful thing.

It is most definitely a quest, complete with dragons of pain to slay, rivers of sadness to ford, and mountains of lies to climb.

I can definitely say that there are no coincidences when on a quest like this. Yesterday I went to the library and sitting on the shelf was a book titled "Truth Heals" by Deborah King.

I picked it up and started reading it today. It is EXACTLY the book that I need right now. Basically a how-to manual to reconnecting with the truth, healing, and hopefully by the end, finding some measure of forgiveness.

My quest is now to speak and live my truth, and it starts with being honest with all of you: I really need to finish piecing this quilt today.

I promise we'll be back to more filler designs next week!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day


  1. Congratulations on your progress...both on your new quilt and personally. You're really brave to "put it all out there" for your friends in blogland to see. Happy Quilting and Happy Healing!

  2. Just had to let you know, that picture you posted of your sinkhole? It looks like a hot air balloon! pulling you UP . not down. just a thought.

  3. Having been in some deep dark places myself, I can understand this piece of work... and I congratulate you on being able to do it. I've always found very personal issues too hard to make into art. Might I suggest some bright thread around an edge or a spot of light. Even in my darkest times there was always a bit of light to give hope, at times only pinprick big, but there.

  4. We are all friends here, heal, we can wait...

  5. Have fun sewing and creating Leah!
    Hugs and best wishes from June in San Diego.

  6. God bless you in the process... knowing truth will set you free!

  7. If only we all could be so brave! Go slay those dragons...and tell us the story afterwards so we can crown you as a hero.

  8. looking really cool.
    did you know that eat, love, pray is based on a biography. I was reading about why julia roberts chose to play the part today. and that they actually followed the journey of the book going from place to place to make the movie.

  9. It is a difficult path, but girl, you are so on the right way! Hope you will find it and can be proud of yourself! You are doing so right! And don't forget: every cloud has a silver lining!
    Love, Marjolijn

  10. hi, leah!
    Just found your blog. fantastic and awesome projects! I'll continue visit here :) Thanks for sharing.

  11. Hi Leah

    I am quite surprised that I found your blog, just when I needed to. I have already ordered one of the books you spoke about and now will look at the truth heals book. I so believe in the idea that things come to us when we need it.
    I also have read eat, love, pray and didn't really get it at the time, but as more and more people comment about it, it becoming clearer.
    Good luck.


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