Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Neighborhood Quilt Continues

We had our second session yesterday afternoon and I'm still feeling the excitement from it. I almost had to cancel the session--the power was out when I first arrived at our meeting space and the blare from the alarm was very unpleasant but fortunately the power came back on and we were able to continue with our conversation and creations.

Yesterday we had with us not one but two women who are experienced quilters and one of them brought a wonderful photograph of herself and a group of women who had all created a beautiful quilt years ago--very inspiring! There is such a long, rich history of people, usually women, working together on creative projects such as this, while getting to know eachother and sharing life's ups and downs.

We started off with a discussion of things that we like about this community: flowers, trees, the streets, friends who one woman has known for many years and how it reminds one woman of her home before her move here, Saint Petersburg in Russia. We also learned that most of us have come to the area from other places.

We created another mandala showing images of things we had discussed earlier. With streets awash in cherry blossoms because of the strong winds we've had and blooming flowers everywhere, there were many spring colors in the mandala today.

When we meet again in two weeks we'll start in on the quilt! Overall, there was a lot of excitement about this process today. We also exchanged some words in English and Russian.