Tuesday, 23 August 2022

Picking up the pieces….


Pick up the pieces

Try to join them again

So what if they don’t fit

…to make what it once was,

Try to join them again

And make something new

A mismatched piece is not the end

It is the whole that counts

Look at it from a distance

And see the threads running through

The seams may jumble and go askew

But don’t turn it around and look

There may still be some beauty

When it all come together

Don’t disregard this messy  Patchwork

After all, this is what we call Life!


My sewing machine is jammed. It is almost 4 years old, but one year of not using it and the humidity here probably led to this .

  The pile of unfinished projects is so high that even Kippi does not climb and perch on top.  I start sorting out the mess  - I really need to tidy this up.  But the jammed machine – no amount of cleaning and oiling seems to help.  Luckily I am able to get the phone number of a Sewing Machine Repair guy who can come home and repair it.  And he does!

So my machine is back in action.  The first thing I tackled was the pile of ‘To be Repaired’  stuff.  Below that I found  a quilt top which I had begun a long time back.  It was too small to make anything usable.   It also looked so dull and insipid now.  

Nevertheless, maybe I could just complete it and use it for the dogs.  So I sorted out the couple of messy boxes and pulled out all the similar coloured pieces of fabric.  It  was a ‘Random Piecing’ quilt – so any size of square or rectangular piece works. The rotary cutter was completely rusted, thankfully the scissors were not!   Did not put much effort into ironing the pieces – I just wanted it to be done fast.

But as the quilt ‘grew’ to a reasonable size, I  spread it on the floor  to take a look – and  hey, that did  not look as bad as I thought! 

I mulled over picking the right coloured border and finally settled on a white. 

  Now it looked even better.  I decided the dogs could just have something else, this quilt could turn out into something worth using.  Maybe a floor quilt – so I drove to the fabric shop and got some really thick casement material for the backing. 

I thought you said it was for us.........?

A very simple Maze pattern to quilt the layers together 

And with the help of some ‘Quilting Tutorials’ on Youtube, managed to give it  almost perfectly Mitered Corners.  

and here it is - the half  finished  project finally completed!



  1. Well written ....that’s life too...it makes sense at the end ...beautiful..tc

  2. Tanuja thats a pretty work of art. I meant the quilt and even the poem!

  3. Congratulations Tanuja, that is some accomplishment!!

  4. Love it. U r talented Tanu

  5. Tanuja, it's beautiful! I am also trying my hand at sewing. Want to try quilting. And this blog just appeared to encourage me! Keep up the posts and the quilting!

  6. Tanuja your quilt looks beautiful. Loved the Earth tones!

  7. I really appreciate your hard work Tanuja. You r great. Salute to you.

  8. Beautiful post. Life is such. About putting all kinds of different pieces together!! Amazing Tanuja

  9. It's beautiful, Tanu, my darling sister! Everything that's whole started with one small bit and another small piece! You are a brave soldier.... whoever said that the Brave only belong to the battlefield? May you make every Kshetra that you step into, a Gurukshetra. Love you for your undying spirit and can see Vivek all around you in the form of Love!

  10. Very creative.

  11. Beautifully written and pieced together, Tanuja.

  12. Very well expressed and pieced together ❤️

  13. Absolutely amazing poem, the write up and the quilt! You are so brave and inspirational 🙏🤗😘

  14. Beautiful quilt & such lovely words . You are so talented love the way you link it to life, which is so true.

  15. Very pretty and innovative.

  16. Beautiful narration Tanu..... I am reading a metaphor in between your lines and this beautiful piece of unfinished work which you have completed so well shows your strength and abilities !
    Love you Tanu 💕

  17. Liked the way you take everything into your stride brave Tanuja. It's nice to see you occupied with some activity or other with your write-ups describing them. 🙂


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