I’ve tried my best to find a softer way to say this, but have come up short. So, I’ll just say it. It’s a tough time to be a human.
Of course, that also seems to imply that things are harder now than they have been in the past, and I’m not sure I agree with that sentiment. People have long suffered from the consequences of war, injustice, social inequality, and those who wish to cause more harm than good. Politics have always been divisive, and mudslinging is hardly a new concept.
But boy, what a difference technology makes. We’re inundated with information from every direction—tv, radio, print, internet, social media. If even one of those things is a part of your daily routine, you’ll find it nearly impossible to escape. And sometimes, as a human being, you need to.
Note: I am in no way suggesting you should run from important issues; the key to understanding and change is awareness. But when you’re in a room full of screaming voices, how do you hear any of them?
Wherever your passion lies, wherever you stand politically, if you’re reading this, chances are, you already have one thing in common: you make quilts. Or you’ve made quilts. Or you aspire to. Or any combination of the three.
Quilts aren’t going to solve the world’s problems. But what a superbly happy distraction they can be. The process of creating one, the end result, the joy of sharing it—isn’t that why we really need a good hobby? To provide an escape from the rest of it…work, responsibilities, the world? To have at least one thing in your life that allows you time with your own voice.
It’s necessary. And I think it makes you a better person. Or, at the very least, it makes you a person with an awesome new quilt.
We’ve included plenty of other happy distractions in this issue—information on how you can find one of your quilts on display at our 2017 Chicago show, a piece on two artists using wood to create unconventional “quilts,” and an interview with quilter Peggy DeLaVergne, whose inspiring exhibit of African-themed quilts will be on display in Houston this fall.