Joining together

I always think weddings are enjoyable precisely because everyone turns up expecting to be happy, and this one was truly a joyful and magical occasion. As I was listening to the vicar in the church, it struck me that patchwork is a kind of marriage too.

The vicar told a story about his friend, an interior designer, who bought a bolt of silk for some very expensive curtains she was making on commission. The designer cut the silk, and only when she was laying it out in preparation for stitching did she realise that there was an unsightly flaw that ran right through the whole bolt. The vicar continued, ‘There wasn’t anything she could do about it. She had already cut the fabric. She couldn’t take it back, it was too late for that.’ Here he turned to the newly-married couple and said drily, ‘And that’s what’s happened to you, too.’ A little later, he went on to add that his friend had worked with the flaw and made curtains that were beautiful nonetheless.

And so here we all are in this life, joined together by choice, by family, by friendship. A patchwork of people, for better, for worse.

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8 Responses to Joining together

  1. What a superb analogy – I’m not sure that flaws are top of mind on your wedding day, but making something beautiful out of what you have is a terrific sentiment in any walk of life.

    • Karen Turner says:

      To put it in context a little better, this story came as part of a talk on how people aren’t perfect, and how we should all learn to live with and accept each other’s flaws.

  2. Viv Manning says:

    What a lovely analogy for a marriage.

  3. Gina says:

    A fabulous story.

  4. Rachel says:

    Yes, a good story. And essentially, a marriage is indeed created by two people collaborating on a single work.

  5. Connie Rose says:

    Lovely post…and beautiful patchwork!

  6. Jennie says:

    Arh how sweet………….lovely colours on your patchwork Karen…..thanks for the reply to my email x

  7. sally jo says:

    I really like the truth to the story and I love your patchwork – beautiful colors.

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