by Lin Hsin-Chen
I have to admit that I’m not a smart enough woman. Being down-to-earth is my principle of doing things. People might think that I am a serious person, but that’s not true. I’m more like a self-motivated person. I have high standards for myself. In Chinese culture, the concept of accomplishing a goal can be described as a circular ring. It’s just like a flower head wreath which is filled with celebration. This challenge reminds me of the worthy achievements in the past and the celebration of life.
I would not say that the past is something hard to bear, because I’ve learned a lot through the times. If a woman’s wisdom is accumulated by countless ordinary fate, then I strongly believe that every challenge I encountered is sweet processes of my life journey. They are just like flower wreaths for our heads. Every painful challenge is worthy to try and experience because you will substantially benefit from them.
I used many small pieces of fabrics to make this quilt. Because of my poor health condition, I took a few days off from work. Therefore, I have more time to create this piece in a detail way. I enjoy the sewing process of this piece a lot because it was just like piecing my bright and happy memories together. This is the “Life Celebration” of me and thanks to this quilt, I recovered faster than I had expected. I cherish everything I have. Thank you, Kate, for this challenge.
Materials: Commercial cotton, ribbon, beads, metallic threads
Techniques: 100% hand-stitched, appliqué, pieced, 3-layer quilted
Size: 64x45 (cm)