Wednesday, October 22, 2008

puzzling thoughts

quilters puzzle

Everything I Needed to Know About Life
I Learned From a Jigsaw Puzzle
~found at eaglesview

1. Don’t force a fit. If something is meant to be, it will come together naturally.

2. When things aren’t going so well, take a break. Everything will look different when you return.

3. Be sure to look at the big picture. Getting hung up on the little pieces only leads to frustration.

4. Perseverance pays off. Every important puzzle went together bit by bit, piece by piece.

5. When one spot stops working, move to another. But be sure to come back later (see #4).

6. The creator of the puzzle gave you the picture as a guidebook.

7. Variety is the spice of life. It’s the different colors and patterns that make the puzzle interesting.

8. Working together with friends and family makes any task fun.

9. Establish the border first. Boundaries give a sense of security and order.

10. Don’t be afraid to try different combinations. Some matches are surprising.

11. Take time often to celebrate your successes (even little ones).

12. Anything worth doing takes time and effort. A great puzzle can’t be rushed.

Even though the above list is about jigsaw puzzles and of course life, all of the bits of wisdom also apply to making a quilt, well except for #9 - establish the border first.

This time of year inspires projects to be started, perhaps socks to be knitted or afghans to be crocheted, maybe even a quilt!

I found the above pictured pattern, Quilter's Puzzle and I think it looks like fun. I have always liked jigsaw puzzles.

Now that I have the pattern I just have to find some fabric. Fabric shops are few and far between anymore, in our little town the only fabric is at Walmart which is not a very good selection, but better than nothing I guess, and the prices are low. Other options are specialty quilt fabric stores, there is one in nearby Blue Ridge, where the selection is good and the prices are high. There are a lot of fabric websites, I have never purchased fabric online, sight unseen or unfelt.

Will I find fabric I like? Will I start this project? More importantly, will I finish this project? Just some of the things to puzzle through before even starting to cut or sew.

I am still thinking of this line:

Life is like a jigsaw puzzle…

How would you finish it?


June said...

I've read a take on this with the teacher being a cat but never before a puzzle. I like this! All the ways I could think to finish the line were already said in your list...

Gypsy Quilter said...

You have a few other options for finding fabric. Just e-mail me and I'll fill you in!

doubleknot said...

I used to put together jigsaw puzzles and recently had the urge to put together one. Little did I know that I was perhaps trying to find my way in life by making the pieces fit. Thanks for sharing.

Abandoned in Pasadena said...

Thanks for sharing that piece of wisdom Susan.

colleen said...

Everything we learned in kindergarten and while dong puzzles are good rules to live by. But one size does not fit all.

Joann said...

Life is like a jigsaw puzzle. Some places the edges are smooth and some places they are rough, but in the end, they all fit together.

Life is like a jigsaw puzzle; just when you think you have it figured out, you learn than there is a piece missing.

Life is like a jigsaw puzzle; you can try and try to figure it out but sometimes it's best to just put it back in the box and take it out another day.

Life is like a jigsaw puzzle; just when you think you have it figured out, you find a piece that really belongs to a different puzzle (but you won't figure that out until you've struggled for ages to see if it will fit)!

Life is like a jigsaw puzzle; it's convoluted and mysterious with unexpected twists and turns.

Life is like a jigsaw puzzle; if you drop it on the floor and everything goes all over the place, you really can pick it all back up and put it back together again.

And so it goes..........

andsewitis Holly said...

I like this a lot and I like the colors you chose for your jigsaw puzzle.