Monday, April 6, 2015

Throwing Down the Gauntlet

To begin, begin.
William Wordsworth, English poet (1770–1850)

Visiting with the family's master quilter this afternoon, she threw down the gauntlet (that is, a thimble) and provided me with all the necessary tools for taking up the next quilting challenge, hand applique. Along with her instruction, she gifted me with the thimble, the tiniest pins and the longest, thinnest needle that I've ever seen, as well a ball of wax for coating the thread. So now I take up the challenge -- and the thimble. Updates to follow.


  1. Please forgive this lengthy comment, but your quotation prompted me to recall one of my favourites:
    "Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness.

    Concerning all acts of initiative (& creation), there is one elementary truth - the ignorance of which kills countless ideas & splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves, too.

    All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents & meetings & material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.

    Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

    Begin it now."


  2. Splendid insight and a wonderful image of the combination of genius, power and magic. Thank you for sharing!