A Crafter's Life

The Tao of Quilting (re-post)

More new posts in the near future, but for now here is a re-posting of a November 2013 post – sharing  a page discovered in a quilting magazine long ago. The page is hung in my studio and each time I read it, it brings a smile to my face.

Are you familiar with the Tao Te Ching?

This ancient Chinese text, was according to legend, was written by Lao Tzu in the 6th century BC. It it a philosophical text which provides instructions on the way to live a virtuous life of harmony. There have been many versions of this text written and reinterpreted over the years to include The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff which shares practical life lessons from the perspective of Winnie the Pooh.

Many years ago, in a special publication quilting magazine Quilts with Style, I came across “The Tao of Quilting” by Stephen Seifert – a one page take on the Tao Te Ching. I have kept this page in the front of my binder of patterns-clipped-from-quilting-magazines to continually inspire me.

THE TAO OF QUILTING by Stephen Seifert

Our lives are full of obstacles causing stress and discontent.

But a quilt can be a bridge to overcome diversions and chaos.

Water ripples in the wind, never considering who is in control.

Yet its fluid nature gives it strength to serve as a foundation to life.

Soft fabric stitched together in a quilt fills the hardest heart with love and beauty.

The simplicity of love can penetrate all, including the the most cynical mind.

Rigid stone shores appear impenetrable, but their yielding surface gives rise to life.

Evergreens soar triumphantly above the lake shore, reflecting the paradox of life.

Problems emerge and seem pressing

But over time our thoughts evolve into understanding.

Nature’s silent teachings are taught without words

Instilling integrity into every quilt.

Section from Tree Outside My Window (2015)


Feature photo credit: jhraskson, pixabay.com

10 thoughts on “The Tao of Quilting (re-post)”

  1. The use of the darkest purple at the center, with the slight vertical wedge to the right of it just barely separated by a light color – well, sheer genius! The deep purple center just draws the eye in, as if into the forest, or a well, or a dive into a lake, or even into the pupil of an eye. And yeah, I’ve read the Tao! Love that you referenced it today! Thank you!

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  2. I enjoy reading your adorable articles in the morning….love starting the day with a smile…thank you for sharing your wonderful doggies too!!


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