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I have been working away on this particular quilt for some time, and at last, it's finished. As you can see from the photo. This woman is coming "apart at the seams", pun intended. She has her hands across her chest to try to hold herself together but can't seem to do it. The lines running down the front of her are static - stop and start and uneven. I threaded my machine needle with two threads so they would bunch up and resemble nerves.

She suffers from depression and anxiety, and she is in pain. I care about mental health issues and the stigmatism that often surrounds it. Depression is hard to explain to those that have not experienced it, and I hope this quilt conveys the feelings visually to help make more people aware.

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Comment by Patricia McClain Osborne on July 30, 2010 at 1:57am
What vision you have. Quilts with a story are always very intriguing. Your symbolism has great meaning and causes one to ponder ones own mental health as well as bringing into the forefront what depression, anxiety, etc may be like. Wonderful job.
Comment by Rita Marsh on July 29, 2010 at 11:45pm
This is just awesome! What great symbolism! As a sewer and someone who struggles with depression sometimes I truely appreciate your metaphor. You are truely creative!! Thank you for sharing. :)
Comment by Peggy M Spivey on July 29, 2010 at 8:31pm
Hi Lynne, I thought she was holding and dropping books when I first saw this. I guess that would have the same effect on her nerves ! This is very creative and really makes a statement. Was there a pattern or did you create all of it?

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