They say that "timing is everything" in life. Knowing when the time is right is one thing, recognizing a brief period where everything could come together quite perfectly is another. And then leaping through that "window of opportunity"—buying the house before the interest rates jump, crossing the street before the big trucks bear down on you, saying "I love you" before the train pulls away and the opportunity is lost forever—could change the course of your life.
When the theme was announced I knew that I wanted to use the theme of windows in the metaphoric sense. Windows, as a source of light, especially sunlight, are such great symbols for opportunity and hope. There is a phrase that goes, "when God closes a door, He opens a window." Those windows of opportunity keep us going through the hardest times.
I have been making 2" blocks from scraps for a couple of years and just recently started putting them together in quilts. This piece is the third such combination of my little blocks. I felt the black background needed some texture, so I did a lot of hand stitching, which I hope is visible in the photo. It does add a lot to the piece, but honestly, it was a pain to do.