Since I cannot ‘piece together’ the news, I have taken refuge in quilting. Somehow it seems much more productive than tracking the news. (More)

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Once in history, quilting was a way to reuse odd bits of fabrics and recycle the useable pieces of and old shirt or dress. Now, in the name of art or craft, a quilter takes new cloth and cuts it up and sews the pieces together. On some level this is bizarre. Why not just use the pieces of whole cloth?

Putting color and patterns together to make a new whole is interesting. One can recreate old quilt patterns in contemporary color schemes or go for the very traditional look. One can be as much of a perfectionist as temperament and time allow for without bugging anyone else.

The news on the other hand is short on perfectionists meaning people who get the facts right. They rip into bits and pieces of what they say is breaking news. The updates show that their news was broken. Unlike my hobby which impacts no one until I give away a quilt, the pieces of broken news set off hysteria and fear based on misinformation.

I occasionally have to rip out of bit of sewing because it doesn’t lay right or look good. That is part of my process. I get having to revise or redo some things. I don’t get the ‘news’ rushing to publication or broadcast with pieces that don’t fit or are just plain wrong. There is a kind of quilt called crazy quilts with odd shapes and fancy hand embroidery around the edges of the piecing. Even this kind of quilt requires a certain discipline.

For their irresponsible piecing together news organizations claim constitutional protections. I think they are abusing their charter and someone should put them in a time out. I have turned them off. I can understand getting some things wrong. I don’t understand the rush on the part of news organizations to bombard us with pieces and offer up an explanation that verges on conspiracy theory. It’s as if instead of giving a recipient a finished quilt I just gave them a box of cut up pieces and said, “There’s a quilt in here somewhere but you’ll have to make sense of it yourself.”