We imagine that we alone decide the direction of our lives, yet it often seems that we have little real influence over the greater events of the world, where chaos and unpredictability so often prevail. Are we heroes or clowns, civilized or barbaric? And who is pulling the strings? This quilt started with the blue medallion, created four-square in a series of safe and predictable borders. By the fifth concentric blue border, I was ready to break loose, and began choosing wilder and more �unsuitable� fabrics, which led to increasing chaos, imbalance, and visual interest. It also led me to ponder, "Who's in charge here, anyway?"