03 June 2011

Inspiration Workshop: Handmade

Each week, Gussy Sews hosts the Inspiration Workshop. Maggie provides us with a prompt and ask us to share what it means to us.

This week: handmade

Many of you know how much I love the Christian fiction author Francine Rivers. It started with Redeeming Love, and now I'm on a mission to read them all.

Last night I finished reading The Scarlet Thread. It is the story of two women. Sierra is a modern woman trying to cope with her family's move and struggling marraige. Mary Catherine is a woman whose husband sets out on the Oregan Trail bringing his family along.

Like all of Francine's book, it was wonderful.

A large part of the book is the connection between these two women that is formed when Sierra's mother gives her Mary Catherine's diary. Along with the diary was a handmade quilt.

The quilt told the story of Mary Catherine's life. The ups and downs all captured in beatiful blocks of colors and patterns.

Kyle and I were given a beautiful quilt for our wedding made from family napkins and textiles. It has become a tradition.

I love to craft and find a lot of joy in creating. But nothing is more special that creating something meaningful, something to pass on to your children, something to showcase your past and present.

What a great quilting tutorial series from Diary of a Quilter.

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