I came late to quilting, not actually starting my first one until 1993 when I needed something to do with all the fabric scraps left over from the clothes I made for my children and foster children. I had bins full of fabric way too cute to toss out. Although I came late to the game, my ancestors did not. Every one of my grandmother's beds was covered with a quilt she had made, either from her day dresses or from her children's clothes. Waste not want not, she always said. History is full of quilts used to tell a story. Stories of pioneers making their way across country in covered wagon, stories of slaves headed to freedom, their route told by signals sewed into quilt squares, and quilts that tell of family memories. These are my favorites. The ones where a mother can say, my child wore this on such and such day, or my grandmother received this one as a wedding gift. Pure treasures, every one. As a child, I played matchbox cars on a nine-block, pretending the blocks were houses and the rectangular pieces were the roads. Here is a picture of one of my most treasured possessions. A quilt made from my dear grandmother's day dresses. Faded and see through in some areas, I still won't part with it for nothing. Although my children are grown, and foster children moved on to other homes, I can look at this next quilt and tell you each child that wore the outfit and when. This last quilt is a quilt top given at some point to my maternal grandmother. It contains embroidered squares of relatives. One square simply says "Mama". My mother gave me this quilt hoping that I would someday put a backing on it. I intend to, but that day hasn't yet come. This is also the type of quilt depicted in the novella which released March 1. A story of four cousins who must come home to fulfill their dead grandmother's wish of reconciliation by finishing a family quilt. Do you have a quilt that tells a story? On the one-year anniversary of their grandmother’s death, four cousins from a fractured family converge on beautiful Colorado Springs to fulfill the terms of her will. They will piece together a quilt—and perhaps find a way to mend the hurt feelings and old feuds. Each young woman brings long-buried desires to the meeting. . .and each must face the calamities of the past—and the present. Can a torn and ragged family be stitched back together?
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