posted by: Guest Blogger
Baking cookies, riding bikes, even sewing together. You never know what activities you do with your children, today, will nurture a future creative endeavor.
Writing a book never just happens. It takes a lifetime of encouragement and support from family and friends.
My mom, started me on my sewing journey. A box of scrap material was all it took to design doll clothes. A sewing basket with little scissors, thread, pins and buttons were an inspiration. My grandma, gave me her sewing machine and box filled with pink-rose material with my first pattern. Then to my ultimate amazement on my thirteenth birthday I opened a Sears Kenmore that went forward and reverse (which I took with me when I got married, sewed little-boy blankets, and used until it would sew no more).
Then my husband became my creative sounding board, patiently listening as I created with words, pins and thread.
While I was raising children, teaching, and writing articles an idea for a book started brewing. I knew the prologue and the epilogue. I also knew the journey I wanted to take the characters on. I knew how to sew but not quilt -which was critical in the story.
One day I asked a friend, who quilted, to give me enough information so I could write my book.
Generously, she took me into my first quilting class and under her wing. I went to quilting shows learning as I went, joined a Quilting Guild, listening to all their inspiring speakers and meeting encouraging quilters. As each friend talked to me, I became inspired to add a different dimension to both my quilting and my book.
I not only finished the book but fell in love with the art of quilting. The needle became my pen and the thread my ink. As I wrote about Grace, a master quilter, -as she shared her creative gifts with her young granddaughter, Audrey. I was thinking about sewing with my mom.
As I wrote about their lives unfolding around their family quilt. The love between grandmother and granddaughter was a mirror of my love for my grandmother.
Each memory you create today with your family becomes a springboard for future creativity.
As you, dear reader, read about Grandma Grace, her granddaughter, Audrey, may you, too, be surrounded by your own family quilt.