I’m a writer of Christian Fiction. I spend my days weaving tales of romance and intrigue.
But that doesn’t mean that’s the only thing I like to do.
One of the things I most enjoy doing on really cold winter days is quilting. There’s something cozy about pulling your latest project onto your lap–especially when it’s a thick, warm quilt.
I don’t know how other quilters make their projects, but I’ve always hand-sewn mine. There’s something satisfying about looking at the finished product and knowing every stitch and wrinkle. They aren’t fancy quilts, but are made with patchwork pieces–some of which I’ve had for years. It may take me years to make one quilt, but they’re made to last–hopefully long after I’m gone.
My current project is a flower basket pattern; it’s not made the conventional way, but instead made using handkerchiefs for the basket part of the blocks. The handkerchiefs are precious to me as some of them were mine when I was a child. There are also some that were my mother’s, my mother-in-law’s, and my husband’s grandmothers’. Hopefully it’s a way of passing down to one of my granddaughters something to remind her of her roots–the women whose strong will and get-it-done attitude she will hopefully inherit.
I also pray I can instill in my grandchildren the beliefs of their ancestors–the faith that kept them going no matter what trials and tribulations came their way. That inheritance is so much more important than a quilt.
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. – Prov. 22:6
Blessings to you, my friends.
And keep warm.
Oh, and don’t forget, Ruth is a Writer.