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Creativity and Grief.

Oh my goodness I’m overwhelmed by the response to my blog on Grief. It wasn’t meant to be an  ‘I am‘ moment, but rather, ‘It’s happened, we experienced it and what now‘ moment.

The book I wrote during that time is a testament to all I shared with you. And yes, it changed my life and filtered down through our family in a very positive way.  It doesn’t diminish the sadness and I think everyone at some time of their life experiences loss and grief in one way or another. Rather it heightens the realisation that  we are all human and its part of life and we should celebrate each day.

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Tuesday, 23 April, 2002.

An excerpt from the book.

As I work on the quilt, I give way to  thoughts that go back to 1776. I’d love to know who designed the quilt – was it a soldier, far from his family and loved ones? Did working on the quilt give him some comfort? How many uniforms went into making the quilt? Close inspection shows that the background was pieced an patched in almost every block and border. Were the uniforms old ones, or could they be the uniforms of comrades who died? Where did the needle and thread come from? Did they go to war toting needle and thread? Did they sit around the camp fire each night and work on the quilt as a group, or did one driven individual make it?

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Pictures from my book, the original quilt and my re-creation.

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1776, Heartache, Heritage and Happiness.

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  1. Wendy in Kennewick says

    Thank you for sharing your life experiences with us! I still think about all the powerful emotions I felt on your first visit to our guild, seeing and touching this amazing quilt and hearing your story in person. Our paths will cross again!

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  2. Pamela Graham says

    I can hardly wait to see your quilt. Personally, I am so grateful for attending a luncheon years ago at The Houston Quilt Festival where you were guest speaker, following your amazing adventures, to getting you the proper yardage to add to your fabulous 1776 from our Quilt Haus booth to thread painting with my cowboy boots three years ago to now…you are amazing and thank you so much for sharing your life with the world! God Bless! My home us always open for your relaxation in The Hill Country…Texas! God bless you and yours! Pam Graham

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