Mom was a quilter. In my book about her life (When Love Prevails, Kindle Store) I recall her experiences with her Grandma Mary when she was a girl. Quilting was one of the things she learned from her, and mom became known for her quilts later in her life.
Whenever my wife, Sharon, and I would visit her at the Bridgewater Retirement Community, mom would always show us the latest quilt she was creating. Many of her quilts were auctioned at the annual Fall Festival to raise auxiliary funds. She practiced this craft even after she lost much of her vision through macular degeneration. Her fingers, and her memory became substitutes for her eyes.
One thing I learned about her was that she really was an artist with her quilting. Gathering odds and ends of fabric, varieties of colors, sometimes containing images or designs, she would piece together a quilt that told a story. Some of the story might be things or people each piece of cloth brought to her mind. My brother and I are both visual artists, and we got it honestly–our talent comes from the same genetic well that resourced mom’s quilting.
In recent years I have turned to writing as a primary artistic venture. Crafting a novel is much like crafting a quilt, or a painting. Novels are made up of bits and pieces of life that flow from people, circumstances, places and experiences over the years. When I embarked on my fourth novel (a work in progress at the moment), my muse presented me with a story that turns around a mountain community instead of the seacoast. “Dinkel Island Smalltalk” didn’t seem inclusive enough now, so I expanded my WordPress blog site into a new domain: Wordquilts.com.
Writing a book, whether a novel or nonfiction, is like making a quilt. I’m in the early stages of the new novel now, but I have a theme, and a design, and lots of pieces of life to work with. I even have a current social issue around which to wrap my story. The title may change as the wordquilt comes together, but for now it’s titled, “Fear No Evil.”
I’m excited! Can’t wait to see how this wordquilt comes out!