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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Sewing (02/22/07)

TITLE: Quilting & Cocoa
By Karen Petty
02/25/07


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The scent of warm cinnamon inspired a cheerful tone from everyone as they began to dig into their quilting. Not all were experienced seamstresses. But they were all family. Even the time to time visitors felt welcomed and as if they were part of the clan. What had begun with an open invitation to teach the grandchildren an enjoyable skill, had now grown into a regular Saturday afternoon event complete with hot cocoa, easy conversation & even the attendance of interested grown-ups. On each couch was seated someone either sorting through stacks of colorful fabrics or pinning their selected squares down. Some sought out the opinion of others while matching up their prints. While others quietly endeavored to find the pieces that they’d been dreaming up, to put together a quilt for themselves or to give as a gift to someone special. Handcrafted remembrances for new babies and numerous holidays had already been fashioned.

Melodies from the 40s and 50s drifted through the air as women, young and old, joyfully laughed and chatted away. The smaller children made a game of collecting pins, filling the many pincushions with interesting designs. Somehow, no arguing made its way to the new found quilting bee. Not even between siblings or cousins, as they helped one another re-thread a needle, or fold and pin down the corners of their budding masterpieces. Mothers watched as their daughters gained confidence with each completed step. Even the eldest in the room felt a sense of pride, as her heritage filled the room with beautiful creations. It wasn’t about perfection. A misjudged seam or bumpy stitch didn’t seam to deplete the value of any there.

Excitement would build at any given step of the process. Busy hands would stop, at the unveiling of each completed piece, as genuine compliments covered the respective seamstress. The honored one held one end of her proud accomplishment, while a nearby companion upheld the other. A spreading smile was passed from person to person until the whole room gleamed.

Each person present hoped to continue the tradition of laughter, quilting, and fellowship. It revealed an opportunity to build one another up in ways that a daily routine might not permit. Priceless exchanges placed high worth, not on the intricate bed coverings, but on the quilters themselves. Sewing hands became stronger and softer, as they met each week, for quilting and cocoa.


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Jan Ackerson 03/07/07
Lovely--almost as if you have painted us a picture of this homey scene.

Perhaps breaking the longer paragraphs into shorter chunks would make this flow even more smoothly.

This had a pleasant, peaceful feeling to it.