I designed this piece after a tour of Gettysburg where so many lost their lives fighting a war among brothers. It is my prayer that this nation will never forget what happened there nor allow our families to become divided like that again. May this piece also remind you that home and family are so very very important.
This quilt is a small one, finishing at just 20 inches square. There’s just something about small pieces, I do love them. I love working slowly and carefully. Thoughtfully. Not being in a hurry but enjoying the process. Life can be so hurried and frenzied and I don’t want my hobby to follow suit.
I’ve decided I also love color. While I have my favorites I love ALL color. I never know what may inspire me. It may be fabric but it could just as easily be something not at all related to sewing. A man’s tie still shines in my memory waiting for the right piece to develop in my imagination and come to life with needle and thread. A tile floor may inspire a quilt block. A feeling or a memory may direct the direction of a piece to convey some emotion lying raw in my heart.
That’s what inspired this piece. Standing on the battlefield of Gettysburg, listening to an account of where the soldiers were lined up and how many lost their lives left an impression on my heart that words can not express.
What was it like for this humble man to lead our nation through such a trying time? What burden did he feel each time a report was brought to him? Did he long for his childhood home and what must have certainly been a simpler time no matter what the circumstances of those years were?
It is my desire that you will also take time to enjoy the process. Enjoy the simple things and play with fabric and color if only for a short time each day. You can tuck this little piece in so many places and I hope you find a place for it in your home! It’s available in my shop here.
Many blessings to you –