My boy and I are traveling across Iowa to see relatives we haven’t seen in a while. Monday, we stopped in a town near where my grandparents and my momma grew up: Schleswig, Iowa.
My momma’s cousin, Karen, who is more like an aunt to me and who I adore, lives there. It it just so happened that she and her amazingly talented volunteer friends were gathered together in her home.
They were making quilts and things for the upcoming hospital auxiliary craft sale. They hand-make items to sell to raise money for scholarships for students.
When I first heard they were doing this. I got all teary, thinking ‘quilting bee.’ Remember those? Women used to get together and sew quilts. Perhaps I’m sentimental, but the thought of seeing women sharing their talents together, got me all choked up.
Here’s some photos:
It was such a treat to be there. Sitting around the table, the time was rich in stories and laughter. Three hours flew by, then it was time to go.
Things I ‘took’ with me:
- friends creating at the same place and the same time is an awesome endeavor
- sharing talents to help others (for example, the scholarships) could really make a difference in someone’s life.
- quilting bees still exist and could even be adapted to whatever art talent we have, such as painting bee or jewelry art bee
- friendship + sharing creative talents= bliss
- fun memories await when friends get together and make stuff
We’re back on the road, so my jewelry art is on pause. I thought it’d be amazing if I showed you some things that are handmade in Iowa.
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