Sunday, November 26, 2006
Homestead Heritage Craft Fair Quilts
One of the most outstanding features of the Homestead Heritage Craft Fair, is the fact that most of the items are made by children and young adults.
The quilting done by young girls is amazing. The stitches perfect and most are hand pieced.
Its wonderful to see the careful work of such young people. Parents take seriously the work of training children to do a thorough, and careful job of whatever task the child is set to. Hand work is valued in this community and it shows. The women make most of their clothing, feminine and modest. Yet not frumpy or drab. Careful attention to detail is shown in every aspect of their life. Their faces glow with good health and peace shines from within.
As you look at these quilts, remember they are made by young girls. In a time when most young people are so self absorbed, hung up with the want of the latest style, the latest cell phone, computer, I pod, car etc, this life of simplicity seems so foreign. It is refreshing to me. Gives me hope that the good things of the past will not be lost for ever. Small girls running to help mother, braids flying. Little boys carving out wooden spoons and making rope. Young ladies gardening, gathering herbs, making soap, spinning and weaving, throwing pottery, knitting socks and making baskets. Young men, farming with horses, building furniture or instruments. A shoemaker sharing his knowledge with a young man at his side. Gentleness that comes from simple life is evident all around. Babies being held instead of plopped into an infant seat for hours. Home cooking, cheese making and all made with healthy home grown ingredients.
Voices raised in song of praise at the end of the day. Just seemed right. Gives a person a good feeling to see life this way.
It is a silent sort of morning, sitting next to the wood stove in my rocker, watching the birds outside my windo...