by Karen Rose Smith
I am doing research on quilts for my second Daisy's Tea Garden mystery set in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania--MURDER WITH CINNAMON SCONES.
But my interest in quilts began many years ago when an Amish woman crafted one for my mother. I still use it today. The stitching and handwork is beautiful.
During my research visits to Amish country in Lancaster, I recognized the most popular designs--Sunshine and Shadows, Log Cabin, Wedding Ring and Star. But there are so many others--Jacob's Ladder, Bars, Tumbling Blocks, Pinwheel and Double Wedding Ring, to name a few.
Quilts have an ambiance of their own. They seem to go with cozy nights, home hearth and family.
A friend made me this modern-type quilt featuring some of my book covers. I treasure it.
Quilts also give comfort. They bring back memories of a slower time, caring when I was sick, family time on a winter evening while we watched TV.
Do you use quilts in your home? Do you quilt?