Welcome to Precious Tyes

I have many passions in life and one of them is quilting. The others are reading, knitting,
crochet, cross stitching exercise and being a mom which are all precious tyes to me.
This blog will be about all of these things but mainly about quilting and how it is tied into my life.
The above wall hanging was designed by me and published into a pattern called Homespun Memories.

My blog is also about my Nifty Fifty Quilting swaps which are 50 state quilt block swaps that I started organizing over 10 years ago when my husband was going through depression. It helped me through a very difficult time. We have swapped over 70,000 quilt blocks during this time with many stories that traveled across the country along with our state quilt blocks. Our groups also make charity quilts for Breast Cancer Awareness.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

It breaks my heart to hear Heather Heyer's mom, Susan Bro talk about her courageous and inspirational daughter. Grief is a very complicated emotion. The journey through grief can be an extremely dark bottomless pit with thoughts of no way out. But sometimes the light of hope can shine into that pit and give a spark which enables one to have the optimism of escaping. Heather's legacy is her mom’s light of hope. Quilting and creating music can also give the light of hope to those who are hurting. My husband was inspired to write a song while listening to Susan speak at her daughter’s memorial service. He was very touched by hearing about her daughter’s beautiful and loving spirit for standing up for what she believed in. His song is about how we can resist the violence, hate and destruction by finding friendship and spreading the love. He also suggested a quilt of friendship which made me think of organizing a Nifty Fifty Friendship/Love quilt block swap. The quilt blocks would be self-designed or an established quilt block pattern that encourages the spread of friendship and love. Here is a link to my husband’s song Resist!(Love!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqwm9GpxG74

Any thoughts from the quilters out there for another Nifty Fifty Swap?