The Word Quilt

 This custom handmade quilt combined floral prints with patchwork blocks and special words.

This custom handmade quilt combined floral prints with patchwork blocks and special words.

The Word Quilt

Do you know the expression "Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me?" 

I thought about that little saying when I first saw this custom handmade quilt on display at the Piece and Plenty Quilt Guild annual show in Rolla, Missouri. Not that I believe those words because words can hurt. Just think about all of the bullying we see around us today.

Words can also heal. And elevate. And affirm....such power from 26 letters in the alphabet!

As someone who learned to speak English as my fourth language, and struggled with it - still do some days - every word was a new discovery. So I could relate to the description that accompanied this handmade quilt by Kathi Crawford:

 Love the story behind every custom handmade quilt almost as much as the quilt itself.

Love the story behind every custom handmade quilt almost as much as the quilt itself.

As I was perusing the blocks for the first word Kathi had featured, I smiled. Who would have thought this word was worth a block all by itself, but it "did."

 Such a simple word "did" but it also reminded me of all of those unfinished project piles....

Such a simple word "did" but it also reminded me of all of those unfinished project piles....

Another very special word in this custom handmade quilt, and one that is precious when one truly finds one. I can remember my mother saying in life one is lucky to have a handful of people one can truly call "friend."

 A word that means so much, and we have so few of them really in our lives, a "friend."

A word that means so much, and we have so few of them really in our lives, a "friend."

What other words would you include in your custom quilt?

Charlotte