i am often asked if there's a story that goes along with my heart-in-hand avatar, and i'm reminded of a day trip i took about 20 years ago. we lived in the midwest at the time, and a friend and i decided to head out to a quilt show that was being held in a nearby town. we ended up driving through amish country, and while i had known about their lifestyle, i had never actually experienced it up-close and personal. it's hard not to notice their complete devotion to such a simple lifestyle, but what struck me even more was how they were able to convey this same simplicity into their artwork. some of the most beautiful quilts i've ever seen were seen that day...the patterns were uncomplicated, the colors were true and rich, and the workmanship was exquisite. and just as we were leaving, a small pillow caught my eye, decorated with a heart-in-hand, and with the words "hands to work, hearts to God". i fell in love with it then, and twenty years later i'm still loving it...and i'm still inspired!
inspired by heart-in-hand, i created this small quilt almost 15 years ago. i've used this image as inspiration for many pieces of artwork over these past years...i'll share some of them with you this week!