Monday, April 19, 2010

Strong Women

Jennifer Chiaverini, author of the Elm Creek Quilts novels.
A reader shares a quilt she made that was inspired by the books.
Jennifer's mom is to the right.  She often travels with Jennifer on book tours.
What a great opportunity for mom and daughter to have some quality time together.

To me a "strong woman" is a woman that knows who she is and follows her passion.
This is the beginning of a new Monday series called, Strong Women.
I am guessing it could go on for quite awhile, as there are so many strong women in my mind who could be honoured for following their passion.  Some will be living and some will have passed before us. They enchant me and I am drawn to them.

Here is a quote to begin the Strong Women series:

A Woman's Credo

I believe in the woman of hope
that lies within me
I believe in her strength drawn
from the depth of her being
I believe in the power fired from that
great depth of
compassion and love
I believe in the gentleness
of her strength
I believe she is a woman of dignity
reaching out to touch and be touched
at depth
I believe in the centre
She moves from and trust it fully
I honour
the wisdom and stillness
she offers me on my life's journey.

Author Unknown

The first woman to be honoured is Jennifer Chiaverini.
Last week I had the honour of meeting Jennifer at a book reading.
She is the author of the Elm Creek Quilts series.
Hearing her story of knowing she would write and following that dream inspired me.
How many of us can say we know for sure and go forward to make it happen?
Jennifer has written close to 20 books in this series and I have enjoyed reading 10 of them so far.
If you love quilts and women's stories, you will thoroughly enjoy her books.
Right now I have to say my favorite was The Runaway Quilt, just because I love any story involving the Underground Railroad and Quilts.

Welcome to Delights of the Heart new Strong Women series.
I hope you will enjoy it and some word or woman will touch your heart.


Jeanne said...

Beautiful as is everything you share.
Love and hugs

Steph said...

I'm delighted with this series!

Gayle @ Mountain Mom said...

What a wonderful idea, I love it! Can't wait to be inspired on Monday's. I love this author. She weaves wisdom, history, creativity, and the bond of women into a wonderful story. 20 books...obviously I'm behind in my reading!

Angela McRae said...

How did you know I am a *huge* fan of the Elm Creek Quilts series? Lucky you to get to meet Jennifer! Those books always make me wish I could quilt and read at the same time!

Pam said...

Looking forward to this!...and that is one proud Mum in that photo!

Annie said...

I read one of jennifer's books recently - I think the one that came out last year - and enjoyed it so much. I need to look for more of them.

La Tea Dah said...

What a special idea! I love the Elm Street Quilts series. How special you were able to attend an author event.


Relyn said...

You know, I have never read one of her books, but I have one on my library bookshelf. Maybe that's the one I should read next.

Susan said...

I have one of her books, not read yet. Strong women are inspiring!

Adrienne said...

Oh, that would have been so much fun! You have a great idea - I'll look forward to each one you share.