Doris Steiner Diener, author
Quilt-making has been a hobby, only receiving the droplets of time tossed off by the waves of a heavily committed lifestyle. Perhaps that explains why each quilt has been motivated by some aspect of the circumstances or people that shaped my reality. Quilts are silent storytellers. They hold together the substantive pieces of life—events, feelings, people, and beliefs. Each piece is a significant part of the whole. The quilts of my past help recall the circumstances that surrounded them, bringing definition and understanding to the present and equipping me to live wisely. The nuggets exposed while stitching quilts have taught me so much about myself, others, and the greater community. They have prompted me to question my perspectives, to enjoy learning, and to free my world to expand. This book offers an opportunity to listen in on the whispers spoken by the stitches that hold us together and continue to ask questions.