Thursday, May 8, 2008
Passion for quilting spans 69 years
By Lorraine Thomas
Willie Mae Pegues’ passion for quilting can be seen throughout many homes in the small community of Waterford. The Nine Patch, Wedding Ring, Broken Star, Trip Around the World, Flower Garden, Bow Tie and the Six and Eight Point Star are but a few of the patterns she uses.
Born in Waterford some 79 years ago, Mrs. Pegues learned to quilt by hand from her grandmother when she was only ten years of age. What became a passion began as an act of necessity.
Now a widow of almost seven years, Mrs. Pegues uses her talent to occupy her time and the lonesome periods unwanted solitude brings. With a heart of gratitude, humility, and a ready smile, she gladly accepts bundles of cloth given to her by family, friends and strangers.
Each piece is carefully examined, not for defects, but for the role they are to play in her grand scheme. You see, Mrs. Pegues does not view “scraps,” or strips of cloth as materials to be discarded; but rather a call to a new purpose. With skillful hands and a vision matured by time, she creates a colorful masterpiece.
Mrs. Pegues’ passion for quilting is rivaled only by the joy her labor of love brings to the lives of others. In a very real sense, what she does is a reflection of our heavenly Father’s plan of redemption for those who might feel unimportant or devalued by life. He always uses our shortcomings as an opportunity for us to see our worthiness through His eyes.
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