CCH introduces you to New York Times bestselling author, Wanda E. Brunstetter, who knows firsthand the generosity of quilters nationwide. Their giving hearts have enabled Wanda to commission the creation of “The Quilt of a Thousand Hands,” which will be auctioned off for charity June 25th, during the Shipshewana, Indiana, Quilt Festival.
What makes this auction in Indiana’s picturesque Amish countryside especially exciting is that it is being stitched together by local Amish quilter, Iva Yoder. Another heart-warming aspect: total proceeds of this quilt’s sale will benefit a favorite charity of Wanda’s, Goshen, Indiana’s Oaklawn Treatment Center, which provides mental health services for the Amish.
Wanda sent out a plea for quilters across the country to donate quilted six-inch squares last summer, in a promotion for her August novel, THE TATTERED QUILT. Published by Barbour Books, THE TATTERED QUILT is the second of three by Wanda about an Amish widow-turned-newly-wed as she teaches a group of unlikely students to quilt. The third in the series, THE HEALING QUILT, will be published in August of this year.
“No sooner had we sent out the call to donate than the squares started arriving,” Wanda said. “They came, and they came, and they came! Beautiful squares all stitched by loving hands—more than 1,000 altogether. There were so many that we’re having two quilts made. Iva Yoder, the mother of an Amish friend of mine in Shipshewana, agreed to fashion the quilt that will be auctioned off at the quilt festival. It truly is a labor of love and will be a priceless treasure. We’re calling it ‘The Quilt of a Thousand Hands.’”
The Amish are near and dear to Wanda’s heart. Not only has she built her successful career by writing books about the Amish, she also has many Amish friends, like Iva Yoder’s daughter. Long ago she fell in love with their simple lifestyle and focus on God’s work. Her ongoing friendships with the Amish give her books an unequaled authenticity about these dedicated people and their lifestyle.
“Iva is working on the quilt now. I’m eager to see it!” Wanda said, noting that the timeless piece of art will be completed by April 1.
The auction will take place at Shipshewana Auction Barn on Wednesday, June 25 at 1 p.m., across the street from Yoder Department Store, where Wanda will sign from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the same day.
The second quilt will be auctioned off at a site yet to be determined, but Crafts Changing Hearts will post that information when it becomes available.
To learn more about Wanda, visit www.wandabrunstetter.com and her Wanda E. Brunstetter Facebook fan page, where Wanda shares insight into the Amish way of life, as well as photos of the Amish world, taken by her husband, Richard.
Link to Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wanda-E-Brunstetter/119136496242