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- vibrantly-colored quilts and textiles,
- exquisitely detailed hand-crafted pieces of furniture,
- musical instruments and music composed and written in blackberry juice ink;
- a legacy of food and faith and family stories.
Number of Pages: 168
Vendor: WaterBrook Press
Publication Date: 2008
|Dimensions: 8.00 X 9.00 (inches)|
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A Clearing in the Wild, Change and Cherish Series #1 Audiobook on CDJane Kirkpatrickchristianaudio / 2007 / Compact disc$26.08 Retail:
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A Tendering in the Storm, Change and Cherish Series #2 Audiobook on CDJane Kirkpatrickchristianaudio / 2007 / Compact disc$5.99 Retail:
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An Absence So Great, Portraits of the Heart Series #2Jane KirkpatrickRandom House, Inc / 2010 / Trade Paperback$11.99 Retail:3.5 Stars Out Of 5 27 Reviews
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An Absence So Great, Portraits of the Heart Series #1 Large PrintJane KirkpatrickCenter Point Large Print / 2010 / Hardcover$38.203.5 Stars Out Of 5 27 ReviewsAvailability: In StockCBD Stock No: WW857247
Wrap yourself in a riveting American tale told in beautiful stitches and craft
Master storyteller Jane Kirkpatrick extols the beautiful treasures, unknown to a wider public, rediscovered in the Old Aurora Colony of Oregon’s lush Willamette Valley. The people and legacy of Aurora, a utopian community founded in the mid-1800s, will stir your imagination, hopes, and dreams; and remind you that every life matters–every daily task, love, aspiration, and endeavor.
Unique and treasured quilt pattern variations
More than 100 photographs (many never-before published) from 1850 to today
Cherished stories from Aurora descendants
Discoveries of fine crafts from the Colony and private collections
With an introduction by renowned American Artist John Houser
Aurora is about the difference every ordinary life can make–and a beautiful celebration of a time and place in which people expressed their most cherished beliefs through the work of their imagination and hands.
A retired clinical social worker, Jane speaks internationally, leading retreats and inspiring others about the power of story in people’s lives. She and her husband, Jerry, live on 160 acres at the end of a rutted dirt road in eastern Oregon.
From the Author
–Jennifer Chiaverini, author of the Elm Creek Quilts novels
“Jane Kirkpatrick is a remarkable storyteller in her historical novels, but in Aurora, she lets the quilts and crafts tell the stories of a Christian communal settlement in nineteenth century Oregon. She became intimately familiar with these stories in her research for the Change and Cherish Historical Series. This book is a welcome addition, particularly for its photographs and related information, on the history of the Aurora Colony.”
–James J. Kopp, board member of the Aurora Colony Historical Society and author of Eden within Eden: Oregon’s Utopian Heritage.
“Aurora, brings a warm remembering of one man’s effort to establish a caring, sharing community. Jane Kirkpatrick’s writing honors the skills and connected lives of a group of people who created a neighborhood, impacting their entire region. Her story inspires the readers to hone their skills, simplify their lives, and serve others. The colorful pictures bring a by-gone era to life.”
–Mary Tatem, author of the bestseller The Quilt of Life; and Beautiful Threads and The Quilt of Hope
“The Diamond Rule at Oregon’s 19th century Aurora Colony was that one should make life better for others. Using her extraordinary gift, Jane Kirkpatrick gives us a story of spirituality and creativity that enriches our lives. Through the agrarian colony’s crafts, especially its quilts, Jane recreates the lives of those pioneers who colonized the western wilderness in a spirit of perseverance, cooperation, and harmony.”
–Sandra Dallas, author of Tallgrass and The Quilt That Walked to Golden
“Jane Kirkpatrick brings the Aurora Colony alive through words and pictures. Readers are immersed in the colonists’ culture and craft. We can’t help but admire how these men and women put beauty into even the most utilitarian objects.”
–Judy Breneman, quilt historian and founder of www.womenfolk.com celebrating quilts and crafts
“A book on the quilt collection has been a longtime dream of those behind the Aurora Colony Museum. Now, with the skills of writer Jane Kirkpatrick; knowledge of curator Patrick Harris; and commitment of museum volunteers and members, this book is a reality. Enriched by the expanded focus of family, faith, and community, this project celebrates the same patient energy, perseverance, and cooperation the colonists demonstrated more than 100 years ago. Sehr Gut [very good]!”
–Mary Bywater Cross, Oregon quilt historian and author of Quilts of the Oregon Trail
“Fascinating and memorable, Jane Kirkpatrick’s Aurora gives voice to the enduring spirit of our pioneer foremothers and the work of their hands. Anyone interested in our pioneer heritage will love this book. Quilt-lovers and historians will want to add it to their libraries.”
–Stephanie Grace Whitson, author of Unbridled Dreams and A Hilltop in Tuscany; speaker, and quilt historian
“Do you often wonder what lasts after you’ve gone? Aurora, shares the legacy left by a creative community who crossed the Oregon Trail to live simply in a new land. These families were drawn together by faith, hard work, and service, as well as amazing fiber arts, crafts, and culinary delights. Delve into the beautifully-illustrated pages of this book and savor the quilts that tell a story not only of struggle and sacrifice, but also joy and journey. Then do the hard work of examining your own life and tell your own story, leaving a legacy of purpose and grace. Aurora is a reminder of what’s truly important–that, indeed, our lives are the stories others read first.”
–Lucinda Secrest McDowell, author of Quilts from Heaven and Role of a Lifetime
riverspriteBossier City, LAAge: 55-65Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5More history than craftsNovember 1, 2013riverspriteBossier City, LAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5
I was hoping this book would have more illustrations of quilts and crafts that my accomplished quilting sister could use. It is more geared for people wanting to read about the history of the area. Not quite what I was looking for.
DebbieEugene, ORAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent piece of Oregon historyJune 20, 2013DebbieEugene, ORAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 3Meets Expectations: 5
I picked this book up to look at the beautiful quilts inside but got so much more! I learned so much about the history of that area of Oregon, about the Christian communal society there as well as how amazing the needlework was (and all done by hand).
I enjoyed this book so much and plan to make a trip to Aurora to attend one of the festivals mentioned!
Janet Wright5 Stars Out Of 5Nice book.December 28, 2012Janet WrightQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5
Given as a gift, and recipient liked it. Since I didn't read it, I can't say about the content. I liked the author, having read some of her other books.
paodWestland MIAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5This is a great bookNovember 30, 2012paodWestland MIAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5
This was a gift for my cousin who is really into quilting. It was just the right thing.
jewelwisconsinAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5December 27, 2011jewelwisconsinAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5
Beautiful book, very interesting reading. Good gift for those that love quilts.
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