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Quilt Artist, Writer, Entertainer
ON THE PAGE AND IN THE CLOTH                          




March 2021.  We are still suffering the time of Corona virus; the time the world stopped turning; the time that the best laid plans of mice and men went awry. Every plan was changed, every contract canceled, every job lost, every trip a no-go.  No jobs, no fun, no travel, no adventure, no income.  Well, dang!  That hurt!  It's living in a science fiction movie. All we can do is hope it goes away; I lost dear friends to this horror. As I write this the vaccine is being administered nationwide and I've had my shots. We can only pray that it is effective and people can resume their lives and chase their dreams. 

So - why the term Second Hand Stories?

There are tee-shirts for writers that say "Beware what you say to a writer. It may show up in a novel."  In my case, you can almost bet it will.  I love to write, to push words around.  When I write an essay, a Facebook post, or a novel, I know that no one since the dawn of time has put words together in the exact order that I have.  How cool is that?  But I also know I don't have a great imagination for fantasy or make believe, so what I do is rummage through my lifetime box of things I've seen, heard, read, and pull something out. Stories someone told me, perhaps fifty years ago over a dinner table, may show up in my writing, morphed into an unrecognizable shape. I sift through the memory box and write. Second hand stories, you see.  



I write, but I will always be an artist, a quilter, a sewer of old things into new.  I like to work with worn things I buy in thrift shops, the kind of places you go into with rubber gloves and tongs.  I have such a heart for the women who came before me who worked so hard to find a few moments to make beautiful things; a crocheted doily, a hanky with tatted edges, an embroidered dresser scarf, or a stack of quilt blocks they never set together.  These are the fragments I gather and find great joy in giving new life.  As you look at the quilts in the galleries, you will spot the vintage pieces. Many of my quilts have text, almost all have a story to tell.  I use recycled items and fabrics, so, once again, Second Hand Stories.

Click on the links Broke House and The Inn on Cracker Hill to learn more about not one, but two upcoming novels! 


  Teddy Pruett


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