Applique brings chance meeting of friends of friends from Uruguay, Paraguay, and Pennsylvania
By Jewel Showalter
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. – Helena Dueck from Akron, Pennsylvania, was quietly stitching delicate applique in the quilting hall when a young woman asked excitedly, “Are you Helena Dueck?”
“Yes, I am,” said Dueck, looking up from her quilt. “How do you know me?”
Lilia Dietrick, from Uruguay, could hardly contain herself. “I’m a friend of your niece, Gisela Giesbrecht. When Gisela heard I was going to MWC she told me to look up her aunt who is famous for her applique work. So when I saw you doing applique, I just thought I’d ask!”
“I’m so amazed by this special meeting with my niece’s friend all the way from Uruguay – the effort she took to look me up. And I wasn’t even wearing my name tag!” Dueck said.
Jewel Showalter is a writer, grandmother of 14, and servant of the global church.