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Years ago, in Costa Rica I had the honor of working with a group of socioeconomically disadvantaged girls and the nuns who cared for them during the week.  (They lived at home with their mothers during weekends and holidays).   Though I was teaching them miniature quilting (see September 7, 2015 post: Quilting with Children: Associación Al Niño con Cariño) I was also helping them to become more resilient and self-aware by integrating yoga, meditation, and positive discipline in the class.  I saw a significant increase in their self-awareness as well as their self-worth.

Self-awareness is defined as “having a clear perception of your personality, including strengths, weaknesses, thought, beliefs, motivation, and emotions…(it) allows you to understand other people, how they perceive you, your attitude and your responses to them in the moment.”  Oxford Dictionary

Note:  I will be dividing the quilts up into themes for this presentation.  The center does allow photos (no flash!) as long as the photographer gives credit to the artists (always!).  I did not take photos of every quilt.  Most are for sale.  Contact the center or go on their website for more information.  Or…better yet…go there yourself and experience this magnificent display of a beautiful art form.

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Mitote #12, 2018    Denise Roberts

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Daydreamin’, 2019   Mary Mattimoe

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Anxieties #5:  Acrophobia, 2019      Vickie Wheatley