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My name is… Rhonda Cratty

Author, quilter, retired teacher


Retiring from teaching

I'm a lifetime teacher in Jefferson County. I absolutely loved the profession. I taught elementary school. But it was time to move on with my creative life. While teaching, I started writing. Online blogs mostly, preparing myself for the change from education to writing full time. When I first retired, I wrote a book on education. Little things that parents had told me for years that worked, compiled into a book.

Learning to quilt

I always had this book in my mind: “Our Family Quilt.” I knew the beginning and knew the ending. I knew the path I wanted to take my characters on. But I didn't know how to quilt. knew how to sew. In order to write the book, I needed to know something about quilting. So, I went to quilting class in Golden. While finishing my teaching career, I was learning to quilt at nights and on the weekends. After retiring, we started traveling. As we were traveling, I meet quilting artist all over. Everywhere we traveled, I would go to local quilting shops and meet local quilting artists. Then, I got involved in a quilting guild. As I'm getting involved with all these things, I'm writing the book.

`Our Family Quilt'

The book is about Grace, who is a master quilter and her granddaughter. It's written in two parts. I wanted someone to really get an idea of how to build a quilt while reading the book. The first half is building the quilt and what happened during that summer. The second half is just like you piece together quilt, it's piecing together their lives. These are the events that happen in their lives to move the quilt forward.

I love the writing process

I wanted to write the kind of book that a grandmother could read or her granddaughter. I wanted it to be a generational read. That was my first purpose. And I love to write. I love the process. It's the same process a teacher get when they try to figure out what a kid need to move along in reading. It's that same mind process.


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