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Beyond the Barrier - a Special Exhibit of Sacred Threads 2009

In the fall of 2008, prison Chaplain Jami Burns formed a new activity group at the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville, OH which provided the participating inmates with an opportunity to express their life’s journey through quilting. Many of these women have never quilted before but their works give voice to powerful emotions and deep faith.

Karen Musgrave of The Alliance of American Quilts has interviewed several of the artists for Quilter's Save Our Stories. To read these powerful interviews, click here. Karen has also added more information about the women on her blog.

The images and text are provided courtesy of the artists and are copyrighted.

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Cynthia Standifer
The Way Forward Is With A Broken Heart

Ronda Carmella Edwards

Here I Am …

Edna Finley

The Old Rugged Cross


Patty Brewster

What Can Make Or Break A Home

Karen Hinders

Angel of Peace

Teresa Brannon



Sarah Parsons

The Anchor Holds

Lori Rose


Jan K. Bowers

Families Are Forever


Teresa Romano

The Lord's Eyes Are Watching Over Us

Tangie Thomas

A Mother's Dream Shattered And Broken

Alice Lundgren

The Desires Of My Heart


Luzmilda Blue


Joy Major

Hands Of Time

Rosa Angulo



Michelle Owens

The Cross

Wanda Marcisjewski



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