Sunday, November 25, 2012

Day 25: Secrets of Quilts

When G sleeps, I sneak downstairs to sew. My latest projects include burp cloths, bibs and an occasional baby quilt. Sewing takes patience, math skills, a seam ripper and time.

When I get “stumped” in my sewing project, I give my mom a call. She will say “Oh, there is a shortcut for that” and she will come over and show me a sewing technique.  My mom is a member of the local Mystery Quilters group, so knowing secrets makes sense, right??


In the next farm kid story Quilting Now & Then authors Karen Bates Willing and Julie Bates Dock write a rhyming story about the Johnson children who ask their mom a bunch of questions about quilts.


“Please tell me how you make a quilt,”
says Charlie, full of wonder.
So Shirley pulls out quilts that all
the children snuggle under.

“And could you also tell us
how they made quilts long ago?”
“Did great-great-grandma Ruth make
quilts like you do?” “Yes or no?”

“Did she choose from a hundred prints
like you do at the store?”
“And were the quilts all sewn by hand?”
“And what is quilting for?”


The authors give comparisons of older days where women cut apart old garments, swapped fabric pieces with friends and made quilts to keep their families warm in cold months.  Today quilters head to fabric stores to select the perfect color and fabric pattern.

Illustrator Sarah Morse draws crayon-colored cartoon illustrations with draped photographs of real quilts.  

In a generation where garments are made overseas, I really appreciate things sewn in the USA. 

Oh, and I especially love creations made by fellow sewing friends such as Kelli at A Little Lively. Our little G drags around his blue, jack game print 4-Block Cuddler blanket around our home.  His “B” (G calls it) gives him comfort during trips away from home and also during the transition away from the beloved pacifier.

We also grab the blanket during story time in the evenings.  What are you reading tonight to your little one?


My Library List:
Preview Day: 30 Days of Farm Kid Stories
Day 1: One Moment
Day 2: Perfect Pizza
Day 3: Our Heartland
Day 4: Pasta Fistful
Day 5: One Fast Grower
Day 6: Farmer Seuss
Day 7: Just One Cookie?
Day 8: Frowns Turn into Smiles
Day 9: BOO-HA

Day 10: Big Red Barn
Day 11: Magic with Vegetables

Day 12: Call to Action
Day 13: BOOM
Day 14: Ponies and Cowboys
Day 15: Value to our Trees
Day 16: Tractor Time
Day 17: Wishing for a Washing
Day 18: United Tweets
Day 19: Popcorn Pops
Day 20: Busy Places
Day 21: Peas Please

Day 22: Thankful
Day 23: Splashes of Ink
Day 24: Fantastic Machines

Our blogging host Holly Spangler writes “30 Days on a Prairie Farm” this month on her blog: My Generation.

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