Snow is on the way! Time to haul in some extra wood and locate all the snow shovels, sleds and dropped mittens. Not an easy task given how far and wide the boys roam. The goats won’t mind the extra snow; they like to jump the fence and play king of the mountain on the snow bank.
We’ll be hunkering down, wood stove ablazing – likely with the dutch oven on top, slow roasting a chunk of meat into tender perfection. With a new quilt and a stack of library books to see us through I think we’ll weather the storm just fine.
Early Saturday morning, since the kids weren’t going to let me sleep in any way, I got the idea to put to use a bunch of 5 inch squares I was kindly given by my Grandmother. What use could be more obvious for a bunch of small squares than a quilt?! We have a small stack of handmade quilts made, lovingly for one or another of the kids, by a handful of relatives who are all wonderful quilters. These quilts see a lot of use! Noah, Ezra and Ishmael each have one on their beds. The rest of them are in frequent rotation for things like tents, picnics etc. Plus, small quilts make a great place to change, or just cuddle, a baby. Even though I’m nowhere near as skilled at quilting as my relatives I’ll get in some practice now. Perhaps someday, if this quilt survives its use, it’ll be passed on in a long tradition of family handmade items. If it doesn’t make it at least that means it saw some use and what could possibly be better than that?
I started this quilt last year, or maybe it was the year before. Piecing and then quilting each square has certainly taken a while but I really like where it’s heading. Some of the fabric is salvaged from old clothes,some were scrap pieces from friends and a few I even brought, but all of them are favorites. I had a blue and white quilt from my mother for ages.I can’t even remember when I first had the quilt but despite my attempts to patch it said quilt has disintegrated into rags. Hence this one.
The best part isn’t that I’ll have a new quilt; the best part is the making. Whether it’s picking out fabric or deciding where to place each square we’re making it. The boys are eager to lend their opinions and being the guy who lifts and lowers the sewing machine’s foot as we rotate the square to quilt it is awesome. Plus, it’s like magic.
Twenty squares down. I’m not really sure how many more we’ll go. I’d love a large blanket -like queen sized- but that’s also pretty huge! We’ll see, after all it’s all in the making.
My Grandmother sent up this fabric and for some reason I envisioned it as a table runner so that’s what we did, my helpers and I.
It went together fairly quickly so we did a little work on what will one day be my new quilt. While we were digging through the fabrics we came across a hat I had knit a while back for the boys. Can you believe that’s Ezra?!
The hat brim had torn through and it needed a new life. So we fixed it:
A table runner, a “new” hat and two helpers who thought it was fun – definitely a good winter day!