A Box on the Quilt
A Silly Collection
A lot of people collect postcards, but my mom had an impressive collection she called, "My Silly Postcards". I have her large cardboard box that holds over 100 embroidered, quilted, wooden, metal, plastic and knitted cards. There are postcards that include samples of seeds, sand, salt and Spanish moss.
For a really simple Quilt Sharing, all I needed to do was bring the box!
All these crazy cards have always amused me, but I didn't realize they would bring such smiles to so many faces.
The card with the winking granny kept drawing the most laughs. Mom probably discovered that one, years ago in some Ozark Hillbilly gift shop!
As with all props, the postcards reminded us of stories. A discussion about writing postcards and letters made one of the women recall being a child in Mexico, unable to afford a pen or pencil. This dear woman had her daughter interpret for her while she described the sharp stones they wrote with on slate. Our discussion grew more serious as others began to remember special letters that had received over the years.
No Time for Postcards!
In my last group there was so much talking that we didn't have time to even open the box of postcards! As soon I mentioned a theme about letters and postcards, Lucille disappeared and returned with a collection of cards and letters to share....all written in Czech! Sending mail overseas reminded Bud of writing home when he was in the service. "We just wrote FREE on the envelope. No stamps needed!" Betty remembered a nosy mailman who read all the postcards and Lucille said they could hear the postman coming because he always whistled.
What I Learned: A theme like this makes me feel old and cranky, whining about the good old days when people took the time to write thank you notes and love letters! Ha! In 2040, when I'm in my 80's chatting with peers, will we sit reminiscing about the days when there was mail delivery? I wonder.
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For 20+ years children have called it the Magic Quilt. They've danced and pretended all over these colorful squares. I've dragged it to schools, shelters and studios where children have climbed on top to hear Magic Quilt Stories and to act them out.