Books and the Quilt
A Late Late Post
Two month ago, I did a Book Theme, with my quilt groups.
But I never got around to posting about the early March gathering, because Coronavirus suddenly took all my focus. But now I look at these sweet photos and remember our day.
These are the dear friends, that I gathered with. We laughed and shared stories about favorite books.
We wondered about the most common books you can find in a home? Some said cookbook. Others said the Bible.
We talked about books that are filled with art, or poems or music!
We talked about books written in different languages and books, like this one from China. It reads from from right to left... back to front!
Learning to Read
We talked about kids learning to read and the fun of reading to children.
Some remembered old classics like Tom Sawyer and Alice in Wonderland.
Odd and Tiny Books
Some liked the tiniest books best.
Most were surprised to find books made from wood.
Books That Keep Memories
No one in my groups said they had ever written a book.
But many kept diaries and made scrapbooks. I can't believe I still have an autograph book from first grade.
Books Filled with Friends and Family
Most everyone had at least one photo book or album.
No one remembered having a book like my grandmother's. I loved sharing "Daw's" special book, which was completed by her friends... who described themselves.
What Do We Put in Books?
We brainstormed things that you might find in a book...
...besides a bookmark. Money, was the favorite answer.
Cutting and Coloring!
Anyone my age and older remembered paper dolls, but most had never seen a book of them.
Some said they love coloring books... but a few were not happy to see an antique nursery rhyme book, with crayon marks on the pages. Pat announced, "Children shouldn't write in books!" I answered defensively, "I didn't color in that book! Not guilty!"
As I looked back at the photos from March, I recalled the last time I did a book theme, around the quilt. I found photos from 2016 in May. I failed to post about this gathering as well.
In the spring of 2016, I was distracted by another issue that kept me from gathering with my Quilt Groups, for many months. Shortly after these photos were taken, I was diagnosed with cancer and put my volunteering on hold.
Some of the Gang in 2020
When I left this group after our get-together on March 3, I didn't realize what was ahead.
We all knew about Covid, but on March 3, there had been less than 10 U.S. deaths. I didn't know that Texas would be joining other states with Stay at Home restrictions, in just a couple weeks.
I'm missing these folks and hoping that all are well. I have no guesses about when we'll actually be able to gather around the Quilt again.
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.