The Easy Route
There are more interesting themes to share with The Quilt Group, but when you've got lots of Eastery things sitting around your house, it's just easy to throw some stuff in a bag and head off with the quilt!
Perfect Spring Weather
We couldn't sit inside when things were blooming out on the patio. The fresh air seemed to make everyone smile. Especially Vivian!
I warned Libby
I told her the Mystery Bag contained something kind of creepy. But mostly she and the others laughed to discover a well loved bunny.
The Velveteen Rabbit
I shared the story of my daughter, Heidi's stuffed bunny. It was once plump and even had a little color. For a good 5 years "Bobby" napped with Heidi and joined her in every activity she did. Every task was a bit trickier when clutching a bunny. Even hunting for Easter eggs was done one handed because Bobby couldn't be put down. I hoped the Bobby story would open up to more story sharing.
Talking and Decorating
I had a few pastels and some construction paper, so we did a little egg designing, with the promise that I would take their art to the kids at the Women's Shelter. (The "Quilt Kids" love knowing the "Quilt Ladies" make things for them)
But the best part of our "craft", was just sitting in the warm breeze, with the smell of roses wafting over now and then and a cat rubbing up against a leg here and there. The conversation flowed from memories of Easter baskets to egg traditions to family pets and stories of Passover. Our best story may have been from Rita about her pet chickens. But we don't have a photo of Rita, because she had just returned from a hospital stay and poor Rita had some bruising, the color of Easter eggs.
What I Learned:
Conversations seem so much more relaxed when you have some simple art task, along with fresh air! I even think fresh air helps with humor. I loved it that Dear Rita could laugh at her own "unsightly condition." And her friends went along with her humor and admitted, "You must feel a little bit like how that old stuffed bunny feels!" Rita snickered pretty good at that remark!
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.