Trees in December
For my December theme with the Seniors, I chose trees.
We talked about the obvious... favorite trees and what's good about trees.
We don't have much fall in Texas and many of my Quilt Seniors haven't ever left the state.
People in Trees
We talked about climbing trees.
Some remembered climbing as kids. No one remembered climbing a tree as an adult... except me.
We talked about the tallest trees.
Redwoods and tall palms... that need adults to climb them, to clip their fronds.
We talked about how beautiful trees can be, even when they're not alive anymore.
We decided the best non-living tree is a decorated Christmas tree! But it's also the most aggravating tree, when it falls over!
We talked about the best shapes for trees. You have to love a gumdrop tree!
We decided branches can be the most beautiful part of a tree, even without lights.
Besides dead trees, there are other trees that aren't alive.
Fake Christmas trees... and tree sculptures!
Since it was December, we talked a lot about Christmas trees and lights.
We wondered if the shoes hanging from this tree, were considered decorations.
We were quite sure the Mardi Gras beads were considered a decoration. They were hanging from a palm tree in New Orleans.
Live Things in Trees
I shared my favorite tree photo.
I took the photo years ago at Brazos Bend State Park at dawn. The birds in this tree were incredibly loud!
Hanging from Trees
We talked about all the things that hang from trees... like children and birdhouses.
Stained glass windows hanging from a tree, can look pretty fun. But not as much fun as a swing.
Holes and Words
We talked about mysterious holes in trees. Sometimes there are hidden treasures.
We talked about damage to trees, by beavers or nails or pocket knives...
Trees in Art
And we talked about trees in art.
Many remembered drawing trees as children. Stick people, houses, suns and trees. Pretty much everyone mastered drawing those few things, as a child.
I had a few branches scattered on the table. We propped them up and created some trees, while we talked.
We added some leaves and pinecones and some candy canes, since it was December. It was sort of simple and silly and just about right.
What Did I Learn?
I love simple themes.
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.