Saturday, February 9, 2013

Lady of the Lake Quilt Block

This 12" Lady of the Lake block is the 20th block of my Starwood Sampler Quilt, created to tell the story of my home and community.  I made it as a block of the month with my quilting group, the Persian Pickles.  A friend and I chose the blocks, and we found this pattern free on-line at:  Alternate blocks in my quilt are set straight and on point.  This block is set straight.

Our community has three lakes.  In years past, this has meant a productive ice harvesting business, boating for tourists, and a water source for the trains so they could refill their water tanks and continue uphill.  Now, our lakes are sources of recreation as well as habitat for wildlife.

Winter Morning
On cold winter mornings
When my breath makes me think
I'm a kettle,
Dad and me wrap up warm
In scarves and balaclavas,
Then we fill a paper bag
With bread and go feed the ducks
In our local park.
The lake is usually quite frozen
So the ducks can't swim,
They skim across the ice instead,
Chasing the bits of bread
That we throw,
But when they try to peck the crumbs
The pieces slip anbd slide away,
Poor ducks!
They sometimes chase that bread
For ages and ages,
It makes me hungry just watching them,
So when Dad isn't looking
I pop some bread in my mouth and have a quick chew.
The ducks don't seem to mind,
At least they've never said anything
To me if they do.
                    Frank Flynn
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  1. The first quilt my eldest daughter made was all "Lady-of-the-lake" blocks. It was stunning!

    1. I can't imagine this as a first quilt. My first quilt was a simple Roman Stripe - 1" x 3" pieces of fabric sewn together. I bet her quilt was beautiful!

  2. I have been reading your gm Hattie's journals with delight - and loving the quilt blocks you have made to accompany them. I have started the Farmers Wife quilt- with my own block additions from other sources- i hope to finish this year.Your is gorgeous!

    1. Sara, I'm happy that you're enjoying my grandmother's diary. I always knew her, of course, as my grandma. But it was very interesting to get to know her as a 20-21 year old. I had such fun finding blocks that matched the diary entries. It was a big project but very rewarding. I am sure you'll feel that way about your quilt, too.

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    1. I will! I'm a reading teacher at an elementary school, so there will be much excitement tomorrow!


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