This 12" July House quilt block is part of my Calendar of Houses Bee Quilt. A friend and I organized this on-line bee a couple of years ago after being members of two previous on-line bees.
There were twelve of us in the bee - from the United States as well as England and New Zealand. Every month, each of us made a block for a member and a different member made a block for us. The house design was to represent that month. A bee member from Kansas made this patriotic block for me.
I Hear America Singing
I hear America singing, the varied carols
Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong,
The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam,
The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work,
The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat, the deckhand singing on
the steamboat deck,
The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench, the hatter singing as he stands,
The wood-cutter’s song, the ploughboy’s on his way in the morning, or at noon
intermission or at sundown,
The delicious singing of the mother, or of the young wife at work, or of the
girl sewing or washing,
Each singing what belongs to him or her and to none else,
The day what belongs to the day — at night the party of young fellows, robust,
Singing with open mouths their strong melodious songs.
- by Walt Whitman
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